10 Places You Must Visit In Your Lifetime
By Salman Azhar
Life is very short, so live to the fullest. That said, have you ever made a list of places that you think you must visit once in your life? If not, then you should now, because travel makes you realize that no matter how much you know there's always more to learn. Or maybe there are just so many beautiful places waiting for you to be explored.
A lot of people think that if you travel, it is to escape your life. But the way I see it, most people's definition is of vacations, not travel. Because vacations are to escape the world, but traveling is embracing the life adventures that await us. Traveling is a way for life not to escape us.
Check out some of the places that you need to visit once in your lifetime.
The volcanic island of Santorini, famous for its magnificent scenery, spectacular sunsets, and colorful pebble beaches, will lift you from your feet. Located on a cliff, Santorini has several villages with traditional architecture, ancient ruins, and authentic wineries.
Fira is the capital city that offers white cobblestone streets, shops, taverns, hotels, and cafes. The most beautiful sunset on the island can be seen from the small town of Oia on the shore of Ammondi Bay, which has white walls and majestic blue domes.
You can always take a plane, but you can always take a ferry too.
Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
In recent years, the tourism industry on Phi Phi Island in Thailand has developed rapidly. So now you can enjoy beautiful beaches, clear waters, and natural beauty. These six islands are one of the oldest communities in Thailand, and their history can be traced back to prehistoric times.
If you like scuba diving, you're at the perfect spot because underwater life is so exciting and diverse. Vacationers saw various animals such as leopards sharks and dolphins during their underwater expeditions. The most popular travel time is from November to May when there is very little rain.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Interested in hiking? Beautiful mountain peak views? Then travel now to the Machu Picchu is located high in the middle of Peruvian Andes, an ancient Inca city. Machu Picchu is formed by a complex of 216 nested buildings, over 3000 steep stairs, stone escapes, and paths. It is also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1983 and one of the seven wonders of the world since 2007. It is one of the most impressive sites in the world, and many travelers find that Machu Picchu is crowded during peak season. Nevertheless, the best time to cist is between April and October.
One of the most popular activities here is hiking the Inca Trail, but you need to book an attraction several months in advance keep that in mind. Salkantay Trek and Inca Jungle Trek are also popular with tourists. Including cycling, hiking, rafting, and zip-lining.
Grand Canyon, United States
Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon is almost 277 miles long and has been shaped by the Colorado River for thousands of years. It is one of the most spectacular geological wonders in the world. Layered bands of colorful rock reveal millions of years of geologic history. Take your time and observe the vast canyons and rock formations of the canyon from multiple vantage points. Enjoy an arduous hike along the Rim or Bright Angel Trail.
Several travel agencies also offer exciting canyon rafting trips along the Colorado River. The best time to visit is from March to May and September to November because the temperature is lower and there are fewer crowds. Just keep in mind the different temperatures, South Rim, summer temperatures are between 10 and 27°C; in winter between -18 and 0°C. Temperatures at the higher North Rim are usually 5.5°C below these values.
Want to travel for your honeymoon? Or may maybe a romantic getaway? Then see no further than one of the most romantic places on the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy is the city of Positano. Visitors can see charming medieval buildings and colorful pastel houses while enjoying some of the best Italian dishes.
Forget cars and public transportation, walking is the best way to get around, although you should be prepared to climb a lot of stairs. But still, it would be worthwhile, to connect to the rich culture of the city. The peak season is from April to October, although the city has a mild climate throughout the year. There are many high-end fashion boutiques here, don't forget to try the city's specialty drink limoncello. There are many resorts for rentals, or you could always do an Airbnb.
Aurora Australis, Antarctica
The North Pole has the Aurora Borealis, and the South Pole has the Aurora Australis. The most amazing place to see the Northern Lights or "Southern Aurora" is the wild and unscrupulous continent of Antarctica. Aurora is the name given to light emitted when the upper atmosphere is hit by energetic charged particles, principal electrons from the solar wind, which travel along the Earth's magnetic field lines.
It is only visible in southern latitudes and has never been observed above the 30-degree line. This phenomenon usually manifests as a bright green or red light curtain in the night sky. Although there is no specific auroral cycle, it is related to the solar wind. Activities and most often occur in the sunspot cycle. Aurora is the dream and truly unique experience of every person.
The Dolomites are a mountain range in northeastern Italy and one of the best hiking areas in the world, but remember that among the 18 peaks of the mountain range, the area is prone to landslides, avalanches, and floods. This holiday would be bursting with natural beauty and diversity.
The Dolomites, from the Italian Alps, are very popular with skiers and climbers. Since the 19th century, free rock climbing (climbing without protective gear) has been a tradition here, as well as skydiving, paragliding, and hang gliding. The place has some excellent cuisines, a colorful mix of down-to-earth fare and Italian specialties.
Some of the rarest and most interesting plants and animals in the world make their homes in the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands are composed of 19 islands, belonging to Ecuador, 1,000 kilometers from the coast of South America, and located in the Pacific Ocean.
The season for naturalists and historians is from December to May, but wildlife is also active in July and August. These islands are best visited by boat, and boat tours of course should be booked in advance. Check out the Charles Darwin Research Center's giant turtle breeding program, snorkel to observe marine life, and climb up to Bartholomew Mountain to see it all. This would be a refreshing experience, one that will be imprinted in the memories for a long time.
Yosemite National Park, United States
Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern central California. Not only a great valley, but it is also famous for its waterfalls, granite boulders, huge redwood trees, and abundant wildlife. It was protected in 1864, by the Yosemite National Park.
Approximately 4 million people visit the park annually to explore the 800 miles of hiking trails, 350 miles of roads, and 1,600 miles of creeks in Yosemite. Visitors can encounter black bears, mule deer, bighorn sheep, bats, and many other creatures during their stay. The weather in the park changes rapidly, and the amount of snow cover plays a big role. Stroll and explore the famous sights of the park: El Capitan, Half Dome, Tunnel View, and Yosemite Falls.
Be prepared for a long day trip with family or friends, but this experience must be lived once.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Outside the Egyptian city of Cairo are the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. They were built as the last resting place of the pharaohs and are the only remains of the Seven Wonders of the Primitive World. They were built to withstand for eternity, and they have almost done that. The pyramids were roughly built some 4,500 years ago.
Relive the history and beliefs of Egypt's Pharaohs, take a guided tour, or rent a car. People do advise to take a guide, as many monuments and tombs are barely marked. The popular attractions include the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which consists of more than 2 million blocks, and the pyramids of Snefru, Khfre, and Menkaure.
First published on ArticleBiz.com 27 July 2021. Salman Azhar is currently working in Parkobility as content manager and writing about different topics for travel.
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