This article is about lists of countries you should have on your travel bucket lists. If you have a travel bucket list and you don’t have one or all of the following countries in your bucket lists, It’s high time you should audit and evaluate your travel bucket lists. Life is too short without seeing all the beauties life has to offer. Imagine the feeling of accomplishing your travel bucket list, with so many exotic destinations to explore on planet earth.
The earth is endowed with several tourist attractions located in various countries across the world like the seven wonders of the world, the beautiful mountains, the seas, the oceans, the safari and some old historic sites. This is one of the many reasons why you should travel and tour the world
Even though you might not be able to visit every country in the world, some very essential ones are a must-see in this lifetime or relive to see. Take a look at our top ten travel bucket list and find yourself a fascinating place to visit around the earth during your lifetime, while you still have the power and capability to do so. In your bid to travel the world, you should make your journey an interesting one by adding some adventurous things to your bucket lists.
Top 10 Countries You Should Have on Your Travel Bucket List
Antarctica: This icy wilderness is earth’s southernmost continent which is in itself a country and state as it has none accorded to it even though it ranks number 5 in size, beating 2 other continents that have countries and states. This is because Antarctica is made up of about 98% water both in its liquid form and solid (ice) form. It can be rightly said that the walls of Antarctica consists of frozen water and the most fascinating thing about these ice walls is that they are not static. Before you begin to catch some chills, take a look at some of the bucket list of tourist attractions that will leave you freezing unless you take a dip in the hot spring at Deception Island.
1. Bucket list attractions in Antarctica include:
a. ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
First of all, your travel plan or itinerary should be mapped around the Antarctic Peninsula an extension of the Andes; the most popular landing spot as it is the closest point to South America but still separated by the notoriously rough, 1,000 kilometres wide Drake Passage which makes it even the more bucket list-worthy. Crossing the Drake Passage takes two days by boat or two hours by plane alternatively. Voyages often stop off at some of the fascinating islands along the way, which helps to break up the long cruise. Your expedition has just about begun as you could spot dozens of whales swimming around the cruise boats, and one of the region’s top predators the leopard seal hunting seals.
b. DRAKE PASSAGE
If you go through this stretch of water between South America and Antarctica without a churn in your stomach then you have a fearless heart. The passage instigates a sense of adventure and dreads all at the same time as the boat manoeuvres through the wave of moving ice walls that come right at it threatening to enclose and suppress it. The best way to distract yourself from the dreadful rouse of gales and the sense of mounting excitement from the colossal icebergs during the two-day crossing by boat is to find something to watch and really watch it with full concentration, you would most definitely catch a glimpse of giant albatross from the deck or better yet join in the captivating wildlife and geography lectures.
c. FALKLAND ISLANDS AND KING GEORGE ISLAND
Falkland is the windswept, wave-bashed biodiversity where you should expect to be followed by Commerson’s dolphins as you take a boat cruise. When you look around, you might also see some enormous albatross glide above and four species of penguins nest on the shoreline, shipwrecks and an unsettling whalebone arch. You should cap up your voyage with a tray of grilled fish and chips or send yourself fax or text from the red phone boxes.
King George Island is the largest island in Antarctica and its airfield is most often than not used by those wishing to avoid the rough Drake Passage crossing. Lying 120 kilometres to the south, close to one of the last outposts before reaching Antarctica, the South Shetlands are home to 16 research stations and the continent’s only hotel. This is one of the very few places in Antarctica where you feel at home at least with the sight of humans (researchers), it is however not rid of aquatic and semi-aquatic animals such as Penguins, gulls, cormorants, giant petrels, mosses and lichens.
d. LEMAIRE CHANNEL:
This precarious channel made up of backdrop marrowy waters is sloped high above the waters stand some giant icebergs, glaciers and sheer cliffs, while humpback whales and sometimes orcas from the behemoths beneath. It is surely a gateway of unforgettable adventures.
e. PORT LOCKROY:
This natural harbour located on Wiencke Island has served several purposes. It was originally used for whaling, then as a military base during the Second World War, it later served as a research station. It is currently a popular stop-off point for Antarctic itinerants and is being used as a historic site with a museum and post office. So when your Antarctic expedition takes you around Port Lockroy, do well to send yourself a postcard or mail with an Antarctica stamp on it for the record.
f. ROSS SEA AND ICE SHELF IN SOUTH GEORGIA:
In this desolate yet beautiful, remarkably remote the South Sandwich Islands which is the resting place of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is a 3,000 meters mountain ridge that discharges glaciers into sheltered harbours and serves as home to king penguins and enormous barking elephant seals.
The islands also feature volcanic Mount Michael as well as the about 3,700 meters high Mount Erebus which both have active lava lakes. This is one of the best spots to watch the icebergs crumble and melt into liquid waters.
g. SUBANTARCTIC ISLANDS:
This is your best bet if you are looking to find the amazing plant and animal species on the Antarctic continent. The islands are among the most isolated few and far between on the planet that encompasses specks of land between with some of the strangest mega herbs that have adapted to the climatic condition of Antarctica and managed to flourish. Some enormous penguin colonies especially the rockhopper penguins skip along the shores, while elephant seals bicker and honk so loud you could feel them underneath your skin.
h. TIERRA DEL FUEGO:
The waters here are a lot more accommodating and host no titanic icebergs that could close up on you. Here you can take an Antarctica expedition a little deeper into the shallow waters and explore the walking trails through the national park forests, paddle canoes on lagoons and rivers and get to breathe in some fresh iceless Antarctic oxygen.
i. DECEPTION ISLAND’S HOT SPRING:
I bet you are as awed as I was when I first heard the phrase hot spring being associated with earth’s coldest ice region. I thought for a while that it might be an artificial spring that is heated by perhaps researchers or tourists to warm themselves up when the cold begins to defy and penetrate warm clothing. My bubbles busted when I realized that Deception Island’s Hot Spring is actually a natural hot spring in Antarctica where you can soak up and keep yourself warm against the icy climate.
You have the options of wading right into the warm shore water at the South Shetlands in Antarctica where there is warm volcanic soil and even warmer water underground if you are an excellent swimmer. Else, you should just dig up some of the volcanic soil to make a bed of water your size and climb into the steaming hot pool of water for a sensational dip.
