Ultimate Guide To The 410 Best Places To Travel (UPDATED 2018)
Where are the best places to travel in the world? People often ask me this question and my answer is always the same: it depends! When it comes to choosing the best destination, it’s all about you and your interests. That’s why I’ve come up with a mega list of best places to travel for every trip of trip.
From budget breaks to beach escapes and everything in between, here’s a rundown of the world’s best places to travel.
Best wine tasting destinations
Every single drop of that amazing Bordeaux wine that we all love so much is from this region of southwestern France. Read this Primer to Bordeaux Wine and prep your palate.
When it comes to learning about and experiencing the best of Italian wine, come to this stunning region just south the Alps--- and come hungry! It’s one of the best places to travel for Italian food.
One of Germany’s official 13 wine regions, this area just outside of Frankfurt is famous for its innovative vinos as well as timeless picks like German Riesling.
Douro Valley, Portugal
You don’t even have to be into wine to fall in love with this northern Portuguese region. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s one of the oldest demarcated wine regions and it is gorgeous.
One of the best wine tasting destinations in the world- and most underrated!- this Eastern European country is one of my faves. Enjoy some sun, sea, and try some of the grape-licious drinks.
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Napa Valley, California, USA
No matter what kind of wine you love, Napa Valley has it. After sampling everything from light Sauvignon Blanc to velvety Merlot, you may never find your way out of Napa Valley- literally!
Yamhill County, Oregon, USA
The amazing wine doesn’t stop at the border! Just north of California, you will find some the top American wines. Plan at least one long weekend to see the best wineries of Yamhill County.
The most important wine region in this South American country, two-thirds of all Argentinian wines come from Mendoza. It is also the location of some the world’s highest vineyards!
Santiago Wine Valley, Chile
Eat grapes right from the vine and sip the region’s famous Cabernet Sauvignon while you have your breath taken away by the stunning landscape of the valley just south of the capital.
Sandwiched between Montevideo and Buenos Aires with a climate similar to Bordeaux, this region is famous for its Tannat red wine grapes that are giving Malbec a run for its money.
Constantia Valley, South Africa
Just 20 minutes outside of Cape Town, you’ll find Napoleon’s fave vineyards, the stunning Table Mountain range, and some one-of-a-kind flavour pairings like salt and wine or vino e cupcakes!
Hauts Plateaux, Algeria
This has been an important winemaking region since all the way back to 900 BCE and, during French colonisation, it earned the prestigious vin délimité de qualité supérieure (that’s glass-licking-good in English) status.
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Another place that was briefly a top wine producing area during French rule, this Northern African country is now working to take over the world of wine, one bottle at a time.
Chã das Caldeiras, Cape Verde
Another up-and-coming North African destination, this island destination is famous for its Manecom and it’s amongst the best places to travel for wine tastings. Just watch out! This alcohol content is higher than you find in the US or EU.
Cap Bon, Tunisia
These guys have been making wine for centuries and, in fact, many of the techniques we still use today were invented there thousands of years ago. Today, it’s all about rosé.
Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its perfect weather, the wine of Da Lat is influenced by the French but made without any chemical substances, which gives it a truly unique flavour.
It’s not all desert here! Galilee is full of lush, green spaces that are prime for wine and Golan Heights Winery is its crowning glory.
While you might not associate China with wine, it is actually on its way to becoming the world's second-largest wine market and Yantai is the capital of Chinese wine production and culture.
Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Home to 80 wineries, Yamanashi is a new entry to the best wine tasting destinations map but it is quickly making a name for itself as it wins one international wine competition after the next.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Famous for its artisan food, award-winning restaurants, and 150 wineries, this place is a foodie heaven and one of the best places to travel for tastings. Taste it all from Jacob's Creek to Artisans of Barossa.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Visit Australia's oldest wine growing region, grab a bottle of local wine, then head up for an unforgettable hot air balloon ride of this wine drenched valley.
Clare Valley, South Australia
Need a break from the winter? This is one of the best places to travel from December to March because it’s Aussie summer! Sip Riesling, soak in the sun, and take in the endless activities of Clare Valley.
Marlborough Region, New Zealand
The ultimate destination for every kiwi wino, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and it is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, ultra fresh seafood, and incredible natural beauty.
Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
It’s all about the reds here! Sip on rich picks like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot while trying local gourmet cheese and exploring award-winning wineries like Church Road Winery.
Best beer destinations
They’ve been making beer here for literally 1,000 years and, let me tell you, they’ve nailed it. If you’ve been dreaming of that traditional beer garden experience, start packing!
Plzeň, Czech Republic
This is where the magic happened! The hometown from whence all pilsner came, those sweet suds were invented here (by a German!) way back in 1842.
Stroll the Art Deco streets, lounge in the bars and restaurants, and discover Belgian beer and in Namur. Start with this guide.
It doesn’t matter if you’re strolling through the streets with a beer in hand or getting into the city’s hottest nightlife spots, don’t leave home without this guide to the greatest Leipzig beers.
Guinness, anyone? While I love a pint of the black stuff, Dublin’s new craft beer scene is also well worth checking out. Still, get to the Guinness factory for the must-have Irish experience.
Tour old classics like Caledonian and McEwan's breweries, then check out awesome new craft beers like Stewart Brewing, Edinburgh Beer Factory, Top Out, Innis and Gun, and Barney’s.
The heart of the UK craft beer scene, with local breweries putting out more than a 1,000 different types of beers every year, this place is a beer lover’s mecca.
One of Belgium’s best-preserved medieval cities, this is a dream locale to unwind at a sidewalk café and sip on one of the locally brewed blonde beers.
Beer lovers, get ye to the Danish capital at the end of each September to experience the Copenhagen Beer Fest for top tunes, fab food, and ice cold beer!
With a thriving beer scene that dates back to the 14th century, this is the beer capital of Austria and it’s one of the best places to travel for fun and informative beer tours.
Creative and cheap, Poland is home to 100 microbreweries and this city is at the heart of it all. Be sure to check out the hugely popular House of Beer pub in Krakow’s Old Town.
Even if you have a week to devote to it, you will never make it through all of the craft breweries in Pittsburgh- but it’s an admiral goal! I challenge you to get through the Big 44.
Home to Pabst, Schlitz, Miller, and, Blatz, this place has earned the title “Brewing Capital of the World”. Or it just named itself that. Either way, it’s one of my favourite destinations in the Midwest.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Minneapolis–St. Paul, Minnesota
This cool (maybe a little too cool- avoid winter here!) state opened a whopping 30+ new breweries in the past year alone. It’d take you a lifetime to try every tasty brew here!
What’s better than beer and pizza? One of my favourite indulgences in the world is classic Chicago style pizza and an ice cold Chicago classic brewski.
American politics hard to swallow? Head just outside of Washington, DC for some locally made suds. My top pick and a Yelp fave, it’s all about Union Craft Brewing.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Revelstoke, British Columbia
It’s worth climbing the mighty British Columbian mountains to get to the Mt. Begbie Brewery for a cold one. If you brave winter there, you’ll be greatly rewarded with the seasonal Bob's Your Dunkel brew.
Leave Toronto to experience the authentic Canadian life and check out world class breweries like Cameron's Brewing Company. You will forget all about IPA when you taste their IBA, Indian Brown Ale.
When the Japanese talk about Popeye, they aren’t talking about that spinach-loving sailor! In Tokyo, Popeye is the name of the craft beer paradise with 70 beers on tap.
Things are changing down under! While just a few years ago, it was all about the same couple of boring brews, today, there are banging brews on tap all over Melbourne.
Wellington, New Zealand
In New Zealand’s craft beer capital, come hungry and ready for a cold one when you head out on the Capital Craft Beer Tour. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Best food cities destinations
Bistecca alla Fiorentina! Pane Toscano! Schiacciata Fiorentina! Tuscan Wines! Florence is easily one of the best places to travel for a meal that’ll blow your mind from start to finish.
Paris basically invented food. Without the Italian and French, we’d all be eating straight from the garbage. There are volumes of books written on the best Parisian food, but just start with this Top 50.
In Italian, we call this place La Grassa (the fat one), and that’s also what my mama calls me when I get back from a trip to Bologna. Come with a menu in hand and bring your stretchy-waist sweatpants.
Of course, it’s all about the tapa here but, in Barcelona, you’ve got to ditch the basics in favour of Barcelona-only dishes like esqueixada (raw salted cod), mató (like ricotta), Crema Catalana (like creme brûlée).
Maybe as an Italian I’m partial, but I think Italy deserves three slots on the European foodie list and I couldn’t leave Palermo out! Try their sfincione pizza, arancini rice balls, and pane, panelle e crocchè!
