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Travel bucket list 2020: 10 ultimate experiences and must-see destinations

Dear Bangkokians, it’s time to start planning your travels for next year.

As we bounce into 2020, we need to embark on some new experiences to feed our adventurous souls with that curiosity and excitement. Planning a trip is always a tricky one because we are spoiled with so many choices. Whether you are on the lookout for a tranquil getaway on a tropical island or want to explore the hidden gems of nature, we’ve put together a list of Instagram-worthy places for everyone here.

Here are some of the world’s most unspoiled treasures and the ultimate destinations. They should definitely be on your 2020 travel bucket list.

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Travel bucket list 2020: Dead Sea, Israel and Jordan
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Dead Sea, Israel and Jordan

Are you ready to float on the Dead Sea? It’s a must-do when you’re in Israel. The Dead Sea is a landlocked salt sea sitting between Israel and Jordan. The mysterious-looking water is surrounded by golden-brown hills that make it a fascinating place to visit. Also, it’s famed for being one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, meaning that you’ll float right on it. Very cool.

Travel bucket list 2020: Pink Beach on Komodo Island, Indonesia
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Pink Beach on Komodo Island, Indonesia

Pink sand beaches? Very dreamy. The Pink Beach on Komodo Island, Indonesia, also called “Pantai Merah” in the local language, gets its stunning colours from microscopic animals like Foraminifera that produces red pigments on coral reefs. A great one for the ‘gram

Travel bucket list 2020: Golden Bridge, Vietnam
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Golden Bridge, Vietnam

Is Vietnam on your bucket list? Because it needs to be. Visit the Golden Bridge, which pretty much looks like it is being held aloft by two giant stone hands, right outside Da Nang in Vietnam. The green hands sit as high as 1,400m above sea level and the bridge is 150m long.

Travel bucket list 2020: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

How magical is this? Find every colour of the rainbow at Yellowstone National Park, which spreads from Wyoming into parts of Montana and Idaho. You can’t miss out on the bubbling geysers and sizzling hot springs.
Travel bucket list 2020: Rain Vortex, Singapore's Changi Airport
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Rain Vortex, Singapore’s Changi Airport

Waterfall inside an airport? Last year, Singapore’s Changi Airport took things to the next level with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. If you’re visiting Singapore any time soon, there’s no way you are going to miss out on the 40-meter high Rain Vortex. It’s ridiculously fascinating.
Travel bucket list 2020: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland

Fancy dozing off under the enchanting beauty of the northern lights? Explore the arctic wilderness by immersing yourself into these cosy glass igloos in Finland. Definitely a one-of-a-kind experience that needs to be on your bucket list. Very mesmerising.

Travel bucket list 2020: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
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Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota

The Minnehaha Falls takes an otherworldly shape when frozen. The surreal technicolour blue lighting magically lightens up the waterfall and looks like an enormous icicle. Sounds magical.

Travel bucket list 2020: Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota
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The Maldives

Stunning golden and white pristine beaches are calling you. The picture-perfect coral islands’ sandy beaches and the magical sea life is an idyllic retreat for your soul. If you haven’t visited the Maldives, you’ll be missing out on one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.

Travel bucket list 2020: The Maldives
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Cappadocia, Turkey

Turkey’s very own fairy kingdom, Cappadocia, is the most popular location for watching the air balloons over its famed fairy chimneys. The breathtaking panorama view of this city is just something else. 

Travel bucket list 2020: Mount Fuji sakura
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Sakura at the Mount Fuji, Japan

Is Japan on your bucket list? Tick off this absolute must-visit destination from your bucket list. Be dazzled by the beauty of Sakura cherry blossom as it sweeps the city with a dreamy pinkish hue — an iconic experience at Mount Fuji.

Alisha Pawa
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.