With the help of reader input and expert analysis, Hostelandtours determined the top vacations.
10. The Maldives
The epitome of luxury, the enjoy an incredibly scenic location in the Indian Ocean. The contrast of bright turquoise water against stark white sand is stunning, and this destination is a favorite spot for those looking to stay in an overwater bungalow (many of which come with a private plunge pool). This collection of islands appeals to travelers eager to rest, relax and indulge. A vacation here won't come cheap, but it will offer unique opportunities, such as dining in an underwater restaurant or enjoying a treatment at an underwater spa.
9. Banff, Alberta
Outdoor enthusiasts should add Banff to their bucket lists. Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park, this Canadian vacation spot offers active pursuits galore, ranging from hiking, whitewater rafting and caving to skiing, dogsledding and snowshoeing. The area also hosts cultural and musical performances throughout the year. Plus, the après-ski scene here is top-notch: Skiers and snowboarders can wind down with drinks by the fire and meet new friends after a day on the slopes.
8. Great Barrier Reef
Though the Great Barrier Reef's coral population is diminishing, it's still one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the world. The region is home to more than 3,000 individual reefs and coral cays, and colorful fish like angelfish, clownfish, parrotfish and butterfly fish, in addition to various species of sharks. When you're not exploring underwater, you can spend time relaxing on Whitehaven Beach or sailing on the turquoise Coral Sea.
7. St. Lucia
St. Lucia has been a longtime favorite destination for honeymooners and couples, but luxurious resorts and a romantic atmosphere aren't the only things this Caribbean island has to offer. Visitors can hike and learn a bit of history at Pigeon Island National Landmark, or snap photos of the waterfall and flora at the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. And, of course, the beach is a big draw: St. Lucia's top sandy spots include Reduit Beach and Anse Chastanet.
6. Bali, Indonesia
This Indonesian island provides the perfect mix of opportunities for cultural exploration and relaxation. Travelers should spend time visiting and learning about the island's many ancient temples before heading to one of its beautiful beaches. As far as accommodations go, Bali features dozens of villas, hotels and resorts (at varying price points). To up the luxury factor, stay at a five-star resort like the Four Seasons or St. Regis and indulge in a spa treatment.
5. Costa Rica
Verdant rainforests, sprawling beaches, intriguing wildlife and imposing volcanoes characterize Costa Rica. Those looking to experience all of the above will want to seek out Manuel Antonio National Park, where you can begin the day sunbathing and swimming at the beach, then venture out for an afternoon hike to spot birds, iguanas, monkeys, sloths and more. Make sure to plan your visit for the dry season, from mid-December to April, to experience the most sun.
4. Machu Picchu, Peru
This Incan citadel in Peru is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Part of the fun for many travelers is conquering the four-day hike along the Inca Trail before being rewarded with the view of this sprawling UNESCO World Heritage site. If you're not one for hiking, you can still see this impressive historical site by hopping on a train from Cusco to the mountain base.
3. Maui, Hawaii
With captivating beaches, several scenic golf courses and even a volcano, Maui is almost an otherworldly vacation destination. Beach bums will have plenty of sandy shoreline to choose from: Waianapanapa features jet-black sand and is framed by an emerald green jungle, Kaanapali Beach is great for snorkeling and Wailea Beach is popular with those just looking to relax and take in the views. Meanwhile, a drive along the Road to Hana is another excellent way to see all the beauty this Hawaiian island has to offer.
2. El Nido Palawan, Philippines
Tranquil El Nido offers a little bit of everything. This island nation in Palawan Philippines is home to incredible beaches, stunning natural wonders like waterfalls, and interesting museums that teach visitors about the history of Philippines. What's more, there are plenty of hotel options on this island, including luxe five-star resorts and no-frills, budget-friendly options.
1. Dilijan National Park, Armenia
Stretching across nearly 1,200 square miles of nature, Dilijan National Park is every outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Travelers to this national park will encounter towering waterfalls, millennia-old trees, striking cliff faces and some of the most interesting rock formations in the Armenia. Hiking is the best way to enjoy a trip to Dilijan
Armenia, but visitors can also go swimming in some of the park's rivers, bike the various trails and enjoy photography walks or nature programs.