21 Dream Places to Go in the World

Sitting at home and thinking about some dream places to go in the world?

I know we sure are. Every day we wake up thinking about far-flung dream destinations in the South Pacific, heading back to Africa for a safari, or even just going on a road trip to Alaska.

If we could travel anywhere tomorrow, here are the fantastic dream places we would visit. Some we have visited before, and some are still dream travel destinations to check off the bucket list. Either way, I hope it inspires you to do some travel planning to these dream places to go in the world.

As Samantha Brown, travel TV host, said, “Travel comes back. A little fact I love is that simply the act of planning travel puts us in the same psychological happy place as being at a destination.”


Epic Dream Places to Go in the World


Zanzibar


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This East African island packs a whole lot of punch for things to do and experience. It’s safe to say that excitement and relaxation can be had on every corner of the island as there are so many wonderful places to visit in Zanzibar. At the same time, you can still easily relax on a beautiful beach and dive into the warm, clear water.

To me, Zanzibar is the ultimate dream destination in Africa. It has clear turquoise water, white sand beaches, and a unique culture. Seriously, if you want a dream beach destination that isn’t just resorts and rich people, go to Zanzibar as it has its very own unique vibe I haven’t seen anywhere else in Africa, or the world, for that matter.

Zanzibar is also one of the best cheap honeymoon destinations you can find with warm blue Indian Ocean water. Honestly Zanzibar really can’t be beaten. From backpacker to luxury, there is a price range here for every budget.


Mozambique Coast


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Mozambique is genuinely one of the best destinations in Africa and one of the dreamiest dream places to go. We have sung praises about Mozambique in the past. We went into the country uncertain of travel there and left with a strong desire to return immediately. Do you want to swim with whale sharks on your honeymoon? Do you want to sit on a beach without anyone else around? Then head to Mozambique!

Vilanculos, for example, is the gateway to the stunning Bazaruto Archipelago. It is here that some of the last dugongs reside (and you may even get lucky and see one). Bazaruto Island is an isolated white sand island offering incredible views of the bright blue Indian Ocean. See the photo above? This is the Bazaruto Archipelago! I bet you never thought of Mozambique as a dream destination, have you?

Tofo Beach is where you can yourself swimming among whale sharks. And not at one of those over touristy animal exploited places either. Here it is truly wild.

The best part about Mozambique? Once you get to where you’re going, you’ll find $1 beers, $4 crab curries, and heavenlike beaches. You can also find very affordable beach-chic lodges like Trevessia Beach Resort, one of the most exclusive romantic experiences ever.

Mozambique is also home to two dream lodges in the world. Anvil Bay and White Pearl are among the most romantic and far-flung places to visit in the world.


The Maldives


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I’m sure having The Maldives on this dream destinations list is no surprise. The coral atolls spread across the Indian Ocean are an enticing getaway with white sand beaches, turquoise water, and tropical weather.

The water is home to an abundance of marine life so diverse, and snorkelers can rejoice in close encounters with rays, sharks, whales, and a dizzying number of fishes. To make it only better, some of the world’s most luxurious resorts in the world sit on top of these atolls with indulgent water villas and beach bungalows.

If you’ve ever dreamed of staying in an overwater bungalow in the middle of the Indian Ocean, head to the Maldives. It doesn’t get much better than here.


Italy


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Italy may be our favorite country in Europe and one of our favorites in the world. The iconic countryside, fantastic wine, rich history, and strong culture keeps us coming back year after year. Each time we have a new reason for visiting Italy. From the Alps in the North, to the Amalfi Coast, and Sicily in the Mediterranean and the vast country in between, there is something for every type of visitor to enjoy in Italy.

Have you ever seen Under the Tuscan Sun and dreamed about waking up in the Italian countryside surrounded by Vineyards? Well, you can fulfill that daydream in Italy!


The Yukon


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The Yukon is one of the most beautiful places in Canada and one of those dream places to visit. The Yukon, a territory in northwest Canada, is wild, mountainous, and sparsely populated. It is home to vast swaths of wilderness teeming with wildlife like bears, moose, caribou, and wolves. We enjoyed a road trip there last summer, and it blew us away — we know we’ll return soon as it’s my dream destination relatively close to home.

If you’ve ever wanted to see Gold Rush towns in the middle of nowhere and jaw-dropping landscapes, the Yukon is for you. You can even consider driving into Alaska via the scenic Top of the World Highway.

If your idea of a dream destination is mountains, wilderness, and traveling without anyone else around, head to northern Canada.


African Safari


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Many North Americans turn to the Caribbean or Europe, given the proximity to North America. For similar reasons, Australians may turn to Southeast Asia for the perfect getaway. These continents are fantastic!

Although, honestly, if I were to pick where our dream destination experience would be, it would be on an African safari. Africa is often an overshadowed continent, but it is certainly a place to have an unforgettable experience. After traveling around Africa for over a year, we have a great appreciation for the African safari.

