Due to the hustle and bustle of our daily work grind, we often live vicariously through the adventurous jet-setters we follow on social media. From jaw-dropping landmarks to enchanting enclaves, their destinations pique our wanderlust and often inspire us to invest in a little escapism. Provided you didn’t already use up your precious vacation days, we’ve rounded up the top bucket-list spots that will not only satisfy those blogger-induced travel urges, but also take your Instagram feed to the next level.
Lake Hillier, Australia
Located in Australia's Middle Island, this lake presumably keeps its Pepto Bismol shade thanks to a species of red-pigmented algae that inhabit it. (Don't worry, the waters are not toxic and are totally safe to swim in.) We suggest getting an aerial shot of the lake, as its bubblegum-pink color juxtaposed with the surrounding forest is the stuff of dreams.
Since travel restrictions to this vibrant country were lifted, influencers and globetrotters everywhere have been flocking to its capital city, where you can find craft markets, colonial-era homes and those classic 1950s cars. Note: You won't want to leave without enjoying (and documenting) Cuba's buzzed-about nightlife scene, so make sure to pack your party hat.
Humantay Lake, Peru
As tourists trek to Machu Picchu, you can explore the Salkantay trail, which will not only get you to the Inca Citadel but also allow you to view some of Peru's most breathtaking-yet-less-frequented spots, like this lake that sits at the bottom of the Humantay glacial mountain. (You can also take a dip into the icy water, if you dare.)
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
This charming hotel in the Lang'ata suburb of Nairobi is home to a breeding program for endangered Rothschild giraffes. While there, you'll probably experience the gentle giants poking their heads through the windows of your guest suite or the breakfast room. Make sure to pause at the veranda to feed the giraffes or take a guided walk through the wildlife-filled forest.
El Nido, Philippines
From white-sand beaches and shallow lagoons to limestone cliffs and coral reefs, this tranquil province in the island of Palawan remains under the radar yet has been consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful destinations in the Philippines. Catch a sunrise or sunset for unbelievable snapshots that'll instantly rack up Instagram likes.
There's a reason this picture-perfect Greek island has made it to many a bucket list: Its panoramic views of whitewashed buildings enveloped in the bluest of seas are unlike those of any other landscape. Add the view to walking the caldera's edge, sampling local wine and taking a plunge in beach waters, and you've got yourself an experience that just can't be duplicated anywhere else.