25 Dream Destination Holidays to Visit In Your Lifetime 

From the spectacular Northern Lights in Lapland Finland to the cultural explosion of Myanmar to the slice of paradise in Palawan Philipines, our world is filled with dream destination holidays waiting to be explored. 

In this article, you’ll find out what makes these places the best dream holiday destinations to visit as well as useful travel tips such as when to visit each location and where to stay. You’ll also find tons of beautiful photos to fuel your wanderlust!

Here are 28 dream destination holidays to visit at least once in your lifetime. Some destinations are likely already on your bucket list while others are countries you might have never considered traveling to! Whether you prefer a tropical adventure or an action-packed winter on the mountains, these dream destination holidays are for you.

25 Dream Destination Holidays

Let’s explore my personal top dream destinations, broken down by categories to suit every traveller.

Make sure to leave me a comment if I’ve missed your favourite dream destination!

Most Underrated Dream Destination Holidays

First up, we have the most underrated dream destination holidays, because who doesn’t love an underdog?

1. Rajasthan, India

dream destination holidays guide starting off with India
Rajasthan, India

The first of the dream destination holidays for a cultural experience is Northern India, Rajasthan.  The intensity and range of color in Rajasthan is impossible to ignore. Rajasthan’s big-ticket attractions are its spectacular forts and palaces. Some of the most picturesque attractions to visit include Mehrangarh Fort,  Umaid Bhawan Palace, Amer Fort, City Palace, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Kumbhalgarh Fort, just to name a few. 

Rajasthan is known for its array of deserts but it also boasts picturesque lakes. Explore panorama boat tours, such as Lake Pichola, Man Sagar Lake and Pushkar Lake to experience the palaces from afar.

You can’t visit India without visiting its beautiful sanctuaries and national parks to see the diverse wildlife. I recommend visiting Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar to see some Royal Bengal Tigers. 

To spark some adrenaline, try speed boating in the Fateh Sagar Lake, trekking in Mount Abut, elephant riding in Jaipur or dune bashing in Jaisalmer. 

Lastly, venture off the beaten path to Barner town, an authentic city in the Thar desert. Barner is rich in craft including wood carving, pottery, embroidery work, and prints. This area has been spared from mass tourism, walking the streets feels like living in an old Bollywood movie.


During the winter months of November to February.

2. Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

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Champagne Beach

Are you seeking an idyllic tropical paradise that combines pristine beaches, turquoise waters, lush jungles, and a rich cultural heritage?

Look no further than Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu—the ultimate dream holiday destination.

Situated in the South Pacific, Espiritu Santo offers a blissful escape from the chaos of everyday life, where you can immerse yourself in breathtaking natural beauty and embark on unforgettable adventures.

And if you’re an Aussie or Kiwi, Vanuatu is a short trip away to experience the breathtaking beauty of the South Pacific.

Explore the island’s crystal-clear blue holes, hidden waterfalls, and underground caves. Seriously the water is incredibly blue!

The world-famous Champagne Beach, with its powdery white sand and vibrant turquoise waters, is a postcard-perfect setting for relaxation and snorkeling.

And don’t forget about the lush rainforests that are insanely green, inviting you to discover hidden trails or go horse riding.

Lastly, make sure to save time to immerse yourself in Vanuatu’s unique culture. Experience traditional ceremonies, witness mesmerizing dances, and savor the flavors of authentic Vanuatu cuisine. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit local villages and learn about the ancient customs, including weaving, storytelling, and unique tribal rituals.


May, June, September and October.

3. Kangaroo Island, Australia 

top 10 dream vacations in Australia include Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island, Australia

Finally, it’s time to discuss the breathtaking Kangaroo Island! Home to native koalas, kangaroos, penguins, sea lions, and diverse bird species, it is an island experience for anyone keen to see Australian wildlife. 

You can expect to see a sanctuary of rugged coastlines, clear waters, and natural wonders. Self-drive the roads less travelled, enjoy the laid-back lifestyle by the bays and beaches, and indulge in delicious fresh food and local wines. 

