Oh, the places we will go! You will be amazed by these dream destinations to satiate your wanderlust!
With so many dream destinations for us to explore on our planet, I have learned something: the more I travel and explore the world, the longer my bucket list gets.
From the tallest mountains in the Himalayas and the stunning glaciers in Alaska to a road trip in Namibia to backpacking in South America. Our world is so fascinating offering endless opportunities for any adventurous traveler and dreamer to continue to dream about your next destination and to Pin the Planet!
There are so many adventures and travels just waiting for us to explore and fulfill our wanderlust. I hope you can find some inspiration for your Bucket List here. I have personally visited each one of the amazing places listed, and now I share with you my top Dream Destinations on the Planet for adventure travelers.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS DREAM DESTINATIONS GUIDE: You will find beautiful, unique, hidden-gems dream places, all visited by road trips, backpacking, and lots of adventure travel styles – All illustrated with awe-inspiring photos and very helpful travel tips!
Let’s start diving into the Most Incredible Dream Destinations because this is the reason you are here, right!? 😉
- Dream Destinations in North America
- 1) ALASKA ROAD TRIP: A dream destination for outdoor lovers
- 2) SMOKY MOUNTAINS: Incredible hiking destination
- 3) ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FLORIDA: Pristine white sand beaches for a dream vacation
- 4) A ROAD TRIP TO NEW MEXICO
- 5) SEDONA, ARIZONA: A dream destination for hikes and Vortexes
- 6) TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS, FL: The best-kept-secret dream destination for outdoor and nature lovers
- 7) TORONTO, CANADA: One of the most international cities on the Planet
- Dream Destinations in the Asia-Pacific
- 8) MONGOLIA: A Magic Dream Place to Visit
- 9) A ROAD TRIP IN NEW ZEALAND: One of the top bucket list dream destinations
- 10) LHASA, TIBET: A transforming dream destination
- 11) NEPAL: Trekkers and hikers paradise in the world!
- 12) SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA: One of the most spectacular dream destinations in the world
- 13) VIETNAM: One of the top dream destinations for backpackers
- 14) THAILAND: Epic Dream Destination for any adventure traveler
- Dream Destinations in South America
- 15) ANGRA DOS REIS, BRAZIL: Island paradise under-rated dream destination
- 16) JALAPÃO, BRAZIL: One of the real hidden-gem dream destinations on the Planet!
- 17) PATAGONIA, CHILE: Top dream destination for hikers
- 18) PERU: A dream place for culture & adventure travelers
- 19) BACKPACKING IN SOUTH AMERICA: A truly Dream Vacation for any Adventure Traveler
- Dream Destinations in Africa
- Dream Destinations in Europe
- 24) ICELAND: A truly dream trip is to drive the Ring Road
- 25) BAVARIA, GERMANY: A spectacular dream place to visit
- 26) DOLOMITES, ITALY: A truly dream destination for hikers and outdoor lovers
- 27) TUSCANY: One of the top dream destinations in Italy
- 28) HALLSTATT, AUSTRIA: A winter wonderland dream destination
- 29) PORTUGAL: Top dream destination in Europe
- 30) LONDON: One of the coolest cities on the Planet!
- My Dream Destinations Photography Gear
- Dream Destinations Conclusion
Dream Destinations in North America
1) ALASKA ROAD TRIP: A dream destination for outdoor lovers
Talking about a dream destination for outdoor lovers, the answer is Alaska!
If you love wildlife, and outdoor adventures, with many opportunities for hiking high mountains, kayaking amongst glacier lakes, going on wildlife viewing, and exploring the nature around you, you will love to visit Alaska. Catch the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, hike or take a scenic flight among the highest mountains in Denali National Park, and go whale watching in Seward. You can visit some of the most stunning waterfalls and glaciers in Valdez.
I spent 10 days on a road trip tip in Alaska, driving an RV and visiting as many places as I possibly could during my time there. While many visit Alaska on a cruise, planning an independent trip to Alaska is not an easy task, because the State is huge.
But this is the best way to visit the Last Frontier state. Alaska is a great destination all year long, in the summer you can explore breathtaking hiking, while winter in Alaska is time for some outdoor winter sports.
PRO-TIP: My 10 days Road trip in Alaska has all the tips and details on where to visit, where to stay + the road map on where to drive, for all the important information and tips for visiting Alaska.
2) SMOKY MOUNTAINS: Incredible hiking destination
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States, and for a good reason! It is considered one of the best National Parks in the USA, and it offers incredible hiking opportunities.
The Smoky Mountains are located in the eastern part of the United States on the Tennessee-North Caroline borders, close to Gatlinburg, one of the most visited towns in America, with tons of things to explore. The National Park is a thickly forested area with a stunning bio-diverse collection of mountains, valleys, and rivers. Also, the Smoky Mountains park offers an opportunity to get close to nature with lots of wildlife viewing opportunities, such as black bears, elk, otters, and many other animals.
One very popular thing to do in the Smoky Mountains is to rent a cabin in the woods and enjoy the view while you soak in a hot tub after a very active day hiking. Talk about a dream destination, this sounds just perfect, right!?
