Where Travel Channel Editors Are Going in 2018

Add these destinations to your bucket list.

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I'm hopping on the Iceland bandwagon in 2018. After years of looking at everyone else's amazing photos on Instagram, I decided I needed to experience it for myself. I haven't quite planned my itinerary yet, but I'd like to check out the Blue Lagoon and the black-sand beaches on the southern coast. I'll be there in March, so I'm also hoping to catch the northern lights. — Shannon Petrie, Managing Editor

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I'm headed to Amsterdam in early June. This should be a great time of year to tour the city and countryside by bike and canal boat. As a cycling enthusiast, I'm especially excited to visit this famously bike-friendly city. I also plan to visit the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum. So much to look forward to. — Paul Cox, Director of Site Operations

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I'm headed to Cuba in early January. My husband and I are going with four other couples. We've all been talking about going for a few years. One of our traveling partners sourced a tour company and spoke to them about our particular interests and they crafted a tour just for us. We will be staying in private residences and touring around in vintage cars. I'm most looking forward to diving into the local food and checking out the culture of Cuba. — Michele Purcell, Executive Producer

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New Zealand

I fell in love with New Zealand on my first week-long trip a few years ago, came home and convinced a couple friends to join me on a three-week trip a few months later. Two trips to this adventure wonderland aren't enough and I'm planning on my third visit in 2018. With bucket list thrills like ice climbing Fox Glacier, kayaking through Milford Sound or jumping off a cliff in Queenstown, there are so many activities to bring a smile to my face. — Arthur Hsu, Producer

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Madrid is one foodie destination that I discovered recently and I'm going back for another long weekend. I even bought the second ticket before I went on my first trip solely based on a good deal and what friends have said about the city. There's endless tapas, jamon ibérico, gin and tonics and seafood throughout the city and it's all delicious. — Arthur Hsu, Producer

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Portland, Maine

Not the one in Oregon — the other Portland. Several new restaurants and breweries have put this charming coastal town on the food map in recent years. Since I live in a landlocked state where quality seafood is hard to come by, I plan to indulge in plenty of fresh oysters and lobster rolls. I also hope to check out a few breweries and The Holy Donut, a popular doughnut shop where the key ingredient to their moist doughnuts is...potatoes? Yep, potatoes! When I've had my fill of seafood and craft beer, I'll make the 20-minute drive to see Cape Elizabeth, the oldest lighthouse in Maine, and I'll then head to Bar Harbor about three hours north of Portland to explore Acadia National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi River. — Laura James, Assistant Editor

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Mount Rainier National Park

I've been a backpacker for years, but my trips usually end at four or five days. A goal for next year is to tackle a longer thru-hike, and at 93 miles and 9-10 days in length, the Wonderland Trail at Mount Rainier National Park fits both my goal and my available vacation time. The trail is by wilderness permit only, so wish me luck when I submit my application come spring. — Kelly Smith Trimble, Executive Editor

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park in Montana is so good and I'm trying it again. Last year, I had a medical emergency and had to be rescued on day one, eight miles into the six-day backpacking trip. I'll never forget when the ER doctors asked me where I was supposed to head next. I said, "Hole in the Wall," (a backcountry site 14 miles in) and they unanimously reacted like I just missed out on the most beautiful site that existed in the park. So, I'm looking forward to another breathtaking drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, a possible stay at Granite Park Chalet, "Hole in the Wall," and most important, completing the trip! — Haven Wertz, Executive Producer

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Patagonia (Chile + Argentina)

Patagonia has long been sitting at the top of my bucket list for backpacking/wilderness destinations. I'm heading down and doing an 11-day hike in Torres del Paine National Park. Also, I'm tentatively planning on bringing my inflatable stand-up paddle board and doing some day trips in glacial lagoons (weather pending). I'm looking forward to the amazingly beautiful and remote landscapes. — Alisha Bube, Associate Product Designer

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South Island, New Zealand

I'm visiting a friend who is moving there and doing a winter road trip/ski trip around the South Island. I'm looking forward to escaping the crowds with some off-season adventures and road tripping with an old friend in a new place. — Alisha Bube, Associate Product Designer

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