Wanderlust Worthy: The Ultimate Collection of Breathtaking Travel Destinations

Wanderlust Worthy: The Ultimate Collection of Breathtaking Travel Destinations

From the cliffs of Ireland to the whitewashed villages of Santorini, this book is an endless source of inspiration for travel lovers. Each destination is accompanied by an iconic photograph, a brief description, and tips on when to go.

A unique and creative bucket list coffee table book that goes beyond the usual tourist attractions to highlight quirky festivals, beautiful hikes, and more.

1. Santorini

A gift from nature, Santorini (or Thera as it’s officially known) is a spectacular Greek island where dramatic coastlines and attention-grabbing vistas are the main attractions. With its pristine beaches, precious villages, and captivating wild natural beauty, it’s a prime summer escape for everyone.

Among the island’s most noteworthy sights is the Blue Dome Church in Fira, which has become a popular backdrop for wedding photos. Another must-see is the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, which is a unique mix of contemporary art gallery, history museum, and cave architecture.

Other top destinations include the volcanic ruins of Akrotiri, the charming villages of Pyrgos and Oia, and Ammoudi Bay, which is a must-see for its turquoise waters and quaint Greek tavernas. Take a private tour for the ultimate sightseeing experience.

2. Valletta

Valletta, the elegant capital of Malta, is like an open-air museum, filled with perfectly preserved historic and cultural gems. From its magnificent city walls to its opulent churches, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a true delight for history buffs and culture vultures.

One of the most popular things to do in Valletta is to visit its stunning walls. You can even book a walking tour with an expert guide for a bit more insight into the city’s history and architecture.

Another top attraction in Valletta is its National Museum of Archaeology, which has a fascinating collection that spans over 5,000 years of history in Malta. It’s also home to Malta’s best-known painting, the Baptism of Christ by Mattia Preti.

Wanderlust Worthy: The Ultimate Collection of Breathtaking Travel Destinations

3. White Sands National Monument

A dazzling expanse of white sand that looks like a stunning beach (minus the water). In the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico, this otherworldly scene is actually the world’s largest gypsum dune field.

Visiting here is like stepping onto another planet and it’s truly one of the most captivating deserts you’ll ever see. It’s also a photographer’s dream as the dunes reflect and glow in various shades depending on the light.

Visitors can explore on their own by driving along the 8-mile Dunes Drive or hike on the trails. However, a ranger-guided sunset stroll is a popular activity and you can learn about geology, history, and culture while you’re out on the dune field. Also, keep in mind that the park is pet friendly as long as your dog is on a leash and waste is picked up.

4. Volcanoes National Park

In Hawaii, Volcanoes National Park offers awe-inducing rain forest scenery and a lava lake, while in Arizona, the star attraction is the Grand Canyon. The hypnotic geologic wonder is the perfect destination for hiking, white-water rafting, helicopter rides, and big-game safaris.

Hike the incredible Halema’uma’u Trail that has taken tourists into Kilauea Caldera since 1846. This amazing hike includes breathtaking rain forest scenery and even a stretch that runs across a solidified lava lake!

Visit the Jaggar Museum and discover how volcanic eruptions are studied; learn about Madame Pele, the goddess of volcanoes; or simply soak up the stunning Hawaiian landscape. Children will love preparing for their trip with a virtual scavenger hunt or Junior Ranger coloring book before they head to Hawaii. This is also one of the best places in America for stargazing, thanks to its isolated location and dark skies.

5. Iceland

Iceland is the land of fire and ice with dazzling glaciers, mesmerizing waterfalls, and volcanic wonders everywhere. In winter tens of thousands of visitors flock to Iceland in the hope of seeing the elusive Northern Lights atmospheric phenomenon.

The most popular attraction is the glistening Blue Lagoon geothermal spa but the awe-inspiring Myvatn Nature Baths are also worth a visit. The lava landscapes of Myvatn are a birdwatcher’s dream and the lake’s soothing natural baths are ideal for relaxing after a day of hiking on craggy lava rocks and springy moss.

Other must-see landmarks include the Kerid Crater which sparkles in the sunshine as it sits amidst a cluster of volcanic craters and calderas and the breathtaking Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon where pieces of Breidamerkurjokull glacier break off and float towards sea. Hallgrimskirkja is another standout landmark in Reykjavik with its Expressionist-style architecture and the stunning waterfall Skjalfandi is a favourite of photographers.