Top 25 Dream Destinations Around the World

Top 25 Dream Destinations Around the World

Some of these dream destinations have been on our wish list for a long time. We did a blog in June asking readers to pick where we should go next.  Iceland and Peru were tied and we are working on making both of those trips happen soon! The great thing about wish lists is you can always add more wishes to it. Hopefully our list will inspire you to update your list, and share your favorites with us. We love hearing of new destinations!

1. Hawaii

A top dream destination for incredible beaches, lush tropical forests, and picture perfect waterfalls.  We would add in chasing waterfalls and epic hiking to the trip.

Top 25 Dream Destinations Around the World

Will of  Going Awesome Places 

The closest I’ve been- the Hawaii of the East- the Azores!

2. China  

High on our wish list is hiking the Great Wall of China, especially the more remote sections.  From ancient temples to modern cities China is full of both culture and beauty.

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Lina and David from Divergent Travelers

3. Iceland

A nature lover and photographers dream destination.  We want to backpack, explore ice caves, visit waterfalls, and relax in the Blue Lagoon.

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Jamie of  The Daily Adventures of Me 

4. Peru

Hiking the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu, and lesser known hikes like Ausangate trek, and Rainbow Mountain are on our wish list too.  Visiting Inca ruins, see the salt mines, tour the Amazon jungle, and of course take some photos with llamas!

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Photo: Drew from Trail to Peak 

5. New Zealand  

The Lord of the Rings hike is on our hike the world wish list! We can’t resist beautiful mountains and turquoise lakes.  If hiking isn’t your thing, maybe kayak through Fjords, or visit a Hobbit home!

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Martijn and Anto of  We12Travel 

6. Patagonia

With many glaciers and gorgeous mountains to hike, the outdoor activities are plentiful.  Head to the coast for snorkeling, or kayaking to round out an adventurous trip!

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Adonis from Always Wanderlust  

7. India

The attraction of India for us is seeing its natural beauty and amazing temples. Kerala is all the beauty of India with far fewer people.  Add in kayaking, hiking, zip lining and incredible beaches this tropical paradise is for me!

I’d appreciate your vote to send me to Kerala!

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Anita of Anita Hendrieka

8. Newfoundland    

Number one on Frank’s list, he has family from Newfoundland and heard incredible stories of Newfoundland.  The beauty of iceberg alley can’t be denied.  Of course the chance of seeing moose only makes Frank want to go more.

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Kevin and Christina of  Wandering Wagars

9. Australia

Endless hiking trails on our list in Australia, incredible amounts of wildlife, and cities with great street art.  Of course we can’t leave out the great diving opportunities at the Great Barrier Reef!

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Nikki of  Where is Noodles

10. Argentina

We can’t argue with Franks son’s pick as Argentina has both glaciers and beaches.

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Nicole of  Third Eye Mom

11. Greece

Tops on Cathys son’s  list for a diversity in beauty.  From ancient ruins, incredible beaches and gorgeous architecture Greece has so much to offer.

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Brian and Amanda of Eat Work Travel

12. England

This pick comes from Cathy’s 3 teenage girls.  London is tops for both historical architecture and current trends in fashion.  I would be very excited to finally see Banksy street art!

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Chrissie from Travel Passionate

13. Japan

The culture, landscapes, and beauty of Japan lure calls to us.  The sushi seals the deal though!

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Eric of  Travel Babbo

14. Maldives

Not all of our destination focus on hardcore activities. Some like the Maldives are more of a decadent destination full of luxury and relaxation.  Over water bungalows, numerous snorkeling sites, and incredible beaches put the islands of the Maldives on our list.

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Pam from Always 5 Star

15. Petra

Indiana Jones and that Last Crusade put this one on the list for Frank.  Seeing anything from ancient times is surreal and always fascinating to us.

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Matt of LandLopers

16. Canada

Many places in Canada are on our wish list, but the beauty of Banff’s mountains really call to us.  Hikes surrounded by bright blue lakes abound in this paradise for nature lovers.

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Laurel of Monkeys and Mountains

17. Utah

We have places in the US on our wish list too!  Utah is full of beautiful national parks and endless hiking opportunities with unique geological features.  There in the winter, no problem the skiing is top notch!

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Matt from Expert Vagabond

18. Alaska

Another natural beauty on our wish list. Epic landscapes, tons of mountains, and glaciers to hike too.  Add in an abundance of wildlife, moose are Frank’s favorite!

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Chris and Heather from A Brit and a Southener 

19. New York

We are New Englanders and love the variety of adventures near and far- it is our motto after all.  We have never been to Manhattan or Brooklyn, the architecture in cities of New England combine the old and new in unique beautiful ways.

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Hung from  Up Up and a Bear

20. Antarctica

The challenges getting to Antarctica only makes us want to go more!  Icebergs float by in a sea of blue while a whale swims past, yes sign us up for this cold adventure!

