The world is big, beautiful, and thanks affordable international air travel, it is now more accessible than ever before, but in reality, most of us are not going to tick all 195 countries off our Bucket List, unless of course, we win the lottery or inherit a fortune that would allow us to do nothing but travel the world (bliss…!).
However, most of us do have the opportunity to take at least one big trip every couple of years, and if you are currently working on your next big adventure, here are 10 incredible places that you should visit before you die…
- Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe
One of the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfalls, Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya as it is referred to by the locals, is a sight of awe-inspiring beauty. A World Heritage Site that forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is the perfect starting point for any African adventure.
- Machu Picchu, Peru
Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is right up there on many peoples buckets lists, and you only have to look at the images of this magical 15th century Incan Citadel to understand why it is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Limited to just 500 trekkers per day, this is a truly special pilgrimage that everyone should make.
- Serengeti Plains, Tanzania
The home of the ‘Great Migration’, the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania homes one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in all Africa. The perfect destination for a safari holiday, it offers superb game viewing, spectacular scenery, sumptuous accommodations, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will struggle to find anywhere else in the world.
- Great Barrier Reef, Australia
One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and a World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef is the most beautiful ecosystem on planet earth. Home to over 1,500 species of fish, 400 types of coral, and a veritable rainbow of weird and wonderful sea and birdlife, it really is paradise.
- Sossusvlei, Namibia
Just one of Namibia’s spectacular attractions, Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park is characterised by its large red dunes and white salt-lake or Deadvlei, which when combined, offer one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. The ultimate destination for photography and nature lovers, it belongs on every self-drive Namibia itinerary.
- The Great Ocean Road, Australia
Often described as, “the world’s most scenic coastal drive”, Australia’s Great Ocean Road is a 243 kilometre stretch that everyone should drive, at least once in their lifetime. With many great sights along the way, such as the 12 Apostles, it is the perfect self-drive adventure.
- Trekking the Himalayas, Nepal
Home of the world’s highest mountain, Everest, the Himalayan Mountain Range is perhaps, the most beautiful range you will ever see. While hiking to Everest’s 8,848m peak may be over your budget and out of your comfort zone, everyone can enjoy a trek to Everest Base Camp, and the scenery along the way will make you realise why Nepal should be on everyone’s bucket list.
- Patagonia, Chile & Argentina
From the soaring peaks of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile to the Glaciers of Perito Moreno in Argentina, Patagonia has something to offer everyone, and if you are looking to head off the beaten track and in to nature, this is the perfect holiday destination for you.
- Easter Island, Chile
Easter Island or Rapa Nui, is a magical place where one can get up close and personal with the Moai, the stone figures carved by Polynesian settlers between the 11th and 14th centuries. One of the most isolated islands in the world, Easter Islands sits over 2,300 miles from the coast of Chile, but direct flights from Santiago will get you to paradise in just under 6 hours.
- Fiji Islands
An archipelago of more than 300 islands in the South Pacific, the Fiji Islands are every bit as beautiful as you imagine them to be. The ultimate island hopping destination for those who love sailing turquoise waters, digging their toes into sugar white sandy beaches, and sleeping under the stars – it is, quite simply, paradise!