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The Top Countries You Need To Visit At Least Once

Often when you have the travel bug, people can ask you where are the best places to visit in the world. Of course, if you have seen as many beautiful destinations as we have, you can often find it very difficult to answer the question. There are, however, some great places to visit and some of the best destinations are possibly already featured on your bucket list, but I thought I would give them a mention anyway and share some of the best bits about them. I hope it inspires you if you are searching for your next holiday destination.

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New Zealand
New Zealand is by far one of the best places filled with absolute splendour, clue lakes, green mountainous regions and very friendly people. You may have seen from some of our latest blogs how much we enjoyed our time there. But if you haven’t caught those blog posts, then here’s a little recap. There are two islands, north island and south island. Both have their own different locations and cities to explore. A quick hint of a great attraction would be if you are a fan of the Lord Of The Rings films as they have their sets there.

Mexico
Mexico is a country that has had a decline in tourists wanting to visit recently, but there really shouldn’t be a reason why you won’t want to visit this enchanting place. There are some amazing opportunities to explore. Head down to Cabo San Lucas and enjoy one of the Cabo yacht charters . Maybe exploring some of the temples in the Yucatan Peninsula is more your thing, full of history and allows your imagination to run away with you. The weather is great for holidays and relaxing, but you also have the hustle and bustle of Cancun if you want a vibrant and busy nightlife scene. There are plenty of options and destinations to consider. 

Canada
There are some great places to visit in Canada. It is a country in Northern America, and the capital city of Ottawa has much to offer. But There is also the huge city of Toronto and the film center that is Vancouver. However, there are amazing lake retreats and vast amounts of forest to hike that if you love the more adventuring type of holiday, then this country could be for you.

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Italy
If you are a fan of Italian food, then you may already have Italy on your list of places to visit. Perhaps you want to wander the streets of Rome, taking in Vatican City or enjoying the beautiful churches and museums. Or perhaps you want to head over to some of the other famous places like Venice, Naples or Florence. There are some amazing places in this country and definitely should be one for the bucket list.

Iceland

Finally, if you like the idea of checking out the Northern Lights, which is one of the natures wonders of the world, then Iceland is the place to go. The capital city of Reykjavík is vibrant and bustling with restaurants and bars, but heading out will enable you to witness the rugged landscape.

I hope that this has inspired you to consider some other destinations for your possible ever-growing bucket list. There are just too many places in the world to see.

This post was a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I loved the content enough to publish it here, on Wife with Baggage. I hope you are as inspired, intrigued and interested in this content as I am!

Hiking and Tramping to Cathedral Cove Near Hahei, New Zealand

Ever get somewhere and think “This is not worth it” and by “it” I mean the time, energy or money used to get there. I’ve had those thoughts before. Bangkok comes to mind. As does Disney and most movies I’ve seen in the theater in the last 5 years. Thousands of dollars, too many hours and all of our energy went into our two weeks in New Zealand, but I never once had that thought.

Throughout our 14 days on the two islands, never once did I regret the time, money and energy we expended to explore New Zealand’s north and south islands. One of our first stops was Cathedral Cove, a very worthwhile stop! Each mile and dollar was worth it to soak up the sun rays, dig my toes into the powder sand, and shiver when realizing the turquoise water was a tad but cooler than the Caribbean Ocean.

Prior to hiking to Cathedral Cove we sea kayaked around cliffs and corners and through caves. We battled winds and waves and each other, because double kayaks will do that to even the best of couples! Cathedral Cove Kayaks took us on a great adventure.

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But after 3 hours out of the water we wanted to relax. The only thing between us and that relaxation was a “short” little hike. The hike out to Cathedral Cove is no Tongariro Trail, but it is not a short little jaunt either. And don’t be the person who takes a boat here. If you want the views, do the work. (Rant over.)

Pack a small bag with a few beach necessities, snacks and water and then start hiking in Hahei. The path is wide and even. There are rougher off-shoots that you can take down to other small patches of sand or view points. They’re pretty, but we just wanted to sit and swim and sip our libations, so we kept walking.

The walk itself is 30-45 minutes based on your level of fitness and pace. Once there, do not expect to have the place to yourself. It is a favorite for a reason! However, when you finally sink into the sand and see the boat drop off a “boat load” of people you will instantly be angry that more people are in your “secret spot.” You’ll get over it quickly though; Cathedral Cove is too spectacular to let anyone ruin it for you! (OK, now my rant is over.)

You can easily spend any entire day near and around Hahei as we did. On land, in the water or on water, Coromandel and the surrounding peninsula are worth every mile, penny and ounce of energy it takes to get there.