On your natural wonder bucket list for Kangaroo Island should be: 

  • The Remarkable Rocks. Wind-blasted rocks with commanding views are a geological phenomenon to see in your lifetime.
  • Admirals Arch. You have to go to check out one of Kangaroo Island’s most impressive and unusual natural landmarks. Thousands of years of erosion formed a distinctive rock bridge on the island’s south coast. 
  • Emu Bay. Heading to the north coast of Kangaroo Island is a stunning beach with clear waters and a long shoreline. Stroll along the jetty, go swimming and drive along the beach. 
  • Vivonne Bay. Home to one of Australia’s best beaches, it’s an ideal location for swimming, picnics, sunbathing and fishing. The clear water, beach cleanliness and privacy rates Vivionne Bay one of the best in Australia. 


During the spring and summertime from September to February. 


Aurora Ozone Hotel (good value and location)Penneshaw Oceanview Apartments (great for large groups)

Best Cultural Dream Destination Holidays

Next, I cover off the best dream destinations for those looking for cultural exploration, history and unique experiences.

4. Cape Town, South Africa

cape town south africa
Cape Town South Africa

When in South Africa, a visit to Cape Town is a must.

While you will find the place crowded with tourists during the summertime, the places to visit aren’t short on thrill and excitement. 

You can’t visit South Africa without going on a safari to see the spectacular native animals. 

If you enjoy horse riding, you can actually go on a wildlife safari riding them. Get even closer to nature by riding a horse and seeing the beauty of everything up close. Witness giraffes, wildebeest, and zebras pass you by, an unforgettable experience. 

Take in the view of Cape Town in the clouds via the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. Table mountain overlooks Cape Town and is one of the most iconic landmarks in all of South Africa

Next, visit Boulders Beach to see African penguins roam around in their natural habitat on the beautiful coastline. There are hundreds to see!


From December to February to soak in the clear skies, hot weather and long days. If you want to skip the school holiday crowds and experience the beautiful spring weather September to November is another great option.

5. Egypt

Egypt is one of the most fascinating places on earth

Egypt’s archeological wonders and stunning deserts make it like no other dream destination. Being one of the oldest ancient civilizations on earth, Ancient Egypt has a rich history waiting to be explored. 

Discover the ancient monuments across Egypt such as Great Pyramids of Gize, Luxor Temple and Abu Simbel. You can certainly fall mesmerized by the exciting history but there are also loads of landscapes and adventures to fill your itinerary. 

Visit the coast along the Red Sea to witness the rugged desert and vibrant water. Go diving or snorkelling to experience the underwater world.

You can’t visit Egypt without exploring Egypt’s vast deserts. Whether you’re watching the sunrise at the surreal White Desert or soaking in the hot spring in Siwa Oasis, Egypt’s landscapes are endlessly fascinating.


During the wintertime between October and April when temperatures are much more bearable. December are January are peak tourist months, so if possible try and avoid this period. Egypt doesn’t have much rain so matter what time you visit you can expect clear skies. 

6. Peru

Machu Piccu Peru is on the bucket list of many travellers
Rainbow Mountain, Peru

From Machu Picchu to the Amazon, Peru is one of the dream holiday destinations filled with unmissable experiences. 

Machu Picchu has loads to offer, it’s no wonder so many are drawn to the heartland of Peru.  You can choose to arrive via a full-on four-day hike along the popular Inca Trail, take the luxury train option from Cusco or explore other trekking options in the surrounding Sacred Valley and Cusco Andes. 

Skip the queue and buy your admission ticket ahead of time: Machu Piccu Admission Ticket. 

If you aren’t taking a quick trip to Machu Piccu from Cusco spend a night or two in Aguas Calientes. A down-to-earth, fun backpacker town at heart. Buzzing with a great energy in the town, as many of the people staying here are fresh from completing the Classic Inca Trail. 

Beyond Machu Piccuh, check out UNESCO World Heritage city Arequipa, noted as the White City due to the abundance of white sandstone buildings.

Explore one of the deepest canyons in the world, Colca Canyon. If you’ve already done the Inca trek, this is a fantastic next option,

For a truly unique experience, stay in a glass pod on the side of a cliff at the Skylodge Adventure Suites.

Finally, a visit to Peru must include a stop off at the natural turquoise Millpu Pools, a collection of 20-or-so spectacular azure pools and a trip to Rainbow Mountain.


