After more than 45 years of traveling the globe, we have finally put together a list of our favorite travel destinations of a lifetime. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, as we can think of additional wonderful places which could be considered for such a listing. We have to draw the line somewhere and so we selected twelve of our favorites.
After reading several similar lists available on the internet, from well known publications as well as from other bloggers, we felt that we should throw our hat in the ring and let you know what, in our opinion, are the top destinations every traveler should visit during his/her lifetime. We don’t think that you have to climb Mount Everest, or travel to Bhutan, or take an expedition to Antarctica, or go bungee jumping in Australia, as exotic and fascinating as these experiences may be. But we do think that the following destinations should be at the top of your bucket list :
1. Paris France
If you are going to travel to only one destination in your life, the City of Lights is our choice for you (unless you are so lucky as to already reside in or near Paris). There is romance in the air just about everywhere you are likely to go in Paris, and the city will make you fall in love, with perhaps more than merely the beauty of its attractions, its streets, its cafes, its “joie de vivre”. If you have not been to Paris yet, hurry up and put it on your list!
The official website of the Paris tourism office can be found here: Paris Tourism
2. New York City USA
The City That Never Sleeps will overwhelm you with its pace of life and the richness and vibrancy of its offerings. New York City has it all, and the experience of sharing the life of the New Yorkers for a few days should not be missed by anyone interested in the meaning of freedom.
The official New York City tourism website can be found here: New York City USA
Have a look at one or more of the many BonVoyageurs postings about New York City: BonVoyageurs’ New York City
3. London England
There are many good reasons why London is the most visited city in the world with more than 19 million visitors a year. The sun may have set on the British Empire, but London still provides tourists with the feel of a royal, if not imperial, city steeped in long rooted traditions and customs. Isn’t London where they wrote the book on how to act like a gentleman or a lady?
The official website of the London tourist office can be found here: London Tourism
Read some of the BonVoyageurs postings about London: BonVoyageurs’ London
4. Hong Kong China
All of the exoticism of the Orient can be found in Hong Kong, which will amaze you with its wonders and its successful blending of the best of Eastern and Western cultures.
The official website of the Hong Kong tourist office can be found here: Hong Kong Tourism
Read some of the BonVoyageurs postings about Hong Kong: BonVoyageurs’ Hong Kong
5. Israel and the Holy Land
Israel and the Holy Land should be on everyone’s bucket list. Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is the birthplace of the three great religions of the world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. All travelers will find a visit to Israel a rich and rewarding foray into thousands of years and many layers of history.
The official website of the Israel Tourism office can be found here: Israel Tourism
6. Santorini and other Greek Isles
After many years of cruising the oceans of the world, BonVoyageurs still regards a cruise to the Greek Isles the best first and most essential cruise for first time travelers. If you are going to take only one cruise in your lifetime, make it a cruise from Athens to Venice through the Greek Islands!
The official website of the Greece Tourism office can be found here: Greece Tourism
7. African Safari
Whether in Kenya/Tanzania or in southern Africa, an African safari is nothing short of a life changing experience. Coming in close proximity to thousands of wild animals in their native environment will make you want to come back for more!
Read some of the BonVoyageurs’ postings about an African Safari here: African Safari
8. Florence and Tuscany
There is something uniquely special about Florence and Tuscany in Italy. The capital of the Renaissance is full of beautiful art and architecture and surrounded by one of the best food and wine growing regions in the world. The art of good living may well have been invented here!
The official website of the Tuscany tourism office may be found here: Tuscany Tourism
Read some of the BonVoyageurs postings about Florence and Tuscany here: Florence and Tuscany
9. Nice and the Cote d’Azur in France
The sun and the blue waters of the Cote d’Azur in France have attracted artists, royalty and tourists alike to these beautiful shores on the Mediterranean. Nice and the Cote d’Azur have been a favorite vacation destination of ours for many years because, in addition to its awesome coastal towns and cities, the Cote d’Azur offers countless gastronomic and cultural treasures.
The official website of the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur tourism office can be found here: Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur Tourisme
Read some of the BonVoyageurs postings about Nice and the French Riviera: Nice and French Riviera
10. Napoli and the Amalfi coast
When it comes to our favorite landscapes in the world or our favorite scenic drives, the Bay of Napoli and the Amalfi Coast, including the Isle of Capri, offer what we consider the most beautiful and romantic coastline in the world. It should not be missed.
The official website of the Campania Region tourism office can be found here: Napoli and the Amalfi Coast Tourism
11. Venice (Venise, Venezia) Italy
Venice Italy has symbolized romance for generations of lovers the world over, but unfortunately its days are numbered as the city is slowly sinking into the waters of the Adriatic Sea. So don’t wait too long before booking your trip!
The official website of the Venice Tourism office can be found here: Venice Tourism
12. Montreal and Quebec City Canada
French culture and joie de vivre are nowhere better experienced than in French Canada and the cities of Montreal and Quebec City. Both in winter and in summer, from the Jazz Festival to the Winter Carnival, Montreal and Quebec City offer experiences of a lifetime!
The official website of the Quebec Tourism office can be found here: Quebec Tourism
How many of the above twelve destinations of a lifetime have you been to? Before you make your next travel plans, ask yourself whether any of these fabulous destinations should not become your next vacation! And if you think that we should add another destination to our list, let us know!
Stay tuned to BonVoyageurs.com for more Countries of the World as we share our joie de vivre from around the world. Luxury escapes, cruises and city breaks to Quebec City, New York, Washington, Buenos Aires. In Europe, places like Paris France, Nice France, Provence and the Cote d’Azur (French Riviera), Tuscany and Florence in Italy, Rome, Napoli and the Amalfi Coast. In Asia, countries like China, India, Nepal and so much more!