The Ultimate Travel Destination Bucket List

Travelling triggers this weird wanderlust vortex. As soon as I go somewhere new, I widen the Google Maps a bit wider to see what’s around me to explore, and then widen it…. and widen it… and widen it… until essentially I find myself wanting to hop between continents every other month.

I am definitely a nature nut, so my entire list is basically incredible beaches, natural wonders, parks, and mountains. This is my current dreamiest vacation list, may it inspire your daydreams and future travels!


The Ultimate Travel Destination Bucket List

(In No particular order)

1. Algarve, Portugal

This spot reminds me of the 12 Apostles in the most Southern part of Australia. The gigantic rocks right on the beach are so magical, and much like the Apostles, are located in the Southernmost tip of Portugal. You can expect “end of the world” vibes, epic beach caves, and very balmy winters: sign me up!

Algarve, Portugal.

Algarve, Portugal.

Epic caves in Algarve, Portugal.

Epic caves in Algarve, Portugal.

2. Kakslauttanen Hotel, Finland

This incredible hotel in Finland is a must-see in the dead of winter (hello, Northern Lights!). You can stay in domes and watch the lights at night, or stay in a real igloo (snuggled in hardcore sleeping bags). Either way: totally epic, unique experience.

Kakslauttanen Hotel, Finland.

Kakslauttanen Hotel, Finland.

3. eco-camp, patagonia, Chile

Since laying eyes on these domes, I knew I had to visit Chile. Located in Patagonia, this eco-camp is located in the total wilderness amidst the mountains and is a total adventure spot. Kayaking, bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, and yoga- is all included.

Eco-camp, Patagonia, Chile

Eco-camp, Patagonia, Chile

Eco-camp, Patagonia, Chile

Eco-camp, Patagonia, Chile

4. rainbow mountain, cusco, peru

I don’t even know what to say about these. Pure magic.

Rainbow Mountain, Cusco, Peru.

Rainbow Mountain, Cusco, Peru.


5. Okavango Delta, Botswana

An inland river in Northern Botswana with sprawling plains that flood naturally. A wildlife reserve, you’ll spot hippos, elephants, crocodiles, lions, leopards, giraffes and rhinos.

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana


6. spencer (pink) lake, australia

Spencer Lake is located on Middle Island, off the coast of Western Australia. Australia is a magical place, and despite living there nearly 3 years, I didn’t make it to the Pink Salt Lake. Seeing it in pictures (like many of the places on this list…), I can’t even fathom they are even real. When I’m back in Aus, you can be sure as heck I’ll be checking this bad boy out (and reporting back to you on it!). It is swimmable, but apparently almost impossible to access. Challenge accepted!

Spencer Lake, Australia. IMG: matteo_it

Spencer Lake, Australia. IMG: matteo_it

7. Giza Pyramid, near Cairo, Egypt

Is it just me, or is Egypt the most underrated travel destination of all time? I don’t know much, but I can tell you one thing… I will no die without laying eyes on the Giza pyramids.

Gyza Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt.

Gyza Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt.

8. Galápagos Islands, ecuador

The Galapagos Islands have held a special place in my heart since I’ve been a little human- learning about how untouched and protected they are.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

9. blue lagoon, Iceland

Yes, this is on everyone and their grandmothers bucket list but… for a good reason. Despite the 400,000 visitors a year (barf emoji face), I can’t help but grace my list with the mystical hot thermal waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. That being said, on the same trip I would absolutely be making my way to many of the other off-grid natural geothermal pools in the various epic areas of this small country.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

10. yellowstone national park, montana, usa

Picking only one US National Park to include in this list was difficultAF; truth be told, there are so many mind blowing parks scattered across America. Zion, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Arches, Olympic, Sequoia. I definitely want to spend a year exploring the US parks. Yellowstone has all these insane rainbow sinkholes that is so acidic it would melt your bones…. is it real?!? Until I see it for myself, I’m honestly not sure.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

How. Is. This. Real.

How. Is. This. Real.

11. Cosrica, france + sardinia, italy

This is a 2-for-1 deal, because although these two islands are different countries- they are also neighbours. A quick ferry ride will connect you from Corsica (South of France) to Sardinia (West of Italy), and both are just epically gorgeous. Cliffs, crystal blue waters, and plenty of culture. Personally, I’m going to head there with a tent, and camp my way around the beaches!

Corsica, France. The image doesn’t show it, but there are some  insane  cliffs in Corsica!

Corsica, France. The image doesn’t show it, but there are some insane cliffs in Corsica!

Sardinia, Italy.

Sardinia, Italy.

12. northern lights, canada

Whether it be in Yukon, Nunavut, or the Northwest Territories, seeing the Northern Lights from the great Canadian North is definitely on my bucket list as a Canadian, but should probably be on yours too! Camping it is a must. It’ll be cold, but damn… will it ever be magical.

Northern Lights, Canada.

Northern Lights, Canada.

13. Papua New guinea

To me, PNG is just this untouched, ancestral country. Last I heard, cannibalism is still alive there. I would love to immerse myself in the gorgeous tribal culture of this epic land (and preferably not end up being served for dinner).

Papua New Guinea beauty.

Papua New Guinea beauty.

Local culture in PNG. © Vincent Ross

Local culture in PNG. © Vincent Ross


14. Sossusvlei, namibia desert, africa

Is is just me, or is this place straight out of a Salvador Dali painting? Throw in a few melting clocks (or maybe a couple grams of psilocybin) and you’re set.

Sossusvlei, Namibia Desert, Africa

Sossusvlei, Namibia Desert, Africa


15. Cappadocia, Turkey

Ancient city carved right into the rock + shit loads of brightly coloured air balloons = 100%.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey


16. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

I’m talking Lion King, IRL.

Wildebeests shadows, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Wildebeests shadows, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


17. Camping in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

There is so much I want to see in Morocco. The gorgeous coloured markets, the food, the total culture shock… and camping in the desert is definitely on the to-do list.

Camping in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

Camping in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

18. Pamukkale Hot Springs, Denizli, Turkey

I’m a sucker for hot springs, and these have got to be one of the most epic locations on the planet! Yes you can swim in them, yes they are naturally heated pools, and yes I will be splashing in those healing waters one day!

Pamukkale Hot Springs, Denizli, Turkey

Pamukkale Hot Springs, Denizli, Turkey

19 . Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Kauai, Hawaii

Jurassic Park vibes level: master. And no wonder, JP was indeed filmed in Hawaii! I had the pleasure of spending 3 months on neighbouring Maui, but Kauai is much smaller and less habited. The Na Pali Coast is only accessible by boat, air, or a serious hike. Count me in for the hike!

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20. sauna at Rifugio Lagazuoi in the Dolomites, Italy

The last one is short and very sweet: this Finnish sauna located in Rifugio Lagazuoi in the Italian Dolomites. A piping hot sauna at the end of a long day of skiing? Yes please!

Rifugio Lagazuoi in the Italian Dolomites

Rifugio Lagazuoi in the Italian Dolomites

What spots are at the top of your dream travel list? Comment below!