What’s On Your Travel Bucket List? 7 Magical Destinations to Add!

February 5, 2016,

What’s on your travel bucket list? Really, I want to know! I’m sharing some of the magical places I’m hoping to visit this year – or at least, within the next few years. As of late, I’ve been really attracted to South America, colourful seaside cities and villages, and beaches. I noticed that I go through travel trends and usually toggle back and forth from history and culture, to natural wonders. Do you experience this too?

Here are 7 Magical Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List! 

The rad red beaches of Rabida Island, one of the Galapagos Islands / image via Ecoventura // post by happiestwhenexploring . com
Photo by Ecoventura

Rábida Island, Ecuador
Rábida is one of the many islands that makes up the Galápagos Islands. The Galápagos are probably number one on my bucket list right now. The Galápagos Islands have incredible biodiversity and are a dream location for most, especially those interested in evolution (Ross Geller, you there?). For real though – Darwin is said to have come up with the Theory of Evolution while in the Galápagos. Why shout out Rábida? The sand here is a beautiful shade of red, thanks to the iron in the volcanic material of the island.


Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth, Mauritius (Île Maurice)Photo by Nasko at Fotolia.com via Linternaute.com

Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth, Mauritius
Another otherworldly destination. This magical country is surrounded by natural beauty and one sight that still attracts visitors today (who can blame us?!) is the Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth. Nature rocks, man.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando, FL
The second Wizarding World is scheduled to open in April at Universal Studios Hollywood in California – but I still want to go to HP in Orlando. Why? The newly updated theme park has both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, and the Hogwarts Express to bring you to back and forth. I visited the theme park back in 2013 before the extension had been completed. I know this is not a seaside destination or natural wonder but as super crazy Harry Potter fan (I’ve been reading the books since the age of 9), I am not ashamed to admit that visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is always at the top of my bucket list!

Cíe Islands, Galicia, Spain // Image by the Telegraph.co.uk // #bucketlist destinations by happiestwhenexploring . com Photo by telegraph.co.uk

Galicia, Spain
With some of the most amazing (and underappreciated) beaches in Spain, I’ve had Galicia on my radar ever since an Airbnb housemate raved about her time in Galicia (specifically Vigo, the Cíes Islands and Rías Baixas) – and had the most incredible pictures to show for it.

Cinque Terre by Kevin and [&] Amanda . com // Travel Bucket List at happiestwhenexploring . com Photo by Kevin & Amanda of KevinandAmanda.com 

Cinque Terre, Italy
We’ve all seen spectacular pictures of Cinque Terre, like this one. No matter how many times I see these photos, my desire for visiting never wavers. I am, and will always be, in love with Italy but I have yet to make it to Cinque Terre. As its name suggests, Cinque Terre – translating to the Five Lands – is made up 5 small villages, each so breathtaking and so colourful. The image featured above is of Manarola.

Katakolo, Greece // Image by Celia Persechino / post at happiestwhenexploring . comPhoto by Celia Persechino 

Katakolon, Greece
Some say Katakolon is one of the coziest and quaintest of towns in Greece. One of my good friends – and fellow travel junkie – visited in 2014 on a Mediterranean cruise and named Katakolon her favourite destination. Why? Katakolon was full of happy and kind locals who brought her to explore a beautiful, hidden beach. 

Sardinia by Tommie Hansen via Creative Commons // travel bucket list post at happiestwhenexploring . comPhoto by Tommie Hansen via Creative Commons

Sardinia, Italy
A beautiful, magical island in the Mediterranean Sea. Like the rest of Italy, Sardinia is rich in history and along with its beautiful beaches there are archeological sites and ruins to explore. 


Have you been to any of these 7 magical destinations?
Share some of the destinations on your travel bucket list below!What's On Your Travel Bucket List? 7 Magical Destinations to Add! // Both photos of Rabida Island by Ecoventura // post on happiestwhenexploring . com

Cover image and above images by Ecoventura

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  • Reply Leonie February 5, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I really really want to go to the Galapagos Island, especially for the diving. Would be an amazing experience
    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

  • Reply David Verbich February 5, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    These are some really cool places. Especially Mauritius.

    For me it would be places I’ve never been to in Canada. Especially the Terriories and Newfoundland.

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring February 9, 2016 at 2:18 am

      Those are some good ones!!! Canada really is amazing – sometimes I know I take our country for granted but there is SO MUCH to see…

      Thanks bro!

  • Reply Ilena C. February 5, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I went to Greece in 2011 with students on a school trip. It was during the first week of March and since it was early spring everything was blooming or just about to. What colours! We did not go to Katakolon but we were more inland in Olympia. I repeat, what colours!…the fields around the temple ruins were green dotted with red and white flowers. And the almond trees were in bloom!

    But here is MY bucket list 1) anywhere in Italy 2) Great Britain and Macchu Picchu ;))

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring February 9, 2016 at 2:17 am

      You make it sounds so magical! <3 I can't wait to have you share more about it in a post 😀
      Italy, Great Britain and Macchu Picchu... all very magical!! Love it!

  • Reply Celia February 6, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Galapagos looks crazy! I would definitely go explore that area.
    Love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I would love to go back & then see the one in California.
    Spain & Italy truly are magical countries.
    Greece, you can only fall in love, no doutb there:)
    My bucket list before I hit 30 is definitely Hawaii, California & Brazil. Although my there are regular tourist destinations, I still want to go there so badly soon enough 🙂

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring February 9, 2016 at 2:16 am

      It’s so crazy right?! Ah, I want to go so bad! Must make the trip happen…
      And yes, you’ve got me really thinking about Greece too.

      I love your bucket list for before 30 <3 really beautiful and special places!

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