Let's be honest... the more places you add to your travel bucket list, the better. The world is filled with unique destinations and our fate is to wander and discover as much as we can of this magnificent planet. There's a big world out there just waiting to be explored.Travelling is an experience full of adventure, mystery, passion and unexpected moments. If you're looking for some inspiration, as to what places to visit on your next trip, take a look at my list of 7 unique destinations to add to your own travel bucket list. This places are sure to take your breath away and become your next big adventure.
1. Northern Lights in Iceland
The Northern Lights, one of most amazing natural wonders of the world, also known as Aurora Borealis is a solar phenomenon caused by the interaction of electrically charged particles from the sun with atoms in the earth’s upper atmosphere that collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. Depending on which type of gas is present during collision, you can see a variation of colour in the aurora like green, red, blue or purple.
These lights can be seen in Iceland from September to mid-April –which are the months where there are full dark nights. Unpredictable, elusive, mysterious and mythical, this beautiful collision of colours is guaranteed to be a magical experience.
Note: You'll probably need to stay one to two weeks in Iceland, to ensure you see the Northern Lights since they tend to be active in ongoing cycles. You can check the Aurora forecast on The Icelandic Meteorological Office.
2. Haunted Massachusetts
My favourite on this list is Haunted Massachusetts simply because 1. I love New England and 2. I love haunted places and ghost stories. So much that I've been considering permanently moving to Greater Boston.
Massachusetts is well known as being one of the most historical and haunted states in the US. With tales of ghosts and curses, there are many historical sites you can visit. From century old homes and inns, to creepy cemeteries and abandoned forests, I can guarantee you'll get spooked. If you're brave enough to take a trip to MA be sure you check out the Freetown State Forest, The Colonial Inn, The Houghton Mansion, Lizzie Borden's House, Salem’s Old Burying Point, and The Bridgewater Triangle.
3. Scottish Castles
Great Britain has such a rich culture and history. I love that each country in so unique and special. So if you happen to be visiting the UK make sure to add a stop in Scotland. Even though you'll find yourself surrounded by magnificent mountains and landscape, you'll soon learn that there's always a castle not so far away. According to historians, there were once up to 3,000 castles in Scotland.
Scotland’s most famous and important castle is Edinburgh Castle, which houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.
Balmoral Castle, which remains as a private home for the Royal Family, was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852. With approximately 150 buildings on the estate, the castle is opened to the public between April and the end of July. You can visit the grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and coffee shop but not the other rooms within the Castle since they are Her Majesty The Queen's private rooms.
Culzean Castle & Country Park, on the Ayrshire cliffs, features gardens, beaches, woods, trails and new adventure playgrounds.
Any visit to Scotland is incomplete without experiencing the majestic sights of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. It is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.
4. Music Cities of Nashville and Memphis
The perfect trip for music lovers. Both cities offer the opportunity to experience America's musical heritage, enjoy southern hospitality and take a walk around downtown discovering the best places to eat, drink and shop.
You can visit the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Graceland, Broadway, and the National Civil Rights Museum.
5. The European Capital of Culture: San Sebastián
I'm Portuguese but I also have Spanish heritage so this destination hits close to home. Donostia is one of the most beautiful places in the world and one of my favourite cities in Spain. With a coastline composed by some of the world's must beautiful beaches -La Concha, Ondarreta and Zurriola- and a breathtaking seaside metropolis you're never going to get tired of tasting the finest wine and pinxtos, appreciating the traditional and avant-garde architecture and attending all the festivals, museums, galleries, cinemas, and theatres in the European Capital of Culture.
6. Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Located in southeastern France, this region is diverse in landscapes. In it you can visit the Southern Alpes and Camargue plains as well as beautiful small communes like Gordes and Roussillon.
There is a wide range of attractions and cultural pin points that are going to make a once in a lifetime experience. You can visit the Musée de Préhistoire des gorges du Verdon, cruise the rivers and canals, visit the lavender fields- which bloom from June to August- and shop artwork, produce, flowers, soaps, wines, and non-food staples of the region in local markets.
If you want to experience the luxurious life of the French Riviera, then be sure to check out the famously glamorous beach resorts in Saint-Tropez, Cannes and Nice as well as the casinos, hotels, boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants in Monaco.
7. Magnificent Africa
I've always wanted to visit Africa and have the opportunity to observe some of the most incredible creatures and landscapes in the world. The African continent has one of the richest diversity of wildlife and a natural beauty that cannot be overlooked.
The animal inhabitants of Africa are among the most varied and beautiful in the world. One of my biggest dreams is to be able to travel to Africa and visit wildlife reserves and observe the animals in their natural habitat. With many cultures and tribes, as well as natural landscapes, Africa is a magnificent place, filled with amazing sights, waiting to be discovered.
This concludes my 7 unique destinations to add to your travel bucket list. I really enjoyed writing this post. I hope you like it. Let me know in the comments down below what are some special places you wish to visit. Also comment what places from this list you've already visited or plan to visit in the future. Thank you so much for reading this post. Don't forget to like and share it with your friends.
Until next time.