By Caitlin Hornik
An essential list of 26 must-see cities and countries for travel addicts. Adventure awaits!
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We’re starting big, bold, and adventurous - because if you’ve never seen photos from Antarctica you’re truly missing out! The vast mountains combined with pristine nature and cuter-than-pie wildlife makes it one of our top-choice bucket list destinations.
Home of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the largest country in South America. Take a trip to see Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado, or sail down the Amazon River and into the rainforests. The culture is the real experience here, so if you can, plan your trip during the world-famous Carnaval celebrations - you’re in for a real treat!
South Africa is home to Table Mountain, which is regarded as one of the oldest mountains in the world! In addition to this natural wonder, explore the city’s various vineyards and wine tram, the multiple gardens, and the beautiful waterfront. Safaris are also available from Cape Town! Don’t forget - Africa's seasons are opposite than those of the US, so planning a trip to visit in August will land you in the dead of winter there.
Home to the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and some of the most luxurious shopping in the world.
The world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world held each August, is one of many reasons why this city makes the list. Edinburgh Castle, Old Town, and Georgian New Town are prime reasons to visit any time of year.
From countryside to shoreside, France has so much to offer. Enjoy the vineyards of Bordeaux, the glamour of Paris, or the picturesque seaside village of La Rochelle. Crepes, macarons, and bread - Oh YES!
The Top of the Rock (and the dozens of wild monkeys along the way) is worth the trip to Gibraltar. The rock rises almost 1400 feet out of the sea and can be seen for miles. The culture here is unique due to the territory’s varied history between Spain and Britain, though it is known today as a British Overseas Territory.
Hawaii’s rugged landscape and relaxed lifestyle makes it naturally appealing and gives it a solid place at the top of our to-see list. There is something for everyone in Hawaii, whether you enjoy the outdoors, laying on a beach, seeking adventure, soaking up culture, tasting new foods, or a combination of all of the above!
From Dublin to Galway and everywhere in between, Ireland has much to offer by way of cities and countryside. Explore the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher, and maybe (definitely) have a few pints along the way.
Home to Petra, which is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World!
Regarded by many as the most relaxing place to visit in Thailand, we recommend Krabi for its beautiful beaches, abundance of adventures, and the nearly 150 islands off its coast line.
Come to catch a glimpse of the Queen at Buckingham Palace, stay for the changing of the guard!
Home to some of the best dining and coffee in the world, Melbourne also has incredible wineries, shopping, and nature. The Great Ocean Drive is one of the world’s most scenic driving routes, with the 12 Apostles and surfers galore. The Yarra River provides a beautiful backdrop for daytime dining, where you might even catch local rowing teams in action. Melbourne is magic!
It sure is a heckuva town. If you’ve not experienced it for yourself, you’re missing out on the hustle and bustle of the greatest city in the world. World-class dining, shopping, and entertainment await you in The City That Never Sleeps!
Norway’s capital is situated at the head of the Oslofjord on the country’s southern coast. Known for its greenery and museums, Oslo was named the 2019 European Green Capital. This award recognizes the city for being a sustainable destination with eco-friendly restaurants, hotels, and businesses. Environment lovers rejoice!
Home to Machu Picchu, Peru is often referred to as “the richest country in the world.” This, due to its many archaeological sites, incredible nature experiences, deep history, culinary delights, and so much more. You’ll need to plan a lengthy trip to discover all of Peru’s riches!
Boasting North America’s oldest streets, a waterfall higher than Niagara Falls, and the most photographed hotel in the world, Quebec City is a little slice of heaven no matter what time of year you visit!
Iceland’s capital is home to the world-famous Blue Lagoon and offers a chance to see the Northern Lights. Need we say more?
Sure, you’ve seen photos of the whitewashed buildings set against the gorgeous blue Aegean Sea, but wouldn’t you like to see it IRL?! The beaches here have black, white, and red lava pebbles, making for a perfectly Instagrammable photo op!
Japan’s capital is a unique blend of traditional and ultramodern. Meiji Shrine is set amidst gardens in the city center, and is just steps from the bustling Harajuku culture hub. The world’s busiest street crossing at Shibuya Station is also minutes away. Add to this the numerous other attractions, potential day trips, and the opportunity to see Mount Fuji, and it’s easy to see why Tokyo makes the list.
This South American country has a beach-lined coast, which boasts the famed Punta del Este, and much to offer in the way of history and dining. Head to the capital, Montevideo, for world-class steaks in the marketplace and a quaint, cafe-filled Old Town.
The perfect blend of land and sea, Vancouver offers gorgeous mountains, bodies of water, and a plethora of activities to take it all in. Take a bike ride around Stanley Park, visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge, or visit Granville Island for the best shopping in the city. You’ll feel at ease in the enjoyable Pacific Northwest climate.
One of the four British Isles, Wales known as the “Land of Song.” Many famous singers and actors have emerged from Wales, including Tom Jones, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Rich in history with stunning countryside, there is so much to see and do throughout this lush country.
This seaside town in China is known for its tree-lined beaches and the surrounding countryside. It also boasts the world’s longest elevated cycling path and is a significant contributor to China’s arts and culture boom.
If you love ancient cities built by the Romans, you’ll love York!
This landlocked country in Africa is known for its diverse wildlife, which is found mainly within reserves and safari areas. Victoria Falls is a popular destination for safaris and water activities. Gweru and Bulawayo are also highly rated for nature walks, reserves and parks, and more!