Club Paraiso’s 2018 Travel Bucket List

This is the time of the year when we set personal goals, check on our professional path and swear by resolutions that may be forgotten in two weeks…BUT…it should also be the time of year to make a travel bucket list. Knowing where we want to go ahead of time can help us plan important details, like securing a table at a must-go-to-restaurant that’s always busy so reservations must be done months in advance. It can also help us save money by finding airfare deals if we book in advance or use miles. Finally, it will allow us to maximize our fun because we won’t waste time improvising once we get to our destination. I always keep a mental bucket list, but this year I decided to write it down and share with you. So here we go… (In no particular order)



Machu Picchu:

This destination has been on my travel bucket list for years! Before it became a popular Instagrammable background, I had been dying to get to Peru to witness the breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley. I would love to mingle with locals, buy all kinds of colorful goods and of course, sample all the delicious food. Fun fact: Peruvian food is probably my favorite of all time…well, tied with Thai…OK; fine…I just love food.

Photo Credit: Deborah Sandidge Photography

The day I get to Thailand, my life will be complete! Lol… I seriously think this is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world and I’d like to see it with my very own eyes.  The beaches, the temples, the markets and of course, the food! I’d love to go for my birthday this year. Does anyone know if December is a good time to go? If not, when is the best time to visit?

Photo Credit: Conde Nast Traveler
Photo Credit: Travel + Leisure
san andres island:

This beautiful island surrounded by a sea of seven colors is located in the Caribbean Sea on the northern coast of Colombia. It’s surprising, and a bit embarrassing, that despite being Colombian, I still haven’t explored much of my country – so in 2018 I definitely want to visit at least one new place in the country where I was born.

Photo Credit: Procolombia
new orleans:

Jazz, southern food and balconies are some of my favorite things, so not surprisingly New Orleans makes this year’s list. I imagine this city to be as it’s portrayed in the Disney movie “The Princess and The Frog”. I know that it may be way different, but I do look forward to walking the streets filled with shops and cafés, enjoying the live music in every corner, trying all kinds of Cajun dishes and taking lots of pictures. Is there anything I must see?

Photo Credit: Travel + Leisure
Photo Credit: Travel + Leisure
Charleston, SC:

I’d like to see more of the U.S. so continuing the southern trend…  I’d like to visit Charleston. To be honest, I don’t know much about Charleston other than what Jules from Gal meets Glam posts on her blog/Instagram. From her pictures, it looks beautiful! So I’m expecting to see tons of flowers in pretty little streets while experiencing traditional Southern hospitality.

Photo Credit: Gal Meets Glam
Photo Credit: Gal Meets Glam

I’m looking forward to another year of travel, new experiences and lots of yummy food… of course if there are other spots that squeeze into my travel calendar I’ll tell you all about it.

If you’ve been to any of these awesome destinations, please send me any recommendations you have. Restaurants, shops, must-visit places, etc., I want to know it all!

What’s on your travel bucket list this year? Join the club and comment below!


  1. Gail says:


  2. Céline says:

    Haha I just realized that I totally messed up the names cause I read the comments on this post and was still daydreaming about traveling when I wrote my comment! I mean HI SILVIA 🙂

    1. clubparaiso says:

      Haha no worries! I daydream about traveling ALL.THE.TIME. haha 🙂

  3. Céline says:

    Hey Trevor, those two pictures of Charlston really made me home sick right now! I did an exchange year in the U.S. almost 9 years ago and I’m still missing those cute houses with the wooden walls 🙂 I’m with you on Peru and Thailand, they have been on my bucket list for so long too! I admire that you were able to chose those few places. Whenever I try to make a real list and decide on where to go next I get so overwhelmed because there are so many amazing places in this world and I have yet to explore my own country, Switzerland. I’m new on your blog so where are you from? Are you Mexican?

    1. clubparaiso says:

      Hi Céline, welcome to Club Paraiso! I am Colombian but I often get asked if I’m Mexican. I’ve been living in the U.S for almost 18 years now (crazy!) and I still don’t know half of this country. So, yes, my plan is to visit Charleston soon and I also want to see all those cute houses with the wooden walls and front porches 🙂 I will be going to Peru in March, so make sure to visit the blog back often since I’ll be posting all about my trip! Also, making this very short list wasn’t easy…I still have hundreds of places I want to visit, but I made it with the intention of checking off all those places on that list in one year…keeping my fingers crossed to make it happen. 🙂

  4. Love your blog! It looks like we have the same bucket list, especially Thailand! Thanks for requesting permission to use the Machu Picchu photograph, I’m pleased you like it! I hope our paths cross again in the future! ~ Deb

    1. clubparaiso says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Loved your picture and definitely hope our paths cross again 🙂

  5. Trevor B says:

    I went to Thailand a few years ago in December and got to stay through New Years.. its the perfect time of year to go, the weather was beautiful and youre avoiding the monsoon season and the hot summer. Go to Chiang Mai in the north and then travel south to the beaches of Phuket or Ko Samui

    1. clubparaiso says:

      Hi Trevor, thank you for the recommendations!! I am so looking forward to making this trip happen 🙂 **fingers crossed**

  6. Monica Jorge says:

    December is the best month to go to Thailand since it is not raining season but it is also considered as the high season so expect for prices to go up. Buy the tickets way ahead. I will suggest you to stay away from Phuket since it is very touristic and not that pretty, instead go the islands in the golf. I could give you many tips about Thailand, you should considered adding Bali to the same trip, that has been my favorite destination so far. Don’t go to any of these countries during the last two weeks of May or June the rain won’t stop ! I loved New Orleans so much fun and the food is Deli. I am with you about Peru, can’t wait to gooooo !

    1. clubparaiso says:

      Awesome tips! Thank you, Monica!

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