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The Trendiest Travel Spots for 2018

January 31, 2018

Are you going to be taking a vacation this year?

If so, take a look at these travel destinations that are predicted to be amongst the trendiest places to visit in 2018.

Croatia

Located in the Adriatic Sea, to the east of Italy, Croatia consists of 1246 islands, and is actually one of the sunniest spots in Europe.

Croatia

Of course, you are likely to need some help deciding which islands to visit. Here are some of the most popular ones:

  • Hvar – one of Croatia’s largest islands, Hvar is packed with heritage and culture, but is also a favorite getaway spot for the rich and famous
  • Krk home to one of the most popular beaches in Croatia, as well as fine wines made from locally grown grapes
  • Rab known for its incredible array of sandy beaches, as well as its medieval old town
  • Pag has a reputation for its open-air nightclubs and music festivals, as well as its roast lamb and sheep’s cheese
  • Mljet consisting mainly of a forested national park, and home to two saltwater lakes
  • Cresa rugged, wild island with over 300km of walking trails
  • Vis a must-visit spot for food and wine lovers

Sound good?

It is about to get even better…

Up until now, travelling between Croatia’s different islands was not easy, due to unreliable public ferries and expensive charter boats.

However, 2018 sees the launch of UberBOAT, a new venture by the popular ride-sharing app.

As you can guess, UberBOAT is all about on-demand boat transfers, as well as private tours, making it so much easier to explore all that Croatia has to offer.  

Botum Sakor National Park, Cambodia

The largest national park in Cambodia, the Botum Sakor National Park stretches across the south west of the country, and boasts a wide range of ecosystems, from evergreen rainforests to coastal plains.

As you can imagine, there is plenty to see here, but there is one part of the park that tends to be the highlight for most visitors…

This is the 700 square mile Southwest Elephant Corridor, home to the largest population of Asian Elephants in Cambodia. You will also find everything from waterfalls to saltwater crocodiles to traditional villages here, meaning that this area should be the focal point of your visit.

So, why visit in 2018?

Because this is the year that Shinta Mani Wild Bensley Collection is going to be opening up in the park. 

Wondering what this is?

It is a luxury eco-camp, set along a beautiful river and waterfall, offering a view unlike any other. Here are a few of the amenities that this camp will be offering up:

  • Private, luxury expedition boats for guests
  • Personal rangers
  • The opportunity to accompany researchers on expeditions
  • A bar and restaurant perched on the edge of a waterfall
  • A full-service spa featuring natural products
  • Stilted vintage safari-style luxury tents

Kangaroo Island, Australia

The third largest of Australia’s islands, Kangaroo Island is all about wildlife, bushland, adventure and exploration.

This is the place to go if you want to experience true Australian rugged natural beauty, and the best part is that it can be reached in just half an hour from Adelaide.

As you can imagine from its name, plenty of animals call Kangaroo Island home, from kangaroos to wallabies to koalas, which are now actually overrunning the island.

Kangaroo Island, Australia

The island is only home to 4500 people, and they live a slower, more relaxed, pace of life, which is something that most visitors really appreciate.

Wondering where to stay?

There are actually quite a few accommodation options, ranging from the budget to the luxury.

Want a more challenging vacation?

Then take on the new Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, which only opened last year. The trail stretches out for 61 kilometres, taking about five days to complete. 

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has been trying to focus on their tourism trade for a few years now, but there has been one major problem…

The country does not actually allow tourists to visit.

Wondering why it is on this list?

Because this is all set to change this year in 2018, with plans in place to begin issuing tourist visas in the first quarter

What’s changed?

Saudi Arabia is trying to change their image, with a huge redevelopment project currently underway to create a range of luxury resorts. They are also lifting their ban on cinemas, while now allowing women to drive.

So, what is there to do in Saudi Arabia?

