Prepare to believe in magic again.
No matter how caught up we all get in the daily grind, there’s always that moment when the travel bug bites. Itchy feet, wanderlust, whatever you want to call it; it’s always chilling at the back of our minds, waiting to be unleashed.
Humans are naturally adventurous creatures (some more than others); we need a touch of the exotic now and again. To help satisfy that often unquenchable thirst for the unknown, here are 18 breathtaking locations you need to experience before you die…
1. Highlands, Iceland
One of the finest views of the Northern Lights in the world.
2. Tianzi Mountains, China
These breathtaking peaks were the inspiration for the floating mountains in the movie Avatar.
3. Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia
The largest waterfall in the world, this magnificent landmark measures one mile across and is 354 feet high.
4. Venice, Italy
This historic city boasts the famous canals that act as roadways, providing a unique transportation option while delivering beautiful scenes.
5. The Taj Mahal, India
This majestic building is a massive marble-domed mausoleum constructed in the 1600s. It attracts over three million tourists per year.
6. New England
The East Coast of the USA is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, especially around September/October as the weather gets colder and the leaves begin to change to a brilliant shade of gold. The best thing is this show is absolutely free!
7. The Serengeti, Tanzania
Witnessing the great migration in this glorious national park is one of the most memorable experiences you will ever have.
8. The Grand Canyon, USA
One of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon will leave you absolutely speechless.
9. The Himalayas
This mythical mountain range is home to the highest peaks in the world, including Mt Everest.
10. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Another one of the seven wonders of the natural world, it stretches for 1,429 miles along the Queensland coast.
11. Bagan, Burma
This beautiful plain boasting numerous temples is partly covered by stands of palm and tamarind, situated in a bend of the lazy-flowing Irrawaddy river, framed by silver-grey distant mountains.
12. The Great Wall of China
The iconic wall is not only a marvel of architecture, it is a direct link to China’s ancient line of legendary emperors.
13. The Arctic
Contrary to popular belief, this is what much of the Arctic looks like! This is beauty that must truly be experienced to be believed.
14. The Silk Road, Asia
The term ‘Silk Road’, created by a German explorer in the 1800s, brings us back to an era when caravans transported everything from jade and gunpowder to rhubarb to (of course) silk across Asia.
15. The Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
Finished in 1512, Michelangelo’s beautiful interpretation of some of the Old Testament’s most powerful stories has become truly iconic in Western art.
16. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Everything you learnt in school about the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Pyramids is entirely true.
17. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The extraordinary atmosphere of Angkor Wat is as humbling as it is beautiful.
18. Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
The little girl in me is cartwheeling while screaming at the top of her lungs, “Fairy party!”
Images via buzzfeed.com, ibtimes.com, telegraph.co.uk, lifehack.com, youramazingplaces.com, getintravel.com and planitnz.com.