Remarkable Places to Add to Your Bucket List

What’s one trip you absolutely need to do in your lifetime? This amazing world of ours offers so many incredible sights to add to your bucket list, it’s hard to narrow it down! 

With so many countries welcoming visitors again, there’s no better time to sit down and manifest your next big adventure. From scenic coastal views, quaint towns, to historic places, there’s no shortage of worldwide inspiration to add to your bucket list travels!

Whether you plan your trip for next month or 10 years from now, here are 15+ travel bucket list items to fuel your wanderlust.

Allow yourself to dream a little!

Note: not every place has reopened to visitors, so you’ll want to thoroughly check the status of your destination, and plan accordingly!

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Go Sahara Desert camping in Morocco

Recommended by PlacesofJuma

One of the most beautiful experiences that definitely belongs on every epic bucket list is to do Sahara Desert Camping in Morocco. In particular, you should visit the small desert town of Merzouga, located directly in the Sahara, close to the Algerian border and famous for its huge dunes – the so-called Erg Chebbi. You can either visit this magical place on your own with a rental car or, if you prefer to travel in groups, you can also join a guided tour. These are usually offered from the larger cities such as Marrakech or Fez.

You can experience many highlights on a Sahara Desert Camping Tour: If you like, you can ride into the desert on the back of a camel. Or, if you need more action, you can drive a Quad over the dunes. The Sahara is also unique in the evening: climbing the huge dunes of the desert you experience breathtaking sunsets in the evening, and also the romantic fire camp with singing and drumming and camping under the starry sky of the Sahara make this experience very special.

For a perfect trip to Morocco, consider staying at least 3 nights in the Sahara. One night in one of the Sahara Desert camps (luxury options are also available), and the other 2 nights in one of the amazing desert hotels. The best time for this adventure is in autumn, winter or spring. Unfortunately, it is too hot in summer!

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Go swimming with wild dolphins in New Zealand

Recommended by Nina Out and About

New Zealand is home to many bucket list activities and beautiful sights, but the one that can’t be missed is swimming with wild dolphins in New Zealand.

The southern country is a haven for wildlife, with multiple species of dolphins calling New Zealand’s coasts home. Historically, a dolphin was said to have helped guide ships safely through the rough crossing where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean so they could get to New Zealand.

Now you can be a part of the nation’s history by taking part in this eco-friendly bucket list trip.

The best place to swim with wild dolphins is in Kaikoura, where you’ll get up close with dusky dolphins, one of the smallest species in the world. After donning your wetsuit and snorkel gear, your tour company will go in search of natural pods of dolphins off the west coast of New Zealand. The dolphins are never forced to participate.

Instead, guests play on natural dolphin behaviours to pique their curiosity. Some dolphins will twirl with you through the crystal-clear water. Others will competitively dive down to show you that they can go deeper. And some will call back to you when you make random sounds into your snorkel.

This amazing activity lets you be a part of the natural wonder of New Zealand without infringing upon it. Everything is well maintained to ensure the protection of the dolphins, and half of the tour money goes back to preserving their home.

As some areas in New Zealand start to close their swimming with dolphins due to dwindling populations, Kaikoura has thrived with the rise of the dusky dolphins. In fact, the tours are helping to increase the number in the area and to ensure that they’ll be around for decades to come.

See the Big 5 at Kruger National Park, South Africa

If an African Safari isn’t on your bucket list – it should be! The sights and sounds experienced while on safari compare to nothing else. While you may have seen some of these animals in zoos, there’s nothing quite like seeing them out in the open.

In all of the trips you can take in your lifetime, a safari is one of the most moving and beautiful experiences you can have. For those who may think it’s not for them – guaranteed you will not regret it, and you’ll soon be wondering when you can do it again. 

South Africa has so much to offer – from unbelievable views, stunning waterfalls, wineries, incredible food and hospitality, gorgeous sunsets, and more wildlife than you can ever imagine. While the distance may deter some people, you’ll soon forget about it as soon as you step foot in this gorgeous country. 

Going on a guided safari through Kruger Park is the perfect bucket list trip idea! What better way to spend your days than watching baby elephants play with their moms, watch giraffes pluck leaves off of trees, or sit quietly while a pair of rhinos walk right in front of your vehicle?

If you’re lucky – you’ll come across the Big 5 during your time here: Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, Buffalos, and the elusive Leopard. Be sure to bring binoculars!

