The Traveler’s Ultimate Bucket List of Places to Visit

The Traveler's Ultimate Bucket List of Places to Visit

The awe inspiring Inca citadel of Machu Picchu should be on every adventure seekers bucket list. It is a must see and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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1. Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a magnificent site of incredible engineering. It harmonizes with the surrounding landscape and is a beautiful synthesis of technology and nature.

Known as the “Lost City of the Incas”, it was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Explore the numerous terraces, buildings, temples and fountains. Be sure to visit the nearby museum to better understand the structures.

2. Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza feature three major chambers including the King’s Chamber, Queen’s Chamber and Grand Gallery. They still defy 21st century humans as to how a civilization that didn’t use bulldozers and forklifts could have built such massive structures.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the pyramids are located on the Giza Plateau and include the Great Sphinx sculpture. Originally they were constructed as tombs for pharaohs and their wives.

3. The Great Wall of China

A symbol of the Chinese nation and its culture, the Great Wall snakes for thousands of miles along China’s historical northern border. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

Most experts recommend booking a trip in June, when Beijing isn’t busy with domestic tourists. Godwyn typically arranges visits to the Badaling section, Mutianyu (restored but less crowded), and Simatai (a crumbling, rugged stretch of wall). The Jeita Grotto is also nearby.

4. London

London features a wide variety of art and culture to satisfy any taste. From its vibrant street art scene to upscale boutique hotels, there is something for everyone.

No visit to London is complete without visiting Buckingham Palace. See the ancient Coronation chair where kings and queens received their crowns and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Then take in a show at the West End.

5. The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is famous for its mineral treasures, epic biblical history, and unique ecosystem. It’s also one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, with 10 times more salt than other oceans, preventing fish or other life from living here.

Soak up nourishing healing waters, spot wild ibexes in spring-fed oases, and see the dramatic Masada where ancient Jews made their last stand against Rome.

The Traveler's Ultimate Bucket List of Places to Visit

6. Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay features dramatic limestone karsts and islands that pierce an emerald sea. Add spooky stalactite-spiked caves and fishing villages that bob in harmony with the water, and this is one of the world’s most surreal landscapes.

Discover Vietnam’s awe-inspiring natural wonders on this nine-day adventure. Start in the capital for street food tours and countryside hikes, then sail the jade waters of unforgettable Ha Long Bay.

7. The Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”), is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in Africa. British explorer David Livingstone was the first European to see the waterfalls in November 1855 and named them after Queen Victoria.

Located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Victoria Falls are a breathtaking sight and sound. The spray from the gorge rises in the sky above, inspiring rainbows.

8. Thrihnukagigur Volcano

Thrihnukagigur is the only volcano in the world that tourists can actually descend into. This unique cave was discovered in 1974 by Arni B Stefansson and opened for tourist exploration in 2012.

Iceland is famous for its volcanic activity, but most are only accessible during an eruption. Fortunately, this new attraction at the Land of Fire and Ice gives travelers an unprecedented opportunity to explore an empty magma chamber.

9. Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park is a malaria-free safari destination in South Africa. The park is home to five of the country’s nine biomes, and it boasts South Africa’s first Big Seven — the Big Five plus Southern Right Whales and Great White Sharks.

Elephants are a revered animal in Asia; they’re the heads of temples and represented as deities. Learn about their lives and the threats they face at this sanctuary, which also cares for rescued animals.

10. Danum Valley

Located in the heart of Borneo, Danum Valley is a conservation area featuring 438 square kilometers of pristine primary rainforest (lowland dipterocarp). Home to orang-utans, clouded leopards and banteng (wild Asian cattle), this wild habitat offers visitors the chance to enjoy nature in a more untouched setting.

This park also includes burial caves of the Sugpan tribe, a group of Dusun ethnic people who still follow their animistic beliefs. A two-hour drive from Lahad Datu, it’s worth a visit!