You can’t help it: you’re a wanderer. Your friends and family wish you would stay put, but it’s in your soul. Planning your next trip abroad is your favorite way to procrastinate in daily life, and you often daydream about exploring on the other side of the world. With a world as beautiful and expansive as this, it is no small wonder you want to wander it. In this blog post, we will go over the travel destinations that you just HAVE to see.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, also known as the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (the Marvelous City), is home to many gorgeous landmarks, not to mention, dozens of beaches. The city is home to stunning architecture, fascinating museums and art galleries, and delicious gourmet restaurants. Backdropped by forested mountains and seated prominently on the Guanabara Bay, this beautiful Brazilian city must be seen to be believed.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, is located in such a remote part of the Andes. This city was hidden from the conquistadors and remained virtually untouched until its “discovery” in 1911. Machu Picchu is not only breathtaking, it also offers a fascinating history. To reach Machu Picchu means a several day hike or a long bus ride.
Iceland is a completely unique place on this planet. Often called “the Land of Fire and Ice,” Iceland offers both ends of the spectrum: from waterfalls to volcanoes, hot springs to glaciers, there is so much to see in this country. Visit Reykjavik, the capital city, where you can do everything from extreme ice climbing to a scenic horseback ride.
Rome is often considered the birthplace of Western civilization, and with a history that dates back to 753 B.C., it is one of the oldest cities in Europe. As the center of the Renaissance, the art that can be seen in this city is unparalleled. Between the Colosseum and Sistine Chapel, Rome offers some of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. Rome is an absolute must have on your travel bucket list.
In ancient times, Marrakesh began as a trading post along the route from Timbuktu. Today, it is still a shopping destination, and the main square, Djemâa el Fna, is the busiest in the entirety of Africa. Making your way through this marketplace is truly a unique experience, with arts and crafts, donkey carts, and snake charmers left and right. Try your haggling skills on for size!
You have probably heard of Giza, a suburb of Cairo, as the home of the Great Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids, the most famous archaeological sites of Earth. One of the pyramids, the Great Pyramid, is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, built circa 2550 B.C. Visit this stunning site with a tour group for safety purposes.
If you have any interest in religion, chances are, Jerusalem is already on your travel bucket list. As the home of three major religions—Islam, Judaism, and Christianity—it is considered both a holy city and one of the oldest in the world. The thriving art and culture scene is not to be missed. Visit the Israel Museum to see some stunning art, as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Taj Mahal, India
The most famous monument to love, the breath-taking Taj Mahal was built in the 1600s by emperor Shah Jahan to honor his late wife Mumtaz. The elegant combination of Indian, Islamic, and Persian architecture (the Mughal style) is something that must be beheld, and the inside is even more beautiful than its gorgeous exterior.
Since changing to a constitutional monarchy in 2008, The Kingdom of Bhutan has quickly become a travel destination for many wanderers. Buddhists from the world over flock to see the Buddha Dordenma, a bronze Buddha statue that overlooks the city. Not only is this one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, it also has a fascinating culture that is unique in our heavily globalized world.
As the most remote place on Earth, there are no human residents here due to extreme cold and winds. Due to its lack of people, the wilderness here in pristine, home to thousands of penguins, not to mention, stunning icebergs and giant whales. Look into a small-group voyage for a more intimate experience than a cruise.
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