Safari companies like Mafigeni Safaris are all-inclusive – everything from flights, accommodations, your guide, food and drink, activities and more! Feed a wild hippo? Check. Visit a 550 year-old Baobab tree? You got it! Get up close and personal with imprinted cheetahs? You won’t believe it! The value for money is phenomenal and the experience you’ll have with a company like this will leave you with lasting memories.

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Marvel at the giant stone heads on Easter Island, Chile

Recommended by Jackie and Justin of Life of Doing

If you enjoy traveling to remote and off-the-beaten-path places, then you need to add Easter Island (referred to as Rapa Nui in Polynesian language) to the travel bucket list. 

Located off of mainland Chile, the top thing to do on Easter Island is to see the mysterious moai, giant stone heads with bodies either partially on the ground or on an ahu, a platform. These moai are tall since they can be up to 13 feet (4 meters) high) and it remains a mystery why they’re located on the island. 

One of the best ways to see the moai is to rent a motorbike, bicycle, or ATV and drive to the various sites. You can also take a private tour to learn more about the history. 

Rano Raraku and Ahu Tongariki are the must-visit sites to see the erected moai. The moai face inland as if they’re watching the inhabitants of the island, while a few moai face the ocean. Since the moai are scattered across the island, the majority of them are still lying on the ground on the side of the road and waiting to be erected on an ahu. 

Easter Island has a laid-back vibe so you can relax on the beaches and see the gorgeous sunset. Other adventurous and fun activities are snorkeling or diving (if the weather and water conditions are feasible), exploring hidden caves, and hiking through the island. 

As with the food on Easter Island, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to eat fresh seafood of the day and tuna. Tuna is a staple on the island, and every restaurant has tuna dishes as ceviche, empanada, pasta, or main entree. 

Enjoy your time on Easter Island!

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Go on a bike-and-barge tour in the Netherlands

Recommended by Anne of Packing Light Travel

Most bike-and-boat tours are designed for leisure cyclists. When the trails are on relatively flat terrain and involve a cycling distance of 40 to 50 kilometres each day, anyone who has ever ridden a bicycle could be a good fit for this type of experience. 

A bike-and-barge tour along and beside the canals of the Netherlands, especially during tulip season, is a bucket-list experience. Imagine cycling beside fields of tulips flaunting a kaleidoscope of colours, and visiting the renowned Keukenhof Gardens, an inevitable stop on a spring tour. It’s an experience of a lifetime.

There’s a lot to like about a bike-and-boat tour. Unpack once and stay in the same comfortable surroundings for the duration of the tour. The vessel is a floating hotel, a familiar friend that welcomes returning guests at the end of each cycling day. Share the highlights of the day with other passengers over pre-dinner drinks or over a delicious meal prepared by the on-board chef. 

A barge is large enough to accommodate twenty or so passengers and small enough that getting to know each person’s name and where they’re from takes a day or so to pin down. The atmosphere promotes the type of camaraderie that leads to looking out for each other while cycling. That tour group members come from many countries is icing on the cake. 

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Drive through the World’s Largest Mirror in Bolivia

Recommended by Carley of Home to Havana

Known as the world’s largest mirror, the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in southern Bolivia are a bucket list destination unlike any other. Despite the remote location of these salt flats, visiting Salar de Uyuni to see the flooded salt flats reflecting the sky is a once in a lifetime chance to see an otherworldly landscape you’ll never forget.

Once home to an ancient salt water lake that has long since dried up, the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats are the largest salt flats in the world. Visiting any time of year is beautiful – you’ll be mesmerized by the seemingly endless expanse of white up to the bright blue horizon. However, if you time your trip to coincide with the rainy season from December to April, you’ll be able to see the salt flats covered in several inches of still water. This creates a perfect reflection with the sky, making for a nearly perfect mirror effect. Don’t miss out on taking a night time starlight tour of the salt flats – you’ll see a perfect reflection of the Milky Way and much more. 

One of the most popular ways to visit is by taking a multi-day Jeep 4X4 tour of the salt flats and surrounding area. In this high plains region of Bolivia, you’ll see incredible landscapes including snowcapped mountains, sandy volcanoes, hot springs, and colored lagoons. Don’t miss Laguna Colorada, known for its bright red water and home to Andean flamingoes. 

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Visit Heaven on Earth in Positano, Italy

Your first view of Positano, whether while driving or from the ferry, will leave you speechless and should most definitely be included in your bucket list trip list! As one of the prettiest towns in Italy, it exudes romance and charm, and has some of the most stunning views in the world that are best experienced in person. 

