Bucket List Trips Worth Saving For

Travelling can be very pricey but so incredible. Sometimes places are expensive just because of the hype that surrounds in with celebrity travel, media or even just Pinterest. But what places are truly worth saving up for? Don’t get sucked into the trendy travel locations, save up for a trip that will make you check some items off your bucket list and continue to be enriched with valuable life experience.

1. French Polynesia

Ready for the trip of a lifetime? It’s pretty pricey but worth every penny. The French Polynesia has so many islands of beauty to offer including Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Ra’iatea and Taha’a, Tuamotus, and last but not least, Marquesas. Know for their uber relaxing spas and stunning black pearls, you’ll be ready to live there permanently by the end of your trip. The best time of year to travel is between May and September to avoid rainy season.

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2. Fiji

Find your place in the middle of no where. With friendly locals and a historically rich landscape, this island won’t disappoint. Snorkel, dive and zipline through the islands’ stunning surroundings to have an unforgettable experience that you will reminisce about for years to come.

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3. Paris

Bienvenue to the City of Love! You need to see this destination at least once in your lifetime to understand what the hype is all about. Stroll through the streets of Paris, visiting historical landmarks and eating incredible food. Oh, and don’t forget about the delicious wine at every meal.

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4. Hawaii

Make the flight to this tropical paradise that is covered in stunning cliffs, volcanoes, jungles, canyons and just about everything in between. With multiple islands, there’s no shortage of things to do and see on your bucket list trip. Snorkel with the friendly wildlife in the ocean, learn to surf and hike some risky trails with jaw dropping views. You won’t get photos like this anywhere else in the world! Hawaii is truly a traveller’s paradise.

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5. Iceland

You will definitely want to save up for this amazing destination. It’s everything you hope it to be and so much more! Go to the Blue Lagoon and swim in the bright blue hot springs, then hop in a car and camp anywhere on the island. That’s right, you can camp anywhere in Iceland! If you are the adventurous type, this trip is definitely for you. You can whale watch and visit some incredible geysers that make stunning photos. Last but not least, go visit the countless waterfalls that are scattered over this heart stopping landscape. Needless to say, it’s a perfect vacation.

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6. Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Looking for a peaceful, rejuvenating getaway with first class treatment? To describe the beauty of this location leaves me at a loss for words (very uncommon). Having been there, all that can be said is that the fresh air and beautiful scenery is a sight for sore eyes and the perfect way to wake up every morning.

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7. Australia

Take a long trip down under and explore every inch of this incredible country. With hot weather, the world famous Great Barrier Reef and the 12 Apostles, you’d think that would be enough! But guess what? You can visit Kangaroo Island to see the country’s most popular animal roam freely. The cost is steep but the experience definitely worth it. Head down to Australia!

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10 Best Spots to Catch the Most Spectacular Sunset

Imagine kicking back on a beach or sitting perched atop a stunning cliff while reminiscing about all the adventures of the day. There is something extremely rewarding about watching the sun go down. And we’ve got ten spots around the world where you can watch that glowing ball erupt into the horizon in all of its glory.

Let yourself be dazzled by our top picks for where in the world you can catch the most spectacular sunset…

1. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

The unique rock formation form a literally point over Bryce Canyon National Park as the sun majestically sets over the desert, creating the most epic view in the west.

Bryce Canyon Sunset

2. Mount Agung, Bali

Sure, the trek up Mount Agung, in Bali, is an arduous one. However, the pay out for your effort is well worth every drop of sweat and blister. The sweeping view across the lake to Mount Batur (another well known peak in Bali) is downright awe-inspiring.

Mount Batur, Bali

3. Uluru, Australia

Dubbed the “devil’s marbles”, Central Australia offers hikers a view that’s one of the most heavenly on earth. Take in the sights as the sun bursts into red flame over the rocks and gradually turns to orange, blue, green, purple, and it dips and disappears in an inky black yawn behind this natural wonder.

Uluru, Australia

4. Inle Lake, Burma

Take the time to close the day at Myanmar/Burma’s, Inle Lake, and you’ll be treated to a sunset over the spectacular mountainous backdrop, with fishing boats gently bobbing to and fro on the lush floating lake gardens. You can even stay in one of the many stilt houses on the lake and watch the scene every night during your stay. A standard, single, stilt bungalow starts at $90 USD per night.

