20 Most Beautiful Places in the World to Add to Your Bucket List

They say we’re born too late to explore the world, but born too early to explore the universe. But have you truly explored the world, already? We’ll be tackling 20 of the most beautiful places that every traveler should visit in their lifetimes. These are all wonders of nature and humanity that would surely create infallible memories that would last you a lifetime.

Jilin, China

Changbai Mountain in Jilin China

There are only a handful of people in this world who have heard of the nirvana on earth that is Jilin. It is one of the northernmost provinces of China, that borders North Korea and Mongolia.

Jilin is especially beautiful in winter. It is a true “winter wonderland”, if there ever is one. The Changbai Mountain in eastern Jilin is white and covered in snow. The country’s top ski resorts open and thrive in business. In spring, the mountain turns vibrant and the hibernating animals come out and play.

Jilin is famous as the home of endangered Siberian tigers, and leopards. The Vast Virgin Forests of Jilin is a treasure trove of nature and contains one of the world’s top 3 mineral water sources.

Glowworm Caves in New Zealand

Waitomo Glowworm Caves by Donnie Ray Jones via Wikipedia CC
Waitomo Glowworm Caves By Donnie Ray Jones – Green Glow Caves in New Zealand, CC BY 2.0, CC

Some of the best and most marvelous places in the world are places where natural phenomena occur in a surprising and one-in-a-billion interaction of specific conditions. One of those natural phenomena cases can be observed in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

These caves are illuminated by a soft bright glow from the native glowworms of Arachnocampa Luminosa. When inside, it feels like a personal viewing of the billions of stars found in the galaxy.

Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia

Uyuni Salt Flat photo via DepositPhotos
Uyuni Salt Flat photo via DepositPhotos

The Uyuni Salt Flat (locally known as Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia) is one of the miraculous phenomenons of nature. This salt reservoir is known as the place where the heavens and earth meet, as the sky is reflected into the land, with no clear horizons.

The phenomenon of the heavens kissing the earth is only observable during Bolivia’s rainy season when the flat is submerged in water and the flat salt mirrors the scenery in the skies. This will allow you to live out your dreams of biking among the clouds.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

The adage for our generation is that we are born too late to explore the world, but we are born too early to explore the universe. And that’s actually perfect because, in our lifetimes, we are meant to explore the beautiful interaction of earth and humans.

This interaction can be witnessed in Finland’s 4-star hotel of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. You can book the igloo rooms with transparent roofs and view the magnificent natural light display of the Aurora Borealis high above.

The resort also offers reindeer safaris, fine dining, access to a private beach, and smoke saunas and ice swimming. It is truly one of the best places in the world to witness and experience the magnificence that is the Northern Lights.

Wisteria Tunnel in Japan

Tourists walking in Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Garden photo via Depositphotos
Tourists walking in Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Garden photo via Depositphotos

The Kawachi Fuji Garden found in Kitakyushu in Japan is home to the famous and breathtaking Wisteria Tunnel. The tunnels provide a spectacular low-view look of the wisteria-flowering plants in the garden, of different shades of purple and pink. It’s almost like it’s taken out from a scene in the movie Avatar.

Wisteria is a flowering tree that produces twining vines and flowers of bright and shocking colors in the purple spectrum. They are native to East Asian countries and are capable of living for up to 100 years or older. They symbolize long life and immortality.

Sangha Trinational

Sangha Trinational image via UNESCO
Sangha Trinational image via UNESCO

Sangha Trinational is a vast forest system that contains endangered species sprawled across the three countries of the Central African Republic, Congo, and Cameroon. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre last 2012.

It is the home to forest elephants, endangered chimpanzees, and lowland gorillas. Aside from the wild animals that call this forest their habitat, there are also a lot of local plants and trees that provide balance in this ecosystem. This is the truest essence of an African wildlife adventure.

