My Ultimate Travelist

I received the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist for Christmas last year. It details the “500 best places on the planet… ranked” and it is possibly the most wanderlust-inducing thing I’ve ever read!

It got me thinking about what my ultimate travelist would be. So, I’ve decided to put together a top 10 of the places I’ve already visited and the 10 that are highest on my bucket list. I’ve ranked them in order, which was not an easy task!


Top 10 Places Visited

1. Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Khao Sok National Park is situated in the Surat Thani province of Thailand. The crowing jewel of the park is Cheow Lan lake, which is home to beautiful lime stone karsts.

I stayed in a floating bungalow on the lake, where the facilities are very basic and there is only electricity for a few hours in the evening. The setting is absolutely stunning and my one-night stay is one of my all time favourite travel memories. Quite simply, it’s the most breathtaking place I’ve ever visited.

Read more: 9 Reasons to Visit Thailand 



2. Great Wall of China

The Great Wall probably makes it on to most people’s travel bucket lists, it is a bit of a cliche.

It rightly deserves a place, it is out of this world amazing. I was super excited to hike the wall but nothing could prepare me for quite how incredible (and steep!) it was.

I visited the Jinshanling section of this wall and there were barely any other people!





3. Temples of Angkor

The Temples of Angkor are out of this world and like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

I joined a small cycling tour when I visited; we got to Angkor Wat for sunrise and then cycled around the other temples and surrounding countryside.

Read more: Female solo travel in Cambodia and Vietnam: a 3 week itinerary 


4. Hoi An Old Town

Most people that have visited Hoi An Old Town would probably agree that the place just feels absolutely magical, especially at night when the beautiful old buildings are lit up with colourful lanterns.

It was definitely my favourite place in Vietnam, although as you’ll see, two more places in my favourite country ever have also made it on to my list!



5. Hanoi Old Quarter, Vietnam

Hanoi is by far my favourite large city in Asia. It’s busy and it’s polluted but it also has so much charm!

Home to many beautiful buildings, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and lots of lovely restaurants, there’s plenty to see and do. But this is also a place where you can just wander and get lost, taking it all in.

Read more: Vietnam Travel Tips


6. Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

One of the things I loved most about Sri Lanka is that every place we visited was so different. Galle Fort was no exception, I certainly wasn’t expecting charming cobbled streets, boutique shops and a lighthouse in Sri Lanka!

I stayed within the fort, which I’d highly recommend doing.

Read more: Sri Lankan Adventure Part 1: Colombo to Galle


7. Plaza Mayor, Cuba

Trinidad in Cuba is by far one of the prettiest towns I’ve ever visited. Cobbled streets and pastel coloured buildings, it is a delight. It attracts a fair amount of tourists but it still felt really laid back and not at all crowded.

Plaza Mayor is the historic centre of the town and it’s the perfect place to wander for a couple of hours, followed by a cold beer.

See more: Cuba: Photo Edit





8. Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay is a must-see for visitors to Vietnam. It’s famous for its limestone karsts and dramatic scenery.

I stayed on a traditional junk boats for two days and it was an amazing experience, not to mention that the seafood served on board was some of the best and freshest I’ve ever eaten.



9. Habana Vieja, Cuba

Think of Cuba and Habana Vieja is likely to be the picture in your head- the bright, pastel coloured old buildings in the old part of town.

They are iconic and even better experienced on a ride around Havana in an old American car.

Read more: Cuba Travel Tips


10. Le Jardin Majorelle

I recently visited Marrakech and was concerned that I’d be disappointed by Le Jardin Majorelle given all the photos I’d seen and the masses of tourists.

I definitely wasn’t disappointed, the gardens were absolutely magical and like a complete oasis away from the slight madness of Marrakech itself.

Read more: How to Spend a Long Weekend in Marrakech






So, that’s where I’ve been. Now for the list of the top 10 places I’d like go visit form the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist:

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

2. Machu Picchu, Peru

3. Petra, Jordan

4. Taj Mahal, India

5. Bagan, Myanmar

6. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

7. Dubrovnik Old City Walls, Croatia

8. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

9. Cristo Redentor, Brazil

10. Empire State Building

Check out the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist here.

Where are your top 10 places visited and the top 10 you want to go to? I’d love to hear from you xxx



  1. June 2, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    Love this! Just inspired me to get my copy out and see how many of the 500 I have visited. Turns out 75. Long way to go. might put my own version of this together (with your permission and credited of course)! x

    • rebeccaskelhorn
      June 2, 2018 / 4:16 pm

      That’s amazing, I’m only on 37! I seriously need to up my game haha.

      Of course, you should definitely put your own together, would love to see it 🙂 xx

  2. July 24, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    Wow, you’ve been to some aamazing places. What time of your did you go to Sri Lanka? I’m thinking of going in February, but have read mixed reports about going at that time of year…

    • rebeccaskelhorn
      July 24, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      Thank you!

      I went to Sri Lanka at the end of November/start of December. There are two seasons at any one time in Sri Lanka, so it’s an all year round destination in at least some of the country! I think you’ll be ok if you do west and south coast like I did over our winter months. Even when we went over east to do a safari there were only short bursts of heavy rain and it was fine tbh 🙂

      Shout if you have any other questions about Sri Lanka! I’d highly recommend it 🙂

  3. September 1, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Great post! I’ve been to a few on your “visited” list. Love your “would like to visit” list. A bunch of those places are on mine as well.

    • rebeccaskelhorn
      September 1, 2018 / 9:50 am

      Thanks Bea 🙂

  4. lincalinca
    September 1, 2018 / 10:12 am

    I am right there with you for Bora Bora! It is also interesting that your “most favorite” list is so different than mine! Probably because I have not been to any of the places you had in yours. Have to correct that soon!

    • rebeccaskelhorn
      September 1, 2018 / 10:39 am

      I think most people would love to go to Bora Bora, it just looks like paradise doesn’t it! Yes definitely, there’s many more places in the Lonely Planet 500 that I want to visit too 🙂

  5. September 1, 2018 / 10:50 am

    Wow what an amazing list.i havnt been to any of them yet..but want to visit soon

    • rebeccaskelhorn
      November 18, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      I’m sure you will 🙂

  6. Opposite Tourists
    September 1, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    Just had a look and I’m up to 28! Really need to up my travel game 😛 Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list for years! I really need to sort that one out ASAP.

    Rio |

    • rebeccaskelhorn
      November 18, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      28 is great! Mine too, I definitely need to plan a trip to Peru asap!

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