Your bucket list is probably huge. Endless countries, cities, mountains, forest, and beaches. Maybe more than you can hope to see in years to come.
It would be best to organise this list of places you need to see by some criterion. This list is based on principle, that if you visit a place from this list, you will surely come back home with some exceptional, superior level photography. You will also bring back a suitcase full of wonderful memories. Dive in, choose one and off you go!
1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora, 15 square mile island in French Polynesia, is an A-list holiday destination. Magnificent marine life, beautiful corals, immaculate beaches and turquoise blue lagoons are the reason it is so.
2. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is stretching for 1,400 miles, over an area of 130,000 square miles. It is the world’s greatest structure that is built by living organisms, coral polyps. The reef consists of over 2950 coral reefs and over 910 islands and is located off the Australian coast. It is considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world but is under constant threat cause of water acidification and global warming.
3. The Grand Canyon
Even with all the pics of this natural phenomenon that we´ve seen, we know that they don´t do justice to the real beauty of the Grand Canyon. The gap is huge, bigger than you can ever imagine. And more beautiful. And so photogenic. One of the greatest American National parks, and a great hiking trail.
4. Ubud, Bali
The cultural heart of Bali, Indonesia. This picturesque mountain town is located among dreamy villages, steep ravines and numerous rice terraces. It is also a home for hundreds of shops, traditional restaurants, cafes and spa centres.
5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sao Sebastiao de Rio de Janeiro, known shortly as Rio, is an ex-capital of Brasil and Portuguese empire. This humongous harbour city, with highly contrasting settings all around, is one of the liveliest cities in the world. Copacabana, Maracana Stadium, Christ the Redeemer statue and Botafogo cave are known to people all over the world. Bossa-Nova and beautiful Brazilians, too.
6. The Himalayas, Nepal
The Himalayas are a mountain range in Nepal, with Mount Everest as a world’s highest peak, and an all-time dream for all climbers. Climbing this beautiful mountain is a challenge that climbers just cannot resist, even with a death toll that this mesmerising place takes in lives each year.
7. Petra, Jordan
One of the New seven wonders of the world and in Smithsonian´s list of 28 places to see before you die. An archaeological city is known as a Rose city, for the colour of the stones that it is carved into, famous for its water conduit and the biggest trading hub in this part of the world in old times. Now a wildly popular touristic destination, with the number of visitors increasing each year.
8. Torres del Paine, Chile
This National park in Patagonia is a crown jewel for everyone who loves nature. This National park in Chile encircles rivers, lakes, glaciers and mountains in a magical combination for all adventurers and those who feel like one.
9. Halong Bay, Vietnam
Emerald waters, monumental limestone pillars and miniature islands topped with old forests make this place a northern Vietnam´s number one touristic hub. Designated UNESCO world heritage site in 1994. as a place of outstanding universal value.
10. Bagan, Myanmar
The Bagan ancient city is the main attraction of this part of Myanmar, located on 26 square-mile area. Over 2100 temples and pagodas still survived the turbulent history. They were built in the period between the 11th and 13th century.
11. Santorini, Greece
Santorini is an island in southern Egean sea in the group of islands called the Cyclades. This island is volcanic, made after one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in the history of the planet. And on top of that volcanic rock, some 1000ft up the caldera, beautiful pearly white little town. Houses and churches with Visantinine blue roofs. Cafes, restaurants, villas and indigo blue sea as far as your eyes can see.
A group of islands in South Asia, officially the Republic of Maldives is one of the most famous touristic destinations in the world. The unmatched splendour of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, and nature unrivalled by any other destination make this place the favourite holiday place for rich and famous. Maldives equal holiday.
13. Giza Pyramids, Egypt
The pyramids of Giza are located on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt´s capital. It is still a mystery how these architectural giants were built with tools and knowledge of ancient times. The complex consists of six pyramids and the Great Pyramid is the most famous among those. It is often called the Pyramid of Cheops, and it is the oldest of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, and the only one that is partly intact.
14. Ta Prohm, Cambodia
Ta Prohm is the name of one of the temples in Angkor, once the capital city of the great Khmer empire in Cambodia. Ruins of the temple are enclosed in gigantic root systems as if embraced by them, which give it the total Indiana Jones mood.
15. Taj Mahal, India
Taj Mahal is a monument to love, ivory white marble with semi-precious stones, tomb or mausoleum of the emperor´s favourite wife. It is visited by 8 million visitors a year and a winner of New 7 wonders of the world competition. the main dome is 115ft high and was originally made of gold, and later replaced by bronze in the 19th century.
16. Machu Picchu, Peru
The ancient citadel of Macchu Picchu in Peru was discovered in 1912. by explorer Hiram Bingham, who removed most of the artefacts that he found in it. It is the most iconic site of advanced Inca civilisation and considered an estate of one of the Inca emperors. It was built with ancient Incan technics, called ashlar, where they cut these huge blocks in a way that they can fit together without the use of mortar.
17. Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
During the summer, you can see the three-story building high blocks of ice floating down the fjords. Alaskan fjords are over 30 miles long, and one-fifth of their area is covered with ice, and that blue colour of ice in this rugged landscape makes it such an eye-candy.
On average Antarctica is the driest, windiest, highest, and coldest continent. Millions of penguins of different species, however, call this deserted continent their home.
19. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
This one is a Disney castle for sure. More accurate, this nineteen-century German castle was an inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. It is often visited by couples, as a part of a lovers tour through Bavarian castles.
20. Railay, Thailand
This magical beach, located on a remote Thai peninsula, is only accessible by small boats. It is, however, one of the most visited weekend locations in Thailand for its beauty and numerous activities for tourists.
21. Zhangye Danxia, China
The green, red, grey and yellow sand in rainbow mountains of Zhangye Danxia make this place look like the one from the canvases of impressionist painters. These sensational colours are caused by traces of various minerals in the sandstone.
22. Kauai, Hawaii
Hikers, swimmers, bikers and divers paradise. The rainiest place on the planet, with rainforests, waterfalls and vertical cliffs that make it also a photographers paradise.
23. Alberta – Canada
The province of Alberta in Canada is so incredibly beautiful, especially in summer. Take this landscape on the photo for instance. The clearest blue waters of Lake Louise, millions of green pines in an unspoilt surrounding of snow covered mountain peaks. Fantastic!
24. Cinque Terre – Italy
Cinque Terre is one of the most photographed destinations in the world. Recently, Cinque Terre towns announced that they will cut down the number of visitors by limiting the number of tourists per year, cause this huge touristic boom is threatening the traditional way of life.
25. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
This marvellous lagoon is one of Iceland´s top touristic destinations. Iceland is a great destination for adventurers, and one of the countries that have a higher number of tourists than the number of its inhabitants.