Retirestyle Travel Bucket List Part 2 – 50 Wonderful Places Still To Go
Tina & Kevin’s Retirestyle Travel Bucket List (aka. The Most Wonderful and Photographable Places in the World) – Part 2: 50 Wonderful Places Still To Go.
We want to keep travelling and exploring as long as we can.
After we retire, we are hopeful that we will spend much more time travelling the world.
Part 1 of our travel bucket list provided brief information about and pictures of 30 places that we have checked off from our travel bucket list. Please click here to see a separate blog post called “30 Amazing Places We Have Been“.
Part 2 of our travel bucket list contains the locations that we want to visit before we kick the bucket.
Compared to Part 1, which was mostly in or near North America, Part 2 consists mostly of destinations in the rest of the world. These locations are harder to travel to from Canada and will take more planning to visit in an efficient manner, most likely after we retire.
This list is separate from the destinations that Kevin and Tina considered for travel as snowbirds each Winter or possibly retiring abroad, but there is some overlap.
Perhaps you share some of these places on your bucket list or you will get some inspiration from our travel bucket list.
I have kept the information about each location brief to make the list easier to read and digest.
Places in bold text are either one of the 7 wonders of the world or 7 natural wonders of the world.
I follow a lot of world travellers online and there are certain locations that are must-have selfie spots or photo opportunities if you can get there. Those are indicated in italic text below.
- Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Famous for polar bears, whale watching & the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
- Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Famous for Peggy’s Cove with amazing rocky cliffs and ocean vistas, Kitchen Parties, Pubs, and Lobster Bakes.
- Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Famous for lush greenery, perennial flower gardens, and ocean views. Popular with retirees.
- New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Famous for the French Quarter, Creole Cuisine, Jazz music, an international Jazz Festival, and Mardi Gras carinval to kick off lent.
- Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Famous for nice weather year-round, botanical desert gardens and parks. Phoenix and the surrounding area is loved by Canadian retirees and snowbirds.
- Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA
Famous for faces of Presidents carved into a mountain.
- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Famous for Old Faithful Geyser, hot springs & great scenery.
- Seattle, Washington, USA
Famous for Pike Place Market, Starbucks & the Space Needle Observatory.
- San Francisco, California, USA
Famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, Streetcars, Chinatown, and the Fish Market.
- Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Famous as the birthplace of Rock ‘N Roll (Sun Studio), Graceland, the National Civil Rights Museum, and Beale Street. Also home of some amazing southern cuisine.
- Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Famous for great beaches, Ixtapa Island, and Mexican food & culture. Ixtapa has the high-end resort feeling and Zihua has the traditional Mexican cultural feeling.
CARRIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA
- Hamilton City, Bermuda
Famous for snorkeling, Sea Glass Beach & Front Street.
- Ambergris Caye, Belize
Famous for snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley and Secret Beach. Very popular with retirees.
- Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
Famous for beaches, ecological parks, wildlife reserves and the wild jungle.
- Las Tablas, Panama
Famous for parks, beaches, and culture. Popular with retirees.
- Medellin, Columbia
Popular with North American retirees and famous for the Medellin Metrocable and Laguna de Guatape.
- Cuenca, Ecuador
Famous for El Cajas National Park and beautiful old buildings and churches.
- Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru
Famous for 500 year-old ancient Machu Picchu Incan Ruins high in the mountains on Inca Trail. It is quite a hike to get there, so not the best attraction for people with mobility issues.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Famous for Corcovado the Christ the Redeemer Statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Ipanema Beach, and Carnaval street festival.
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
Famous for Teatro Colon, Puerto Madero, historic culture, and affordable luxury.
- Pisa, Italy
Famous for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Porto di Pisa, & good wine.
- Amalfi Coast (Cinque Terra & Positano), Italy
Famous for incredible colourful buildings built into mountain cliffs overlooking the ocean and great views of the ocean.
- Paris, France
Famous for the Eifel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, Musee d’Orsay, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, the Seine River, and French gourmet cuisine.
- Valletta, Malta
Famous for historic architecture, churches, ancient ruins, and the Waterfront.
- Santorini & Mykonos, Greece
Famous for white and blue coloured houses and buildings overlooking the bright blue ocean.
- Lagos (Algarve), Portugal
The Southern-most part of Portugal with beautiful beaches, grottos (caves), and views of rocky coves. Very popular with retirees and very affordable.
- Antalya, Turkey
Famous for Greek & Roman ruins, including Perge Ancient City, Hadrian’s Gate and the church of Saint Nicholas, and the Lower Duden Waterfalls.
- Cappadocia & Denizli, Turkey
Famous for balloon rides, a hot air balloon festival, “Fairy Chimneys” rock formations, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and Pamukkale Hot Springs.