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2. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN BRAZIL TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST
Brazil should be on the list of top countries you should have on your bucket list. Brazil is one spectacular tourism destination that overflows with enticing fascinations ranging from cultural diversity, state of the art structures and natural endowments. Read on and discover some of the best tourism attraction sites that you should check on your travel bucket list.
a. SUGAR LOAF
Sugarloaf is a top destination you should have on your bucket list of the top destination in Brazil. This renowned symbolic attraction is located in the populous city of Rio de Janeiro. The rounded rock peak of Sugar Loaf is visible from afar as it projects out of a tree shielded cliff, rising about 390 meters above the beaches and city.
Climbing up to its summit is one thing that should be paramount on your Brazil tour. You should do well too to visit the harbour and catch some thrills on a cable car ride between Sugar Loaf and the Morro da Urca.
b. CRISTO REDENTOR – Christ The Redeemer
The magnanimity of God is well captured in the magnificent Art Deco statue of Christ, called Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer). The statue of Jesus Christ with outstretched arms measuring about 28 meters as if to encompass all of humanity, this gigantic (709 meters high) statue gazes out over Rio de Janeiro and the bay from the summit of Corcovado. Besides the awesome sight of the impressive Cristo Redentor, you also have the opportunity to make a midpoint stop on the railway that leads to trails through the Tijuca National Park, a huge forest that protects springs, waterfalls, and a wide variety of tropical birds, butterflies, and plants. Checking this on your travel bucket list is an accomplishment that would indeed be a reminder of the certainty of God’s benevolence especially if you take a picture of the massive statue with open hands.
The burst of ornate colours, exciting sounds and captivating activities at Rio’s pre-Lenten Carnaval (Carnival) will surely set your world on fire with the Carnival’s exuberance. The Carnaval is not just any kind of rowdy street party, but a carefully staged pièce de résistance that offers spectators the chance to watch the parades of competing samba dancers strut their stuff in a dazzling explosion of brilliant costumes from the Sambódromo; a custom-built stadium designed by Brazil’s famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Every moment of this show is worth every resource spent on your trip to Brazil.
d. IGUAÇU FALLS
Apart from the fascinating fact that the Iguaçu river plummets fabulously in a semicircle consisting of more than 240 waterfalls that thunder down into the gorge below, it might interest you to know that the falls comprise of waters from different countries so moving from one point to another around the falls might just put you in a different country entirely. It is actually the point where Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina meet. As you explore the subtropical rain forest that hosts the Iguaçu Falls serves as home to more than 1,000 species of birds and mammals, including deer, otters, ocelots, and capybaras, so be careful so you don’t sink into the Garganta do Diabo (Devil’s Throat).
e. COPACABANA BEACH
This is also another destination you should have on your bucket list. Following downtown Rio’s most fashionable and famous section Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana is Copacabana Beach which is state lined all along one side by 4 kilometres of white sands and breaking surfs. The beach hosts several shows serves as a popular playground for kids and adults alike and is filled with swimmers and sun-worshipers. You can as well take a stroll away from the shores unto the streets to find restaurants, smart shops, cafés, and beautiful old buildings such as the monumental Copacabana Palace.
f. AMAZON RAINFORESTS
If you are planning to visit Brazil, this is one location you should have on your bucket list. Plan a visit to the Amazons, you must get ready for boat voyages. The Amazon is formed at the point called Encontro das Aguas; meeting of the waters, about 20 kilometres southeast of Manaus; the dark Rio Negro waters that meet the light muddy water of the Rio Solimões flowing side by side for about six kilometres. The amazing sight of the network of rivers, channels, and lakes formed by the three rivers in the Rio Negro, the Anavilhanas Islands forming an archipelago with lakes, streams, and flooded forests that offer a full cross-section of the Amazonian ecosystem where monkeys, sloths, parrots, toucans, caimans, turtles, and other wildlife have built a safe haven is indeed a delightful one.
g. BRASÍLIA’S MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the current capital city of Brazil and is one of the world’s few cities that represent a completed plan and a single architectural concept that projects the entire governmental section composed of major architectural highlights such as the presidential palace, supreme court, the Historical Museum of Brasília, the Panteão da Liberdade (Pantheon of Freedom) and the two sharply contrasting congress buildings without the normal mix of residential and business districts which are the city’s main tourist attractions and a must check on your travel bucket list.
h. SALVADOR’S PELOURINHO AND OURO PRETO
They are both named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Pelourinho is fondly known as the Cidade Alta which translates to Upper Town in English. It is Brazil’s former colonial capital has been named a for its outstanding collection of 17th and 18th-century colonial buildings including churches and monasteries, built at a time when Brazil was rich with gold and the plentiful gold was copiously spent on the colony’s religious buildings.
Ouro Preto is a jewel of a colonial town with steep streets and mountains so impulsive in places that they become stairways lined by gracious colonial mansions, and white churches crowning its hills with ornate bell towers.
These sites are a must-visit if you look to get in-depth knowledge of Brazils unfading glory.
i. PERNAMBUCO BEACH
Pernambuco Beach should also be on your bucket list of places to visit in Brazil. It features sailboats on crystal waters, tall palm trees and broad stretches of silver sand on this phlegmatic, colourful, ancient beach town makes a mix of fun and excitement. Move close to the shores and you’d feel wonderful tropical fish swim around your feet in ankle-deep water. You can also take a boat tour through the lagoon where tiny seahorses swim, scuba dive into the waters to explore exciting coral reefs and shipwrecks, kayak in the lagoons and bay or just watch kites fly in the steady breeze.
j. ART MUSEUMS OF SÃO PAULO
The Art Museums of Sao Paulo should be top on your bucket list of places to visit in Brazil. Also known as The Museu de Arte São Paulo (MASP), São Paulo holds some of the first-class collections of fine arts in Latin America displaying the continent’s most inclusive collection of western works of art, with archetypal works by artists from the Renaissance through modern masters. The buildings in which these remarkable arts are housed are of great architectural significance as well.
