Studies report that traveling makes a person healthier and smarter. Even if one is not the most ardent traveling fan, having a list of places to visit in the next five years or more is a must. Whatever timeline available, there are always places that top the list for vacation destinations. I like a bucket list trip more than the average vacation because there is an added thrill. Whether it’s snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or seeing some celand runes carved into stones in beautiful Iceland, everyone has those dream trips in their mind that they promise themselves they will take one day, no matter what.

I’ve been scouring the internet for the best destinations worth adding to a bucket list and came up with the ultimate list of travel destinations. From white sandy beaches to world-famous destinations, here is a list of naturally attractive areas I think you should visit.

Finland

I would advise that when planning to vacation to Finland, the ideal dates would be between late August and early April. That’s because the bucket list item in this trip is the incredible phenomenon that is the Northern Lights. Finland is home to resorts tailored for viewing the Aurora Borealis. Spend nights under glass igloos so that you can shoot the Northern Lights while tucked away and safe from the cold. You don’t have to stay in a glass igloo to spot the Aurora Borealis, dress warm and go outside when it gets dark to see this remarkable phenomenon.

Cape Town, South Africa

If you are struggling to figure out what to do when you visit South Africa then visiting Cape Town could be something for you. It’s little wonder why Cape Town is one of the most visited destinations in Africa. The city, which is the largest in South Africa, is nestled between the sea and the mountains. The city’s dynamic and metropolitan nature also makes it an ideal tourist destination for all holidaymakers across the globe.

Some of the region’s highlights include; the Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, Camps Bay Beach, V&A Waterfront, and Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was famously imprisoned for 27 years. During my visit to South Africa, I enjoyed the outdoor sites in Cape Town that accommodate all kinds of adventurous activities. From paragliding to mountain biking and kiting surfing, the list of things to do is endless.

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza is well-known for the sizzling nightlife and scenic beaches. With all the notable European nightspots opening outposts in this Balearic island, you can count on Ibiza to exceed your expectations. The renaissance era fortifications like the Catedral de Santa Maria are some of the sites to see when you visit. At Ibiza, you spend your days on sandy beaches and nights in iconic nightclubs.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu is the least popular of the South Pacific nations. Even so, the place is a tropical haven complete with luscious rainforests and scenic beaches. For a vacation destination, I would recommend this to couples looking for a quaint escape. Enjoy swimming in the blue lagoons, rainforest excursions, ziplining and plenty other energy-packed activities. Cap the day off with a relaxing evening at your room with an oceanfront view of the sunset.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap is a South-East Asia destination that many travellers don’t seem to know about, or don’t take seriously when it’s vacation time. Siem Reap province in Cambodia boasts the largest religious monument in the world. The Angkor Wat temple complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Center and a marvel to behold. Besides the historical sites, you will also enjoy the scenery as Cambodia prides itself on lush greenery and thriving game life. Visit the floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake and learn about the profound local culture preserved for centuries.

Cinque Terre, Italy

Made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the seaside villages of Cinque Terre are a must-see for anyone who loves being on the road. The region is a collection of five towns built on the steep terraces of the Riviera coastline. Years of floods and mudslides have shaped the five villages into a picturesque phenomenon that you have to see to appreciate. Walkthrough the footpaths in the towns and enjoy the colourful buildings hanging on the devilishly steep terraces.

I love a good vacation and always take one when the chance presents itself. There is a lot to enjoy when you visit different parts of the world. Experts say that you live a happier life spending your money on experiences rather than things. A vacation to one of these breathtaking sites is sure to feature among the best experiences you got this year.

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