Globetrotters can still dream, right? Many of us are using this time at home to daydream of where to go when it’s safe to travel again. How will your post-pandemic vacation days be spent? Will you set out to explore the natural wonders of Madagascar, go trekking through under-the-radar trails in the Himalayas, or hop on a plane with your favourite travel buddy to discover a new island in the Caribbean? Let your imagination run wild with these dream vacation destinations for your future travel bucket list.
While travel restrictions remain in place, borders will open up again eventually and we can start to plan the vacation of our dreams. Until then, we hope our list of dream-worthy destinations will help awaken the adventurer in you. And as always, please remember to check the latest global, national, and local guidelines before booking any type of travel.
- The Canadian Rockies
- Cinque Terre, Italy
- Islands of Tahiti, French Polynesia
- Patagonia, Chile and Argentina
- Georgia (the country)
- South Island, New Zealand
- Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland
The Canadian Rockies
When it comes to vacation destinations, there’s no dreamier place in Canada than the Rocky Mountains. Some of the most popular places to go are Banff National Park and Lake Louise, but there are plenty of smaller provincial parks where you can experience the magnificent beauty of the Canadian Rockies while getting away from the tourist crowds.
This four-season dream vacation destination is great for all types of travellers. Outdoor enthusiasts can go skiing or snowboarding (with epic views every step of the way) in the winter months, and climb mountain peaks and go camping in the summer. If you prefer to relax, there are plenty of hot springs to check out around this area that will get you feeling rested and rejuvenated for days.
This dream destination also offers the ultimate Canadian road trip: from Banff to Jasper National Park through the Icefields Parkway. This incredible drive takes you through the most stunning places in the Rockies, including Lake Louise, the Columbia Icefield, and Athabasca Falls.
If you’re dreaming of a place with out-of-this-world wildlife encounters and so much more, then let us introduce you to Madagascar. Just imagine walking through the jungle with lemurs jumping across giant baobab trees above you!
Located off the southeast coast of Africa, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. This is a total dream travel destination for nature lovers, with thousands of flora and fauna species of which almost 90% cannot be found anywhere else on earth.
There’s also a lot of exhilarating activities to do on the island, whether you’re exploring the desert landscapes of Parc National Isalo on 4WD, hiking through the rainforests of Parc National Marojejy, or simply relaxing on the white-sand beaches of Nosy Be, this dream destination has so much to offer.
Madagascar doesn’t have huge tourism numbers, so this is the type of dream destination can get you off-the-beaten-path and create a positive impact with your tourist dollars.
Nepal is a top trekking vacation destination. For starters, eight of the world’s tallest mountains are located in this enchanting landlocked country. While it’s best known for the Mount Everest base camp trek, there are many alternative trails to go on with equally impressive views and fewer crowds if you want to discover more of the country. A dream destination for solo travellers, spiritual seekers, budget travellers, and everything in between–Nepal is waiting for you when it’s safe to travel again.
For hikes beyond the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp, you can check out Api Base Camp or Tsho Rolpa, which takes you to one of Nepal’s biggest glacial lakes. Not only will you get a more authentic travel experience by choosing one of these alternative trails in Nepal, but you will be making a more positive impact by spreading tourism across the country. This helps the people from lesser-known regions in terms of income and development opportunities.
Even if you aren’t a big hiker, Nepal is without a doubt a dream destination for culture mavens. Witness centuries-old traditions like the ritual oil lamp ceremonies from some of the nation’s most beloved temples, or even from the rooftop of your guesthouse in the capital city of Kathmandu (there truly nothing else like it). If you’re looking for a spiritual journey or a transformative trip, Nepal may be just the place.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Italy is a country full of dream holiday destinations, but Cinque Terre is one of the most spectacular of the list. From its name, Cinque Terre is made up of five colourful seaside villages – Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare. Each village is exceptional and worth exploring in detail on its own. If you’re craving a bucket list travel experience in Europe, then consider your first trip post-quarantine to be to this dream worthy destination.
In Cinque Terre, hiking and nature enthusiasts can trek from one village to another, foodies can enjoy eating authentic Italian cuisine, and those looking to relax can simply take the scenic train between each town. No matter how you explore this region, it’s sure to be a memorable holiday.