Quite a few things:

  • Visit Mada’in Saleh, an ancient caravan city filled with desert tombs
  • Explore Al’Ula, a 2000 year old ghost town, made from mud and stone, that lies in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert
  • Visit the Al Wahbah volcanic crater, which is home to a field of salt
  • Take a cable car ride to the top of Jabal Sawda, in the Asir National Park
  • Sample the delicious local cuisine
  • Haggle for some bargains at the local souqs

The best part of it all?

So little of the country has actually been seen by outsiders, so by visiting in 2018, you will be amongst the first tourists to see all of these incredible places.

Hoi An, Vietnam

A city rich in cultural gems, Hoi An was granted its UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1999, and tourism has been increasing rapidly ever since then.

Many would say that Hoi An is one of the most atmospheric of Vietnamese cities, because it has everything from grand architecture to a well-preserved historic district, giving you a balanced taste of old and new.

Speaking of tastes…

Vietnamese cuisine is definitely one of the highlights of visiting this country.

Hoi An is the perfect place to taste the country’s exquisite delights, with these restaurants in particular being stand-outs:

  • Morning Glory – the owner of this restaurant has turned traditional home cooking into restaurant quality dishes, recreating recipes that have been passed down for generations
  • Mango Mango – sat right across from the riverbank, Mango Mango serves up traditional Vietnamese fare, as well as a few Western classics
  • Ancient Faifo a menu that features ancient recipes with a twist, as well as a tasty tapas selection. You will also find a bar area here, as well as an art gallery that showcases local Vietnamese artists
  • White Marble Wine Bar and Restaurant a simple menu but one that features key regional specialities
  • Central Market Food Hall one of the best places to sample freshly cooked street food dishes

Other than eating, there is plenty else to do in Hoi An…

The city’s Old Town is one of its main attractions, as is the Japanese Bridge, which was built in the early 1600s. There are also quite a few museums to tour, from the Museum of Folk Culture to the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture.

Japanese bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam

Need a bit more adventure?

Try hiring a motorbike to explore the city, or take a boat ride through the water coconut groves. Kayaking is another popular activity, as is scuba diving and snorkelling, with daily boat trips to Cham Island for this purpose.

Wondering what makes 2018 so special for Vietnam?

Simply put, the fact that prices are quite low. From accommodation to food to attraction fees, Vietnam is a great country to visit for those on a budget, and an even better country to visit for those looking to splash out.

Salvador, Brazil

The fourth largest city in Brazil, Salvador is often overlooked in favor of its larger neighbours when it comes to tourism, but it has recently been emerging into the spotlight.

Up until recently, its city center felt almost like a ghost town, but this has been rapidly changing, with its 400 year old buildings bursting with life once again.

The city has an energy that really needs to be felt to be understood, and this is partly due to the fact that Salvador is the musical and cultural center of Brazil. No matter where you go in the city, you are likely to hear local beats wafting down the streets.

The increase in tourism has urged the city to improve its public transportation options, and it now offers everything from a user-friendly shuttle bus from the airport to the city, to a new Metro line.

Wondering what there is to do here?

These are some of your options:

  • Visit Largo do Pelourinho, a restored colonial square that used to be a slave-trading market, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site 
  • Take in the sunset over the Baia de Todos Santos
  • Enjoy an outdoor sunset jazz performance
  • Spend the day on one of the city’s gleaming sandy beaches
  • Take a day trip to one of the nearby towns or villages
  • Visit a few museums

When should you visit?

Well, that depends on the vibe that you are after. February is the month of Carnival, so if you would like to see the city’s famous street parties, this is the month to visit. Other than that, December through to April are the best months, as this is summer in Salvador. The rainy season is in June and July, so you are best skipping these months.

Singapore

Singapore may be small, but this island country is one that many have heard of all around the world.

Why?

Because it is constantly making a name for itself, with recent accomplishments being the fact that it boasts six of the best bars in the world, as well as 47 Michelin stars, making this the perfect destination for foodies.

extensive view of Singapore

If you are a foodie, then you will likely have already heard of Singapore’s delicious culinary scene, with everything from local street stalls to fine dining restaurants being worth a visit. 