During the dry season between May and August. June, July and August are peak times so May takes the prize of the best time to visit for lower prices, fewer crowds, and best weather. 

7. Croatia

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Dubrovnik Croatia

Let’s talk about scenery for a minute.

Croatia is a very strong contender for Europe’s best.

Unreal Adriatic coastlines, sunny beaches, crystal clear water and the literal backdrop of Game of Thrones. Swim in some of the bluest, clearest water you will ever experience.

There are few and far between places where you’ll find a medieval city so well preserved with intact walls. A perfect combination of natural beauty and history.

Visiting Dubrovnik is given, but I also highly recommend checking out Hvar Island, the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian Islands. Considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Stroll around the island, relax on the beach and of course, go for a swim in the magnificent water.

The last place in Croatia that is a must-see is Split. Experience a bustling waterfront, ruins dating back to the Roman Empire, and a pumping nightclub scene. On your itinerary should also be a trip to Krka Waterfalls. Jump on the Split to Krka National Park Bus. About a 1h & 15min bus trip and a short ferry across. One of the most beautiful, spectacular natural highlights I’ve ever seen.


During the late spring or early autumn. Croatia’s tourism peak is summertime during July and August when the Adriatic’s warm waters charm countless visitors. There are boat parties, yacht weeks, medieval fairs and free-flowing booze.

Though afternoons are roasting hot, the queues are longer and costs rise, summer is still a great time to solo travel, let loose and meet other travellers.

8. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is a dream destination that is filled with futuristic tech, world class food and fascinating cultural traditions
Tokyo, Japan

The fascinating, fast-paced and intriguing city of Tokyo is an explosion of culture. 

Notably, one of the world’s most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design. A connected city that is easy to travel around thanks to its superb transportation system.

Enjoy Nature and Art at the Meiji Shrine, see cherry blossoms in bloom when you visit the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and visit the exquisite Sensō-ji Temple, the city’s most famous shrine.

Shop ‘Til You Drop in the Ginza District, considered as iconic as Time Square in New York.

Lined by exclusive shops the Ginza district is also fun to simply wander around or sit in one of its many coffee shops or restaurants while watching the world rush past.

Continue shopping and people-watching in Tokyo’s outrageous Harajuku District. 

Pink hair, tattoos, and knee-high boots are only just the starting point here! Defiantly bold styles and outlandish food trends are an experience in themselves.

Take in all of Tokyo city from the Tokyo Skytree followed by a walk at Shibuya Crossing. Think Times Square on steroids! This crossing is one of the most famous in the world, and most definitely the busiest in Japan.


March and April for cherry blossoms and the best weather.

9. Myanmar

myanmar culture makes it an incredible place to travel to

Myanmar is a widely unexplored natural and cultural wonder that offers some of the best authentic experiences in Asia. From the Northern snow-covered rugged Himalayas to pristine deep blue waters in the south, Myanmar has loads waiting to be explored. 

Connoisseurs of culture and history will find pagodas, an array of vibrant festivals, 135 tribes, and delicious cuisine to try. 

Explore the capital of Myanmar, Mandalay.  Visit Mahamuni Buddha Temple, Shwe In Bin Kyaung monastery, and the Mandalay Palace area. 

After this, head to Mandalay Hill for the unreal sunset. Make sure to stop off at Kuthodow Pagoda and Sandamuni Paya on the way. 

Immerse yourself in Karen culture in the Kayah state. Many tribes still practice their indigenous customs and dress in traditional costumes. The Kayan is one of Southeast Asia’s most recognizable ethnic groups, due to the practice of wearing brass neck rings.

Lastly, journey to some of Myanmar’s best beaches including but not limited to Ngapali Beach, Kyway Chaing Beach and Grandfather Beach. 


November to February for ideal weather. 

10. Cappadocia, Turkey

Turkey is one of the dream destination places in world
Cappadocia, Turkey

I’m sure you’ve seen many photos of the next dream destination holiday. Cappadocia, located in central Turkey is well-known for the 100+ hot air balloons that take to its skies almost every morning. The region is also known for its unique fairy chimneys, aka rock formations. 

Undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Cappadocia is to ride a hot air balloon, as the sun begins to rise. 

Hot air balloons are not the only attraction to explore in Cappadocia. Venture to amazing cave dwellings, hiking trails, restaurants, and more. Why not splurge and treat yourself to an authentic cave hotel in Cappadocia! 

Since Cappadocia is central in Turkey, you can go in any direction to continue your exploration. I would recommend either heading from Cappadocia to Pamukkale thermal pools or to Antalya on the coastline. 


May, June, September & October for the best weather, fewer crowds and the best chance of seeing and riding the hot air balloons. 


Luxury Cave Hotels

1. Sultan Cave Suites
2. Koza Cave Hotel

Mid-range Hotel

1. Argos in Cappadocia

1. Village Cave House

Best Summertime Dream Destination Holidays

Defrost from the winter chills with these gorgeous summer holiday destinations. Sip cocktails by the beach, work on your summer tan and dip your toes in the ocean, sounds like a dream already!

11. Cinque Terre, Italy

dream holiday destinations for couples include Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre, Italy

One cannot talk about dream destination holidays without mentioning Cinque Terre, Italy. One of, if not the most famous coastal landscapes in the world. The area is now a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, drawing 2.4 million visitors to witness its dramatic cliffs and pretty coastal villages.

Cinque Terre, translated means “five lands”, as the region is made up of 5 fishing villages. Most of the villages are small enough that you can explore them in a day. 

If you had to pick only one Cinque Terre village to visit, that will be Vernazza. The narrow alleys, restaurants, the shower by the sea in a cave, just of all of it really!

Next, I would venture to Riomaggiore, considered the more romantic setting for its waterfront setting paired with the pastel buildings and exquisite Italian restaurants. If you’re feeling adventurous try cliff jumping from the left side of the harbour. Prefer something less exhilarating? Stroll the streets with gelato in hand, taking in the architecture and panoramic views.

Manarola is the third must-see village to visit. All the photos you see on Instagram are likely shot here. Walk through the narrow alleys to get to the waterfront.

Take a hike on the coastal loop for the fabulous views and culinary reward waiting at the end, Nessun Dorma, one of Cinque Terre’s finest restaurants. To top it off Manarola is known for its wine, so add a wine tasting experience to your itinerary. 


During the shoulder season months of September and October.

12. Whitsundays, Australia

Whitsundays in Australia offer some of the best beaches in the world
Whitsunday Islands

Discover the heart of the Great Barrier Reef at the Whitsunday Islands.

Literally, there is a giant heart reef!

Explore the stunning composition of coral that formed the heart from a helicopter for the best view

All you really need to know is how gorgeous the Whitsunday Islands are and I’m sure you are sold on booking a plane ticking!

The Whitsundays is a cluster of Islands, located about a 1hr 30min flight from Brisbane. 

A range of incredible adventures to experience, secluded white sandy beaches to explore, turquoise water to swim in, and world-class luxury accommodations.

The Whitsundays is one of the more expensive Australia famous places, particularly in Queensland, so if you are able to splurge, why not spend the night underwater!

A unique and memorable experience in a Reefsuite combined with snorkeling, main meals, beverages and a cruise. 


Early spring in September or October for perfect weather conditions. 

For a full list of my top Queensland destinations, check out my detailed guide.

13. Island Hop, Thailand

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Phuket is next on the list of dream destination holidays to visit in a lifetime. Thailand is a great escape for anyone looking for a world-class tropical island holiday.

Phuket is a great hub for island hopping to explore wonderful beaches, the laid-back vibe and the range of water activities. If you’re on a tight budget, Thailand is very affordable compared to other world-class tropical escapes. 

Islands to add to your itinerary are Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao. 

Kho Pha Ngan is well known for the Full Moon Party, a monthly world-famous dance party that draws 20,000 visitors from all over the world. 

Let’s talk about food for a minute. Other than the captivating beaches and friendly locals, Thailand is known for its glorious food. Take a stroll through the streets of Old Phuket Town to not only take in the mix of modern art and traditional architecture but to taste the mouth-watering street food. Phuket is especially known for its seafood which you can enjoy without draining your bank account. 


