Choosing a vacation spot can be tricky at the best of times, let alone when you’re searching for a once-in-a-lifetime break.
Whether it is for a honeymoon, an extended break or just satisfying your global wanderlust, we are blessed with a breadth of options.
Across every continent there are truly unique, must-see destinations you should consider for your next trip. From the historical, metropolitan capitals of Europe to the roving landscapes of rural Uganda, we take you through ten once-in-a-lifetime locations.
The Catalan capital, Barcelona is one of Spain’s most metropolitan places. Centuries of history hang on every street corner, and those with an interest in the arts will find plenty to see and do. From the spires of the Barri Gotic, and Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia, visitors can absorb the gothic grandeur that gives Barcelona its distinctive feel. Its beach has been ranked as one of the top ten beaches in the world, and with warm sunshine all year round, conditions are perfect for taking in everything this magnificent European city has to offer.
One of the most scenic locations in the US, Maine has been a favorite destination for all manner of retreats for years. The wider New England area is one of the most desirable places to be in the US, on the north-eastern tip of the country. Its national parks, shores and harbors give you plenty to do and see. Bordering Canada on its northern front, Maine is a corner of the country far removed from the bustle of city life. For a relaxing retreat with an outdoors focus, Maine is definitely worth considering.
Ireland is renowned the world over for its friendly, welcoming people. Irish culture resonates with people of Celtic origin around the world, and for many visitors it can feel like a genuine homecoming experience. Donegal is one of Ireland’s most scenic counties, and one that shows off Ireland’s rugged natural landscape. The history, art and music of the region make Donegal a mecca for those with an interest in Irish culture and heritage. A must-see destination for any globetrotter, Donegal is located to the west on the Irish border.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Few places on earth are as grand as Machu Picchu. Sited 2500 meters above sea level, Machu Picchu is located in Peru’s Urubamba Valley. Known locally as “The Lost City,” Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca settlement that still bears many of its original features to this day. Expeditions to Machu Picchu on foot can take several days of trekking through the valley, which houses the magnificent Urubamba river. For anyone who appreciates outdoor vacations, the trip to Machu Picchu is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The famous “city of love,” Paris is an ever-popular destination for old romantics the world over. Of course, there’s so much more to France’s capital than its cultural connotations. A center of European art, cuisine, history and culture, Paris has streets that are paved with centuries of stories and intrigue. A historic hub of the continent, Paris tells the story of millennia of human civilization, through its art, architecture and period features. From middle-age castles and Châteaux to the famous Arc de Triomphe, Paris is famous the world over for its remarkable sights – both for couples and families embarking on a trip.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Formerly Brazil’s capital city, Rio De Janeiro today is one of the most frequently visited cities in the world. In the coming years, Rio De Janeiro will play an instrumental part in hosting both the FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. The city is known as the party capital of Brazil, and its beaches and scenery represent the country proudly. Nestled at the heart of one of the world’s few exploding economies, Rio De Janeiro is a vibrant, lively place to spend your vacation.
Dubai has boomed like few other destinations in the last decade, thanks to its increasingly liberal approach to trade and commerce and swelling oil revenues. Its perfect white sands and audacious skyline tell the story of this emirate’s recent past, and Dubai already welcomes tourists in their droves seeking luxury vacation stays. A portal to the Arab world, Dubai offers a unique experience for holidaymakers. Its stunning scenery mixes heritage with Dubai’s thoroughly modern, fast-paced style, creating a memorable destination for any type of visit.
The Bwindi nature reserve in Uganda isn’t a location many people will be familiar with. But it has more than enough appeal for those looking for an amazing life experience. A natural habitat for some of the world’s most stunning wildlife, the Bwindi region is famous for its wild Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Forest is one of the most diverse habitats in Africa, home to many unique and interesting species. Safari trips to Bwindi are becoming increasing popular, especially among newly-weds and those marking special occasions with their vacation.
Imagine perfect beaches, stunning blue ocean and an island paradise. Chances are, what you’re thinking of looks like Bali. An island in its own right, Bali has been inhabited for several thousands of years. Today, it relies heavily on tourism, yet it remains exclusive enough to retain the feeling of escape. Its local arts, culture and crafts make Bali an intriguing place to those from the West, and its temples and shrines are some of the most spectacular in the world.
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Few places have the draw of the Galapagos Islands, particularly for those with a fascination for animals and the natural world. Studied by Charles Darwin in his seminal works, the island is home to colonies of birds and other wildlife, including the famous giant tortoise population. Today, the Galapagos remains a popular destination for those choosing destinations for their vacation, in addition to an essential home for some of the world’s most endangered species.
Out of these 10 which one would you pick?