Let’s grab a sheet of paper and a pen and create that bucket list we’ve been meaning to create all our life.
Item #1: Create a bucket list.
Item #2: Travel the world.
It can’t get easier than this. While the entire world is a beautiful place, with so many beautiful countries, cultures and people to see, we also know that most of us will probably never see everything that the world has to offer us. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We have compiled a list of 10 most amazing places that need to be on your itinerary.
So pack your bags and experience some of the most incredible views, cultures and stories in the world.
1. The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest collection of coral reefs in the world, spanning over 2,500 kilometres. It’s so large that it can be seen from space, though it’s best appreciated in person off the Queensland coast. It is the place to go diving, and houses whopping 1,500 fish species, 30 species of whales and dolphins, six species of sea turtles and more than 215 species of birds.
2. Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Carved over thousands of years by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is a sight to behold that one simply can’t fathom without being there. The massive rock walls span for over 200 miles. It’s one of the seven wonders of the natural world.
3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora features the exotic locales, dripping with luxury and dotted with glass-bottomed bungalows that boast endless vistas of aquamarine sea, jagged volcanic peaks and beautiful greenery you’d hope to find in the tropics–only it’s more fantastic than you can imagine.
4. Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca site that dates back to the 15th century and sits atop a mountain above the Sacred Valley. The hike up to these pre-Columbian ruins (which lie at 2,430 meters, or nearly 8,000 feet above sea) is, quite literally, breathtaking. And what you’ll see from the top is a serene spot that’s frequently shrouded in an ethereal fog and perpetually blanketed in emerald green grass.
5. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
As the only one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World still largely intact, the Pyramids of Giza are definitely worth a visit. Although the exact date of when the great pyramid was built is unknown, it’s thought to be more than 4,500 years old.
6. The Great Wall of China, China
The Great Wall of China is one of the oldest standing pieces of history in the entire world, so of course it made our top five list. This 2,000-year-old wall is more than 5,000 miles long and is an integral piece of China’s history.
7. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
This massive salt flat–the largest in the world–spans a massive 4,086 square miles. Formed by several ancient lakes, this salt flat becomes so reflective in the rainy season that it’s used to calibrate satellites. It’s effectively the world’s largest mirror and a breathtaking sight.
8. Northern Lights, Iceland
A dazzling Northern Lights show is something that should be on every bucket list, and one of the best places to see the show is in Iceland’s highlands.
9. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
You often hear about the grandeur of Angkor Wat, but nothing can quite prepare you for that special morning when you watch the saffron sun peek over the world’s most audacious religious beacon and bathe the surrounding countryside in its sizzling glow. Angkor Wat was previously a Hindu and Buddhist temple built in the 12th century.
10. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Within the boundaries of this heavily forested national park, 16 crystalline lakes tumble into each other via a series of waterfalls and cascades. This area is among one of the most beautiful in the world, with crystal clear waters, lush green scenery, and stunning waterfalls.