Between November and February when the weather is cooler. 

14. Palawan, Philippines

The turquoise water of palawan philipines
Palawan Philipines

Palawan is an island located west of the Philippines that will take your breath away. The capital of the Palawan Province is Puerto Princesa, one of the cleanest cities in the Philippines. Major tourist destinations within Palawan include Coron, famous for its diving and El Nido, famous for its towering cliffs.

Expect bright blue waters surrounded by karst stone island cliffs with plenty to explore. Gorgeous beaches to explore, caves, jungles, rustic  Filipino food and bottomless beer! 

Your itinerary should include island-hopping, caving, ziplining, snorkelling and scuba diving. For a day filled with underwater activities, spend the day far north of Palawan on Coron Island.


From December to May.

15. Santorini, Greece

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Santorini, Greece

Ah Greece, the country is well known for the thousands of picturesque islands dotting the sea. One of the most sought-after dream destination holidays

Santorini is the most famous of all Greek islands, the beauty of this island is incomparable to any other in the world. Expect some of the most amazing sea views a human eye can ever see.

Santorini is mostly built on the edge of huge cliffs which offer amazing sea views from every angle. It also makes for the most spectacular sunset viewings.

The signature whitewashed houses, blue domed churches, and narrow, paved alleys make Santorini, unlike any other place. 

Island-hopping from Santorini is a must! Be sure to catch a ferry to Mykonos to check out the incredible town. And if you’re a young partygoer, the beach clubs are pumping! 


Either late March to early June or early September to late October. 


Best Winter Wonderland Dream Destination Holidays

Cool down with these winter wonderland dream destination holidays! Escape the summer heat with these sensational winter hot spots.

16. Reykjavík, Iceland

Reykjavík Iceland is one of those dream destination holidays you will never forget
Reykjavík Iceland

The stunning capital of Iceland is characterized by peninsulas, straits, small islands, coves, an interesting art scene, and superb museums. Whether you are visiting in summer or winter, there are loads of activities in this lively city. 

If you’re visiting during the winter time, some favourite activities to check out are snowmobiling tours, northern lights hunting, Golden Circle, Volcano Crater & Blue Lagoon Small Group Tour. 

In the summertime enjoy whale watching, strolling through the vibrant and sophisticated town, exploring the rich history and museums, hiking, river rafting or horseback riding. 


From June to August to experience warmer, long days (up to 21 hours of sunlight). Or to experience the Northern lights and see snow, November to January is best.

17. Queenstown, New Zealand

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Queenstown New Zealand

World-renowned as the adventure hotspot with loads of adrenaline activities on offer, Queenstown should be on all adventure seekers’ travel bucket lists. Queenstown located in the Southern Alps, is an alpine destination offering fun on and off the mountain.

Starting off with the ski fields. Treble Cone Ski Area, 1hr & 30 minutes from Queenstown, is the largest ski area in the South Island, making it a popular field to visit. If you are looking for something closer, Coronet Peak is only a 20-minute drive from downtown.

Coronet Peak has great on-mountain facilities, state-of-the-art snowmaking, and night skiing.

Hang up the skis and slip into some jeans and a sweater to explore Queenstown’s après-ski atmosphere. Stylish bars, clubs, kiwi pubs, and craft beers are second to none. 

When in the adventure capital why not go all out and skydive over Lake Wakiapitu or Bungy jump Queenstown’s AJ Hackett Bungy? For something more low-key take the skyline gondola that is 450m high, offering sweeping views of Queenstown. 

A visit to the South Island should include a trek to Milford Sound, home to some of the most impressive waterfalls on Earth.

One of the best parts about cruising Milford Sound in winter is the wildlife! Spot Seals, penguins, and dolphins as they enjoy the quieter months without a flock of tourists. I would recommend taking a tour coach to Milford Sound in winter.

Driving to Milford Sound can be more dangerous in the winter due to the risk of avalanches and slippery roads. If you are wanting to drive make sure to check the road status before you leave and have snow chains on hand. 


November to April for summer fun / June to August for winter fun and ski season.

18. Vienna, Austria 

Vienna Australia is a wonderful spot for all types of travelers
Vienna Austria

Austria is home to plenty of ski resorts to keep you busy during the wintertime. 

