10 Travel Destinations You Definitely Want to Add to Your Bucket List

RikkiLynn Shields
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Travel is a fantastic way to clear your head, get grounded, gain perspective, and grow. There are thousands of places on this earth just waiting for you to explore them . . . and who’s to say that self-growth can’t happen anywhere?

When we travel, we want to make sure we find something or somewhere spectacular! But with nearly 200 countries in the world, and millions of cities (yes millions) to visit, it can be hard to decide where to go, when to go, and what to see while you’re there.

That’s when you turn to your trusty travel bucket list. You know – that list you’ve been slowly compiling with destinations you come across and things to do when you’re there. Even whittling your bucket list down to essential travel destinations can be difficult though, because there’s just so much to see. So we did it for you!
 

Here are 10 Travel Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List

Get ahead of the game by putting these destinations on your travel bucket list – they’re some of the most beautiful and travel-worthy places on earth!
 

1. Banff, Canada

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Banff National Park, located in the picturesque Canadian Rockies, is the world’s third-oldest national park. Outside the quint town of Banff you can expect to be blown away by beautiful glacial lakes, mountains, and nearly 1,000 miles of hiking trails.
 
Whether you’re looking to unwind in front of the bright blue water, horseback ride overnight through the autumn Rockies, or join Canada Train Vacations for a train ride through the Rockies, Banff has a little bit of something for everyone!
 
 

2. Valletta, Malta

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Malta’s capital city, Valletta, was built by the Knights of Saint John and is the smallest capital city in Europe. Don’t be deceived though! Despite Valletta’s size, there is plenty to see and do. Specifically, the history in Valletta is unbelievable. There are more than 300 historical monuments within a third of a square mile of the city!
 
Valletta is filled with activities that’ll keep you busy, from the delicious restaurants serving local fare, to the beautiful Grand Harbor that’s perfect for watching the sunset. And really, what more do you need when traveling other than good food, good shopping, and good views?
 

3. Matera, Italy

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Located in a remote corner of Southern Italy, these ancient neighborhoods carved out of limestone are better known as Sassi. Perched on the edge of a ravine, you’ll find churches, courtyards, and some great hotels, bars, restaurants, and museums as you meander through the labyrinth-like alleyways.
 
Matera, Italy has to be one of the most spectacular cities you’ll visit in Italy, if not around the world! One cool aspect of this ancient city is that you’re bound to find a cave at one point or another. Truly, Matera is bound to be of the most unique cities you’ll visit in your lifetime.
 
 

4. Maui, Hawaii

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Maui should be on your bucket list because there is so much more to see than the beautiful beaches. Along with the crystal clear water and beautiful white sand, there’s something about Maui’s calm aura that could relax anyone.
 
From its beautiful waterfalls to traditional Hawaiian Luaus to whale or turtle watching, you won’t run out of things to do here. Maui is a great place for both the traveler who is looking to explore and the traveler who wants to lay on a beach all day and feel the breeze against their face. For a has-it-all vacation, look no further than Hawaii!
 
 

5. Barcelona, Spain

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If you’re looking for great music, great food, and great sights, book your trip to Barcelona now! I recommend touring the city by foot, but cabs and the subway are always an option, too. In Barcelona you’ll discover great art, fill up on tapas and sangria, and refresh your energy with the buzz of the city.
 
Along with it’s art and food, Barcelona is also known for its history and character, which is something that is worth learning about while visiting the city. And if you’re looking to make an adventure out of your trip, take a walk up the mountain (it will take your breath away). Perfect for family vacations and friend-cations, Barcelona has something for everyone.
 

 

6. Seoul, South Korea

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South Korea’s capital city, Seoul, has a similar cityscape to New York City, except there are mountains across the horizon that are as beautiful as ever. This tech-savvy city has a mix of new technology, high fashion, amazing history, and views that are sure to get you tons of likes on Instagram. 😉
 
From hiking and shopping to rooftop bars with breathtaking views, Seoul is so much more than a capital city. Book a stay at a luxury hotel, try new food, visit palaces and temples . . . the scene in Seoul is a must-go destination.
 
 

7. Oslo, Norway

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More and more people are being drawn to Oslo as a hot travel spot because of its architecture, the attractions, and the vintage scenery. This city that has been neglected for years is blossoming into a beautiful travel destination for all.
 
From its hip cafes to modern art and beautiful parks, Oslo has a variety of museums, cafes, vintage shops, restaurants, and parks that are all very unique. With its mix of history, the art scene, great food, and modern design, what’s not to love about Oslo?
 
 

8. Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhagen is next on the list! If you’re looking for good food, Copenhagen proudly boasts 15 Michelin Stars, and restaurants that have reservations booked 2 to 3 months in advance. Along with its renowned food, the bars and overall environment are also more comfortable than most. Known for hygge, or coziness, you don’t have to struggle to get comfortable in Copenhagen.
 
We could spend all day convincing you to visit Copenhagen, but what more do we need to tell you than this is the capital of one of the happiest countries on earth?
 
 

9. Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Known as the world’s largest port city in Taiwan, this city has a lot to offer. From fresh gourmet food in the day to nighttime food markets, you might end up eating way more than you planned.
 
Kaohsiung boasts plenty of views that are bound to take your breath away, from art to religious parks to even somewhere as simple as the metro station. You’ll want to visit the museums and restaurants, but know that the weather in Kaohsiung is almost always perfect. Expect to be outdoors on a walk, a hike, or sit down and enjoy the views!
 
 

10. Archipelago Sea, Finland

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Last up is Archipelago Sea, Finland. If you’re looking for a getaway to enjoy everything nature has to offer, this is the place for you. Located between Åland and the Finnish mainland, this part of the Baltic Sea has some of the biggest islands and islets.
 
From canoeing to kayaking, bird watching to fishing, and swimming to sailing, enjoying the days on this island are something to revel in and enjoy. And when night time rolls around, the nightlife is just as entertaining. Whether you’re looking to attend a music festival or to swim in the water of the outer archipelago, this is a travel destination you don’t want to miss out on.
 

Pack Your Bags and Go!

Maybe you have so many places on your travel bucket list that it’s difficult – even paralyzing – to make a choice. I have a proposal! Let’s make it a goal to actually pack our bags, book the flight, and visit some of these places! These 10 cities each have something special for everyone, and are a great place to start, or continue, your travel journey.
 
What are some places on your travel bucket list?
 

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RikkiLynn is an alchemist of intuition and a self-made storyteller creating art and chasing dreams. This coffee-loving yogi and full-time college student from New Jersey found her true love for yoga after fracturing her foot. Yoga taught her to live her life less out of habit, and more out of intent - now she hopes to inspire others to do the same.

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