New York, USA
The Big Apple is one of the best places to travel if you are looking for cutting edge gastronomy trends. These guys have invented everything from General Tso's chicken to spaghetti and meatballs to the cronut.
Chicago isn’t The Third City when it comes to food! Check out some of Chicago's 30 Most Iconic Dishes. The obesity epidemic will suddenly make perfect sense when you taste the oozing cheese and perfectly crispy meat.
Seattle, Washington, USA
They’ve got some world class coffee here, and the food is even better! Get to the world famous Pike Place Market to experience the beating heart of the Seattle culinary scene.
For Argentines, it is all about the wine and meat. And it is worth the journey to get one succulent mouthful of parrilla, a world-changing Argentinian BBQ.
If it is good enough for Anthony Bourdain, it is good enough for me, which is why my first stop in Toronto is always to grab a fresh, hot peameal bacon sandwich.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
On the eastern coastline of Canada you will find one of the best places to travel and eat the freshest seafood on the planet. Be sure to try poutine râpée, a potato dumpling with pork inside!
São Paulo, Brazil
Feijoada, a belly filling meat and bean stew, is one of the best dishes in the world, and it is just one of a long list of the incredible rich and flavourful foods here.
Cape Town, South Africa
I love so many meaty classics like biltong (similar to beef jerky) and waterblommetjie bredie, a lamb and pondweed stew. Be sure to check out Neighbourgoods Market at Woodstock’s Old Biscuit Mill for the best of the best food.
You can’t go to Morocco without having tagine! You’ll find this slow-cooked dish on every corner in Marrakech. Follow it up with a fresh, traditional mint tea, then explore the souk and eat everything you see!
Ugali (cornmeal porridge) is at the heart of all Kenyan cuisine and it’s the perfect alternative to bread or rice. Another hearty pick that’ll fill you up is irio, a tasty dish of mashed peas, potatoes, and corn.
Stone Town, Zanzibar
While you might not come across many Zanzibari restaurants in your part of the world, their dynamic cuisine is amongst the tastiest. Be sure to check out their stuffed pizza and Zanzibar mix soup!
Nobody does homemade stick-to-your-ribs dishes like the grandmas of Nigeria! Hold onto this list of the greatest Nigerian food and make it your bucket list.
Japanese food has taken over the planet and it’s easy to see why. Now, get over to Tokyo to try the best tempura and sushi you have ever had.
Best food in the world? Italian. Second best food in the world? Indian! While we are used to Westernised dishes, Indian cuisine is complex and varies a ton geographical. Read up before go and prepare to fall in love.
Thai travel rule #1: Eat pad Thai everyday. Thai travel rule #2: Never pass by a Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup) without stopping to take in the aroma- it’s like roses but better!
Singaporean cuisine is unique in its diversity. With Malay, Chinese, Indian, Portuguese, English, and Middle Eastern influences, it is a melting pot of the best flavours that you can imagine.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Bánh mì (Vietnamese sandwiches) are one of my all-time favorite foods, and you’ll find them on every street corner here. Eat. Digest. Repeat. Then check out Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa, another succulent sandwich with pâté added.
Wellington, New Zealand
It is all about the craft beer and fresh seafood here. If you want to rub shoulders with the locals, get to the Wellington city markets for a massive selection of foodie must-haves.
While the Aussies have always been famous for having pretty gross food (Vegemite, anyone?), things are changing. Check out the Melbourne's Little Saigon, Little Italy, Spanish Fitzroy, and Brunswick for Lebanese.
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Best party destinations
Of course! If you love to live it up, you probably already have Ibiza on your list. Their party calendar is non-stop and they attract some of the best DJs on the planet.
Hvar Island, Croatia
Give me a ruin bar any day over a dance club. These ultra hip nightlife hotspots are always buzzing and around every corner there is always something more to see. My fave is the renowned Szimpla.
It’s all about Beyoğlu district here. From rooftop bars to indie clubs, there is something for everyone here. Istiklal Street is one of the main pedestrian streets and it’s the perfect place to explore while making your way to Beyoğlu.
Saint Tropez, France
You often have to be famous or gorgeous to get through the door, but that doesn’t change the fact that Saint Tropez is one of the best places to travel and party.
The Polish capital has developed a thriving nightlife scene in the past few years. With glam hotspots filling up on Pl. Piłsudskiego and Pl. Teatralny, there is no shortage of chic spots to dance the night away.
SoFlo (that’s South Florida to the you, newbies) is the United States’ answer to Saint Tropez. Check out this Time Out guide and don’t plan to see your hotel room until dawn.
New York City, New York
Las Vegas, Nevada
Into strippers and gambling? Adore jazz and fine dining? There is nothing you can’t do in Las Vegas after the sun sets. From zip-lining to multiple free attractions, you’ve come to the right place.
America’s spring break capital. Go for a romantic dinner on the beach or live it up at an all-night party packed with students. In Cancun, there is something for everyone.
Forget what you see on those old school drug cartel shows. Life in Colombia has changed and tourism in Medellin is thriving. To experience nightlight Colombian style, get down to Calle 33.
Looking for something a bit more chill? I love the The Split in Caye Caulker. Soak in the sun all afternoon, hit the water for snorkeling and paddle boarding, then stay for drinks.
Put on your Saturday night best and get to rue Ste-Catherine for a good old fashion pint at an Irish pub, or kick up your dancing heels at Churchill's and Electric Ave.
Did you know that Nigeria sells more Guinness than Ireland? There’s a whole world going on down there that we are missing out on! Which is exactly why you’ve got to get down to the hotspots on Victoria Island.
Cape Town, South Africa
One of the best places to travel in Africa, this up-and-coming city has so many incredible party districts, you will need at least a week to get through them all.
Nobody parties like the Thais! And they are at their prime during the Full Moon Parties in Phuket. Join locals and travellers from around the world to live it up on the beach.
Cheap drinks, laidback crowds, and stunning scenery. What more could you ask for from a night out? Check out one of the countless little spots dotting the Andaman Sea for a perfect night on the town.
The party starts at midnight here and it goes seven nights a week. I love spots like Epic Boracay and Club Summer Place. Bring your hopelessly crazy friends to Cocomangas for their infamous 15 shots challenge.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Set along the fabulous Mediterranean coastline, this is one of the best places to travel for a crazy night out. In the party capital of the Middle East, get to Rothschild Boulevard and live it up.
These clubs go past dawn! Get to Kuta for the young and crazy crowd, or live it up with the chic and posh clubbers in Seminyak. Wherever you go, watch out if you find someone flirting with you here. Love ain’t always free from the locals.
There are some new laws in place here and you can’t get in anywhere in Kings Cross, Darlinghurst, or the CBD 'Entertainment Precinct' after 1:30am, so arrive early. Still, there are tons of amazing places to party the night away.
Byron Bay, Australia
Queenstown, New Zealand
Those kiwis know how to have a good time. From the legendary Irish pubs like Póg Mahone's to hip hidden hideaways like Vinyl Underground to posh spots like The Winery, there always an excuse to hit the town.
Best road trip destinations
Romantische Strasse, Germany
This 400km drive on Romantic Road winds through the forests and mountains of southern Germany. Come here for good old fashioned hospitality and, of course, uber kitsch delights geared at tourists.
Known as The Trolls Road, this is the place to come to get over your fear of heights. Just LOOK at these roads. Then pick your heart off the ground and get here!
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Be still my heart, Italy- I just love you more with every sight! For all the beautiful sites of Italy, few can compare with this route. Start in Salerno and plan your journey in spring or autumn to avoid the crazy summer crowds.
High Alpine Road, Austria
From the peaks of the Alps to the sprawling meadows of wildflowers, this is the best of Austria. Look over the 3,000m cliffs and sit in awe at the depths of Austria’s natural beauty.
Coastal roads of Portugal’s Algarve beaches
I’d take a coastal drive over a mountain journey any day (sorry, Austria, you’re gorgeous but I wasn’t built for snow) and that is why I love the picture perfect beach sojourns of Portugal.
Paris, France, to Berlin, Germany
You can do it in ten hours, but, why? There is just too much to see along the way with fascinating stops like Nuremberg, Leipzig, and Dresden. And, yes, it is true that Germany has many no-speed-limit roads!
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia to North Carolina
One of the most underrated destinations in the United States, for me, this is one of the best places to travel to experience the South at its finest. Travel slow and experience this 469-mile trip through the Appalachian Mountains.
Overseas Highway, Florida
Take a cruise from Miami to Key West to take in this tropical paradise. Just be warned, however, this is no race. Traffic can be slow moving so plan ample time.