There’s nothing like watching a huge male lion walk across the savannah or fall asleep to the sound of wild dogs howling in the night.


Greek Islands


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You could invite me back to Greece over and over again, any time, anywhere, and I will happily accept. Greece has well over a hundred inhabited islands to explore. There is an island in Greece for everybody and every budget, and they are all dream destinations to someone.

The historic Greek islands are full of epic beaches, charming seaside towns, delicious food, and rich culture. Speaking of that culture, it’s tough to find a more hospitable or proud bunch than the Greeks. Romance is alive and well all around this wonderful country.

Aside from Mykonos and Santorini, Greece is also an affordable vacation for travelers. We particularly loved our time on Milos, Paros, and Naxos! What other dream destination can you find seaside accommodation for under $60 a night, and eat all the olives and tzatziki you want for cheap!


Peru

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One of the most fantastic dream places to travel is Peru. This crazy biodiverse country has it all: the hot and humid rainforest of the Amazon, the soaring peaks and mystifying history of the Andes, bustling cities, and a surfer-friendly coastline.

Then there’s also Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail, and learning about ancient civilizations. I don’t think there are many other destinations as popular as Peru right now, and that’s for a good reason – they have a lot to offer travelers.


Banff


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I need to mention a few North American dream destinations on this list. So may as well be our beautiful backyard of Banff National Park.

If you want that wilderness vacation you’ve always been dreaming of, the Canadian Rockies are the perfect place to head. There’s nothing quite like Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. You’ve probably seen the mountains, but I’ve bet they’ve never been as in your face as they are here in Alberta. Seriously, every time we walk out our door, we know we are one of those dream places to visit.

Banff is the absolute dream destination for those after adventure, mountains, bears, and hiking.

We have an entire website dedicated to traveling around Banff! See it here!

Faroe Islands

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Traveling to the Faroe Islands is like a dream. If you were to ask us what the most beautiful islands in Europe are, you wouldn’t get the answer you would expect. Well, maybe you have an idea from the heading above, but we would say the Faroe Islands! Yes, the group of 18 windswept islands between Norway and Iceland certainly win a spot on our favorite dream destinations list.

In many ways, they remind me of why we love the African bush, they are raw. The cliff faces and the bleak landscape are inhospitable, but they will humble you with beauty.

I can’t think of when I had a more enormous grin on my face than when I stood on top of a mountain in near hurricane-force winds. It felt dangerous, it felt right, and I felt tiny. The best thing to do is rent a car here and explore this out-of-the-world travel destination yourself!


Bhutan

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Bhutan is one of those dream destinations in the world we have yet to visit. It’s always been on the bucket list, but we’ve never been able to make it happen.

Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia in the middle of the Himalayas. It’s a country known for its drop-dead gorgeous landscapes and diverse wildlife.

Bhutan is the last remaining Buddhist Kingdom in the world and is unique in that it measures its citizens’ “Gross National Happiness” instead of GDP.

Bhutan has also done a great job maintaining its unique culture and heritage by being a relatively closed-off country. It’s costly to visit as every visitor must pay $250 per day of visit for a Bhutanese visa, but I suppose that’s what makes one of those top dream travel destinations.


The Philippines

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The Philippines are a dream beach destination in Asia. There’s a vibrant culture to discover on its hundreds of islands like Siargao, with huge cities and beaches comprising the places you should be exploring in this Southeast Asian nation.

We heard nothing but amazing things from people who had traveled the Philippines, so we knew we finally had to see the dream-worthy destination for ourselves. After two weeks of soaking up the sunshine on white-sand beaches and scuba diving in Moalboal, while spending a fraction of what we had spent in places like the Maldives, we can’t recommend visiting enough.


Seychelles

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The Seychelles – we can think of worse places to visit. This archipelago of over a hundred islands is a paradise. It’s a must-visit dream destination with uncountable beaches to discover, a cocktail of different cultures to experience, and some extraordinary marine life to see. This paradise comprises sparkling granite, crystal waters, and lush green jungles, unlike anything we had ever seen previously.

So, where are the Seychelles, and what are they? The islands lie off the coast of East Africa in the warm Indian Ocean north of both Madagascar and Mauritius and just about parallel with parts of Kenya. There are 115 islands, but the three main ones frequented by tourists are Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue.


Namibia

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There is no country more stirring than Namibia for dream desert landscapes. Its name even comes from the world’s oldest desert that covers much of the country. No nation on earth can compete for the type of natural beauty that awaits travelers in Namibia. You can find towering red sand dunes, dead tree valleys preserved in time, and utterly unique wildlife. There are too many things to do in Namibia for one trip.

Elsewhere you can find massive canyons and rock formations at Fish River Canyon, Damaraland, and Spitzkoppe as the Naukluft Mountains rise out of the desert dunes. Namibia does not end there as the East stretches into the endless plains of the Kalahari and the Caprivi Strip turns into an oasis of floodplains and rivers teaming with wildlife.

