10 Amazing Vacation Locations You Might Want to Go for Real Next Year

Who doesn’t love a holiday? Escaping on vacation is the ultimate way to relax, put all your cares aside, and be in the moment. The problem is that just because you crave a vacation doesn’t mean you have any holiday time or the budget to get away. This is why Virtual Vacation Day, on March 30, is so fun to celebrate.

The idea behind Virtual Vacation Day is that even if you can’t get away, you can still let your mind wander and think about a holiday. With that said, here’s a look at some ideal vacation destinations that you can look at virtually right now and put on your bucket list for a future trip.

There’s a little something for everyone here, and don’t be surprised if you put more than one on your bucket list this Virtual Vacation Day.

Rome, Italy

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If a European vacation sounds perfect for you, there’s nothing more classic than a trip to Rome, Italy. Italy is home to many “must-see” locations, but because of Rome’s history and architectural beauty, this one can’t be missed.

Some of the must-see attractions in Rome include the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Vatican City (home of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel – you need your passport to enter), the Spanish Steps, and more. Rome is also famous for its designer shops, authentic Italian cuisine, and beautiful climate.

Paris, France

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While in Europe, why not also visit another landmark—Paris, France? This city often appears on people’s bucket lists, and for good reason. There’s nothing quite like standing at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, gazing up at the massive structure and reveling in its beauty, construction, and significance. And for all the wow factor the Eiffel Tower features, that’s only a small slice of Paris attractions.

Other top sites in Paris include the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum, Les Catacombes, Centre Pompidou, Notre Dame Cathedral, and a cruise along the Seine.

Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia cathedral in spring, Barcelona, Spain
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Then there is Barcelona, Spain, another popular tourist destination in Europe. Barcelona has its collection of must-see attractions, sights, and shops, and people often note the friendly people the city is known for.

Barcelona is classified as having a Mediterranean climate, so its summers get very hot. If you’re not a fan of the heat, it may be better to visit in spring or fall.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Perhaps your dream vacation involves less sightseeing and exploring and instead revolves around time in the sun at the beach and pool. If that’s the case, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, offers some of the most luxe and amenity-rich all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. From family resorts to adults-only resorts, you can ensure you have the most relaxing holiday imaginable.

Besides the resorts, another big draw of Punta Cana is the stunning white sand beach and clear turquoise waters. It’s truly a holiday in paradise.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora, French Polynesia.
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If we’re talking about bucket list vacation destinations, you need to dream big, so Bora Bora could be the way to go. Bora Bora is a volcanic island in French Polynesia. Thanks to its secluded location, the destination is a favorite of celebrities and the rich. They don’t have to worry about the paparazzi following them around.

Bora Bora is often considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. It’s home to coral reefs, a crystal clear lagoon, and some of the most pristine beaches. Tropical vegetation provides a true sense of an island escape.

Tokyo, Japan

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For those who like a holiday with excitement, hustle, and bustle, a trip to Tokyo, Japan, will leave you in awe. This high-tech city is a favorite for those who want a taste of Asia. It offers a blend of historic temples kept in incredible condition and skyscrapers featuring modern designs and technology.

Stand-out attractions in the city include Sensoji Temple, Hamarikyu Gardens, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo Imperial Palace, and so much more. There’s also the fact that Tokyo offers some of the most spectacular views of the famed Mt. Fuji.

Costa Rica

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South America is home to many standout destinations, making it hard to pick just one for this list. In terms of scenery, natural beauty, activities, and accommodations, Costa Rica sits atop the list. It’s an incredibly popular tourist destination for Americans, especially those interested in eco-tourism.

Make time to explore Costa Rica’s rainforest, beaches, volcanoes, museums, shops, and restaurants. It’s the destination you’ll want and need to visit more than once.

New York City, NY

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A bucket-list trip can undoubtedly take you to faraway and exotic destinations. However, there are also bucket-list-worthy destinations right here in the United States. Perhaps you don’t enjoy long-haul flights, you don’t have enough vacation time next year to get away for long, or you just want to explore more of what the U.S. has to offer.

New York City, NY, is one trip you should consider on Virtual Vacation Day. Whether you’ve only got a weekend available or a full week, you will find plenty to explore and enjoy in the Big Apple. Because this is the “city that never sleeps,” there are things to do around the clock. It’s all based on your interests and your energy level.

Spring and summer tend to have the biggest crowds in peak tourist season, but New York City will always feel busy.

Las Vegas, NV

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For those who love live shows, gambling, shopping, dining, and huge, sprawling, impressively themed hotels, Las Vegas, NV, is the place to go. It used to be that Las Vegas was meant for adults looking to escape for a few days of fun, but a lot has changed, and now the city offers attractions and activities for kids and families as well.

Let the Vacation Daydreaming Begin

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Each of these destinations has something unique to offer tourists, and no matter which one(s) you pick, you’re bound to have a great time. So go ahead and start daydreaming and building your holiday bucket list on Virtual Vacation Day.

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