When you’ve visited Bora Bora, you get to wondering if that’s the bucket list completely done.
I know there are other people who would put historical European castle tours and wonders of the world like the Egyptian pyramids at the top of their bucket list, but my perfect holidays include warm water, tropical islands, swimming with sharks and rays, and sunbaking with a margarita in hand.
After a challenging 2013, we’ve been saving and conserving funds this year, so even mini weekend vacations or days away haven’t happened. But people say that even just planning a vacation is good for your mental health, so I’ve been quietly adding a nice collection to my bucket list.
Here’s my top five bucket list destinations – hopefully we can start crossing them off again next year!
If Bora Bora isn’t at the top of your bucket list (or you’re lucky enough to have already been!), then the Maldives probably is. Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives island nation shares similarities with Bora Bora: the crystal clear aqua water, the abundant marine life, the perfect white sand, and tropical island paradise look. Made up of a double chain of 26 atolls, the Maldives boasts some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling available.
Aside from its natural beauty, the hotel accommodation looks phenomenal. Luxury hotels like Gili Lankanfushi Maldives and Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru are set on private islands with enticing over-water bungalows.
This is one place I want to visit as soon as possible. Climate change and rising sea levels means the potential inundation of the island chain is a serious concern.
2. Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Zanzibar Island is a semi-autonomous island, and part of East Africa. Like the Maldives, it’s composed of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Magnificent coral reefs surround the islands, and several dolphin groups frequent Zanzibar’s waters. Aside from the tropical beauty of the island, its close proximity to East Africa makes for easy access to fascinating day trips like safaris and spice tours.
3. Grindavik Iceland
I picked this destiation purely based for a dayspa. It’s a bucket list, it’s allowed!
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in Grindavik, about 45 minutes from Reykjavik in Iceland. .
It sounds a little… scary, but Blue Lagoon was accidentally formed in 1976 from run-off from a power plant. But instead of making people glow and grow three heads, the water and silica mud in the pool has been found to fix persistent skin conditions.The day spa services also include a sauna, a massaging waterfall, and a steam bath carved out of a lava cave.
4. Emerald Lake, Canada
This one’s an easy one for us to cross off the bucket list, and hopefully coming up in the next couple of weeks when we farewell Toronto, our home for the past two years.
Emerald Lake is located in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada, part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The name Yoho comes from the Cree word for awe and wonder — Cree is an Algonquin aboriginal language in Canada.
Emerald Lake is the largest lake in Yoho and the premier tourist attraction and is frozen from November until June. The vivid turquoise color of the water is caused by powdered limestone.
5. Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
With rates starting at almost $27,500 for a week – and on the rare times that it’s open to the public to book – I think this may be one we have to save up for a pretty special occasion.
Necker Island is Sir Richard Branson’s private island. It`s available for exclusive use all year around and can fit up to 30 people. It`s usually hired exclusively, but during celebration week, individual rooms can be booked and the island is shared. The $27k and up rate is all inclusive: you get accommodation, all meals and drinks (including alcohol), return boat transfers from Virgin Gorda or Beef Island (Tortola) airports, watersports activities as well as two tennis courts, a freshwater pool and large Jacuzzi at the Beach Pool Pavilion, and wireless internet.
What’s on your bucket list?
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