Tahiti Islands, French Polynesia
Just thinking of Tahiti evokes visions of an island paradise. It’s made up of 18 islands and atolls with turquoise-blue waters you won’t believe are real.
Whether you want to relax on white-sand, palm-fringed beaches, swim in the blue lagoons, or take a hike up to the high mountain peaks, Tahiti has got something for everyone.
With an abundance of natural marine life, Tahiti is an ideal destination for divers and wildlife enthusiasts. You can go free diving with humpback whales or snorkel with dozens of stingrays and sharks. This is the perfect destination to check off some splurge-worthy bucket list experiences!
If you’re dreaming of completing a once-in-a-lifetime hike on your next vacation, then Patagonia may be the perfect destination to add to your travel wish-list. Sitting on South America’s southern frontier, Patagonia is a place where you can truly get lost in nature. It’s a place where you can hike to lagoons perched beneath jagged mountain peaks or explore marble ice caves from the inside. Distances are vast, and there are more penguins than people. By choosing to travel to Patagonia, a wealth of unforgettable adventures awaits.
Patagonia is the name of the region made up by Argentina and Chile, and both sides are worth visiting. One of the best places for hikers is the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. It has everything from day hikes to two-week treks, with a majestic backdrop of mountains in the distance every turn you take.
The Argentinan side is full of equally amazing adventures. You can go trekking on El Perito Moreno glacier in El Calafate or walk with penguins in Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world and the gateway to Antarctica.
If you’re looking for an unexpected destination to add to your travel bucket list, then Georgia may be just the place. From the snow-covered mountains of the Caucasus region to the coastal resorts around the Black Sea, Georgia is quickly becoming a dream country to visit. And it’s one of the cheapest places to travel on this list.
Georgia may be an ideal destination if you’re a digital nomad, as it is offering a one-year visa for remote workers. Many digital nomads have started flocking to the picturesque capital city of Tbilisi, raving about the affordable housing, delicious food, and scenic views. Oh, and seriously hospitable people to boot.
South Island, New Zealand
For outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies, New Zealand is one of the best dream vacation destinations to put on your future travel bucket list. It offers every outdoor activity you could imagine. Go sandboarding down giant dunes, hiking on glaciers, skiing in the mountains, or skydiving over the incredible landscapes. It’s even home to the world’s first commercial bungee jump!
The South Island of New Zealand is the most picturesque part of the country, with gorgeous mountain ranges, mystical forests, and awe-inspiring glaciers. A road trip through the South Island is the perfect way to experience this magical place. Start off your adventure by swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura and make your way down to Queenstown, known as the adventure capital of New Zealand.
Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland
Visiting Iceberg Alley is one of the most extraordinary experiences you can have in Canada. To see this natural wonder, you’ll want to head to the most easterly point in North America–Newfoundland and Labrador in Atlantic Canada.
Every spring, thousands of icebergs make their way across the ocean from Greenland and end up in what is known as ‘Iceberg Alley’ in Newfoundland. They often get stuck in the bays of small communities across the island, attracting tourists from all over the world.
Icebergs can often be seen from shore, but if you want to get a closer look you can join a guided boat tour or even go kayaking close to them. Some of the best places to look for icebergs in Newfoundland are the Bonavista Peninsula, St Anthony, Twillingate, and Fogo Island.
While the Caribbean is often associated with laid back vibes and white-sand beaches, the island of Dominica is an entirely unique experience. If swimming in a different waterfall every day sounds like your type of trip, then you’ll want to add Dominica to your travel wish-list. It’s more than possible here in Dominica – there’s a river for every day of the year in this dream vacation destination.
Dominica has nine volcanoes on the island, so there’s a lot of active geothermal activity to enjoy on your dream vacation. Hike to the second-largest boiling lake in the world, go diving underwater to see bubbles come up from vents on the ocean floor, or relax in natural hot springs surrounded by a jungle setting. To say nature lovers will be impressed is an understatement!
For active travellers, Dominica is one of the best islands to visit in the Caribbean. And there are far fewer tourists here than nearby islands, so you can expect much lower prices for an equally amazing vacation.
Ready to add some (or all!) of these dream vacation destinations to your future travel wish-list? Let your travel dreams take you to new horizons, challenging and inspiring you every step of the way.
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