Brazil is sure bracing with lots of attractions that are just enough to fill your travel bucket list.
3. BUCKET LIST OF PLACES TO VISIT IN CHINA
You should have China listed as a priority of top places to visit across the world. Technology, culture and a whole lot of sundry attractions abound in this endowed country. China is full of rich historical destinations. The following are some of the travel bucket list attractions you should check when you travel to China.
a. THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
The Great Wall of China should be on the list of top places on your bucket list to visit in China. The Great Wall of China holds the titles of the World’s Longest Wall. It is also listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its winding path over rugged country and steep mountains takes in some great scenery spanning from China’s western front line to the east coast and totalling about 5,000 kilometres approximately 3,000 miles. A tourism visit to China without exploring the Great Wall especially an all-night expedition at its stunning water town is an absolute waste of your vacation.
b. TERRACOTTA ARMY
The Terracotta Army is one of the greatest archaeological World Cultural Heritage Site that was discovered just 45 years ago, in the year 1974 precisely by some farmers while digging a well and it is said to have laid underground for more than 2,000 years. It comprises of hundreds of detailed actual size models representing the army that triumphed over all other Chinese armies in the Warring States Period between the years 475 to 221 BC, and who were the decisive factor in forming a united China. I bet you are better off seeing these armies in their dummy states than in their lifetime cause then you would never have gotten so close to getting an in-depth look at all their valiance.
c. THE FORBIDDEN CITY (THE PALACE MUSEUM)
The forbidden city also is known as the Palace Museum should be on your bucket list of top attraction to see in China. I bet the name incites some sense of horror but fear not. The Forbidden City is not a mystical place where you could get swallowed up by some hovering numinous spirits. It is named Forbidden City because it was once a palace-city for the royals, where ordinary people were forbidden entry.
The Forbidden City is World Cultural Heritage, a treasure house of Chinese cultural and historical relics that was the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for 560 years till 1911 with an extravagant demonstration of ancient Chinese architecture, over 8,000 rooms with golden roofs elegantly designed and painted in red and yellow which has sheltered 24 emperors. Just close your eyes and imaging roaming one of the 5 most significant palaces in the world without any royal guard interrupting you.
d. THE BUND
the Bund is a must-have in your list of places to visit in China. The Bund is one of the most perceptible architectural figures of Shanghai in China. It showcases the world with its colonial European edifices and skyscrapers and features awesome Night scenery as well as spectacular horizons that will surely make you want to extend your expedition.
e. LI RIVER
This River flows with inspiration through the karsts scenery, capturing the heart of artists so much so that generations of Chinese painters and poets have been spurred by the beauty of nature there and moved to use their pens and brushes to portray the mind-blowing natural landscape. The Li River is a picturesque attraction used by many professional photographers and has made it on America’s NatGeo (National Geographic) Magazine as one of the World’s Top Ten Watery Wonders. Perhaps your visit would earn it your custom title.
f. GIANT PANDAS
The Giant Panda is another tourist attraction site in China you should have on your bucket list. Pandas are as massive as the legendary Kungfu Panda can be seen not in the cartoon animations but the real world and in their natural habitats. Chengdu is regarded as the giant panda’s hometown with a Panda Breeding and Research Center. Close to Chengdu are two more Panda havens Bifengxia Panda Base and Dujiangyan Panda Valley where you can get up-close and personal with these colossus creatures especially when you engage in volunteer programs.
g. YELLOW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
If you expected that every mountain is a rocky formation with green plantations here and there then sorry but no apologies. The Yellow Mountain is proud to unapologetically disappoint you as it flaunts its legendary Wonders in a sea of clouds and attractive area prowling with hot springs, the splendid sunrise, peculiarly carved rocks and twisted pine trees. Just embrace the uniqueness of this awesome mountain and take some pictures for the memory. It is a must-do thing you should have in your bucket list.
h. POTALA PALACE
Another place you should have on your bucket list of things to do in China is to visit the Potala Palace. The Potala Palace is a huge treasure house of materials and articles from Tibetan history, religion, culture and art which is a symbolic structure in the city of Tibet that is widely known for the exquisite sculptures, murals, scriptures, Buddhist statues, antiques, and religious jewellery contained therein. It is fondly regarded as the Heart of the Roof of the World and holds the title of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
i. VICTORIA HARBOR
This is a harbour of mighty skyscraper horizons that can be viewed from Victoria Peak offering the iconic stance over Hong Kong’s high rise buildings around the busy Victoria Harbor stretching out towards Mainland China presenting a dazzling night the scenery of Lights from the various high rise buildings that creates a focal point of delightful attractions.
j. WEST LAKE
Another important place to add to your travel bucket list is West Lake in China.
This intriguing China’s Paradise on Earth comprises of the wonderfully crafted landscape featuring mountains near and far that surround it on the three sides, the occasional pagoda and Chinese-style arched bridge that adds a convivial atmosphere to the tree-lined walkways, verdant islands, and hills. You are sure to experience great peace and tranquillity.
4. LIST OF TOURIST ATTRACTION IN EGYPT
Egypt is another beautiful place to add to your travel bucket list. If you are looking for an African country to visit, Egypt is another beautiful place to consider. It offers a bit of Safari Desert, mountain views, beach and full of historical monuments. Africa is full of so many tourist Attractions.
Egypt might be a desert country, but when it comes to tourism attractions, it overflows with them.
