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5 Places You Can't Miss In 2018

5 Places You Can't Miss In 2018

The world is full of beautiful adventures in corners all over the world Make it a goal in the new year to see at lest one place you've always dreamed of. Below are 5 destinations + one bonus island that you have to see to believe... 


1. seoul, korea

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Anyohaseyo! Welcome to Seoul, Korea - home to some of the wildest adventures. One minute you could be taking in city views on old fortress wall - and the next be shopping in one of the coolest  street markets. The food, the people, and the energy of Seoul is not to be missed.

Seoul Fortress Wall | Free | Location

Make your head spin at the Trick-Eye-Museum for the day or enjoy a Seoul treasure - a 32cm tall ice cream cone! This vanilla chocolate swirl was almost enough for me to pack my bags and stay!

Trick Eye Museum | ₩ 15,000 = $13.75 | Tickets + Info
Ice Cream Cone | ₩ 3,000 = $2.75 | Location

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When in Asia visiting theme cafes is a must do. Pick from themes like Hello Kitty, Monster, Charlie Brown, and various animals + tons more. I can't wait to go back just to see more cafes! We decided to stop in at the Raccoon Cafe to see what the hype was about - lets just say the hype is TOTLLY worth it.  

Raccoon Cafe | ₩ 6,000 = $5.50  | Location

2. toronto, canada

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Hello from the 6! Toronto could easily be my next place of residence. With major adventures like Niagara Falls and food from just about every corner of the world, it's easy to see why it is such a favorite. The perfect mix for travel - a far out foreign country, where you can still read the menus and ask someone for directions ;)

Niagara Falls | Free or Paid | Tours + Park Info

Check off seeing one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World by going up The CN Tower. Standing well over 550 meters off the ground will give you some of the best views of the Six and ocean side. And no trip to Toronto is complete without a trip to Sweet Jesus. This ice cream joint will blow your tastebuds with its decked out swirls and shakes. 

CN Tower |  C$36  | Tickets + Info
Sweet Jesus | C$ Varies | Flavors + Info

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Toronto can not hide from the amazing street art covering the city. You can read more on Graffiti Ally in a post here, but just know the art is something you have to see for yourself. I still wonder how they get all this detail on the top of huge buildings!

Graffiti Ally | Free | Info + Location

3. gent, belgium

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Bonjour to Fairyland! The second I stepped out the car here in Gent - I felt like I was transported to an old European book. The Castles and buildings alone are enough to swoop you off your feet, so don't even get me started on the food. Gent is one of the most vegan friendly cities so you are sure to find a bite for every tastebud. 

St. Nicholas Church | Free | Info + Hours

Besides amazing food - noting is sweeter than dessert in Gent. We got some of the most interesting and flavorful fresh Marzipan on the street from such a friendly guy - but what we really came for was the waffles. Belgium is know for Belgium Waffles & they a b s o l u t e l y live up to the talk. This was the best one I've has so far - you can easily find them on most street corners!

Belgium Waffle | € 1 - 5 = $5.90 | Places to Go

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The Fairytale city would not be complete without a castle to wonder. The Castle of the Courts is open for a paid tour but the city view up top makes the journey worth it. How often do you get to explore an old lords castle? 

Castle of the Courts | € 10 = $11.75 | Tickets + Info

4. nara, japan

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Kon'nichiwa from Japan! While there may be about 1,000 reasons to go to Japan - seeing the deer at Nara Park top them all. This unreal opportunity to hang out, pet, and feed wild deer is only an experience found here. Unlike the States, deer cannot be hunted here making humans nothings but friends to Bambi! 

Nara Deer Park | Free | Park Info

Temples come by the handful in Japan making every new spot feel like a magical far out land. Most are free to explore, and others have small fees or donation bins. Be sure to see at lest one. When you visit the deer also buy a few crackers to share with them! 

Deer Crackers | ¥ 150 = $1.30 | Found throughout park 

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Besides the adorable deer running free, the park is a must see regardless. A true Japanese style of zen is felt throughout the park and its insane beauty. Make sure you stop and stare at the water - those water spiders were so freaky but I also couldn't look away HA! 

Nara Park | Free | Park Info

5. amsterdam, netherlands

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Oh yes, Amsterdam. Now this is probably already on the wish list - so I am just here to reinforce it - and maybe move it to the top :) The images painted in your head are spot on with the unreal canals and adorable waterfront houses. Oh, and biking here might as well be a religion so watch out! 

If I could sum up my favorite part of Amsterdam in one word it would be, STROOPWAFFLE! I still dream of the Carmely delicious treat. Your life will not be complete until you've had one. You can find them on a street corner, cafe, or the donut at Dunkin' Donuts will suffice too :) 

Stroppwaffle | € 2 = $ 2.35 | Places to Go

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Like I mentioned bikes are a huge thing here so feel free to rent one to get around - or take the public tram! Driving is honestly just scary and parking is a nightmare, so save your self the stress! Make sure you check out the Red Light District, Museums, and the Amsterdam sign to get the full experience of this unique city. 

bonus: OAhu, hawaii

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Everyone needs a little tropical getaway! Oahu is the most popular island in the Hawaii chain for a reason. Loaded white unreal hikes, beaches, adventures, and eats you will surly fall in love the minute your toes hit the sand. 

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Vitamin Sea is important to any healthy diet. Hawaii's waters will blow you away by the mesmerizing beauty they hold. From swimming with turtles and dolphins, to all the fish in the sea you will quickly become an ocean child. And whats better than a shave ice after a long day at sea? Nothing! 

Waikiki Beach | Found in Best Beaches
Joys Shave Ice | Found in Island Eats

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