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18 Photos to Inspire Your Travel Bucket List

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In justΒ a couple days we’ll be saying goodbye to 2017 and welcoming 2018. First off, where has the time gone?! I don’t know about you but this past year seems to have flown by! I think the main reason why it’s gone by in a flash is because: travel!

Not only did I travel back home to Canada – after living in Korea for 2 years – but I was able to tick off some of my goals for the New Year and travel to all the places on my bucket list.

So to recap, here are some photos from my travels that will fuel your wanderlust for the upcoming year and to get you booking your next adventure!

South Korea

My home away from home. I could probably dedicate a post just to this country as I have hundreds of photos and several albums to look back on my memories as an expat living in Korea.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Have you ever been to a temple on the water? Built in 1376, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Busan is a beautiful Buddhist temple situated right on the coast with breathtaking views of the sea.

Travel Bucket List: Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

Boseong Green Tea Field

Hills upon hills of lush greenery, the famous Boseong Green Tea Field should be on everyone’s Korea bucket list. With people coming and going, it’s pretty quiet to enjoy the space to yourself. Don’t forget to try the green tea ice cream!

Travel Bucket List: Boseong Green Tea Field

Boseong Green Tea Field

Mount Maisan & Naesosa Temple

If you have a chance to explore outside of Busan and Seoul, make sure you check out Jeollabukdo province. Rich with Korean history, you’ll get a better understanding for the culture and customs of Korea. Mount Maisan and Naesosa Temple are two places you must visit.

Mount Maisan’s main attraction is a mysterious temple, where it is said that even with strong winds, the large stone pagodas will never budge. Naesosa Temple is one of the only temples in Korea to have never been affected by forces such as bombs, fires or natural disasters.

China

Great Wall of China, Beijing

Walking the Great Wall of China is one of my favourite memories of living overseas. My friend and I hiked Jinshanling – the section of the Great Wall that is partly restored but still has many natural qualities to it. The best part about this section is there are hardly any people. We basically had the whole place to ourselves!

Travel Bucket List: Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Travel Bucket List: Great Wall of China

The Bund, Shanghai

As much as I loved Beijing (as it’s home to the Great Wall), my favourite Chinese city has to be Shanghai! I loved it so much I went for a long weekend getaway and then again for my summer vacation. Make sure you check out the Bund and walk the promenade both in the day and at night!

Travel Bucket List: Shanghai Bund

The Bund at night

Travel Bucket List: Shanghai Bund

The Bund in the day

Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong

Despite the gloomy and rainy weather, I had a great time exploring Hong Kong and seeing all that this territory has to offer. This photo was taken while taking the cable car up to the enormous Tian Tan Buddha statue on Lantau Island. For a short period in the cable car, we were surrounded by thick fog (it was really cool!) and then in the distance – as the fog cleared – we see “Big Buddha” in the distance.

Travel Bucket List: Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha

Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

When you visit Vietnam, cruising Ha Long Bay better be on your itinerary! We stayed 2 days / 1 night with Indochina Junk and had a great time setting sail through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. We even got to take a trip to the floating fishing village and saw how the locals live on a daily basis.

Travel Bucket List: Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay Floating Fishing Village

Hanoi

Forget to pack something? No worries – Vietnam is the spot for shopping. Although I didn’t need anything, the weather was a bit cooler than I anticipated so I had to pick up a jacket and pants. Plus, the prices were cheap so it was hard to say no!

Travel Bucket List: Hanoi streets

Night time in Hanoi

Japan

Meiji Shrine & Bamboo Forest

Exploring Japan was one for the books. In 9 days, we had a jam-packed itinerary exploring Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Check out the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, where you’ll see a collection of sake in decorative barrels. Over in Kyoto, make sure to wander the Bamboo Forest in the Arashiyama district.

Cambodia

Angkor Wat

The number one thing to do when visiting Cambodia is to explore Angkor Wat. I highly suggest hiring a tour guide and private tuk-tuk that will take you to all of the ancient ruins over the course of 2 or 3 days. Don’t forget to explore at sunrise for an unforgettable view!

