Being a student with no exams left means that, though I’m lacking in money, I’m rich in spare time. As a result I’ve been on the internet a lot recently doing the traveller’s equivalent of ‘window-shopping’; feeding my wanderlust with online travel articles, but never actually going anywhere. And as if my list of dream destinations wasn’t long enough already, I’ve now got all of these incredible places to add to it…
1. Baatara Gorge Waterfall, Tannourine, Lebanon
As if a waterfall cascading for 255 metres through a Jurassic limestone cave wasn’t cool enough already, erosion over millions of years has caused three natural ‘bridges’ to form within it… Why did I not know this existed?
2. Meteora, Greece
Monasteries suspended in the air atop ‘columns of the sky’, where (despite immense accessibility difficulties) monks have decided to settle from 11th century onward. Although I’d imagine this place is rather difficult to get to, it certainly makes for some breathtaking views!
3. Paraty, Brazil
No cars allowed here, just horse-drawn carriages, cobblestones, and beautifully coloured colonial houses.
4. Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Home to the majestic ‘Stari Most’ (Old Bridge), a UNESCO world heritage site, Mostar is the true cultural capital of the Herzegovina region. Doesn’t it just look so enchanting?
5. Albarracín, Spain
Nestled in rural southern Aragon, Albarracín seems to epitomise the cosy, rustic, old-Spain vibe. Just one look at this stunning photo was all it took to make me fall in love.
6. Hokkaido, Japan.
Ever since watching Joanna Lumley cross the icy Iberian seas to see red-crowned cranes and enjoy the annual ice festival (on ‘Joanna Lumley’s Japan’) I was enchanted by the idea of Hokkaido, but I never even realised that it is also home to these gorgeous lavender fields too!
7. Riomaggiore, Italy.
The first of the five charming fishing towns that make up Italy’s Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore consists of cute, toy-like coloured houses perched above beautiful blue waters. What’s not to love?
8. River of Flowers, Keukenhof, Holland.
Also known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest flower gardens- and I’m a sucker for flowers. It even has a river of flowers: take me there now!
What do you think of these incredible places? Is there anywhere you’d like to add? Maybe you found a location on the internet that has given you serious wanderlust, let me know in the comments!