PRO-TIP: If you want to plan a trip to the Smoky Mountains you need to add at least a few hikes, check my complete guide on the Top 10 Hikes in the Smoky Mountains, and start planning your adventure trip.
3) ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FLORIDA: Pristine white sand beaches for a dream vacation
It is hard for me to write about dream destinations without picking my favorite place in my backyard, Florida. Anna Maria Island is a quaint and picturesque town, offering the most stunning white powdery sand and turquoise watercolor beaches!
Anna Maria Island is located on the western side of Florida’s Central Gulf Coast, surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway, Tampa Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico – and it offers many amazing things to do, from pristine beaches to lots of outdoor activities, great restaurants with the best seafood options and it is a great place to spend a vacation with the family, a romantic getaway or just friends get together.
Here you can really find the Old Florida style – a quaint town with a slow lifestyle, making it a perfect spot for your next vacation. I have been coming back to Anna Maria Island for the past 15 years, and here is my paradise place when I need to just slow down and relax.
PRO-TIP: If you got intrigued to visit Anna Maria Island, my Complete Travel Guide to Anna Maria Island is packed with very useful information on how to visit, where to stay, the best restaurants on the island, and all you really need to know to plan a dream vacation in Florida.
4) A ROAD TRIP TO NEW MEXICO
A road trip to the Land of Enchantment sounds like a perfect dream destination for anyone who loves history and nature, and it is very cultural. I took this trip on an RV for 2 weeks with my 2 dogs, and I was amazingly surprised at how much I could see and especially, learn about the Native Americans.
New Mexico is blessed with stunning desert landscapes, breathtaking snowcapped mountains, bubbling hot springs, and remarkable national monuments. With its mix of European American, Native American, and Mexican heritage, the state is a unique and colorful place to visit.
The reputation for scenic diversity is well established, such as New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, the Carlsbad Caverns, and the amazing White Sand National Park, also, Albuquerque is world-renowned for its hot air balloon festival.
PRO-TIP: I highly recommend taking an RV trip to New Mexico, as it offers so many places to visit along a road trip, it is safe and you can find great options for RV Camping. It was my first RV trip too, and I found it relatively easy. Check my complete guide on How to rent an RV for the First time.
5) SEDONA, ARIZONA: A dream destination for hikes and Vortexes
Let’s talk about one of the top dream destinations in the United States for outdoor lovers and hikers. Seeing the iconic red rocks of Sedona will simply take your breath away. You will be awestruck by the majestic crimson rock formations and perhaps feel the energy for which this area is known.
Sedona is one of the most unique and scenic areas of Arizona and one of the best destinations for hikers looking to spend time outdoors exploring the red rocks and scenic canyons. In addition to the incredible views, other highlights include a natural bridge, rivers and streams, wildlife, and even energy vortexes.
Sedona is a Southwestern desert community that’s not far at all from the city of Flagstaff. If you want to feast your eyes on pines, canyons, and red rocks galore, there aren’t many destinations on the planet that can hold a candle to “Red Rock Country.”
PRO-TIP: One of the highlights of any trip to Sedona is to go hiking, check my complete guide for the Best Hikes in Sedona, and choose the ones you would love to go to. Also, I highly recommend staying at the Adobe Great Villas as the rooms are amazing with stunning views.
6) TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS, FL: The best-kept-secret dream destination for outdoor and nature lovers
There are so many dream destinations in the United States to choose from, but I have decided to add Ten Thousand Islands as it is a real hidden gem and a perfect vacation destination for anyone who loves the outdoors and nature. Located only 1-hour drive from Miami, this ecological paradise is one of the most unique places you can visit and explore.
Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), is a maze of mangroves, where the waters of the Everglades meet the Gulf Coast, forming a labyrinth of water. It is the second-largest mangrove forest in the world, only surpassed by Bangladesh. A perfect place for anyone looking for an authentic adventure while enjoying some solitude, and being immersed in nature, and for anyone who seeks off-the-beaten-path destinations.
One of the best things to do here is to go on a boat tour and visit the islands while you can have dolphins joining you on the tour, or be able to observe the manatees in their natural habitat. Go kayak in the narrow mangrove channels, you can find many hiking trails, and also go camping in one of the 48 designated campsites. The most important ingredient for any trip through the Everglades and the Ten Thousand Islands is to have a spirit of adventure.
PRO-TIP: If you got curious and want to know more about this ecological paradise, I have written a very detailed guide with all the information you need to know, from how to visit, the best time to go, where to stay, best things to do a much more, just check the Ten Thousand Islands Comprehensive Guide.
7) TORONTO, CANADA: One of the most international cities on the Planet
You must be wondering if I am listing the top dream destinations for adventure lovers, why I included Toronto, right? Well…my answer is that Toronto is one of my favorite cities in the world. I am NOT a big-city type of girl, but Toronto is my type of place. The reason is that you can find lots to do here, and it is one of the most international cities I have ever visited. So, if Toronto is not on your bucket list yet, I recommend you add it.