Here are some bucket list attractions you should not miss out on your tourism visit to Egypt.
a. Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramid of Giza should stay top on your list of places to visit in Egypt. These pyramids have stood the test of time and are known to be the last surviving of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. They were built to serve as tombs for the great Pharaohs and were guarded by the unfathomable Sphinx and have today become a tourist attraction that you should have checked on your travel bucket list.
b. VALLEY OF THE KINGS
The valley of the Kings is a must-visit tourist destination you should have on your travel bucket list. Egypt is full of a lot of Well deserving of its name, this ancient Thebes valley is a power base of the New Kingdom Pharaohs, and home to more sights than you can see on one visit. The Karnak Temple and the Memorial Temple of Hatshepsut, the Nile-side town of Luxor in Upper Egypt has a surplus of tourist attractions while the East Bank brims with vibrant souk action and the quieter West Bank is home to a bundle of tombs and temples that have been called the biggest open-air museum in the world. If you wish to explore all or as many of the archaeological wonders as possible, you should book your Egypt tourism trip during the long vacations when you can spend more days.
c. ISLAMIC CAIRO
The root of practical ancient Islamic religion is still deeply entrenched in this atmospheric narrow lanes of the capital’s Islamic Cairo district that is jam-packed with many mosques, Madrassas (Islamic schools of learning), monumental structures dating from the Fatimid through to the Mameluke eras and well-preserved artefacts of the ancient Islamic emirates such as the labyrinth shopping souk of Khan el-Khalili as well as the coppersmiths and artisans tiny workshops and stalls laden with ceramics, textiles, spice, and perfume still in operation. While on the expedition here, make sure you climb to the roof of the ancient medieval gate of Bab Zuweila for the best turrent speckled panoramas across the district, visit Al-Azhar Mosque and the glaring Sultan Hassan Mosque to make your trip even more worthwhile.
The town of Aswan is so peaceful and tranquil that only the bursting colours of the sight of Feluccas on the Nile can be said to be the only disruption of its tranquillity. Amity is the order of this beautiful town set upon the winding curves of the Nile, backed by orange-hued dunes that make it a perfect place to stop and unwind for a few days soaking up the calm atmosphere on a river ferry across to Elephantine Island, sip on refreshing cups of tea on one of the riverboat restaurants while watching the lateen sailed feluccas drift past, Ride a camel to the desert monastery of St. Simeon on the East Bank or take a casual stroll down the vibrant streets of the Nubian villages.
e. ABU SIMBEL
This ornate monument stands guard outside the Ramses II’s great temple with a lavishly furnished interior decorated with wall paintings. The tremendous sight of this massive structure is an awesome attraction you should not trade for anything else.
f. EGYPTIAN MUSEUM
This is one of the world’s greatest museum collections whose outer paintings is a faded pink, is home to a dazzling amount of exhibits of the golden glory of King Tutankhamen and the fascinating royal mummies as well as some wonderful pieces of ancient arts that would give you a mind-blowing experience of ancient Egyptian life.
g. WHITE DESERT
This is a natural wonder where fantastically shaped chalk mountains have created a snowy wonderland in the middle of the arid sands. Bedazzling white boulders and pinnacles bearing resemblance to icebergs form the fictitious looking but natural landscapes especially exciting for those seeking to explore desert adventurer. If you don’t find a white desert fascinating then I don’t know what can catch meet your fantasies.
h. SIWA OASIS
An oasis in a desert is definitely a delightful sight and the Siwa Oasis is no different. This adorable little oasis surrounded by date palm plantations and numerous freshwater springs is indeed a tranquil tonic to the hustle of Egypt’s cities and it will provide you with some relaxing sensation as you tour the desert country of Egypt for sure.
This city founded by Alexander the Great permeates European civilization into Egypt’s culture to form a uniquely rich history that not many other cities have been able to match. It was once home to Queen Cleopatra but today there exist but very few historic remnants of its illustrious past and tourists can now stroll along the seashore Corniche, café-hopping, and souk shopping. If not for anything else, you should visit Alexandria and walk on the same ground the infamous Queen Cleopatra once tread.
j. ST. CATHERINE’S MONASTERY AT MOUNT SINAI
Sinai is a name that rings a bell in every Jewish and Christian ear if not all of humanity as the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. St. Catherine’s Monastery is situated at the foot of Mount Sinai and is one of the oldest monasteries in the world housing a remarkable collection of religious iconography, arts, and manuscripts as well as the burning bush. You can take a hike up Mount Sinai to see sunrise or sunset, take an easy route ride through the camel path or climb the famous Steps of Repentance up to the Monastery. It is no doubt the best place for spiritual and physical reinvigoration.
It would interest you to know that Sinai is not only a holy ground. South Sinai particularly is Egypt’s centre for beach fun on the Sinai Peninsula. While Sharm el-Sheikh is a European-style resort full of luxury hotels, international restaurants, and bags of entertainment options, Dahab, on the other hand, is a low-key beach town where you can unwind and relax.
k. THISTLEGORM WRECK DIVE SITE
Regardless of how dry Egypt is, the few water bodies it has all make a statement. Below the Red Sea’s surface is this amazing world that is as fascinating as the temples and tombs on land. Thistlegorm has many coral reefs off the coast and a surplus of shipwrecks that have sunk in the Red Sea’s Gulf of Gubal and Gulf of Aqaba including an English World War II cargo ship that was bombed by the Germans on its way to resupply British troops. The Red Sea has sucked in so much blood that it should no longer be water, but it still is.
5. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN FRANCE
France is a country you must add to your bucket list of countries to visit. France is full of so many exciting locations, historical destinations and it is a city full of stories with a blend of old modernisation and the new age.
a. EIFFEL TOWER
One location you should have on your travel bucket list of places to visit in France. The Eiffel Tower is one of the Seven Wonders of the World which holds an annual tourist guest record of about Seven million people. There is a whole diversity of fun activities you can enjoy at this skyscraper structure ranging from an evening ascent in the midst of flashing lights, pedalling beneath, hiking up to the peak instead of using the lift lunch at 58 Tour Eiffel or simply branching by néo bistro (new bistro) a small, casual serving outstanding cuisine under the tutelage of a talented chef just a short distance from the Eiffel Tower.
b. MONT ST. MICHEL
You should definitely add this to your priority list of places to visit in France. This legendary sea features a dramatic play of magical and mysterious tides on the island of religious foundation in Normandy. Mont St Michel is a must-visit to add to your bucket list. It is alleged by Celtic mythology to be a sea tomb to which souls of the dead were cast. You can take a walk alone or with a companion, perhaps a tour guide across rippled sand to the stunning architectural ensemble while you watch fun activities on the shores.
c. CHAMPAGNE AND ALSATIAN WINE ROUTE
Champagne and Alsatian Wine route is a great location to add to your bucket list. Alsatian Wine Route is one of France’s most popular drives in which motoring takes you through a kaleidoscope of lush green vines, perched castles and gentle mist-covered mountains where the only pit stops en route are half-timbered villages and roadside wine cellars, where fruity Alsace vintages can be swirled, tasted and bought at producer prices.