Canada

Signal Hill, Newfoundland

Finally made my way back to my home and native land after living abroad for two years. I never really explored my own country before, so I decided to take a summer road trip (my first!) to the east coast with my family friend. Pictures don’t really do it justice – you have to see it first-hand! Maybe you’ll spot a whale like I did!

Travel Bucket List: East Coast Canada

New York City

As an avid city girl, New York City is my jam! For an awesome view like this, check out the Top of the Rock in Rockefeller Center. The only downside is the steep price to go up to the top – but I’d say the view is worth it!

Travel Bucket List: New York City

The Big Apple

I’m pretty fortunate to have been able to live out some of my travel dreams – and it’s only going to continue! I know for some it’s not as easy to head on to Skyscanner and book a flight. I get it, life gets in the way – bills to pay, mouths to feed, work obligations. But just remember that travel is good for the mind, body and soul – and everyone deserves to see this beautiful world we live in!

One more photo just because…

Travel Bucket List: Korea sunset

Beautiful Sunset in Korea

What’s your travel bucket list looking like for the new year? Let me know in the comments below!

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12 Comments

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    Jossus Travelpics
    March 4, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Soon Im going to Dubai, and hopefully I can afford to travel to South America this year.

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    Grace | Impulsive Adventures
    January 5, 2018 at 1:47 am

    So many gorgeous locations! A Southeast Asia trip is high on my wish list. All of the sites you listed are insanely gorgeous.

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    Jas
    January 4, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    I was in South Korea two years ago and absolutely hated it because it’s generally more of an eat and shop city. Definitely wish I’d read this before so I would’ve visited Busan. The emple and the green tea field are stunning! Ughh Newfoundland is beautiful too. I’m a Canadian gal myself and I still haven’t even been. You’ve definitely sparked my wanderlust!

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    lukeandmeagan
    January 4, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    What a stunning list – and the title is super accurate! Newfoundland is definitely somewhere on our list, but our list for 2018 is shaping up to include Dublin, Montreal, and some smaller trips throughout central and eastern France. Thank you for the fabulous inspo!!

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    Jing
    January 4, 2018 at 6:12 am

    So many great places to see! If only I could spend all of my days of the year traveling. Visiting China has long been on my wishlist and seeing that on your “had been to” list makes me want to go there even more.

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    Carmen Edelson
    January 3, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Wow, you visited some incredible places around the world but especially Asia! Thanks for putting the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple on my radar, I’m adding it to my travel list. I’ve never seen or heard of a temple on the water so it looks truly unique! Thanks for sharing and I wish you a Happy 2018 πŸ™‚

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    AmyEA
    January 3, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Wow, it looks like your Great Wall of China trip was amazing. I’m sure we’ve all seen that photos with the like million tourists there. I like your way better πŸ™‚

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    Brianna
    January 3, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Great. Just what I needed- a longer travel bucket list! Lovely photos. I definitely want to see Vietnam some day.

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    Bernie
    January 2, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Oh my! Is there enough 2018 to travel to so many beautiful spots? You’ve picked out two on my list there: the Bamboo Forest in Kyoto and Newfoundland. We’ve been talking about sneaking in a long weekend in New York too. On my own list? Toronto to see a friend, Brussels already booked, and I have a yen for some warmth on my bones in summer – the south of France, maybe? Wishing you happy travels for 2018.

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    bye:myself
    January 1, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Oh my gosh, as if I needed even more inspiration to spend all my money on travelling the world… Thank god I’ve been already to three of the destinations you’re suggesting – so now I have to make plans on South Korea and China… Happy travels in 2018 – I’m sure you have plenty of good ideas what to show us then.

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    emfletche
    December 31, 2017 at 7:00 am

    I love looking back on other people’s adventures! Those Vietnam and Cambodia pictures are wonderful and are definitely inspiring!

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    Ben Zabulis
    December 30, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Great photos and a great list ! I certainly love all the Asian destinations, lovely places all !

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