Hintertux and Obergurgl see enough snow in December making them ideal spots for skiing in December. Hintertux is the only ski resort that is open 365 days a year, has superb snow quality, and plenty of beautiful hotels and in-mountain restaurants.

Obergurgl uses both natural and artificial snow, has a great range of piste trails, and offers stunning views of the Alps.

Take a break from the skis and take a romantic ride through the countryside on a horse-drawn sleigh. Or get the adrenaline pumping on a dogsledding adventure.


April to May or September to October. December is also a magical time to visit.

19. Lapland, Finland

Lapland is an incredible travel destination, known for its Northern Lights
Lapland, Finland

Next up on the list of dream destination holidays is Lapland, Finland. Finland is just as beautiful in December as it is during the summer. Venture to Lapland to witness the mind-blowing Northern Lights unobscured, a sight you can’t see all year round! To see the Nothern lights, ensure you are far enough from the city’s light pollution by immersing yourself in Finland’s wilderness and keeping an eye on the forecast for clear skies as clouds will block your view.

To maximize your chance of seeing the Northern Lights, consider taking a tour to access remote viewing spots.

Venture to Lapland’s capital, Rovaniemi, not only one of the top places to view the Northern Lights but is also home to the iconic Santa Claus Village, a must if you are visiting in December. 

An absolute must when visiting Lapland in the wintertime is staying at the SnowCastle Hotel in Kermi. This one-of-a-kind hotel complex includes a SnowHotel, SnowRestaurant, and SnowChapel. A sight to be seen to be believed!

Lastly whilst in Lapland, sign up for a thrilling snowmobile and animals day tour. A jam-packed day including a high-speed snowmobile ride, a scenic ride on a reindeer sleigh, and lastly a ride in a husky sleigh!


During the winter months of November to March. Christmas is without a doubt the most magical!

20. Banff, Canada

what is your dream destination? For me it's Banff Canada
Banff Canada

Located two hours from Calgary, Banff National Park is filled with snowcapped mountains, gorgeous lakes and majestic scenery. 

Lake Louise is one of the most iconic lakes in all of Canada. If you are visiting from June to August you can expect the lake to be thawed revealing the bright blue water. The perfect time to hit the numerous hiking trails and take loads of beautiful photos. 

Take in all of Banff by riding the Banff Gondola. If you’re feeling energetic and the trail is open you instead hike up to the top of the mountain and catch the gondola back down. 

If you are visiting in the wintertime you could be lucky enough to the Aurora Borealis (The Northern Lights) fom Banff National Park. Popular places to view the lights are at Lake Minnewanka, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Castle Junction and sometimes they can be seen at Vermillion Lakes. 

After a day out exploring, skiing Lake Lousie or driving the scenic routes, soak and unwind in Banff’s Upper Hot Springs. 

Lastly, Downtown Banff is an exciting place to visit after you’ve explored the lakes and mountains. From shops to restaurants, cafes to bars, museums and river trails, there are loads still to be seen. 


June to August or December to March. 

21. Zermatt, Switzerland

dream destination example includes Zermatt Switzerland
Zermatt Switzerland

Next on the list of dream destination holidays is Switzerland! Zermatt is a charming village overlooking the highest peak in Europe, The Matterhorn. Zermatt’s cozy wooden chalets, historic homes and the ever-present towering mountains create a magical charm like no other place. 

Zermatt is a haven for expert skiers. Fresh powder, a guaranteed snowfall in December, epic ski-lift views and gorgeous resorts to unwind in. 

The ​​après-ski scene (after skiing) or activities beyond the slopes for non-skiers is also some of the best around. Experience mountain excursions, tobogganing, paragliding or enjoy more relaxing outdoor activities such as taking a stroll around the town. 

Escape the winter chills by exploring the restaurant scene or immerse yourself in the town’s history at museums. 

The spectacular views, winter sports and quaint towns do come at quite an expensive price tag. If you have the budget it’s worth every cent! A trip that won’t disappoint. 


Either during the summertime between June and September or during the winter between November to March. It all depends on the type of adventure you’re after!

Best Big City Dream Destination Holidays

Last but not least, we have dream holiday destinations for big city adventures.