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Dave and Deb from The Planet D  

Wait that is only 20 destinations!  We saved the last 5 for your suggestions, send them by email or add them in the comments.  Be sure to include a link to your article about the destination!  We will pick the final 5 from December 20-25th.  Wishing us all great travel and ideally some travel destinations as holiday gifts!    Note: the 25 destinations have now been picked but add your suggestions in the comments, seems like we need a part 2 to include more dream destinations!

21. Faroe Islands

These naturally beautiful islands have intrigued us. The many scenic hikes and epic landscapes put the 18 Faroe Islands on the dream destination list.  Bonus points for how few people are on these islands, we love quiet places in nature!

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Diana and Hope of MVMT Blog

22. Kyrgyzstan

We fell in love with the epic photos of the second highest highway in the world that travels into Tajkistan also.  Normally we only get views that incredible from challenging hikes.

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Kirsty and Mark of Kathmandu and Beyond

#23   Bhutan

Mountains, temples, monasteries and Buddhas, do you need more?  Bhutan is on the southern slopes of the Himalayas, imagine the incredible hikes!

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Christian of Unusual Traveler

#24  Phillipines- Coron

Island hopping, snorkeling and relaxing on the beach sounds heavenly to me!  Check out the turquoise waters and limestone rock formations.

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Anita of The Sane Traveler

#25  France- The Pyrenees

Most people think Paris when you say France but we think the beautiful mountains and wildlife of the French Pyrenees.  Endless adventure activities in every season make it a perfect place to roar loud!

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Penny of Adventure Creators

Need more inspiration?  Check out our travel wish list boards on Pinterest!

Places we have loved that you should add to your wish list:

Why you should go on safari in Tanzania!

Wynwood Miami’s incredible street art

Martha’s Vineyard- where the rich and famous vacation

Top 25 Dream Destinations Around the World


Top 25 Dream Destinations Around the World
Top 25 Dream Destinations Around the World


About Cathy

Cathy (aka “Wildcat”) is not your typical travel/adventurer. Whether it is traveling across the globe or exploring her beloved White Mountains of New Hampshire, this mother of 4’s curious nature has led her to find adventure everywhere she goes. Her blog was first started to chronicle the training and journey to the “Rooftop of Africa” – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Since that time, has expanded to highlight everything connected with the unique and fascinating adventures a Wildcat can find. She shares with her readers tips, advice, and encouragement to find their strength and inner “ROAR”.
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  1. I have been to some of these places, I want to go to others, and others I want to go to are not listed. Heck, it is a yuuuuuge world.

    For potential inclusion in the final five I recommend Shenandoah Valley ( and Florida scenic roads (

    Some other places on my list, if you will, include South Africa, Tasmania, western Australia, South Pacific islands, Galapagos, Patanal, Guyana, Cambodia, and so much more.
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    1. I hear you- it is hard to narrow down to 25 and the list keeps changing and getting longer! Thanks for your suggestions!!

  2. Antoinette says: Reply


    1. We loved Tanzania and climbing Kilimanjaro! We missed out on Zanzibar though!:)

  3. Lotte says: Reply

    Awesome list! I think Ireland would make a great addition, it’s a gorgeous island… and

    1. I know Ireland has some great hiking- it is in contention to be added:)

      1. Lotte says: Reply

        I did 2 great hikes in Ireland (short ones but with amazing views). Definitely want to go back for more 🙂

  4. Catherine says: Reply

    Couldn’t see Norway anywhere on that list…. Why not? Also, Prague is lovely for a city adventure, and there are plenty of places to go that has a wow-factor! I have been to Switzerland, from Chamonix you can take a gondola and elevator up a mountain and up there they have built a glass room for you to take a photo of yourselves “suspended” in the spectacular scenery, so to speak…

    1. Hi Catherine, Norway should most definitely be on our list. Hard call on if Switzerland due to my love of Swiss chocolate will win out over it:)

  5. Some great places on this list! Many we haven’t explored yet. I would like to suggest Bagan in Myanmar. It’s a temple lovers dream!

    1. Thank you for the suggestion, I look forward to reading your blog about Myanmar!

    1. Great suggestion, thank you!

  6. Josh says: Reply

    Yep. Pretty much all on my list too! 🙂
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    1. Is your pick to add Cuba?

  7. Amazing list. I highly recommend Iceland! Been there a few times and going again next year.

    Sent you a couple of suggestions via email.
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    1. Thank you Hugo, I just saw your suggestions. Very tempting, I’m looking forward to reading your blogs!

  8. I see you are fans of Africa but no destinations on the continent? May I suggest Senegal? I’ve been blogging about west Africa for years but haven’t seen many other bloggers here – perhaps due to the dire internet!

    1. We did love Tanzania. I haven’t seen anything on Senegal before, looking forward to reading this. Thank you!

  9. Lies says: Reply

    Great list! I see my new home, Canada is already on it 🙂 But what about Scotland? I lived here for 6 months, and instantly fell in love:
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    1. Thank you, great suggestion. I look forward to reading your blog!