While named brand Champagne houses like Mumm, Mercier and Moët, Chandon in the main towns of Reims and Épernay, are known the world over, much of Champagne’s best liquid gold is made by almost 5000 small scale vignerons (winegrowers) in about 320 odd villages.
d. LOIRE VALLEY CHÂTEAUX
The Loire is one of France’s last euves Sauvage (wild rivers) flowing for over 1000 kilometres into the Atlantic Ocean. Its valley is riddled with beautiful chateaux sporting glittering towers and ballrooms, lavish cupolas and chapels while its banks are a 1000 year snapshot of French high society that suffices for a splendid romantic getaway.
e. ADRENALIN KICK AT CHAMONIX
Catch a rare thrill that makes you feel your spirit descending with the adrenaline rush experienced in the Vallée Blanche as you slide down more than 20 kilometres off from the spike of the Aiguille du Midi to mountain climbing mecca Chamonix. You can take the buzz a little further by hurling yourself down Europe’s longest black run, La Sarenne, at Alpe d’Huez for mind-blowing extreme adrenalin kick so you can check your bucket list with pride.
f. STE-CHAPELLE & CHARTRES
Ste-Chapelle is the best bet for a summer trip experience reserved strictly for sunny days where you get stunned and inspired by the sublime stained glass in Paris. At Chartres, all your blue feelings get absorbed by the awesome stained-glass windows of Cathédrale Notre Dame de Chartres leaving you feeling a great calmness in the depth of your soul.
g. The Three Corniches at Nice
Driving past these dramatic trio of coastal roads that seem to compete with one another, each one higher and more hairpin bend riddled than the next without conjuring up cinematic images of Grace Kelly, Hitchcock, the glitz of Monaco high life, and scandalous royals is near impossible. Especially with the standing ovation of several vast view of sweeping blue sea fringing Europe’s most mythical coastline. The sight is just too captivating to resist.
h. CARCASSONNE AT DUSK
This site inspires more fright than delight as a ﬁrst glimpse of the La Cité’s sturdy, stone, witch’s hat tower above Carcassonne in the Languedoc might make your hair stand on end. A night time view is less frightening as the place is usually illuminated with a heavenly glow. And this is the best time to accurately enjoy your tourist trip to this fairy-tale walled city.
i. D-DAY BEACHES
D-day is celebrated every year on the 6th of June in commemoration of June 6, 1944, when the beaches of northern Normandy were a cacophony of gunﬁre and explosions, the bodies of Allied soldiers lying in the sand as their comrades-in-arms charged inland during the 2nd World War. Just up the hill from Omaha Beach, the long rows of symmetrical gravestones at the Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial bear solemn, silent testimony to the horrible price paid for France’s liberation from Nazi tyranny. It would be an honour indeed to pass by the tombstones and pray for the souls to rest in peace then you can honourably check your bucket list.
j. HILLTOP VILLAGES
France too has villages, medieval ones at that. The Hilltop Villages are dreadfully hovering on a rocky peak above the Mediterranean, gloriously lost in the backcountry, southern France’s portfolio of villages perches is vast, impressive and calls for tourists to slow down while touring the village either on foot, by bicycle or car for everyone’s safety.
k. CENTRE POMPIDOU-METZ
The Centre Pompidou-Metz is a provincial counterpart to the well-known Centre Pompidou in Paris that bristles with bright white radiance by day and glows when it is dark. It is a modern art museum that is as much architectural gem as exhibition powerhouse where you don’t have to go with a lunch pack or snacks in your bag as you’d be delighted to munch on edible art on a plate, at the museum’s La Voile Blanche. A lunch you will not forget in a hurry and would probably make you want to check that particular travel bucket list again.
6. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN ITALY TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LISTS
Italy should make it to your list of important destinations to visit. Italy overflows with numerous royal structures whose glory is now available to the public who wish to tour them with good intentions.
Some of the bucket list attractions you should check in Italy are as follows…
a. THE COLOSSEUM
The Colosseum should top your bucket list of places to visit in Italy. The Colosseum is a symbolic structure of colossal size that is capable of accommodating fifty thousand (50,000) spectators at a time and has 80 doorways. It proudly represents Roman culture and history. You can step away from the gigantic theatre and ease off nearby at the Palatine Hill or the Palatino, one of the city’s oldest parts overlooking the Roman Forum that is located about 40 miles below to see some giant pine trees and ancient ruins but be careful not to get lost in the massive attractions.
In case you haven’t added Pompeii to your bucket list of places to visit in Italy, it is worth visiting. Must-see attractions in this area include the Thermal Baths that represent ancient health clubs, the Forum where gatherings of the top officials and priests of the ancient city would take place, the Theatre where plays were staged out in the ancient times and the ruins of the ancient Roman city that was destroyed nearly completely due to the eruption of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius. Lest I forget, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
c. UFFIZI GALLERY AND VASARI CORRIDOR
The Uffizi Gallery is an art museum which gives shelter to famous artwork from the Renaissance period. While the Vasari Corridor is an elevated passage connected to the Uffizi Gallery and running between the town hall and the Palazzo Pitti. Both of these attractions are located in the Historic Centre of Florence. Therefore, a trip to either of them is proportionate to killing two births with one stone.
d. THE ACCADEMIA
This art exhibition centre located in Florence is one of Italy’s most visited tourist destinations. It holds remarkable art exhibitions dating back to the 1300 and 1600, the most famous of which is the sculpture of David by Michelangelo and other works of this great artist as well as other artists of Florence. You might not have met these artists, but seeing their works of art will sound their thoughts in your heart.