But with Singapore constantly expanding on its reputation, what makes 2018 the year to visit?

All of the new accommodation options that will be available to you. The Andaz has recently opened, with its fine dining restaurants arranged in a traditional hawker court fashion on the 25th floor, while the Raffles Hotel, the most iconic in the country, is undergoing its first revamp since 1991, and will be welcoming three new celebrity chefs to its roster

There are many that think that Singapore is a destination solely for city-lovers, but this is not strictly true…

While there is no denying that Singapore is an extremely built up country, there are many places to go where you can get away from it all. The Singapore Zoo is laid out in an open-plan way, making you feel as though you are walking through a rainforest, while the country’s beaches offer a quiet respite. The Botanical Gardens are also not to be forgotten, while Fort Canning Hill features a number of historic landmarks.

Of course, for those who do love city life, you will love all that Singapore has to offer, from its glittering shopping malls to its pulsating night life.

February to April tend to be the best months to visit, as this is after monsoon season, but before it gets too hot. There are now so many new non-stop routes to this island nation, making it easier than ever to pay it a visit. Do not worry about airport queues either, since Singapore’s Changi Airport has long since been known as being the best in the world.

If this is your first time visiting South East Asia…

You may want to take advantage of Singapore’s convenient location and combine your visit with a few other countries. The islands of Indonesia are just a short boat ride away, while Malaysia is accessible by both train as well as car.

If you have not yet started planning your 2018 vacation, these are definitely some destinations worth considering. From island-hopping around Croatia to desert camel rides in Saudi Arabia, each of these places promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Trendiest Travel Spots for 2018
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  1. evonne Brooks Reply

    There are a lot of really great travel tips.

  2. Heather Swanson Reply

    gorgeous pictures

  3. DONNA HEIGHT Reply

    what beautiful photos someday I would love to travel to Greece (Athens) 🙂

  4. Jeanne Traeger Reply

    Croatia is definitely on my bucket list!

  5. Judy Thomas Reply

    Gorgeous photos! I would love to visit those places.What about New Zealand? 🙂

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    Would love to visit all of these places!!

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  9. Bonnie Wemyss Reply

    I would love to visit many of these places as they all sound so interesting!

  10. Deborah Onoja Reply

    Lovely write-up. I learnt a lot

  11. Arlene Houlroyd Reply

    Brazil would be my first choice. It sounds fabulous.

  12. kesha Reply

    These places all sound amazing! I would love to visit them all.

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  14. Sally Reply

    I would love to see these places especially Kangaroo Island!

  15. Diana Reply

    Breath takingly beautiful travel spots to vacation or dream abput vacationing there!

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    thanks for the great travel info

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  18. Ashley B Reply

    It is my dream to go to Australia-definitely on my bucket list! And kangaroo island sounds awesome!

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    No vacation plans yet

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    The world is amazing and I love to explore it widely!

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    I love your articles I learn so much

  24. Paula L Davis Reply

    Kangaroo Island, Australia sounds perfect to me

  25. Justin Reynolds Reply

    Bourdain makes the food in Singapore look delightful.

  26. Jess Elmore Reply

    I love this article! I want to go to every place you listed above! Thank you for a great post.

  27. Linda Bragg Reply

    These are all amazing places to go visit and to vacation. If I were to choose one it would be to Australia to Kangaroo Island. My mother was from W. Australia and I did go there years ago but did not make it anywhere near Kangaroo Island. So I would love to go there one day.

  28. Melinda Reply

    Someday would love to visit Ireland has always been my dream vacation.

  29. Rachel Collins Reply

    I would love to go to any of these amazingly, beautiful places.

  30. Theresa A. Reply

    These are no doubt some of the most scenic spots in the world – and quite appealing to world travellers, especially those looking for new vacation destinations.

  31. Darla Reply

    Good to know!

