If you’re looking for somewhere to break away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore – good news: Low Dose is back again with our picks of magnificent travel inspiration. With so many spectacular sites across this globe, it really is tough to narrow it down to just our top ten bucket list holiday destinations. But in our opinion, these breathtaking destinations should be on everyone’s must-visit bucket list! From swimming with pigs to exploring the remnants of a lost city, there’s really something for everyone.
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This Greek Island in the southern Aegean Sea is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Black sand beaches surround the coastline while white-washed buildings sit perched atop the cliffs overlooking brilliant azure waters. Santorini is what remains following one of the earth’s deadliest volcanic eruptions – leaving a pristine, picturesque city filled with fabulous Greek food and wonderful people.
2.Big Major Cay Island (Pig Island), Bahamas
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Imagine this: a human-free island in the Bahamas. Luscious sandy white beaches that are also homes to world-famous, loud, snorting and utterly adorable pigs that love to swim with humans. Although the pigs are wild, you can freely feed and swim with them! What more do we really need to say?
3.Diamond Beach, Iceland
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The lagoon belongs to the Vatnajökull glacier national park. The glacier’s name is Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and huge blocks of ice that are more than a thousand years old are continually breaking from it and large chunks of iceberg float in the lagoon.
The lagoon only appeared around 1935 and has grown to 20 km2 due to the melting of the glaciers. Here you will find the lowest point below sea-level in Iceland and the lagoon has become the deepest lake in Iceland with a depth of around 248 meters. The coolest part? The lagoon looks different each time you visit!
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Cappadocia, Turkey, is home to beautifully colored geo-formations, vast cave systems and subterranean towns. The towering “fairy chimneys” are carved-out of rock formations created millions of years ago. Geology fanatics will stand in awe of the landscape, which can be explored underground, above ground or in the air, thanks to the region’s famous hot air balloons.
5.The Great Pyramid Of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
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The Great Pyramids at Giza have had a firm hold on the western imagination for generation and with good reason. They are a true marvel to behold! The Pyramids were created as tombs for various pharaohs and their consorts to ensure transcendence into the afterlife. And thanks to the many artifacts the ancient Egyptians left within their tombs, we now have an incredible insight into their epic history. Still, there is nothing quite like seeing them up close especially on camelback.
6.Tegalalang Rice Terraces, Ubud, Bali
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Tegalalang Rice Terrace Swing, which hangs between two palm trees, is located in the village of Tegalalang, north of Ubud, Gianyar, Bali. It overlooks a picturesque landscape of stepped, rice-paddy terraces and unsurprisingly it’s a tourist hotspot. Tegalalang in Ubud is not just a place for beauty! It is also a chance to experience the fascinating rice farming culture that has almost a thousand-year history in Bali. While checking this must-visit destination off your bucket list, make your friends back home jealous with the wanderlust-y photos you can score here as well!
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Venice, also known as The Floating City, is famous for its romantic gondola rides. The gondolas that ply the busy Grand Canal and smaller waterways of Venice are one of the most iconic images in the world. They are the symbol of history, tradition, and romance in the city on the lagoon. Really, a gondola ride in Venice ranks among one of the most dreamed-about experiences for travelers.
8.The Dead Sea, Israel
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Hordes of people flock here – some to benefit from it’s natural healing properties in the mineral-rich waters and others to take the quintessential photo of floating in the sea while reading the Jordanian Times newspaper. And you have to visit The Dead Sea while you still can! According to Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry in 2018, the Dead Sea – the lowest place on Earth – is receding at a rate of four feet per year. Well, thanks to global warming, who knows many more years on the clock does The Dead Sea has?
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Ideally a top choice on anyone’s bucket list, the Northern Lights are one of nature’s spectacular wonders. The dancing lights in the north and south hemispheres are nature’s way of providing us with a free light show. The ideal time to catch Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights in the North) is during winter – with crucial viewing time being 8pm to 2am. Pack lots of warm clothing and hot beverages if you plan to stay awake all night in the open to catch a glimpse of this remarkable show.
10.The Lost City Of Petra, Jordan
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Travel to the ancient city of Petra and experience a wonder like no other. Tucked away in the southern desert of Jordan, this lost city is a sight to behold. Once a thriving trade center founded by the Nabataean civilization during the 4th century BC, it was abandoned around the early Islamic era. The city eventually became unknown to the rest of the world between the 14th and early 19th centuries. The lost city was re-discovered by a Swiss explorer in 1812. Now people from all over the world travel to this mystical rose city to admire the extraordinary rock-cut architecture carved into sandstone mountains. No wonder it was coined a UNESCO site and one of the Seven Wonders of the world!
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