- Gibraltar, Spain
Famous for St. Michael’s Cave, Fort Gibraltar, and the Rock of Gibraltar.
- Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
Located closer to the coast of Morocco and a tropical beach paradise.
- Berlin, Germany
Famous for the Berlin Wall Memorial, Reichstag Building, Brandenburg Gate, Oktoberfest, beer, and Christmas markets.
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
Famous for bike riding, canals, the red-light district, legal cannabis, Anne Frank House, & the Van Gogh Museum.
- Geneva, Switzerland
Famous for Lake Geneva, CERN, The Red Cross Museum, clocks, watches, Swiss Army utility knives, cheese and chocolate.
- Reykjavík, Iceland
Famous for Hallgrimskirkja Church, Blue Lagoon Hot Springs, geothermal pools, wild nature and waterfalls, geysers, whale-watching, and the Northern Lights.
- Tokyo, Japan
Our son Dante really wants to go here soon.
Tokyo is Famous for ramen soup, sushi, sumo wrestling, electronic gadgets, robotics, bullet trains, Onsen (natural hot spring bath houses), Mount Fuji, and shopping in districts such as Harajuku (fashion), Akihabara (electronics) and Shibuya.
You will also find incredible temples and shrines that are up to 500-years old such as Shitennoji, Zojo-ji, Kanda, Senso-ji, Meiji, and Nogi.
- Georgetown, Malaysia
Famous for temples and great beach resorts for a low cost. Popular with retirees.
- Chiang-Mai, Thailand
Famous for elephant sanctuaries, the Night Bazaar market, temples (such as Wat Pha Lat and Wat Phra Singh), and great beach resorts for a low cost. Popular with retirees.
- Nha Trang / Dalat, Vietnam
Famous for great food, temples and great beach resorts for a low cost. Popular with retirees.
- Bali, Indonesia
Famous for Monkey Forest, Mount Agung, rice fields on terraces, ornate temples like Lempuyang& Uluwatu, and great beach resorts for a low cost. Popular with retirees.
- Beijing, China
Famous for the Great Wall of China (entry near Mutianyu), which is up to 2,500 years old in parts, 6,000 km long, an average of 6 meters high, and up to 9 meters wide. Also famous for the Forbidden City.
- Agra, India
Famous for the Taj Mahal (which is 400 years old), Agra Fort, and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.
- Male, Maldives
An island located off the cost of India and a luxury, tropical paradise.
- Petra, Jordan
Petra is an ancient city carved into the desert mountain side over 2,000 years ago.
- Cairo, Egypt
Famous for the Great Pyramid (which is 4,500 years old) and the Sphynx on the Gizeh Plateau as well as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, and the Nile River.
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Famous for luxury and opulence, such as the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa), world’s biggest mall (Dubai Mall), an indoor ski hill (at Mall of the Emirates), Dubai Fountain, and a man-made, palm-leaf-shaped island with an ultra-expensive hotel (Burj Al Arab).
- Marrakesh, Morocco
Located in Africa, but really close to Spain. Famous for its street and spice markets such as Medina and Jemaa el-Fnaa, and Palacio da Bahia Museum.
- Mahe, Seychelles
One of a series of islands located off the coast of Somalia. An exclusive tropical beach paradise with a great market as well as luxury hotels with rooms on piers over the water.
AUSTRALIA & POLYNESIA
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Located between Hawaii and New Zealand. A remote tropical beach paradise destination with luxury accomodations.
- Tahiti, French Polynesia
Located between Hawaii and New Zealand. A remote tropical beach paradise destination with luxury accomodations.
- Sydney, Australia
Famous for the Great Barrier Reef (near Cairns), Sydney Harbour, and the Sydney Opera House.
There are many honourable mentions and I keep finding more. Eventually, we might have to bump some of these off the list for things like Safaris in Africa, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Mt. Olympus in Greece, and Iguazu Falls in Argentina.
One destination that we see on social media all the time is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino and the nearby Gardens By The Bay in Singapore. While these seem amazing, we’re not sure they justify a trip to Singapore.
I am sure you would replace some items on our list with your own dream destinations. In the comments below, please give us some more places to research and consider for our travel bucket list.
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I counted only 6 in my bucket list 🙁 Well, lot's of new countries to look for 🙂
It sounds like our lists only overlap for 6 places. I am curious what other places are on your bucket list. Maybe you'll be inspired to add some places from my travel bucket list
Great Bucket List!
Only 2 in Africa? Technically Cairo could count as a third. Still…
Matt Two Tickets To
What an amazing list! Lots of cross-over with some things I'd love to check out. Petra, Machu Picchu and the Polar Bears would be absolute dreams. Great post.
These places seem great! Hope I get to visit soon!
