Every traveler has a wish list. With so much world to see, how do you choose just ten places? Raft down the Grand Canyon? Zipline through Costa Rica? Backpack across Europe? Oh ya, give me all of that. With that, I’ve been there, done that and have a trip planned there.
Below is a list of 10 world destinations I have to experience myself.
1. Great Wall of China
Visited by people from around the world, it stands testimony to the resilience of the Chinese people. Built hundreds of years ago, the Chinese used natural features to create a wall that is still standing. Used for security and transportation, as a traveler and history buff, the Great Wall tops my list.
2. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Much of my wanderlust is aimed at SE Asia. Cambodia has beautiful religious monuments, Angkor Wat being the largest. The architecture temple mountain of Angkor Wat represents Mount Meru, home of Hindu mythological deities.
While I have no interest in summiting Everest, I do want to trek to Base Camp from the Nepal side through Lukla, Gokyo Ri and Kalpathar. Hiking is one of the best ways to see a country and learn about its culture.
Rediscovered by the western world in 1812, Petra was both a fortress and trade center for the Nabataean people. Known for it’s gorgeous rock cut architecture, the Nabataeans used dams, conduits and cisterns to control the water supply, leading to the rise of Petra as a prosperous city. Go to My Life’s A Movie, to see how to plan a trip.
5. Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
As a life long waterfall lover, Victoria Falls can’t be missed. The world’s largest sheet of falling water falls over a basalt plateau into a picturesque gorge. For the more adventuresome, there is an area called “Devil’s Pool”. Where, when the river is at certain levels, a rock pool is formed on the edge of the falls.
6. Bagan Myanmar
Over 2,000 temples and pagodas survive from the over 10,000 that existed during the height of Kingdom of Pagan (modern Bagan). The city attracted scholars, including Monks as a center for religious and secular studies, a renaissance.
7. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
The bay consists of over a 1,000 limestone islands, known as karsts. These are covered in lush vegetation, rising from the ocean. Ha Long beautifully showcases a karst evolution, taking millions of years to get where it is today. Some of the current features occurring in the last 1,000 years. So while you bask in the sun, research the geology.
8. Maine, United States
To me, Maine is a less populated version of Oregon. I have a friend who lives in Portland, ME (who visits PDX often), who says it’s a lot like Oregon. More water, more walkable, just as friendly and weird. I’ve also visited all but five US states and Maine happens to be one of the ones I’m missing.
South American, my heart. The best of backpacking and South American culture. From Torres del Paine National Park to Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia offers some of the best scenery in the world along with exploring a remote corner of the globe.
10. Meteora, Greece
Greek for “middle of the sky” or suspended in the air”, combines both unique geological pillars and Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Built by monks, of 24 total monasteries six are still functioning. One inhabited by nuns, the rest by monks solely accessible by steps carved into the rock.
These top 10 travel places are musts, what locations top your travel bucket list?