Traveling Moms are at it again with their top international destinations to travel in 2018. Get ready to pack your bags for your best ever family vacation with these Traveling Mom approved international destinations. From Canada to Europe, the Caribbean to Africa, we’re presenting our 11 favorite international destinations with insider tips to make your vacation even better.

Jordan visit twice let me consider thwarting thre Crusaders in this fortress.

Consider the history of the Crusades in a specific fortress in Jordan. Photo by Christine Tibbetts, Cultural Heritage Traveling Mom.

Traveling Mom Approved: Top International Destinations to Travel in 2018

1. Oh Canada! Quebec’s Eastern Townships
2. Caribbean Island Escape to Jamaica
3. History and Culture in London, England
4. Northern Europe Charm in Tallinn, Estonia
5. Lithuania: Fairy Tales & Legends of the Witches Hill & Amber Bay
6. Beijing, China’s Massive Capital
7. Discover Authentically Disney and Distinctly Chinese in Shanghai
8. Skyscrapers, Big Buddha and Local Culture in Hong Kong, China
9. Experience Jordan, Where History was Born
10. Safari Adventure in Tanzania
11. TransAtlantic Cruise on Regent Seven Seas

Get ready to check international destinations off your travel bucket list!  We polled our Traveling Moms again this year, and these are their favorite international destinations for 2018.  Where will you travel this year?

Pack your bags for these 11 Traveling Mom approved international destinations from Canada to China and Northern Europe to South Africa.

Pack your bags for these 11 Traveling Mom approved international destinations from Canada to China and Northern Europe to South Africa. Photo: Pixabay

1. Oh Canada! Quebec’s Eastern Townships

Make time for yourself this year, Mom. You deserve it. Optimism TravelingMom Cathy Bennett Kopf recommends booking a wellness retreat for yourself or for you and your girlfriends. If you’re thinking you can’t because they’re expensive, think again. Canada makes the Traveling Mom list of top international destinations to travel as Cathy found a beautiful and affordable retreat just north of Vermont in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

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Spa Eastman offers guests various hydrotherapy treatments, classes focusing on relaxation, massages and amazing gluten- and dairy-free cuisine. The spa is tucked away on private wooded acreage laced with walking trails. Accommodations are spacious and rustic and the service is attentive. Cathy’s favorite part of the nightly turndown was the hot water bottle; it’s a great treatment for a tense neck.

When good-for-you food looks pretty too! A gluten-free and very delicious buckwheat crepe at Spa Eastman, Eastern Townships, Quebec

When good-for-you food looks pretty too! A gluten-free and very delicious buckwheat crepe at Spa Eastman, Eastern Townships, Quebec. Photo: Cathy Bennett Kopf/Optimism TravelingMom.

TravelingMom Tip: When booking a wellness retreat outside the U.S., make sure the technicians and instructors are bilingual so you can make the most of your wellness experience.

2. Caribbean Island Escape to Jamaica

Jamaica always tops the favorite international destinations to travel, and Dana Zucker, Luxe Traveling Mom, lists it as one of her family’s favorite getaways. They have visited many of the wonderful proprieties on this Caribbean Island.

Her family fell in love with Melia Braco Village, The Level area for the luxury and ability to have the entire resort but the concierge area as well.  It makes a perfect multigenerational destination as there is something for everyone.

Jamaica lands on the Traveling Mom Approved Top International Destinations to Travel.

This view is just one of many reasons why Jamaica and its Melia Braco Village is one of our favorite international destinations. Photo: Dana Zucker, Luxe Traveling Mom

TravelingMom Tip: Be sure to adventure off-property and enjoy the island of Jamaica as well.   Her family favorites include Chukka Good Hope and Mystic Mountain, to name a few.

3. History and Culture in London, England

View of the Westminster Bridge, Big Ben and Parliament from the London Eye.

View of the Westminster Bridge, Big Ben and Parliament from the London Eye. Photo credit: Deb Steenhagen / TravelingMom with Daughters

Sherry Wernicke, Luxe Traveling Mom, says there’s no reason NOT to stop in London when traveling to Europe or when you just need a little getaway. Filled with amazing history, culture, and neighborhoods, discover London and its vibrant and family-friendly atmosphere.

Traveling Mom Tip:  While London may be a big city, it is easy to navigate, use public transportation, and find many sights that are free to visit, making London a perfect for a 3-day family vacation.

4. Northern Europe Charm in Tallinn, Estonia

The capital of Estonia is Tallin with architecture dating back to its founding in the 1200's

The capital of Estonia is Tallin with architecture dating back to its founding in the 1200’s. Photo Credit: Diana Rowe, Traveling Grandmom

Traveling to Europe?  One of the top international destinations to travel in 2018 is Estonia, a country located on the Baltic Sea. The capital city of Tallinn captured Road Warrior TravelingMom Nasreen Stump’s heart. Its Old Town area is extremely well preserved boasting some architecture dating back to Tallinn’s founding in the 1200’s! The area is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bustling with shops, cafes, and bakeries there is plenty to do in modern times.