Inle Lake, Burma

5. Largo di Varano, Puglia, Italy

If you venture to the Mediterranean, on the boot of Italy, it’s worth a meander to Puglia’s unspoiled beaches and rocky shores where you’ll find Largo di Varano (or Varano Lake), located on the quaint Gargano Peninsula. Stay in one of the small nearby towns and take a walk at dusk for one of the most unique and memorable sunsets.

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6. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Even though the gazelles, hippos, and elephants wind down close to sunset; the crocodiles are ready for hide and seek. So keep your distance from the water’s edge and catch one of the world’s most unforgettable sunsets against the watery plains and lush flora and fauna.

Okavango Delta, Botswana

7. Mount Fuji, Honshu Island, Japan

Nothing makes you feel quite so apart of the larger universe than sneaking a peak at the indigos and pinks over Japan’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji (at 12,389feet). Sure if you want to climb the summit you’ll see a sweeping vista kissed by the setting sun, but the better view is from the popular Yoshida Trail, looking out as the sun disappears behind the mountain peak.

Mount Fuji, Japan

8. Bora Bora, Tahiti

There’s good reason why Bora Bora is known as the “most beautiful place on Earth”. However, all expectations aside, the sunset in vivid colors of fiery red, blazing orange, and royal gold is indescribable and enough to bring the hardest heart to tears.

Bora Bora, Tahiti

9. Shetland Isles, Scotland

The craggy moors and cliffs of Shetland Scotland will treat you to a view that seems straight out of the past. These islands sit furthers north of the UK, which is why they offer Europe’s best sunsets if you happen to find yourself on one of the islands’ lonely, wind torn beaches—particularly in early spring or late autumn.

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10. Great Pyramids, Giza, Egypt

Marvel at one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world as you follow the sun’s languid descent—yellows, golds, and deep oranges—as it soars over the Great Pyramids and into the crystallized sand. You may even be able to coax a camel to take you out under the sky so you can follow the sun’s decline from every direction, as far as the eye can see.

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Romantic and Luxurious Honeymoon Destinations

Choosing a destination for your honeymoon can be as stressful as planning your wedding. It’s your first week together as newlyweds and you want everything to be perfect. Fortunately, there are several resorts in some of the world’s most beautiful places that are dedicated to serving your every need.

If you’re researching honeymoon destinations, consider one of these popular locations:

1. Bora Bora

Perhaps one of the more luxurious (and subsequently more expensive) honeymoon destinations, Bora Bora epitomizes the word romance. The island is famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts that sit on stilts over the sparkling blue water.

Activities and  Attractions

Most of the activities and attractions in Bora Bora are water-related, but there are a few things you can do on land as well. Snorkeling and scuba diving around the lagoon are popular activities for many tourists but to kick up the romance, many newlywed couples opt for a breathtaking sunset cruise along the lagoon. Couples can enjoy fine dining in several ravishing seafood restaurants  or sip on cocktails at the world famous Bloody Mary’s restaurant and bar.

Bora Bora

2. Paris, France

Paris is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world. Stroll the streets and take in the amazing sites and culture of this captivating city. There are many reasons why Paris is considered one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world.

Activities and Attractions

The Eiffel Tower is, obviously, a must-see for any couple in Paris. In addition, the Centre Georges Pompidou and The Musee d’Orsay are also great landmarks to view while on vacation. When you’re not taking in the sites of the city, many couples choose to sip on wine or champagne a patio of a local restaurant while listening to live music.

Paris

3. Maui, Hawaii

Maui is a truly breathtaking destination for honeymooners looking for a luxurious getaway. The popular destination offers tourists unique landscapes such as black sand beaches, captivating waterfalls and fascinating volcanoes.

Activities and Attractions

Some of the popular activities on the island of Maui include windsurfing, surfing and kiteboarding (or kitesurfing). Main tourist attractions include the Hana Highway (where you’ll see black sand beaches and breathtaking waterfalls), Lahaina (featuring many shops and restaurants)  and Heleakala National Park (home to a dormant volcano).

Maui

4. Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a quaint beach resort and residential town located on the French Riveria. Nestled just beside the popular city of Nice, this quiet destination allows couples to experience the true culture of the South of France.

