Night scene of Nanjing road in Shanghai

3 destinations you should add to your bucket list

Traveling is something that more and more people want to do before they die. Veer off the beaten path and think about adding these places to your “must-visit” list:

Aussie getaway: Lord Howe Island

View north over Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia, from the summit of Mt Gower the highest point on the island.

National Geographic named this crescent-shaped island in the Tasman Sea as one of their “places of a lifetime”. It’s a quick flight away from Port Macquarie and the perfect place to get away from everyday life. Staying at a resort like the Pinetrees Lodge will allow you to savour the best that this heritage-listed site has to offer. From there, you can go paddle-boarding or surfing in the clear waters. Or, go bushwalking to see if you can spot the many animals that call Lord Howe Island home. You can even opt to put your feet up and enjoy a rejuvenating day spa treatment from Pinetrees.

Winter wonderland: Finland

Stunning sun rays shining through trees in a foggy forest. Vanajaveden laakso. Aulanko, H?meenlinna, Finland.

Experience the magic of a Northern European winter in Finland. Temperatures range from 0 degrees to -30 degrees Celsius, but as long as you bundle up, you can go on many outdoor adventures. Go skiing or snowboarding down the snow-capped mountains. Take an invigorating dip down a hole cut into a frozen lake or sweat it out in a sauna. Sleep in a log cabin or in an elaborately-carved ice castle for a couple of nights. All these experiences await you in Finland.

East meets west, old meets new: Shanghai

Aerial view of Lujiazui Financial District at dusk, Pudong, Shanghai, China.

Travelling to China’s largest city is quite an unforgettable experience. The contrasts between tradition and innovation, Chinese and Western cultures are striking. From the airport, you can ride the Maglev, the world’s fastest train, into the city. Then, explore the peaceful water towns, where there are canals instead of streets, to get a glimpse of what Ancient Shanghai was like.

Afterward, indulge in some retail therapy at the iconic Bund waterfront. Shop inside old colonial banking buildings that now house international designer brands. Then, snap a selfie in front of the iconic Shanghai skyline. At the end of the day, stroll along Nanjing road, where local retailers sell their wares well into the night.

What are you waiting for? Set a budget, decide what to pack, and book your flights for these beautiful destinations.

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