Prices on handmade linen items are extremely affordable making it the perfect spot to pick up souvenirs for friends and family. Be sure to locate one of Tallinn’s chocolatiers and enjoy a cup of drinking chocolate as you stroll around.

Tallinn is also home to more than 60 museums spanning many subjects. The Tallinn Song Festival Grounds is a great place to catch a concert if you don’t happen to be there during the Estonian Song Festival. Tallinn is uniquely its own city. It is a must add to your itinerary as you’ll find nowhere else like it.

Traveling Mom Tip: At the scenic overlook in Old Town, watch painters creating gorgeous city view canvasses. Numerous churches are open to the public. With varying architectural styles, you could spend a whole day exploring them.

5. Lithuania: Fairy Tales & Legends of the Witches Hill & Amber Bay

Hike the winding path of Witches’ Hill in Lithuania and its mystical wooden creatures, like “She Who Waits,” a fisherman’s wife waiting forever for those who have set sail. Photo: Diana Rowe, Traveling Grandmom

Northern Europe is also home to one of Diana Rowe, Traveling Grandmom’s favorite international destinations: Lithuania. The seaside villages in Lithuania bordering the Baltic Sea are filled with mystical legends.

One of the excursions offered on a Baltic Sea Cruise on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer is the ferry ride across Curonian Lagoon. Hike the winding shady path of Witches’ Hill, one of the ancient dunes of Juodkrante with its mythical wooden creatures etched into century-old pines. Other stops include the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Black Shore, a Baltic Sea beach and Weathervane gallery.

TravelingMom Tip: Steps from the cruise port, make sure to take time to explore Klaipeda, the third largest city in Lithuania. Explore the old town featuring German-style, 18th-century wood-framed buildings. Theater Square, the city’s main gathering spot, is home to the neoclassical Drama Theater.

6. Beijing, China’s Massive Capital

With so much to see and do in Beijing, China, Don’t miss the chance to see Beijing as the locals do. Take a pedicab tour!

With so much to see and do in Beijing, China, don’t miss the chance to see Beijing as the locals do. take a pedicab tour! Photo: Jennifer Kaufman, Wayfinding Traveling Mom.

Beijing is a captivating mix of old and new, according to Jennifer Kaufman, Wayfinding Traveling Mom, which is why this Chinese city is one of the top international destinations in 2018. From the ancient Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven (which Epcot fans may recognize from the China Pavilion in World Showcase!) to the modern era, historical Tiananmen Square, to the ultra-modern Sanlitun Village shopping center and “The Place” in Chaoyang District, there is so much to see and do in China’s capital city.

The ceiling of The Place is covered with one of the largest LED screens in the world, immersing visitors in a number of incredible scenes and atmospheres. In contrast, just an hour or so outside the city, guests can walk on the Great Wall of China – sections of which were built by hand as early as 221BC. Much of China is filled with this kind of juxtaposition, but nowhere as evident as you’ll see in Beijing.

TravelingMom Tip: Don’t miss the chance to see Beijing as the locals do. Take a Pedicab tour of the Hutong neighborhoods, and plan to spend some time in the Temple of Heaven Park; every day in the park, hundreds of senior citizens take dances classes on the lawn, form large “footbag” circles, or show one another up with gymnastics on the parkour equipment. You’ll never see a more lively, inspiring bunch!

7. Discover Authentically Disney and Distinctly Chinese in Shanghai

An enchanted storybook castle in Shanghai Disneyland.

An enchanted storybook castle in Shanghai Disneyland. Photo: Jennifer Kaufman, Wayfinding Traveling Mom

Shanghai is home to Disney’s newest park, Shanghai Disneyland, and it’s nothing like you’ve seen anywhere else in the world. Jennifer Kaufman, Wayfinding Traveling Mom says that the company’s guiding principle for the park is that it should be “authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese.” The blend of familiar Disney details and rich Chinese culture makes it one of the most unique tourist attractions in China — and one of the most unique Disney parks worldwide.

Visitors should also walk along The Bund, a promenade on the Huangpu River that is lined with colonial-era European architecture while overlooking the highly-recognizable modern Shanghai skyline. The famed skyline includes Shanghai tower, the second tallest building in the world, as well as the futuristic-looking Oriental Pearl Tower. When finished there, it’s just a quick drive to Old Town (Nanshi). The narrow streets and incredible old-style architecture are only matched by the incredible things to see, buy, and taste there!

TravelingMom Tip: Be sure to bring rain gear if you’re traveling to Shanghai during China’s rainy season, usually June-September. Wayfinding TravelingMom Jennifer Kaufman visited in mid-September; the rain didn’t stop for the four days they were in town, and the following week a similar group experienced a typhoon which brought even heavier rains. There is still plenty to see or do, but it’s more enjoyable when you aren’t soaked!

8. Skyscrapers, Big Buddha and Local Culture in Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong is home to the “Big Buddha”, the tallest seated Buddha statue in the world.

