10 picturesque places to put on your travel bucket list
Having a travel bucket list is just like having a regular bucket list, just that this one is focused on places you want to visit. I love creating lists, especially with the places I would like to visit. Without further ado, here’s part of my travel bucket list.
1. Andaman Islands, India
This is an archipelago in the gorgeous blue Andaman Sea, placed between India and Myanmar. One can say that it is a veritable paradise. Islands have picturesque yet isolated beaches that are framed by dense jungle with scattered bent-over palm trees. The sunrises and sunsets are nothing short of spectacular. Only few of the 572 Andaman Islands are accessible to tourists, to help protect local indigenous communities and wildlife.
2. Lake Ohrid, North Macedonia
This place is pretty popular with locals and tourists from neighboring countries especially during the summer months. Ohrid lake is freshwater lake surrounded by rolling hills, a few small towns, and waterfront monasteries. Nearby there is Galičica National Park where you can hike to the top of a hill above the lake and get a view into three countries: Greece, Albania, and North Macedonia. Some of the acctivites you can do are: rent a bike, go for a swim, visit the ancient monasteries, and tuck into the delicious local food.
3. Tatra Mountains, Slovakia and Poland
The Tatra mountains are nestled between Slovakia and Poland and that’s a perfect destination year-round. During the winter you can enjoy very budget-friendly skiing on the slopes, followed by fireplace beers or hot chocolate and the local specialty dish of warm sheep cheese with handmade pasta. During the summer there are so many hiking trails to explore, winding up to alpine lakes and peaks with incredible views of the region. You could stay in a cute small town like Ždiar, where everything is accessible by foot or bus.
4. The Kimberley, Australia
Australia is a big place, which makes it hard to keep track of all the amazing things you can see and do. In the northwest of the country, there is one of the world’s oldest and biggest wilderness landscapes, and it’s super remote, it’s the Kimberley. Planning a visit there is a bit of a mission, but you’ll be rewarded with sights you can’t get anywhere else. You can hike through ancient canyons, or swim in freshwater pools under waterfalls, or walk along beaches with white sand.
5. Faroe Islands, Denmark
This is an archipelago made of volcanic islands and it is about halfway between Norway and Iceland. It looks dramatic and remote at the same time. Faroe islands are pretty isolated — sheep outnumber people — but they’re a wonderful place for an adventurous trip. Here you can explore the islands’ waterfalls, hidden lakes, walking trails, winding rivers, and tiny villages.
6. Himare, Albania
The entire coastline of Albania is underrated, but the small town of Himare is a real hidden gem. It’s usually just visited by locals on holiday. You will find an ancient castle perched on the hill and two beautiful beaches you can explore. And if you head further north up the coast and you’ll find some of the country’s best beaches, a few of which are only accessible by boat.
7. Apostle Islands, United States
This is a group of 22 islands that can be found on Lake Superior, just off the coast of Wisconsin. It’s a paradise for anyone who likes some adventure, like hiking, camping, kayaking, sailing, and wildlife-spotting galore. The water around the islands is super clear, making it a popular scuba spot.
8. The Azores, Portugal
This is a group of island that is about a two-hour flight from mainland Portugal, and it is an absolute oasis in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This archipelago is known for its volcanic landscapes and incredible marine life living just off the coast. It is a perfect sport no matter if you want to have an activity filled trip with hiking and swimming or if you just want to relax on an idyllic beach.
9. New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is an island country just above Australia, and it is a little-known which makes it a wonderful destination. It can be dangerous if you’re on your own, but it’s worth visiting on an organized tour, if you can. The New Ireland Province is where you’ll find some of the best beaches, where you can do just about everything: snorkeling, canoeing, diving, and surfing.
10. Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
Last but not the least is the national park in the southeast of Thailand. It is a wonderful oasis that looks straight out of a fairytale. It’s home to the oldest rainforest in the world, surrounded with dramatic limestone mountains and giant blue lakes.
Hope you enjoyed in my short travel bucket list, and that at least one of these places will end up on yours. I have one more list of 10 places I would like to visit in the next 10 years, maybe you want to check it out.
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