VACATION IDEAS

What’s the One Place You've Always Wanted to Visit?

We posed this question to our Budget Travel audience and, as always, their answers inspired us. From beautiful temples to perfect beaches, here are 35 destinations that belong at the top of your bucket list.

  1. "A week at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking Academy in Paris or at a cooking school in Tuscany." —April Charles

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  2. "Russia. I've always been fascinated by the Romanovs." —Caroline Dover Wilson

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  3. "India, to get drunk on the colors." —Allan Macdonald

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  4. "Mount Rushmore. I think it is a true American treasure and the history it represents is very important to me." —Felicia Bryant Dawson

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  5. "Tanzania, Africa. I've always wanted to go on safari and photograph the animals in their habitat." —Liz Nardi

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  6. "My sister lives in London and I live in Phoenix, Arizona. We want to meet in Peru and hike to Machu Picchu." —Denise Caldwell

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  7. "Antarctica—zodiac through iceberg-mountains, see penguin colonies and leopard seals, snowshoe, and see a research station. Fun!" —@TravelMapper

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  8. "Sri Lanka." —Courtney Mercier Photography

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  9. "Cuba. My family is from there and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1960's. I am first generation American and it kills me that I'm unable to see where my family came from legally or without some expensive permit that limits my visit." —Krista Martin

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  10. "New Zealand because I've always wanted to see one of the first countries that gave women the right to vote in a national election back in the 1890s." —Dotty Kurtz

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  11. "Alaska by train, by plane, and by RV!" —Elaine Gutierrez Meyer

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  12. "My dream trip would be to China to see the Great Wall, view the Terracotta Warriors, and see the pandas at the Wolong Panda Reserve." —26 Travel

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  13. "Ireland! The people, the history, the extraordinarily green countryside, and of course, the beer!" —Megan Schuller

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  14. "When I was young, my grandparents used to talk about selling everything and moving to Australia. From what I understand, they were very close to doing just that. Many years later my Mom got a letter from someone from Australia with the same last name as ours. Now we think we may have long lost relatives in the 'outback' so I would choose Australia." —Brenda Scott

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  15. "Japan. I've wanted to go there since I was about 16. I love the mix of ancient and modern. I'm very close to going now, hopefully in October." —Susie Story

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  16. "Africa, and I just got back from a three-week trip! Number one on the bucket list...done!" —Becki Soberanes Goddard

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  17. "Galapagos Islands. In fifth grade, my math teacher went there on vacation and when she came back, she showed us her slides (yes they were slides!). Ever since then I have been obsessed and cannot wait to get there someday, hopefully!"  —Heather Wyatt

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  18. "Kyoto, Japan." —Terri Wingard Millett

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  19. "One week in Moscow, complete with a rock concert." —Margo Mitchell

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  20. "Anywhere in the Maldives!" —Black Buggy Baking Company

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  21. "I want to sail down the Nile and sleep on the deck of a felucca. In the morning I want to climb the Pyramids so they whisper their secrets to me." —Carol Davison

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  22. "I always wanted to visit Venice, Italy. It's my dream destination for my honeymoon, my idea of the true romantic location." —Debbie Dyal

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  23. "Easter Island. I'm still hoarding frequent flier miles so my 6'2" husband and I can go first class." —Martrese White

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  24. "Outer Hebrides, to explore, and after, to wear my kilt and drink ale with my brothers in the neighborhood pub." —@thefatherroad

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  25. "To rent a villa in the Italian countryside, shop the local markets, and become a part of the local community...even if only for a short time!" —Courtney Pollock

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  26. "Angkor Wat. The temple and its intricate decorations have a magical quality to them. Also, the world is becoming more and more the same, so I would love to get to Cambodia while it is still a bit exotic." —Hannah Stander Riederer

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  27. "Barcelona, Spain. I have a good friend who was once my exchange student (in 1992) and he lives there. I want to see Gaudi's architecture, eat tapas, and experience the Catalan culture." —Dana Damiani Earley

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  28. "I've wanted to go to Florence, Italy, ever since I read about the terrible 1966 flood there in my grandpa's National Geographic. The history, the art, the architecture—I bet it's all amazing." —Pat French

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  29. "Bora Bora. I need to relax in a hut on stilts!" —Tara Cox

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  30. "To see the polar bears gather as the Hudson Bay freezes in November in Churchill, Manitoba." —Christopher Cappiello

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  31. "Lord Howe Island. Few Americans know about it. Only so many allowed at a time. Sounds like the anti-Disneyland of vacations to me!" —Julia Taylor

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  32. "Morocco to the Sahara Desert. And Antarctica to see real penguins!" —Jenny Wu

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  33. "I've always wanted to visit the Panama Canal. To think before it, sailors had to go all the way around South America!" —Katie Mae

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  34. "Cornwall, England. I want to stand in the places I've heard about and where my family came from. I can't wait to be there, look around, and say 'I'm standing in Cornwall.'" —Jennifer Hampton

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  35. "Puroland, in Japan. It's an indoor theme park—think of Disneyland, but with Hello Kitty. It's my crazy cat lady dream!" —Christina Baca

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