In a world full of fascinating and exciting travel destinations, how do you decide where to spend your vacation days? For me, it’s about the scenery and the experiences. I want to go see something spectacular and try something new. Before you plan your next adventure, check out these incredible spots around the world!

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18 Breathtaking Locations that Should Be on Your Travel Bucket List

#1 – Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Iceland offers geysers, waterfalls, and spas, along with the midnight sun in summer months and breathtaking views of the Northern Lights in winter.

#2 – Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park in Canada offers amazing beauty in either winter or summer. Skiing, hiking, biking, boating, and wildlife-watching make this destination an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.

#3 – Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Switzerland is renowned for skiing and hiking in the Alps, of course, but don’t forget about the amazing cities. Shopping, architecture, and food (Swiss cheeses! Swiss chocolates!), train journeys, lake cruises, and a host of traditional festivals make this country a must-see.

#4 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Though its reputation is sometimes a bit risqué, Amsterdam is truly known for its extensive canal system and incredible museums. Cycle along one of the many bike paths or take a relaxing cruise down the canals on your way to visit the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rembrandt House, or the Rijksmuseum. This is a can’t-miss for art lovers!

#5 – London Arch, Port Campbell National Park, Australia

London Arch, Port Campbell National Park, Australia

Snakes, and spiders, and sharks – oh my! Thinking about the wildlife in Australia intimidates me, but the beautiful pictures of both urban and rural Australia make me think I have to make the trip someday. (And on the other hand – koalas and kangaroos!)

#6 – Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

There’s so much to choose from when it comes to planning a trip to Japan. From peaceful temples and gorgeous gardens to bustling shopping centers, exciting technological innovations, and cherished historic sites, Japan provides a wealth of options.

#7 – Blue Caves, Zakynthos, Greece

Blue Caves, Zakynthos, Greece

In Greece you’ll find both the ancient ruins of the Acropolis and the Parthenon and thoroughly modern theme parks and night clubs. Greece is especially well-known for its sun-soaked beaches and the incredible blue waters of the Aegean and Ionian seas.

#8 – Ubud Royal Palace, Bali, Indonesia

Ubud Royal Palace, Bali, Indonesia

Drink from the fountain of youth at Goa Gajah, explore the underground labrynth at Goa Gala-Gala, enjoy the charming Balinese gardens and intricate architecture of Ubud Palace, and soak yourself in holy water at Tirta Empul – Bali has so much to explore! All of that along with beaches, shopping, and delicious street food means Bali is a real vacation paradise.

#9 – Yukon, Canada

Yukon, Canada

If you like quiet and isolation instead of bustling cities and busy beaches, the Yukon in Canada offers historic attractions, natural wonders, and wildlife. Gold panning and glaciers, snowy mountains and rich green forests, dazzling lakes, rippling rivers, and the glow of the Northern Lights are some of the attractions of this remote wonderland.


Tara is a mom, instructional designer, author, cat lover, and collector of funny pictures on the Internet.