Where I Want to Travel to in 2018

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There are so many places I want to visit. Even though I’ve been to most of my all-time always-wanted-to-go countries (I’m looking at you Russia, Serbia and Georgia!), new places keep cropping up.

I’ll be very, VERY lucky if I get to visit all of these in 2018 as realistically, it’s extremely unlikely. But even if I just visit a few of the places on my list this year, I’ll be very happy.

These are the places I’d love to travel to in 2018!

Kiev

Kiev, Ukraine

Since about the age of 10, there have been three countries that I’ve desperately wanted to go to:

  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Serbia

I visited St Petersburg in 2014 and Belgrade in 2016 – but I still haven’t been to one of the biggest countries in Eastern Europe: the Ukraine.

Specifically, I’d like to go to Kiev and see Chernobyl – although Lviv and Odessa would be pretty cool too.

I loved St Petersburg and I can image that Kiev is very similar, but with less tourists. To eat a kiev in Kiev (that’s right at the top of my bucket list!), visit the world’s deepest metro station (Arsenalna, in case you were wondering), sunbathe at Hydropark and take a day trip out to Pripyat in Chernobyl would be amazing.

I think the main reason I haven’t been to the Ukraine yet is because no one I know wants to go with me! Ryanair were supposed to be running flights to Kiev which got me really excited, but now they’ve pulled out. I told myself that I would visit the Ukraine before I turned 25, and now I only have six months left! I really feel that it’s time to go to Kiev. NOW.

Minsk

Minsk, Belarus

I don’t know of anyone who’s been to Belarus, which makes it all the more mysterious and interesting to me. I imagine it to look fairly similar to Belgrade: shabby-chic ex-communist, but basically an extension of Russia – which Serbia is not.

Vilnius is less than three hours away from Minsk, and when my friend and I visited the Lithuanian capital a few years ago, we wanted to take a day trip to Belarus… until we realised we needed a visa.

Now though, that’s all changed! UK citizens can visit Belarus visa-free if they stay for less than five days. I imagine that soon the likes of Ryanair and EasyJet will start running flights to the Belarussian capital… well, let’s hope so. Then it’s just the issue of finding someone who wants to go as much as I do.

And as the Ukraine and Belarus share a border, maybe we could turn two trips into one…? Just a thought.

Moscow

Moscow, Russia

I achieved my lifelong dream of visiting St Petersburg and pretending to be Anastasia in the Winter Palace back in June 2014.

It was so surreal being in Russia – I’d wanted to visit for what seemed forever, but when I actually arrived in Russia, it didn’t feel real. It didn’t hit me that I was there until after I arrived back home in the UK.

Now, I want to go to Moscow and see Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral in real life. I want to go shopping at GUM – a properly decadent shopping mall with Miu Miu and Moschino (although sadly, no Céline…), watch the Bolshoi perform Swan Lake, and drink vodka on Bolotny Island.

The ultimate Russian dream would be to take the Trans-Siberian railway: I’d start off in St Petersburg, and make my way through Moscow, Perm, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk before ending in Vladivostok.

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel

Have you seen the beach at Tel Aviv? It looks unreal! In fact, Tel Aviv just looks like such a cool city – I kind of imagine it to be similar to Miami… but maybe better?

I’m not much of a beach person so I don’t think I’d want to spend too long here, but I feel like Tel Aviv would be such a great place to relax: sunbathe in the day and party at night.

Sometimes you just need to have holidays like that. Oh, and I want someone to sing to me “before I leave, let me show you Tel Aviv” (another casual Eurovision reference thrown in there…).

Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is the only Scandinavian country I haven’t yet been to. Realistically, I could have gone ages ago, but it got way too popular and every other person on my Facebook was posting pictures of themselves at the Blue Lagoon.

Now the craze is kind of over, I want to go. I want to be an Icelandic mermaid in the Blue Lagoon, go whale watching and have drinks in the midnight sun.

Perhaps 2018 is the year of my Icelandic adventure?

Toronto

Canada

If I could only pick one place to visit in Canada, it would have to be Toronto. It sounds like such a cool city, and it’s somewhere I’d like to live – even if just for a couple of years. Plus, Toronto has a bar called Pravda, and any kind of communist-themed bar is cool with me!

However, I don’t want to pick just one place to visit in Canada. I want to see it all. I want to catch a train from Toronto and visit the pretty French cities, Montreal and Quebec.

Plus, Banff looks out of this world… and if I’m over in that part of the country then it would be rude not to visit Calgary and Vancouver too!

Basically, I’m looking at a minimum of three months travelling around Canada – or maybe I should just move there.

Astana

Kazakhstan

I’ve wanted to go to Kazakhstan for yearsss – part of the appeal is probably because I don’t know of anyone else who has been. Like Belarus, I’d basically be exploring somewhere that’s totally unknown.

As Astana is the capital, I’d like to start off there. I don’t really know anything about it, but from what I’ve seen it looks kind of futuristic – especially with the Bayterek Tower looming over the city.

After I’ve visited Astana, I’d like to then travel south to what was the previous capital, Almaty – even if just to visit the lake.

I’ll probably find that I add more countries to this list before the year ends, but these are the places that I’d really love to go to in 2018. Have you been to any of these countries before? If you have, I’d love to find out more about them!

FYI – all pictures have been taken from Pixabay… basically because I haven’t yet been to take pictures of these places!

Elle Pollicott

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