Spending money on experiences instead of stuff makes you happier, according to experts.
And few (if any) experiences are better than traveling the world.
Most of us at least have a list of places we’d like to go before we pop off–the so-called “travel bucket list”. Do you have one? If yes, just know that it’s not too late to begin checking off some of those unmissable destinations.
To help you get started, we’ve put together the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations you shouldn’t miss out on this year.
Whether you’re ready to explore the Great Wall of China or catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, we’ve got the details.
Here are 15 amazing bucket list places to visit around the world.
Catch a Glimpse of the Northern Lights
Ideally a great choice on anyone’s vacation bucket list, Northern Lights are simply one of the most spectacular marvels of nature. The dancing lights of the southern and northern hemispheres are Mother Nature’s way of giving us a free show of light.
The best time to catch the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is in the winter, with 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. being the prime viewing time. Park plenty of hot drinks and warm clothes if you’re going to stay awake in the open all night to see this breathtaking show.
Go to the Grand Canyon
If you want to see the Grand Canyon, make sure to save lots of energy and time. The first glimpse of the canyon’s brown hues is certain to blow you away.
The Grand Canyon is a UNESCO world heritage site with plenty to explore and see, so be sure to research and work out your itinerary based on what you want to get from the tour. There are many walking trails to pick from, as well as mule trips and hikes.
Explore the Galapagos Islands
Visit this pre-historic site and you’ll realize why Charles Darwin took this incredible destination to his heart. Amazing species and plentiful flora and fauna color this environment, making your adventure much more exhilarating.
Visit the Edinburgh Castle
The iconic Edinburgh Castle is one of the top tourist attractions in Scotland. The castle sits on the menacing Castle Rock and walking along the Royal Mile provides plenty to do and see from local cafes, shops, and entertainment.
Make sure to check out the castle’s crown jewels, which were used together back in 1540 to coronate Mary Queen of Scotland.
Explore Wildlife in Africa
A safari in the African wild is one moment of real adrenaline. You feel drawn to nature as packs of lions and herds of elephants roam around you freely.
This experience is utterly priceless and an adventure you’ll never forget for the rest of your life.
Eat the Best Pizza in the World in Napoli
Few will dispute the fact that the origin of pizza is Napoli, Italy. According to legend, pizza was first made by a cook called Raffaele Esposito in 1889 to honor Margherita, the queen of Savoy.
Whatever the story, one fact will always remain–there’s no pizza anywhere in the world that compares to the treats you’ll find in Napoli.
See the Vast Salar de Uyuni
Part of Bolivia’s Altiplano, this flat salt mass is the biggest in the world. Go across the salt flat and visit the salt brick buildings on the islands. Here, you’ll see local viscachas (a rabbit-like creature that belongs to the chinchilla family) and giant cacti.
Visit the Dead Sea
Lying between Jordan, Palestine, and Israel, this water mass has an extremely high salt concentration, meaning that anyone can float on it like a cork.
Its shores are over 400 meters below sea level, meaning that you’ll boast about being at the world’s lowest elevation when you visit.
Tackle China’s Great Wall
Wear your walking shoes and visit a part of the ancient forts that were built as early as in the 7th century BC. The wall is truly imposing, even though it might not exactly be seen from space.
Badaling is the most popular and most visited section of the wall. It was reconstructed in the 1950s.
Be Hypnotized by Taj Mahal
This stunning mausoleum was made by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 for his beloved wife. It took over 10 years to build.
With a striking white marble finish, UNESCO has described Taj Mahal as the “crown jewel of India’s Muslim art and one of the most beautiful masterpieces of heritage in the world”.
Trek the Himalayas
You don’t have to climb Mount Everest to be able to trek the Himalayas. The Himalayas mountain range has lots of trails to suit any adventure seeker.
The mountain range comprises hundreds of mountains spread across India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, and China. However, most tourists prefer to travel in Nepal or India.
Set off on a Trip to Antarctica
Imagine going round an iceberg in a kayak as a whale emerges beside you and penguins jump around your boat. This is how the kayaking experience is in Antarctica, one of the world’s top bucket list travel destinations.
Explore Ethereal Iceland
There’s hardly anywhere in world with as many historic landscapes as Iceland. The country’s beauty draws you in. And the diversity will make you not want to leave.
Appreciate Paris’s Iconic Eiffel Tower
Whether you visit Paris for its stunning views during the day or get a good vantage point at night (ideally with a drink in hand), you’ll see the Eiffel Tower illuminate the city in all its glory.
In fact, it’s safe to say that a visit to Paris isn’t complete without a quick glance at the Eiffel Towel.
See Jordan’s Lost City
Petra is an ancient rose-red city in the south of Jordan. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site that hosts thousands of tourists every year.
Lying half-hidden in the windy landscape of Southern Jordan, “discovering” this city becomes even more exciting. You may recall the city from scenes in “The Last Crusade” and “Indiana Jones”.
Check Off Your Travel Bucket List Today
Does this travel bucket list make you start planning for your next holiday? If so, start saving for these mind-blowing trips today.
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Happy bucket list trips!