This is a great bucket list! I hope when things return to normal you will be able to tick them all off your list.
Thanks. There is a lot of information in part 2 of my travel bucket list to help you choose places to go.
I know. Not a lot in Asia or Eastern Europe either. Everyone has their preferences and I don't see a lot of posts from travel bloggers about trips to Africa (although the ones I do see are amazing).
Thank you. We share some items on your bucket list for travel. It is hard to prioritize the destinations, but some are definitely more interesting and others are more convenient. It's a tough balance to prioritize.
Thanks. I hope you can visit some of the items from this travel bucket list soon.
Thanks. I think I will have more time to travel. Travel restrictions, changes to travel, and budget will have a big impact on how many of the travel bucket list items we see before we kick the bucket.
This is such a great travel bucket list! I need to make my own travel bucket list too! I can't wait until we can all start to travel again!
You might have time to make your travel bucket list, but don't wait to long. You can start checking them off soon, I hope.
Baby Boomer Super Saver
I've been to 6 of the places on this list, and more that were near places you listed, but different cities. We enjoyed visiting a few places in Brazil, including Oro Preto (highly recommended); Thessaloniki, Athens & Mt. Olympus in Greece; the Douro River area in Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; and many spots in Mexico. I see so many more wonderful places on your list I'd like to visit! The pictures are great!
Elder Millennial Digital Nomads
Awesome we have done 9 so far but love the list and of course adding new places to our list. We highly recommend Cairo Egypt but only as part of a tour its crazy! Also can't recommend our home town of Seattle enough its just expensive, but beautiful.
That is 6 more than me. Mt. Olympus sounds epic. I tried to include the obvious famous pictures to give a taste of what is to come.
You are way ahead of me. I am also constantly thinking of new places to add, but it means I have to start bumping things off my travel bucket list. We definitely will use a tour to go to Cairo for safety reasons. Seattle sounds nice too.
This is a huge and awesome bucket list, I have to count how many places have we visited. But I would surely love to visit Maldives, Cappadocia, Santorini & Mykonos. Thank you for sharing!
I am glad you liked my travel bucket list and got some travel inspiration. I know its huge, but hopefully you have lots of time to travel to many destinations.
I've been to Pisa, Malta and Morocco if you need some inspiration: https://anneliesexplores.wordpress.com/category/travel/
New Zealand is my number 1 though!
I always love seeing travel photos for travel inspiration. I'll check out your articles. I have several more you should check out too. I'll have to research New Zealand to see if I should add it to my travel bucket list.
I have never had a bucket list. These are some beautiful places inspiring me to go and visit – maybe.
Thanks, Eve. You have a long time to start visiting places on your travel bucket list. However, its a good idea to list them so you can prioritize them and possibly combine them on trips. I am glad you got some travel inspiration from my post.
great post! New places now added to my bucket list!
Thank you. I am glad you got some travel inspiration from my travel bucket list. I hope you get to start visiting some of these places soon.
Love your list! Some of them are on my bucket list as well 🙂
Thanks, Elvira. I am glad you like my travel bucket list and shared some on your own list. I hope travel restrictions are lifted soon (after the virus is under control and there is a vaccine)
Wow that's an ambitious list! I would love to visit at least a dozen of those spots. Maybe Iceland first! Thanks for the inspiration.
Great list. I've been to San Francisco and it was amazing. We went to Berlin about 18 months ago and I'd absolutely recommend it. Wonderful people and a fantastic city. Munich too, for that matter.
yes, but I plan to start checking places off of this travel bucket list soon and to not stop until I am too old to travel or I run out of money. Iceland is surprisingly affordable from North America. I am glad you got some travel inspiration, Sue.
San Francisco is not at the top of my travel bucket list, but it seems everyone has pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge and they say they loved it.
When we are in Berlin, we will probably visit a few other German cities like Munich.
Thanks for the feedback, Graham.
These are all wonderful places to see! And I would love to visit them all. #1 on my list is Lempuyang in Indonesia.
The Tea Chest
Great list, even if it is missing New Zealand. I'm currently living in the Antalya Province of Southern Turkey and it is incredible. Love everything about it. Thanks for sharing your list.
I will try to check out Lempuyang when I go to Indonesia. I am glad you enjoyed my travel bucket list and got some travel ideas.
You are the second person that told me that New Zealand should be on my travel bucket list. I'll have to research that place. Thanks for putting a vote in for Turkey, which is on my travel bucket list. Glad you enjoyed the list.
Great information 👍
Thanks. I know 50 places on a travel bucket list is a lot of information.
I'm All Booked Up
We've been to a few places on your list. Great choices!
Thanks. Glad you agree with some of the choices on my travel bucket list. This list gives me travel inspiration when travel is safe again.
