Everybody should live life to the fullest. Oftentimes, it is when we travel and we see other places that we feel most alive. The world is a beautiful place that deserves to be seen and explored while we are still here.
Wondering which places should you add to your bucket list? Well, here are some suggestions consisting of the most beautiful natural wonders and the finest landmarks to make you feel that you are making the most out of our short lives here on Earth.
10.Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
This is a stunning salt flat—the biggest in the world— that can be found in the southwest portion of Bolivia. This natural wonder, which is the result of transformation of ancient lakes, is captivating in its simplicity. It is the perfect place for reflection—literally. In fact, it is sometimes called the “greatest mirror” on the face of the Earth, because the great white expanse of the salt flat perfectly reflects the blue sky. This place is really one for the bucket list!
9. Norway for the Northern Lights
Here is a natural spectacle that you should definitely see once in your lifetime. This phenomenon, called aurora borealis, appear on the Arctic sky at night, with streaks of light colored green, pink and violet seemingly dancing in the heavens. You will surely marvel at these moving colors, just like how they have inspired locals to create art featuring the northern lights. There are many options in Norway on how to view these northern lights, whether on a cruise ship or a restaurant or a fancy hotel.
8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This sprawling city is a must-visit because of its great mix of natural and man-made wonders. You can spend most of your time just basking under the sun at long stretch of fine sand at Copacabana Beach. You also shouldn’t miss seeing the Christ the Redeemer statue up close, standing atop and seemingly observing the entire metropolis. Of course, the best time to go here is during the Carnival festivities, where you can join the street parties and see flashy floats and costumes.
7. Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Nature’s wonders are found not only on land, but also under the sea. The best showcase of the world’s rich marine biodiversity is the Great Barrier Reef—the Earth’s largest coral reef system. Dive into the waters off northeastern Australia and prepare to be wowed by the different kinds of fish, coral reefs and other marine creatures that you will see.
6. The Great Pyramids of Egypt
This should definitely be on your must-visit list, being the only surviving wonder of the ancient world. Visiting this place will make you feel like you’re being transported back in time, when pharaohs ruled territories and ancient traders travel on camels to sell their goods. The pyramids, which served as tombs for pharaohs, are architectural feats, built at a period when there were no state-of-the-art tools.
5. Mount Fuji in Japan
If there’s one volcano you have to see in your lifetime, this is the one you have to visit. Mount Fuji is exquisitely symmetrical, made even more beautiful by the snow surrounding its crater for several months of the year. Aside from being Japan’s highest peak, this picturesque volcano is also considered to be a sacred site by locals. The best time to go see Mount Fuji is during the months of March to April, when cherry blossom trees in surrounding areas are in full bloom.
4. Grand Canyon in the United States
Another amazing natural wonder that you have to visit in your lifetime is the Grand Canyon, which can be found in the state of Arizona in the United States. The canyon is a sight to behold because of its various combinations of geologic colors and different eroded forms. Its vastness will surely overwhelm your senses. This place is best viewed during sunset, when the sun lends it a warm orange color.
3. Easter Island
This small speck of land located in the South Pacific and occupied by Chile is both captivating and puzzling. Its main features are the “moai,” the huge and gigantic stone human figures that tickle the curiosity of archaeologists to this day. Aside from marveling at these ancient figures, the waters surrounding this island are also perfect for snorkeling and surfing.
2. Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil
Thinking of including waterfalls in your bucket list? This spectacular, semicircular waterfall shared by Argentina and Brazil is highly recommended. Being the largest waterfall system in the world, the Iguazu Falls will surely make your jaw drop with its immensity and beauty. The rainforest surrounding the falls is also home to 2,000 species of plants, so this area is worth exploring. Watch out for tiny rainbows that appear near the falls once in a while!
1. The Great Wall of China
Another historic wonder that is worth visiting within your lifetime is the Great Wall of China, which protected the country from invaders during the ancient times. Its architecture and length, snaking through the northern mountains of the country, are simply impressive. This tourist destination is beautiful both in autumn and in winter.
Life is too short to be wasted away in just one area. The world is a big and beautiful place that needs to be explored while we’re living. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and book a trip to these amazing destinations.
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Originally posted 2017-04-03 06:16:50.