This gorgeous fairy tale town along the Amalfi Coast, Italy is quite literally nestled into the mountainside. From the aquamarine water, a dazzling array coloured buildings can be seen from a distance and once you get closer, you’ll be transported into an enchanting place full of stunning buildings, wisteria-lined alleyways with artists selling watercolour paintings, ceramic and linen shops, cafes, restaurants, gelaterias, and friendly hospitality.

To complete your bucket list stay in Positano, visit Francos before dinner. This outdoor bar has some of the best views in Positano and a unique concoction of drinks. Dine at Palazzo Murat – once the home of the King of Naples and Napoleon’s brother-in-law, for a world-class dining experience. 

For views above the city, La Tagliata is a must. This farm-to-table restaurant serves a 7 course meal with unlimited homemade wine for just 40 euros a person and free transportation! 

No matter where you are in Positano, the sunsets are incredible, and there is no such thing as a bad view from wherever you stay. Your own private rental offers better value for money and offers you the chance to stop at the market and bakery for perfect Italian produce and treats.

Anyone that’s visited Positano will tell you that you need to visit – and to add it to your bucket list!

Positano romantic cliffside view

Catch sea turtles nesting in Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Recommended by Kerry from VeggTravel

If there’s one thing you need to add to your Bucket List, it’s a turtle experience!

Costa Rica is well known for the sea turtles that nest on both the Pacific and Caribbean Coasts; Leatherback, Hawksbill, Green and the Oliver Ridley.

Your best chance of seeing sea turtles is within Tortuguero National Park on the Northeast Coast. This is the largest site for nesting turtles in the entire Western Hemisphere so it is a must do on your Costa Rica Itinerary.

Getting there is straightforward. You can drive or get public transport to the outskirts of Tortuguero but will then need to catch a scenic one-hour boat journey through the jungle rivers. Another option is a domestic flight from San Jose to the small Tortuguero airport.

Many of the best accommodation options are on the banks of Tortuguero village right in the heart of the national park. You can use water taxis to get around, or if you are on the village side of the river, it is just a short walk to the nesting beach.

Due to the variety of sea turtles that migrate to this location, you can visit at almost any time to catch a nesting season. However, the most popular (and therefore most busy/expensive) times are March – April for the Leatherbacks or August – September for Green turtles.

Support the local turtle conservation efforts though this once in a lifetime experience. You might even be lucky enough to see hatchlings make their way to the ocean.

Take the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru 

Recommended by Martha from May Cause Wanderlust

If you love dramatic landscapes, adventure and history, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu should be on your travel Bucket List – for sure!

The Inca Trail is a stone pathway through the Peruvian Andes, leading to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, which sits precariously on a narrow crest between dizzyingly steep mountains.  It is truly justified in its position as one of the 7 modern wonders of the world!  Machu Picchu is a former Inca palace which was abandoned in the 16th Century when the Spanish Conquistadors defeated the Inca Empire. It lay hidden in trees until Hiram Bingham started excavating it in 1911.

Now, full disclosure: you don’t have to hike to get to Machu Picchu – there is a much easier route by train and bus.  And even if you want to hike, there is more than one route that will take you through the mountains to Machu Picchu. However, there is only one traditional Inca route, that follows the path the Incas took – the Inca Trail itself.

You must book with a licenced operator as there are restrictions on how many can hike the trail at any one time, to help preserve it. They will also arrange tents, food and porters for the heavy equipment. Most people take 4 days to hike the trail, camping in scenic campsites along the way. 

It is no walk in the park, though: the trail is steep in parts and the high altitude (up to 4200m above sea level!) can be hard on those not used to it – so you should definitely do some research on preparing for the Inca Trail.

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Stroll through the Lavender Fields of France

Recommended by Elisa of France Bucket List

Provence, in Southern France, is a bucket list destination for most of us. The area is wonderful during the lavender season, from mid-June to the beginning of August (depending on the location) when the lavender fields are in full bloom, and it smells so good.  The hilltop villages in Provence also seem to wake up from a long sleep with the lavender season, and they are lively places to be, especially at night, when the temperatures drop, and the air is fresh.

During the lavender season, there are many lavender festivals, and they celebrate the lavender harvest with music, food and wine, and other events. These festivals are an excellent opportunity to get a taste of local life, and they are fun too. Don’t miss the chance to browse the different stalls and buy local lavender-based products like perfumes, Marseille soap, or lavender bags to keep in your wardrobe.

