Many people have “see the world” on their bucket list. However, this becomes a little more difficult when it’s time to actually choose a destination and book your plane tickets. If you’re wondering about the best, most magical vacation spots in the world, here are just 10 must-see places before you die.
Japan is an eclectic mix of the old and the new. While its technology district is a brightly-lit mecca of smartphones and video games, its old-fashioned temples are still standing on cobbled roads strewn with cherry blossoms. Don’t worry, however. You’ll get used to the divide after a few days spent wandering the country. It will even become fascinating in a way!
What comes to mind when you hear the word “Switzerland”? While you can’t be blamed for immediately thinking of chocolate, the country has a lot more to offer than just sugary treats. For example, it has some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the northern hemisphere, and a trip through the rugged landscapes of Switzerland will be one that you don’t forget any time soon.
3. South Africa
Safaris in South Africa are some of the most authentic in the world. Not only will you enjoy blue skies, yellow grasses and vibrantly orange sunsets, but you’ll also get close to some of nature’s most majestic beasts. From rampaging lions to gentle elephants bathing in ponds, South African safaris have it all.
Bundle up with a trip to Russia. It’s so big that you can pretty much throw a dart and hit a tourist town, so you won’t be hard-pressed to find a good vacation spot. Toss in their amazing food, drink and overall culture, and Russia might become a country that you visit again and again.
You’ve probably seen Brazil even if you’ve never actually been there. This is because its dusty streets and red-hot dancing districts have been featured in all kinds of movies, so its scenery will be familiar to you before you even step off the plane. Who wants to go dancing in Rio de Janeiro? It’s an unforgettable experience.
If you’re looking for a destination filled with beauty, culture and historical significance, set your bags down in China. It’s home to everything from the Great Wall to the famous Terracotta Warriors, and each attraction will teach you something about the past. History buffs, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Paris is the city of lovers, of course. Nice is where you go to purchase fine wine. But what about Marseille? Have you ever been to Toulouse? France is so much more than its most famous cities, so don’t be afraid to travel off the beaten path if you’re headed to this European hot spot. You might find that a quiet vacation in Lillie is even more rewarding than a busy one in Paris.
Check your bucket list again. If “see the northern lights” is on there, a trip to Canada is one of the easiest ways to make this particular dream come true. There are several famous viewing spots where the northern lights can be seen when the weather conditions are just right, and you haven’t lived until you’ve laid under the blanket of a colorfully-painted sky.
9. New Zealand
There’s nothing like a trip down under! While most famous for being the filming place of “The Lord of the Rings,” New Zealand has many other opportunities for adventure. For example, there are all kinds of critters to be found on nature walks, and activities like rafting and zorbing are sure to keep your blood pumping.
Last but certainly not least, consider taking a trip to Antarctica before you die. You’ll need to make special arrangements on a cruise ship since the continent is so cold and remote, but the sight of penguins sliding on pristine snow-white glaciers will more than make up for the trouble.
These are just a few places to visit before you shuffle off this mortal coil. Whether you’re dreaming of hot Caribbean beaches or snowy Swiss mountains, there’s something on this list that can work for you. Have fun!