We all have a bucket list, a list of places that we want to see before we die. The human life, however, is too short for most of us to tick everything off the list. Not everyone has the courage to quit their job and wonder the world in a quest to complete his/her bucket list. Our planet is a beautiful place that has countless breathtaking sights and life-changing experiences that are waiting out there for you to discover them. I covered some of these places in the first part of this story. I’ll cover the second part of ‘Places you need to see before you die’ in this article. Let’s dig in:: places to see before you die
13. Explore the driest place on earth: Atacama Desert
The driest place on Earth has 41,000 square miles of diverse terrain includes spurting geysers, golden dunes, and cliffs of colorfully striped strata known as Rainbow Valley.
The Atacama also has the best view on the Milky Way’s glittering collection of stars, with April through September being the best time to see it. Therefore, Atacama is the place to be for the Lunar Eclipse. You surely will be stunned by the most amazing natural light show on our planet.
14. Set a foot in Antarctica
Antarctica is one of those wanderlust destinations that all of us dream of exploring, but very few actually are lucky enough to experience that. It has always been the ultimate endurance test for me that I know I need to pass at least once in my lifetime.
Surviving in the extreme cold, kayaking, hiking and exploring the most unexplored area on our planet is something that had always been a dream for me. One might even say it seems like walking on another planet. It’s all ice and rocks everywhere with trees and plants nowhere to be found.
15. Climb Mount Everest
I can wax poetically about this mountaintop for hours, but the truth is I just love the mountains. Besides, being on top of the world always brings a certain sense of achievement. This list couldn’t be complete without Mount Everest- the ultimate survival test. Since 1969, at least one person died every year trying to conquer the magnificent Mount Everest. Call me crazy, but this makes me want to go there even more.
16. Walk the Great Wall of China
This architectural masterpiece made up of 13,000 miles of walls is much more than an impressive achievement of engineering. The wall has a timeless feeling a few other places in this world have. This place gives you a glimpse at Chinese history and the reasons behind this marvelous creation. Moreover, China is very different than the western world and visiting the Great Wall is the first step to understanding.
17. Hike in Kashmir
The mountains are the most amazing story keepers. They keep the stories we read, they keep the stories we dream about and they keep the stories we create. And the Kashmir mountains hide a lot of those. This is one of the few places on this list that I actually crossed off the list. And I must say, it’s one of the most amazing places I’ve seen in my life.
18. The wildlife of Galapagos
Galapagos was the island that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution. Uninhabited by people, visiting Galapagos is a rare opportunity to see endemic species that you probably have never seen before. You can’t get so close to animals without threatening their territories anywhere else on this planet.
But animals here are much more relaxed because the island is protected by UNESCO and besides from the tourists, they don’t have any kind of violent interaction with humans. If this isn’t enough, Galapagos has some amazing beaches, and yes there won’t be many tourists around.
19. Explore the largest cave in the world: Hang Son Doong
Since 2009, this has been the biggest cave in the world. Hang Son Doong can easily fit a Boing 747 inside of it and it’s vastly unexplored. When British explorers were exploring the cave in 2009, they hit a large 60 meters high calcite wall, later named the Vietnamese Great Wall.
Behind this wall, there was a cave passage that uncovered what today is the biggest cave in the world. The only way to approach the cave as of now is to pay for a tour that costs a whopping $6,000 for one week.
20. Witness the sunset at Angkor Wat
There’s not much that needs to be said about the world’s largest single religious monument. Not only is Angkor Wat an architectural masterpiece and a full expression of Hindu symbolism, but the sunset over Angkor Wat is one of the most amazing sights in this world.
Since I first got to know about it in the history books, I dreamed about seeing the sunset over Angkor Wat. It looked like something different, out of this world. And the experience didn’t fell short of the expectation either. Watching the sun go down behind Angkor Wat is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
21. See the timeless pyramids
No travel bucket list can be complete without one of the greatest mysteries of all times. Even today we aren’t sure how did the ancient people with their limited tools managed to build these marvelous architecture creations. Just looking at the pyramids leaves you in awe. This is enough to fill your head with questions like who built it, when, why, etc?
22. Visit Easter Island Places you need to see before you die
Located in the Chilean sea, at the end of the world, with its giant head statues really makes you wonder who put those heads there and why. And more importantly, how did they do it 1000s of years ago? Some archaeologists recently claimed that the giant heads have their bodies buried underground, which makes these creations even more mysterious. Seeing things like these really makes me wonder about the human beginnings and all of the ancient mysteries.
23. Take a swing at the end of the world
Deep in the forests of Ecuador lies a seismic monitoring station located in a tree house, known as Casa del Arbol. It’s here that adventurers from all around the world come to take a swing at the end of the world at Banos in Ecuador. This seems like an ultimate adrenaline rush, as the only thing separating you from the canyon is the swing beneath your waist that’s holding on to one of the tree’s skinny branches.
Which places are at the top of your travel bucket list? Let me know in the comments 🙂