Where should I go, that’s one of the most puzzling questions that we often ask ourselves. To help you, we found seventeen answers.
Here are seventeen trips that every traveler should take at least once in his life.
Egypt is one of the grandest stages, if not the grandest of them all. Egypt can offer an experience that only a few places on earth can match. Visitors can find many evidence of ancient civilization here.
The Great Pyramids of Giza are unparalleled for their scale, for being a symbol of the ancient Egyptians’ ambition, and the story of human achievement. The pyramids truly earned their place at the top of the list of places that everyone should visit. Aside from the Great Pyramids, Egypt has many other man-made wonders too like the Red Pyramid at Dashour, the Bent Pyramid, the winged columns of Outer Hypostyle Hall, and the the Step Pyramid in Saqqara. Then, the vibrant streets, alleys, and markets of Cairo are also an experience of a lifetime.
Japan and the Pursuit of Perfection
Japan is one of most premier destinations in the world. The East Asian country also ranks as one of the best in many global “great” lists. Japan’s food culture is considered to be noble, and the country is also blessed with distinctive natural beauties on earth. It even has some of the finest beaches in Asia. Japan is also known for its influential traditional designs. The country’s cultural centers, Tokyo and Kyoto, are also world class.
When traveling to Japan, one should not miss the country’s bullet trains and the sacred and ancient temples and shrines at Asakusa Kannon, Kinkakuji, Meiji, and Kasuga Taisha. You can also visit Kyoto’s geisha district, Gion, and be entertained with traditional Japanese songs and dances.
From Sacred to Shore in Indonesia
Indonesia is a paradise in more ways than you can imagine. The country is known for its iconic Buddhist temples such as the ones in Borobudur and Sewu. It also boasts of stunning Hindu sites like Loro Jonggrang or the Bat Cave at Goa Lawah. Indonesia’s beaches are also very amazing just like the postcard-perfect Jimbaran Bay.
The enchanting and vibrant streets of Yogyakarta is one of the less well-known travel destinations in the country. The former capital’s vibrant streets blend in the thriving old-city bazaars with the well-maintained and amazing courtyards and palaces of the former sultans of the city.
Morocco captured the imagination of the world with its romance a long time ago. Until now, the country never relinquished it. With the Roman ruins at Volubilis, the mosques and souks of Fez, and the ancient palaces and markets of Marrakech, the country still provides ample fuel to our romantic imagination.
The mausoleum of King Mohammed V or the Oudaya Kasbah Medina in Rabat are very fancy and provocative that many writers and poets were inspired by them. Other places to visit in the country are Meknes, once the heart of the Moroccan sultanate; or in Fez, the Jewish quarter. When visiting Morocco, one must not forget to visit the Saadian Tombs and the Koutoubia mosque in Marrakech.
Ecuador the Otherworldly
With its thriving high-end dining scene and the colonial charm of Quito, Ecuador is surely one of the best places to travel to. But those are just some of the many tourist attractions Ecuador prides itself for.
Ecuador also has the Avenue of Volcanoes between Quito and Cotopaxi, the Incan Temple of the Sun among the ruins of Ingapirca, the primeval jungle of the Mashpi Rainforest, and the Cloud Forest of Caja. With the combination of the mystical, the natural, and the man-made wonders, the country should be in your travel destination bucket list.
The seventeenth-century frescoes of Abraha Atsbeha, Axum, the home of the palace of Queen of Sheeba, and the Chapel of the Tablet (which is reputedly, the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant) are all located in Ethiopia. The country remains to be less traveled and less appreciated even with its unparalleled wonders. The country also has the largest open-air market in Africa, located in the Addis Ababa’s Mercato.
Ethiopia has many natural beauties such as the ibex, klipspringers, gelada monkeys of Chennek, and the Blue Nile Falls in Tissisat. Truly, Ethiopia is one of the world’s most fascinating travel destinations.
Gorillas of Rwanda
The Virunga Mountains are one of the world’s best-kept treasures, formed through nature’s greatest phenomenon. The mountains were volcano-born, they are ancient and are now full of many kinds of fauna and flora and wildlife that are as varied as any in Africa. The mountains are also located in Africa’s central plain.
The mountains also serve as the home of the mountain gorillas. The critically endangered species are fiercely defended by conservationists in Rwanda. The Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park offers tourists opportunities to see these endangered mammals in their native habitat. The national park is also home to the nearly-as-rare golden monkeys. Rwanda is the only country that can offer you to see these amazing creatures.
Patagonia: Ends of the Earth
In the past, not many people know what Patagonia has to show. The place is less traveled because of its location. Patagonia spans and blends with both Argentina and Chile, located where Pacific meets the Atlantic. The place features magical wonders of nature such as mountains with desert. These caused many people to think that the inhabitants of Patagonia were giants.
Patagonia is home to outlandish landscapes such as the southern spine of the Andes, which smashes brilliantly into glacial lake districts like Bariloche (Argentina) and Puerto Varas (Chile). If that’s not enough, the Osorno Volcano serves as its mythical backdrop. But, the most impressive landscape in the area is the jagged and primeval shards of Torres del Paine or the Perito Moreno glacier.
