Thursday, November 30, 2017

9 Must-See Destinations Around the World

Anyone can take a trip to a famous tourist attraction like the Grand Canyon. But how many people really push themselves out of their comfort zones with a trip somewhere far, far away? Here are just nine far-flung destinations that are worth the travel time.

1. Daniel Campos, Bolivia

Daniel Campos is home to the world's largest salt flats. While this might not sound exciting in print, take a moment to look at pictures that visitors have snapped of places like Salar de Uyuni. The ground is so reflective of the sky above that it looks like everyone is literally walking on clouds! Now that's something that you can't get out of an ordinary vacation.

2. Seoul, South Korea

Some people think of South Korea as a simple, traditional place full of straw huts and rice fields, and while there are certainly rural locations like that, Seoul isn't one of them. Seoul is a thriving metropolis where cutting-edge fashion is advertised on gigantic billboards that make the most out of expensive technology. If you're looking for a fun, flashy vacation, consider the heart of South Korea.

3. Lisse, Netherlands

Lisse is home to Keukenhof, one of the world's biggest and most bountiful flower gardens. Millions of tulips are planted each year, and by springtime, they've blossomed into never-ending fields of yellow, red, orange, blue and pink. In fact, you've probably seen pictures of Keukenhof even if you've never heard of it before. It's a famous sight that has been printed on all kinds of postcards and immortalized in all kinds of travel blogs.

4. Niigata, Japan

Certain parts of Japan are known as "snow country" because of their heavy, powdery snowfalls. Niigata is firmly located in snow country. It becomes a winter wonderland every single year, and whether you're interested in death-defying mountain sports or just cozy cups of hot chocolate as you watch the snow fall outside of your cabin windows, Niigata will provide.

5. Belize City, Belize

Put on your swim trunks when you visit Belize City! This seaside destination is a favorite of beach bums everywhere. It also offers an endless amount of resorts, restaurants, museums, movie theaters, art galleries and shopping districts to fill your days when you're done sunbathing. You'll never run out of things to do in Belize City, and what's more, it will all be done under bright, happy sunshine.

6. Marrakech, Morocco

Home to everything from Ouzoud Falls to the Majorelle Garden, Marrakech is one of the greatest destinations in Africa. It's also a convenient layover spot if you're looking to continue your adventures in Europe or South America. See the sights; enjoy the foods; take breathtaking pictures for your scrapbook. Then contact somewhere like the Come to the Sahara Tour Company for even more travel opportunities.

7. Paro Taktsang, Bhutan

Paro Taktsang is a sacred monastery for Buddhists monks. It also happens to be more than 10,000 feet above sea level because it's located on a cliff in the Himalayas. Known to locals as the "Tiger's Nest," it's a site of great spiritual significance, so it's definitely worth a visit if you're interested in history, culture or world religion.

8. Algarve, Portugal

Nothing beats Algarve for a beach vacation. With white sands, blue skies, green trees and rainbow umbrella drinks, you'll get to relax down to your bones when you lounge in its tropical paradise. For the thrill-seekers out there, Algarve is also home to an extensive network of underwater caves where the brave can go swimming, snorkeling and exploring.

9. Auckland, New Zealand

You probably know New Zealand as the filming location for Lord of the Rings, but the country has so much more to offer than just trees and mountains! For example, Auckland is rich with the history of the Maori people, and it also boasts incredible views from its harbors and skyscrapers. You can even go bungee-jumping off its Sky Tower!

These are just a few destinations that will get you off the couch and into the world. Whether you're looking for a crazy trip overseas or a simple, quiet getaway for your honeymoon, let this list guide you.

15 travelers' comments:

Alli Smith said...

I've only been to one of these places you've listed and I'd love to travel to Morocco. I enjoy new adventures and traveling opens the door to so many new experiences.

AiringMyLaundry said...

These do sound like some fun places to visit. I hope I can travel more in the future. It's trickier since the kids are in school.

Tomi C said...

I've been to Belize City, Belize and I agree it is a must see destination. There are so many amazing places to visit narrowing it down to just 9 is quite a feat.

Kraus House Mom said...

I haven't been to any of these places, but I would love to. Traveling more is the plan for my family in the coming years.

Tessa from said...

I really need to travel some more. These all look like great places to go!

candy said...

Wow look at all the different places you have had the chance to visit. We love to travel and have been to some but not all of these places.

joannabri said...

You have several spots listed that we would love to visit one day! I hope that in the next few years we can make it to at least one of these places.

Sue Reddel said...

I've done a lot of traveling but haven't been to any of these spots. They all sound wonderful. I've been to central Portugal and it was an amazing trip Algarve is definitely on my radar.

Pam said...

Several of these spots are on my bucket list. Belize City is one of them for sure.

Karissa said...

I haven't been to any of these places! I would love to see it all!! So many lovely places in the world!

Amy said...

You have an amazing list of places to travel. One day I hopefully will be able to travel and visit a few places you've mentioned.

Our Family World said...

Bhutan has always intrigued me. I would love to visit and see those monasteries. It would be an awesome experience for me. Adding that to my bucket list.

Unknown said...

I love traveling and these are definitely on my bucket list. I'd love to bring the kids along for the fun!

Ria C said...

I have been to few places in your list but would love to visit other places too like the ones in South/Central America and Australasia.

Aine G. said...

I wish I have a traveler's heart like you.. but given the opportunity, I'd love to go to South Korea and Morocco. ;)

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