While some folks argue that a bucket list is dreaming of things beyond your reach, we beg to differ. Just like any goal, bucket lists, including travel ones, push you outside your comfort zone and expands your vision. Yes, travel is one way to live your best life and we are all here for it. Best destinations for travel.
Everyone should take trips in their lifetime because sticking to one experience and burrowing into what you’ve always known leads to a boring life. For real, there are endless experiences planet earth has in store for you and it would almost be a crime not to indulge in them. After all, we are just exploring earth here but there are those who have “get some cheese from the moon and meet biker mice on mars” on their travel bucket list. Who are we to judge?
Considering that we are all different, what works for one may not necessarily work for another, thus, bucket lists vary. Luckily, planet earth provides ample locations to trigger the senses of a variety of individuals. Whether the airy deserts are your pleasure points or crystal clear lakes tick your fancy, you’ll find that there’s a spot for you. From The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, that’s teeming with marine life to the culture-rich Marrakesh in Morocco, the earth is indeed a beautiful place.
Finally, we would like to mention that this list is by no means exhaustive. Rather, let it serve as a guide to the must-explore destinations, and then whet your appetite for some more. Let’s face it, there’s so much wonder on this planet we call home that it’ll be impossible to create a comprehensive list. But then, we can start from somewhere. Can’t we?
These top travel destinations are some of the best around the world…
#1. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most pleasurable destinations for lovers of the depths. It is the world’s most diverse reef system teeming with marine life like no other place. Among its inhabitants are several rare sea plants, animals, and microorganisms. What also makes TGBR special, other than the nearly 5,000 marine and mammal creatures that call it home, is its size. The destination is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometers over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers. Interestingly, it is the only place on earth where two UNESCO World Heritage Sites meet.
#2. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Exotic birds, green vegetation, and crystal-clear waters converge to create the sight that’s Plitvice Lakes in Croatia. This National park is famous for the chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon — a feat no other place on earth can contend with. When visiting, you can either choose the vegetation-dense walkways surrounded by a canopy of trees or take the hiking trails that further intensify the adventure. Regardless of which you choose, you’ll certainly get a clear view of the impeccably pristine waters. And let’s not forget the electric boat ride across the blue-green waters.
#3. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Japan
In Kyoto, Japan, you’ll come across a bamboo grove that resembles a scene from a zen story. No wonder the destination promises tranquility and an escape from the bustle of the city. The bamboo forest towers high in the most symmetrical manner you almost wouldn’t believe it’s a natural masterpiece, but it is. Further proof that nature is indeed the best creator. When visiting, it is advised to go early in the day in order to beat the crowds and get some of the best photos.
#4. Take a trip to Israel or Mecca
This is obviously for the religious folks, and for a good reason. Your convictions could be strengthened when you experience the tangible aspects of your faith. Just imagine visiting the River Jordan — it would almost be like reliving the baptism of Jesus.
They say when you go to Rome do as the Romans do. That’ll be a lot considering the city’s labyrinth of activities that will keep you engaged irrespective of the duration of your stay. This scenic historical city is so addictive, that even the Romans are yet to sober up let alone tourists. To top it off, enjoy a myriad of Italian cuisines and the pizza is exceptionally yummy. Eat easy!
#6. The Bahamas
Of course, ‘just because ‘ is still good enough. Girl! Have you seen the beach full of swimming pigs in Exuma in the Bahamas? The word beautiful doesn’t begin to cut it — it’s nothing short of amazing. Whether it’s a solo trip, family holiday, girls’ weekend, or couples getaway, this is the perfect place to unwind. It’s like the entire environment was made to relax every strung-up nerve.
#7. Street Food Quarters, Bangkok
Top on the list of trips everyone should take in their lifetime is Bangkok, especially if food is the motivation. It is nearly impossible to avoid street food as the line between haute cuisine and fast food has been dramatically blurred. These roadside expert chefs have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and in-between meals from grilled satay to noodles.
#8. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
There’s no list complete of the best destination for travel without a good dose of wildlife, and the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania offers this. From Zebras to Rhinos, Hippos to Elephants and Girrafes, any wildlife lover will be at home right here. And let’s not even get started on the huge herds of gnu (wildebeests) and gazelles. No doubt, this location is a must-visit.
#9. Iguazu waterfalls
This is the waterfall of waterfalls and one of the widest globally. Sitting proudly between the borders of Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazu Falls is an intimidating sight perfect for lovers of adventure. I know what you’re thinking and yes, it’s more expansive than Niagara falls. It’s home to different species of plants and animals, so those with a knack for biology would also have a memorable time here.
Paris because, Paris! The city’s ambience, lifestyle, food, accent…what’s not to love about it? Someone, please get me a chair, I’m swooning already. Monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are the tourists’ top destinations when visiting this city, but if crowdy places are not your thing, you can enjoy fine wine at the Montmartre Vineyards. Honestly, you’ve not really been anywhere if you’ve not been to this magical city of lights.
#11. Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh legit put Morocco on the map with its intricate mix of cultures and impressive monochromatic buildings. The trade hub turned every jet setter’s travel dream is enchanting, to say the least. The snake charmers, desert experience, and maze-like streets make the red city [as it’s also called] a beauty to explore.
You only live once, don’t hesitate to live the best you can. Make it count.
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