The world is filled with innumerable intriguing and fascinating places that satiate your appetite for unique experiences. How does one choose the perfect destination for a vacation when there are so many attractive options available? Picking the perfect vacation destination can be a challenge.
Some places are known for their culture, while others are famous for their food, while still others are known for their shopping and adventure activities. Here’s a list of some of the world’s best vacation destinations that ought to be on your bucket list.
01. London, United Kingdom
London not just boasts of plenty of character but also a relentless quest for culture, shopping, food, attractions and a good life. One trip won’t be enough when it comes to assimilating London’s quintessential elegant yet funky charm. Visit the Tower of London, Tate Modern, Madame Tussauds and several other attractions to make the most of your English holiday.
How about high tea at one of the avant garde eateries or a trip to see the Buckingham Palace? Fashion, art, music and politics – London is the hub of a potpourri of experiences.
02. Sydney, Australia
Sydney is a casual, laid-back beachside city that is also a flourishing hub of activity that features some of the region’s best surfing destinations and activities. Then there are several attractions like the Opera House and Darling Harbor.
Sydney has something for everyone from trendy shopping districts to vibrant neighborhoods to relaxed coastal promenades. Go beach hooping by the day, and relax at one of the chic bars at sundown. Enjoy a walk at the Royal Botanical Gardens or spend time at Manly Beach.
Sydney also hosts several events such as the Noodles Market and Sculpture by the Sea. Museums, gardens or beach lounges, Sydney has got just about everything.
03. Florence, Italy
Florence is art personified. The unassuming little city, nestled amidst the hills of Tuscan boasts of an illustrious legacy of art, history and culture.
It wasn’t just the hub of Renaissance but also housed the iconic Medici clan along with legendary artist Michelangelo. Visit the chic shops lining Tornabuoni, where you can travel back into the 14th century.
However, Renaissance art is just the tip of Florence’s famous yet sublime character.
You’ve got to take a cooking class here and witness the city’s ultra romantic sunsets. Florence is where romance meets arts and glam.
04. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
With a skyline that glimmers against a contrasting desert landscape, Dubai is an enigma. Tourists from around the planet make a beeline for its Middle East hotspot for its play hard character.
There’s a gorgeous shoreline, a much envied global culinary scene, state of the art attractions, one of its kind constructions and shopping like nowhere else! Dubai seems to defying the sky is the limit adage with its penchant for vertical growth.
The destination seems to perpetually be on a record breaking spree, featuring the world’s tallest structure, biggest shopping mall and more. Go to Jumeirah Beach, the vibrant Gold souks and the avant garde Dubai Mall.
05. Rome, Italy
Rome was named after Romulus and Remus, the mythical brothers believed to be the children of a war god. Today, it is not just known for its fascinating civilization, monuments and illustrious history but also delicious food and a plethora of museums. Stroll along Piazza Navona to enjoy its old-world style cobbled streets and cafes or tuck into a plate of authentic creamy pasta.
From visiting the Colosseum to witnessing the mysterious Vatican City, the city never seems to cease invigorating tourists with its modern yet richly seeped in history character. Oh, and if that is too outdated and archaic for you, there are dazzling storefronts, designer boutiques and edge restaurants.
06. Paris, France
Ernest Hemmingway didn’t call Paris a “moveable feast” for nothing. The Parisian capital is a dazzling potpourri of everything from architecture to art to fashion to food.
Visit century old churches or witness Neoclassic architecture in its most resplendent state or eat an authentic French meal at one of the several Michelin star eateries gracing the metropolis.
Of course, enjoy the memorable site of the Eiffel Tower shimmering at sundown or go shop-happy as one of its several retails districts (Le Marais is a good option to start with). From planning a day trip to Versailles Palace to strolling around its charming arrondisssements (neighborhoods), there’s just no dearth of enjoyable experiences in Paris.
07. New York City, United States of America
New York City or the Big Apple is a mélange of heady urban experiences. There’s no escaping its penchant for luxury or appetite for consumerism. From designer stores on Fifth Avenue to department stores to quaint boutiques selling vintage stuff, NYC is a shopper’s paradise.
Then there’s Broadway, Wall Street, Times Square and innumerable eateries that a social media staple. You can’t not eat a hearty slice of New York pizza or sample its pathbreaking fusion food.
Witness the vivid culture and character of each neighborhood from the street markets of meat packing district to Brooklyn’s indie boutiques to Manhattans soaring skyscrapers, this dazzling urban jungle is a sheer delight.
08. Honolulu, Hawaii
Oahu perfectly merges urban luxury with inspiring natural beauty. It features an uber cool, cosmopolitan vibe and plenty of beaches, flanked by nature parks. There are hisroical attractions such as the USS Arizona Memorial and the loloni Palace.
Waikiki is undoubtedly the most happening place in the city, boasting of an array of high rises and swanky resorts. How about sapphire waters, and white sand beaches and multiple hiking trails? Oahu has top notch restaurants and a multitude of cultural events.
09. Santorini, Greece
Believed to be the home of the lost city of Atlantis, Santorini is probably the world’s most photographed destination. Unless you’re living under a rock, there’s no way you haven’t spotted it yet on a travel brochure or Instagram.
The fascinating mythological town is now home to pristine beaches, whitewashed houses and serene islands. Explore Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni. Visit Ancien Akrotiri to witness the region’s magnificent archeological delights. Enjoy a jaw dropping view of the caldera turquoise waters.
10. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is another word for tropical paradise. The name throws up visuals of lofty volcanoes, rugged coastlines, lush emerald rice paddies and ornate temples.
There’s no way you’ll escape the subtle yet indulgent charm of this Indonesian island hotspot. From the Kintamani volcano to an assortment of rich temples to Kuta’s mountains to Ubud’s spectacular landscape, there’s plenty to see and do here.
We haven’t even started talking about the amazing food and pampering spa treatments.