You can find amazing restaurants with the best international cuisine, tons of art, and fun nightlife. You can also find beaches and waterfront paths along Lake Ontario, plus kayaking or standup paddling around the Toronto Islands. Green spaces such as High Park and Kew Gardens, huge and grassy, are perfect for a picnic and an afternoon stroll, while the east end has a growing network of leafy bike paths and walkways. Even in winter, on a gray, chilly day, there’s outdoor ice skating to enjoy!
Visit the amazing Kensington Market and explore one of the most diverse food scenes in Toronto, visit the mysterious gothic castle, Casa Loma, and stroll around the harbor with stunning views of the Toronto skyline. Last, but not least, you can visit Niagara from Toronto on a day trip, it is only a 1:30-hour drive.
PRO-TIP: You can take a day tour from Toronto to Niagara for only $76 and explore the most famous waterfalls in the world. Or you can book a small group Toronto Tour to explore the highlights of this amazing city.
Dream Destinations in the Asia-Pacific
8) MONGOLIA: A Magic Dream Place to Visit
Mongolia is a place full of magic. But it’s a kind of magic that has to be earned. It takes spending hours on less-than-desirable dirt roads, unclear directions, and a terrain that’s constantly throwing surprises your way – for better or worse. It’s a place where your limits are pushed and you start to discover who you really are, and for that, Mongolia rewards you with the most spectacular landscapes, people, and cultural experiences in the world.
Whether you travel to Mongolia to immerse yourself in the nomadic lifestyle 25% of the population still lives, or if Overlanding through some of the world’s most incredible natural wonders is more your thing, traveling to Mongolia should be on everyone’s bucket list. From the singing dunes and White Stupa in the south to the Eagle Hunters in the west, the reindeer riders in the north, and the incredible landscapes of the east, there’s something magical to discover no matter where your time in the Land of the Eternal Blue Sky takes you.
PRO-TIP: Mongolia is the only place on this Dream Destinations list that I haven’t visited yet, but it is #1 on my bucket list. I have invited my amazing friend Breanna to share her expertise with all of us. Thinking about a trip to Mongolia? Breanna is the go-to person – you can DM her directly at Breanna’s Instagram or you can email her. You can also find all the information about Mongolia here.
9) A ROAD TRIP IN NEW ZEALAND: One of the top bucket list dream destinations
We cannot talk about the best dream vacation places on earth without mentioning a New Zealand road trip. This is truly the most beautiful place I have visited in my life, and going on a road trip, the beauty keeps revealing itself and surprising you around each corner you drive. Immerse yourself in the magic of New Zealand by visiting some of the places seen in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit – You cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set.
New Zealand is home to some of the most dramatic and breathtaking landscapes on the planet, hands down! When you take a trip to this country be prepared to see some truly unique natural wonders, from unreal landscapes with blue water lakes and flower fields to snow-capped mountains in the background.
Visit the South Island where you can explore and go hiking among amazing mountain ranges, glaciers, lakes, and fairytale forests. While on the North Island, you can discover some gems such as the glowworm caves, visit the Maori villages, and explore some magnificent geothermal treasures.
PRO-TIP: The best way to explore New Zealand is by renting a car or a van and driving every single corner of both islands North and South. You will see scenic drives all the way, from rolling hills and farms with lambs all over, and incredible opportunities to stop along the way for pictures or go hiking.
10) LHASA, TIBET: A transforming dream destination
Tibet was very high on my Dream Destination List for years, and while I was visiting Nepal, I was offered an opportunity to spend a 4-Days in Tibet. It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Lhasa and the home of Tibetan Buddhism. The visit I had to Tibet will go down as one of the most profound travel experiences that I have ever had. It is truly a MUST-EXPERIENCE destination.
Throughout my travels, I have met many amazing people and cultures, but I’ve never before seen people that are as quick to smile and laugh as Tibetan people. The people of Tibet are the kindest and most genuine people I’ve met. Despite the difficulties of living in one of the most repressed and closed societies in the world, I was met with smiles and a sense of welcome. If you have the chance to visit Tibet, you will clearly see signs of occupation on every corner. Yet Tibetans still maintain an easy smile and a peaceful spirit.
While in Lhasa, you will be able to visit the Potala Palace, the official home of the Dalai Lama, the Jokhang Temple Built in the 7th century, and to visit Barkhor Street with alleys and small side streets branching off from it. Sera Monastery. Tibet is changing rapidly. There are far fewer people who lived through the transition when China took control. The limitations inflicted on the Tibetan people are slowly but surely impacting their culture and traditions. See this place while it still retains some of its history and character.
PRO-TIP: Keep in mind that it is not easy to get a Visa to enter Tibet. If you got intrigued about Tibet, please read my article The truth behind the occupation, to understand more about the reality behind it. I have also captured very powerful images from the People of Tibet in this photojournalism, and you will appreciate it if you love photography.
11) NEPAL: Trekkers and hikers paradise in the world!
It is not even a question that Nepal is the number one dream destination for any hiker out there. Home to eight of the highest peaks in the world, including Everest. Besides Mt. Everest, Nepal is home to mountain peaks like Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Manaslu, and Annapurna, just to name some.
