Everyone has one dream holiday that they’ve wanted to go on for years. Some might be a year-long excursion across a faraway country to find themselves, others might want a simple weekend city break. But for some reason, money, time, fear, people put off going, building it up in their minds until the trip becomes something impossible to actually embark on.
Well, Wishful Thinking week is all about turning those dreams into reality. Why can’t you take a holiday? Why can’t you go to that special place you’ve always wanted to? What’s stopping you? Which this in mind, we’ve listed some top holiday destinations that people always talk about going on, but never do.
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, everyone should visit Venice at least once. From its majestic canals to awe inspiring architecture, it’s a city beyond compare. Visit the famous St Mark’s square, take a trip down the Grand Canal, or just walk around and absorb the rich history, vibrant culture, and truly stunning sights that can only be found in Venice. It’s surely on everyone’s list of must-see destinations, and for good reason.
Australia is a land of sun, sand, and wildlife you can’t see anywhere else. The only downside is the travel time it takes to get there. Plus those spiders that you have to check for in the toilet. But, apart from that, Australia is one of the most beautiful, diverse landscapes on the planet. With extreme wilderness to explore, and stunning cities like Sydney and Perth right by the ocean, there’s something there everyone down under.
Petra is a city in Jordan, one carved out of solid rock. It’s one of the Wonders of the World, and can take up five days to fully explore. Believed to be founded in the 6th Century BC by Nabatean Arabs, the city has tombs, a treasury, and a colosseum! And if that isn’t enough to make you want to visit, it was also featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which is the best one.
No list of top travel destinations would be complete without the land of the rising sun. The city of Kyoto has over a thousand different breath-taking temples, meaning there’s always something else to see of Japan’s unique history. There’s also the magical cherry blossom festival, where you can see some of the world’s most beautiful flowers start to bloom, only happening once a year as the blossoms are carried up through the country by wind currents. There is also, of course, the nation’s capital: Tokyo. One of the best cities to explore at night, it boasts the Shinjuku nightlife district where you can dance the night away in clubs, or hit up one of Japan’s secret jazz dens.
The USA is on everybody’s list for different reasons. New York. The Grand Canyon. Las Vegas. San Francisco. Of course, many people want to see all of these, and who could blame them? Whether you just want a city break, or a full on trek across the West, the USA offers something for everyone.
SALAR DE UYUNI, BOLIVIA
Salar De Uyuni in Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat. When covered in water, it reflects the sky and it’s like something out of a movie. Look at it:
It contains an estimated 50 – 70% of the world’s lithium reserves, and is a breeding ground for flamingos.
The Indonesian island of Bali is widely regarded as a paradise. From the island temple of Tanah Lot, to monkey forests, to the city of Ubud, Bali offers much more than just beaches. But the beaches are not to be missed, with white sand and crystal clear waves.
A stunning Polynesian island in the Pacific, Bora Bora is a luxury resort surrounded by coral reefs. The island makes the vast majority of its money from tourism, so there is always something to do. Snorkeling, boat tours, and off-road treks are just some of the activities you can get up to if for some reason you don’t just want to spend all your time on the beach.
These are just some of the wondrous places planet earth has to offer, so don't wait, pack your bags, get flying, and make some memories.
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