10 incredible travel destinations to add to your bucket list

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In the mood to indulge in a little wanderlust? Whether you’re planning a holiday or just daydreaming from your desk, here are 10 breathtaking destinations to add to your travel bucket list.

Cinque Terre, Italy

‘Cinque Terre’ translates to ‘five towns’, referring to the string of small villages that make up this pastel-hued stretch of coastline along the Italian Riviera. Largely accessible only by foot, the area’s cosy, hospitable feel, teamed with its incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea, make it must-see destination.

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

A scenic cruise through the Fiordland National Park—New Zealand’s largest—will ensure you’re flanked by incredible scenery without pause. Tucked in the southwest corner of the South Island, it’s also home to Milford Sound, which writer Rudyard Kipling once described as the “eighth wonder of the world.”

Marrakesh, Morocco

While not Morocco’s capital, Marrakesh is one of its most popular travel destinations. Be sure to visit Jardin Majorelle, a stunning garden enclosing an electric blue-coloured museum and gallery once owned by Yves Saint Laurent; the Instagrammable Ben Youssef Madrasa with its impressively intricate tiling, and spend time in some of the many souks (markets) in the city.

Paris, France

You know what they say, Paris is always a good idea, and if you haven’t yet visited the world’s most romantic city, why not now? While the city itself is steeped in culture and history, there’s also a range of day trips and overnight stays to be had outside the city. Hop on the train to the Palace of Versailles, or spend a wine-filled weekend in the Loire Valley.

Santorini, Greece

The islands of Santorini—consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni—were largely formed by the active volcano on which they sit, with picturesque white, blue and pastel buildings now lining their cliffsides (often draped beautiful pink bougainvillea). Witnessing the sunset from Oia before strolling the streets, eating and drinking late into the night, all make Santorini a must-visit destination on one of Princess Cruises’ Mediterranean cruises.

Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Outlander fans will revel in the rolling green scenery and rich history of the Scottish Highlands. If you’re a seasoned hiker, consider one of the many trails or mountain climbs—but rest assured there are plenty of driving trips to be taken by those who prefer to see the sights from the passenger seat.

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Known for its whale watching and likely glimpses at the elusive Northern Lights, the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is one of Alaska’s most breathtaking destinations. A cruise is the best way to take in the highlights of the vast, 4,000-square-kilometre natural wonderland—be sure to make time for some old-fashioned Alaskan dog sledding, too.

Havana, Cuba

The most populous in the Carribean, Havana is a city heaving with music, colour, culture and tourists, and its fascinating history makes it a must-visit.

Cappadocia, Turkey

You’ve likely seen a wanderlust-inducing shot like the one above before and been stunned by the incredible view of coloured hot air balloons that pepper the sky in Cappadocia, in south central Turkey. It’s also home to “fairy chimneys”, unique cone-like geological formations, a result of the erosion of soft volcanic ash, which often have hotels, houses and restaurants built into them, making for a truly unique travel experience.

Lake Hillier, Australia

The bubblegum-pink Lake Hillier is one of our country’s lesser known natural wonders, located on Middle Island, off the coast of Esperance in Western Australia, and best viewed by air. Scientists still don’t know exactly why the lake appears pink, but believe it’s due to a dye created by the bacteria in salt crusts.

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