With so many potential travel destinations, ranging from sandy beaches to snowy peaks to jungle excursions, figuring out which ones should be on your list can be a challenge. However, thanks to advice from a variety of travel bloggers, writers, and editors, the decision just got a whole lot easier.
Business Insider reached out to travel writers and editors from sites like Airbnb, Lonely Planet, and Suitcase, challenging them to identify destinations that should make everyone’s travel buck list.
Here are five locations, featuring vastly different experiences, that they recommend.
1. Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
If you want to see gorillas in their natural habitat, Virunga National Park is one of the best destinations for doing just that. You can climb up to the summit of Mount Nyiragongo, an active volcano, during your trip too, and even spend a night in a shelter with amazing views of the largest crater lake in the world.
2. Lofoten Islands, Norway
Known for glassy waters and magnificent peaks, the Lofoten Islands are dotted with small fishing villages that are sure to impress, especially if you want to get away from some of the trappings of technology.
Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is a small Polynesian island nation in the Pacific Ocean, sitting approximately halfway between Australia and Hawaii.
On average, only two flights leave the island each week. When not in use, the runway becomes the sight of an open-air sleepover site, allowing you to enjoy the cool breezes while mingling with locals and other tourists.
4. Samarkand, Uzbekistan
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Samarkand is an architectural wonder along the Silk Road. The area has survived some of the most notable upheavals in history, including the Arabic conquest and Alexander the Great.
5. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Catching a sunrise over one of the temples is certainly a sight to behold. The distinct architecture has withstood the test of time, even as tree roots take hold of the structures, creating an enticing destination for anyone who enjoys exploring the history and culture of a region.