As this unprecedented year has taught us, it’s never too early to plan ahead—especially when it comes to epic bucket list destinations. With so many options out there, starting the process can be overwhelming. That’s where a travel advisor comes in. Here is a look at some of the destinations you should add to your travel bucket list.
Sleep Under the Northern Lights
Next winter, imagine spending the holidays under the stars in Finland and watching the night sky light up with a spectacular display of the Aurora Borealis. From the snow-covered forests to glistening frozen lakes, Finland is the poster child of a true winter wonderland. Take in the Northern Lights from the comfort of a glass-roofed igloo, or for the more adventurous, while snowshoeing or dog sledding.
Round out your visit with a couple days in the country’s capital, Helsinki. Tour the city’s striking cathedrals, unwind in a public sauna, or stroll along the seven-kilometer waterfront, passing by beaches, the Prime Minister’s summer residence, and the Sibelius Monument, dedicated to the great Finnish composer. The thriving art and bar scenes are worth a look as well.
Celebrate Spring in Japan
While the season can be a little hard to predict, the blooming of the cherry blossoms in Japan is some serious bucket list material. Arriving in Tokyo around early April, the city practically transforms into a fairytale as the cotton candy-pink flowers bloom. Residents gather for viewings all over the city and you’ll find plenty of celebrations going on Ueno Park.
Not to miss is the “sakura snow” in Inokashira Park, when the trees shed their blossoms over the park’s large pond. When you’re not attending one of the thousand plus cherry blossom viewings, head to the Ginza district to shop for souvenirs or the belly of Tokyo Station to slurp noodles with the locals at the legendary Rokurinsha ramen shop.
Glamp in the Sahara
While glamping was a huge travel trend of 2020, adventurous souls who don’t want to compromise on luxury should consider a glamping adventure in the Sahara Desert. Take a cruise into this otherworldly landscape as Morocco’s stunning Atlas Mountains flatten into rolling sand dunes. Glamping in the Sahara, while hours from any city, has all the accommodations one could expect in a hotel—plush beds, modern showers and plenty of furniture to lounge on, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Sahara.
Enjoy desert hikes, camel rides, yoga and authentic Moroccan dishes brought to you by the resident chef. Another perk of staying so far away from a major city is zero light pollution. After indulging in a traditional meal, venture off into the dunes for a bit of stargazing.