Route 100, Vermont
Running the entire length of the state, this is a pretty route at anytime of year but, like most of New England, it is all about experience the fall foliage here.
Acadia All American Road, Maine
Before you leave the northeastern region of the US, take the three-hour journey down along the rocky coastline- and watch for the rare moose that roam the land here!
Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, Calgary
The crystal clear turquoise water of Calgary will knock your thermal socks off! Come in the summer so that you can rent a canoe and explore, without dealing with snow and road closures.
The Southern Pan American Highway
Spanning a whopping 30,000km, you probably won’t be able to drive the entire Pan-American Highway from the US to Chile, but I’d highly recommend checking out as much of the southern half as you can!
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Durban to Cape Town, South Africa
One of the most culturally interesting and naturally beautiful places on the globe, I’d recommend spending at least two weeks on this drive to explore the wineries, safari lands, and experience the city.
Route 62, South Africa
Don’t have time for Durban to Cape Town? Route 62 is quicker and has been called the world’s best road trip. You’ll hit some of the best places to travel in the country and experience the fauna, rivers, valleys, and plains.
Forget the overly touristic sites of Marrakech and head to the coast! Visit local faves like Essaouira, Al Hoceima, Saïdia, Oualidi, and Mirleft to experience the flawless coastline and the lush Rif Mountains.
The Hokkaido Scenic Byway, Japan
The tourism board has been seriously promoting the Scenic Byway HOKKAIDO Program to show off the Land of the Rising Sun’s incredible scenery and natural wonders like hot springs. Get there before it’s flooded with tourists!
Golden Road to Samarkand, Uzbekistan
One place not flooded with tourists is Uzbekistan and it’s one of the best places to travel because people haven’t yet discovered the magical path from Bukhara to Samarkand that was formerly part of the famous Silk Road.
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Leh-Manali Highway, India
Think you’re a good driver? Prove it! If you survive the treacherous tracks, unpredictable weather, and beautiful chaos that is Leh-Manali Highway, my hat goes off to you!
Ilju Road, Jeju, South Korea
A drive through the volcanic island of Jeju offers a stunning vista of the inactive volcanoes, lava tubes, and coastlines of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Tianmen Mountain Road, China
There are two kinds of people in this world. Check out this Ferrari driver racing around the infamous 99 bends of Tianmen Mountain, and decide which kind you are.
Great Ocean Road, Australia
More into quaint fishing towns and coastal drives? I can’t blame you! That’s why I’d highly recommend spending three relaxed days cruising up the famous Great Ocean Road of Australia. It’s one of the best places to travel to get away from it all.
Milford Road, New Zealand
The journey between Te Anau to Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful stretches of land you will ever see. Experience the Fiordland National Park then take in the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Southern Scenic Route, New Zealand
The drive from Queenstown and Dunedin is 610 km of the most impressive space in one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Keep your eyes out yellow-eyed penguins and blue penguins!
The Legendary Pacific Coast
Travel from Sydney to Brisbane and experience the best of down under. Explore the small surfer towns then try catching a few waves yourself! Just be warned, it gets seriously hot here!
Red Centre Way, Northern Territory
To really experience the best of Australia, you’ve got to get out of the city and dig your heels into the red desert sands. Explore the fascinating 20,000 year history of Australia here.
Best beach destinations
Playa de Migjorn, Formentera, Spain
While Spain has some gorgeous spots to lie in the sun, they can get packed with everybody from drunk Brits to nude Germans. While Playa de Migjorn is popular, it’s an ultra long beach that will give you a solo spot.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
You’ve got to arrive by sea, but it’s worth it. Take a boat through the turquoise waters, then queue up to get your photo with the famous shipwreck. It is touristic, but still incredible.
Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
On the southwest coast of Sicily, you will find sun-bleached white sand beaches and crystal clear water. Again, it’s only accessible by boat so plan ahead.
Zlatni Rat, Brac, Croatia
A gorgeous spot with tons of activities, this place can get quite crowded on the hottest days of summer but it has got everything that you need for the perfect day out.
Part of the Southern Province of the Algarve, it’s all about golf and beaches here. I can’t say I’ve ever bother putting an afternoon away, but I have hit up the 25 beaches here and loved ‘em all!
Kauna'oa Bay, Hawaii
Also known as Mauna Kea Beach, this is one of the greatest beaches in Hawaii and that’s saying a lot! It’s not a surfing beach but it’s perfect for just chilling and swimming.
Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida
One of the best places to travel for a siesta, you’ll find paradise on the west coast of Florida. As soon as you sink your toes into the sand, you will see why this place has been named America's #1 beach.
One of the best places to travel in North America, it is hard to even narrow it down to the most beautiful beaches in Tulum. Devoted beach bums, book a one-way ticket here because this place is going to steal your heart.
Palm Beach, Aruba
Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya…to the most beautiful beaches on the planet! With a million things to do, but no annoying vendors, this beach is a dream.
Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
As advertised, this beach is ultra long! While some parts are crowded, you can always find a space for yourself on this huge beach. You pay to enter, but it’s totally worth it.
Mnemba Island, Tanzania
Just off the coast of Tanzania, you will find paradise. The biggest island in the Zanzibar Archipelago, Mnemba Island is an ultra luxurious getaway that is perfect for a romantic escape or just when you want to treat yo’self!
Curralinho Beach, Cape Verde
The longest beach in Cape Verde, this one of the best places to travel for diving, snorkeling, surfing, sailing, or doing absolutely nothing off of the western coast of Africa.
Anse Soleil, Mahe, Seychelles
Easily the best non-resort beach in the Seychelles, this stunning spot is a perfect alternative to the nearby (and ultra popular) Petite Anse beach.
Camps Bay, South Africa
When people in Cape Town want to get away from it all, they come here. A picture perfect beach just outside of Table Mountain National Park, this place has it all.
Diani Beach, Kenya
One of the best places to travel- and most underrated! Just outside of the lush forest, you will find this flawless stretch of powdery white sand.
Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
Of course! I don’t need to tell you that Thailand is one of the best places to travel for beach lovers, and Railay Beach is an awesome alternative to Ao Nang Area.
Can it really live up to the title of The Most Beautiful Island in The World? Surrounded by lush forests and turquoise seas, it is easy to see why this place was awarded with an illustrious Travel + Leisure award.
Koh Rong, Cambodia
One of the most underrated and best places to travel, Koh Rong is a dream. Perfectly underdeveloped, this stunning place has flawless beaches and cool fluorescent plankton.
Mui Ne Beach, Vietnam
A resort town on the South China Sea, this place still has a blend of traditional fishing villages, along with a selection of luxe resorts and fun spots.
Veligandu Island Beach, Maldives
Home to Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, this is easily one of the best places to travel on the entire planet if you are looking for a chill escape from everything and everyone!
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Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Lost at sea somewhere between Mexico and Australia, French Polynesia is very remote but VERY worth it! Be sure to plan time for the stunning hiking paths.
One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
The perfect day trip, Aitutaki is a 45-minute flight from the capital island of Rarotonga. That’s your only way in, and it’s a bit pricey, so plan ahead.
Main Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales
One of their most famous beaches and one of the best places to travel in Australia, this place has it all. And don’t miss out on the chance to try a surf lesson here!
Main Beach, Noosa, Queensland
A calm beach with lots of top class restaurants nearby, I love this spot. It’s also just a quick walk from some of the best nightlife spots.
The Yasawa Islands, Fiji
No shops. No banks. In fact, our parents’ generation was the first to set foot on this island as tourists. Forget about buying souvenirs! Here it’s all about world class snorkeling and soaking in the sun.
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Best winter destinations
What is better than a Christmas on the slopes? In the heart of the Swiss Alps, there’s a place to get your heart racing in the mountains then unwind in a hot tub with a couple of beers.
All eyes are on the Northern Lights here! Before you go, check out this ultra handy guide to tracking down this elusive neon green wonder of the heavens.
If you haven’t been too naughty this year, make your way up to Rovaniemi to bring Santa your list. It is his official home, and it’s fun for kids of all ages.
Pack up your sled dogs and see the Northern Lights from another angle. When you are ready to call it a day, check out the world famous ICE HOTEL for a super chill night in.
One of the best places to travel for Christmas and New Year’s Eve is Innsbruck. Check out the magical Christmas market and explore the picturesque old city center.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Long days on the snowy slopes and long nights in ultra luxurious lodges- is there a more perfect way to spend a white Christmas? You will find school and equipment rental companies all over Teton Village and the town of Jackson that’ll set you up.Enter your text here...
