Traveling is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but among so many options it is difficult to choose the next destination. The best thing to do is select your list of priorities and, for this, count on the help of this selection of 50 dream trips made by the Travel and Leisure.
A long coastline with impressive fjords and northern lights during the winter in the northern hemisphere are part of Norway’s attractions. The vibrant capital, Oslo, is a perfect entry point to enjoy a few days in the city before venturing into the nature of the country.
2) Rome, Italy
Rome has a charm that delights the many tourists who visit the city. Delicious cuisine and historic monuments such as the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum are some of the ingredients that make the Italian capital a unique destination.
3) Paris, France
It is no accident that Paris is a destination that makes people from all over the world dream. Boat trips on the Seine, visits to mythical postcards, such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, and gastronomic dinners accompanied by excellent local wines are just some of the options in one of the most incredible cities on the planet.
4) Saint Tropez, France
It is difficult to find a place with more glamor than Saint-Tropez. Facing the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, luxury cars, five-star hotels and gastronomic restaurants make the city on the French Riviera one of the most popular on the European coast.
5) Provence, France
Provence is the symbol of rural charm in the south of France, with large fields of lavender, rivers, canals and medieval cities. The region’s largest city, and the second largest in France, Marseille combines urban attractions with tranquility facing the Mediterranean.
6) Italian Alps, Italy
The Italian Alps combine incredible landscapes with the country’s delicious cuisine and good ski resorts at more affordable prices than in places like France and Austria. With snowy peaks and surrounded by forests, the mountain range of the Dolomites enchants as one of the most beautiful scenery in the region.
7) Lake Garda, Italy
The largest lake in Italy, in the north of the country, Lake Garda is a destination full of charm to enjoy the sunny days of the European summer. In the center of the lake, Isola del Garda is a beautiful island with neo-Gothic buildings that can be visited.
8) London, England
London has a unique and different identity from all other capitals in Europe, symbolized by its red buses, its cars that circulate on the left and its undoubtedly English style. In addition to enjoying the traditional sights such as Big Ben and the Wax Museum, visitors will find different options for shopping, cultural activities and sporting events such as the Wimbledon tennis tournament, which takes place in July.
Located between Europe and Asia, Turkey is increasingly standing out as a tourist destination. From the historical beauty and good cuisine found in the vibrant city of Istanbul to the lunar landscapes of Cappadocia, the country has options for all tastes.
In the immense territory of the largest country on the planet, there are modern cities, such as Moscow, and historic cities, such as St. Petersburg. In addition to remote and untouched landscapes like those found in the region of Siberia. With a culture different from what we are used to, Russia provides trips that guarantee unforgettable memories with a lot of culture, vodka and new experiences.
Since the arrival, visitors feel that Spain has a different and welcoming style, with a fun population that likes to live well. Whether in the capital, Madrid, in charming Barcelona, enjoying the beaches of the Balearic Islands, or visiting the region of Asturias, the country enchants its visitors in every detail.
12) Italian beaches, Italy
The extensive coast of Italy reserves numerous beautiful spots, such as beaches and islands, such as Sicily and the Island of Capri. But the place considered the most beautiful on the Italian coast is the Amalfi Coast, with its villages nestled in cliffs and access to beaches bathed by clear waters.
13) Greece and Turkey
The cruises that combine the Turkish coast and the Greek islands are an excellent option to enjoy the sun and combine culture and beach. Seven-day itineraries pass through Athens, Istanbul and beautiful islands such as Mykonos, Crete and Santorini.
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About a thousand kilometers from continental Europe, Iceland is an incredible island that stands out for its countless natural wonders. From the capital Reykjavik, tourists have easy access to volcanoes, geysers, fjords, glaciers and many other attractions for nature and adventure lovers.
Israel has options both for those looking for spirituality and for those who want to have fun and relax. In Jerusalem, tourists find the sacred sites of the three main monotheistic religions, such as the Western Wall, the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher and the Tower of David. In Tel Aviv, on the other hand, a more party atmosphere offers beaches bathed by the Mediterranean and clubs that last until the wee hours.
16) Uganda Uganda
‘s rich nature makes it very easy to find the different animals found in Africa, such as elephants, zebras and lions. But the main attraction of the country’s wildlife is the presence of the rare silver-backed gorillas found in the mountains of Biwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Sunny destination separated from Spain only by the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco offers many attractions to its visitors. Beaches, a rich culture, historic architecture, and luxury hotels in old mansions, located in interesting cities like Marrakesh and Casablanca, are part of the itinerary in the country.