And I can guarantee that once you hike the Himalayas, you will never be the same again. It was one of the greatest adventures of my life, just to get out of my comfort zone, hike long hours per day at high altitude, sleep in the tea houses along the way, and eat only what the kind people of the Himalayas offer you, is a very physical and humble experience.
But Nepal is not only a paradise for hikers. This picturesque country has a lot to explore. Nepal also holds many World Heritage sites, and has a strong history, culture, and religious influence, offering a great variety of options of things to do and see – You can check this guide about 30 Things to Know Before your Trip to Nepal. to learn more about the intriguing culture.
Nepal is also the house of the living Goddess Kumari, and Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. If you are looking to explore the outdoors and love to immerse yourself in nature, Nepal is the dream, destination to visit.
PRO-TIP: Read all you need to know about Nepal Travel Planning here. If you are going on multi-day hiking for the first time, I recommend hiring a local guide. I used and recommend Epic Adventures since, besides great experience and local guides, they share part of the profits with social work in Nepal. Readers of this blog get a 10% discount if you request a quote under the promo code PPP10.
12) SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA: One of the most spectacular dream destinations in the world
When I think about all the dream destinations I have been to in my life, watching the sunrise at Angor Wat is definitely at the top of my list. A magical moment, at a magical location, and all the energy that fulfills not only our eyes but our soul. This is Cambodia, a very profound country and culture.
Siem Reap offers you the opportunity to experience and visualize the glorious past when temples were raised and cities created for the glorification of kings and deities. In Siem Reap you can visit the renowned Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Thom, Banteay Srei, Ta Phrom, Bayon, and dozens of other temples and temples ruins.
You could easily spend a couple of weeks and not see all the temples in the area. The Cambodians have made Siem Reap an easy dream destination to visit, and it is also very affordable, so what are you waiting for to add it to your bucket list?
PRO-TIP: I combined my trip to Cambodia after I visit Vietnam, some people add Cambodia and Thailand trips. One week in Cambodia is enough to see the beauty of this country, and even if you have only a few days concentrate all your time n Siem Reap for an unforgettable experience. One of the best accommodations in Siem Reap is the Koulen Hotel, located in the heart of the city, and has an incredible outdoor swimming pool.
13) VIETNAM: One of the top dream destinations for backpackers
What better dream destination for a backpacking trip than Vietnam? Vietnam is amazing, from top to bottom, with such a diverse landscape, friendly people, rich culture, and yummy food. Vietnam has over 1,000 miles long to be explored. The good news is that you can visit the best of Vietnam by backpacking around the country in as short as 2 weeks.
While traveling around Vietnam, you can uncover the organized chaos of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and take a side trip to the fascinating Co Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta. Fall in love with of the best spots in Vietnam, the UNESCO world heritage city of Hoi An. Go on an adventure and hike the incredible hills mountains of Sapa and live with a Black Hong hill tribe. Relax on board one of the junk boats on the gorgeous Halong Bay.
A dream destination to me is much more the place but sometimes the people. The simple way of living, with some of the kindest people I have ever met during my adventure travels, took me to make amazing people that I call friends today, such as my Black Hmong family in Sapa. Bau and I became friends and we communicate very often. Even on a very stressful and busy day, she can help me to slow down for a few minutes and to put a big smile on my face anytime when I get the message: “Paula, I miss you…when am I going to see you again?”
PRO-TIP: My 2-week Vietnam Itinerary has all the tips and details on where to visit, where to stay, and what transportation to use, for all the important information and tips for visiting Vietnam independently.
14) THAILAND: Epic Dream Destination for any adventure traveler
Thailand is without a doubt one of my dream destinations. I consider Thailand a transformative trip experience of my life, starting with the people of Thailand. At the same time, the population lives a very simple lifestyle, they live in spiritual wealth and they always hold the most genuine smile on their faces.
My first trip to Southeast Asia was to Thailand, and I fell in love at a first sight, making me continue to travel back to continue to explore more. I backpacked around the country for 20 days and I was able to see such a diverse country, with one of the most fascinating cultures on the Planet.
During a trip to Thailand you will see majestic golden temples and stupas in Bangkok, go on an island hop with the long tail boats and float on the turquoise water where the movie The Beach was filmed, and if you are into partying, join the crowds on the full moon parties at the beach.
One of the highlights of a trip to Thailand is visiting Chiang Mai a blissfully calm and laid-back place to relax and recharge your batteries – (especially if you have been partying on the islands). Visit the night markets, try the amazing Thai food, go to the Elephant Nature Sanctuary and learn about the incredible work they do on rescuing and protecting these amazing animals or just stroll around the backstreets, and discover a city that is still firmly Thai in its atmosphere and attitude.
PRO-TIP: The best way to travel around Thailand is by backpacking. Carry just the necessary and keep moving around the country to see the diversity from the Golden Temples in Bangkok to the paradise islands in the South, and a must-visit place in Chiang Mai. Check here for the best travel backpacks on the market today.
Dream Destinations in South America
15) ANGRA DOS REIS, BRAZIL: Island paradise under-rated dream destination
When you think about Brazil, what does it come to your mind? Beaches, samba, Rio de Janeiro? PSST!!! As a Brazilian girl, I am pleased to share a hidden gem and a very kept secret island paradise for your Dream Destination list in Brazil, Angra dos Reis!
