10 Places to See before You Die
Travel is an important component in our lives. It’s enriching, empowering, and not to mention humbling. It’s a wonderful thing to walk along the roads that people who shaped Empires once walked. Now, let’s breakdown the ten places that you need to see before you die.
Stonehenge in England
One of the mysteries of the old world. Archeologists have dated the standing rocks to have been made at early as 3000 BC. There are so many questions surrounding this amazing monument as the culture that was believed to create it left no known records. There is much debate regarding its significance but there is no doubt that it is something that needs to be seen in person.
Salar de Tunupa or Salar de Unye in Bolivia
Known to be the world’s largest salt flat ranging at 4,086 sq. miles, it was formed due to the transformations between numerous prehistoric lakes. The land is covered in several meters of salt crust that is extraordinarily flat.
Because of this, should it rain, the water is slowly absorbed into the salt-caked soil and can leave an even puddle that spans the entire flat. This makes the land appear as one giant mirror reflecting the sky. Tourists have expressed feeling like they’re in an eternal pool as there is no near end to the reflection.
Taj Mahal in India
One of the oldest architectural treasures of the world. It certainly is a sight to behold. A massive white marble mausoleum ordered to be made by Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor. It was constructed for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Quite romantic, don’t you think?
The marble dome that surmounts the tomb is truly a feast for the eyes and an incredible architectural wonder.
Angkor Wat in Cambodia
a definite addition to anyone’s bucket list should be the largest religious monument in the world: Angkor Wat. It was originally made as a Hindu temple to worship the god Vishnu. Now, it’s a Buddhist temple that has received most of the reconstruction efforts of Cambodia. Nearby cafes also serve a host of delicacies that’s really worth experiencing.
Venice in Italy
Practically everyone knows this city is famous for it’s rich history, serenades, and one-of-a kind transportation. Any art lover would understand why Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. If you time it right and visit this city in between the latter half of January and early part of February, you’ll be treated to the annual and incredible Carnival of Venice. Don your masks and prepare to party!
Trevi Fountain in Rome
Visiting the largest baroque fountain in the world should not be missed by any traveler’s bucket list. Not only is it an architectural wonder, it comes with a pretty sweet legend. While you’re at it, you’ll also be smack in the middle of one of the oldest cities in the world. There’ll be more to see around Roma but the Trevi Fountain certainly crowns the city.
Grand Canyon in USA
Located in the state of Arizona, the Grand Canyon serves as a testament to the powerful Colorado River. There’s more to do here than people realize. Other than basking in the majesty of nature’s work, guests can enjoy sky diving, hiking, and rafting. Helicopter tours are also quite popular in the area which will certainly afford a much better view than most.
Machu Pichu in Peru
Certainly not for the faint of heart, Machu Pichu stands at 7,970 ft above sea level. It is a citadel that was believed to be made for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. Now, it’s one of the most well-know sites in Peru. Voted into the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, it is something definitely worth seeing.
Christ the Redeemer in Brazil
Not as old as some of the other sites on this list, but Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro is a sight to behold regardless of your religious affiliations. Opened in 1931, it has since been a landmark famous around the world.
Chiang Mai in Thailand
One of the most culturally significant cities in Thailand, it is home to various temples and festivals. A festival that catches the imagination of many is called Loi Krathong. It’s held in celebrations of the Goddess of Water. Locals arrange flowers and candles upon floating banana-leaf containers and place them along the waterways of the city. At night, they launch countless of candle-lit sky lanterns.
Locals are also known to be quite friendly and helpful so any tourist would be made to feel at home.