18) Kenya A
country in East Africa, Kenya is one of the main destinations visited by tourists eager to find impressive animals. In the Masai Mara reserve, located 270 kilometers from the capital Nairobi, lions, elephants, rhinos and leopards live, among others. In the center of the country, Lake Nakuru has about 400 species, but it is known to receive more than one million pink flamingos, in an incredible spectacle.
19) Tanzania and Seychelles
In addition to being an excellent destination for spotting animals on safaris in places like the Ngorongoro and Serengeti reserves, Tanzania is bathed by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. It is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the country’s wildlife and take advantage of the geographical proximity to spend a few days in idyllic destinations like the Seychelles.
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20) South Africa
The site has a large coastline that runs from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean with waves perfect for surfers, wild nature reserves, such as the Kruger National Park, and vibrant cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town. These ingredients and many others make South Africa a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.
Owner of an ancient culture, China has a huge territory to be explored. From the modern cities of Shanghai and Beijing to the beauty of the Yangtze River and the landscapes of the Himalayas, visitors find the country a unique opportunity to live an unforgettable trip.
22) Cambodia and Vietnam
A cruise on the Mekong River is a perfect way to learn more about the culture of Cambodia and Vietnam, two beautiful countries in Southeast Asia. On the way, passengers experience beautiful sights such as the temples of Angkor, the cliffs of Ha Long Bay and many peaceful rural landscapes.
Since arriving in the capital, Bangkok, tourists have realized that Thailand is a special, vibrant country with an elaborate and tasty cuisine. And the trip is even better on the splendid coastline, where turquoise waters bathe idyllic islands like Koh Samui and Phuket.
There is no way to travel to India without being impressed by the immensity of the country and its great mixture of flavors, aromas, colors, cultures and the chaos of its cities like the capital, New Delhi, and Mumbai. From the mountains of the Himalayas to the beautiful beaches of Goa, India enchants and surprises visitors.
One of the least inhabited countries on the planet, Mongolia has impressive and varied landscapes. They range from Siberia and its snowy forests, to the arid territories of the Gobe Desert, which occupies a large part of the country, to the endless steppes with undergrowth. Two-thirds of Mongolia’s inhabitants are nomads, and the majority of the remaining third live in the capital, Ulan Bator.
Few trips are as incredible and unique as visiting Antarctica. And the dream is not so far away: from Ushuaia, in the extreme south of Argentina, cruises leave for expeditions through the “white continent”, seeing icebergs, fjords and colonies of seals and penguins.
27) Costa Rica A
small country in Central America with the Pacific on one side and the Caribbean on the other, Costa Rica has beautiful beaches, many square kilometers of tropical forests, and one of the largest biodiversities on the planet. Among the most outstanding landscapes are those of the Arenal Volcano, surrounded by vegetation within a National Park.
Belize and Honduras
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28) Belize and Honduras
The Caribbean coast of Belize and Honduras is among the best destinations on the planet for those who enjoy diving. Blue holes and the second largest coral barrier in the world amid crystal clear and warm waters provide incredible conditions for diving.
Bathed by the Pacific and the Caribbean, Mexico offers many options for enjoying beach days, such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen. But tourism of Mexico does not only live with white sands and crystal waters, which enchants visitors with its world-renowned cuisine, archaeological sites and rich traditional culture.
Situated 250 kilometers south of Australia, the island of Tasmania has unspoiled nature with beautiful beaches, incredible scenery and many options for activities. Mount Field National Park protects some of the most beautiful spots, with eucalyptus groves and numerous waterfalls. When it comes to relaxing, visits to the island’s vineyards cannot be missed in the itinerary.
Halfway between French Polynesia and Australia, the archipelago of Fiji is made up of more than 300 islands and islets, preserved with abundant nature and beautiful beaches. For their beauty and tranquility, Fiji is a special destination for romantic getaways.
32) Outback, Australia
The Outback is the large arid region that covers much of Australia’s territory, becoming a true symbol of the country. To know Outback is to know the way of life in the interior of the country, which, in many aspects, is responsible for the Australian identity. The Flinders Mountain Range and the Stone of Uluru are some of the attractions found at the site and one of the most accessible regions is the Outback of South Wales, 1,200 kilometers from Sydney. 33) New Zealand New Zealand has great cities like Auckland and Wellington, as well as mountains, lakes, fjords, beaches and many other natural wonders. The country of Oceania also has great wines and is known for being the country of extreme sports, with options for those who want tranquility or adrenaline. 34) British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands are one of the most romantic and exclusive destinations to be found in the Caribbean. Located east of Puerto Rico, the archipelago has 16 inhabited islands, the main ones being Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Tortola, which are home to the main luxury resorts that welcome guests facing the beautiful white sand beaches.