Angra dos Reis is considered one of the most beautiful coastlines in Brazil and a paradise between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The 365 islands and over 2,000 beaches are the biggest attractions for anyone going to Angra dos Reis. But there are also many other wonderful things to do in Angra dos Reis Brazil, including hiking trails, history, gastronomy, and much more!
Think of a place with beaches with calm and transparent waters and white sands. Plus surrounded by a forest that meets the sea. I could even be talking about a movie set, but I’m talking about a small piece of paradise very close to Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis.
PRO-TIP: Intrigued to know more about it, check this Complete Angra dos Reis Guide. Brazil should be of your Dream Places to visit. You can use this Brazil Travel Planning article to see everything you need to know on how to travel to Brazil. Brazil is an affordable trip, because of the exchange rates and fun and very diverse country to visit. You will love the relaxed lifestyle, amazing food, and extremely friendly people.
16) JALAPÃO, BRAZIL: One of the real hidden-gem dream destinations on the Planet!
Now you are about to find out about a real hidden gem. Brazil is a vast and wonderful country with so many natural beauties to be explored. Besides beaches and bustling cities, there are also places where calm and nature prevail. Jalapão is a beautiful blend of the American Grand Canyon, the African Savannas, the Sahara Desert, and the Brazilian Northeastern Beaches. All in one place! Jalapao’s best definition is “A mirage in the desert of Tocantins state!”
The whole state park covers 159 thousand hectares and is one of the newest travel destinations in Brazil for those who love adventure and nature. Jalapão in Brazil is the perfect off-the-beaten-path attraction for nature and adventure lovers. It is far from touristy and is a great opportunity to see Brazil in a new light. While Jalapão isn’t for the faint of heart, the people that do make the journey will remember it for the rest of their lives.
The State Park has very rich fauna and flora. In addition, when visiting Jalapão, you will be able to learn more about the local culture with traditional communities and practice sports such as sandboarding, rafting, trails, and cycling. The natural landscapes are very diverse, with dunes, waterfalls, and natural springs that you won’t see anywhere else on the Planet!
PRO-TIP: My Jalapao Travel Guide + Itinerary has all the tips and details on where to visit, where to stay, itinerary, for all the important information and tips for this true gem in Brazil.
17) PATAGONIA, CHILE: Top dream destination for hikers
Considered one of the best dream travel destinations for any adventure traveler, Patagonia, Chile is a must to add to your bucket list. Patagonia is an incredible place for hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers, it boasts some of the world’s finest hiking routes and offers a great experience whether you do short and easy day hikes or challenging long-distance treks.
Patagonia is a massive region it spreads from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Atlantic Ocean in the east and from the snowy peaks of the Andes in the north to the southernmost tip of the continent in the south. This hiker and nature lover paradise offers some of the best hikes in South America and actually, in the world!
When you hike in Patagonia expect to see the glut of massive glaciers, cobalt lagoons, and magical scenery. One of the highlights is the Torre del Paine National Park with three granite towers that are most spectacular as the dawn casts orange rays across the scene.
PRO-TIP: There are other tours to choose from on Patagonia, as little as $70 like this tour for a full day in Torres del Paine. If you are hiking Cerro Castillo independently, you can find and book accommodations in Coyhaiaque, it is a big city and the last place with good infrastructure on the way down to the south till El Chalten in Argentina or Puerto Natales in Chile.
18) PERU: A dream place for culture & adventure travelers
When I get asked the question: What is your favorite place on the Planet? Peru is always on top of my list. How could I write a list of dream destinations in the world without mentioning Peru? Here you can find incredible landscapes, the most friendly people, and the food…Oh, the food in Peru is incredible, and there is nothing better than the freshest Ceviche in Peru!
Peru is a very diverse country, with a combination of the Amazonian jungle, the Inca architecture, the majestic canyons of Colca and Cotahuasi, and the Andean peaks and lagoons of Huaraz. Also, I believe that any travel lover has Machu Picchu on their bucket list destination, and a trip to Peru is not completed if you don’t visit this UNESCO sanctuary.
From well-preserved ancient ruins, stunning alpine valleys, lakes and rivers landscape, and towering stunning mountains, Peru is a wonderland for any hiker and trekker out there, from the most famous of the treks in Peru, the Inca Trail, to the lesser-known routes such as Salkantay and Ausangate. If you still need more adventure in Peru, go on the white-water rafting in Arequipa, or spend the overnight with a local family at Uros floating islands at Lake Titicaca, where the locals live on the islands that they built from scratch.
PRO-TIP: I recommend booking at least one hike during your trip to Peru. The top recommendations are the 2-day Inca Trail, a very popular option for first-time hikers and those who are a bit short on time. For more advanced hikers you can go on a 3-day hike at Colca Canyon and even add whitewater rafting in the canyon. Here you find a great option for a 3-day hike with an expert guide and affordable prices. Check this detailed guide for the Best Hikes in Peru.
