What’s Your Favorite Vacation Spot?

I asked people about their favourite vacation spots around the world. Some of them mentioned places that I’m sure most of us heard of. These are popular cities and countries tourists visit and are on the bucketlist of almost every travel lover I know of. But some of the people mentioned places that were not usual travel destinations. These might be new to others as they were to me.

I want to share some of their favourites, both the well known ones and the hidden gems, to inspire you to travel more and continue on dreaming. After all, dreams are what keeps us going, right?

1. France

Eiffel Tour, Paris, France by Doc Wang on Instagram (@doc.vwang)

There is no doubt in my mind that France is a place worth visiting. People from the other side of the world travel hundreds of miles just to see its beauty. It’s also very romantic, thanks to all the movies we watch. Picture yourself sipping wine on your hotel’s terrace, overlooking the Eiffel tower standing elegantly from a distance. Then, spend the following day at Disneyland Paris until the park closes. Ohh la la, that is a dream!

Don’t you want to see the entire France? It is part of my bucketlist for sure! Its beauty is so hard to resist.

2. Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Izuddin Helmi Adnan on Unsplash (@izuddinhelmi)

“Malaysia truly Asia”, this is the country’s tourism tagline for quite some time now. When I think of this place, I come up with 2 words – cultural diversity. This country houses Malays, Chinese, and Indians. It’s a feast for some people to experience different cultures in one place. They can see distinctive architectural designs, taste different foods, witness various traditional practices, and shop a variety of native items.

Malaysia is also very special to me since this is my birth country.

3. India

Surjansar, Rajasthan, India by Gaurav on Instagram (@mav_eagle)

India is such a big country in terms of land size and it offers so many options to its visitors. It has deserts, mountains, beaches, historical sites, and urbanized cities. The famous tourists sites are the Taj Mahal in the city of Agra, the Red Fort in New Delhi, and Amer Fort in Jaipur. These are just a small taste of what you can discover through exploring India. I personally want to visit and see the Taj Mahal. It is one of the most beautiful structures created by mankind. I also love the history behind it and how it was made out of love.

The people of India admire their country so much and they are promoting it everywhere they go. Looking through their pictures gives me so much joy.

4. Philippines

El Nido, Philippines by Cris Tagupa on Unsplash (@cjtagupa)

Disclaimer! I am from the Philippines so my opinions regarding this country will be biased by default. Growing up here, I’ve witnessed many visitors from the West who travelled miles for 2 things: the sun and the beaches. I can’t blame them. I am proud of our beaches. We have 7,000+ islands in the Philippines so imagine how many beaches and islands can this country offer. I haven’t even been to half of them! The beach goes so well with our weather. Although it storms from time to time, it’s sunny on most days. Also, mostly it is not humid so it won’t give you the sticky feeling from moving to much.

5. Costa Rica

Costa Rica by Atanas Malamov on Unsplash (@atanasmalamov)

This is one of my surprises. I have no idea what Costa Rica offers prior to hearing this as a favorite vacation spot of one of my respondents. Upon further research, I think I might know why he chose this. It has beautiful beaches, amazing waterfalls, and incredible forests. What more can you ask for, right?

6. Japan

Kyoto, Japan by Sorasak on Unsplash (@boontohhgraphy)

My personal favorite! Of all the places I visited, Japan is the only place I fell in love with. I feel like I’m Filipino by nationality, born in Malaysia, with a portion of Chinese blood, but with a beating heart for Japan. Its cities and its nature are both mesmerizing. The food is delicious! It’s a heaven for foodies all over the world. The transportation is highly efficient. (I do have to mention that Tokyo has the most complicated train system I’ve seen so far. I was overwhelmed at first so I suggest not to look at the whole map of their trains and just concentrate on the trail you need to pass through from one point to another.) But the icing on top of the cake is its people. You probably heard this as Japanese do have a reputation for being friendly and respectful.

7. Colombia

Sabaneta, Antioquila by Cesar on Instagram (@cesar.a.8a)

Colombia is both colorful and vibrant. It offers so many things to all kinds of tourists. If I visit there, I would probably head to the nearest local coffee shop because their coffee is amazing! Also, I would want to see as many flowers as I can. I heard that they have such beautiful flowers known all over the world. This country can give you the city vibe and the island beach vibe. It can offer you the party scene at night and the laid back quiet time other people prefer.

8. Germany

Cochem, Germany by Kai Pilger on Unsplash (@kaip)

This country is rich in history. Who wants to go to Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, and Cologne? I definitely want to. Try to research on Germany and you’ll find yourself wanting to visit it more and more. The cities are gorgeous at night. The bridges, the buildings, and the streets light up in perfect harmony.

I wish I can visit my good friend from Germany. How cool would it be if she will accompany me around her country.

9. Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia by Sebastian Pena Lambarri on Unsplash (@sebaspenalambarri)

Tourists want to visit Indonesia, particularly Bali, because they can choose to see mountains, rice fields, and beaches. Mountaineers can climb Mount Batur; Beach lovers can spend a day in Seminyak; and those who are more into cultural experience will have so many temples to choose from. The temples have beautiful gardens and pavilions. Spending a few days here is truly a break from hustle and bustle of city life.

10. Singapore

Singapore by Larry Teo on Unsplash (@larrytwh)

Singapore might be small, but it offers so many exciting activities. Visit Singapore Zoo to see a variety of animals. Go to Marina Bay to see the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Ride the Singapore Flyer at night to see the colourful lights of the city. Shop ‘til you drop in its malls. Spend a jolly day at Universal Studios. Take the scenic view from a cable car. Chill at their airport. It is the best airport I’ve seen so far.

11. USA

Hawaii by Braden Jarvis on Unsplash (@jarvisphoto)

We cannot miss out USA. This country is so huge and every state offers different experiences. It is the melting pot of cultures and the marketplace of ideas. I cannot even imagine the number of activities this country can give you. It would take years just to explore its beauty.

My friend particularly loved Hawaii. Who doesn’t! Hawaii is paradise before, now, and in the years to come.

USA is still a part of my bucketlist, an expensive part of my bucketlist. It is the birth place of Disney and Universal Studios. I want to see Disney World in Florida. My friend told me it would take me 2 weeks just to explore it.

12. Spain

Tenerife, Garachico, Spain by Jay Lee on Unsplash (@jayleedosis)

We are down to the last place someone recommended. Spain is beautiful and fascinating. I’m sure of it even when I only see it on pictures. Word of mouth travels fast and I’ve been hearing people enjoying their time in this country.

But for this article, I want to highlight Tenerife since this is the particular place one of my respondents answered. Tenerife is part of the Canary Islands. According to what I’ve read, the top activities people visit are the shorelines of Playa de Las Americas, Teide National Park located at the highest mountain in the country, Teide for the cable car ride to the highest peak, and Roque Cinchado for its rock formation.

So what do you think of their answers? Do you agree with their favorites? How about you? What’s on your bucketlist?

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