Myke Thomas

Getting Packing! 10 Places to See Before You Die

Are you tired of your go-to vacation location? Are you trying to find a place that will make your friends jealous of the photos?

Trip planning is daunting and unless you have the time to spend researching, you may end up not getting your money's worth--or worse, living in a nightmare of a vacation.

We're going to discuss 10 places to see before you die and what is so alluring about them. Keep reading for more information!

1. The Northern Lights in Iceland

Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world, relatively inexpensive to fly to, and offers natural beauty like no other.

This country makes this list of must-visit places for several other reasons. The most sought-after view is of the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights. They can be seen from August to the middle of April but are best viewed during the months of September through March.

A trip to Iceland is not complete without bathing in the Blue Lagoon, which is a geothermal spa known for its healing properties. Additionally, you can explore ice caves, volcanoes, nature trails, and waterfalls.

2. The Galapagos Islands

For a more tropical destination, the Galapagos Islands could be the place for you. This group of islands is known as the place that Charles Darwin discovered multiple species of finches which later helped him with his theory of natural selection.

Aside from learning about science history, these islands offer beautiful beaches with turquoise water, many species of wildlife, and adventurous food selections for those unafraid to experiment.

There is never a 'bad' time to visit these islands, but the month summer months seem to offer ideal conditions. Read more here about experiencing the Galapagos in July.

3. Lake Bled, Slovenia

Slovenia is one of the lesser-known countries in Europe, should be one everyone's list of places to go. In order to really see what it has to offer, you will likely fly into the capital city of Ljubljana.

From there you can either hire a taxi or take a bus to the Bled area. If you take a bus, pay attention to the stops--they are not marked!

The Slovenian Alps are an untouched mountain range compared to many in the world and the water is so fresh you can drink it from the side of the road.

Aside from experiencing the area of Bled, there are kayaking tours of abandoned coal mines, alpine rollercoasters, and castles to explore!

4. Marrakech, Morocco

Whether you enjoy visiting beaches or mountains, the city of Marrakech, Morocco has it! There is plenty of natural beauty, but the markets are well worth checking out.

Additionally, there is easy access to the Sahara Desert, multiple styles of architecture, food for all tastes, friendly people, and you can experience all of it on almost any budget.

5. Paris, France

Visiting Paris may already be on your list, but if it's not, it should be! Yes, there are multiple landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and Notre Dame which is currently being rebuilt.

For history buffs, you can take a quick day trip to Normandy and learn about the D-Day invasion. If a day trip is out of the question, Paris has an entire network of underground catacombs to explore--just be sure to purchase tickets beforehand!

For shopping, there is always the famous Champs-Elysées offering the world's best designers. Even if you choose not to purchase, the stores are worth seeing.

6. Livingstone, Zambia

This area is home to the world's largest waterfall based on flow rates. Aside from being an awe-inspiring waterfall, Victora Falls also offers the Devil's Pool.

The Devil's Pool is a natural infinity pool that allows you to be up close and personal with the waterfall while remaining fairly safe as there is a rock wall that prevents you from going over the edge.

Swimming in the Devil's Pool is not for everyone but simply viewing the waterfall from a distance will be an experience to remember.

7. Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu is not what most people would consider a city by today's terms, however, it is an ancient city located in the Andes Mountains.

Visiting the Incan city will give you a deeper look into the civilization's history and stunning views of the scenery. While you can definitely hike the trails yourself, there is also a train available to make the journey a bit easier.

8. The Grand Canyon, Arizona

If you prefer staying stateside during your vacation, a trip to the Grand Canyon may be perfect for you. Although you can stop to see it while on a road trip, take the time to truly explore it if you have the chance!

Of course, there is the well-known skywalk that allows you to walk over and above part of the canyon, but that is far from being the end of ways to tour this area.

Should you have the time, consider hiking or riding a donkey to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, or if you are willing to splurge, consider a whitewater rafting tour.

9. Gansu, China

To see an amazing landscape like no other, consider a trip to Zhangye Danxia Landform. This area of land has developed a rainbow-like coloring due to sandstone and mineral deposits over millions of years.

While you're there, you can see the Great Wall of China and even hike some of it if you so choose!

10. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in South America and has no shortage of attractions. One that you should not miss is the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Aside from the beautiful beaches and mountains, one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of the World is located there! You will be in awe of the sheer size of the Christ the Redeemer Statue but don't forget about Pao de Acucar, or Sugarloaf Mountain for the best views and photos of the city.

Final Take on Places to See Before You Die

Each of these places to see before you die offers beautiful natural or man-made scenery, delicious food, and a new look at other cultures.

Saving up for these trips can sometimes present a problem, and many people aren't aware of how to plan accordingly. Enable yourself to begin your adventure by checking out these tips for traveling on a budget!

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