There’s nothing better than travel, but daydreaming about travel is pretty great, too. So whether you’re looking to the future and planning your best vacation itinerary yet, or you’re heading off on the trip of a lifetime now, here are our ultimate dream destinations. Add these vacation spots to your bucket list, for now and the future.
1. Say ooh-la-la in Paris
Paris, France is one of the world’s most iconic cities — and for good reason. Whether it’s your first time in the City of Lights or your tenth, Paris never fails to enchant. Your first stop? The Eiffel Tower, or course, for a panoramic view of the cityscape. Next up, the Louvre, home to some of the world’s most incredible art, including the Mona Lisa. It’s a vast museum, so take a tour with a local guide to make sure you catch all the highlights. A dream for fashion-loving travelers, Paris is known for its elegant boutiques and elegant design houses. Take a chic shopping tour that will lead you to some of the capital’s trendiest shops. Round off your visit with a French pastry class with a master patissier. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy a taste of Paris even after you get home.
2. Experience your own Greek odyssey
Few destinations can conjure up as many beautiful vistas as the Greek Islands. But with over 200 islands to visit, where should you begin? Start off in the capital of Greece, Athens, to take in ancient sites like the Acropolis. Then head off on a ferry to a magical island or three. The biggest Greek Island is Crete, home to the legend of the Minotaur. Here, you can take a fun sightseeing tour of Heraklion, then hang out in a traditional taverna, feasting on meze snacks. For an idyllic island experience, it’s hard to go past the Cycladic Islands. The Cyclades are renowned for their incredible blue water, golden sandy beaches and stunning sunsets. For an upmarket experience, head to Santorini. Here you can taste wine made on the island before taking to the water on a catamaran cruise to enjoy the scenery from a different perspective. Corfu is an unexpected gem, with its hills covered in olive trees. Visit the neoclassical Achilleon Palace or enjoy endless views in a thrilling tandem paraglide flight. Rhodos island is filled with fascinating Greek history. In fact, its ancient old town is a UNESCO World Heritage City and can be explored on a fascinating trikke tour.
3. Tune in to Tokyo
The fast-paced, thrilling city of Tokyo in Japan should be on every traveler’s list of dream destinations. This is a city where the ancient and the ultra-modern exist side by side. Start with a tour of the city before diving into some unique experiences. Foodies will love a walking tour through the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, followed by a traditional geisha dinner experience. The vibrant Harajuku district will awaken all of your senses, especially your fashion sense — the street style here is legendary. Learn more about it on a guided fashion and design tour. Finally, watch the sun setting over the city skyline from Tokyo Tower.
4. Flirt with the Renaissance in Florence
A must-see for art lovers, Florence, in the Italian province of Tuscany, is a Renaissance jewel. Learn about the city’s fascinating history on a private tour, before taking in its art. At the Accademia, marvel at the original “David” statue by Michelangelo. View famous paintings such as “The Birth of Venus” in the Uffizi Gallery or enjoy an informative private tour with an expert guide. But there’s more to Florence than art. The Tuscan wine region is on the city’s doorstep, waiting to be savored on a winery tour or sampled with an expert in the city. Kids are spoiled for choice here, too. You could try a child-friendly city tour with traditional gelato ice cream is a delicious way to spend an afternoon, or even go on a picnic in a vintage Fiat 500.
5. Nip around New York City
The Big Apple, as New York City is fondly known, is the best place to begin a dream USA vacation. In the City that Never Sleeps there’s always something to do. Take a flip in a helicopter for an aerial view of the city. Or canter along on a romantic horse carriage ride in Central Park. Art-lovers shouldn’t miss the Met, MoMA, and architecture fans will love a heritage walking tour. It’s all about views from the top in NYC, so head up the Empire State Building and the Top of the Rock Observation Deck for incredible cityscapes.
6. Head to Hawaii
Surf’s always up on the islands of Hawaii. This tropical paradise is simply unmissable for nature lovers. Start off with a tour of Big Island to see amazing waterfalls then take a zipline tour for an adrenaline rush. You can even hike to a volcano in the Volcanoes National Park. And plan to spend a lot of time in Hawaii’s crystal clear ocean waters. Snorkel, watch dolphins and kayak as you explore the region’s beautiful bays and beaches. Or hang ten as you learn to surf from a pro, before admiring a stunning sunset on a cruise.
7. Boast about visiting Bavaria
You don’t have to go to Oktoberfest to experience the beauty and fun of Bavaria, in the south of Germany. A highlight when visiting this area is Neuschwanstein Castle. This fairytale castle was, in fact, Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Magic Kingdom. If you’re based in Munich, a day tour is the perfect way to admire the castle and surrounding mountain scenery. The town of Bamberg is a true medieval, historical town, and, like all Bavarian towns, it’s famous for its beer. Go on a beer-themed tour if you want to taste the good stuff. Finish your Bavarian experience on a high, when you visit Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze, which stands at almost 10,000 feet.
8. Fall in love with Lisbon
The capital of Portugal, Lisbon is a city filled with heritage, history, and charm. Explore the seven hills of the city on a tour or try out an electric bike tour by night to soak up the city’s energy. Set at the top of a steep hill, Lisbon Castle is a must-visit. Save your legs and take a Segway tour to explore this historical sight. Taste delicious pastries and hearty, traditional dishes on a food tour, before working it all off during a surfing lesson. The Atlantic Coast is famous for its big waves, but you’ll be in the hands of a pro.