22. Amsterdam, Netherlands 

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Amsterdam is a one-of-a-kind city, known for its elaborate canal system.

The city is full of rich history, I highly recommend checking out The Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House.

As you stroll along the beautiful canals expect to see loads of cyclists, narrow houses and stunning architecture. Amsterdam truly feels like you’re in a fairy tale.

Rent a bike and join thousands of locals peddling around, it’s certainly the main method of getting around the city. 

Another popular spot for locals is “coffee shops”, which is just a normal part of the city’s landscape. And of course, a visit to the popular Dam Square, or the city’s centre, is a must. 


April, June, October and November for fewer crowds and decent weather. December to February sees the cheapest prices.

23. Paris, France

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Paris, France

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Discover the masterful architecture, art, fine cuisines and charming cafes. One of the most alluring countries in the world, from the lights of Paris to the sunny beaches to the relaxing countryside.

Indulge in world-class pastries, cheeses and wine whilst taking in all of the history. Enough said!

Make the most of hop-on hop-off buses to get around to the most famous attractions at an affordable price. Or take a guided tour in a French vintage car for a more personalised, luxurious experience. 

Set up a picnic with a couple of baguettes, some cheese and meats from a nearby deli and a bottle of rose in front of the Eiffel Tower just before sunset. Hot tip, wine is usually corked so be sure to grab a bottle opener! 

Or jump on a river tour instead and watch the Eiffel Tower light up as the sun sets. It’s a magical experience.

Check out the Arc de Triomphe and watch the most famous roundabout in Paris that wraps around it. Take a walk down the Champs-Elysees, arguably the world’s most beautiful avenues. 

If you only have 1 day to explore Paris, I’ve got you covered with my ultimate 1 day in Paris itinerary!


Arguably the best time to visit Paris is September and October.

24. New York, United States of America

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Times Square, New York

Moving over to dream destination holidays in the United States.

There’s just nothing quite like the big apple, the city of dreams, where anything is possible. A city that never sleeps, a backdrop of many famous movies and tv shows, and a hub of new innovations and creativity. Unreal shopping, incredible foods from all over the world and a pumping entertainment scene.

Some must-see places in New York City are The top of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, The Friends building (if you’re a huge fan like me!), Central Park & Brooklyn Bridge. Now I could go on, but I think that would need another article!

Get ready for some crazy pinch-yourself moments, it is seriously such a surreal place. 


The best time to see New York, as recommended, by locals is during the fall months of late September through to early November. 

25. Seoul, South Korea

Seoul South Korea is a spot everyone should add to their travel bucket list
Seoul, South Korea

Moving over to Seoul, South Korea. 

South Korean pop culture has exploded in recent years turning Seoul into one of the hottest destination in Asia. 

There are five Joseon Royal Palaces in Seoul. Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung are the biggest and often considered the most beautiful of the five so I would prioritise seeing these over the other 3.

Next up, visit Bukchon Hanok Village to stroll the narrow alleyways and take in the traditional Korean houses called Hanoks. It will take you back in time to Seoul hundreds of years ago! 

When it comes to great views, Seoul Tower’s observation deck is the best place to get a bird’s eye view of the city. 

Seoul’s markets are worth the trip for tasting authentic street food and shopping like a local. 

Markets to consider are Noryangjin Fish Market, Gwangjang Market and Dongdaemun Market. 


For dry and mild temperatures is between March and June or September and November. 

26. Rome, Italy

Rome is a dream holiday location
Rome, Italy

Travel back to ancient times in Rome Italy. 

There’s only one place to see ancient ruins, Renaissance architecture followed by Michaelangelo’s sculptures. Rome is well worth the visit!

And don’t get me started on the food! As Italy’s capital, there is an abundance of traditional Italian dishes. Enjoy the heavenly pizzas, pasta, cheeses and gelatos. From Cacio e Pepe, 

Pizza Al Taglio to Stracciatella Gelato. Is anyone else hungry now?!

I’m sure you already have the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps and St Peter’s Square on your itinerary so let’s cover the less well-known sites. 

The Sistine Chapel, part of the Vatican Museum complex, is filled with stunning details, iconography and ancient history, making it well worth your time. 