e. CASTEL SANT’ANGELO NATIONAL MUSEUM
This museum with an impeccable towering cylindrical structure which is today the fifth most popular attraction in Italy was built under the dictates of Hadrian, a Roman Emperor, to serve as a mausoleum for him and his family. It is also called Mausoleum of Hadrian and is located in Rome’s Parco Adriano. It was at some point a tomb house where ashes of Emperor Hadrian and his family members and those of subsequent emperors till 217 AD were stored until in 401 when the mausoleum was converted to a fortress and castle and finally, in modern times, it has been declared a museum where the general public can visit and find Roman artefacts on display.
f. BOBOLI GARDEN
The Boboli Gardens was an exclusive garden accessible by members of the Medici family only as it was built adjacent to the Pitti Palace which was the residence of Tuscany’s Medici grand dukes. Today the general public has the liberty to visit these massive gardens occupying about 45,000 square meters that were reserved for just the royals.
g. LA VENARIA REALE
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Venaria Reale in the Metropolitan City of Turin and one of the former royal abode of the Royal House of Savoy. The palace was constructed in the late 17th century and commissioned by Charles Emmanuel II to serve as a base for his hunting expeditions. It is today a tourism destination where you can go chill out undisturbed by any animals or hunter’s gunfire.
h. THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM
An Egyptian museum in Italy might sound like a misfit but a tour expedition in there will certainly get you checking your flight ticket to confirm you haven’t got the wrong one. The museum hosts exhibits of Egyptian anthropology and archaeology and has some of the richest collections of Egyptian antiquities in the world. Having this on your bucket list just might save you the cost of going on an Egyptian tourist trip.
i. BORGHESE GALLERY AND THE VILLA BORGHESE GARDENS
The Galleria Borghese is a Roman art gallery located in the Villa Borghese Pinciana that exhibits collections of paintings, antiques and sculptures gathered together by the Borghese family; a princely family of Italy. The Villa Borghese Gardens is a graceful habitation of beautiful plants situated adjacent to The Galleria Borghese. Booking a tour to one is certainly a pocket wise decision.
j. CINQUE TERRE, ITALY
Cinque means five although contextually used in the game of dice. It is not out of place here either. The Cinque Terre refers to the area of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline made up of five towns which are Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. A visit to the Cinque Terre is worth every ink spent in adding it to your bucket list and printing your plane ticket.
7. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST
South Africa is a beautiful destination and you should definitely have a space for it in your travel bucket lists.
a. SUN CITY RESORT
Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure, Sun City is a luxury casino and resort located adjacent to Pilanesberg Game Reserve; the most popular public Game Reserve in South Africa and is just about two hours’ drive from Johannesburg. The complex contains four hotels, two championship golf courses, two casinos, an atmospheric South African cultural village and more than 7000 crocodiles within a safe haven. Isn’t this an incredible site you’d like to lay sight on?
b. HLUHLUWE-UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE
Whether you explore this Reserve by taking a self-guided walk, touring with a professional tour guide personnel or take a boat cruise along the Hluhluwe dam, you are guaranteed to get the best tourism experience. Sights and sounds of the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros) are never far from the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.
c. BLYDE RIVER CANYON
This is the second-largest canyon in Africa following the Fish River Canyon. Taking a walk through the rich diversity of plantations and creatures stuffed canyon presents a view of magnificent waterfalls, ancient geological phenomenon and the opportunity to encounter all five of South Africa’s primates as well as hippos and crocodiles near the wetlands of Swadini Dam. Doesn’t that sound like a lot of safari fun?
d. CAPE WINELANDS
This is like an Italian town in South Africa where vines are cultivated, harvested and processed into some really fine wines. The fruitful valleys of the Cape Wine-lands are surrounded by magnificent mountains, tired villages, marvellous monuments, productive plantations and some of the blossomy view. South Africa has some of the best wines and tasting it right from the farm or joining in making some of it is an achievement you should check on your bucket list.
e. VICTORIA AND ALFRED WATERFRONT
No matter your tourism preference, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront have a spot for you. It is one of Cape Town’s largest tourist attractions and most visited destinations situated within an entertainment centre filled with restaurants, speciality shops, pubs and theatres. The infamous Clock Tower, Chavonnes Battery, the South African Maritime Museum and the coastal Seal Landing where Cape Fur Seals are some of the many attractions you can enjoy here.
Spanning from Mossel Bay to St Francis along the Indian Ocean and parts of the inland, the Knysna Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most popular tourist attractions with a trove of indigenous shaded forests, mountains, rivers, tranquil lakes, golden beaches and two cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon grace the region.
g. DURBAN BEACHES
Durban Beaches are lively areas that are remarkably clean and safe, and many of the beaches offer a variety of entertainment activities ranging from beach soccer, shows and other conventional fun events throughout the day at the same time providing a vibrant atmosphere that throbs with vigour.
h. AMPHITHEATRE AT DRAKENSBERG
The Drakensberg is a Dutch word that translates to the English phrase dragons’ mountain. The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa rising to 3,482 meters (11,420 feet) in height. The Northern part of Drakensberg features the Amphitheatre which is widely regarded as one of the most impressive cliff faces on earth amongst other geographical highlights that I am quite sure you will be delighted to explore.
i. TABLE MOUNTAIN
Hiking to the top of this mountain is a great achievement you should proudly check on your travel bucket list even though you can make the trip by way of cable car rides that let passengers get a 360 degrees view. The mountain Peaks at 1,086 meters (3,563 feet), up at the pinnacle of the Table Mountain, you get to see the sights of phenomenal highlights of the city of Cape Town, Robben Island to the north, and the Atlantic seaboard to the west and south. I recommend you use both means to get to the top or do half of each.
j. KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
The Kruger National Park is a vast land area in North-Eastern South Africa that covers 19,485 square kilometres and is home to a huge collection of wildlife. The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserves on the African continent and one the main tourist attractions in South Africa boasting more species of mammals including the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros) cheetahs and giraffes than any other African game reserves which and more. Above all, Kruger is a self-reliant destination with excellent infrastructures and many safe places to stay inside the park, from tented camps to luxury lodges. Wouldn’t you like to take a safari to Krugger?