Mont Tremblant, Canada
Just an hour and a half outside of Montréal, you will find a winter wonderland full of amazing restaurants, skiing, and spas. And don’t miss your chance to indulge in world-class fondue here!
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania
Less than an hour from Philadelphia, you can have endless slopes and trails that are ripe for exploration. Whether you are still rocking the bunny slope or are ready for new heights, this is one of the best places to travel.
Patagonia spans a whopping 400,000 square miles! That means we are talking about a place that is more than double the size of the UK and there is SO much to do there.
You never pictured China looking like THIS. China’s Ice City, not far from the border with Russia, is a winter escape like no other. Get ready to have your (very visible) breath taken away by the icy architecture here.
Home to the famous Sapporo Snow Festival, this is a dream destination for taking in Japanese culture, hopping into the hot springs, and finding out what makes Japan one of the best places to travel in the winter.
One of my favourite places on the planet, you have got to go ice skating at Seoul Plaza then get some traditional Korean souvenirs from the famous Insadong Street before dancing the night away at a K-pop concert.
Mt. Buller, Australia
Sick of summer? Get down under! Three hours from Melbourne, this incredible ski destination comes to life in the dead of the winter down under.
Mt. Hotham, Australia
From sled dogs to tobogganing, this is one of the best places to travel in the world to play in the snow. Go for a Snow BBQ then hop on your snowmobile.
Craigieburn Valley, New Zealand
In New Zealand's Southern Alps, you will find the non-profit, charitable Craigieburn Valley Ski Area. Forget about the chair lifts, gondolas, and super groomed slopes, here is it all about wide open spaces.
Best summer destinations
Monaco, French Riviera
Côte d'Azur, also known as the French Riviera, is one of the most impressive destinations on the Mediterranean Sea and it is one of the best places to travel for a luxe summer escape.
Spring in Paris? Non! For me, it’s all about lying down in the park in front of the Eiffel Tower and soaking in the sun. This city is in its prime during summer and there is just so much to do.
The weather is garbage in the UK, except for summer. During July and August, you’ll find temps getting up to 65 to 70 degrees F (18 to 21 C), with heat waves getting up to 30 C (86 F).
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Summer is gorgeous in San Juan and, best of all, it’s cheap! Hurricane season runs from May to November so, while you might see some rainy day, you’ll get great deals.
From wine tasting to family trips to skydiving, Houston has it all. In July, you will see temps from 75 F/ 24 C to 94 F/ 34 C so come ready for the heat!
San Diego, California
You know what they say, it’s always summer in Cali! With 70 miles of stunning coastline, this is one of the greatest beach destination and amongst the best places to travel in the summer.
This Tanzanian hotspot lies just below the equator so it is actually a bit cooler during our summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s rainy from mid-March to end of May, so come in the heart of the winter, when temps average 25 C/ 77 F.
I’m completely enthralled by the unique culture of South Africa. With more than 11 official languages and amazingly diverse landscape, this place has it all. From safaris to treks up Table Mountain, there is something for everyone here.
I have got three words for you: Heaven. On. Earth. Famous for its topaz waters and sun soaked beaches, there is no place in the world like The Seychelles.
World famous for its volcanic mountains, endless rice paddies, and flawless beaches, the summers in Bali are unbeatable. Trust me, guys, you do not want to miss this jewel of the Indonesian archipelago.
Ready to get off the beaten path this summer? Explore the Chocolate Hills, kayak through the jungle, and fall in love with the incredible summers of the Philippines.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
This chill country is one of the best places to travel for colourful night markets, some of the best grub on the globe, and awe-inspiring temples. Be sure to get to the National Museum and Botanic Garden for a dose of Thai culture too!
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Albany, Western Australia
At the southern tip of Western Australia, this place is famous for its gorgeous beaches. Be sure to check out Middleton Beach and learn about the rich history of Aboriginals, convicts, and sailors.
Merimbula, New South Wales
On the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, this is a summer must-visit. While it gets crazy hot from Nov to Feb, summer is just steamy enough here.
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand’s most beautiful city is surrounded by stunning landscapes. One of the world’s most livable cities, this is the place to sail the sparkling harbour and explore the dramatic red cliffs of the coast.
Best spring destinations
Amongst the best places to travel in Northern Europe, Amsterdam is an explosion of colour in the spring. The city comes alive as their famous tulips come into blossom. Get there at the end of April for the famous live music and parties of King's Day.
The Italian Lakes
Stroll through the gorgeous gardens around Lakes Como and Maggiore to take in the classic Renaissance style and timeless beauty of this picture perfect place.
With its Instagram-worthy architecture spanning the hills and overlooking a sparkling lake, Switzerland’s fourth-largest city is one of the best places to travel in the summer. Be sure to check out the trendy Ouchy and Flon neighborhoods.
Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Famous for its Stari Most, AKA the Old Bridge, Mostar has a fascinating culture and dramatic natural beauty. And, extreme sport lovers, this is the perfect place to come to dive off of something really, really high.
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I’m not much of a cold weather man myself, which is why I’m all about taking in the striking fjords, mountains, and white sand beaches of Stavanger after the snow starts to melt.
San Juan Skyway, Colorado
Travel + Leisure voted the San Juan Skyway here as one of "America's Best Spring Drives” and you will see why the moment that you arrive. Plan at least one full day to drive and explore this path.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Running along the Appalachian Trail in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, the hikes through waterfalls and up scenic cliffs make this amongst the best places to travel in America.
You would not expect sandy white beaches this close to the Canadian border, but they’ve got ‘em! Holland also has small-town charm and, yes, windmills.
Canada’s capital city puts its best maple leaf forward in the spring! Check out the whooping one million tulips in bloom and taste that sweet, sweet maple syrup when it comes into season here.
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan
You might not know the name of this park, but you will immediately recognize the one-of-a-kind view of Mount Fuji from here. Be sure to do the full loop around via train, funicular, cable car, boat, and bus.
Sichuan’s Capital City is home to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, world class cuisine, and a rich history dating back to 2700 BCE. Come in spring when the weather is sunny and warm.
Cherry Blossom Festival, Japan
This has been at the top of my travel bucket list of the best places to travel for years. Just LOOK at this place! Check out the handy Official Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast to know exactly where to go when.
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Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Australia’s oldest wine growing region, this is a dream destination for foodies, golfers, spa lovers, and, of course, winos. This place is beautiful in spring and it’s home to more than 150 wineries.
Everyone agrees that spring is the best time to visit Sydney. Just keep in mind that spring here is from September to November! While it gets crazy hot during December, spring is perfect for exploring--- without sweating buckets.
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Part of the cool UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, this is one of a handful of places that has such pristine stargazing. Bring a blanket and thermos, and come ready for some no-tech fun.
Best fall destinations
Forget about endless queues and 90 F/ 31 C degree weather! Avoid the crazy Italian summer and come after the weather cools off. While you’ll still see some crowds in September, they taper off quickly.
Pack a picnic for the Tempelhofer Feld, the much loved closed-down-airport-turned-park, then stroll the sunny streets of the hip Kreuzberg neighborhood.
It’s never exactly warm here, so you’re not missing much by skipping summer! In fact, the weather is about the same in autumn. You’ll also get to enjoy big days like Bonfire Night and the International Storytelling Festival.
You have got to get to the Lugano Autumn Festival! Try local faves like risotto, minestrone, and Ticino wines then check out the living music, dance and entertainment.
With a rainbow of autumn leaves surrounding the gold-domed cathedrals of Kiev, there is better time to see this greatly underrated city. While you’re there, be sure to try one of the many soups sold by street vendors.
Back to school energy fills the crisp air around one of America’s greatest schools, Harvard. It is also one of the best places to travel in the country to check out the fall foliage.
Green Mountain Byway, Vermont
Another New England autumn must-see, this eleven-mile (17 km) route will wind you through a rainbow of maple, birch, and, beech trees—and past the home of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream!
Door County, Wisconsin
The east coast isn’t the only place with picture perfect fall scenes. This Wisconsin county is famous for having the Midwest’s best leaves. Plan to visit in the middle of October, and be sure to set aside time for apple picking.
Brevard, North Carolina
Explore the endless open space of Nantahala National Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and Dupont State Forest in the famous The Land of Waterfalls. To understand why it’s called that, get over to Looking Glass Falls.
The city is awash with colour from mid-November to mid-December, and the many temples around the city, like Tofuku-ji Temple, Nanzen-ji Temple, Ginkaku-ji Temple, and Honen-in Temple, are the best place to take them in.