Hong Kong is home to the “Big Buddha”, the tallest seated Buddha statue in the world. Photo: Jennifer Kaufman, Wayfaring Traveling Mom

As an autonomous territory that was under British administration until 1997, Hong Kong is vastly different than mainland China in almost every way. The merging of British, Chinese, and Japanese culture (a holdover from military occupation for much of the 1940s) make Hong Kong distinct – and distinctly charming.

Want to experience the local culture?  Jennifer Kaufman, Wayfinding Traveling Mom suggests checking out the Stanley Market or Temple Street Night Market. Explore the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha – commonly known as “Big Buddha”, the tallest seated Buddha statue in the world. (Seriously, it’s tall.) Take in a breathtaking view of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Skyline – which has nearly 8,000 skyscraper and high-rise buildings. Visit Lantau Island and Hong Kong Disneyland, China’s first Disney Park and home to fan-favorite Mystic Manor. And since Hong Kong is relatively small and easy to get around, you can do all of this in just a few days – though you may want to extend your trip!

TravelingMom Tip: For less than fifty cents (truly!), take a 10-minute ride on the Star Ferry from Kowloon to Central district for some of the coolest views of the harbor and the skyline. A 60-minute Harbour tour will cost you just about $10USD, and is especially neat if you can time it with the nightly “Symphony of Lights” laser show.

9. Experience Jordan, Where History was Born

Jordan will fascinate the traveler, which is why this country is on the list of destinations to experience in 2018.

Jordan will fascinate the traveler, which is why this country is on the list of destinations to experience in 2018. Photo: Christine Tibbetts, Cultural Heritage TMOM

After Christine Tibbetts, Cultural Heritage TMOM experienced Jordan, she said that it is a lyrical country where music filters through everything — and that’s why you should add this country to your list of top destinations to experience in 2018. Listen in this land where scholars say history was born. Voices drift over archeological sites —  invitations to muse about ancient cultures.  The alphabet is graceful too.

Adjusting her western reactions took a few days, curious since I traveled anticipating differences. Walking where Jacob and Esau struggled over their birthright or Moses looked toward the Promised Land gave life to Bible stories in my head. There’s a statue some say is Lot overlooking the Dead Sea, and a cave near the Jordan River might have belonged to John the Baptist.

In the ancient city of Petra, where the Nabataean people carved buildings in massive sandstone of rose, purple and yellow hues in the first century BC, she better understood camel caravans and spice trading. Admiring doleful camel eyes and knobby knees in a western zoo pales by comparison with up-close experiences in Jordan. Join a caravan to traverse the vast Wadi Rum for a rich desert experience. Stay in a Bedouin tent one night, and a five-star luxury resort another.  Archeological sites showcase rediscovered cultures within ancient geology.

TravelingMom Tip: Calm yourself knowing Jordan is safe, calm, hospitable. Fly Royal Jordanian Air to jumpstart the cultural immersion en route. Choose an ecolodge for connections to community and a city hotel for modern Jordan.

10. Safari Adventure in Tanzania

One of the top international destinations to visit in 2018, raw and unedited, once you experience the great migration on your Tanzaniam safari, you will never be the same

Raw and unedited, once you experience the great migration on your Tanzaniam safari, you will never be the same. Photo credit: Terri Marshall-Holder, Globetrotting TravelingGrandmom

Nowhere in the world does the circle of life play out quite the way it does in Tanzania, says Terri Marshall, Globetrotting TravelingGrandmom. On the Serengeti, millions of wildebeest and zebras roam the expansive plains in the great migration—crossing the Mara River in the Northern Serengeti despite the dangers that await. Gazelles, impalas, Tope antelope, leopards, cheetah, warthogs, elephants, giraffes, crocodiles, hippos, hyenas, and lions: They’re all here along with countless species of birds including the ever-watchful vultures.

Traveling Mom Tip: On a Tanzanian safari, it’s possible to bear witness to new life as newborn giraffes find their balance on wobbly legs and the smallest elephants stay close to Mom waiting for nourishment. And it’s possible to bear witness to the end of life as you watch a pride of lions devour their kill from the night before. It’s raw, unedited and wondrous all at once.

11. TransAtlantic Cruise on Regent Seven Seas

does Regent Seven Seas Cruises offer a transatlantic cruise for a luxe grand crossing?

Photo credit Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Although not for every family, Dana Zucker, Luxe Traveling Mom recommends a transatlantic cruise. Here’s why she says it’s perfect for her family: “I would suggest it for yours if you love to be together, relax, enjoy luxury and love great food.  It is not for those seeking kids clubs and lots of activities on the Regent Seven Seas ships.  We love the ships due to the small size and calmness.  Those two things combined are a true luxury for us.”

TravelingMom Tip:  Your home away from home will be in a suite with a balcony on the Regent Explorer, a luxury cruise ship — and you’ll discover 15 days floats by quickly.  Basically, it is luxury on steroids floating across the Atlantic. You’re going to love it!