With global warming, climate change and ever-rising sea levels, many beautiful holiday destinations that feature on our bucket lists are at risk of disappearing.
Vast deserts, cities floating precariously on water, and the world’s largest coral reef eco-system, are all feeling the strain of global warming, and if we do not take advantage and visit them soon, the opportunity to do so, may just pass us by.
We can all “do our bit” in the war against climate change, and small things like travelling responsibly, recycling, switching off the lights, and reducing the amount of water we use can make a difference, but for some holidays destinations we might be just a little too late, so here are 3 places to visit – and soon!
1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef homes over 400 different types of coral, 1,500+ fish species, and over 4,000 types of mollusc, which is perhaps why it attracts millions of visitors every year. Swimming amongst the neon coloured sea-life is certainly an unforgettable experience, but rising sea levels and sea temperatures could soon see this UNESCO site disappear.
2. The Sahara Desert
The world’s largest desert, the Sahara, is also suffering from climate change, and desertification could see this magnificent stretch of African dry land disappear before our very eyes. If riding through the golden sands on a camel feature on your bucket list, it’s time to book your flight to Africa!
3. Venice, Italy
Founded in the 5th Century, Venice is a popular holiday destination for those looking for a romantic city break. With its colourful buildings lining the canals and waterways, it is unique in every way, but it is also sinking, and five times faster than originally thought. Some scientists claim that the Italian city is in a “dire situation”, so if you dream of sailing in a Gondola with the one you love, it may be a good time to arrange your Italian adventure.
Glaciers such as Perito Moreno in Argentina and that on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania are also melting at a rapid rate, so don’t wait until we can only read about them in books; book your holiday of a lifetime to see the real wonders of the world before they disappear!