19) BACKPACKING IN SOUTH AMERICA: A truly Dream Vacation for any Adventure Traveler
South America is a huge territory, and one of the best ways to explore it is by backpacking around and allowing to soak on the fascinating culture while exploring the stunning and diverse landscape. Whether you have some bucket list destinations that are unmissable, such as Hike Patagonia, exploring Machu Picchu, or soaking in the sun in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, I believe that any adventure traveler would agree with me that Backpacking in South America is a true dream destination.
You will fall in love with the continent with an incredible variety of things to do, and places to visit from pristine beaches on the coast to lush forests, historical towns, ancient ruins, and towering mountains. In South America, you can also find some of the best hikes on the Planet. Even better, it is very affordable and safe to travel around South America, doesn’t matter if your adventure includes hitchhiking or flying around your amazing South America backpack route.
PRO-TIP: Because of being so big and has so many amazing places to choose from, it can be intimidating to choose where to start a trip in South America. I would recommend some research and planning before, to make your trip fun and safe. I have partnered with professional travel bloggers to write the 10-Best Routes to go Backpacking in South America and this should be a great start for you. I also recommend checking the Top Backpacks in the market today.
Dream Destinations in Africa
20) BOTSWANA: Go on a wild safari is a true dream destination
As you can see, I love adventure travel experiences, and I consider my trip to Botswana the biggest adventure of my life! Botswana has not only been a dream destination for me but a transformative experience. As a big animal lover, here I found some of the best safaris on the planet!
It is impossible to go on safari at Chobe and not see at least hundreds of elephants on the same day. Or go to Okavango Delta and get lost in the labyrinth of rivers while observing hippos and crocodiles. One of the best parts is exploring Savuti and being at a very close distance from lions.
For 10 days I went on a road trip in Botswana and I slept under the stars camped without fences in the most remote areas on a safari and shared the same space with wild animals like hyenas and African lions. Yes, and it was awesome to be so close to the animals, in their own habitat. Adventure camping and sleeping under the stars in the middle of a safari offer a perfect mix of raw nature and unprecedented experiences.
PRO-TIP: One of the best ways to explore Botswana is doing a Driving Safari, you have 2 options: If you are traveling on a budget, you can rent a 4×4 and do a self-safari – Read my full Botswana Road Trip itinerary here, and you can go camping – Read all you need to know about Camping in Botswana. Or you can hire a local tour company to organize your visit.
21) NAMIBIA: One of the most beautiful dream destinations on earth!
Think about a dream destination. What comes to your mind? I know what comes to my mind, and it is Namibia. My definition of Namibia is not a trip, it is an experience! Namibia is that place that will leave you in AWE doesn’t matter if you are traveling around the desert, or doing a safari, and you cannot go wrong whichever you choose to visit.
Because of the vast landscape and habitats, the animals of Namibia are able to roam freely without too much human interference Namibia has very diverse wildlife, including the big five, and very rich marine life.
Namibia is certainly one of the most stunning places I’ve ever seen – from driving the Namibian desert without seeing another car for hours to being surrounded by fossilized trees at Deadsvlei. Driving on the coastline on Skeleton Coast where the desert meets the ocean, to the incredible Namibia safari and plains of Etosha National Park inspires awe at the majesty of nature.
PRO-TIP: I recommend renting a car and going on a road trip to Namibia. If you want to plan a trip, check my Ultimate Namibia Road Trip Itinerary, where you can find all the tips, where to drive, what to visit, where to stay, and pretty much all you need to know about how to plan a trip to Namibia.
22) MOROCCO: A dream destination for diversity and warm hospitality
Morocco was on my travel bucket list for a long time, and it didn’t disappoint me. Actually, it was the first time I traveled to the African continent, and I was in awe of the beauty, diversity, culture, and everything else. Morocco is a must-see destination for anyone who loves to travel and explore culture, history, food, and natural wonders. Visiting the imperial cities of Marrakesh, Fez, Meknes, and Rabat with their magnificent architecture transports us back in time.
Imagine yourself watching the ancient ways of making bread or tanning leather that has not changed for centuries. Explore the blend of modern meets traditions in nearly every aspect of the country. A trip to Morocco is not complete without getting lost in the silence of the Sahara desert and sleeping under the plentiful stars.
The cuisine is another experience, with an explosion of aromas, prepared with spices like saffron, and cinnamon which is locally sourced and liberally employed to lend unique flavors to stews and soups. From the Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco could have been tailor-made for any adventure traveler.
PRO-TIP: If you are planning a trip to Morocco, check the Top 10 Things to do in Marrakesh. My second piece of advice is even if I am big at going on independent road trips to different countries, I do not recommend self-drive in Morocco, and I recommend hiring a private tour
23) SOUTH AFRICA: For an adventurous getaway
South Africa is a bucket list destination for most world travelers. It is a place that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime. It offers amazing adventures for everyone, from incredible safaris such as Kruger and Addo Elephant Park, amazing blue water beaches, incredible food and wine, friendly people, and stunning landscapes everywhere you go.
Whether you are looking for an adventure trip, a diverse wildlife encounter, meeting incredible local people, relaxing at the beach, or just enjoying yourself while sipping good wine, South Africa offers it all. South Africa is a perfect destination for those who are looking to explore a very diverse culture and loves outdoor lifestyles, and even better? It is very affordable to travel to South Africa.