  32. Aria H. Reply

    I would love to go to any of these places! I have not been on a great trip for a long while.

  33. Imane Alami Reply

    Awesome;i like Singapore so much

  34. Joyce McDaniel Reply

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  35. Susan Tice Reply

    Very interesting

  36. Lucineia Tancredo Reply

    awesome!

  37. Paulina Reply

    love this list!

  38. Gloria Luongo Reply

    Croatia looks beautiful.

  39. JANA MOSELEY Reply

    Croatia sounds exotic and fantastic to me!

  40. Alicia Hewitt Reply

    These places look, and sound, wonderful! I hope one day I can visit them! I really want to go to Australia!

  41. Anne C Reply

    Bucket lust! I’ve only been to one country in that list. Hoping to visit the rest soon!

    • Anne C Reply

      List! List! Sorry for that typo!

  42. Nancy Thompson Reply

    Nice pictures.

  43. Brook Alyson Heath Reply

    Singapore looks and sounds so lovely!! Will I ever be able to afford to travel there? Well, I’ll set it as a goal and hope to writhing the next 10years!!

  44. Jamie Johnson Reply

    I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Australia! And now, thanks to the internet, some of my closet friends live there! They send me pics all the time, and if I could choose ANYWHERE to go, it would be to Bondi Beach, in Australia. It truly has EVERYTHING, from mountains and snow to the bush and desert! I had no idea they even had snow in Aussie until I saw the pictures for myself. And honestly, who doesn’t want to see a kangaroo?

  45. Amy Orvin Reply

    These places look so fun to visit. I would love to have the chance to visit at least one.

  46. Monica Laban Reply

    I love to travel and really enjoyed reading this blog post. Great pictures and great info!

  47. Jennifer Pellicone Reply

    Australia is on my go-to list! Now I can narrow down where to go: Kangaroo Island!!

  48. Rita Sheppard Reply

    Beautiful places! There are several I would love to visit.

  49. Jan Reply

    Really great if you can afford to go there

  50. Toni Sprouse Reply

    These pictures are astoundingly beautiful! I have never traveled out of South Carolina, Georgia, or North Carolina, and I’m simply amazed at all the beauty of the world! Thanks for sharing this post!

  51. Sylvia Svihel Reply

    With the world unrest I am putting off visiting other countries on hold.

  52. Amethyst Reply

    Singapore is beautiful!

  53. AJ T. Reply

    Beautiful photos. Too bad the actual travel spots rarely end up looking like the photos.

  54. Janet Meisner Reply

    The pictures are travel spots are so lovely.

  55. Connie Hickox Reply

    I have never before considered going to any of these location. They sound very interesting and exciting and would certainly think about my next vacation

  56. Katie Bellamy Reply

    I’d love to go to any of these beautiful places!

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  59. Luanne Lawler Reply

    Would love to go to Singapore

  60. Gabrielle Reply

    I’d love to visit all these places, especially Saudi Arabia and Hoi An!

  61. Irina Gnatiuk Reply

    Beautiful places!

  62. Nancy Reply

    Want to go to Australia now.

  63. Lisa Miller Reply

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  64. Devid Hendrawan Reply

    Wohoo, very nice

  65. Kael H. Reply

    Ever since I first saw Game Of Thrones I wanted to see Croatia.

  66. hanh nguyen Reply

    Hoi AN is beautiful!!

  67. Angela Burns Reply

    Amazing!!!

  68. Cassandra D Reply

    I would love to explore the kangaroo, wallabies and koalas in Kangaroo Island, Australia.

  69. Dhanya Reply

    Wow great article

  70. Chava Zewicky Reply

    Singapore looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. I would love to visit.

  71. Barbara W. Reply

    Singapore intrigues me, but I think I’d choose Kangaroo Island, Australia, if I were given the choice to visit just one of the destinations. I love wildlife, and Australia has been on my list since I first made a list.

  72. Kathy Pierce Reply

    Awesome!!!!

