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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.

NORTH AMERICA

  1. Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Famous for polar bears, whale watching & the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

  1. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Famous for Peggy’s Cove with amazing rocky cliffs and ocean vistas, Kitchen Parties, Pubs, and Lobster Bakes.

  1. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Famous for lush greenery, perennial flower gardens, and ocean views. Popular with retirees.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA

Famous for faces of Presidents carved into a mountain.

  1. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Famous for Old Faithful Geyser, hot springs & great scenery.

  1. Seattle, Washington, USA

Famous for Pike Place Market, Starbucks & the Space Needle Observatory.

  1. San Francisco, California, USA

Famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, Streetcars, Chinatown, and the Fish Market.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. Hamilton City, Bermuda

Famous for snorkeling, Sea Glass Beach & Front Street.

  1. Ambergris Caye, Belize

Famous for snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley and Secret Beach. Very popular with retirees.

  1. Santa Cruz, Costa Rica

Famous for beaches, ecological parks, wildlife reserves and the wild jungle.

  1. Las Tablas, Panama

Famous for parks, beaches, and culture. Popular with retirees.

 

SOUTH AMERICA

  1. Medellin, Columbia

Popular with North American retirees and famous for the Medellin Metrocable and Laguna de Guatape.

  1. Cuenca, Ecuador

Famous for El Cajas National Park and beautiful old buildings and churches.

  1. 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.

  1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Famous for Corcovado the Christ the Redeemer Statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Ipanema Beach, and Carnaval street festival.

  1. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Famous for Teatro Colon, Puerto Madero, historic culture, and affordable luxury.

 

EUROPE

  1. Pisa, Italy

Famous for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Porto di Pisa, & good wine.

  1. Amalfi Coast (Cinque Terra & Positano), Italy

Famous for incredible colourful buildings built into mountain cliffs overlooking the ocean and great views of the ocean.

  1. 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.

  1. Valletta, Malta

Famous for historic architecture, churches, ancient ruins, and the Waterfront.

  1. Santorini & Mykonos, Greece

Famous for white and blue coloured houses and buildings overlooking the bright blue ocean.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Cappadocia & Denizli, Turkey

Famous for balloon rides, a hot air balloon festival, “Fairy Chimneys” rock formations, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and Pamukkale Hot Springs.

  1. Gibraltar, Spain

Famous for St. Michael’s Cave, Fort Gibraltar, and the Rock of Gibraltar.

  1. Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain

Located closer to the coast of Morocco and a tropical beach paradise.

  1. Berlin, Germany

Famous for the Berlin Wall Memorial, Reichstag Building, Brandenburg Gate, Oktoberfest, beer, and Christmas markets.

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Famous for bike riding, canals, the red-light district, legal cannabis, Anne Frank House, & the Van Gogh Museum.

  1. Geneva, Switzerland

Famous for Lake Geneva, CERN, The Red Cross Museum, clocks, watches, Swiss Army utility knives, cheese and chocolate.

  1. Reykjavík, Iceland

Famous for Hallgrimskirkja Church, Blue Lagoon Hot Springs, geothermal pools, wild nature and waterfalls, geysers, whale-watching, and the Northern Lights.

 

ASIA

  1. 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.

  1. Georgetown, Malaysia

Famous for temples and great beach resorts for a low cost. Popular with retirees.

  1. 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.

  1. Nha Trang / Dalat, Vietnam

Famous for great food, temples and great beach resorts for a low cost. Popular with retirees.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Agra, India

Famous for the Taj Mahal (which is 400 years old), Agra Fort, and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

  1. Male, Maldives

An island located off the cost of India and a luxury, tropical paradise.

 

MIDDLE EAST

  1. Petra, Jordan

Petra is an ancient city carved into the desert mountain side over 2,000 years ago.

  1. 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.

  1. 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).

 

AFRICA

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Located between Hawaii and New Zealand. A remote tropical beach paradise destination with luxury accomodations.

  1. Tahiti, French Polynesia

Located between Hawaii and New Zealand. A remote tropical beach paradise destination with luxury accomodations.

  1. 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.

 

Happy Travels,

Kev

P.S. Here are links to our social media accounts, in case you want to connect that way:

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