  10. I’d suggest Laos, especially Luang Prabang which is surprisingly peaceful for a Southeast Asian city: Colombia was also a nice surprise, and I loved the coffee region near Salento:

    1. Thank you for the suggestions! I like the idea of a laid back place in an Asian city!

  11. Dubrovnik in Croatia is a dream destination.

    1. I have heard great things about Croatia, looking forward to checking out your blog!

  12. Definitely Greece and Maldives my ever dream destination, Maldives specially with my fiancee 😉

    1. It does look very romantic!

  13. Great ideas and it makes me happy to think that I have been to several of them already! Will be hitting India in 2 weeks to that’s awesome!
    Newfoundland and Kyrgyzstan were two unique ones that I will have to look into!
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    1. Glad you liked the list! We tried to have a mix of places many people visit and the lesser known. We love it all!:)

  14. Karin says: Reply

    Amazing list! i hear Kyrgyzstan is calling me 😉

    1. Thanks, hoping you make it to some of your dream destinations in 2017!

  15. Great list with many beautiful countries.
    I have visited some of them and I confirm that Iceland, Kyrgyzstan and Peru are really beautiful. In Peru, you should have a look to the cordillera Huayhuash ( And you should add Lofoten islands (Norway) to the list.

    1. Thanks for the tips and info!!

  16. I’ve been to five places on this list. Two more are destinations on my list for this year (already planning Greece and Jordan). Glad to know there are people with such similar tastes. I like that so many people have other gorgeous places in mind too. So hard to narrow it down!

    1. You are really making a dent in my dream list! Well done, hope to get to them all eventually:)

      1. Meghan says: Reply

        That’s the goal! Hope you make it to all of them as well!

  17. Haylee says: Reply

    Bhutan is at the top of my bucket list! I definitely would’ve added Cambodia to my top 25, although I can imagine it was no easy job narrowing this list down.
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    1. I may have to do a part 2, 25 destinations is not enough:)

      1. Haylee says: Reply

        Look forward to reading part 2! 🙂

  18. Funny that you include both Newfoundland AND Canada. Newfies are different, but they’re still Canadians! 😉

    Teasing aside, I’d include Turkey’s Turquoise Coast on the list. Spectacular scenery, incredible history, brilliant sailing, and fabulous people. I’m a Canadian expat and have been living here for just over 3 years. I love it more each day!

    1. It was a dream list not by country more by how we would do a trip. We have Patagonia and Argentina too:) Newfoundland would be a separate adventure from a trip to Banff unless we took lots of time off:) I’ve heard great things about Turkey, thanks for the recommendation. Have a Happy New Year!

  19. Nice list, Cathy (and I’m not just saying that because mine looks quite similar 😉 )! Your readers were correct to point out Iceland; as a lover of the outdoors, you will be in heaven. I would also consider adding Greenland to any trip to Iceland (but go during the summertime, as transportation around the island is incredibly difficult during the winter months).

    1. Thank you for the suggestion, I am considering a part 2 as there are so many more I want to add:)

      1. You should! I’d love to read it. 🙂
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  20. Okay, I’ve only been to six of these places… I need to expand my horizons. Alaska is truly amazing, from the fjords to the tundra. It’s my favorite state and I miss living there.

    1. What a great adventure living in Alaska must have been! Did you see lots of moose?

  21. These all look amazing! I’ve been to 10 of these so far, but I won’t stop counting until I’m done, and probably not even then!

    1. Well done with 10! I’ve added more to my list and know it is a ever changing dream that continues to be added to. There will always be somewhere great to explore. Happy travels!

  22. Pretty cool list! We have been to 9 of them and should add 3 more this year. Antartica, oh well, that’s THE Dream!

    1. Wow, 3 this year that is great! Looking forward to checking out your travels.

  23. This is a truly unbeatable collaboration! Excellent list. 🙂
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    1. Thank you, so many places on the ever growing list!

  24. Peru is amazing, and highly recommend everyone take the opportunity to go. Bhutan, New Zealand, and Australia have been high on my list for a LONG time!
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    1. So many great places! Wishing you great travel adventures!

  25. All the places on this list look amazing, and I know from experience that Japan is an incredible place! I’ve never made it to New York though, and would love to visit there some day!

    1. The world is full of so many great places, happy travels!

  26. So many fantastic locations. Posts like this highlight just how wonderful our world is and how many gorgeous places there are out there to visit.

    I hope you get to Iceland soon it is truly amazing. If you are after hotel suggestions – I can highly recommend a trip to the ION Adventure hotel especially if you are going in search of the Northern Lights – it really is in a wonderful location.

    1. Thank you for the tip- I’ll keep that information as we would love to go to Iceland!

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  29. Wow Incredible! This list was so fantastic, i want to visit all of the places on the list. I want to visit also Dubai. ♥

    1. I have heard Dubai is incredible!

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