7 Continents, 7 Dream Destinations
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Who’s dream European destination isn’t Iceland? Let’s be real here: The place looks a dream. Whether it’s lazing in the Blue Lagoon (a natural geothermal spa in a lava field) or visiting Game of Thrones filming destinations (YES PLEASE!), there is so much to do in Iceland. Reykjavik, the island’s coastal capital, is dotted with colourful buildings and is home to the architectural beauty Hallgeimskirkja church which offers awesome views over the city. I also want to road trip around Iceland on its famous Golden Circle tour, tracing the country’s Viking history back to its three most famous natural attractions: Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. Iceland’s one-of-a-kind black sand beach and the Northern Lights are also must-sees on my bucket list, s!
Right, I know Turkey is split between Europe and Asia, but I couldn’t help but include it in my Asia category. Turkey is another gem for breathtaking natural sights! How good does flying across the romantic and whimsical fairy tale region of Cappadocia in a hot air balloon, overlooking its “fairy chimneys” (a.k.a tall, cone-shaped rock formations) sound? I also want to explore Pamukkale, known for its mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down white travertine hillsides! I’d love to live like the locals do by staying in a natural cave in Cappadocia, and visit the neighbouring region of Hierapolis, an ancient Roman spa city, when visiting Pamukkale. Of course a trip to Turkey wouldn’t be the same without popping over to Istanbul, the country’s iconic capital! There are so many sights to see including the picture-perfect Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
Again, right on the border of Europe but you can’t deny that Morocco looks awesome and has everything you’d want out of a holiday destination. High mountains, vast deserts, gorgeous coastline and, most importantly, beautiful ancient cities with winding alleyways, local souqs, mosques and colourful gardens. Hiking the sublime High Atlas mountains has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember and those views are unbeatable. I’d love to learn more about the local, traditional culture while visiting not only the country’s enchanting capital, Marrakech (get me to Jemaa-el-Fna!), but lots of smaller unknown villages. Chefchaouen, Morocco’s famous “blue city” with its otherworldly blue coloured buildings, is also a must-see sight.
Canada (North America)
My degree is a four year course, with the third year taken abroad, and I am praying I can study in Canada for my year abroad! As a natural paradise, Canada is my dream destination. I’d love to explore the bustling cities of Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, the country’s capital, and lose myself in Canada’s outstanding natural parks, especially Banff, Jasper and Glacier National Park. Of course a trip – or a semi-permanent move – to Canada is nothing without a visit to Niagara Falls which is enough to take anyone’s breath away.
Bolivia (South America)
The number of places I want to visit in South America is very high so picking one dream destination was pretty tough. In the end I settled with Bolivia, a country in central America with terrain spanning the Andes mountains, the Atacama Desert and the Amazon Basin rainforest. Diverse, eh? When most people think of Bolivia, their minds will automatically jump to the breathtaking Salar de Uyuni, otherwise known as the world’s largest salt flat at over 11,000 square kilometres. It is also referred to as “Earth Meets Sky” where the sky and earth merge to create a dreamy, otherworldly landscape (a recurring theme here?).
Whilst ticking things off the bucket list, Bolivia’s dramatic “Death Road“, the North Yungas Road, has always fascinated me. In 1995 it was christened as “the world’s most dangerous road” so naturally I really want to cycle down it, despite the thousands of tourists who have sadly died whilst doing so. I’d also want to visit La Paz, the country’s capital, and other diverse Bolivian cities.
New Zealand (Australia)
New Zealand, just like Canada, is somewhere I want to visit for the stunning landscapes and scenery. It’s road trip time, people! I fell in love with Europe’s Alpine glaciers and I’m keen to visit more. Hiking mountains of ice at Franz Josef is not something I’d ever say no to. I’d also love to partake in the country’s adventure sports… New Zealand is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise, after all! Whether it’s bungee jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging or scuba diving, I want to try it all. It doesn’t matter if you’re a big Lord of the Rings fan or not, Hobbiton looks like an awesome place to visit, let alone all of the other LOTR filming locations the country has to offer. Milford Sound, Lake Wanaka, Waitomo Caves and Tongariro National Park are just a few of many other places I’d love to visit in New Zealand!
And finally… Antarctica!
Antarctica, as a continent, is a dream destination in its own right, especially considering the price of current expeditions, cruises and tours (£4000 upwards!). Antarctica’s preserved natural beauty, untouched by most humans, looks absolutely mind-blowing and I’m just praying the increase in Antarctica tourism doesn’t ruin it. Despite this, who doesn’t want to see its wild beauty and icebergs, and let’s not even mention the thousands of whales, seals and penguins! I’m really interested in how this new emerging tourism takes off in the next decade. We’ll just have to wait to find out…
So, what are your dream travel destinations? Let me know in the comments below!
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