PRO-TIP: You can check my photoblog for the top 25 pictures of South Africa safaris for some inspiration.
Dream Destinations in Europe
24) ICELAND: A truly dream trip is to drive the Ring Road
This is another dream spot for your bucket list. The Land of fire and ice is one of the most amazing vacation destinations for any adventure traveler because it offers it all. From a relaxing time at one of the hot springs or soaking in a geothermal hot spring such as the famous Blue Lagoon to some incredible hiking or going on ice climbing at the Glaciers Vatnajokull National Park.
One of the best ways is exploring Iceland is to go on a Ring Road trip and explore the most amazing waterfalls, drive through the incredible geothermal area of Myvatn, relax at natural pools, and discover incredible surprises along with the scenic drives.
Or the famous Golden Circle where you can drive in as short as 3-4 days to discover incredible gems such as craters, the Geysir geothermal area, and the fascinating Thingvellir National Park where you can stand between the two continents, America and Europe, and you can also go on snorkeling on the Silfra Fissure.
PRO-TIP: Check my complete 10-day Ring Road itinerary for the most complete self-drive guide. Also, you probably heard that traveling to Iceland is expensive, so I have prepared this very detailed guide on how to travel to Iceland on a Budget.
25) BAVARIA, GERMANY: A spectacular dream place to visit
Now let’s be honest: Bavaria is one of the top destinations on any traveler’s bucket list! Located in stunning Southeast Germany and on the border with Austria, this region has scenic drives among the hills with breathtaking landscapes, fairytale towns, and magical castles, with the most popular being the Neuschwanstein Castle, considered the most beautiful castle in the world.
I have visited this region on road trips a couple of times, and I continue to find incredible places to visit, such as the Rothenburg of der Tauber, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and preserved medieval towns I ever visited. You can even spend the night at one of the castles in this region, and this is a really cool experience to feel like a princess or prince for a day.
For your adventure travel, the Bavarian Alps is a dream destination, with a large range of outdoor activities to get your heart pumping and your eyes filled with so much beauty of alpine valleys, emerald lakes, waterfalls, and snow-covered mountains forming a real wonderland for any outdoor activities such as hiking in the summer, and skiing in winter.
PRO-TIP: I recommend renting a car to explore the Bavaria region, you can stop along the road for incredible views for pictures, and visit many of the small villages and small medieval towns along the way. If you are short on time, you can visit Bavaria on a day trip from Munich.
26) DOLOMITES, ITALY: A truly dream destination for hikers and outdoor lovers
This is another dream destination for any adventure traveler to add to your bucket list. If you want to discover one of the best landmarks in Italy make sure to include the Dolomites in your itinerary. The Dolomites is the dramatic rocky rooftop, offering some of the best mountain thrills in Europe. The bold, light-gray cliffs and spires flecked with snow, above green, flower-speckled-meadows, and beneath a blue sky, offer a powerful, unique, and memorable mountain experience.
The Dolomites cover more than 140,000 hectares with 18 peaks rising above 3,000 meters. When you hike the Dolomites, you will see fairytale towns, jagged peaks, breathtaking viewpoints, and emerald alpine lakes, and be able to also eat incredible food. delicious food.
While visiting the Dolomites you will see amazing points such as the Alpe di Siusi, the church of St. Maddalena in Val di Funes or the Seceda ridgeline. One of the best hikes in the Dolomites is the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the Cadini di Misurina hike.
PRO-TIP: Dolomite is considered one of the Best Places to Hike in Italy. Note that getting to the Dolomites can be tricky as there is no dedicated airport in the area, so your option is to fly to larger aeroports such as Venice, Bergamo, or Milan and drive a few hours.
27) TUSCANY: One of the top dream destinations in Italy
Is a road trip in Tuscany on your dream destinations list? If not yet, you should add it. Tuscany is one of those places that will simply still your heart and will make you want to go back to continue to explore.
Tuscany is known for its gorgeous countryside, vineyards, old-world charm, and coastline, Tuscany will charm you and provide vivid, lasting memories, with fascinating landscape with its bucolic countryside, rolling hills, and wealth of historic treasures. Not to mention the amazing and fresh food, and of course, the wine. Oh! the wine in Tuscany is ranked among the best on the Planet!
When you visit Tuscany, you choose to visit some famous towns such as Florence, Pisa, and Siena to discover some masterpieces from the Renaissance period. You can continue your road trip in Tuscany by visiting some Hill Towns in Tuscany such as San Giminiano, Monterigionni, and Arezzo to have a truly medieval experience and to feel as if you have stepped back in time as you wander the walled towns and see the towers built to show the wealth of prominent families in the past.
PRO-TIP: If you dream about visiting Tuscany, and are not sure where to start I can help you with very helpful articles that I wrote thinking about you. Start at the Most Beautiful Towns & Villages in Tuscany and pick the one you want to visit. If you are visiting Tuscany on a week-long road trip or a day trip only, check How to travel from Rome to Tuscany and if you are wondering where to stay, check my Best Accommodations in Tuscany for every budget.