We drove into Southern Namibia from South Africa and were greeted by looming rock formations and empty roads. The path before us wound through an arid canyon and came up to a plateau.  As we ascended out of the canyon, the sun began to set. The change in weather created gusts of fiery red sand that lit on fire from the descending sun. This all came within our first hour in the country. We had yet to make it to a single sight on our journey, but we had already concluded that Namibia was a dream destination.


Saint Lucia

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Taken at the beautiful Jade Mountain Resort

Saint Lucia is a Caribbean island famous for its beaches, carnivals, and vibrant culture. There’s plenty of nature to explore here, a plethora of great dive sites, and some extraordinary resorts where you can spend your days lazing around.

We’ve never seen anything as beautiful as The Pitons, though. The Pitons are two mountainous volcanic plugs and spires. Gros Piton and Petit Piton are 798 m high and 743 m high, respectively. You could easily stare at them all day while visiting Saint Lucia.


French Polynesia

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One other dream place to go that I have not traveled to yet but is high on the list is French Polynesia. This collection of over 100 islands in the South Pacific has a lot of things going for them. It’s where you can enjoy crystal clear water, lush forests, and epic sunsets.

It’s a popular honeymoon spot and it’s no wonder why. It’s one of those dream places to go people fantasize about.


Hawaii

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Few destinations in the world attract quite as many people as Hawaii. Every Hawaiian Island offers something very special to visitors. Our personal favorite is Kauai, and our second favorite is Maui.

Kauai has become more popular in recent years, enough to the point that it was the main island we wanted to visit on our trip to Hawaii. It’s known for being one of the prettiest islands and has the most laid-back vibe of the four main islands. 

The main points of interest are Waimea Canyon, Hanalei Bay, and the Na Pali Coast.  We also found it to be the cheapest of the islands. If you’re in search of hiking and jagged Jurassic Park landscapes, Kauai is your dream destination.


Oaxaca, Mexico

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Sadly, we haven’t traveled much of Mexico, but the state of Oaxaca is one I’ve heard many great things about. Oaxaca has a ton of diversity; this area accounts for over 70% of Mexico’s bird species! There is also epic hiking in the mountain regions and plenty of cultural sites to see.

Places like Puerto Escondido claim to have some of the best surfing in the world. This is where you find epic waves and golden sand beaches. If that sounds like your idea of heaven, there’s no other place you should be.


Antarctica

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Antarctica. I don’t really need to say much more than that. Of course, this continent is a dream destination in the world. Not many people get to say they’ve been to the other end of the world and back.

To see one of the driest, windiest, but also most beautiful places on earth is a dream. However it seems more possible every year with tour operators running there. The only downside is it’s costly and questionable for the planet.


South Africa

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Traveling to South Africa is an excellent decision as it’s one of the best places to visit in Africa. It’s definitely one of the easiest countries to travel on the African continent yet still offers creature comforts Westerners might be used to. Even though South Africa is the most modern country in Africa, it still provides visitors with that “Africa” experience and has an interesting culture.

Before our long vacation in South Africa, the nation was one I knew little about. Like any little girl addicted to The Disney Channel, I watched the Color of Friendship and was introduced to apartheid. I watched nature documentaries showcasing the beautiful visuals of the Cape and the effects of the two colliding ocean currents.

And, of course, I knew of the inspirational Nelson Mandela. After 90 days and getting banned from the country, we fell utterly in love. After visiting the country three times, I still consider it a dream destination in the world. You get beaches, you get wine, you get safari, you get mountains. Seriously – if that’s not a dream I don’t know what is.


Malawi

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Besides the fact that Malawi is one of the smallest countries in Africa, and directly on our overland route through Africa, Malawi was a country I knew little about. I’ve met people that had traveled to Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, and all the other “popular” African nations – but never had I met anyone that had been to Malawi.

I knew that I had to visit Malawi while we were venturing around Africa. We crossed over the Chitipa Border Post from Zambia with very little expectations, and what we found shouldn’t be missed by anyone traveling around Southern and Eastern Africa.

Malawi is dubbed the “warm heart of Africa.” Once you arrive, you will see why. The people here are known for being the friendliest in Africa. No one is pushy, most areas are safe, and locals walk around with a smile on their faces. There’s also a lake, a big one at that, called Lake Malawi, where you’ll want to take a drip or go for a kayak. You may not consider this a dream destination, but once you see Lake Malawi for the first time, you will certainly change your mind.


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About Natasha

Natasha is the co-founder of The World Pursuit. She is an expert in travel, budgeting, and finding unique experiences. She loves to be outside, hiking in the mountains, playing in the snow on her snowboard, and biking. She has been traveling for over 10 years experiencing unique cultures, new food, and meeting fantastic people. She strives to make travel planning and traveling easier for all. Her advice about international travel, outdoor sports, and African safari has been featured on Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest.

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