The Batu Caves are a little gem worth taking a a trip half way around the world to see. You will be greeted with monkeys, and they may or may not be friendly (don't bring a water bottle or food - they will steal it). Also make sure to dress modestly (pants, long skirts, shoulders covered) or you will be stopped as you're walking up the steps into the cave. Be prepared - there are a LOT of steps to walk up, but it is worth it once you get to the top and get to experience the natural art of the caves.
Great Barrier Reef
You don't have to be a diver to enjoy the world famous Great Barrier Reef. Snorkeling still shows off it's wonders just a few feet below the waters surface. Filled with colorful coral, bright blue starfish, and iridescent fish, it's no wonder it's on many's bucket list. Not to mention who doesn't love a good Aussie accent :)
This Greek island is as iconic as it looks. This once volcanic island after erupting back in the day, is now a crater layered with beautiful white and blue structures that people come from all over the world to see. It is quite a diverse island with one side that has a red sand beach, the town in the middle, and some of the best sunsets in the world on the other. I would definitely put it on my top 5 places to visit.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
This castle may look familiar, that's because it was the inspiration for Walt Disney's Castle at Magic Kingdom! Not only is the castle beautiful, but the grounds are as well. There is another castle on site, walking trails through the forest, and a unlikely crystal blue lake. It is a must see when in Bavaria, Germany!
This was our first taste of Africa, and I must say it was quite exotic. From the blue waters, to the abundance of cats, to the colorful markets. This is a stop you won't want to miss if you're visiting southern Spain, just a short ferry ride away.
As you can see from this photo, there is a reason they call this city the city of lights. Paris was one of the first cities I visited in Europe, and it immediately made me addicted to seeing more. It's beautiful architecture, rich history, and delectable cuisine made it an unforgettable trip.
Thailand is one of my favorite countries. Why you ask? It's not only beautiful, but the people are friendly, the weather is extraordinarily hot (which to me is a good thing), it's extremely affordable, it has awesome night life, and the food is to die for. I'm not typically a repeat offender, but this is one country I'm hoping I can make it back to.
Banff National Park, Canada
I'm not one for cold weather destinations, but Banff National Park's beauty was totally worth it. Not to mention there is hot springs you can warm yourself up in, along with coffee shops and traditional poutine. And if skiing is your thing, well I hear this is the place to do it!
We were fortunate to stumble upon this gem on a family road trip around Europe. We were in southern Austria and decided we were so close to Italy we might as well stop in for some pizza. Next thing you know we see what looks like a church steeple poking out of the water, we pulled over to find it is called the Underwater village. You never know what treasures you're going to find when you drive off the beaten path!
St. Maarten/Sint Martin
This is one of my favorite islands in the Caribbean. Similar to the Dominican the island is divided into two territories. One being Saint Martin, the French side. The other being Sint Maarten the Dutch side. Each side very unique based on it's heritage. It also has one of the coolest beaches. As you can see in this picture the airplanes landing strip is just past the beach so you can get great photos as well as feel a nice breeze from the engines.
Like the smell of chocolate? Well it smells like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory here. Not only can you smell it, but you can even taste it in their many chocolate shops. It has a charming town square, with a towering city hall in the center. During Christmas time the city hall is lit up in different colors accompanied by Christmas music.
Antigua is a city that fortunately has not been overrun by tourism, and as a result has a very authentic feel. Beyond the city you can experience hiking volcanoes, boat trips to small villiages on the lake, and black sand beaches.