28) HALLSTATT, AUSTRIA: A winter wonderland dream destination
How to talk about dream destinations without mentioning the fairy tale town of Hallstatt in Austria? Sitting between overpowering mountains and an expansive lake, this picturesque little town is studded with wonderful attractions and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, walking the streets of Hallstatt in winter, is akin to taking a walk in fairytale land.
Despite being a small lakeside town, Hallstatt has plenty to offer for history and adventure travelers. Here you can find an ancient salt mine, a fascinating museum, an eerie bone-house, and trails that snake through mountains with spectacular landscapes just a few. It’s a mix of fascinating history and lovely landscapes.
Spending one day in Hallstatt is enough to see the main attractions. Hallstatt became a very popular destination in the past years, and if you visit during the high season (summertime) it can be crowded and difficult to find parking. I visited Hallstatt in winter and I had the best experience. I had the streets pretty much just for myself – if you don’t mind the cold, this is the best time of the year to visit it.
PRO-TIP: My Hallstatt Travel Guide has all the tips and details on where to visit, where to stay, things to do, and much more. If you are planning a visit to Hallstatt, I also recommend visiting Salzburg, because it is less than 2 hours apart and it is another amazing dream place you cannot miss.
29) PORTUGAL: Top dream destination in Europe
Portugal is a perfect dream place if you are looking for adventure and also, culture. Portugal offers it all! Another great thing about Portugal is that traveling around is very easy, either if you are driving or using the railway system. Plus, the food is amazing – the Caldo Verde (kale soup) with Porto wine – and Portugal is also a very affordable country to visit. By now, you should already be convinced to add Portugal to your travel bucket list! Portugal is one of the countries that surprised me in so many great ways.
A visit to Portugal starts with soaking into the rich culture of the country, with lots of history and art, from the incredible cultural sites in Lisbon to the traditional ceramics tiles (or azulejos) in Porto to the colorful castles in Sintra. If you love wine (I know I do!), you can find some of the best wines, and you must include a day trip on the Douro Valley Tour.
But Portugal is also a great destination for anyone looking for adventure. If you love hiking, Ilha de Maneira offers amazing hiking trails with phenomenal views, or you can take a trip to the coast and go surf some of the tallest waves on the Planet in Nazaré. You can also go canyoning in the Azores and skydiving in the Alentejo region.
PRO-TIP: One of the best ways to travel around Portugal is by renting a car. The country is very small, easy, and safe to drive, and a 1-week trip on a road trip allows you to see and do a lot. If you are not into driving, or you are short on time, book a very popular day trip from Lisbon to visit Cintra, Cascais, and other towns around.
30) LONDON: One of the coolest cities on the Planet!
Last, but not least Dream Destination on my list is London. This is a city I hold very close to my heart, as I have lived, studied, and worked in London before, and this was my first international destination that changed my life. Since I have lived in London, I have traveled to more than 40 countries, and never gone back home.
London attracts millions of visitors every year, and it is one of the most famous places in the world and one of the most well-known cities in Europe. Here you find many historical landmarks, such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are a must when visiting London, and no London bucket list is complete without admiring Tower Bridge and taking a ride on the London Eye.
Besides all the history and being home to the British royal family, you probably wouldn’t associate London with adventure, after all, it’s a majestic, historic city. But just keep exploring, and you will find real adventure things to do in London, as it is so diverse and international and you will find something fun to do in each corner.
PRO-TIP: If you are short on time, it is possible to see the main highlights of London on a weekend trip, but if you really want to dive into this amazing city, I recommend spending at least a week here. The Chesterfield Mayfair is a 4-star hotel in an excellent location, between Hyde Park and Green Park, and Buckingham Palace is only a mile away.
My Dream Destinations Photography Gear
I am an adventure traveler lover, writer, and photographer and my passions keep me continuing to search and visit my Dream Destinations and continue to Pin the Planet at any opportunity I have.
There are so many amazing opportunities for photos and videos, so it is impossible not to capture the amazing moments while traveling around. All the photos on this list of 30 Dream Destinations were taken using my favorite photography gear:
- This is the camera I use and love – Sony Mirrorless a7III
- Bring a couple of good lenses for different pictures – I always carry this lens with me
- Extra memory cards
- I recommend bringing some filters
- Tripod to photograph the waterfalls and depending on the time of the year, the Aurora Borealis.
- If you want to capture amazing videos, I use and recommend a Gimble Smartphone Stabilizer
- I also recommend a GoPro HERO9 for some action images videos and pictures.
- You can also capture incredible Drone images in Jalapao I use DJI Mavic Air 2
- If you are looking to take photos underwater this Underwater camera (with accessories) is a great option
Dream Destinations Conclusion
I hope you enjoyed this Dream Destinations for Adventure Travelers. I know many places did not make it to this list, and I still have a long Bucket List to continue Pinning the Planet, but this is a good start, and I hope you have a good idea for your next dream destination spot.
Have you visited any of the places on this list? What is your favorite dream destination spot on the Planet? I would love to hear from you too, and let me know if I am missing any dream place I must visit and add to this dream destination list.
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