If you have a dream travel bucket list, these top destinations might change it.
In this travel series, we’ve compiled ideas for the best places to travel, from the wild and postcard-perfect islands of the Galapagos to the majestic Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Check out these 10 marvelous places that you must visit before you die.
8.) “Aurora Australis” Antarctica
The Aurora Borealis is a phenomenon that often appears as a glowing green or red curtain of light in the night sky.
But did you know that there are two types of Aurora? You might be familiar with the “Aurora Borealis” at the North Pole. But if you are at the South Pole it is called “Aurora Australis”.
The perfect place to see the Aurora Australis, or “Southern Lights,” is the wild and unexplored vast continent of Antarctica.
Although there is no definitive aurora cycle, they are associated with solar wind activity and are most common at the peak of sunspot cycles. Auroras are a photographer’s dream, and truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
7.) Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is an ancient city at the peak of the Andes Mountain ranges in Peru and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Although it is one of the most marvelous places with fascinating history and culture, many travelers find Machu Picchu to be crowded during peak season.
To avoid this crowd, we recommend hiking the Inca Trail, but you should reserve your spot several months in advance because it is reserved.
The Salkantay trek and the Inca Jungle trek are also popular among hikers. Several tour companies operate adrenaline-fueled excursions to Machu Picchu that involve biking, hiking, rafting, and zip-lining.
6.) Galapagos Islands
Charles Darwin has been here. This diverse island is very significant in the discovery of his work “The Evolution and Theory of Natural Selection” which shook the world. Some of the world’s rarest and most fascinating plant and animal life has made its home in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos is made up of 19 islands, which are part of Ecuador. The peak season for naturalists and historians is between December and May, although wildlife is also active during July and August.
The islands are best explored by boat, and boat tours should be booked well in advance of your trip. Check out the giant tortoise breeding program at the Charles Darwin Research Center, go snorkeling to see marine wildlife, and climb Bartolome hill for a view of it all.
5.) Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
This next destination does not need much of an introduction. The Great Pyramids, just outside the capital city of Cairo lie the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx.
These pyramids, which were built as the final resting place for pharaohs some 10,000 years ago, are the only surviving ruins of the original 7 wonders of the world.
Most visitors choose to take a tour or hire a car to see the pyramids since the area is enormous. Bring a guidebook with you, since many of the landmarks and tombs are scarcely marked. The most popular sites include the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which is composed of over 2 million blocks, as well as the pyramids of Snefuru, Khfre, and Menkaure.