This week we aren’t just going to lust after amazing getaways, we are going to start preparing for life-changing adventure! You might have to skimp on the salon a few times or buy all generic items at the grocery store, but the savings will be well worth it when you’re laid up parlaying in one of these exotic destinations.
Here are 20 dream trips you should start saving for now!
-Words By Devi Dev
1. The Galapagos Islands
Once studied by Charles Darwin for it’s endemic species, The Galapagos islands are a gathering of volcanic islands west of equator. Hike the Sierra Negra Volcano, Snorkle with Sea Lions and Rainbow fish, visit primitive pirate caves trek though an uninhabited island and learn at the Charles Darwin Research Centre!
Located in Northern Eurasia, Moscow is the capital city of the largest country in the entire world, Russia. Moscow boasts what Instagram has recorded as one of the top IG’d locations in the world: Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square. Aside from that awesome photo op make sure your visit Tsaritsyno Park and palace, Novodevichy Convent (a world heritage site) and the Moscow international house of music.
The possibilities are endless in this ancient country. Italy has one of the world’s seven wonders, and one of the most used stairways in all of film, The Spanish Steps.
A tour of Rome, The Amalfi, Venice and celeb hub, Lake Como are the biggest attractions there! Seeing the Colosseum, the Spanish steps and the Dolomite Mountains are a must!
Located in between Western Asian and Southeastern Europe, this is one of the trips I’m currently saving for. Turkey has some of the most delicious food in the world. Many recipes from the 17th century Ottoman Empire are still being made to this day. Make sure you fit the Selimiye Mosque, the Celsus Library and the Byzantine era built, Hagia Sophia into your itinerary!
This fascinating capital city of the UK boasts centuries of history and a Monarchy whose royals tap the front page of most mags worldwide. I like to think of London as a cleaner and more historic NYC (with sexier accents of course!) Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Primrose Hill, The Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral should top your list of sites.
Spain, a personal fave of mine and a country that I think should top everyone’s bucket list! A nice tour of Madrid and Barcelona will give you a taste of two contrasting, yet very Spanish cities. Madrid, very regal and proud is Spain’s capitol. Take in a bullfight at Las Ventas, then walk around the Prado Museum. Barcelona, the artistic and creative major city in Spain boasts incredible architecture from the brilliant Gaudi. La Segrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batllo are some Gaudi’s biggest attractions. After you’ve seen the architecture, visit the Picasso Museum and have dinner at the late artist’s favorite restaurant, Els 4 Gats.
Before the thought of cold scares you off, know that this location has unimaginable beauty and boat tours that will change your life! When you take the National Geographic- Linblad Expeditions 14 day trek to Antarctica, wildlife photographers are on-hand for photo lessons as you hike past penguin colonies and spot orcas.
No, you don’t have to be a Kardashian to partake in the joys of Greece. Though the K Klan recently brought new attention to this ancient coastal destination, tourists have been flocking in droves for decades. Mykonos is a must for the those who love to party. Santorini is picturesque and relaxing and the Greek capital Athens will provide a jaunt through high school history class when you see the Parthenon and walk around the Acropolis.
As one of the best African destinations to go on Safari, Kenya is a premiere point to watch the great migration every year. Many Safari packages range from true “roughing it” adventures to glamorous high-end wildlife explorations. Also not to be missed is a flight over Mount Kenya!
As if going to see the Great Wall wasn’t enough to spark your savings goals, China is the home of some incredible sights and eats. In Beijing, trek to The Forbidden City home of Tiananmen Square where Emperors sat in the imperial seat from 1420 to 1912. Other hits on your list should be The Terracotta Warriors, Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve and the The Bund in Shanghai. For the foodies, sign up for a cooking lesson at Beijing’s Black Sesame Kitchen!
The Kingdom of Thailand is sandwiched in between Vietnam and Burma and it’s raw beauty will instantly charm you. The very first thing to do in this dreamy country is head to Bangkok and check out the intricately built Grand Palace. Then head to Wat Arun (Temple of the dawn and the fun floating Markets. When you’ve had enough of the city, The Phi Phi Islands, Railay Beach and Phang Nga Bay are a quick jaunt away.
Paris’ tag line says it all: The City of Love, and it’s not an overstatement. If you don’t find human love, you’ll at least fall in love with the lights, sights and sounds. Visit The Arc de Triomphe, Musee de l’Orangerie, Montmartre Walk. And of course, saving time for the Eifel Tower and the Louvre is a must!
After you unload 100 rolls of film capturing the glorious beauty of India’s biggest attraction, The Taj Mahal (go at dawn and thank me later), venture on to some things that are off the beaten path like ridding an Indian Railway train, go on a camel safari in the Rajasthani Desert, eat street food in Old Delhi or even go on a spiritual retreat to Leh, Ladakh.
14. Tel Aviv
The largest metropolitan area in Israel, Tel Aviv is right on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline. Year ’round sunshine and a sudden spike in high-end restaurants and boutique hotels are making this one of the trendiest vacays to go on. Jot down these notable stops for your visit: Dvir Gallery, Bauhaus Center, Manshia Train Station and the Design Museum. Plus, as a bonus (a very spiritual bonus) catch a quick train ride to the Old City of Jerusalem!
15. Costa Rica
Home to volcanos, beaches, waterfalls and lush landscapes, Costa Rica has got it going on! All you need is a bathing suit with a cute sarong and some sturdy sandals and you are packed. Some of the best places to visit on this dream vacation are: Arenal Volcano, Guanacaste (The famed Gold Coast), Manuel Antonio National Park, The village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Tabacon Hot Springs.
This Dutch capital can be both seedy and breathtaking, depending on what parts to head to. But either way, you’ll have a fun story to tell! Yes, the first thing that comes to mind is that smoking the green stuff is legal and that you can become an uber voyeur in the famed Red Light District. But after you tire of those things, you’ll find that Amsterdam has a lot more to offer! For starters, head to the newly restored Rijksmuseum and marvel at the Old Master. Then, have a rummage in their famous flea markets, Visit the home of Anne Frank and go to Oude Kerk, the city’s oldest church.
Also called “The Island of Inspiration,” Tasmania is part of the commonwealth of Australia. Known for it’s “Bush and Beach” you should get started by eating at Mures (Hobart seafood), then head to Port Arthur where some 12,000+ prisoner’s lived in a “Natural Prison” in the 1800’s. Learn about Aboriginal peoples at Tiagarra, take a wilderness railway tour and party at Syrup.
Found to be “The Happiest Country To Live In” by a United Nations Report, Denmark has a way of life that has lead it to become the centerpiece of a few documentaries and studies. The locals enjoy a way of life that is unmatched by any other country in the world. And although we may not be living there, we can at least grab a slice of happy by enjoying some of it’s attractions! Visit the Kronborg Castle, The Old Town of Aarhus, Amalienborg Castle in Copenhagen, The Tivolo, and The Little Mermaid.
This South American getaway is all about adventure. Get a motorcycle license, rent a bike and explore it’s vast dramatic landscapes! Once your all Instagramed out, head to see the historic facades in Buenos Aires (known affectionately as the “Paris of the South,” then fly to Salta to see the breathtaking colorful rock formations. Also on your list, make time for the Andes Mountains and the Iquaza Falls.
Though located in Central America and bordered by Mexico and Guatemala, the official language of this diverse society is English. Known for it’s well preserved remnants of Maya Civilization you will definitely be awe inspired by the finds. Don’t miss Snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef, explore the Actun Tunchil Muknal Maya Ceremonial Cave, go to the Ancient Maya City of Caracol and the Xunantunich Maya Temples.