The Traveler’s Bucket List: World Travelers Share Their Favorite Destinations
Posted on May 14, 2012 | 37 comments
What makes a destination "great"?
Is it the history, the food, the people, the land? Is it that one special thing you just can't see anywhere else on the planet? Maybe. But above all, I think the greatness of a destination is decided mainly by the individual. Travel is very personal. The places we visit and enjoy reflect who we are. One person dreams of spas in Las Vegas, another longs to trek through the Himalayas. We're all different, and that's what makes our individual travel adventures so unique.
I asked some travel bloggers if they would share with us some of their all-time favorite destinations. A hard choice for many, but I figure who knows the world better than those that travel for a living? If we're going to go looking for some places to start our next travel adventure, might as well take a pass on TripAdvisor and go straight to the experts for advice.
I think you'll see by the choices below just how personal travel can be. No two travelers chose the same destination. Nobody went on about how they loved some tourist hotspot or the eighth wonder of the world. Instead, the favorites below were chosen not for the "greatness" of the destination, but for the stories the destination helped to produce.
Enjoy! And much thanks to all those travelers for sharing!
Romania by Wanderlusting
Paris: Scenes From A Paris Market | Beer & Beans
Romania: Meeting Counts And Vagabonds In Transylvania | Wanderlusting
Ireland: Secret Spots | A Little Adrift
Iceland: A Photo Essay | Don't Ever Look Back
Turkey: The Mini-Easter Island | Chicky Bus
Austria: A Photo Tour Of Vienna | Grounded Traveler
Slovakia: Exploring The High Tatras | The Family Adventure Project
Finland: The Kvarken Archipelago | Around The World In Eighty Years
Borobudur, Indonesia by Yomadic
Oman: The Emerald Pools Of The Wadis | Snaps and Blabs
Japan: The Snow Monkeys | Idelish
Mongolia: The Modern Nomads Of The Gobi Desert | Otts World
India: Why Every Traveler Must Visit | Wandering Earl
Japan: A Quiet Walk In Kyoto | WalkingOn Travels
Nepal: Everest Base Camp | The Road To Anywhere
Bali: The Holy Water Of The Tirta Empal Temple | Act Of Traveling
Indonesia: Buffalo Soldiers Living For Death in Tana Toraja | Travels With A Nine Year Old
Thailand: I Kissed A Ladyboy . . . And I Liked It | Man On The Lam
Philippines: That's A Wrap | With Two Kids In Tow
Nepal: Top Three Sites in Pokhara | Hole In The Donut
Indonesia: Boroburur Sunrise Tour | Yomadic
Thailand: Chang Mai, The Loy Krathong Lantern Festival | The Dropout Diaries
Mongolia: Hustai National Park | Lydia Schrandt Photography
Australia, New Zealand, and The South Pacific
Australia by Livin On The Road
New Zealand: The Smells of Rotorua | Y Travel Blog
Australia: Swimming With Sea Lions | Livin On The Road
Australia: The Ayers Rock Base Walk | Wandering Photographer
North America And The Caribbean
Chicago by Nomadic Samuel
Cuba: Fast Facts For Families | Have Baby Will Travel
Canada: Lake Louise, Alberta | Traveling Canucks
United States: Chicago - A Photo Essay At Night | Nomadic Samuel
Grenada: An Introduction | The Professional Hobo
United States: Jekyll Island, Georgia | Amberr Is Me
South Africa by Green Global Travel
South Africa: Skukuza And The Londolozi Game Reserve | Green Global Travel
Tunisia: The Festival du Sahara at Douz | The Edventure Project
Botswana: The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park | Travel 4 Wildlife
Central And South America
Colombia by Raising Miro
Peru: Beyond Machu Picchu | Time Crunched
Mexico: The Butterfly Reserve Of Michoacan | Living Outside The Box
Colombia: San Cipriano | Raising Miro
Panama: The San Blas Islands | Bodes Well
Peru: The Mysteries Of Dr. Cabrera's Stone Museum In Ica | Family On Bikes
Guatemala: The Real Magic Kingdom of Tikal | Discover. Share. Inspire.
Brazil: Rio With Kids | Viajando com Pimpolhos
Costa Rica: Glimpses Into A Ranchers Life | The Nomadic Family
If I missed you, and you would like to add your travel story to the list, just leave a comment or contact me. I'll be happy to include you. The more places we have to travel, the better!
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