From white sandy beaches to clear blue waterfalls, tropical green jungles and immersive cultural experiences, there is no doubt in our mind that everyone reading this has their own form of a bucket list – whether it be something you have officially acknowledged, or rather just a few dream destinations which pop up on your Instagram and which you like; in the hope that one day you might be able to go there too.
A travel bucket list is what guides our experiences as we plan annual holidays and big vacations and is often influenced by who we choose to travel with and the kind of adventures or experiences we are seeking. While some opt for the most luxurious surroundings and facilities, such as the giant treehouses of Bali or the water-based luxury of the Adharia floating suites, others spend more time looking at the attractions and sites available to them.
So, how do you choose what to add to your travel bucket list, and where should you start as the world enters its new normal of safe travel and economic boosting?
Here are some of our favourite destinations for EVERY kind of traveller.
Moving over to Europe, Monaco is situated on the coast of France and is highly regarded for its luxury surroundings and the high end clientele who fill the streets every year. With links to the Monaco Grand Prix, incredible beaches and the famous Monte Carlo casino, Monaco is the perfect travel bucket list addition for groups of travellers looking for a good time.
Scottish Islands and Highlands
If you love getting outdoors and walking, with hotel options ranging from high end luxury down to affordable hostel-style stays, Scotland is for you. Home to the highland hills and magical walking trails, mountains and streams, interesting cities and the famous royal Balmoral Estate, Scotland is a place where everything you’ve seen on the movies really does come to life. Yes, they really do play bagpipes and wear kilts all the time. And yes, they really do put batter on everything! For an extra special experience, spend a day and a night on the waters of one of Scotland’s lochs.
Venice on a Vaporetto
The ultimate floating city of culture and history, Venice is an island full of charm, interesting sites and exquisite food and architecture. One of the most incredible things about Venice is that the island is subject to regularly flooding, and yet the buildings are still shrouded in ancient finery, and the shops sell the most high end wares and gifts. It’s not cheap, but get yourself on a gondola and lose yourself in the magic of the city on the water.
Temples, history and culture. These are the reasons people go to Athens – and the reasons that people will continue to visit Athens for years to come. Athens is Europe’s oldest city, to a trip to Athens is a trip shrouded in history and excitement.
People go to the Maldives for the incredible hotel suites on stilts, and the charmingly slow lifestyle. One of the top destinations for couples on a honeymoon, the Maldives is one of the most picture perfect locations in the world, with every guest group given their very own space atop the water to call their holiday home – overlooking uninterrupted oceans, and all serviced with the finest 5 star lifestyle.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui is famous for its giant Buddha, which many add to their bucket list simply to see the spectacle and snap their very own photo. However that is not all Koh Samui has to offer, with the island surrounded by clear blue seas, and populated with jungles, waterfalls, safaris and wonderful street markets. One of the most cultural and eye-opening experiences on our bucket list!
Finally, to Hong Kong, famous for towering skyscrapers, unlimited activities and sites to see, great food, and its very own Disneyland. A visit to Hong Kong is perfect for families, couples and travelling groups, though there are some areas which are more suitable for younger travellers than others, so take care to plan your trip carefully if children are coming along!
Aurora borealis in Norway
Every traveler’s bucket list should include viewing the Northern Lights, one of the most naturally spectacular phenomena that have the power of taking your breath away. The Northern Lights are a natural light display in the sky, and Norway with its open spaces and little light pollution is one of the best places to try to see the most impressive lights show. So try to discern the Northern Lights!
Skydive the Great Blue Hole
A giant underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize, the Great Blue Hole is one of the most famous destinations for scuba divers that are attracted by the chance of diving in crystal-clear waters and see millions of species of marine life including spectacular coral formations and tropical fish.
Baie Lazare, Mahé, Seychelles
The pretty village of Baie Lazare on Mahé was named after 18th-century French explorer Lazare Picault, who landed here when the French government sent him to explore the islands. One of the area’s main tourist attractions is the neo-Gothic Baie Lazare Church, dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, which provides a panoramic view of the area. The stunning beaches of Anse Soleil and Petite Anse are favorites, with their striking azure water and dazzling white sand.