The best way to visit the lavender fields of Provence is with your car as they are in the countryside and public transportation is scarce. Avignon makes a great base camp for your lavender explorations, in addition to being a wonderful medieval city to explore. Of course, there are many Provence lavender fields guided tours too, with frequent departures from Avignon, Nice, or Aix-en- Provence.  During your lavender tour (self-guided or not), try to include a visit to one of the lavender museums (different museums in different locations) to learn more about the lavender industry and types of lavender in Provence.

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Visit the happiest country in the world (Finland!)

Recommended by Ronja of Ronja Goes Abroad

Finland, the happiest country in the world, land of thousands lakes and so much more is a country to add to everyone’s bucket list! Why? Cause this country has everything you need!

During summertime, you can enjoy the green forests, swim in one (or many) of the lakes, spend a day at Yyterin ranta or in the best beach city Hanko. The weather during summer in Finland is very unpredictable. So enjoy the sunny days outdoors on the beaches, explore old cities like Porvoo and Tammisaari, and go on hikes or fishing in the national parks! During rainy days spend time indoors, for example at a shopping center. Most shopping centers have a food court and you could try out many different Finnish dishes like poronkärisys! Most of these you can also do during Springtime! 

Early fall in Finland, especially Lapland, is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Nature turn orange and red, which makes you fall in love with Finland even more! During September (to early October) travel to Lapland, go on hikes in one of the national parks, and camp in nature! You don’t have to do anything just spend time outdoors!

We can not forget about winter! The most beautiful season of all. The best time to visit Finland. Rovaniemi must be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s Santa’s hometown where you can meet him. Spend a day at Santa Claus’s Village, go on a reindeer ride, go to a husky park and pet those lovely dogs, and drink hot chocolate. After a day with Santa spend a night in a glass igloo. You might even see the magical northern lights! 

Finland is a must for every traveling soul! It’s a wonderful place during any season, but visiting during wintertime is a MUST! 

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Experience a Surf Camp in Bali

Recommended by Mal of Raw Mal Roams

The Indonesian island of Bali is one of the most sought-after destinations by bucket listers worldwide. And there are many good reasons for that! The island’s biggest draws are lush rice fields, quaint temples and pristine beaches. Bali truly is a slice of paradise. 

Bali also happens to be one of the top surfing spots in the world. The island attracts some of the world’s best surfers that rip through the perfect barrelling waves in the Uluwatu region. The good news is that Bali is also excellent for complete beginners wanting to experience this exhilarating sport for the first time. Combining a surf camp stay with exploring the incredible ‘island of gods’, Bali gets often called, is an ultimate bucket lister! 

Some of the best locations in Bali for learning how to surf are in Kuta and Seminyak, where beaches are wide and long, water is warm, and waves are less steep and consistent, allowing for a long ride. Joining a surf camp in Bali is an excellent way to make friends if you travel solo but also a great way to socialise with fellow surfers if you travel as a couple or in a group. Typically, they also include yoga classes and healthy, mainly plant-based delicious meals and are the perfect way to experience your own version of ‘Eat, pray and love’ in Bali. 

Some of other epic bucket list activities in Bali that you can do while there, include a sunrise Mt Batur volcano hike, rice fields trekking and chasing Bali many waterfalls. 

Visit the most unexplored continent (Antarctica!)

Recommended by Pamela of The Directionally Challenged Traveler

The beauty of Antarctica is like no other place on the planet. Humans have not had a very significant impact on the continent because it has been protected for almost a hundred years. Snow-covered mountains frame breathtaking landscapes alongside calm, pristine waters that break only for penguins make Antarctica the ultimate bucket list destination. Planning a trip to Antarctica is a bit time-consuming. Less than 300 passengers are allowed on an expedition cruise, meaning booking in advance is crucial. 

In the wake of Covid-19, the cruises have implemented deep cleaning protocols and social distance practices. Many companies also allow you to book two years in advance, giving you time to save. All the penguins you can imagine will greet you once you cross the infamous Drake Passage at the base of South America. From the small Adelie penguins to the peaceful humpback whales, Antarctica is the ideal secluded destination to check off your bucket list! Due to the strict environmental protections, only 100 people are allowed on land at any given time. Staff makes a note of where you can explore, then you are free to go on your own. 

