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2018 Travel Bucket List

Now’s a good a time as ever to start planning your travels for 2018, even if it just distracts you from the harsh reality of going back to work.

Malta

Malta is located in the Mediterranean, don’t be fooled by the size of Malta, this little island promises beautiful scenery, delicious dining and some of the best history on earth. Being an island means that Malta is surrounded by water and as a result has some of the cleanest beaches in Europe. Malta’s Blue Lagoon is a great example of this. For scuba diving enthusiasts Malta is ranked 3rd in the world for diving. History buffs will fall in love with Malta. The Maltese Islands have three sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. These are the City of Valletta, the Megalithic Temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum. In all, seven megalithic temples are found on the islands of Malta and Gozo, each the result of an individual development.

Cuba

Amazing Spanish colonial architecture, gorgeous white sandy beaches, rolled cigars and vintage old cars await the adventurous traveller looking forward to exploring the Caribbean’s largest island. Stroll along the streets of Old Havana, discover the world of Ernest Hemingway, get into the salsa rhythm in the clubs of Trinidad or enjoy a beach vacation on Cayo Largo –  no matter where you go, Cuba will draw you into its orbit. Such a mix of Spanish, African and Caribbean cooking traditions has turned Cuban dishes into an explosion of taste. The best food can be enjoyed in “casa particular” despite the menu offered, can have a limited choice: dishes are in fact freshly prepared depending on the day. Food lovers should try lobster but if you are not that hungry you can go for bocaditos, small sandwich.

Sri Lanka

Only a short four and a half hour flight Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Apart from the beautiful beaches and picturesque scenery Sri Lanka offers a range of fun filled activities for tourists who can enjoy, whale watching, trekking and hot air ballooning. Sri Lanka, the natures treasure chest is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Sri Lanka’s written history exceeds 2550 years. Its pre-history consists of planned cities, magnificent palaces, and expansive man made reservoirs, stunning temples and monasteries, green gardens, hard to believe monuments and works of art are characteristic of the rich and jubilant lives the celebrated monarchy of Sri Lanka lived.

Nepal

Home to Mount Everest, Nepal not only boasts amazing scenery and crisp fresh air but an endless list of activities to keep you and the family entertained from mountain biking, bungee jumping, sky diving, paragliding and white water rafting are just a few of the activities that await you. If you love nature a trip to Bardia National Park and Chitwan National Park are a must. The abundant wildlife includes crocodiles, rhinos, deers and the popular Royal Bengal Tiger. Nepalese cuisine has been influenced by its neighbours, India and China, but it also offers a unique gastronomic experience. Dhal bat, momo and other Nepalese dishes should not be missed while in Nepal.

Japan

Japan is a world-renowned food connoisseurs haven, with Tokyo alone boasting 227 Michelin Star restaurants. Apart from fine dining restaurants Japan has some of the best street food in the world. Visitors can experience Japanese tea ceremonies, a cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. Soft-serve ice-cream is another must when in Japan it literally comes in every flavour, for the adventurous try the wasabi ice-cream (if you dare). If you are heading to Tokyo be sure to try all the weird and wonderful things like robot restaurants, cat cafes and purchase some Hello Kitty merchandise. If you want the perfect Instagram moment visit Japan during cherry blossom season.

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