Do you love travelling? Here is a handpicked favourite places in the world!
In Lapland, in northern Finland, there are igloos, hotel rooms and other accommodation options that were specially designed for enjoying the spectacular colorful natural light show known as the Aurora Borealis. Oulanka National Park is just one great spot in this region for viewing the dancing lights during the aurora sighting season, which falls in October and November as well as March and April. This magnificent park in the far north sits among a breathtaking rugged landscape of snow-covered forests with candle spruces standing frozen before a backdrop of the brilliant aurora. During the day, enjoy cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing or even igloo building. Cozy log cabins located right in the park are ideal for laying your head down at night and make a great base to combine a vacation of winter sports with the chance to watch one of the greatest wonders of nature after dark.
Deep in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Moraine Lake -- together with its sister Lake Louise -- is one of the most photographed landscapes in Banff National Park. It's known as the jewel of the Rockies for its deep crystalline waters that mirror pine forests, soaring mountains and endless sky. Drive or take a direct bus 128 kilometres west from Calgary to Banff.
Oia, Santorini, Greece
Located on top of a cliff with a spectacular view of the Palea volcano, Nea Kameni, and the island of Thirassia, Oia is the most popular and arguably the most beautiful of all the picturesque villages of the Greek island of Santorini. Only about 11 km from Fira, on the north of the island, Oia will charm you with its traditional stone houses lining the narrow streets, breathtaking blue-domed churches, and sunbaked verandas.
While the village has its share of taverns, souvenir shops, and cafes, Oia is more quiet and laid-back than busy Fira and most people enjoy its quaint beauty by slowly exploring its narrow streets. Stroll through the village’s small port of Ammoudi by descending 300 steps down the cliff, or visit colorful galleries showcasing art from the many artists who fell in love with the village and made it their home. Oia, Santorini is considered by many one of the prettiest places in the world.
Shilin Stone Forest, China
Spread over 350 square kilometers in Yunnan province, these stone needles look like an ancient petrified forest -- the rock formations stand tall and emerge vertically from the ground. The karst rocks are more than 270 million years old. Local legend says the forest was created when a young woman was forbidden to marry her love -- she rebelled by turning herself into stone. Shilin Stone Forest can be reached by road 96 kilometers southeast of Kunming in Yunnan province.
Montenegro, an emerging Mediterranean hot spot, is our first pick. Intrepid Travel reports a 45 percent rise in bookings from North America, perhaps a spillover from nearby, heavily touristed Croatia. This small Balkan country has new developments like Portonovi, a 60-acre marina and luxury resort in spectacular Boka Bay, and One & Onlys first European location opens in 2020. Intrepids Montenegro Sailing Adventure around the Bay of Kotor (shown here) will also launch. Go for Montenegro's cobalt waters, historic villages and natural beauty.
Vancouver Island, Canada
The big, beautiful cities and national parks of Canada's eastern provinces are attractive options in every sense. But you're unlikely to find a treasure chest as bountiful as British Columbia's Vancouver Island on the west coast -- a 290-mile stretch of pristine forest and beaches punctuated by small, artsy towns and a cosmopolitan capital city.
You could easily occupy an adventure-packed month there backpacking, camping and eating well. More manageable is an itinerary between two towns -- the southern coastal paradise of Tofino and the capital, Victoria -- with a five-hour, bear-sighting, picturesque drive in between.
Tofino is a pretty fishing village with excellent but affordable dining options. It's also popular for its whale watching, which you can see up close from a boat or overhead in a seaplane taking off from the harbor. Atleo River Air Service has a $99 "milk run" route to some of the island's natural hot springs to drop off supplies and pick up passengers -- and still see the whales.
Freycinet's white sand beach at Wineglass Bay, pink granite rock formations and Hazards peaks are among Tasmania's most stunning coastal scenery. The park is northeast of Hobart. Hiking, snorkeling, kayaking and boating are popular pastimes, but so is lying on the beach and admiring the scenery. Spirit of Tasmania run a night ferry from Melbourne to Devonport. Use Tasmanian Redline coaches to reach Freycinet National Park.
The Florida Everglades, USA
Everglades National park, an International Biosphere Reserve, is a place to see wildlife unique to the swampy habitat of southern Florida. An iconic thing to do is to tour by airboat where you'll get a sense of this dense swamp and encounter rare species such manatees, American crocodiles, a variety of birds, Florida panthers, and alligators.
You can also paddle the swamps yourself in certain areas or take a 2-hour guided tram tour along a paved loop trail that runs 15 miles through the Everglades from the Shark Valley Visitors Center.
Bora-Bora, volcanic island, of French Polynesia. It lies in the central South Pacific Ocean, about 165 miles (265 km) northwest of Tahiti. The mountainous island, some 6 miles (10 km) long and 2.5 miles (4 km) wide, has Mount Otemanu (Temanu; 2,385 feet [727 metres]) and twin-peaked Mount Pahia (2,159 feet [658 metres]) as its highest peaks. It is surrounded by coral reefs. On the west side of Bora-Bora is a large lagoon in which the smaller islands of Toopua and Toopua Iti protect a spacious harbour, popular with yachtsmen. Vaitape, the principal village and administrative centre, is on the west coast.
Marron Bells USA
Located only about 10 miles from Aspen, Colorado, the Maroon Bells are two 14,000-foot peaks in the Elk Mountains that are reflected in crystal-clear Maroon Lake, snuggled in a glacial valley. They are the crown jewels of the Rocky Mountains and by far one of the most photographed scenes in the country.
It is difficult to say when the timeless beauty of these two sentinels mirrored in the lake is more striking: In the summer, when every hiking trail takes you through fields of wild flowers, in the fall, when tall aspen trees dazzle with a rainbow of fall colors, or in the winter, when snow and ice silence the world. The best photo opportunities are from one of the many hiking trails – access by motor vehicles is limited. The lake is popular among fly-fishermen – even if they don’t catch anything, the beauty all around them is enough.