They say dreams are to be fulfilled. There might not be any other statement as spot on as this one; even more so, if applied to travelling. How many times have you gone through that endless bucket list with the places you want to visit, and that, for some reason or the other, you have not had the chance to go to yet? But the real question is… what are you waiting for to cross some of them out? Here you have a selection of the 10 places every traveller should put on their bucket list.
1. Machu Picchu, Peru.
Probably one of the destinations in every traveller’s bucket list. No wonder, because Machu Picchu is one of the most precious gems you will ever come across. Arriving here first thing in the morning, when the sun hasn’t come out yet, and wait for the fog to lift unveiling the silhouette of this incredible citadel, is one of the most amazing things you’ll ever witness.
The legal tender in Peru is the nuevo sol, so don’t forget to exchange your currency.
2. Petra, Jordan.
One of the places more enshrouded in mystery is the Nabatean city of Petra, in Jordan. Arriving to “The Treasury” upon exiting the Siq while it is still empty is one of the most Indiana Jonesy things you’ll ever experience.
But the Treasury is not its only iconic enclave. If you fancy doing some exercise, after going up a footpath with outstanding views for 45 minutes, you’ll arrive to the Monastery, one of Petra’s biggest treasures.
The legal tender in this corner or the world is the Jordanian dinar, which you can purchase with Global Exchange.
3. Yellowstone National Park, United States.
If there is a place where we have experienced nature in its purest form, this is the Yellowstone National Park, in the United States.
Fumaroles, geysers, mud pots, waterfalls and movie-lot landscaping are waiting for you in one of the most photogenic emplacements in the United States –where the currency accepted is the US dollar.
You can find more information on Yellowstone in our post about our trip to the West Coast.
4. The Great Wall of China.
Thinking about China and not the Great Wall is like thinking about Thailand and neglect their Pad Thai: one thing is bound up with the other, and it is inevitable to think about one without the other.
From Beijing (where you’ll have to pay in yuan) you can arrive to the Great Wall in a different number of ways, depending on the section you are interested in visiting. We recommend you go to Jinshanling and Simatai, where you can go trekking along some of the most authentic areas of the Great Wall.
5. Taj Mahal, India.
What can we say about one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in the world that has not been said already. There is no doubt that anyone travelling to India should pay a visit to the “teardrop in the face of eternity” that is this monument devoted to love.
If you want some incredible but not so-common views of the Taj Mahal, go the north bank of the river Yamuna at dusk. We can guarantee you won’t regret it.
Bear in mind that the legal tender is the Indian rupee.
6. Bali, Indonesia.
Thinking about Bali means thinking about green landscapes, sprinkled with paddy fields under a sun that looks like taken out of a travel catalogue.
The best thing is that we can fact-check this: Bali is indeed an idyllic island with some spectacular scenery and the most interesting culture you can possibly imagine. All this merged with a cuisine that is hard to forget. Bali, the Island of Gods, is waiting for you.
7. The Maldives.
If there is a paradise in and out of water that is, hands down, the Maldives. We can’t exactly say that it is cheap to get there if what you are after is the experience of a private island resort, but what we can say for sure is that it will be worth every penny if you can afford it.
If not, you can always have a great time in one of the local islands, where you’ll find more affordable accommodation and the landscape and ocean will still preserve the same colour as in the catalogue. It is worth considering, right?
8. Ayutthaya Historical Park, Thailand.
Thailand is one of those countries that never disappoints. No matter how high your expectations are, Thailand will exceed them for sure, because travelling to this country is always a safe bet.
Many can associate Thailand with idyllic beaches and, in fact, this is not far from the truth, but if there is a place that is sure to impress anybody, this is the Ayutthaya Historical Park, one of the most important sites in the country. And wherever you go, you must know that you will have to pay in Thai bahts.
9. Mont Saint-Michel, France.
If there is magical place in France, that is Mont Saint-Michel. The feeling that invades you upon approaching this place, catching a glimpse of the skyline and the fading lights with the passing of the hours, is one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have in Normandy.
10. Cinque Terre, Italy.
If we talk about Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola or Riomaggiore it is highly likely that you won’t know where to place them on a map, but if we say that these are the names of the five villages comprised by Cinque Terre, in Italy, –very colourful and photogenic–, we have no doubt that an image of this amazing emplacement will quickly pop into your mind.
One of the many corners of Italy that will not fail to move you.