35) Bequia, Grenadinas
The island of Bequia, in the archipelago of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is gradually starting to be more and more frequented by tourists, becoming a cruise point in the Caribbean. Visitors are enchanted by the small island paradise of pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
From Atacama, in the desert north, to the south of icy Patagonia and its incredible beauties like glacier and fjords, Chile is a fascinating country. As if this were not enough, the country also has Easter Island as part of its territory, more than 3,000 kilometers from the continent, known for its famous moai statues.
Second largest country in South America, Argentina has attractions and landscapes for all tastes. Buenos Aires, the charming capital, is a great starting point to discover places like Patagonia and its wildlife, Mendoza, next to the Andes, or the Iguazu Falls, on the border with Brazil.
38) Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands are one of the main natural highlights on the planet. Less than a thousand kilometers from the coast of Ecuador, the archipelago is a place on the planet with an unparalleled biodiversity with endemic species such as the Galapagos tortoise and volcanic landscapes that give an even more special touch to the place.
Owner of the second largest territory on the planet, Canada has attractions ranging from its vibrant cities like Montreal, on the east coast and Vancouver, on the west coast, to totally remote places that reach the Arctic Circle. Some of the country’s most incredible landscapes are situated in Banff National Park, with crystal clear lakes surrounded by snowy peaks and forests.
40) Maine, United States
Situated in the far northeast of the United States, the small state of Maine is calm and peaceful amid natural beauty. The coast, with the mountains in the background, offers great spaces for nature lovers and activities such as skiing, hiking, fishing and whale watching.
41) East Coast, United States
Traveling by car is one of the most fun ways to travel the United States, which has a great road network. The best trips can be made on the east coast of the country, visiting cities like Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Seattle, amid different landscapes such as the Mojave Desert and the California coast.
42) Hawaii, United States
The Hawaiian archipelago is a destination that many travelers dream of, to enjoy its beautiful beaches with perfect waves for surfers and their natural beauty on trails, volcanoes and waterfalls. Big Island, the largest of the islands, combines tourism infrastructure with nature preservation. The second largest, Maui, brings together the best of the archipelago, with beaches, nature, and urban entertainment options.
43) Arizona, United States
Located in the southwestern United States, between California and New Mexico, the state of Arizona is home to one of the most important postcards. Formed by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon has stunning landscapes protected within a National Park.
44) Taj Mahal, India
Built between 1631 and 1648 by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is one of the greatest beauties of world architecture. The construction of white marble in the city of Agra was done by more than 20 thousand men helped by a thousand elephants.
45) Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The magnificent nature that makes up Rio de Janeiro makes the nickname Cidade Maravilhosa totally deserved. In this incredible setting, Christ the Redeemer serves as a protector, a postcard and an unparalleled spot to enjoy the beauty of the city from above.
46) Great Wall, China
The Great Wall of China stretches over 8,000 kilometers, in one of the most impressive buildings ever created by mankind. One of its most beautiful parts can be found just over 100 kilometers from Beijing, and attracts the numerous tourists who pass through the country’s capital.
47) Machu Picchu, Peru
Built in the 15th century, in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, 2,500 meters above sea level, the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the main vestiges of the Inca culture. Tourists who visit this impressive archaeological site will be dazzled by the size, beauty and preservation of the citadel, complemented by the nature around them.
48) Coliseum in Rome, Italy
When it was finished, around AD 60, the Colosseum in Rome had a capacity for up to 50,000 spectators, who watched plays based on mythology, staged battles, and bloody fights between gladiators. Today, the building is one of the main postcards of the Italian capital.
49) Petra, Jordan
Situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, 250 kilometers from Amman, the capital of Jordan, the ancient city of Petra is one of the main archaeological wonders on the planet. The monuments and buildings carved more than two thousand years ago in the rock of the region’s mountains impress the eyes of tourists.
50) Chichen Itzá, Mexico An
important archaeological site of the Mayan civilization, Chichen Itzá has numerous imposing remains, such as the Kukulcán Pyramid and the Temple of the Warriors and the Thousand Columns. Located about 200 kilometers from the Riviera Maya, the Chichén Itzá site is one of the largest postcards in Mexico.