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Top 20 World Travel Destinations
Top 20 World Travel Destinations

Top 20 World Travel Destinations – A Bucket Of My Wishlist

I’ve always wanted to travel the world. When I consider the top destinations for subjective endeavours, I consider my personal preferences, hobbies, and upcoming travel experiences. I can, however, make an extensive list of some of the most popular and sought-after tourist destinations that I want to visit with high travel ambitions. In this article, I’d like to share my wishlist. Then I’ll write exclusively and extensively about why I have to go to these places.

Paris, France

Paris, occasionally refer to as the “City of Love,” is a romantic and charming city in my opinion. Millions of people visit its iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and Notre-Dame Cathedral. The city is also famous for its world-class gastronomy, with innumerable cafes, bistros and patisseries of traditional French fare. The atmosphere of Paris can allure anybody with world-class food and rich history. This is the home of so many popular foods of the world.

Venice, Italy

Venice is a unique kind of a city, lies on a network of canals. It has no roadways, instead a maze of narrow streets and beautiful bridges. St. Mark’s Basilica, the Grand Canal, and the Carnival of Venice highlight this city of charm. Venice is a must-see tourist destination because of its intricate canal system, gorgeous architecture and distinct culture. It adores the most beautiful city of Italy which makes it among top destinations for me.

Kyoto, Japan

I once passed up the opportunity to visit Japan, but it remains on my bucket list. Kyoto is one of the top cities which I desperately want to visit. It preserves the diverse cultural heritage of Japan. Visitors can see old temples, take part in traditional tea rituals and observe the beautiful spring. The main attractions of Kyoto are Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion) and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Kyoto provides an insight into Japan’s rich culture and history, with its wonderful temples, traditional tea houses and breathtaking cherry blossoms.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Ahhh this name Machu Picchu fascinated me first, then I came to know about is mysterious Incan citadel in the Andes mountains. This UNESCO World Heritage Site provides an incredible peek into ancient Incan civilization. The Inca Trail is a famous route that leads to Machu Picchu. This ancient Incan city of the world is the most recognisable archaeological monuments which nestle high in the Peruvian Andes Mountains. This is in the list of my all time favourite top destinations.

Santorini, Greece

Greece was never a stranger country to me. I’d wanted to go there since I was a kid. Its beautiful city Santorini, is one of the Cyclades islands. It is famous for its breathtaking sunsets and crystal-clear waters. The distinct beauty of this island makes it a popular honeymoon and romantic getaway tourist destination. Santorini is a dreamland for its picturesque landscape and churches with blue domes.

New York City, USA

Although I am least interested in visiting the United States, if the possibility of do so presents itself, I am going to take it up. The first choice would obviously be “Big Apple”. It is a frantic metropolis that never sleeps. It provides a diverse range of experiences from Broadway shows to world-class dining. This city is a thriving something for everyone. Tourists can enjoy to visit museums such as MET, and tempting cuisines in neighbourhoods such as Chinatown and Little Italy.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Australia is also on my bucket list for a reason. I’d rather go to The Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, which is teeming with marine life and vibrant coral formations. It’s a hotspot for snorkelling, scuba diving, and exploring the incredible underwater world. This is a magnificent natural wonder of the world.

Petra, Jordan

Petra is a famous for its intricate rock-cut architectural heritage. This is an ancient Rose City. The Treasury and the Monastery are two of the most popular features of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Petra is among the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Football was my first introduction to Brazil. Despite the fact that the team was not my favourite, I included Brazil on my bucket list. Rio de Janeiro is famous for its vibrant Carnival, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain. The culture and natural beauty of the city are enthralling. Rio de Janeiro is a fascinating dreamland for many irrespective of their love for football.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

For starters, its name made me laugh as a child because we called Bora to sack. However, I later discovered that Bora Bora is a South Pacific paradise famous for its overwater bungalows, pristine beaches and clear blue lagoons. It’s a great destination for honeymooners and quiet getaways. This tropical South Pacific destination offers overwater bungalows to live and enjoy, blue lagoons to wander and peace to escape from the worldly hustle bustle.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cricket was undoubtedly my first introduction to South Africa. I used to watch matches because my disability required me to stay at home most of the time. While waiting for my siblings, I usually watch a boring test match. Cape Town was the city where many one-day or test matches were held. So I also added this destination in bucket list. It is worth visiting for its breathtaking landscapes, including Table Mountain, pristine beaches, and vibrant cultural scene.

Prague, Czech Republic

I’m not sure why I included the “City of a Hundred Spires” on my list of top destinations. But, with its architecture, historic Old Town and vibrant art, it is a fairy-tale land for me and many others. Oh, and don’t forget that I started exploring the Czech Republic because of football.

Barcelona, Spain

Spain was the first country I desperately wanted to visit. Initially because of my curiosity to explore Muslim history, and then because of my interest in architecture. Barcelona came to mind after watching football matches. This city is a captivating blend of history and modernity, with its unique Gaudi architecture, beautiful beaches and vibrant street life.


We used to read about the Maldives in geography class in school. I first learned about it as a South Asian country, then as a mystical land and now as a top tourist destination in the world. The Maldives are a tropical paradise made up of over 1,000 coral islands. It’s famous for its overwater villas, white sand beaches and coral reefs.

Sydney, Australia

My fondest childhood memories are linked to Sydney because of cricket. Then I learned about the significance of Sydney’s iconic landmarks, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney combines culture and natural beauty.

Istanbul, Turkey

How do you think I forgot about Turkey or don’t want to go there? No way, my love for Turkey is still in my blood. No, it has nothing to do with history or culture. A Turkish lady was interested in adopting me. My siblings taunt me to go to Turkey in childish fighting. That’s why Turkey has always been at the top of my bucket list. Istanbul was my first choice for a place to stay because it is the only city on two continents. Istanbul is steeped in history, with attractions such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

I freely admit that I learned about this destination much later. I began writing for an environmental protection presentation. I was looking for places to highlight when I came across the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. The Galapagos Islands are a wildlife enthusiast’s dream. This location provides exceptional opportunities to observe diverse and endemic species.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

I had no idea why I had always imagined Cambodia as a pagoda land. However, I later learned that the world’s largest religious monument is located in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. It attests to the splendour of the Khmer Empire.

Reykjavik, Iceland

An acquaintance of mine recently visited Iceland. I was amused because I had just begun writing this article and was in Reykjavik. Iceland, in her opinion, is a wonderland. Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, serves as a gateway to the country’s breathtaking natural beauty, which includes geysers, waterfalls and the Northern Lights.

The Amalfi Coast, Italy

Before going to Roma, I’d rather visit several cities in Italy. One of them is the Amalfi Coast. This Southern Italian coastal stretch offers breathtaking scenery, charming villages and delectable Mediterranean cuisine.


These destinations are only a small sample of the incredible places to visit around the world. The “best” travel destination ultimately depends on your personal interests. Whether history, culture, nature, adventure, or relaxation are important to you. To ensure a memorable and fulfilling travel experience, it is critical to conduct research and plan according to your preferences. These are just the top 20 places of my choice. There are many more to discover. Please let me know if you need any additional information about the remaining destinations. I would love to write on more tourist destinations.

Earlier Fehmeeda Farid Khan write on Kaghan Valley – Exploring The Natural Beauty of Pakistan

About Fehmeeda Farid Khan

Fehmeeda Farid Khan is a freelance blogger, content writer, translator, tour consultant, proofreader, environmentalist, social mobilizer, poetess and a novelist. As a physically challenged person, she extends advocacy on disability related issues. She's masters in Economics and Linguistics along with B.Ed.

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