It’s a new year. Got travel plans? If not, now’s the time to start planning for 2014…or at least start dreaming!

To get you started, we’ve put together our travel bucket list for 2014.

Some of us have been to these places and others are looking forward to going. We hope you feel inspired too!

Accra, Ghana

This one’s top of my list for 2014, partly because my sister lives there and partly because I’ve heard great things! Accra boasts plenty of activities for adventurous travellers like me.

Here are my sister’s top 3 must-dos in Accra:
1. Shopping—Visit
Makola Market for a sensory overload, colourful local fabrics, shea butter and beads

Pottery Market in Accra Ghana
2. Partying—On a Friday night, start with Ivorian food at

Chez Clarice and then head to Republic for a taste of an Accra hipster bar. After, head to DND Club to dance the night away to the latest Azonto and Naija beats
3. Beaching—Head to Labadi Beach on a Sunday for horseback riding, bathing costumes, hawkers, sun and surf

I’m sold! When do we leave?

Machu Picchu, Peru

This one’s on Melissa’s list and it’s a no-brainer! One of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, Machu Picchu is a must-see for any adventurous traveller. Whether you hike the Inca Trail or catch the bus to the ancient site, it’s well worth the travel time. Impossibly clinging to the steep mountain ridges 2,430 metres above sea level, the views are breath-taking! Little is known about why the site was built, but ancient Incas began construction around 1,430 AD.

Machu Picchu, ancient Inca city in the Andes, Peru

When I visited Machu Picchu in 2006, I was absolutely floored. All of those fantastic photos don’t do this place justice! Tips: Wear light hiking boots or sturdy runners, bring snacks and a camera, and make sure you’re well hydrated. Prepare to be wowed!

Batanes, Philippines

Jamie, who’s originally from the Philippines, has added Batanes to her 2014 bucket list. She’s never been to this tentative UNESCO World Heritage site, but is excited to go this year!

The province of Batanes is the northern-most in the Philippines. It consists of 10 tiny emerald islands, located in the Luzon Straight between the Islands of Luzon and Taiwan.

Batanes Philippines
Photo cred: Jozef Atento

Lush, green grass clinging to craggy cliffs, dotted with cobblestone houses, make Batanes visually unique.

There is no major form of public transportation, so renting a car or a bike is a great option for touring the islands. Watch out for herds of cows and goats grazing along the roadside though.

Explore ancient stone houses built by the region’s Ivatan inhabitants, and once you’ve worked up an appetite, feast on delicious local seafood!

Got travel tips for any of these places, or a bucket list of your own?

Please share below!

Happy travels,

Sarah

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  • Eric

    I’d love to go to Machu Picchu. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah

      You should definitely go, although Accra and Batanes both look as amazing.

  • Catherine

    I want to bike down the Oregon coast this fall 🙂 Got tips or ideas for bike travels?

  • Sarah

    Hey Catherine,
    Lucky you! Although I’ve never biked the coast, I’ve been along that route a few times! The views are stunning and there are plenty of quaint seaside towns to explore. Check out this website for tips. Enjoy! http://rideoregonride.com/