Ten brilliant bucket list destinations await you.
As you stare at your computer screen at work, the minutes slowly tick by. Your mind races at the thought of jetting off to an exciting destination full of culture, amazing food and friendly faces; if only you had planned to take a summer trip this year. The good news is that your wanderlust dreams can soon be fulfilled if you plan everything out correctly. Whether you’re a solo traveller or want to gather a bunch of friends together for a thrilling adventure, help is on the way. You could be hopping on a train, boat or airplane quicker than you think as ten brilliant bucket list destinations await you. If you love to embrace culture or indulge in tourist attractions, there will be something for everybody on this list. From European excitements to America amazements your travel bug is finally going to treated to a tonne of stunning sights, sounds and scenes. Make sure you spend time thinking about exactly where you want to go and who you want to share these delectable delights with. Travelling is a truly individual experience that can differ from person to person. As long as you learn a new fact, taste a new cuisine and see a new sight, it will truly be a trip well spent. So indulge in all of these lovely locations and start creating your terrific travel plan for summer right now!
1. Terrific Thailand
Set off on the ultimate journey of a lifetime and become immersed in a brand new culture in Thailand. Your senses will be stimulated beyond your imagination and you can truly discover who you really are on this trip. Thailand holidays are becoming increasingly popular, simply due to the spirituality of the area; finding peace amongst the fresh mountain waters and smiling at the happy faces that are always ready to greet you in an upbeat and friendly manner. Whether you are looking to experience a brilliantly bustling city in Bangkok or relax serenely on pure white sands, you can find your refuge in the blissful atmospheres of Thailand. If you are looking to find inner peace and escape from your humdrum life, this will certainly be the hot holiday destination for you. Be at one with nature, from leafy green jungles to grand elephants meandering through muddy waters. Tranquillity is within touching distance so make the journey to Thailand this summer and absorb the wonderful, cultural world around you.
2. In a New York Minute
If you are looking for a city bursting with culture, history, theatre and art then New York is bound to be the destination for you this summer. Catch a Broadway show such as Dear Evan Hansen, or Mean Girls the musical and grab a delicious dinner at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp House. Queue up to get into the iconic Abercrombie and Fitch store to get your casual clothing fix at a hugely discounted price. Indulge in a new piece of statement jewellery at the infamous Tiffany and Co. If you’re a shopaholic with a flair for glitz and glamour then factor in a New York trip this summer.
3. Cool Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are bursting with tiny pockets of delight; nestled near the border of Africa the terrific Island of Tenerife gives you the joys of hot weather as well as super fun tourist attractions. You will see the beautiful Teide volcano on a clear day and you can even take a tour right up to the very peak where a local family own a beautiful vineyard. Sample the local wines and indulge in a sunset dinner overlooking the entire island. This truly is an experience you won’t want to miss. Not forgetting the crystal clear blue seas and the traditional tourist shops to buy your bucket and spade!
4. Awesome Australia
If you’ve got a long stretch of holiday days to take off work and you’re looking to escape to somewhere far away, then Australia should definitely be your first choice. Experience the Great Barrier Reef up close and personal and go snorkelling in the clear blue waters with stunning sea turtles that glide gracefully through the oceans at all hours of the day. As well as experiencing the beautiful beaches and scenery, you will also want to take a trip to the iconic Sydney Opera House, which is home to some of the most famous entertainment on the planet.
5. Lively London
A quintessentially British holiday would most certainly be based in London city centre. Make sure you have plenty of spending money for this trip because London can get expensive; it can also be done well on a budget, you just have to plan your trips well in advance. Some attractions you won’t want to miss include the London Eye, the London Dungeon experience and of course Big Ben. Hop on a Thames river cruise and get your very own tour guide to explain the historical facts of the city. Your mind will be bursting with new knowledge and your belly will be full of traditional fish and chips.
6. Brilliant Bruges
Bruges isn’t a place that would pop straight into your mind instantly, but it certainly is a perfect destination if you are looking for a short and sweet European break. If you love chocolate and beer, this will be the ideal place for you to spend a few days of your summer. Climb the famous clock tower, visit the brewery and indulge in chocolate tastings around the city. You can’t visit Bruges without taking a picture in front of the famous beer wall and grab a taster of the blonde or cherry beers if you start to get thirsty from all the sightseeing!
7. Cultural China
History lovers will absolutely love the sights and scenes in China. Seek out the unique and beautiful Buddha, which is carved out into the side of a mountain in the spectacular Sichuan. If you are an animal lover then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to cuddle a real life panda in one of the local panda inns. If you are looking for a unique mixture of history and wildlife then China should shoot right to the very top of your bucket list.
8. Fabulous Florida
Bursting with sun, sea, sand and Disneyland, Florida will be the perfect summer hotspot for all the big kids out there! Stay in Kissimmee which is a short drive to all of the Disney theme parks, from the eclectic mixture of water rides at Typhoon Lagoon, to the stunning shows and parades at the Magic Kingdom, this should definitely be a must do on every travel lovers list.
9. Beautiful Budapest
Another beautiful city worthy of exploring this summer is Budapest; bursting with culture and carefully crafted architecture you will truly find a slice of heaven during your trip. Whether you want to spend a day relaxing in the well-known baths or hit the town as experience the local nightlife, you are bound to find something that takes your fancy. If you do decide to take a dip in the baths then there is a huge array of choices. You can take a dip in up to fifteen different pools which vary from steaming hot to calmly cool; relax and take in the atmosphere or work a little harder in the gym close by. There is something for every sight seer in Budapest.
10. Sensational Spain
If Spanish beaches and delicious food make you excited then you won’t want to miss out on a sophisticated trip to the beautiful Barcelona. Stroll casually down the famous Las Ramblas where you can indulge in some unique Spanish purchases; stop half way for a glass of refreshing local wine or a freshly caught sea bass to soothe your appetite. Hop onto the tour bus for a unique day full of sightseeing from the Magic Fountains to the La Sagrada Familia, you will want to take a full day to explore Barcelona in its entirety.
Whether you choose to experience the awe inspiring culture of Thailand or decide to hop on a big red bus through London city centre you are bound to find happiness somewhere. Planning a trip for the summer can be incredibly stressful, but hopefully this list of inspiration has given you a good idea of how you want to spend your time off work. It will often depend on how much time you have to travel; whether you’re looking for a month long adventure or a short sweet weekend trip, you will soon find something to suit your needs perfectly. You could even pick one of these destinations at random if you can’t decide; the world is truly your oyster right now! Whether you are hoping to find love in the hustle and bustle of a city or enjoy peace and quiet on a white sandy beach, you can do anything your heart desires. So start packing your suitcase, grab your best travel buddy and enjoy the thrills ahead of you. From the sights to the sounds you are going to indulge all of your senses and make this summer trip the best it could ever be!
by Natalie Marie.
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Hi! I'm Natalie Marie, a travel blogger and photographer from Melbourne, Australia with a severe case of wanderlust.
In the past 5 years I have had the pleasure of visiting 173 cities and towns, spanning 27 countries across five continents, all while experiencing some incredible bucket-list moments and epic misadventures along the way.
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