Next, explore Trastevere an ancient part of Rome, one of the few places left where you can see authentic Roman life and get a real feel for the city.

You can expect to see washing hanging out between the streets and locals shouting to each other from building to building.


In Spring (Mid-March to May) and Autumn (Mid-September to November).

27. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

dubai united arab emirates is one of those dream destination holidays
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Last on my list of dream destination holidays to see in your lifetime is Dubai, a slick and modern city full of ambition. 

Well-known for its mega malls, beaches, artificial islands, scorching hot weather and incredible wealth. 

The Dubai Mall, the second biggest shopping centre on the planet, is the place to indulge in retail therapy, window shop the luxury brands and visit the in-built attractions. 

Get outside and ski in the Dubai desert. Yep that’s right you can ski in the snow in the middle of the Arabian Desert. Dubai’s five-slope indoor ski resort is a great way to escape the heat and experience a new form of skiing! If you’re game, test out the world’s first 400m indoor black run. 

Dubai’s greatest drawcard has to be its incredible beaches. Beijing in the middle of the desert has the upside of 300 days of sunshine per year! And to top it off you don’t have to travel far away to reach the long-spanning coastline. 

The next well-known attraction to see in Dubai is the Palm Fountain which aims to show the harmony between the universe and the Earth. A colourful display incorporating lights, dancing water and music.  

As we know Dubai is all about luxury and living a life of abundance and fun. 

Palm Jumeirah fits this bill being one of the world’s largest artificial islands. Take a trip to the islands and see the multi-million dollar mansions and five-star luxury hotels, including Atlantis. 


During winter (November to March) when it is cooler and not stinking hot. 

Photography Gear For Your Dream Destination Holidays

You can’t go on these dream destination holidays without taking loads of pictures! Below are my top recommendations for capturing beautiful shots.

FAQs: Dream Destination Holidays

Moving onto some commonly asked questions about the best dream destination holidays you need to consider!

What is a dream holiday destination?

A dream holiday destination is a place that captures your imagination and fulfills your deepest travel desires.

These destinations offer a perfect blend of scenic beauty, cultural experiences, and activities that align with your personal interests, creating unforgettable memories.

What is the most popular dream vacation?

The most popular dream vacation often revolves around a tropical paradise with pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and gorgeous resorts, providing relaxation, water-based activities, and an escape from the daily grind.

Destinations like Thailand, Whitsundays and Cinque Terre are just a few examples.

Where is most peoples dream vacation?

Here’s a quick summary of popular dream vacations:

  • Santorini, Greece
  • Whitsundays, Australia
  • Banff, Canada
  • Tokyo Japan
  • Egypt
  • New York City, United States of America
  • Paris, France
  • Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Many more!

Which is the most beautiful place in this world?

Determining the single most beautiful place in the world is near impossible varies based on individual preferences and experiences.

However, some of the destinations often rated as incredibly beautiful include Santorini in Greece, the Maldives for its crystal-clear waters, the dramatic landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island, the ethereal beauty of Switzerland, and the breathtaking natural wonders of places like Banff in the Canada.

Each of these places boasts unique features that contribute to their allure, making them contenders for the title of the most beautiful place on Earth!

What is the most popular season to travel?

The most popular season to travel varies depending on the destination and the type of experience travelers are seeking.

Generally, the summer months (June to August) and the holiday season (December to early January) tend to be popular due to school holidays and good weather in many parts of the world.

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are also popular for their mild temperatures and scenic beauty, while winter (December to February) is favored for destinations that offer winter sports and holiday festivities.

The Wrap-Up: Dream Destination Holidays!

And that’s a wrap, 27 of my top dream destination holidays!

And that’s a wrap on our whirlwind tour of dream destinations! From the canals of Amsterdam to the buzzing streets of NYC, the serene wilderness of Banff, the thrill of Queenstown, and the romance of Santorini, we’ve covered some serious travel ground.

These aren’t just places; they’re memories waiting to happen.

So whether you’re seeking adventure, romance, or a mix of everything, the world’s got it all.

Get your bags packed and your wanderlust ready – your dream destination is out there, waiting to be explored!

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