People want to explore the world for different reasons.
Many of us want to seek new thrills and adventures. Some people would like to have a taste of foreign cultures and traditions while others enjoy meeting new people and sharing great experiences. There are also travelers who enjoy living their dreams of going around the world and there are those who simply want to relax, unwind, and appreciate the beauty of life.
Truly, the world has an abundant endowment of majestic sights, natural and man-made; with some still waiting to be discovered. The list is almost endless! It is impossible for us to explore every corner of the world with the limited resources, and more importantly, the limited time that we have. That is why we should take advantage of visiting some of the world’s best tourist destinations while we still have the energy and enthusiasm to do so.
Here are the top 4 places that you should travel to at least once in your lifetime.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, located off the eastern coast of Australia, is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders where you can observe rich biodiversity and spectacular harmony among different species. For two years in a row, it was reported that the corals are experiencing mass bleaching due to a decrease in pH brought about by the rising global temperatures. While we are hopeful that the Great Barrier Reef can withstand the stresses caused by global warming for several generations more, the best time to visit this place is really now.
To get there, you must take a domestic flight from Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane to Hamilton Island and then ride a boat, seaplane, or helicopter to your resort or directly to the Great Barrier Reef. There are plenty of activities that you can do aside from seeing the reef itself which includes swimming at nearby beaches, eating delicious island cuisines, and visiting turtle sanctuaries.
At more than 19,000 feet above sea level, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is considered as the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing peak in the world. Despite being a massive mountain, Kilimanjaro has a relatively low level of difficulty compared to popular Himalayan and Andes Mountain peaks; thanks to the absence of dangerous avalanches and crevasse falls in Kilimanjaro.
There are different trails that you can choose from, depending on your hiking skills. But on the average, climbing to Kilimanjaro’s peak from the base camp will take 6 days. Kilimanjaro is also considered by many people as a test for even greater hiking challenges.
Book your “once in a lifetime” trip now and conquer Kilimanjaro.
For those who are interested in visiting old temples and ancient shrines, going to Angkor Wat in Cambodia is both a perfect and a budget-friendly way to start. Angkor Wat was the stronghold of the Khmer Empire which once ruled most of the Indochina region. Although the structures inside the complex have already aged through time, the attractions have revealed the real beauty of the country’s rich history and culture. Visit the temples, explore different sites, bike around the area, and watch the sunset for a complete Angkor Wat experience.
Five sanctuary towers in Angkor Wat
The Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of 19 islands that offer different experiences of nature’s wonders. The red sands of Rabida Island and the mangrove-lined coast of Puerto Chino are quite a hidden paradise, unlike well-known crowded beaches.
Galapagos Islands are also home to a vast range of species not found anywhere else on the planet. Explore the famed underground lava tunnels, dive into the depths of the ocean, spot sea lions, birds, and other amazing creatures, and dine on a sumptuous island meal while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Pacific sunset.
We hope to have provided you with some inspirations and food for thought for your next vacation!
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