Namiseom Island, South Korea
Capital of the Gangwon Province, Namiseom Island is one of the most stunning places in South Korea. Just 63 km (40 miles) away from Seoul, it is well worth the trip! And bring your bikini! This space has got tons of water sports.
Hey, movie buffs! You may have seen this place on the silver screen before. Home to 108 lakes and waterfalls nestled amongst the snowy mountains, this place is too beautiful to even be real.
The Waitaki Valley, New Zealand
The dramatic valley between Omarama and Kurow, especially Lake Benmore and Lake Aviemore, is one of the most impressive autumn destinations in the world. Don’t miss the walk on the Lake Benmore Peninsula!
Orange, New South Wales
One of the best places to travel down under, this place is known as Australia's Colour City. And come ready to drink Aussie style! Orange is full of microbreweries and wineries.
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
From January until December, Adelaide Hills is absolutely magical. One of the highlights of the area for me is Mount Lofty Botanic Garden with its amazing gardens and trails.
Best winter-escape destinations
Screw winter! Whenever the skies turn grey and the days get too short, I head down to Sicily for an endless summer. With fewer crowds and decent weather (it usually gets to 12C/ 53F), this is the place to be.
Another lovely warm spot, this is one of the best places to travel to get some sun and fun even in the dead of winter. They do stunning holidays lights and have an impressive New Year’s Eve celebration.
Adrift in the Mediterranean, you have winter days here where you need nothing more than a t-shirt (though I’d pack a jacket for cool evenings out). While some places are closed, you’ll find more than enough to enjoy yourself.
Canary Islands, Spain
Those famous 200 hours of sunshine per year that they are always talking about are real. If you ever need a dose of vitamin D, this is one of your best shots in Europe.
Greece’s largest and most populated island, this is one of the best places to travel to enjoy that famous Mediterranean weather. The south coast is the warmest so stick close to it to get some winter sun.
Meaning “below California” in English, this place is located exactly where you’d expect it to be. This peninsula in Northwestern Mexico has an amazing 3,000 km (1,900 miles) of coastline!
Made up of more than 700 islands, this place is full beaches and historical towns. During the winter, the islands average between 75F and 85F/ 24C and 30C.
The summer crowds are gone. The weather is gorgeous. And the food! During the winter, they’ve got tasty avocados, melons, tangerines, mangosteen, and grapefruit.
Far from the tourist packed areas of São Paulo and Rio, this is the place to see the real Brazil. Head to Itácaré to enjoy the great outdoors and then over to Trancoso for partying.
For a beach escape, come to Mozambique! Their dry season runs from May to November. Even in the rainy season (December to April) it is still amongst the best places to travel because the rain comes and goes in a flash.
Known as the Wind City of Africa, this place gets dramatic crashing waves during the summer (hello, photo ops!) and the weather isn’t so hellish hot. Win-win!
The smallest country in Africa offers winter weather than is hot enough for even the most sun-obsessed travellers. Come ready for 30 C/ 80 F weather in the dead of winter.
Cape Town, South Africa
Our Northern Hemisphere winter is their summer- and it is amazing! With endless sunshine, this is one of the best places to travel and soak in the sun at any time of year.
Forget about the Seychelles and the Maldives! This is the ultimate destination for those (like yours truly!) who love solo travel and hip little boutique hotels.
Whatever you do in this crazy world, never ever go to Dubai outside of the winter. Even in the winter, this place is rocking afternoons at 30 C/ 86 F.
Monsoon season ends in January and the skies open up for endless sunny days. Take in the sun while you explore the British and Portuguese colonial architecture and history here.
Standing in the shadows of Thailand for far too long, this southeast Asian country is one of the best places to travel for the greatest beaches on the planet.
Forget about the crowded, chaotic, and beautiful cities of India and get to the backwaters of Kerala (meaning the “land of coconuts”) to bring yourself to another world.
They haven’t been open to tourism for long, which is exactly what makes Laos amongst the best places to travel to take in the authentic culture of the region. And those mountains- wowza!
Made up of 100 islands and made famous by Tahiti and Bora Bora, this island nation of the South Pacific Ocean will knock your flip flops off with its turquoise seas.
Surfers Paradise, Queensland
This city on the Gold Coast of Queensland has unbeatable weather basically 365 days per year. If you love surfing, this is an obvious pick!
Watch your wallet in this former penal colony. Just kidding, Aussies! These days Hobart is famous for its winter sun, world famous orchestras, and Australia's oldest theatre.
Margaret River, Western Australia
There is just so much to do around Margaret River. While tourists often flock to eastern Australia, Margaret River is the place to go for fascinating cave tours, whale watching, extreme sports, and wine tasting.
Matakana, New Zealand
When the weather heats up (during our winter), Kiwis head to this hotspot for alfresco dining and picture perfect beaches. And, foodies, be sure to check out the beloved farmers’ market on Saturdays.
Best getaway destinations
Cinque Terre, Italy
One of my favorite cities in the world, this is amongst the best places to travel for an epic journey. One of the biggest cities in the world with so many things to do, it’s impossible not to fall in love with Istanbul.
One of the greatest British poets of all time called Sintra the most beautiful place on the planet. Thanks to its captivating looks, it has also been named one of the best places to travel for a romantic getaway.
This quaint coastal city is southern France at its best. Nice is also home to some of the most hopping nightlife on the French Riviera, so bring your flip flops and dancing shoes!
Named one of the best places to travel for a good value, this is one place where you can seriously stretch your euro while you stroll through the old town and take in the fascinating history.
Hey, smarty pants! We are always hearing about American politics but what do you really know about them? Get thee to D.C. to take in the history of the American state.
A cheap escape in the US? I’ve got you covered! As one of the cheapest getaways in the US, Atlanta is famous for its southern hospitality and classic southern fried grub.
One of Prez Bush’s favorite holiday getaways, these white sand beaches are a dream destination for soaking in the sun and indulging in first class seafood.
Cleveland rocks! And it is home to the world famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an impressive art museum, and a world-renowned orchestra. Just avoid the icy cold winters here!
The Poconos, Pennsylvania
In northeastern Pennsylvania, you will find the Poconos Mountain region. With historic villages like Jim Thorpe, Milford, Hawley, and Newfoundland and their Victorian inns, this is a place far from the hectic city life that we often associate with the Northeast.
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Hermanus, South Africa
One of the most romantic beach getaways in Africa, Hermanus is famous for its whale watching and beautiful cliff paths. If you need a detox from city life, this is one of the best places to travel.
A world famous honeymoon destination, the quaint streets of Stone Town will steal your heart while the eclectic cuisine will leave you drooling. Bring someone who will still love you 5 kilos heavier.
Called the Warm Heart of Africa, you will feel the love from every direction in this incredibly hospitable place. Be sure to check out Kaya Mawa, which was named one of the most romantic places on the planet by Condé Nast.
If you love wildlife and adventure as much as you love your significant other, Tanzania is the place for you! Climb Mount Kilimanjaro then come down for a once in a lifetime safari experience.
Another dream for outdoor lovers, this is the place to be to explore rainforests, deserts, and more as you hike and dive in this massive island nation located off of the southeast coast of Africa beside Mozambique.
From Singapore to Bintan, Indonesia
Singapore is one of the best places to travel in the world, but it’s pricey! For an affordable and very worthwhile getaway, check out Bintan. It’s only an hour ferry trip from Tanah Merah.
From Singapore to Cebu, Philippines
When it comes to flawless sunbleached beaches and world class diving, Cebu is one of the best places to travel and it’s a quick jaunt from Singapore.
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Lazarus Island, Singapore
One of Singapore’s best-kept secrets (and best places to travel!), the beaches here are beautiful and almost never crowded. Just be sure to bring everything that you need because there are no shops here!
This is one of the best places to travel if you just want to get away from the world. It is a romantic spot that is great for couples, and it’s perfect for groups of friends too because there are ample party spots around where you can create unforgettable (for better or worse) memories!
Hoi An, Vietnam
Once a major port, this quaint city is now a quiet escape from modern life. Stay in a boutique hotel, rent a motorbike, then go take in the scenery to find out why this is one of the best places to travel in Vietnam.
From Sydney, Australia to The Northern Beaches
Sydney’s famous Northern Beaches are less than two hours from the city and well worth it. Plan on an overnight trip to make sure you can check out at least a few of the 23 beaches there.
From Sydney, Australia to Royal National Park
For scenery that is just begging to be posted on Instagram, the Royal National Park is one of the best places to travel in Australia. You can get there in less than an hour from anywhere in the city so don’t miss it! You will definitely love day trips in Australia!