Activities and Attractions

Unlike some of the resort destinations on the list, Villefranche-sur-Mer does not offer many excursions. However, newlywed couples can stroll the streets of the beautiful Old Town which features intricately designed churches, chapels and homes. No honeymoon would be complete without a beach and this romantic destination hosts a public beach that stretches for 1km under the railway line linking Nice to Italy.

Villefranche-sur-Mer

5. Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos is not only a popular honeymoon destination but a notorious location for luxurious weddings as well. The beautiful islands have been host to many high profile weddings including the ceremony of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in 2005 as well as Eva Longoria and her now ex-husband Tony Parker in 2007.

Activities and Attractions

The breathtaking views of the pristine beaches are reason enough to visit the islands but there are many activities for adventure-seekers as well. Similar to many other resort destinations, Turks and Caicos offer many romantic cruises, diving excursions and snorkeling trips. In addition to the excursions, the islands offer tourists 81 fine dining experiences featuring delicious seafood prepared by world renowned chefs.

6. Venice, Italy

Regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, there’s no better way to celebrate the union of marriage than a gondola ride through the rivers of Venice. The city is known for its amazing art and architecture and is considered a top destination for honeymooners.

Activities and Attractions

Gondola rides through the rivers of the city are a popular tourist attraction. In addition, there are countless sites and buildings to see. Some of the must-see places include St. Mark’s Basilica, the Grand Canal and the Piazza San Marco.

Venice

7. San Francisco, California

San Francisco is a top choice for many honeymooners. Its amazing views, eclectic culture and vibrant nightlife make it one of the most sought after cities for travellers. From listening to live music while enjoying cocktails outdoors to riding the  famous cable car buses, there’s no better way to enjoy your first days of wedded bliss than in this fascinating city.

Activities and Attractions

The Golden Gate Bridge is San Francisco’s most notable landmark. A trip to the big city just isn’t complete if you don’t make it to see one of the world’s most notorious bridges. Have a celebratory drink in a nearby restaurant and enjoy the views of the structure. Other landmarks include Colt Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid and Alamo Square Park.

San Francisco

8. Negril, Jamaica

Jamaica is quickly becoming a popular destination for weddings and many couples choose to extend their stay after the wedding for a romantic honeymoon. The culture is a big part of why this island country is so renowned. The relaxed atmosphere of island life is a great way to spend your first few weeks of marriage.

Activities and Attractions

Jamaica is home to several pristine beaches, amazing waterfalls and mystic rivers. Located in Ocho Rios, Dunn’s River Falls is a must-see when vacationing. You can climb up the breathtaking 600-foot cascading falls to a view that is absolutely priceless. Additionally, hiking, snorkeling, horseback riding, jet skiing, and kite surfing are all popular activities. When you decide to relax for a drink, make sure you hit up Rick’s Cafe, where you can view a spectacular sunset and watch amazing cliff diving shows.

Jamaica

9. St. Lucia

The breathtaking views of St. Lucia have been host to many high profile weddings and honeymoons. Famous faces who have chosen the beautiful island as their top destination include Matt Damon and his wife (who just renewed their vows in a lavish ceremony at the Sugar Beach Resort) and Kellie Pickler and her husband (who secretly wed on the island as well).

Activities and Attractions

Visiting the drive-in volcano, the sulfur springs, the botanical gardens and “The Pitons” are all fascinating attractions when visiting the island of St. Lucia. In addition to the landmarks, honeymooners can set sail on a sunset cruise, tandem zip line in the tropical rain forests or stroll through the luscious grounds of Pigeon Island National Park.

St. Lucia

10. Mayan Riveria, Mexico

Mexico will always be a popular destination for honeymooners. With an array of luxurious resorts ranging in price from very affordable to incredibly lavish, there’s a place for everyone in Mexico. Like most resort destinations, Mexico offers a variety of excursions that will keep you and your partner fascinated during your stay.

Activities and Attractions

If relaxing on the beach becomes too mundane, there are countless attractions and excursions offered in Mexico. Some of the notable landmarks include Tulum and Chichen Itza while some of the popular activities include snorkeling, whale watching, volcano tours, riding the Copper Canyon Railway and white water rafting.

Mexico