  73. Sally S. Reply

    Such beautiful places…Wish I could visit them all, but Croatia I am in love with…Has so much beauty but yet looks like a place you would love to call home..

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  75. Brigitte Walsh Reply

    Australia appeals to me. I would love the chance to visit!

  76. Paul Williams Reply

    all amazing places, I’d love to get to!

  77. Margarita Viera Reply

    Great post!

  78. Shilpa Shetty Reply

    I will be visiting Singapore this summer,..super happy,.

  79. Aleksandra Kalicka Reply

    Australia is my dream !

  80. Marina Reply

    My favourite travel spot is Vis Croatia

  81. Mary Schultz Reply

    Would love to visit these places except Croatia which I have already been to and did not like.

  82. cleo Reply

    Some amazing scenery

  83. Treen Goodwin Reply

    I would so love to visit all these place , but Australia is on my bucket list for sure , they all look like amazing places 🙂

  84. sophie lapierre Reply

    Wow !!! Those places are sooo Amazing & Beautiful !!! It really like some dreaming ideal locations 😉 And then you think Oh, there’s people who live there everyday !!! Oh my….

  85. Julie Barrett Reply

    I’d love to visit any of these places! I’ve never been outside of North America so I would be thrilled to visit any exotic location.

  86. Gabrielly Reply

    I’d love to visit all these places.

  87. Carolyn Belair Reply

    I would love to visit Singapore!

  88. Helga Reply

    All fascinating countries. Would like to visit any of them.

  89. James Lee Reply

    I would love to go to Croatia. It looks beautiful.

  90. Sueha Reply

    Interesting

  91. Susan B Reply

    Gosh, some gorgeous destinations in the list to dream about during a cold, dreary UK winter.

  92. Eva D Reply

    so many of these places listed are on my bucket list. thanks for the great tips I hope to make it to some of these places

  93. Waldrop Reply

    great tips

  94. gloria webber Reply

    Would luv to travel to places like this!

  95. Deanna M Reply

    These are all amazing & beautiful travel spots. Greece and Singapore are already in my travel wishlist.

  96. Jack Riddle Reply

    AWESOME!

  97. She Reply

    Absolutely stunning pictures. I would love to visit many of these places.

  98. Heather W Reply

    I would love to travel to Greece one day (bucket list trip). The kiddies are finally getting to an age where I can make travel more of a priority.

  99. vErYdEeP1 Reply

    I so want to visit Singapore..So interesting..

  100. Lucy Rapposelli Reply

    These are Beautiful Pictures. Would love to visit someday

  101. Brenda Disimone Reply

    Thanks for the informative article ! Some of these places i never considered !

  102. shannon fowler Reply

    These are amazing places! I never thought about some of these.

  103. Katy Reply

    Beautiful places I would love too visit Australia.

  104. Kimberly Dunn Reply

    I would love to go to Australia!

  105. tammy smith Reply

    Beautiful pictures they look like great places to see.

  106. Chris Noe Reply

    I think Croatia would be top of my list from this list, although the food scene in Vietnam sounds fabulous. Thanks for the interesting info.

  107. Angela Mason Reply

    On my bucket list for sure! have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

  108. Amy Pederson Reply

    Thank you for all the wonderful information. It makes me want to
    grab my passport and go.

  109. jason mitchell Reply

    niceeeee……

  110. Rebekah Thompson Reply

    I absolutely love the pictures. My dad would die to go to Vietnam and I would love to go to Australia. I would take him to Vietnam if I was able first.

  111. Nidhi Chauhan Reply

    Gorgeous pictures. Hopefully I can visit all these gorgeous countries in near future.

  112. Kelly Reply

    I would love to visit these places especially Australia

  113. Ellen Watkins Reply

    Wow! Great pictures. I would love to visit those places myself.

  114. Dana L Reply

    What wonderful destinations! I definitely would love to go to Croatia! The Beaches look beautiful!

