I usually do not travel seeking a beautiful country. Mostly, I try to choose an interesting country, particularly lesser known countries, like Croatia, Serbia, Nepal, Laos, Myanmar, and Colombia.
But here is a list of beautiful countries, per “Wander with Alexander” and his bucket list:
Halong Bay, Vietnam
A very beautiful place, and perfect for someone like me who is not a cruiser. It is just an overnight, with pretty good food and activities. The cabins and bathrooms are quite spacious by cruise standards. And the staff is friendly, speaking good English as well.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
By most standards, V Falls is a letdown from both Iguazu and Niagara Falls. But, after all, it is Africa, and it has a rather unique charm. It is best to combine with safaris, rather than make it your featured destination.
Machu Picchu, Peru
One of the biggest disappointments of my world travels. Everyone has an opinion. Too many people, too many oddities. A real pain in the ass to get there, on a rickety old train with dozens of switchbacks. And smelly tourists!
Patagonia, Argentina and Chile
Probably one of the most underrated experiences in my world travels. Patagonia is beautiful but be prepared for the cold weather. Torres del Paine is worth the trek by itself. Did I say it was cold? Just do not get a flat tire on the highway to Torres.
Great Barrier Reef
Get there before the reefs disappear. It is worth flying halfway around the world! And the food in this region is excellent, both surf and turf! People in this region are very friendly too!
I enjoyed Santorini, but it is a couples place, if you get my drift. The people are great, the wine is quite different (high minerality), and the food both fresh and interesting (cheese pies and kydoni). Go on a wine tour to see the unique farming methods for Santorini vineyards. And the best sunsets in the world, better than Hawaii!
Yet to visit:
Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is one of the most beautiful places in the world and one of the most unique. This mesmerizing site was created 40,000 years ago when two pre-historic lakes merged. With its vast blanket of white salt and mirror-like texture, you’ll be mesmerized by the reflections created by the sky and clouds.
During certain times of the year, this dream-like landscape transforms into a pink lake filled with flamingos, creating an even more captivating place to explore. And, adventurous souls are able to explore its salt fields that remain entirely untouched.
Located in southwestern Turkey, Pamukkale is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. This stunning landscape is known for its cascading white terraces created by mineral-rich natural springs. The terraced basins filled with thermal water have formed over time, creating a wonderful site called the “Cotton Castle” due to its similarity to a small fortress made of cotton billowing in the wind.
You can relax in the thermal waters or explore an ancient Roman spa located at Hierapolis, built alongside Pamukkale thousands of years ago. Those looking for adventure can hike up the mountains and soak in breathtaking views over the entire basin. For many travelers, a visit to Pamukkale is an unforgettable experience that will stay with them forever.
At this point in my life, I will probably not get to many more interesting places. And I like to revisit places since I tend to make friends almost everywhere.