Tuesday, January 7, 2020


By Rebecca Siggers

10 Truly Amazing Places To Visit Before You Die

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It’s practically not possible to see every single lovely place on earth. However, we must not miss the world’s most gorgeous sites, and it would indeed be criminal to die before having seen them! 

Here are 10 truly amazing places to visit before you die:


Won’t it be exhilarating to explore the earth’s southernmost tip? One of the largest and most mystifying landmasses, the icy continent of Antarctica has consistent sub-zero temperatures almost throughout the year. The frozen landmass remains dark all through winter. 

You can enjoy a fabulous Christmas in this wild, frozen realm, watching the adorable, friendly penguins waddling effortlessly through the icy waters. Some of the exciting geographical features of Antarctica are the extensive Gamburtsev Mountains, freshwater Lake Vostok buried beneath four kilometers of ice, and the extremely salty Deep Lake, which does not freeze even at -15 degrees Centigrade.

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Petra, Jordan

A classical era spectacular city, Petra is full of sandstone palaces, temples, and burial places. Your visit to Jordan won’t be complete without exploring this treasure trove of impressive structures. 

Among the top tourist attractions in the half-built, half-carved city is the Siq, a narrow valley and the city’s historic, main entrance, the most popular temple called the Treasury, the Street of Facades, a series of historic tombs, and the Great Temple, one of Petra’s largest ruins. 

Petra is also full of restaurants and street food stalls offering the country’s traditional cuisine, taking you on a perfect gastronomical journey!

Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Nothing less than paradise, Phi Phi, made up of 6 islands, is full of beautiful cliffs, sandy beaches surrounded by jungles, and crystal-clear deep blue waters. Among the 6 islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are most popular, what with their clean waters and lively parties, offering you a wonderful Thai vacation. 

Thanks to the fascinating and varied underwater life here, you can enjoy scuba diving and spot leopard sharks and dolphins while on your adventure. You can enjoy a blissful beach stay on Phi Phi Don, with numerous hotels situated around the island.

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Yosemite National Park, United States

Featuring captivating views of geological formations, trekking trails, cascading waterfalls, and thick meadows, Yosemite National Park is one of the USA's most frequented tourist places. 

Home to 3000-year-old Giant Sequoia trees, the eight-mile-long Yosemite Valley has granite walls soaring vertically more than 1000 meters on each side of it. 

Besides taking numerous nature walks and guided tours through the lush green region, you can also enjoy horseback riding and camping here.

Yosemite’s roads offer picture-perfect drives, so you can consider renting a car to drive your way through the park. Make sure that the car has a universal roof rack to carry all the necessary camping gear.

Santorini, Greece

Most famous for its breathtaking sights, rousing sunsets, and bright-colored pebble beaches, Santorini Island is full of charming villages, historic ruins, and traditional winemaking regions. You’ll love walking along the white-colored, cobbled streets, and visiting the numerous shops and cafes. 

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Take a cruise along the island, while taking in its sheer beauty. Don’t miss out on Santorini’s prettiest sunset views from the Oia town, boasting whitewashed walls as well as impressive blue-colored domes. Head to east-coast resorts like Perissa if you’re seeking sandy beaches and water sports. Indulge in wine-tasting at local vineyards dotting the island’s interior.

Ladakh, India

Ladakh, with its magical valleys, high-elevation passes, bright, blue-green colored waters, and soaring mountain tops, is an ultimate paradise. An opportunity to explore heaven while you’re still on earth! 

This magical, former Buddhist kingdom is full of picture-perfect monasteries that have intricately colorful interiors and are the dwellings of red-robed monks. Make sure to visit the historic Leh Palace, a short walk from the market.

Positano, Italy

For romance unlimited, Positano is the place to be! This legendary Italian village boasts medieval structures, multicolored pastel houses, and delicious Italian cuisine. A writers’ and artists’ fantasy, Positano is fun to walk around, while taking plenty of stairs. 

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Among the top tourist attractions here are Pompeii, an impressive archaeological site portraying the everyday life in ancient Rome, and Mount Vesuvius, Europe’s sole active volcano. While visiting Mt. Vesuvius, you can drive up its slope and then hike up to its crater.

Positano is also full of fashionable boutiques, iconic beaches, and lush vineyards. Make sure to taste limoncello, Positano’s special, lemon-flavored liquor.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Visible from outer space and one of nature’s greatest bounties, the Great Barrier Reef is the biggest coral reef habitat on earth. One of the most beautiful places in Australia, the coral reef lies off the Pacific waters and is home to about four hundred species of coral. 

The Great Barrier Reef also provides shelter to endangered creatures like the dugong as well as the big green turtle. The captivating diversity topped with unmatched diving opportunities are reasons enough to visit this amazing place before one dies.

Machu Picchu, Peru

How about exploring ancient Inca sites? Machu Picchu is one such site between the Andes mountain range, having centuries-old secrets hidden within its huge walls and ramps. You’d love hiking the awe-inspiring Inca Trail while passing through the Inca ruins, mountainous landscapes, and moist tropical forests. 

Besides walking or trekking, there’s also plenty of scope for biking, rafting in River Urubamba, and zip-lining. The Machu Picchu site offers fabulous sights of its landscapes basking in the rising sun’s glory. So, make sure to visit the site before sunrise.

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Angkor, Cambodia

One of South-East Asia’s most prominent archaeological sites, and extending over four hundred kilometers, Angkor flourished as the capital of the Cambodian Empire between the 9th and the 15th centuries. 

Angkor is home to impressive monuments like Angkor Wat, a 12th-century temple complex dedicated to God Vishnu and a significant pilgrimage spot today.

Angkor also boasts engineering marvels like the 8 kilometers-long West Baray reservoir. You’d best visit Angkor during December or January when it’s least likely to rain.

So, what are you waiting for? Head straight to each of these amazing places. Life is short, so don’t think twice!

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