Wanderlust can strike at any moment, with many of us wishing we could spend time travelling the world to experience some of the most beautiful countries and travel destinations that are often only reserved for our daydreams. If you are already planning your next few holidays away, we have shortlisted our top 8 travel destinations that you should definitely add to your bucket list. From Nordic city breaks to lush beach escapes, we have included a travel destination to suit all tastes.
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
The world’s northernmost capital city, Reykjavik has become an increasingly popular travel destination thanks to its’ cosmopolitan city vibe that’s set against the breathtaking natural Icelandic landscape. Ideal for those seeking culture and hospitality, Reykjavik is packed full of museums, restaurants and bars to rival any major city in a compact, easy-to-navigate setting. A good base to explore the rest of Iceland, the world-famous Blue Lagoon is a short drive away for a day of pampering and relaxation set in one of the 25 wonders of the World. Of course, no trip to Iceland is complete without experiencing the otherworldly Northern Lights; making winter the perfect time to pay a visit to this enchanting destination.
2. Tokyo, Japan
Seamlessly blending the ultra-modern with ancient tradition, Tokyo is a supercity that offers the best of both worlds – making it the ultimate travel destination. Explore the ancient Senso Ji temples for an afternoon of history or take in the idyllic sights of the Ueno public park with its’ beautiful cherry blossom trees and serine lake gardens. The grounds of the Imperial Palace – home to the Japanese emperor are also worth adding to your to-do list.
The neon-lit cityscape of Tokyo will take your senses on a whirlwind journey, make sure to sample the local sushi, explore the mega-malls for some retail therapy and enjoy the buzzing nightlife that the capital city has to offer. Constantly reinventing itself, Tokyo always has something new and inventive to offer even the most seasoned of travellers.
3. Stockholm, Sweden
A picturesque harbour-side city, Stockholm has plenty on offer to cater to all needs. Spread across 14 connected islands, Stockholm is easy to traverse on foot or by boat; a scenic tour of the canal waterways is a relaxed way to soak up the sights and distinct architecture. For a cultural break, pay a visit to Stockholm City Hall and Drottningholm Palace or explore one of Stockholm’s many museums including the Vasamuseet. Stockholm is also great for shopping, with independent hidden treasures, quirky designer boutiques as well as flagship department stores and top off the afternoon in one of Stockholm’s many artisan cafes.
4. Cote D’Azur, France
Playground of the rich and famous, the Cote D’Azur exudes glamour and sophistication. The French Riviera combines the appeal of a beach holiday with the cosmopolitan, cultural vibe that a city can offer, perfectly blending the best of both holiday styles. Soak up the sun on the sandy beaches of St. Tropez and enjoy the legendary beachclubs of the Plage de Pampelonne.
For a lavish holiday experience, Monaco is famed for its’ nightlife; enjoy the glamour of the high roller casinos or the opulent brassieries and nightclubs; also make sure to visit the harbour to marvel at the super yachts docked for the night. The beaches in Nice stretch on for miles and is also packed with galleries and museums; a wander around Nice’s Old Town is a must.
5. Amalfi Coast, Italy
A breath-taking example of Mediterranean architecture, The Amalfi Coast is a small and selective resort that combines the striking natural landscape with pastel washed buildings – a photographer’s dream! Sample the local cuisine in independent restaurants and relax on the hotel terrace with a cocktail or two. If you are feeling adventurous, take a hike along one of the many marked trails through the greenlands or venture further afield and visit the ruins of Pompeii.
6. Copenhagen, Denmark
One of the coolest Nordic cities on the block, Copenhagen has risen in popularity and it’s not hard to see why. Offering a vibrant city culture in a compact setting, you can explore like a local and hire some bikes to cover all points of interest.
For a fun day out, head to the Tivoli Gardens amusement park for both thrilling and nostalgic rides in a picturesque garden setting. There a number of castles and palaces within Copenhagen with the Kronborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace being stand-out examples of the city’s beautiful architecture. With North Europe’s largest aquarium, as well as zoos, botanical gardens and museums, there is plenty going on in Copenhagen; you can also take a tour of the first Carlsberg brewery.
One of the world’s hottest travel destinations, Singapore is an ultra-modern island city state off the coast of Malaysia. A progressive city, Singapore offers a dynamic mix of cultures blended with a mind-blowing modern aesthetic that’s at the forefront of innovation. The same goes for Singapore’s attractions, you can experience the south-east Asian tradition seamlessly alongside the slick cityscape. For a deeper insight, Read our Editor-in-Chief’s travel guide to Singapore.
8. Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Found on the western coast of Croatia, the Dalmatian Coast is both picturesque and historical. The city of Split is home to a number of UNESCO listed sights and monuments such as Diocletain’s Palace which was built back in the 3rd century. As well as wandering through history, the Dalmatian Coast is home to some of the most stunning sandy beaches set against lush green forests, dramatic mountains and crystal clear waters.
Hvar and Zadar are the places to head on the Dalmatian Coast for chic restaurants and vibrant nightlife that last until sunrise. One of the prominent destinations on the Dalmatian Coast has to be Dubrovnik with the city walls and old town being a UNESCO Heritage Site in their own right. The world-renowned Dubrovnik Summer Festival is an absolute must-see and no trip will be complete without visiting some of the legendary bars and nightclubs in the town.
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