8. LIST OF TOURIST ATTRACTION IN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Ultra-modern structures that form the most exquisite attractions abound in this gleaming emirate especially in its capital city Dubai where buying is an inevitable activity. Read and illuminate your travel fantasies as you decide which of the tourist attractions to check first on your travel bucket list.
a. BASTAKIYA DUBAI (AL FAHIDI HISTORIC DISTRICT)
Located alongside Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Creek Bastakiya is an ideal spot to take a heritage walk tour to sightsee the fascinating Arabian culture and explore the architectural wonder of the old houses, brown wooden doors, wind towers and white mosque in the district of Dubai. This place is so reserved that it is only open to the public at specific times on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. So take note.
b. DEIRA SOUK
Souk means to market and Deira Souk is the largest Gold Market in the whole world. It is located close to Dubai Creek and features wooden archways of old architecture design. Gold is not the only commodity sold in Deira Souk, a variety of spices especially cumin, saffron, frankincense, rose water and incense can be bought in Deira too although a little separate from (adjacent to) the Gold Souk. One thing you can be sure of is that all that glitters in Deira Souk is gold.
c. DUBAI AQUARIUM
Take a boat tour at the glass bottom of this massive aquarium and you’d be begging someone to wake you up lest you get trapped in mermaid kingdom. The Dubai Aquarium is known to be the Biggest Underwater Aquatic Zoo in the entire universe sheltering an estimated 140 diversity of aquatic creatures. You can see only a few as you stroll the 48-meter long walk-through tunnel snorkel in the cage to watch some amusing shark diving activities. Whatever you chose to do, you are sure in an amusement park of aqua diversity.
d. GLOBAL VILLAGE DUBAI
The luminous night sight at Global Village is better seen than told. The beautiful beams that stream from the colourful and decorative bulbs offer an exciting atmosphere that will take the glow right into the depths of your heart. Another enthralling thing about Global Village is that it stands by its name in the sense that virtually every culture; Egypt, Oman, Iran, China, Africa and so on is well-represented both in fashion and food.
e. DUBAI DESERT CONSERVATION RESERVE
Gazelles are the main attraction at the Dubai Desert Conservation Center. Arabian Gazelles including sand gazelles, mountain gazelles and Arabian oryx all reside here. It is one great place to visit if you wish to take a bow from the glitters and glamour of the radical city of Dubai and embrace its natural endowments.
f. ALSERKAL ART DISTRICT
Arabian art goes beyond henna and that is evident in the Alserkal Art District. It is undisputedly one of the best places to visit in Dubai for art connoisseurs and lovers.
Alserkal Art District is a popular hub where several contemporary art galleries; the Ayyam Gallery, Green Art Gallery and The Third Line as well as some smaller start-ups serve as a platform for new talents and helps in highlighting beautiful artworks.
g. DUBAI OPERA
The Dubai Opera is an opera theatre with a little touch everything else entertaining such as music performances, muse in their opera shows, ballet, comedy nights, concerts and even classical instrument plays. Dubai Opera is an astonishing architectural beauty that can seat up to 2000 entertainment enthusiasts where various amusing activities take place year in year out. So you can visit whenever you desire unless you have a particular show you might want to follow down there.
h. HELICOPTER TOUR
There is no better way to get an eagle-eye view of the glamorous city of Dubai than taking the Helicopter Tour not even a view from the observation deck in Burj Khalifa. You have the option of skydiving right from the helicopter and feel the adrenalin rush that follows the dare or just stay on top of the world and just watch but nothing is more joyful than a helicopter tour ride around the city. You will feel on top of the world for real.
i. ARABIAN CAMEL SAFARI
If you intend to take this tour, remember to get take a muffler along unless you want to use a public one that would be provided by the tour guide or buy one at a much higher rate. The Arabian Camel Safari experience is a must check on your travel bucket list of Dubai tour. After a bouncing camel ride, you can cap your tour by engaging in the four by four wheels dunes dash game. Then smile as you check your desert expedition on your bucket list.
j. WILD WADI AMUSEMENT PARK
Wild Wadi is one of the best amusement parks in the contemporary city of Dubai. It is a magnificent attraction exceptionally great for a family vacation with more than 30 rides, some of which are 20 meter tandem slides that induce at a whopping speed of 80 kilometres per hour to make a drop at Jumeirah Sceirah where the park is situated. Variety of fun activities include floating at the Lazy River, Riptide Flow riders, Wipeout and Tantrum Alley all for your amusement.
9. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
The United Kingdom should make your bucket lists of countries to visit. The United Kingdom is indeed a kingdom deserving of all its glory. It has fought the good fight to keep its numerous castles standing and triumphed even though scars of the fight are still visible in the land bus as signs of victory.
a. TOWER OF LONDON
From prison to park then palace and even a treasure vault this 900 years old tower has served it all. It is today one of the top tourist attractions in Europe that hold the rank of a World Heritage Site. The Tower of London features exhibits and displays of prisoners and executions and Line of Kings with its remarkable display of royal armour, the White Tower which was Built-in 1078 by William the Conqueror, the wonderful Crown Jewels exhibitions, classic Yeoman Warder Tours and the Royal Mint. It is sure a bucket list destination for all its worth.
b. HADRIAN’S WALL
Instructed by Emperor Hadrian, the Romans constructed this huge wall that stretches about 117 kilometres across the north of England from the Irish Sea to the North Seaway back, between the years 122 AD to 128 AD as a measure to protect their colony Britannia from the Scottish tribes’ invasion. The glorious Hadrian’s Wall still feels like a sweet escape at least from the hustle and bustle of life.
c. BRITISH MUSEUM
The British Museum is well worth the title of World Museum for its collection of historical items of various origins including the world’s finest antiquities of more than 13 million artefacts from the Ancient Egyptian collection which makes up the largest in a foreign land outside of Cairo, the hoard of Roman silver known as the Mildenhall Treasure dating from the fourth century, the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens and the Rosetta as well as many other outstanding artefacts from Assyria, Babylonia, China, Egypt, Europe, Greece and the Roman Empire. This Museum is a bucket full of attractions that must be checked on your bucket list.
d. BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Is visiting a kingdom without entering its palace worth the visit? Hell NO! Buckingham Palace is symbolic to the United Kingdom as the royal residence of the Queen of England yet it is accessible by the public and as a matter of fact, it was built with visitors in mind as it has about seven hundred and seventy (770) rooms which are enough space to accommodate the numerous guests attending some of the great royal events, ceremonies, and garden at the warm royal palace. Imagine being hosted by the royal family for even a night.
e. JORVIK VIKING CENTRE
JVC features over forty thousand preserved Viking items such as textiles, tools and human cadavers on display, unruffled with sights, sounds and even smells alongside the main highlight; a simulation of Viking city which is an enduring marks of pains and war mete out by the Vikings with their ocean conquering warships and fearsome repute for attack to plunder and slaughter yet a glaring in this endearing tourist attraction that I am so damn sure you would check with a victorious smile.
f. CHESTER ZOO
This is an animal zoo with highlights of gardens and walkways with an amazing touch of a galleria. Chester Zoo is a 125 acres land situated about a mile north in Chester City Center at Upton and is habitat to approximately 11,000 animals of more than 400 different species. The penguin pool and Chimpanzee Island are some of the sights you shouldn’t miss out here.
g. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
This is the heart and soul of British political life and invariably, the converging point of both houses of the UK parliament. It stands massive squarely facing the River Thames on one side and Parliament Square on the other side. A tourism trip to the Houses of Parliament avails you the opportunity to partake in British political confab but possibly as a spectator.
h. BIG BEN
The Big Ben Clock Tower which also known as The Elizabeth Tower houses the 13-ton bell, Big Ben, within the Houses of Parliament. The tower has been in existence for about a hundred and fifty (150) years. The bell is named after Sir Benjamin Hall; the man who ordered it. If you pull close enough, you’d see some golden inscriptions in the Latin language that reads ‘Domine Salvam Fac Reginam Nostrum Victorim Primam’ which translates in English as ‘O Lord Keep Safe Our Queen Victoria the first’ a subconscious prayer made for the Queen of England at every clock dial of Big Ben. Isn’t that wonderful?
i. LONDON EYE
Also known as The Millennium Wheel based on the fact that it was completed in the new millennium (the year 2000) precisely, this enormous Ferries wheel standing tall at about 440 feet with a diameter of 120 meters on the south bank of the River Thames holds the record of the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. The 30 minutes it takes for the wheel to complete one revolution is just the amount of time you need to get 360° (degrees) view of London through its very own Eye and this definitely a grand way to tour the United Kingdom.
j. ROYAL MUSEUMS GREENWICH
Greenwich is more of a Marine base than a museum. It is the London base of the Royal Navy and holds England’s largest spread of preserved historic architecture and parks. This museum is the largest of its kind in the world, featuring the Royal Navy from postmodern times and exhibits showing more than 500 years of maritime history and the zero meridians of longitude, dividing the world into eastern and western halves. This is the perfect point to cap your UK tour.
10. LIST OF TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The United States of America should be top on your bucket lists of places to visit. The United States of America is one of the major tourist attractions you should never miss out.
a. GRAND CANYON
The Grand Canyon is one of the most amazing natural attractions in the United States of America it is carved out by the Colorado River and cuts deep into the landscape, creating dramatic cliff walls and ridges that will most certainly delight your fantasy.
b. NIAGARA FALLS
Between the Canadian and US border, the Niagara Falls hoists proudly as one of the most famous waterfalls in the world comprising of tributary water from Lake Erie that flows into Lake Ontario and forming such a great quantity of water that constantly tumbles over the vertical drop. Apart from being a tourist attraction, Niagara Falls also serves as a hydroelectric power generation dam.
c. STATUE OF LIBERTY
The Statue of Liberty is the largest statue in the world measuring about 150 and situated in New York Harbor. It is America’s most notable structure and a universal symbol of freedom that you should visit and free your tourism fantasy.
d. WHITE HOUSE
This is the formal residence of the President of the United States of America located in Washington. You can tour this political edifice absolutely free but do well to make reservations at least 3 weeks before your intended tour and strictly adhere to laid down rules and regulations in the glorious White House.
e. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Geysers, waterfalls, volcanoes and hot springs lie along the Yellowstone River forming such awesome attractions that pull in huge numbers of tourists every year to see the sights and hear the sounds of all kinds of wildlife including roaming bison, bighorn sheep, antelope, black bears and grizzly bears in their natural habitats.
f. TIMES SQUARE
The best time to visit Times Square is during the Christmas holidays towards the beginning of the New Year when the New Year’s Eve countdown happens and the magnitude of people visit to participate in the exercise. The Times Square lies at the heart of Midtown Manhattan bustling with massive flashing billboards that illuminate the Square and offers hope that the incoming year would be glorious.
g. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
This bridge which has been California’s most iconic structure since it was built in the 1930s bowing across San Francisco Bay connecting San Francisco and Marin County. The bridge’s reddish-orange colour that sharply contrasts the blue water is an artistic accent that brings a unique quality to the city and a promise of glee to your tourism visit.
h. WAIKIKI BEACHES
Located in the Hawaiian Islands, Waikiki has been a tourist destination for over a century attracting a countless number of tourists who come to enjoy the modern tropical paradise and relax on its beautiful stretch of beach with palm trees whispering in the wind against high rise buildings and busy street. Sunbathing on the Waikiki beaches is the best natural thermal bath you can ever have.
i. LAS VEGAS STRIP
In case you didn’t get the chance to visit Disneyland or other amusement parks as a kid, Las Vegas Strip is the best consolation prize for the fun missed. It features awesome reformations of the New York skyline, the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice and many more foreign sites coupled with the Luxor Hotel, designed in a pyramid shape, a walk down the street that reveals an erupting volcano and dancing fountains which all combine to makes it a perfect adult amusement park. I bet you are rubbing your palms already.
j. FREEDOM TRAIL
Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile trekking route through some of Boston’s most important historical attractions including the Old State House, the current State House, the Old Granary Burial Ground, Old City Hall, Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere House and some others with a line of red bricks tiled in the sidewalk that marks the route making it an easy way for tourists to manoeuvre around.
The world has a whole lot of attractions to fill your travel bucket list. However, safety precautions should be taken when visiting a new country.