Forget the Taj Mahal or the Egyptian pyramids, The Bugaboos in Canada are the top must-see attraction on the latest travel bucket list according to a new survey carried out by booking platform Hostelworld. The group teamed up with backpackers from around the world to compile a list of the best travel hot spots, and the results may surprise and inspire you. Check out the list to ensure you too can level up your own Instagram travel game when you book your next getaway.
1.The Bugaboos, Canada– This collection of sky scraping granite spires surrounded by breath taking glaciers the Bugaboos are on the bucket list of thrill seeking mountain climbers the world over. The town of Golden is your gateway to this snowboarding and heli-hiking adventurers’ playground. Where to stay: Dreamcatcher Hostel, Golden, Canada. Average price per night for private rooms starts from £71, while dorm beds start from £19.
2. The Swing at the end of the World, Ecuador– Courageous explorers are making the simple swing a daring adventure in the mountains of Ecuador. Swing out into the sky as the ground falls away leaving you hundreds of metres in the air admiring the view of the active Tungurahua volcano across the valley. Where to stay: Hostal D Mathias, Baños, Ecuador Average price per night for a private room starts from £19.
3. Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia– Visible from space Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at over 10,500 square kilometres. Covered in a thin layer of water the salt flats create an almost perfect mirror to the sky above, giving you once in a lifetime Instagram opportunities. Where to stay: Bunker Hostel, Uyuni, Bolivia. Average price per night for a private rooms is from £18, while dorm beds are from £8.
4. Great White Diving, Cape Town– See the lead of Jaws up close and very personally as you dive into Shark Alley off the coast of Cape Town and live to tell the tale. This bucket list activity will give you stories to live off for the rest of time, or at the very least that night back in the hostel. Where to stay: The B.I.G., Cape Town. Average price per night for a private room is from £65, while dorm beds start from £21.
5. Iguazu falls, Argentina– According to legend the falls were created when a jealous deity sliced the river in two as the woman he planned to marry escaped with her lover in a canoe. The largest waterfalls in the world there are 275 separate falls, some complete with specially constructed walkways bringing you right to the brink for the most incredible views. Where to stay: Tangoinn Club Iguazu-Party Luxury HostelAverage price per night for a private room starts from £56, while dorm beds start from £15.
6. Trans-Siberian Railway– Nine days on train may be a nightmare to some but whether you start in St Petersburg or Vladivostok, true adventurers know that a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway is worth every minute. Journey across the never-ending plains for an experience that no other railway can match, while making new friends along the way. Where to stay: Baby Lemonade Hostel, St Petersburg Average price per night for private rooms start from £63, while dorm beds start from £15.
7. Thermal springs, Fairbanks, Alaska– The wilds of Alaska have inspired brave explorers for years and are now in the sights of the modern adventurer. Fairbanks, perched right on the edge of the Arctic Circle is the largest city in Central Alaska. Whether it’s the northern lights, midnight sun or hot springs that draw you here you’ll be left astounded and inspired by its wild beauty. Where to stay: Billie’s Backpackers Hostel. Average price per night for dorm beds start from £21.
8. Camino de Santiago, Spain– A medieval classic making a re-entry to travel bucket lists and not one to miss, the Camino de Santiago in Spain is a pilgrimage not for the faint hearted. Follow the scalloped shells as you retrace ancient paths and drink in the hills of northern Spain before arriving at Santiago de Compostela. Rest your weary feet and enter the world famous cathedral to enjoy a mix of Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture.Where to stay: A casa de Dora, Santiago de Compostela Average price per night for dorm beds starts from £17.
9. Shikoku Pilgrimage, Japan– Starting at Mount Koya in Wakayama and visiting 88 official temples the pilgrimage is a lap of the island of Shikoku, representing the path to enlightenment from awakening through to nirvana. It can take up to 60 days to complete so is not the easiest to check off the list, which gains you extra bragging rights. Where to stay: Shiomi House Island Village Hostel, Ehime prefecture, Japan. Average price per night for dorm beds starts from £27.
10. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia– The ancient capital city of Genghis Khan’s Mongol empire has always impressed visitors, but it is the 50m statue dedicated to him that places Ulaanbaatar on the list. The statue is 54km outside the capital and points east to his legendary birthplace. Walk up to the head of his horse to admire the panoramic views and catch your breath on the roof of the world. Where to stay: 99 Guest House. Average price per night for private rooms starts from £15, while dorm beds are from £6.