Top 10 Best Places to Travel: Our Favourites So Far

People always ask, “Where is the best place you’ve ever been?” or “What are the best places to travel with kids this summer?”

And my answer is always the same.

Travel is so subjective. Each trip is very different, and it’s hard to compare a city destination, with an adventure destination, with any one of the Wonders of the World.

However, some trips definitely stand out (these are the best for 2024) The places that stand out to me really exceeded all expectations. They simply blew our minds.

These places touched our souls, not just while we were there, but those memories sit with us looong after we’re back home, and will hopefully forever.

There’s no way to predict which destination will be life-altering. We’ve discovered our best places to travel are typically in remote locations, seeping with culture, with a spiritual component. I’m talking about the places that haunt us, make us gasp, and where we could spend endless time exploring.

Here are 10 places that blew our minds and we think are the best places to travel with kids

1. Easter Island – Best Place to Recharge

10 best places to travel - easter island, chile

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is one of the most isolated inhabited islands in the world, located on the east edge of the Polynesian Triangle and is Chilean Territory. Lan is the only airline flying into Easter Island via Papeete Tahiti, or Santiago Chile, and the schedule is limited. Easter Island is most famous for the Moai statues, created by the early Rapa Nui people scattered all over the island.

easter island moai statues

Easter Island is calm, peaceful, and the perfect place to recharge and explore. It’s hard to imagine how such an isolated island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has so much culture and history. I recommend everyone to visit Easter Island at least once in their lifetime, it’s an experience you will never forget. Read about our trip to Easter Island here.

2. South Africa – Best Place for Wildlife

south africa safari with a friendly family of elephants

South Africa has a very special place in our hearts. The people and the culture are simply beautiful, and we’ve barely scratched the surface of our adventures in Africa.

best place to see elephants and nature on safari

South Africa is incredible and we conquered many things on our ‘bucket list.’ Shark cage diving, African safari, followed by the culture of Cape Town. South Africa is absolutely one of those places that left us longing for more, and we cannot wait to return. Read about our South African adventures here. trip here.

3. Tavarua, Fiji – Best Place for Surfing

10 best places to travel - tavarua island fiji

Tavarua is a heart-shaped private island resort in Fiji. It has an area of 29 acres and is a premier surf and water sports resort. Tavarua is surrounded by a coral reef and is minutes away from world-famous surf breaks like Cloudbreak and Restaurants.

best place for surfing - barreled at Tavarua Island resort FIji
best place to see amazing sunset Tavarua Island resort FIji

There are activities for everyone regardless of experience and ability, and there’s nothing that will match the warm hospitality you encounter the minute you pull up to the island in their private boats. Tavarua has a very special place in our hearts and is one of the ONLY places we have visited more than once. Read why here.

4. Bhutan – Best Place for Happiness

10 best places to travel - Bhutan

Tiny Bhutan is located in South Asia and lies between India, Tibet, China, and Nepal. Bhutan is probably the most peaceful country in the world. It has continually been ranked as one of the happiest countries on earth, and measures the success of the country in GNH (Gross National Happiness). The restrictions on tourism and the protection of natural resources have preserved the stunning landscape, as well as their cultural identity. It’s an incredibly special place.

best place to see Buddhas in Bhutan

best place to see Mount Everest poking through the clouds en route to Paro

You fly over Mount Everest from Kathmandu into Paro airport, and if you’re lucky you’ll see it poking through the clouds!
best place for happiness - scary flight flying into Paro airport, Bhutan
Bhutan is nestled between the Himalayan Mountains, and the pilot must avoid the mountains flying in, and drop suddenly to make the runway. gulp.

The flight into Bhutan is not for the faint of heart since Paro airport is known as one of the most dangerous airports in the world to land. I promise it’s worth the trek to get there. So grab your passport and your valium, and book to visit sooner rather than later. Read about our trip here.

5. Machu Picchu, Peru – Best Sacred Place

machu picchu with kids, far above aqua caliente peru

I have a hard time putting into words what it was like to sit at the top of Machu Picchu overlooking the valley. This is truly one of the most spiritual travel experiences we have experienced. You have to see it and feel it for yourself, and is a must for any traveler’s ‘bucket list.’ Our pictures do not even compare to what we saw, but more importantly what we felt as we sat in this sacred place.

best places to travel  for mysterious nature - machu Picchu peru
best place to see machu picchu peru wonder of the world

The many temples and ecosystems held spiritual significance for the Inca. Trying to comprehend how the Incas created such a large city in this beautiful remote location out of stone without use of tools, wheels, or animals to lift and carry the large heavy stones, is simply mind-blowing. Read 5 useful tips for visiting Machu Picchu.

6. Siem Reap, Cambodia – Best Place for Ancient Temples

10 best places to travel - siem reap, Cambodia angkor wat

Cambodia is one of our favorite places as it’s filled with a very unique culture and history, and filled with peace and Budhhism. Siem Reap is definitely one of the most incredible places we have ever visited and would highly recommend the drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.