Victoria Falls in Zambia

Victoria Falls in Zambia
Victoria Falls in Zambia

Dubbed as the Most Beautiful Waterfalls of the World, the Victoria Falls in Zambia resembles the waterfalls found in fantasy world movies and video games. The waters cascade in a towering height of 108 meters and the surrounding nature is vibrant and thriving. It is an absolutely awe-inspiring sight of nature.

The tops of the curtain of waters are known as the Devil’s Pool which is a natural rock swimming pool on the ledge of the falls. You can possibly take a swim on Devil’s Pool if you dare to.

Sea of Stars in Maldives

Sea of Stars in Maldives photo via Living with Nature
Sea of Stars in Maldives photo via Living with Nature

The small island nation of Maldives is a bucket list travel destination of itself. It is surrounded by clear turquoise waters with pristine beaches and over-the-water wooden huts. But if we’re being specific, the beautiful Sea of Stars in Vaadhoo shouldn’t be missed.

The phenomenon of the stars captured in the seas can be observed during the night when the bioluminescence of planktons in the water glows. This effect looks similar to the billions of stars in the universe. There are no other places in the world that you can view a similar phenomenon so perfectly.

Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Cambodia is banning elephant rides at Angkor Wat
Cambodia is banning elephant rides at Angkor Wat

Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Angkor Wat, known as the City of Temples, is the largest Hindu-Buddhist temple complex in the whole world. Unlike other temple cities that have fallen into ruin because of natural disasters, the Angkor Wat remains glorious up to this day.

Every traveler should be able to visit and personally sample 12th century Khemer architecture through this temple city. The actual temple-mountain is surrounded by a 5-kilometer moat. During sunset, the temple is reflected into the beautiful waters of this moat.

Bali, Indonesia

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple photo via Depositphotos
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple photo via Depositphotos

You’ve probably already been to Bali, or it’s probably already in your bucket list. Nevertheless, this Indonesian island province still deserves a spot on this list. It is also known as the Land of the Gods and is truly a miracle of nature.

There are azure seas and golden beaches on the outer side of the island, while there are vast and tangling jungles as you get inside. There is also a religious temple, as well as rice paddies, off-shore coral reef systems, and a more tourism-centered district.

Kerala, India

Sunset in Kerala
Sunset in Kerala

Kerala is a state southwest of India known for being the land where gods walk through the earth and humans trek amongst the heavens. Kerala is absolutely beautiful nature-wise. There are vast rivers, lush parks, and forests, with clear beaches and waving seas.

However, Kerala is not only beautiful nature-wise. To visit this state does not only mean to witness the grandeur of nature, but it also means to immerse in the wonderful balance and interaction that exists between the locals and nature. The locals have a unique lifestyle that coexists in courage and strength with nature, and you will soon learn to appreciate this amazing lifestyle.

Santorini, Greece

Architecture of Oia village on Santorini island photo via Depositphotos
The architecture of Oia village on Santorini island photo via Depositphotos

This is a Greek island off the Aegean Sea and is well-known because of its white-colored cubiform buildings with blue roofs. These buildings are perched sporadically all over the cliff, seemingly not following any particular pattern or order. This is because a volcanic eruption forever changed the landform of the island, around 400 years ago.

At present, Santorini is a wonderful place for a European beachside vacation. There are lots of resorts and hotels scattered all over the while buildings, offering infinity pools or tubs that overlook the Aegean Sea.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Peru by Babak Fakhamzadeh via unsplash
Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Peru by Babak Fakhamzadeh via unsplash

The Machu Picchu is the remaining ruins of the ancient Incan Empire that used to rule alongside the Andes Mountains in what is now Peru. It is considered to be one of the most important archeological sites in the world as it serves as physical evidence of the peak urban society and architecture of the Incan Empire.

You have to hike the Incan Trail in order to get to Machu Picchu, but it will all be worth it. You will be able to see buildings, walls, rice terraces, statues, and other establishments overlooking the skies high above the mountains.

