It’s hard to believe that 2017 has almost come to an end—you might be wondering whether you made the most of it.

This time of year can be full of conflicting emotions, as we contemplate how we spent our days, and whether we did all the things we hoped we would do. With 2018 right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking how you’re going to spend the next year. Where will you go? Who will you meet? Will 2018 finally be the year where you tick off something you’ve always wanted to do?

Here are some of our top bucket list suggestions, to inspire you to embrace 2018 as a new adventure!

Go on a cruise

Everyone should go on a river cruise at least once in their lifetime. Whether you crave an Alaskan adventure among glaciers, a history lesson under the backdrop of Germany’s architectural marvels, or perhaps a more relaxing escape in the tropical Galapagos Islands, cruises are a hassle-free way to explore the world. Forget busy airports and delayed flights – you’re out in the open water, with a delicious buffet on-board just waiting for you. Over the last few years, cruises have become increasingly popular, with many now offering new and exciting activities for young and old: from music-themed to festive cruises. It’s fair to say, cruises are here to stay!

Celebrate a white Christmas

If you’re used to spending your Christmas by the pool battling the heat and the mozzies, why not change it up and brave the cold next Christmas? Many of us have dreamed of a white Christmas at some point; crisp snow blanketing the streets, the scent of real Christmas trees and sitting by a crackling fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate. Sounds cosy, doesn’t it?

But if you think a white Christmas can only be spent indoors, think again. Between snowball fights, ski resorts, outdoor winter carnivals and spectacular national parks, you probably won’t want to be indoors for very long.

Find the Loch Ness monster

Loch Ness is known for its eerie lake tucked away in the Scottish Highlands. The massive loch reaches 230 metres in depth at its deepest and is 35 kilometres long. You almost can’t help but wonder what could be lurking in its depths.

Whether you believe in Nessie or not, there’s no denying its legendary status as a fearsome mythical creature. The Loch Ness monster has captivated people for generations, and revealed much about Scotland’s intriguing history.

There’s plenty to see and do in Scotland, besides looking for the Nessie though… while you’re there you can explore its historical battle sights and beautiful scenic spots or take a tour of a whisky distillery and maybe even sample a taste of this liquid gold.

Take a cooking class in your dream destination

From fluffy croissants to freshly prepared sushi, local cuisine is always best sampled in the destination of its origin. Why not learn how to make your favourite dish while on your travels? This way you can return home with new found knowledge and skills that will last a lifetime and can be shared with your friends and family. Cooking classes are also a great way to meet new people and learn about a culture. 

See the Northern Lights in person

One of nature’s greatest displays, the Northern Lights are a must-see if you’re flying north for the winter, even despite the cold, dark and harsh environment in which it occurs.

The lights are formed from charged particles emitted from the sun during a solar flare. They collide towards the Poles by the Earth’s magnetic field, the vivid colours are created by the different gases in the atmosphere above.

You can view the lights from Canada, Alaska Iceland or northern Scandinavia. They are visible from late September to early April, with October to November and February to March considered the best viewing times.

Attend a live a sports game

Live sporting events are always a lot wilder than just watching them on screen. Whether your sport of choice is tennis, baseball, basketball or football, a live sports event can really liven up your travels. It doesn’t have to be on the scale of the Super Bowl or a Major League Baseball game, but the World Cup frenzy, or the hype before a mega boxing match is a great way to build team spirit. The common interest in a team can be a great conversation starter and way to meet new people – there’s nothing like enjoying a beer with a stranger bonding over your shared enthusiasm of the sport.

And even if you’re not a sports buff, the halftime shows are often quite entertaining! You never know… you might become an avid fan after your very first live game.

Spend the night in an igloo

Imagine sleeping in a room built entirely of snow and ice. In the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland the constant cold temperatures make this totally possible! It’s no joke… temperatures are known to reach -30°C outside. If you make it through the morning, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast and an Arctic Night Survival Certificate. Pretty great, huh?

If you haven’t made your 2018 holiday bucket list yet, now’s the time! We hope these ideas inspire you to find your adventurous streak and do something wild next year. Which of these items is on your bucket list?

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