Siem Reap is home to the breathtakingly beautiful Angkor Wat Temple Complex.

Cambodia is a very special place, and one of the best places to travel with kids
Angkor Wat – The Best Place for Ancient Temples

This wonder of the world has been on our ‘bucket list’ for years and to marvel at the majesty of the buildings created by ancient civilizations without the tools we have today is simply mind-blowing. Each temple is unique and beautiful, and the Angkor Wat sunrise is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see. Here are 7 Reasons to Visit Angkor Wat and Siem Reap.

7. Jerusalem, Israel – Best Place for History

Best place for spirituality - family at the dome of the rock in jerusalem
Temple Mount and The Western Wall are in the background

The holy city of Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world and is filled with history. We were blown away by the beauty of the old city with its 4 different quarters, each one different in look and feel.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, this is where Islam, Christianity, and Judaism all converge. Walking on the same Via Dolorosa path where Christ walked over 2,000 years ago alongside pilgrims from all over the world is an immensely spiritual experience.

western wall jerusalem is one of the best places to travel

Jerusalem has been conquered, destroyed and rebuilt more than any city in the world, and the fact that three world religions continue to co-exist together behind the ancient walls is fascinating to me. Read the 7 Best Things to Do in Jerusalem

8. Lhasa, Tibet – Best Place for Buddhism

lhasa tibet
10 best places to travel - lhasa tibet potola palace

Tibet is located on the highest plateau in the world at over 14,000ft, and is often referred to as ‘the roof of the world’.  Lhasa, Tibet is the epicenter of the Tibetan Buddhist world. After the Chinese took over this territory, Tibetians fight every day to preserve the spirit of traditional Tibetan life while suffering one of the most oppressed countries in the world.

Independent travel is prohibited and you must have a pre-arranged tour to obtain an entry permit. Tibet is officially part of China, but it’s not officially open to tourists under the Chinese regime. While there’s no greater place to experience the essence of Buddhism, it’s impossible to ignore the political and religious control with armed Chinese soldiers walking the streets.

Best Place for Temples - Lhasa Tibet Jokhang temple
Lhasa – The Best Place for Buddhism

Tibet has very little freedom of speech or religion, and it’s important to avoid sensitive topics such as politics. You cannot under any circumstance take a photograph of Chinese soldiers or discuss political issues with guides. Our guide was visibly terrified to discuss anything political for fear ‘They’d hear him’ and he’d be in serious trouble.


Regardless of their oppression, Tibetans remain deeply attached to their faith, have the biggest smiles, and it’s deeply moving to watch them practice prayer rituals. Tibet is one of our most fascinating and best places to travel for cultural experience. 5 Reasons to Visit Lhasa with Kids.

9. Santorini, Greece – Best Places to Travel for Ocean Views

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The iconic blue-domed churches in Santorini. Santorini really is the best place for ocean views!

Santorini is a magical Greek island filled with blue domes, sunsets, black beaches, deep blue water, colorful salads and red cliffs. It literally looks as though you have stepped into a postcard, and is one of the most picturesque places we have ever visited.
fira port santorini, greece

Santorini boasts stunning views, deep blue skies, and white stone buildings, all perched on the side of the cliffs. And the food and drinks… ahhh, don’t get me started on the deliciously fresh spanakopita, souvlaki, and baklava washed down with a crisp white wine. Read 8 Reasons to Love Santorini with Kids.

10. Green Island, Australia – Best Place to SeeThe Great Barrier Reef

Green Island Resort - Australia

Green Island is off the coast of Cairns and sits on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The island is only accessible by boat and helicopter and is a 45-minute catamaran ride across the Coral Sea from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. Green Island Resort is a world-class eco-sensitive resort offering private access to the Great Barrier Reef.

Green Island Resort in Australia on the Great Barrier Reef

Most people visit for the day, and once the last boat leaves it’s like having your own private island. The snorkeling is amazing and it’s one of those places you should splurge to spend the night and experience the incredible Great Barrier Reef without the crowds.

As we finish up talking about the best places in the world we’ve found to visit, it’s clear there are so many amazing places out there. From the quiet island of Easter Island to the old temples of Siem Reap, the happy country of Bhutan, and the colorful Great Barrier Reef, each place has its own special story. Travel isn’t just about where you go, but also about the fun stories you come back with. It’s about laughing together when things don’t go as planned, seeing cool things for the first time, and feeling the magic of being somewhere new.

So, here’s a challenge for you: don’t just dream about going to these “best places to travel.” Go out there and find your own adventures. Whether it’s one of the places we talked about or a secret spot you find on your own, the best trip is always the next one you take.

Now, I want to hear from you. What are your “best places to travel”? Where have you been that was super cool? Let’s share our stories and tips in the comments. Traveling is all about exploring new things, dreaming big, and making awesome memories.

Keep looking for new places, keep dreaming about your next trip, and remember, there’s a whole world out there waiting for you to explore. For more fun stories and travel tips, follow me on Instagram and Twitter.

Let’s keep finding new adventures together!

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About The Author


I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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