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Around The World: The Ultimate Travel Bucket List for 2021 and Beyond

If you’re like most people, the more you travel, the more places you add to your bucket list. And according to Unforgettable Travel, a U.K. based luxury trip planning company, the top bucket list destinations with the highest search volumes online between May 2020 to May 2021 are out. There’s no doubt the pandemic has given us all more time to plan the perfect vacation and people are planning big.

Including the likes of The Burj Khalifa, Mount Everest, New York City and the Grand Canyon, the group spans all corners of the globe. With the ultimate travel bucket list featuring the most beautiful places on earth, here’s a guide to the most spectacular bucket list destinations around the world.

The Burj Khalifa

Location: Dubai

The Dubai skyscraper, is the ‘world’s most popular “bucket list” destination,’ on Unforgettable Travel’s 2021 list. The 2,716-foot tall building is the tallest in the world. Standing at more than twice the height of the Empire State Building, the massive structure features more than 160 stories. There’s no denying that visiting a destination this exotic will be one holiday you don’t forget.


Location: Indonesia

Bali ranks high on Big 7 Travel’s 2019 list of the world’s top 50 bucket list destinations. The stunning country in Indonesia provides a variety of things to explore. You’ll find beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans and tigers. Basically, it’s paradise.


Location: France

It’s no wonder The city of love is one of the most iconic destinations in the world. The city is known for its famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame cathedral as well as its renowned fine-dining scene including 119 Michelin starred establishments.


Location: Ireland

If Ireland is known for its stunningly green landscape, and its southwest region, County Kerry, is recognised as one of the countries most attractive destinations. The incredible landscapes to explore include mountains, lakes and coasts that are postcard-perfect. The region also hides charmingly unique towns with old landmarks and ancient sites to visit.

Mount Everest

Location: Nepal

With much of the world holed up inside, more outdoor adventures are finding their way onto peoples travel bucket lists. The world’s tallest mountain is number three on Unforgettable Travel’s ‘world’s most popular “bucket list” destinations. A hike to Mount Everest base camp provides a challenge, an adventure and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Machu Picchu

Location: Peru

Voted as one of the ‘New 7 wonders of the modern world,’ in 2007, Machu Picchu is a regular feature on travel bucket lists. Built-in the 15th century, the Incan citadel is set high in the Andes Mountains, above the Urubamba River valley. Steeped in history, its former use remains a mystery but the dry-stone walls, intriguing buildings and panoramic views make a visit very worthwhile.

The Northern Lights

Location: Iceland

A truly unique sight, the Aurora Borealis as it’s scientifically known, provides an unpredictable spectacle of green and crimson patterns streaking across the horizon. Iceland is one of the best places in the world to view the incredible light show. It’s best between mid-October and early April when the sky is darkest.

New York City

Location: USA

No travel bucket list would be properly complete with a mention of ‘The Big Apple.’ One of the most popular places to visit in the world, there are many diverse and interesting attractions to explore. From landmarks like the Empire State Building and Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or any number of restaurants and bars, there’s something for everyone to eat, drink, explore and learn about in this iconic city.


Location: Australia

The New South Wales capital is widely known around the world for its great culture and its instantly recognisable landmarks. The Sydney Opera house, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour are iconic structures populating bucket lists all around the world. With everything from gorgeous beaches and great cafes to world-class entertainment and famous landmarks. The city is the perfect bucket list experience.

Grand Canyon

Location: USA

If seeking immense beauty is on your bucket list adventures then the Grand Canyon in the Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona is a must-visit. Aside from the Canyon’s incredible size, the landscape’s deep orange rock provides a spectacular backdrop especially in the light of sunrise or sunset. For the best views of one of America’s most famous attractions, you’ll want to take the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Great Barrier Reef

Location: Australia

The simply magical underwater world is a must-see for nature lovers. The world’s largest coral reef stretches over approximately 344,400 square kilometres in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. You can swim, scuba dive or snorkel around the world heritage site and explore the beautiful ecosystem teeming with coral and sea life.

The Maldives

Location: South Asia

The stunning island nation in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of Sri Lanka and India offers a little slice of paradise. The collection of more than 1,000 coral islands features beautiful clear waters, pristine sandy beaches, restaurants and wonderful villas floating on the water. If a 5-star hotel is more your style, then the small country is also home to one of the world’s most luxurious resorts.

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