Top 10 Places To Add On Your Bucket List

When the travel bug bites you, there is (un)fortunately no cure. It’s like one of those itches that just wouldn’t go away.

Traveling may strip you of your hard-earned money but creating memories from travel experiences rather than just acquiring material things gives one his penny’s worth. And of course, there are nifty ways to travel without breaking the bank! It just takes a tad of planning in advance to cut down on cost. It helps to keep track of travel deals by signing up on online travel sites to get a heads-up on flights and accommodation promos and you might be surprised on how much you can save.

As a traveler, you hold the sole responsibility of getting proper information regarding the places you will visit. Planning a trip not only involves packing the right stuff but most importantly, the foresight of checking travel advisories and having the necessary travel documents you need, especially for international trips. Keep in mind that safety and security should always be your top priorities when traveling.

Read “The 4 Best Discount Travel Sites and “20 Best Travel Sites to Save You Money.

Traveling is not just a hobby for some people, it has become a lifestyle. So for those searching for new places to add on your ever-growing bucket list,

here are my current top ten:

1. Bagan in Myanmar

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I find Angkor Wat an exquisite ancient wonder but the appeal of the Bagan Temples of Myanmar borders on the mystical. Known to be one of the world’s greatest archeological sites, it is home to about 2200 temples and pagodas that survive to the present day. Not to miss here are the sunrise (if you can manage to wake up early) and the sunset. Depending on the time of the day, it would be wise to plan in advance when choosing which pagodas to have as vantage points in seeing such marvelous view.

2. Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland 

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If you are an avid Harry Potter fan like me, this must be a familiar sight. A scene from the sixth movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was shot here. The cliffs’ namesake was an old fort that once stood on their southern point but it was demolished in 1808. On the other side as you go northward, you can enjoy the endless view of the Atlantic Ocean from O’Brien’s Tower, a round stone tower near the cliffs’ midpoint.

3. Isle of Skye in Scotland

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A walk in this picturesque rocky landscape can be challenging but the view while standing close to the edge of sea cliffs will give you the sense as if you are up in the clouds, an apt feeling since the island got its name from the old Norse, sky-a, meaning “cloud island”. Scotland’s old charm will never be complete without the presence of medieval castles, dramatic coastlines, and the quaint fishing villages that abound in the area.

4. Saxon Switzerland National Park in Germany

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A view from the Bastei Bridge majestically situated above the Elbe river can render anyone breathless. I’m sure I might even get teary-eyed. Created by 100 million years of wind erosion and river flow, the rugged terrain attracts rock climbers world-wide. It is also a significant habitat for the spectacularly diverse flora and fauna, thanks to a phenomenon called “climactic inversion“.

5. Socotra Island, Yemen

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This is research heaven for scientists and science-enthusiasts. Imagine exploring an alien-like surroundings! That is the vibe of this remote island nestled in the Indian Ocean. Its hostile climate is home to strange-looking animals and plants that one could swear are pure products of a lost world. About 800 species are rare, a third of which are endemic to the island. One of the most distinguished resident trees is the Dragon’s Blood tree. It resembles the appearance of an upside-down umbrella while its dark red resin was once highly priced in ancient times.

Note: Please check your country’s respective travel advisory prior to planning a visit.

6. Pokhara, Nepal

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I have always wanted to visit Kathmandu in Nepal and for sure I will have a go at this one too given the opportunity. This is a trekker’s paradise. The serene lakes, falls, white-water rivers are just a few of not to be missed sights but the icing on the cake, the snow-capped mountain view of the Himalayas greeting trekkers and adventure-seeking tourists alike urging them to start an exciting mountain endeavor. It’s easily becoming a hub for adventure sports with paragliding at the top of its list.

7. Wadi Rum, Jordan

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When I first saw pictures of Wadi Rum and its neighboring city of Petra, I immediately envisioned a Mars-looking landscape. Also known as The Valley of the Moon, Lawrence of Arabia’s land of Wadi Rum is a protected Unesco World Heritage site. It is not just a magnificent desertscape boasting of natural rock formations and copper-colored sand but it is also known for its cultural significance due to the presence of petroglyphs and archeological remains found in the site.

Note: Please check your country’s respective travel advisory prior to planning a visit.

8. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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I remember reading about this fantastic place in Science class and since then, it’s never been forgotten. The archipelago holds a double world heritage site enlistment as both the land and sea are protected. An up-close and personal encounter with the islands’ wildlife will elicit in one’s mind a scene of how Charles Darwin formed his Theory of Natural Selection.

9. Horsetail “Fire Fall” Waterfall in Yosemite Valley

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This is a rare phenomenon wherein the falls becomes illuminated with a red-orange hue as the sun shines at a certain angle, hence the illusion of a fiery waterfall. The possibility of the event from happening is placed in a two-week time frame in the month of February . The sighting is not guaranteed but it would all be worth it as the Yosemite Valley is by itself a treasure trove of nature.

10. El Nido, Palawan

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Boasting of 7,641 islands, the Philippines is abundant with tiny hidden gems. Known as the Philippines’ “Last Frontier”, any traveler would be wide-eyed from all the scenic views offered by the islands and islets that make up El Nido. From the high marble cliffs down to the crystal clear lagoons and white sand beaches, it’s no wonder people assume that this paradise is the main inspiration for Alex Garland’s novel,”The Beach”.

A person’s travel list, in my opinion, will never have an end. We are all wanderers by nature and we have to discover the world not from the pages of a book but from our own traveling experiences. What we will learn from the places that we will visit, the people that we will meet, and the experiences that we will encounter are treasures that we will keep for the rest of our lives. With that, I leave you this quote by Samuel Johnson –

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” 

Any special travel spots that you want to add on this bucket list? Write them in the comments section below.

And don’t forget to share your own travel experiences. 

Thanks for reading. Cheers!


Photo credits: Pixabay

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