Dream Destinations to Fuel Your Wanderlust

If you have been checking flights daily and browsing Airbnb more than Instagram for the past few weeks, do not worry – you are not the only one. Aberdonian Autumn and Winter can make the urge to travel the world stronger than ever. Below is a by no means comprehensive list of some of my dream destinations – what would you add to it?

#1 Las Salinas de Torrevieja

Situated in Valencia, Spain this rose-hued lake is a dream come true for the pink obsessed. Only a few micro-organisms and micro-seaweed can survive the high salinity of the lake, and they are giving the water the drool worthy, unique colour. The natural park where the lake is located gives home to around 2000 flamingos during breeding season, so if you’re lucky, you can spot a few of them as well. Just imagine floating in the salty pink water, surrounded by flamingos – sounds a lot better than writing essays in the library, if you ask me!



#2 Vatnajokull Crystal Ice Cave

This beautiful ice cave can be visited in Iceland, in the Vatnajokull National Park. Natural glacier caves are formed when temperatures fall below zero, and the ice formations change month to month or even week to week as ice melts and freezes again, making every visit different. This picturesque setting with mystical, blue shades is sure to leave you impressed!



#3 St Basil’s Cathedral

You have to go all the way to Moscow, Russia to see this breath-taking building, but in my opinion, it is worth it. Built by Ivan the Terrible in the 1550s, St Basil’s Cathedral is truly unique, its design has no parallel in Russian architecture. Brick is used for decoration inside and out of the building, and it shines in vivid, bright colours in the Red Square of Moscow.



#4 The Flåm Railway

The Flåm Railway is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and one of the top tourist attractions in Norway. The one-hour long train ride offers a panorama of the stunning Norwegian scenery between Myrdal and Flåm with mountainsides and foaming waterfalls. It is also one of the steepest railway lines, and it runs through 20 tunnels during the brief journey.



#5 The temples of Angkor

Located in present-day Cambodia, the temples of Angkor are true bucket list destinations. There are more temples hidden away in the jungle than you can count, and they are all worth a visit. But the “big three” that no tourist would want to miss are Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm.




#6 Neuschwanstein Castle

This stunning German castle can be found in southwest Bavaria. It is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, welcoming 1.4 million people annually. The palace was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria and used as a retreat until his death. Unfortunately, it can only be visited during 30-minute guided tours, but the beauty of the castle, its panorama and idyllic location certainly make up for that.



#7 The Red Fort

The Red Fort is one of Delhi’s main attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the 17th century and gets its name from the almost impregnable red sandstone walls. It houses three museums and sees thousands of visitors throughout the year. This fine example of Mughal architecture is sure to leave you in awe!