Tauranga, New Zealand
One of the best places to travel for a beach break, Tauranga has great hotels, delicious grub, and stunning beaches that you will never want to leave.
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Attention, Internet addicts! For a digital detox, Waiheke Island is amongst the best places to travel on the planet. There is so much to do here, that you will (probably) forget all about your phone!
The 80 or so islands scattered in the South Pacific Ocean that make up Vanuatu have incredible scuba diving. And, if you want to get there before any of your friends have ever heard of it (you, hipster, you) go now! Don't miss exploring its capital and main hub, Port Vila.
Best city destinations
Prague, Czech Republic
Paris is so last century! Today every well travelled globetrotter knows that Prague is Europe’s most beautiful city. Fall in love with the old town. Snap shots of the unforgettable sites from Charles Bridge. You’ll never be bored here.
It is hard to choose the greatest of all the incredible Italian cities, but Rome, with its Renaissance plazas and Baroque fountains is amongst the best places to travel in the universe.
Voted the number two city in the world by Condé Nast Traveler readers, Europe’s epicenter of musical and intellectual accomplishment has been wowing visitors for centuries.
Europe's fastest-growing capital, Oslo will surprise you at every turn. Endlessly cool (and sometimes even a little too cold) and modern, this is one of most underrated and best places to travel in the north.
Our Mediterranean brothers have some of the greatest cities in the world. Spain’s third-largest city is especially great with its impressive museums, non-stop nightlight, and, of course, world famous paella!
America’s capital of all things weird, this is a hipster mecca that is just ripe for exploration. Bike your way around to their endless microbreweries, then refuel at one of the city’s famous food carts (which alone make this amongst the best places to travel in the USA).
New York City
If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere! But, trust me, travellers, you won’t make it here! With five boroughs jammed with countless wonders, you will never make it around to all of the world class sites of NYC.
SeaWorld! Universal Studios! Disney theme parks galore! Your inner child already has your suitcases packed and is ready to explore the best places to travel in central Florida.
Quebec City, Canada
The capital city of the largest province in Canada, too many travellers fly right by this place in route to Montreal! If you love history though, don’t miss your chance to check out one of the oldest settlements in North America.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bring your appetite for the world famous BBQ and wine of Argentina, then burn off those calories as you tango your way through the beautiful sites of this European influenced city.
The labyrinth-like medieval medinas of Fez were just made for strolling through on a sunny day. Fez is one place that you don’t need to come with a plan. Just start walking and see where the day takes you.
One of my favorite cities in the world, this is amongst the best places to travel if you love shopping. With heady sights and vibrant surprises at every turn, Marrakesh is also a dream destination for photographers.
Cape Town, South Africa
Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain to sit in awe of Cape Town’s picture perfect beaches, mountains, and harbours. And, of course, get to know the local penguins that this city is so famous for!
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
The capital of Tanzania is one of the most laid back and developed cities in Africa. If you feel a bit overwhelmed by the non-stop, hectic lifestyle of many African cities, this is one of the best places to travel.
Johannesburg, South Africa
The second largest city in South Africa, this is the city to learn about history at places like the Apartheid Museum and the UNESCO World Heritage site Cradle of Humankind.
Not only is this one of the best places to travel in the spring (cherry blossoms!) it is one of the most fascinating cities on the planet. And it is not as expensive as you might think! I used this Cheapo guide there daily.
With its melting pot culture, Singapore is a place like no other. Foodies will love Singapore’s eat street, Keong Saik Road, while nature lovers and photographers will fall in love at first sight with the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Never heard of Bhutan’s capital city? You aren’t alone there! So, let me introduce you to the only capital city on the globe that does not use traffic lights. This throwback paradise is home to ancient traditions and plenty to do.
Seoul, South Korea
Welcome to the high-tech capital of the world! Treat yourself to cutting-edge spa treatments and shop gadgets; or go the other route and wander through the striking Buddhist temples.
Did you know this place was actually a Portuguese colony all the way up until 1999? Called the Las Vegas of the East, the modern vibe in this Special Administrative Region of China make it one of the best places to travel in Asia.
Australia’s biggest city has everything you have ever wanted and more. With beautiful coastlines, like Bondi and Redleaf beaches, and iconic sites like the Sydney Opera House, you could spend a month exploring and not see it all.
Of course, while you are down under, you have got to visit Sydney’s sophisticated, artsy BFF. With a thriving underground arts scene alongside the big names at the world-renowned Heide Museum of Modern Art, this is one of the best places to travel for every art lover.
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand's largest city is home to one third of all Kiwis and they’ve done a lot with the place! In a country famous for its fine wine and, of course, its Lord of the Rings scenery, Auckland is one of the best places to travel if you love taking drunken pics.
Wellington, New Zealand
Hop on the famous Wellington Cable Car to explore New Zealand's capital city. Tour the Beehive and Parliament House. Wander the waterfront around Oriental Bay. After this, trust me, you will never want to leave.
See the city from above in the Wheel of Brisbane, then ride through town in one of the famous gondolas. Once you have worked up an appetite, check out the incredible food, music, bars, and lively scene at the Eat Street Markets.
Best cultural destinations
This is my favorite city in the UK and it is one of the best places to travel if you want to experience real British beauty. This place is home to the ultra prestigious University of Cambridge, with its rich history dating back to 1209.
On the famous Rhine River nestled between France and Germany, this small city is home to a whopping 30 museums. So, culture vultures, get your head out of that book and get over here!
¡Olé! Welcome to the city of flamenco! This place stole my heart the second I had my first tapa here. Come here to soak in the tireless sun in the Santa Cruz quarter and wander through the Alcázar Palace.
Le Havre, France
Renowned for its architecture, this UNESCO World Heritage Site on the coast of Normandy is the birthplace of impressionism. While nearly devastated during WWII, this town is more glorious than ever.
The birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, you will see immediately why the third largest city in Denmark is the place that inspired some of the world’s greatest fairy tales.
Taos, New Mexico
From this town at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, you can get a stunning view of the New Mexican desert from here and an impressive range of local art.
See the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed then head over to the Avenue of the Arts for the city’s greatest sites.
New Haven, Connecticut
Home to one of the United States’ oldest and most respected schools, Yale University, this town has been home to Presidents Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, and it’s one of the best places to travel for a cultural fix.
San Jose, California
It’s not all about Facebook and Google here in the heart of Silicon Valley! This place has a whopping 143 cultural destinations for its 980,000 residents. My personal fave is the Japanese Friendship Garden in Kelley Park.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Deep in the Amazon jungle, you will find one of the best places to travel on the planet. This Incan citadel is high up in the Andes Mountains of Peru and has been standing there, taking people’s breath away, since the 15th century.
Standing since way back to 789, the walled city of Fez and the streets of its medina look just like it did so many generations ago.
Cairo and Luxor, Egypt
From the Pyramids and Temples to the ancient city of Cairo (did you know that Cairo was founded way back in 2,000 BCE?), there is an entire world of history to take in while traveling this magical country.
This is one of the most fascinating place on the planet for me and definitely amongst the best places to travel! Take in the culture of the Kingdom of the Zulu, learn at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and see all of the things that make South Africa great.
Having always existed in geographical isolation, Ethiopia is unlike anywhere else in Africa. Travel around this East African country’s countless historical sites and find out why it is of such incredible cultural significance.
Isimila Stone Age site, Tanzania
The famous archaeological site outside of Isimila is home to some of the world’s most important remnants of early human and animal civilization that date back 60,000 to 100,000 years!
Amongst the oldest continually inhabited cities on the planet, they are nourishing their unique culture since at least back to 1100 BCE. Sacred to Hindus and Buddhists, it is the spiritual capital of India and one of the country's best places to travel.
Did you know that there are more national museums in Shanghai than any other city on earth? Don’t miss the famous landmarks like The Bund on the Huangpu and the Yuyuan Gardens!
With a culture unlike any other, this is one of the best places to travel to experience a totally new way of life. Be sure to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Tenryu-ji Temple and the rock garden at Ryoan-ji Temple.
You will never forget the moment when you reach the end of the winding trail and suddenly- BAM! The world famous Petra Treasury Building, Al-Khazneh, reveals itself.
Ancient Temples in Cambodia
Explore the stunning temples of Angkor Wat while you wander the beaches, tropical jungles, rice paddies, and sugar plantations of this gorgeous Southeast Asian country.
Here it’s all about the Melbourne Festival, Fringe Festival, and the Melbourne international Comedy Festival. And for the foodies and winos, you have got to get down under for the Food and Wine Festival!
Auckland, New Zealand
One of my best experiences in New Zealand has been learning about the Maori people, the first settlers of New Zealand. There are Maori villages near Auckland and all over the island.