You can hike the mountains or dormant volcanoes, go kayaking with seals and penguins, or learn about the unique geology of the continent. Summer, October through February, is the only season when tourists are allowed to visit. The sun never fully goes away, and the sunsets are unlike anywhere else. Icebergs glisten and miles of sea ice rest peacefully on the water. Approximately 10,000 people visit Antarctica every year, making it an incredible addition to any bucket list. 

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Drive through the Icefields Parkway in Calgary

Recommended by Emilie of Live Life Abroad

Considered as one of the most spectacular drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway will impress you. For 230 kilometers, from Lake Louise (Banff National Park) to Jasper (Jasper National Park), you’ll be amazed by the beautiful mountains and glaciers, the eternal snow and the turquoise lakes and rivers. Whether you decide to do the drive in the summer or in the winter, you’ll have a memorable time as both seasons have something special to offer.

The Icefields Parkway should be driven in an entire day. Not because it’s a long drive, but simply because there is so much to see along the way. You’ll want to stop everywhere to take pictures, to do a hike or to look at the wildlife.

There are so many stops to do along the way, but the must-sees are:

  • Peyto Lake and Bow Summit Lookout
  • Tangle Falls
  • Goats-and-Glaciers
  • Columbia Icefield and Glacier SkyWalk
  • Sunwapta Falls
  • Athabasca Falls
  • Valley of Five Lakes

In addition to those amazing stops and hikes, wild animals are present in a few different places. It’s not uncommon to see mountain goats near the Glacier Skywalk or Goats-and-Glaciers lookout, or black bears wandering close to the road near Jasper. And elks are everywhere around Jasper.

Being in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, there are limited services along the Icefields Parkway. It’s important to fill gas in Lake Louise or  Jasper and to pack lunch and snacks. In the winter, you’ll want to have a warm blanket (just in case). There are a few wilderness hostels from HI Canada for overnight accommodation.

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Go sea kayaking with icebergs in Newfoundland

Recommended by Karen of Outdoor Adventure Sampler

Viewing icebergs on Iceberg Alley in Newfoundland is incredible, but sea kayaking with them is certainly bucket list worthy as an epic adventure. Iceberg Alley is the area on the east coast of Newfoundland where huge chunks of ice float down from Greenland. The iceberg season is from spring to early summer. The icebergs that originate from Western Greenland are over 10,000 years old. It is incredible to paddle out to icebergs that can be the size of a house or a cruise ship. The feeling of humility to sea kayak near these age old behemoths of ice is profound.

For adventurous outdoor explorers, sea kayaking with icebergs is offered in Twillingate located on the Twillingate Islands of northeast Newfoundland. A sea kayaking outfitter will take you out to paddle safely near the icebergs. Up to 90% of the iceberg can be underwater. Therefore, staying a safe distance is critical as the icy giant can roll over or calve unexpectedly and capsize a kayak. The rule of thumb is to stay away at least twice the height of the iceberg. The icebergs you will see may be a range of colours and sizes. Snow white and aqua blue are common colours of the hunks of glacial ice. “Bergy bits” are the size of a small house, while “growlers” are grand piano sized. 

Rock Adventures is the premier sea kayaking touring company in Twillingate. They will take you out to see the icebergs as well as whales and numerous sea birds. They provide wetsuits, dry tops, hand warmers, and lifejackets. Having the proper sea kayaking gear will ensure a comfortable and safe experience in the frigid Newfoundland waters.

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Take a road trip through Utah

Recommended by Megan of Red Around the World

One of the best road trips in the USA is Utah Mighty 5 road trip through Utah’s national parks.  It’s best done with at least ten days as a loop from Las Vegas.  This way you can visit Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands, the national parks, plus Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona.

Some other great things to do on a Mighty 5 road trip are driving Burr Trail and Scenic Byway 12, visiting Goblin Valley and Snow Canyon State Parks, and hiking Little Wild Horse Canyon and Calf Creek Falls.

This is such a great bucket list trip because not only do you get to see five of the best national parks in the country but you also get to see at least three of the most iconic landscapes outside of the parks.  Be sure to spend some time exploring Springdale and Moab.  While you’re in Moab, try 98 Center, The Spoke, and Moab Garage.

Whether you’re traveling alone, with friends, or with family, Utah’s Mighty 5 will be sure to make for one of the most memorable road trips you could have.  

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Visit the Stunning Greek Islands

Recommended by Ophelie of Limitless Secrets

Santorini is one of these destinations that you should put high on your bucket list! This Greek Island, part of the Cyclades and located in middle the Aegean Sea below Athens, is stunning!