Under Flowery Sky
Awesome list, lovely photo of the bears. Canada is my dream
but also the whole South America specially Argentina and Brasile.
Also, can't wait to see some greek island. But so much more..
Thanks. I am lucky to live in Canada so my travel bucket list is mostly far away from North America.
Some people from Canada actually retire to Argentina and other places in Central and South America, so we will do research on those places to retire abroad.
We hope that our next cruise will be an Eastern Mediterranean cruise including Greece. There are so many beautiful pictures on Instagram from the cliff-side towns in Greece.
Official Savana Rae
I haven't been to Iceland that looks so incredible. I just want to go, hourly after the pandemic. Great post
Incredible list 🙂 I probably have most of them on my list as well 🙂 I hope you get to go to them all after Covid #StaySafe
These are all fantastic places – Italy, France and Portugal are beautiful countries! I'd love to visit Canada, San Francisco, South America, Berlin, Geneva, Iceland, Tokyo, Bali, Maldives, Dubai, Seychelles and Australia too!
Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunigraduate.com/
Thanks. Iceland seems like a relatively safe place to travel when safe travel resumes and there is a vaccine. It looks so beautiful (mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs, ocean & marine life, etc).
We tried to capture most of the destinations on our travel bucket list that we see in pictures on social media like Instagram. Those posts sure work to give travel inspiration. We hope we can travel safely soon too.
The good news is that Italy, France & Portugal are relatively close to each other so you can knock them off your travel bucket list on one trip. It looks like you h ave your own travel bucket list too with some great destinations in common.
You have curated a great list – I’ve been to many of them and can say that you will definitely enjoy most of them. My favourite on your list would probably be Valletta in Malta. Get there if you can as it is such an historical and atmospheric city.
We coincide in both not having been to Machu Picchu and that is one place that is high on my future list.
Machu Picchu is high on our travel bucket list.
Machu Picchu seems like a dream destination in so many ways, like the beauty, the history, and even the supernatural aspect.
We need to visit this relatively soon (before we get too old) because of all the walking we expect to do there.
Malta is actually highly recommended as an affordable place to buy property and retire abroad, so we have to visit there to see if it is the place for us to set roots.
Colin and Mitch - Very Tasty World
We’ve been lucky to have visited some of these places but lots of them are on our list to visit! We can thoroughly recommend Japan, we absolutely fell in love with it there. And we really enjoyed going on safari in Africa – Uganda and Namibia were both amazing countries to visit. You can even do a self-drive safari in Namibia.
Japan is probably number 1 on our travel bucket list. Our son, Dante, wants to teach English in Japan and if he goes, we’ll probably spend a month or more there.
Thanks for the information about the safaris, which I understand are more about pictures and appreciating nature now (not big game hunting anymore).
Paul (Paul Explores the World)
I hope you’ve been able to check some of these places off of this list since you first published it!
Unfortunately not. The COVID-19 Pandemic has stopped our travel adventures for now. Hopefully, we can resume visiting the places on our travel bucket list in 2022.
Kristen and Sam
We have very similar taste in travel it seems! A lot of these are on our bucketlist too! Especially french polynesia!
the destination similarities are probably unavoidable on most travel bucket lists. If you follow travel bloggers or Instagram, you will see these amazing places featured over and over.
French Polynesia looks heavenly (like the Caribbean, but even more relaxed)
That is a big list. I want to visit Canada and more of Italy.
There are many great places to visit in Canada that belong on every Travel Bucket List. Italy is close to our heart and such a great culture.
What a great list! Some of the places are also on our Bucket List. Our top 5 are Rome, Santorini, Geneva, Tokyo, and Jerusalem/Petra. We are hoping to retire in the next few years and travel too. Pinned this post – you’ve inspired me to add some more amazing destinations to our list. Thanks!
Thanks for pinning the article with some great places for your travel bucket list. We can’t wait to go to Tokyo first, then hopefully an eastern Mediterranean cruise to places including Santorini, Greece.
Stepen & Andie
What a fantastic list! It looks like we have really similar taste – I don’t think there’s a place mentioned that we WOULDN’T want to visit, but seeing polar bears in Churchill is way up there on our wishlist. This post is a great reminder of just how wonderful this earth is!
There are so many places that could be on our travel bucket list, but we only have so much money and time left on Earth… I learn a lot from bloggers like you and instagrammers – we read the posts and see the pictures and get a wanderlust to experience those places.
We really want to visit Churchill in 2022.
This is an awesome list. So many places to see and not enough time! I’m with you there because I’d love to keep traveling for as long as I can, because I have a ton of places on my list I’d love to visit too.
We hope to start visiting these places on our travel bucket list in 2023. I think 2022 might be a write-off and too risky. These are definitely on most people’s travel bucket lists.