Wellington, New Zealand
As soon as you arrive, get over to the Wellington Museum. It’s the perfect place to get better acquainted with the city and see what it is all about here and uncover why this little city is amongst the best places to travel down under.
Alice Springs, Australia
This has been the place to be for 40,000 years! To check out what people have been up to for all of these years, get over to the Aboriginal Australia Art and Culture Centre to learn more about Alice Springs.
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Best lesser-known destinations
Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
There are actually two towns here: Civita and Bagnoregio. Cool fact of my home country: the town of Civita has only six residents! While there are a lot of tourists and people with second homes here, there’s just over a hand full of people all year round.
The locals call it "the pearl of France” and I can see why! With perfect little private beaches scattering the seashore and incredible weather all year, this is the place to be.
One of the best places to travel to experience the Mediterranean at its most beautiful, picturesque Piran is the kind of village where time seems to have stood still.
Meaning "in the heavens above”, this little town is famous for the six picturesque UNESCO World Heritage monasteries that were built upon dramatic natural sandstone rock pillars.
Did you know that Vaduz is the capital city of Liechtenstein? Nestled between Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, Liechtenstein is the gorgeous 160 square kilometres/ 62 square miles country that pretty much none of us know anything about! Go on a geography lessons and see why this is one of the best places to travel in Europe.
Boone, North Carolina
Named after American pioneer Daniel Boone, this eclectic little village in the Blue Ridge Mountains is far off the US tourist beaten path and it’s ideal for showing you just what life is really like in the Deep South.
Perdido Key, Florida
Boasting 343 days of sunshine per year and an average daily temp of 75 degrees F/ 23 degrees C, Perdido Key is pretty much heaven on earth.
Famous for the stunning granite cliffs and the Pemaquid Point Light, this popular tourist resort area is the ideal place for exploring for enjoying nature and splashing in the Damariscotta River.
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
In the Selkirk Mountains, you will find this gorgeous little town that is famous for its artists’ enclave. When you are there, be sure to check out one of the tours through the impressive historical sites.
Forget about the old school days of seedy Tijuana life, you dirty dog! Today this is one of best places to travel for all tastes. Check out Avenida Revolución with its cool movie theaters and rooftop bars. Be sure to get over to Telefonica Gastro Park for unforgettable grub.
Bazaruto Islands, Mozambique
One of the most underrated travel destinations in Africa, this is the perfect relaxing getaway. Be sure to get around to incredible places like Maputo Special Reserve, Lake Malawi and Tofo Bay.
Mafia Island, Tanzania
While the Serengeti is a must-see destination, you’ve got to make time for Mafia Island! Located 75 miles/ 120 km away from the east coast of Dar es Salaam, this place is a beach lover’s mecca.
Mountain Zebra & Mokala National Parks, South Africa
Sure, Table Mountain is gorgeous, but both Mountain Zebra & Mokala National Parks are well worth visiting. Be sure to check out the famous Cape mountain zebras that are the namesake of Mountain Zebra National Park.
Set alongside the beautiful Lake Kariba, this impressive location is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo), which makes it one of the best places to travel for a safari.
Praslin Island, Seychelles
You are going to fall in love with this place the second you arrive. And, while every island of the Seychelles is more beautiful than the last, Praslin Island is the best place to appreciate the unspoiled natural beauty of the country.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site on the river is a rich multicultural town with Dutch and Portuguese influences that have created a fascinating history and culture.
Lost in the shadows of China and India, this tiny Himalayan country is full of striking mountains, lush forests, and a captivating culture. Be sure to check out the Taktsang Monastery!
This is one of the coolest countries I’ve come across in recent years. Thanks to its booming oil and business sectors, their thriving capital has become hyper modern and offers a great art and culture scene.
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Once the capital of Vietnam, this little town has a rich history. Just an hour flight from either Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, this historical spot is a must-see for any visitor to Vietnam.
Ko Adang, Thailand
Located in the Tarutao National Marine Park, this gorgeous Thai island is one of the best places to travel to find world class snorkeling and some of the best beaches on the planet.
Tupai, French Polynesia
Easily one of the most stunning places I have ever seen in my life, Tupai is just a few miles from Bora Bora. In this picture perfect lagoon dotted with coconut trees, keep your eyes peeled for exotic birds!
Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Australia
Join the sea lions working on their tan on the beach, then meet those lazy koalas pigging out on eucalyptus while you watch the pelicans soaring overhead in this nature lover’s wonderland.
Ready to get away from it all? Amongst the best places to travel in the world is this remote South Pacific island. With a rugged coastline, this gorgeous island has nothing more than quaint traditional villages.
Hokianga, New Zealand
While all the tourists go for Ninety Mile Beach, Hokianga is one the best places to travel in my opinion! Explore the quaint towns of Omapere and Opononi, then go snap shots of the 2000-year-old Kauri tree, Tane Mahuta, before trekking through the sand dunes.
Rottnest Island, Western Australia
The snorkelling is amazing here! It’s also the perfect place to go for hiking, surfing, fishing, and just exploring the natural beauty of this amazing Aussie island.
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Best family destinations
Agriturismo in Tuscany and Umbria, Italy
With just over a two-hour drive between these two family-friendly cities, these were always some of my favorite places as a kid. Rent a car, get a house with a pool, and experience rural Italian life. Agriturismo, anyone?
It’s not all about beer (though that always makes family trips more fun!). Check out the Toy Museum in the Old Town Hall clock tower, then explore Munich's biggest toy store, Obletter Spielwarne.
Your little ones are going to flip for the open-air Skansen museum with its fun zoo and aquarium. For kids of all sizes, there’s the popular amusement park, Gröna Lund. Sweden is one of the absolute best places to travel in Europe with kids.
One of the best places to travel if you’re looking for an easy, walkable city. In the summer, go for picnics in the Museums Gardens. Anytime of year, your babies will love the National Railway Museum and York Chocolate Story.
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Start off at the famous ice rink, then make your way over to the Science Center to expand your kids’ minds. When the weather is nice, the Parc Merveilleux in Bettembourg is perfect for rides and seeing animals.
One of the best places to travel to teach budding historians about America’s past, Williamsburg lets families step back into life in the 18th century. For even more fun, check out Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.
Countless museums here offer kids free entry! For sport-loving families, a trip to Wrigley Field is a must. And be sure to fill up with classics like Chicago pizza and hot dogs.
Yosemite National Park, California
It is time to get your family disconnected so they can reconnect! Ditch the phones and get to Yosemite for incredible hiking, swimming, and rafting.
New York City, New York
The Big Apple isn’t just a playground for adults! Get to one of Central Park’s many kids’ spaces then read the ultimate guide to NYC for families while your kids have a blast!
Banff National Park, Canada
Awesome year-round, this is the perfect place to bust out the snow tubes, go canoeing, or just splash around in the natural hot springs.
South Africa safari
This will blow their minds- and yours too! Take in the amazing wildlife of South Africa, learn about Zulu culture, and just fall in love with the dramatic natural beauty of this African nation.
Egypt family holiday
Curious young minds will be captivated by the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. Cruise down the historic Nile River, ride a camel, and explore the rich history and modern wonders of this North African wonder.
This is one of the best places to travel with young children and toddlers. There are fun resorts here that cater to kids with cool activities and child-minding. There are also many safari activities that are perfect for curious little ones.
Amongst the best places to travel with teenagers, this place is a true wonderland. With an otherworldly beauty, kids of every age will love running through the world's highest sand dunes of Sossusvlei.
If it is even possible for your family to get enough of the flawless white sand beaches here, take them down to the capital city, Maputo, to stroll around this beautiful place and grab some ice cream.
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Not only do they have Disneyland, DisneySea, Universal Studios, Sanrio Puroland, and Space World, the fun atmosphere of this place is just so infectious that it will make your entire family feel like kids again.
The Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Take your family on an adventure that they will never forget! Bike and boat through this beautiful region then take a detour to the stunning beaches that lie just off the coast on the Phu Quoc islands.
This place is a dreamland for kids! Check out the SEGA Republic, Legoland, Legoland Water Park, Universal Studio, and Smurfs kingdom. Trying to get them over their fear of heights? Get to the Dubai Eye, the tallest ferris wheel in the world!
This honeymoon capital isn’t just a place to make babies! There are some great resorts here that will make you feel like a pampered parent. Be sure to check out the all-inclusive Club Med deal for a trip that will make you forget about the world.
Broome, Western Australia
Your kids will flip for this spot! It’s one cool space where they can ride a camel, search for crocodiles, and play football with their new friends from around town all in one day.
Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Link your little ones to the Kids’ Bucket List for Canberra, Australia and let them be the ones planning your days out!
Lake Wanaka & Fiordland, New Zealand
You’ve probably heard that New Zealand is gorgeous, but nothing prepares you for this incredible place. Tell the young ‘uns that you’re taking them to the land of the Lord of the Rings.
Sydney Harbour, Australia
Gold Coast theme parks, Australia
Dreamworld, Sea World, Movie World, Wet'n'Wild, and White Water World, all in one location. Need I say more? It’s time to start packing- and bring your swim gear too! This is a beach lover’s paradise.
Best cruise destinations
Get here before the rest of the world finds out about this gem! With dramatic cliffs, a captivating old town, and rich culture, Kotor is one of Eastern Europe’s best places to travel.
You can’t help but to fall in love with Venice. Every gondola ride will make you more convinced that Italy is one of the best places to travel in the universe (and you’ll hear no disagreement from me!).
European River Cruise
Attention, foodies! They will need a crane to get you out of the boat after you take the world famous cruise from Bordeaux to Porto to Vienna.
Options like Princess Cruises and Crystal Cruises will often take you into Volos, which is a gorgeous spot, and the perfect base for exploring nearby Makrynitsa and Chania.
Split is a must-see, of course, and hidden treasures like the island of Korcula are being featured on an ever-growing list of itineraries. For rockin’ Rijeka, check out options from P&O Cruises.
Part of the Dutch ABC Islands, this is one the Caribbean’s best destinations. Not only is it ultra affordable, especially compared to some of the pricey islands, it is hurricane-free so you don’t have to worry about a washed-out holiday.
Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Disney’s private island is only for Disney Cruise Lines travelling along the Bahamas and Caribbean. When you see Castaway Cay, you will know exactly why they want to hide this tropical paradise away just for themselves!
Glacier Bay, Alaska
Alright, adventurers, this one's for you! Alaska is one of the best places to travel to explore the rugged mountains, glaciers, rainforests, wild coastlines, and my fave spot, Glacier Bay.
This is a dream autumn destination. Cruises from New York to Quebec City with take you along some of the most beautiful fall foliage in the world (and it is lovely at any time of year too!).
Whether you consider yourself “into nature” or not, this is one of the best places to travel on the planet! The incredible array of wildlife here will blow your Birkenstocks off!
I love South American cruises! There are so many incredible sights to see down there and their winter is at the opposite time of year so it’s a win-win. From Valparaiso, explore the nearby Muelle Prat Port or travel onward to Santiago.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Amazing French grub and gorgeous architecture is usually enough to get me excited, and this place has it in spades. Be sure to check out Maho Beach too!
Nile River cruise
There is just something so impossibly mysterious and exotic about the Nile River to me. If you are in Egypt, do not miss your chance to hop on board!
Catamaran cruising in Mauritius
Take in the views of Black River and Tamarin while dolphins swim beside you on your dream catamaran cruise. You are also going to love Ilot Gabriel, a picture perfect desert island.
Durban, South Africa
This is the hotspot where all of the local go to unwind. It is also the departure city from some fun cruises that will give you a better idea of why South Africa is amongst the best places to travel in the world.
One of the best African cruise destinations, you can explore the shores of Agadir, Casablanca, and Tangier to find out why Morocco is Africa’s most visited tourist destination.
Singapore to Hong Kong
Hit up some of my fave places in Asia as you city-hop around Bangkok, and your choices of a range of picturesque ports along the Vietnamese coast.
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Hong Kong to Beijing
This will take you to some of the best places to travel in Asia! Hit up Nagasaki, Japan; Busan, South Korea; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China.
Singapore to Mumbai
Another wonderful way to get to know Asia, a cruise on this path will take you through Phuket, Thailand; Yangon, Myanmar and Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Cochin, India.
Palawan, The Philippines
This place got the official of title of the “Best Island in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler. If that isn’t enough to convince you to set sail, I don’t know what is!
Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Also known as Aneityum Island, this is the place I’m dreaming of when you see me just staring off into space. Come ready for snorkeling, swimming, and a fascinating cultural landscape.
Akaroa, New Zealand
Located just 75 km from Christchurch, New Zealand, Akaroa is an ancient volcano that used to be a French and British settlement and is now a must-see cruise destination.
Port Denarau, Fiji
Amongst the best places to travel for an unforgettable evening out, Port Denarau has amazing food, nightly fire dancing shows, and traditional Polynesian and Melanesian dance performances.
South Australia and Tasmania
There is such an amazing selection of cruises that will bring you to the best of the best in Australia and New Zealand. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path (which I’d highly recommend!) check out the 11-night cruises options to the less-visited ports of Tasmania and beyond.
Best budget destinations
You can save some serious cash in this UNESCO-listed Old Town while exploring a world class destination. Start in the renowned Tallinn Old Town and make your way through at a snail’s pace as you drool over one photo op after the next.
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
One of the best places to travel- and most underrated- in Europe, I love this city. With its rich history and picturesque setting, there is so much to do here.
Make your next trip your last in this vampire-packed region! Or just take in the rich (and real!) history of this beautiful Carpathian Mountains region as you explore its many wonders.
Too many people head straight to the beaches and ski resorts of Bulgaria, but Sofia is definitely one place that you won’t want to miss out on! Explore the historical sites, then come to the city centre to chill.
A quick 30 minutes from Riga, this seaside town is a local fave and it is one of the best places to travel to get a quick vitamin D fix in the Baltics!
The second largest city in Hungary, this is the beating heart of Eastern Hungary and, like Budapest, Debrecen is full of breathtakingly beautiful architecture and cool (and cheap!) nightlife.
Kansas City, Missouri
If you want to protect your wallet, stay out of NYC and move westward! There is a lot to offer in the old K.C. but, for me, it is all about the barbeque! These guys have the best in the world.
Get well off the beaten path to experience true American culture and see that famous southern hospitality is all about in the quaint city of Biloxi.
Get out of the hip but pricey Portland, and do your wallet a favour in this historic city on the picturesque Columbia River. There’s a ton to do, and the Sunday market is my fave!
Iowa City, Iowa
This place made its way into the prestigious top five on a list of the “Coolest Cities in America”. Check out all of the local craft brewers and rent a bike in this ultra two-wheel friendly city.
South America is my fave place to go on the cheap, and one of the best places to travel is Ecuador. The world’s highest capital city, Quito, is packed with fun and culture.
La Paz, Bolivia
Stand in awe of the snow-capped Mount Illimani, then take the famous “subway of the sky” up to the heights of El Alto for a panoramic view of this amazing city.
Ssese Islands, Uganda
No, that is not a misspelling and, yes, this place is well worth the trip. This 12000-year-old island in the heart of Lake Victoria, surrounded by Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, has beaches just made for lazy strolls.
Cape Town, South Africa
This is definitely one of the best places to travel in Africa to get a sense of both city life and the natural beauty of the rural bush region. Of course, best of all, Cape Town can be super cheap!
Hoi An, Vietnam
The former imperial capital of this magical country, this is one of the best places to travel to get a sense of what Vietnam is like away from the tourist traps. And, oh my God, the food.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Forget about the crazy life of Bangkok! Your body and your wallet will thank you for it! Before you go, read up on why my spirit animal, Anthony Bourdain loves it.
Bohol, The Philippines
A nice break from the hectic life of Tagbilaran and la vida loca party life of Panglao Island, Bohol is one of the best places to travel for a chill beach escape, on the cheap of course.
The ancient capital of Myanmar is all about the pagodas and temples. Bring your camera to along with a good pair of hiking shoes.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
A budget backpackers’ fave! Come see the temples of Angkor Wat and live like a royal as you explore the dirt cheap wonders of this Cambodian jewel.
Watch out, wanderers! This is one crazy city. Away from the quaint mountain villages of Nepal, you will find the non-stop explosion of sounds, lights, and heady experiences that are the capital city.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet, you will find this culturally-rich city in the same place that its residents have been inhabiting for thousands of years. It’s the perfect place to understand what makes Laos unique.
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While life down under isn’t always cheap, you can find your own little slice of heaven floating out in the ocean between Hawaii and New Zealand at a great price.
Also out there between Hawaii to New Zealand, the 333 tropical islands that make up this Melanesian country are some of the best places to travel on earth.
So, globetrotters, are you inspired to plan your next getaway? Whether you are into wine tasting or club hopping, it’s all about keeping that wanderlust alive! From Colombia to Cape Town, there are so many destinations out there that will take your breath away. Tell me in the comments which are your favourites!
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