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  116. Vickie L Reply

    I don’t know any spanish! lol Just a joke there folks. Beautiful and gorgeous photo’s and tips!

  117. Brandy Crabtree Reply

    Unfortunately, I don’t have any big vacation plans this year. I’m hoping I get the chance to though. I really want to travel.

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    My birthday is Valentine’s Day and I would absolutely love to win this thanks so much for the chance. Fingers crossed.

  119. Gail S. Reply

    I would love to travel abroad. I will have to start saving up alot of money to travel.

  120. leslie Reply

    beautiful!

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  122. Debra Coleman Reply

    I would love to go to Viet Nam with my family to met my daughter-in-law’s family

  123. LUZY GUNTER SMITH Reply

    WHAT AN INTERESTING PLACES TO VISIT

  124. rita leonard Reply

    so many places to visit. I would love to see Singapore. lovely descriptions.

  125. Shirley OFlynn Reply

    These are lovely travel destinations. I have always wanted to visit Australia.

  126. Margaret GALLAGHER Reply

    What a list – filled with so much beauty – im spoilt for choice

  127. faith cairns Reply

    there are a lot of beautiful choices here. would love to visit all of them.

  128. Aubrey Daniels Reply

    Great travel tips on beautiful cities!

  129. Carolle Wieler Reply

    Love the writer’s style of making these wonderful places burst into life, as though you are there already.I would love to visit Singapore to sample the lovely food, scenery, and friendly people.

  130. Michelle Garrity Reply

    Would love to visit Singapore!

  131. Anna Dark Reply

    USA is my go to!

  132. Cynthia C Reply

    I love traveling. If I had the resources, I’d go to all these beautiful places.

  133. gloria patterson Reply

    WOW wish someone would take me to all these wonderful spots

  134. Nicole Margrif Reply

    Great travel tips, I love to travel to Greece.

  135. wen Reply

    I would love to visit all these wonderful places, especially Kangaroo Island in Australia

  136. Cristina Popescu Reply

    Amazing place, great photos!

  137. Jodi Hunter Reply

    I would love to go to so many of these places.

  138. Natalia Reply

    So beautiful

  139. Judith Watson Reply

    I would love to go to any of these amazing places. They are very unique, and awe inspiring.

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    Have passport will travel! Hope I win some great Orogold products!!

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    bags are packed

  142. Anita Jude Reply

    These places looks like wonderful places to visit

  143. jessie Reply

    Kangaroo Island, Australia has been my dream vacation! Thanks for the great travel tips.

  144. Deborah Caudill Reply

    Thanks for all of the information on these lovely travel spots. I am not sure which one I would most like to visit. The photographs are gorgeous.

  145. Meredith Jones Reply

    I would love to go to Kangaroo Island!

  146. Steve Bobula Reply

    I would love to bring me wife to Australia. Just dreamy! 🙂

  147. Kelly Freeman Reply

    Australia is so beautiful

  148. Kimberly B. Reply

    I’d love to go to Brazil. Lots of stuff to do.

  149. Dana Smith Reply

    Interesting travel destinations, thanks for the tips!

  150. liz Reply

    Great travel tips

  151. Kristy Lines Reply

    I’ve been dying to go to Croatia. Hope I get there someday!

  152. Jennifer Thatcher Reply

    Beautiful

  153. jennifer thorne Reply

    Australia is my dream destination.

  154. susan byrne Reply

    I would love to go to Australia. It’s a dream of mine, hopefully I will be able to go some day.

  155. Katie B Reply

    Every single place here sounds amazing!

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  157. chung Reply

    I would love to visit all these amazing places!

  158. Patricia Nesbitt Reply

    Gorgeous pics!!

  159. Julie Waldron Reply

    These all look like beautiful places to visit! If only I had the money….

  160. scott Reply

    Amazing places. I would love to visit Australia!

  161. taylor Reply

    Thanks for the article. Australia is on my bucket list!

  162. Jessica Cox Reply

    I want to be trendy! lol Bucket list goals.