10 Destinations You Need to See ASAP

And by you, I mostly mean me, because I haven’t been to any of these, YET. But, I’m dying to go so, I hope it serves as inspiration for the both of us. If we’re being honest, my full list is never ending. But, with school, and work constraints, these are the destinations I am prioritizing for the foreseeable, and I’ll tell you why.

Thailand

Well, this one is kind of a given since it’s already scheduled for next month… It’s been on the top of my list for ages, mostly for the incredible beaches since I’m a total water baby. As I was creating our itinerary, I discovered all the amazing temples, floating markets, foods, and elephant sanctuaries (SOLD). Just be careful when visiting elephants because many “sanctuaries,” do not treat elephants humanely. Do your research and DO NOT ride elephants.

England

Besides getting to practice my British accent, England appeals to me because, well actually, a lot it is for the accents. I mean, I’m not really going for the food (kidding, everybody). But really, I do want to visit castles and have high tea. There’s history to be explored on virtually every street corner, and I think that is a major part of why it’s such a popular destination. And a glimpse at the royal family wouldn’t be too bad either.

Iceland

I feel like Iceland is the place to be lately. And, I’m jumping on that bandwagon! It fits in easily with a trip to London if you’re in the Northeast like me. Iceland Air even includes layovers in Reykjavik for extended amounts of time on your way to London. The landscapes are worthy of every instagram. And there are activities to fulfill all of your outdoor adventure dreams. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get to see the Northern Lights. And as a plus, there are fuzzy horses.

Egypt

Since the day I played Cluefinders 4th Grade: Puzzle of the Pyramid (great game), I have been obsessed with Egypt. So naturally, this is my number one destination right now. There’s just so much mystery. How did they they make all those pyramids? Perfectly aligned with the stars! Are there really curses?? I’m just trying to learn, and get in touch with ancient aliens.

Jordan

Petra is one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, so it must be worth a peak right? Similar to Egypt, there are massive temples and tombs. The ancient Treasury that is literally carved into the stone is probably the most recognizable part of Jordan. You can also explore the desert in Wadi Rum or exfoliate in the dead sea!

Turkey

Being the narcissist my mom claims I am, I love places that have name. So obviously, I’ve wanted to go to Hagia Sophia since I learned of it. And how fun does a Bosphorus boat tour sound? Dan Brown’s scenes from Inferno (great read if you haven’t!) of the Basilica Cistern have never had me more excited about a cistern. The Blue Mosque is what your eyeballs have always wanted to see. And I haven’t even mentioned the hot air balloons over Cappadocia. Basically, there’s so much going on here and it needs to be experienced!

Colombia

Medellín and Cartagena in particular. I’m Colombian and love my country. But, I haven’t been to the city of eternal spring, OR the coast yet. And that’s a shame. Colombia boasts art, nature, beaches, and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet! Oh, and the food, it’s honestly hard to top. If you’re looking for something more off the beaten path in Colombia, you can also checkout my hometown here.

Peru

Hiking Machu Picchu seems a little cliché, but clichés become that way for a reason. You don’t necessarily have to hike the whole inca trail, but this Old Mountain (that’s what Machu Picchu means), seems like it’s worth braving the altitude sickness for. And the Incas were almost as mysterious as the Egyptians, so a lot of puzzles to dive into here too, not just Machu Picchu! Besides that, you can also do things like go sand-boarding in the desert and check out lovely, colonial cities.

Patagonia

Part of Argentina, part of Chili, Patagonia is another landscape looker. And you can walk from one country to the other. Patagonia is a lot of hiking through amazing views. I feel like I sound very outdoorsy, which I am not! But when you say glacier trekking, I’m there! And the way things are going, we should probably see them before they melt, am I right??

African Safari

To say I’m animal obsessed is an understatement. My shrieks of excitement are comparable to the kids on the safari at Animal Kingdom with me. I’m still trying to fathom how awesome it must be to see these animals in their natural habitats. The only hard part for me is choosing a country to do it in. They each have something different to offer! So if anyone has any suggestions PLEASE, let me know!

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For further inspiration, check out the ladies who have been to these places, and provided tons of tips and pics! Their sites are found underneath their photos and linked below.

Thank you, xoxo
www.ensquaredaired.com
www.nomadbytrade.com
www.tappedouttravellers.com
www.beckythetraveller.com
www.postcardsfromtheworld.com

 

30 responses to “10 Destinations You Need to See ASAP

  1. Yes to Thailand, Iceland, and Turkey! Petra also greatly interests me. Considering that I’ll be back in Europe this fall, I really hope to make the trip to Iceland, after almost two years of wishful thinking! Enjoy Thailand, and let us know how it goes!

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  2. We’d highly recommend clubbing Scotland with Iceland if you’re into nature (one of our top countries in the world for landscapes) and want to get into raw history. Castles in Scotland are ruins & are war & weather worn than the manicured country houses in England. That being said, if you enjoy Downtown Abbey, then England is the place to be!

    IcelandAir / WowAir fly to Edinburgh as well. Allow us to make our case for Scotland with https://beyondourhorizons.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/best-of-scotland-in-1-week/

    Hope you get to see all these destinations (and us getting to read up on them).

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    • Yeah I’m sold. Your pictures are incredible! I knew this post would only get me adding to my list lol. I do love Downton Abbey if we’re being honest. But I can definitely make room for Scotland.

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  3. Every single place on this list (save for Iceland and Thailand, which I’d gladly visit again in a heartbeat!) is on my to-visit list! Thanks for the photo credits ❤

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  4. Out of your list – I’ve only been to England. But every other place is on my list! I’m trying to go through all 50 states first & I’m more than halfway there! Patagonia does seem amazing though!

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  5. I have never been to any of these places. I really want to go on an African safari and to Iceland. So, let’s see if I ever go. Thank you for sharing!

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    • I PROMISE, I did not forget!! The only reason I didn’t mention it is because for the longest time I’ve imagined it as the perfect honeymoon destination. So, I’m kind of saving it 🙂

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  6. I have been to Thailand twice. Once for a month and then again for 2 weeks. I highly recommend it as a travel destination! You will have an amazing time, especially if you like it HOT! I definitely want to see Iceland and Turkey as well. I admire your top 10 choices!

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    • Wow, I would love to do a month. There’s a never ending list of things I want to see in Thailand! I’m hoping to do Iceland in October, so stay tuned for more pictures 😉

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  7. Peru 🇵🇪 Colombia 🇨🇴 Jordan 🇯🇴 and Egypt 🇪🇬 are all definitely on my list. Goodwiling will completely these by 2018. Let’s hope ✅🙏

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  9. I’ve been to a couple of these, and I have to say Jordan especially is wildly underrated as a destination. There are so few tourists there now that you have most sites to yourself. So if you’re thinking of going, now is a great time.

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