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You’ve heard it before: What’s on your bucket list? A bucket list is a list of things you want to accomplish before you “kick the bucket” in life.  Whether you’ve written them down or not, most people have at least a few things that tend to stay on the list and never quite get accomplished. But this year, why not tick at least one thing off that (formal or informal) list? If you’re short on ideas, here are some of other people’s all time bucket list destinations.

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Over at the Travel Channel, the editors chose an African Safari as one of their bucket list items… and it’s easy to see why. The elephants, lions, giraffes and other giant wildlife of Africa are a sight to behold, and one that may not be around forever. If a vacation that involves less people-watching and more animal-loving is what you seek, then this may need to get on your list. Click here

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Like diving to see your wildlife instead of riding in a car? Then visit the Galapagos islands off the coast of South America should surely be on your bucket list destinations. It is for at least one editor over at Rough Guides, who recommends visiting in a smaller vessel to get to see the islands as intimately as possible.


Want a destination list destination that takes you to the top of the world? It’s technically not the highest point in the world, but when your atop a snowy peak in Argentina’s Patagonia region, you’ll likely feel as though you are. Recommended by editors at the Huffington Post, Patagonia’s Los Glaciares national park is one of the most popular destinations in the area, rife with stunning glaciers and lakes. Click here

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It’s a must-see if you’re headed anywhere remotely near Asia: The Great Wall of China, stretching roughly 5,500 miles. There are must-see monuments in every country, reminds an editor over at U.S. News & World Report, but few of them span nearly the entire nation. Begin this vacation in Beijing, China’s capital city, and then explore as much of the wall as your legs can handle.  Then south to Xi’an and see the The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Click here

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This list is fast coming to a close and there are many things that didn’t get added… but when it comes to other man-made monuments, Frommer’s gives a big nod to Angkor Wat in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap. With ancient stone carvings and a jungle setting, it’s a sight to behold. Consider visiting at sunrise with stunning views and hopefully avoid the large crowds and heat of mid day. Click here


When it comes down to it, this was a small list  of bucket list destinations with only enough additions to get your juices flowing. That’s the beauty of the wide world; there are so many places to explore! If you need more fodder to get your travel bucket list filled out, I’m always open to having a conversation!

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Dean Barreca

Luxury Travel Experience Specialist based in Woodstock, Ontario. Dean Barreca’s career and purpose are guided by one simple truth: Life can be a magical experience when lived to the fullest. With that in mind, Dean tends to take a different approach to the business of luxury travel.