From the Taj Mahal in India to the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, the world is packed full of amazing places worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. But sometimes, deciding where to go on your next trip can be tricky. Don’t worry, that’s why you’re here: you want some inspiration.
To help you choose, twelve of the most popular travel bloggers share, in their own words, the places they love visiting the most in the whole world.
Recommended by Melo Villareal of ‘Out of Town Blog’.
“Having visited so many around the World, I can say that El Nido is the most beautiful. This piece of paradise is renowned for its mangroves and tall limestone cliffs that are about 250 million years old. It has four archaeological sites, 45 islands and around 888 varieties of fish that are found in Bacuit Bay. Its rustic beauty and well preserved flora and fauna make it a true gem.”
“Although this island is less frequented by typhoons, I would still avoid visiting the island during the wet season (July and August) unless you love the rain and want to stay in your resort!”
For further information on El Nido, visit Out of Town Blog.
Recommended by Justin Schmid of ‘Wandering Justin’.
“It’s not easy to pick favourites, but I’ll have to say Iceland. It’s as close to being on a different planet as you can get with its geology and scenery – there’s a reason much of Game of Thrones is filmed on location in Iceland. There’s also something for everyone, whether you want to climb a glacier or just stay in the cities to shop. Iceland is also excellent at making espresso and dessert.”
If you need some advice ahead of your next trip, this blog post will get you started.
Recommended by Lara Dunston of ‘Grantourismo’.
“My home, Siem Reap (called ‘Temple Town’ by expats who live here) is the gateway to UNESCO World Heritage listed Angkor Wat at nearby Angkor Archaeological Park. But this leafy, riverside city is worth visiting in its own right. Home to Cambodia’s finest restaurant, Cuisine Wat Damnak, the food is the next big appeal for me, with lively markets peppering the small city, including an excellent farmers market. There’s also an abundance of other things to do, from village walks to bike rides, and your days can be punctuated with fabulous shopping and time to linger in atmospheric cafés and stylish bars.”
Find out more about this particular slice of Asia on Lara’s blog, Grantourismo.
Recommended by Laura Cody and Tanbay Theune of ‘Travelling Weasels’.
“One of our favourite places on earth is Sao Miguel Island in the Azores. The Azores archipelago is actually Portuguese, but is located very far away from the mainland in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We love it because it is ripe with delicious foods, geographical wonders and landscape is straight out of Jurassic Park. We hitch-hiked for the first time ever here, bathed in natural hot springs and even saw wild dolphins and whales! It’s unlike anywhere else we’ve been in Europe and we highly recommend it.”
Read about Sao Miguel Island on Travelling Weasels.
Recommended by Anne-Sophie Redisch of ‘Sophie’s World’.
“The village of Portmeirion on the western coast of Wales was conceived by architect and conservationist Clough Williams-Ellis. After three months in school, Williams-Ellis decided he had learnt enough. Then, firmly believing a planned community could be beautiful, he began creating Portmeirion. It’s an absolute masterpiece. It’s crazy, beautiful and unlike anywhere I’ve ever been. Stay in one of the little cottages or the spooky castle just outside the village gates.”
For more information on this Welsh wonder, visit Sophie’s World.
Recommended by Dariece Swift and Nick of ‘Goats on the Road’.
“Our favourite destination of the year is Grenada. This tiny Caribbean island in the West Indies remains virtually untouched by tourism. Whether you’re interested in lazing on pristine beaches, partying at festivals, or hiking to waterfalls, you’ll find it all here. The people are genuine, the food is flavourful and the vibe is laid back. Grenada is the ultimate destination for travellers. Our tip for Grenada is to rent a car for at least a portion of your stay. The island has so many hidden gems, if you have your own wheels, you’ll be able to see much more than just the typical spots that most tourists see.”
Learn more about the Caribbean island at Goats on the Road.
Recommend by Victoria of ‘Bridges and Balloons’.
“For our honeymoon, we went to South Africa, which turned out to be one of the most incredible places we’ve ever been to. From the sophistication of the Cape Winelands to the wilds of Kruger National Park, it had so much to offer. Highlights for us included our road trip to Cape Point, staying at a winery near Franschhoek, touring Soweto, and going on a luxury safari in Kruger. One top tip is to hire a car in Cape Town and drive around the Cape Peninsula and Winelands – the landscape is spectacular.”
Are you inspired by this South African tale? Read the Bridges and Balloons guide.
Recommended by Lois of ‘We Are Sole Sisters’.
“Lisbon is one of the best cities I’ve visited recently because of its rich history, vibrant art and music culture. We took Tram 28 into the heart of Lisbon and saw endless cobblestone streets, art shops, street musicians and castle towers. We took a walking tour through the streets of Alfama, where we were introduced to fantastic graffiti, churches and statues, all with their own story to tell. We ended the day with a glass of wine at a bar overlooking the city and simply marvelled at what we have seen and the little secret places that we had yet to uncover.”
Read more about why We Are Sole Sisters love Portugal, particularly, Lisbon.
Recommended by Lauren and Justin of ‘Justin Plus Lauren’.
“Admiralty House Park is a scenic public park that primarily local residents frequent in Bermuda. We discovered this location on a tour of Bermuda’s hidden gems, though it is possible to rent a scooter to stop there on your own. The most interesting features of Admiralty House Park are the underground limestone caves and jagged cliffs. From the caves, we climbed up to the top of the cliffs and participated in some cliff jumping into the turquoise waters below. After swimming in the calm waters, we navigated through the underground caves to jump off the cliffs again! Admiralty House Park combines stunning views with thrilling adventures.”
Get to grips with Admiralty Park, one of Bermuda’s hidden gems, at Justin Plus Lauren.
Recommended by Dalene and Pete Heck of ‘Hecktic Travels’.
“The Faroe Islands are, hands down, the most scenic place we have ever visited around the world. The tiny archipelago is stuffed full with stunning landscapes and ‘WOW’ moments waiting around every corner. It’s also home to a multitude of adventures – some of the sights take a little bit of work to arrive at – but it is well worth every ounce of effort.”
Want to know more about the Faroe Islands? Visit Hecktic Travels.
Recommended by Tasha Hacker of ‘Turf To Surf’.
“Mention Ibiza and an image of twenty-somethings clustered in a club is what will come to mind to most. But the island itself offers a sun-soaked adventure to anyone, regardless of whether they have an interest in clubbing or not. My top tip for exploring the beautiful, less-touristy side of Ibiza on a budget is to rent a car. The places you can get to in a car will amaze you, as some of the most beautiful coves are off the beaten track. Cala Benirras is by far my favourite beach on the island.”
For more top travel tips for Ibiza, read more at Turf To Surf.
Recommended by Trisha Velarmino of ‘P.S. I Am On My Way’.
“Often an over-looked destination in Peru, Paracas is the home of the kite surfers of South America. Pristine beaches like Playa Roja, Playa de la Mina and Supay Beach are located in the Paracas National Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Activities can include biking (the desert), watersports and as well as other outdoor pastimes. Although it is a small city, Paracas is rich in bars and party hostels, so the city has something ideal for every mood. Also its close proximity to Lima is perfect for travellers who want to avoid the bustling city.”
Explore Paracas further at P.S. I Am on My Way.
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