There are so many incredible places in the world that it sometimes seems like we could fill ten bucket lists. Traveling to another country does broaden the mind as we experience a new culture, people, language, food, and way of life. The ban on travel that has come as a result of the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic has brought home what a privilege it is to be able to visit other countries and as the global lockdown starts to life, people are again starting to plan their next dream destination. With so many countries to choose from, the only question is where to go first?
In this article, we will explore five countries that are worth visiting at least once in your lifetime.
Vietnam is a simply astonishing country in South East Asia, which has seen some truly tumultuous recent history, but has emerged from the ashes of war as one of the most sought after destinations in the world. The Vietnamese people are some of the most welcoming and resilient people on Earth and have refused to allow the conflicts that ravaged the country during the beginning and middle of the twentieth century to dictate its future. Vietnam has incredible scenery and every imaginable landscape. There are tropical rainforests, misty mountain ranges, golden beaches, and sprawling non-stop metropolises. Vietnam is a foodies dream where world-famous cuisine can be enjoyed at incredibly cheap prices. Vietnam truly is a jewel of Asia.
2. The USA
The USA is an enormous country and no matter what kind of vacation you enjoy, the US can provide you with the trip of a lifetime. The famous American landmarks and routes are instantly recognizable from The Grand Canyon to The Empire State Building to Route 66. Visitors flock to New York from all over the world to take in the sights of the city that never sleeps. In California, breathtaking landscapes, golden beaches, and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood attract tourists from every country on the globe. The crazy hedonism of Las Vegas with its casinos and all-night entertainment makes it a city unlike any other. The USA really is the land of vacation opportunities.
From the food to the wine to the history of Ancient Rome, Italy is at the top of so many people’s bucket lists and for good reason. Each province of Italy has its own flavor and the warmth and romanticism of the Italian people are infectious. Travelers come to Rome to see the remarkable architecture of the Coliseum and Vatican City, the breathtaking art of the Renaissance Masters, and the dreamlike spider’s web of the Venetian Canals. It is only after you have been to Italy, that you realize what a pale imitation of pasta, pizza, and gelato you have been eating back home and you may find yourself going home just a couple of pounds heavier.
4. New Zealand
Ever since The Lord of the Rings movie series, travelers have been descending on New Zealand in herds to experience the awe-inspiring scenery of this incredible country. New Zealand’s landscape is a vast green paradise of hills, valleys, lakes, and mountains and many visitors choose to spend their time in New Zealand getting back to nature. One of the most popular ways to experience New Zealand is by camping or traveling and sleeping in an RV or van. The experts at Parked in Paradise told us that this allows you to travel into the most remote and scenic spots, many miles from civilization. There is nothing like camping out under the stars, breathing in the fresh New Zealand air to make you wonder why you would ever want to go home. For many people, New Zealand is so far away that it may seem like an impossible destination, but it really is a must-visit place.
Peru is a traveler’s dream that offers some of the most remarkable ancient architecture, colorful culture, and incredible scenery. The ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world, hugs the side of a mountain that seems impossibly remote to have been built without modern technology. Intrepid explorers can head into the Amazon rainforest and encounter snakes, jaguars and crocodiles before experiencing incredible fine dining and luxury in the Miraflores District of the capital city, Lima. There is so much to do and see in Peru that even in a month, you will barely scratch the surface of this South American destination.
There is nothing like travel for broadening the mind and feeding the soul and with so many amazing countries in the world, one lifetime barely seems like long enough. Whilst there are some destinations that seem totally out of reach, with careful planning and budgeting, there are countless opportunities to visit some of the remarkable countries in this article.