5 Awe-Inspiring Destinations for Your Travel Bucket List
January 21, 2019
There’s nothing like a little armchair travel to help you shake the winter blahs. Who says you need to step on an airplane to be transported somewhere jaw-droppingly beautiful? Whether it’s research for an upcoming vacation or a midday escape from your daily life, take a tour of the destinations currently topping our travel bucket list—without leaving your chair.
Photo: Isak Gundrosen
The Alhambra, Spain
This former fortress and royal palace in Granada has to be seen to be believed. Dating all the way back to the 9th century AD, people travel to this UNESCO World Heritage Site from all over the globe to marvel at the intricate tilework, impressive gardens and Medieval architecture—not to mention sweeping views of the city. Just make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time and show up early: queues have been known to run hours long.
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The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Japan
For most of us, the bamboo we’ve come in contact with has been limited to a chair or mat. That’s partly why walking through Kyoto’s Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is so awe-inspiring. Stroll past towering bamboo stalks and listen to the soothing sounds of the rustling of their branches.
Photo: Samuel Scrimshaw
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
The world’s largest salt flat is about as extreme as nature can get. Located in southwest Bolivia, this natural wonder was formed following the evaporation of prehistoric lakes—and it looks as dramatic as it sounds. Its thick salt crust and flatter-than-flat landscape culminate in an altogether surreal experience.
Photo: Jonatan Pie
The Northern Lights, Iceland
Can you imagine a more surreal experience than snowmobiling across a glacier beneath the glow of the aurora borealis? Iceland is arguably the world’s prime viewing point for this natural phenomenon, observable from September until April in the country’s clear (oft-dark) skies. Whether you take in the northern lights on foot, by car or on a boat, the sight is sure to stop you in your tracks.
Photo: Ian McGrory
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Breathtaking vistas and impressive architecture are great and all, but few things compare to coming face to face with the wildlife you’ve only ever seen in photos. Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park offers visitors a rare chance to observe elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebra, crocodiles and more, all in their natural habitat.