The top ten destinations on our bucket list
If you're anything like us, you have Pinterest board upon Pinterest board of dream travel destinations. Thankfully dreams are free so we'll be adding to those boards like there's no tomorrow, especially after setting eyes on these incredible holiday locations.
To get you in the mood for an intrepid summer ahead, we've compiled our top ten bucket-list-worthy travel destinations. Get planning!
Grand Canyon, USA
Ok, this one seems kind of obvious, but we can't emphasise enough that this is an absolute must do trip. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take a helicopter flight over and into the canyon - add champagne at sunset for a completely luxe affair. The more adventurous among us can make the most of a myriad of hiking trails and camping spots throughout the canyon.
For a closer-to-home adventure, a trip to Australia's outback is an absolute must for the traveller at heart. From a luxe, catered tour to bohemian glamping, a visit to Australia's spiritual heart can be as adventurous or as laid back as you want it to be. Just make sure you get the obligatory cheesy tourist photo while you're there.
Northern Lights, Iceland
Arguably the most unique travel experience you can have without leaving the planet, seeing the Northern Lights should be on everyone's bucket list, regardless of whether you're a die-hard traveller or not. Timing can be tricky but if you miss the lights while you're there, the rest of Iceland is not-to-be-missed, with incredible hiking, 4WD tours and of course, the iconic hot springs.
Great Wall of China
It would be rude not to pay respect and tribute to this incredible feat of engineering, spanning not only 8,851 kilometres but five Chinese dynasties and six different time periods. The Great Wall can be seen either by organised tour or hike, or simply as part of a greater Beijing itinerary.
Machu Picchu, Peru
This adventure is not for the faint of heart. The Incan citadel sits high in the mountains of Peru and is considered one of the best-known archaeological sites in the world. Despite Machu Picchu being a popular tourist spot, the site still holds an air of mystery and intrigue. A visit to the site does require some hiking, so be prepared to get adventurous.
If you're feeling exhausted just reading about all of this intrepid travel, maybe a trip to Santorini is more your cup of tea. Arguably Greece's most beautiful island, Santorini is a hub for romance, sunsets and stunning coastline. Dine on fabulous seafood, enjoy a tipple of ouzo and join the throngs of other sightseers on top of the hill to watch one of Santorini's famous sunsets.
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
This archipelago of islands is regarded as the world's most celebrated workshop of evolution and was the ultimate playground for biologist, Charles Darwin. Each island has its own menagerie of oddities including giant tortoises, waved albatrosses and huge land iguanas, which have to be seen to be believed.
Cherry Blossom Festival, Tokyo
Spring is a magical time in Japan - the entire country is gradually covered in the light shade of beautiful pink cherry blossoms. In Tokyo this time of year is celebrated with festivities, enchanting visitors from all over the world. Set against the backdrop of Mt Fuji, this is a photographer’s paradise.
An archaeologist's dream, Pompeii is perhaps the best-reserved Roman ruins anywhere in the world. Buried in the tragic eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD, Pompeii attracts hoards of tourists and visitors from all over the globe, however it is surprisingly possible to escape the crowds due to it being a very large site. This is a history lesson which has to be experienced first hand.
Krka National Park, Croatia
All about getting that perfect 'gram? This is the ultimate travel blogger destination, featuring a series of seven waterfalls, nature trails and the Krka Monastery built above ancient Roman catacombs. Spend the day lounging by one of the natural pools, or hiking through the beautiful nature reserve.