Botswana: Bloom of the Southern Desert
For those who are looking to see wildlife, there is no greater place to visit than the Central Kalahari reserve. The reserve features antelopes and their hunters, the black-maned lions. There are also many natural wonders such as the salt pans of Makgadikgadi and the wetlands of the Okavango. These places make Botswana one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Visitors should also take a walk with Zu/’hoasi Bushmen trackers, a magical afternoon walk along the meerkats.
Ancient Grandeur, Ancient Charms in Burma (Myanmar)
Burma, an ancient magical country that is full of history and beautiful and ancient structures. The temples of Pagan that rise in prickly ochre splendor in the forests and the old-world charm of U Bain Bridge make Burma a fascinating place to visit.
The country also features many other sites such as the colonial houses of Maymyo, Rangoon’s reclining Buddha, the Mandalay’s historic pagodas, and the serene floating villages of Inle Lake.
India, one of the world’s most colorful and beautiful countries, is a bazaar for the adventurous spirit that is very extravagant and modest at the same time.
India is full of beautiful places that it would take at least a few days to list them all. So let us focus on a couple of places. In Delhi alone, visitors can enjoy the mosques of Nizamuddin Dargah and Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk alleys, the Yogmaya temple near the famous Taj Mahal.
Meanwhile, India’s “Blue City” of Jodphur or Rajasthan features the Thar Desert where tourists can ride camels and see the rare chinkara deer.
Sri Lanka, Spice to Sea
Sri Lanka may be a small island, but it is packed with rich history and varieties of wonders. The country’s verdant forests hide medieval ruins of Polonnaruwa, the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya. Ancient palaces like Kandy where ancient kings once lived, prayed, and played also hide in the forests of Sri Lanka. It is believed that Kandy was once the resting place of Buddha’s tooth.
Other sites to visit in the island country are the domes of Anuradhapura, which was built in the fourth century BC and lost to the jungle before its nineteenth-century restoration. The plantations of cinnamon and nutmeg and the unparalleled Golden Valley of Tea. Many of the world’s sought-after varieties of teas are cultivated in the plantation. Aside from those, the country is also blessed with picturesque beaches.
Tanzania is fast becoming one of the hottest destinations of travelers from the West.
The African country features many surreal sights. From the Kilimanjaro, which fascinated Hemingway, to tree-lounging lions and brilliant pink flamingos of Lake Manyara, Tanzania offers unique experience for travelers. One can visit the wide wild beauty of the Serengeti plain with its lions, rhinos, elephants, and leopards, which inspired many books and films and legends. The Ngorongoro Crater is also a must-see destination.
South Africa Rising
Cape Town, South Africa is a must-visit city for backpackers and travelers. It has a rich and growing food culture, markets, and museums. It also has the Kirstenbosch Gardens, and its craft scene is also growing.
But Cape Town is not the only place to visit in South Africa, there is the Cape Winelands too. The place is notorious around the world for its wine community. Cape Winelands also has coastlines that feature sand beaches, windswept rocks, penguins, and some iconic lighthouses.
South Africa also boasts of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve where visitors can encounter Africa’s “Big Five” (leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino). When visiting South Africa, you must also visit the Victoria Falls and the majestic river that feeds the falls—Zambezi River.
Croatia: The “Pearl” of Old Europe
Croatia has perfectly captured the soul of maritime Old Europe. Zagreb, the capital, can rival other ancient fortified cities such as Budapest and Vienna with its stony streets and baroque architecture. While further south, in Dubrovnik, Game of Thrones fans can visit the real-life King’s Landing. It is also the former capital of the Maritime Republic of Ragusa. The country also shows off the lovely old town of Stari Grad. The town features convents, palaces, and fountains that were cut from the same lightly colored stone.
Tourists can also visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Plitvice Lakes National Park.
The Classic and the New in Spain and Portugal
Madrid is one of the great-but-strangely-undersung cities. The city boasts of elegant plazas, up-to-the-minute boutique shopping, rooftop nightlife, world-class museums, and its food scene is undergoing a resurgence. The city is a great starting point in exploring the rest of Spain.
Spain is full of many places to explore such as the noble wine country of Rioja, the Camino de Santiago through Burgos and León, the distinctive tapas culture, and even more distinctive architecture of Seville. While touring around the Iberian neighborhood, take a quick visit to Portugal. The country boasts of riverside beauty of Porto, the Alfama of Lisbon, and many more.
Brazil from Rio to Rainforest
Rio is one of the most visited places in the world and a famed colonial center. It is on every traveler’s travel wish list. Rio is surrounded by world-famous beaches and mountains.
Rio is full of diversity, but it is easily trumped by the diversity of Brazil itself. Brazil has it all from cool-coast cosmopolitans that serve as gateway to the Amazon rainforest, the largest rainforest in the world and where most species of flora and fauna can be found. The rainforest is home to rare and endangered creatures such as nine kinds of howler monkey and the critically endangered Amazonian dolphin.