Most of the places on this list are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but there are also some other gems here.
My list includes everything from extraordinary natural wonders to remarkable cultural properties and they all share one thing in common for me: I'd love to visit them.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Given that it’s on the Inca Trail, you can be sure to see at least a few llamas and guanacos, the wild Incan sheep. It’s best known for its stunning ruins and for being one of the most gorgeous mountain villages in the world. Perched high in the forested Andes, near a beautiful waterfall, this idyllic little mountain town is considered one of the most photographed towns in Peru and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Yellowstone National Park, USA
In the heart of the US, Yellowstone Park protects millions of acres of national parks and National Wildlife Refuges. Home to the most famous of all the bison species, the land is covered in sharp canyons, snowy peaks and serene valleys that make this such a breathtakingly scenic place.
The Great Wall, China
The Great Wall is a massive wall that is believed to have been first built in 3rd Century BC, with at least twenty-five original complexes, over a 1,000km perimeter from Juyongguan in the north to Lin’an in the south. How can you not want to walk along some of that wall?
Petra is a famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert. Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. Accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq, it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, the "Rose City." Perhaps its most famous structure is 45m-high Al Khazneh, a temple with an ornate, Greek-style facade, and known as The Treasury.
The idea of peering through endless corridors of sandstone hoping that the next turning will uncover those perfectly carved structures is extremely exciting.
Ancient Kyoto, Japan
It is not only my country’s cultural centre, but also the birthplace of Buddhism in Japan. The UNESCO World Heritage site “Kyojiki,” composed of 13 books from the 8th to 12th centuries, is believed to be the first encyclopedia of Japan, written by the Japanese priest Ishida Mitsunari.
Just look at the luscious greenery, it oozes calm and serenity.