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With millions of places in the world it’s hard to narrow down, but there are certain attractions that stand out and have a common theme on people’s bucket lists. Just like saving up to buy a house or getting your dream job, it can take years or even decades to complete a trip on your to-do list, but the trip you’ve been waiting for can take years to come. The rewards when you reach your goals are much greater.
Check out the top 10 experiences every traveler should have on their to-do list.
see the northern lights
Northern Lights, also known as Northern Lights, is a natural phenomenon that illuminates the night sky with vibrant colors. Think of this as a natural laser show and light projection.
The color is usually bright green or yellow, but red and blue can also be seen in rare cases. They can be found in certain locations in the northern hemisphere, including Nordic countries, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Greenland. As well as Russia, Canada and Alaska.
motorbike in vietnam
One of the most popular ways to see Vietnam is by bike. This will take you off the beaten path to experience vast landscapes and local life. From the mountain villages of Sapa to the white-sand beaches of Hoi An, to the bare forests and bustling cities, you’ll marvel at the vastness of this country.
Bikes can be purchased for around a few hundred dollars, so it’s a great opportunity to explore this exhilarating country on a budget.
Marvel at the diverse and contrasting landscapes of this amazing continent and its unique fauna (including gorillas). Take a traditional canoe to Okavango, where every turn is fresh and exhilarating, whether you’re sailing down the delta, spotting wild lions, or walking barefoot through the Kalahari Desert.
Although more expensive, African safaris offer varying levels of comfort, from sleeping on top of vans in national parks to enjoying plush linens in luxury tents.
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Cruise to Antarctica
With miles of icebergs, penguins and white deserts, this continent is one of the most unusual places to visit. It wasn’t until the late 1950s that tourists began coming to Antarctica. So this place is relatively new to this generation.
Opportunities to hike, kayak and explore one of the world’s most pristine destinations. There is an upper limit to the number and the ice environment is very delicate, so you should make sure you are choosing a cruise ship that is conscious of human footprints.
Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef
Considered one of the Seven Wonders of Nature and the largest coral reef in the world, this vast reef system stretches over 133,000 square miles off the northeastern coast of Australia. Australia is known for its crystal clear blue waters and is the perfect place to see this colorful water ecosystem.
With more than 600 species of coral in different shapes and beautiful colors, this underwater world is a sight to behold. It is also an essential habitat for a wide variety of animals.
walk the great wall
Another wonder of the world stretches over 5,000 miles through grasslands, deserts and mountains, taking about 18 months to walk the entire length. The best section to visit the Great Wall is north or east of Beijing, with Badaling, closer to the capital, being the most popular section.
The wall is considered a masterpiece of its creation as it took more than 2,300 years to build across multiple dynasties and blends in with the surrounding picturesque scenery.
There is nothing more miraculous than seeing thousands of freckled stars light up the sky and make you wonder what lies beyond the earth. With almost no clouds and zero light pollution, it’s a great place for stargazing.
In urban areas, we are lucky enough to see 100 stars, but in remote areas such as the deserts of the United Arab Emirates and the Namib Desert, the world’s oldest desert, thousands can be seen (see the Milky Way). .
Hike to Machu Picchu
For the adventurous, one of the best ways to reach these ancient ruins in the Andes is via the classic Inca Trail route, believed to have been used as a pilgrimage route by the Incas in the 15th century. That’s it.th century. The route is 26 miles long and takes an average of 4 days.
Some may find walking difficult, especially due to the high altitude, but the breathtaking terrain and 500-year-old archaeological treasures provide a distraction along the route. When you finally reach Machu Picchu, you’ll be rewarded with a draw-drop view.
**As of this writing, Machu Picchu is closed indefinitely due to civil unrest**
See the animals of the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are a group of volcanic islands located on either side of the equator in the Pacific Ocean and have historically never been connected to the mainland.
These islands are incredible for a variety of reasons, from the crystal clear turquoise water created by the collision of three ocean currents to the unique animals that have evolved differently over time compared to their neighbors of the same species. considered to be unique. A trip to the Galapagos Islands will be a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience that cannot be repeated anywhere else.
surfing in bali
If you’ve always wanted to negotiate with Mother Nature and understand what it feels like to jump off a wave, Bali is one of the best surfing spots in the world. Considered the Disneyland of surfing, Bali is a year-round surfing destination. This means you don’t have to pick a specific time, you can find a calm ocean temperature that makes you feel like you’re floating in your bath water. With so many beaches to explore, you’ll find great places to suit your level.
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