There are many reasons why it’s worth the visit. Firstly, it offers a great quantity of very photogenic places. The views of the caldera, the typical churches with blue domes and the whitewashed houses make the most epic photo background! That’s why Santorini is a great destination for couples. 

The small village of Oia in the north of the island for example is an absolute gem! But Santorini features many other pretty traditional villages that are less touristy and full of charm. If you like beaches, you can also enjoy them in Santorini. Here you will find mostly black sand beaches but also a red beach and a white beach! 

Here are some of the best activities to do in Santorini. Wandering around and taking some photos in the picturesque Oia is definitely one of the best things to do in the island. You shouldn’t miss Imerovigli with its stunning views and pretty church. Then you can visit some of the other cute villages, like Pyrgos or Megalorochi. Additionally, if you like the water, you can do a boat tour to see three of the most impressive beaches in Santorini near Akrotiri: the red beach, the white beach, and a black beach.  Finally, some of the best places to see the sunset in Santorini are the Old Castle in Oia and the restaurants on the coastline in Fira. Visiting Santorini is memorable!

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Visit the Taj Mahal at Night

Recommended by Nilu of TheTravelingCA

The Taj Mahal is a wonder of the world located in Agra, India and one of the most admired heritage monuments. It is a mausoleum of white marble, built  by  the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal- it took 17 years to build this magnificent structure.

There are ornamental Mughal style gardens with fountains leading to the Taj Mahal. Taj is made of white marble, inlaid with many semi-precious stones and carved beautifully. It is magical  when the moon shines on the marble & it glistens beautifully. It is excellent for a romantic trip. Another amazing idea for a romantic trip in India would be the stunning backwaters of Kerala, they’re really a sight that leaves you in awe of it. 

Taj Mahal night visit  is available on five days in a month around the  full moon nights. Please check timings & availability in advance as it gets booked very fast.

The best way to reach Taj Mahal in Agra is through  the capital city of Delhi in India. Delhi International airport is well connected with all major cities of the world. From there, cars, trains & buses easily take you to Agra. Within the city, there are horse carts, rickshaws, taxis to take you around.

Agra is a heritage city with the Red Fort located very near to the Taj. The food here is mouthwatering too. You must make it a point to eat Mughli food & desserts like petha & jalebi.

Accommodation ranges from 5 stars to hostels. Recommended are ITC Mghal & Oberoi Udaivilas among the luxury stays & Howard Plaza & Clarks Shiraz for medium budget stays. There are many traditional homestays which will be a different experience.

Photo by Mike Blank

Visit one of the most magical places on earth in Zanzibar

Recommended by Joanna of The World in my Pocket

Zanzibar is one of those magical places on Earth, with gorgeous beaches, crystal clear waters and a relaxed vibe. Compared to other similar places, such as the Maldives or Bora Bora, Zanzibar is affordable and there are plenty of accommodation options for every budget.

The best beaches in Zanzibar are in the North of the island and on the East. Usually the North is populated with luxurious hotels, whilst the East is more of a backpacker’s area. Whichever you choose, the scenery will be gorgeous. The East, with Paje and Jambiani, are well known for water sports. Due to the wind, many people travel here to practice their skills at kite surfing.

Even if the island is well known for the fantastic beaches and sailing trips, there are plenty of other things to do here as well, from visiting Stone Town, a Unesco World Heritage City, to exploring the Jozani forest searching for Sykes Monkeys and Zanzibar Red Colobuses. When it comes to food, Zanzibar offers so many fantastic choices.

In Stone Town you can taste the famous Zanzibar Pizza, which is a thin pancake topped with different ingredients, a dollop of happy cow cheese and served with a spicy chili-mango sauce. At the restaurants in Jambiani you will find a great selection of seafood and fish dishes, freshly grilled and served with a cold beer. During lunchtime, you will actually see the fishermen coming at the restaurants with their daily catch, to sell it so it can be cooked later for guests.

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  1. July 31, 2021 / 12:39 pm

    Safaris and the Taj Mahal are definitely on our bucket list! I think all of these would also be epic photography destinations which is what I want most!!

  2. August 5, 2021 / 12:52 pm

    What a great bucket list! I really hope I can visit Kruger national park next year that has been a dream for so long now. 🙂 The Taj Mahal I’ve been to and some Greek islands, otherwise almost everything else is still there for me to explore. 🙂

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