Galapagos Island

Galapagos Island photo via Depositphotos
Galapagos Island photo via Depositphotos

Galapagos Island is a small island west of Ecuador, and it is actually the site where Charles Darwin observed “survival of the fittest” which is the driving principle of the theory of evolution.

While staying overnight is not an option, you can still visit as a tourist and enjoy the vast diversity of wildlife and flora and fauna that is within the island. There are also cruises that cruise along with the Galapagos Island and neighboring islands.

Socotra Island

Dragon Blood Tree in Socotra Island photo via Depositphotos
Dragon Blood Tree in Socotra Island photo via Depositphotos

Socotra Island in Yemen is home to the most unique wildlife and biological oddities on the planet. The trees, known as Dragon Blood Trees are strange-looking, with crisscrossing vines that look like no other tree on this planet. It’s been shaped by war, climate, and other natural phenomena.

It is open and very accessible to tourists wishing to experience simulation to an alien planet’s arrival. There are also breathtaking beaches, rock formations, a canyon, sand dunes, cave systems, and so many other tourist attractions. The local community is friendly and welcoming.

Unfortunately. Socotra is caught in the midst of political warfare between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Recent developments have led to Yemeni separatists seizing the island from the heart of the Arabians. Looks like your trip to the most alien-looking island in the world will have to wait until the political weather gets better.

The Grand Canyon

Horseshoe Bend - Grand Canyon
Horseshoe Bend – Grand Canyon

As one of the most popular destinations in North America, the Grand Canyon remains a wonder of nature as the walls of these towering cliffs were originally a part of the Colorado River System. As the water receded, it left behind towering cliffs shaped by the once-there moving waters, and the copper-colored sand that looks immaculate against the setting sun.

It is now a tourist attraction, and it should definitely be on every traveler’s bucket list. The Grand Canyon offers us an insight into the grand scale of things, and how small we are in comparison to our planet and the millennials that have passed.

Stonehenge in England

Stonehenge
Stonehenge

Despite the many theories offered by archaeologists, nobody really knows who was responsible for building the Stonehenge, and why it was built in the first place. The most popular theory is that it used to be a burial site of some sort, but nevertheless, it is still the most famous neolithic monument.

Despite being built sometime in 3000 BCE, the Stonehenge stands majestic against earthquakes, typhoons, and any other natural phenomena. The world is excited to someday make a breakthrough on the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge, and it’s definitely a good idea to visit this physical tale of the past before it’s unshrouded from the truth.

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool

Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands photo via Depositphotos
Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands photo via Depositphotos

Singapore is a small country, but it truly packs wondrous displays and experiences for tourists. One thing that should not be missed when traveling to Singapore is taking a swim in the Marina Bay Sands Observation Deck infinity pool. It is a truly mundane and luxurious experience, to be swimming in a pool on a boat perched up in the sky.

It’s a breathtaking evidence of the extent that human hands have progressed, in terms of technology and architecture. While we don’t have flying cars as of yet, we do have floating boats high up in the clouds.

Moalboal Island in the Philippines

Kawasan Falls in Cebu photo via Depositphotos
Kawasan Falls in Cebu photo via Depositphotos

Moalboal is a true island paradise. This town is a treasure trove for marine life, diving in the clear blue waters against the white sand beaches. It is the place to be swimming with turtles and whale sharks, as well as to witness thriving coral reef systems.

It is simply a breathtaking island and the best place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of work to recharge and re-energize your body. Moalboal is considered to be the Bora Bora (in French Polynesia) of the Philippines.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is the highest man-made building in the world. This stone skyscraper is a reminder of how high humanity has reached in the short time we’ve been running this planet.

A visit inside this skyscraper will show you the topmost view of the busy city of Dubai, and how in comparison to the world’s highest man-made peak, humans look utterly minuscule but have managed to create something so magnificent.

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