The reasons for travel are many. Discover new places and cultures, to visit family and friends and make memories, seek a change of weather or give in to the wanderlust itch. The travel bug is hard to resist. No doubt one will have an amazing time on a destination trip. It is also a good opportunity to discover oneself.
Top up your suntan as we settle on seven most beautiful places in the world worth visiting. It may be a two-week holiday or a weekend trip, but do pack in your camera and other smart gadgets to share your travel memories with people back home.
1. The Amazon Rainforest, South America:
Here are the facts first. The Amazon Rainforest is a massive region covering eight countries – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guiana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. This entire stretch contains 1.4 billion acres of forest cover. That’s why and for a good reason, the Amazon Rainforest is the green lung of the earth. Jungle wanderings is a unique experience, and only Amazon Rainforest provides it. Since it is the only rainforest in the world that we have left in terms of size and diversity, deforestation and global warming are already taking a heavy toll on it. Conservation and safeguarding are the need of the hour.
2. The Colosseum, Italy:
The Colosseum is one of Italy’s most remarkable monuments and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It stands witness to over 6 million tourists on an annual basis. Inaugurated by Emperor Titus, the imposing construction takes one back to the days of the Roman Empire. The size of this greatest Roman amphitheatre is 188 meters in length, 156 meters in width and 57 meters in height. Known as Flavian Amphitheatre during the Roman empire, 100 days of games at that time took the lives of more than 2000 gladiators. About 50,000 onlookers at the Colosseum saw a ferocious exhibition of animals, battle recreations, execution of prisoners and gladiator fights entertaining Romans for years.
3. Angel Falls, Venezuela:
Angel Falls holds the record of being the tallest waterfall in the world. It is located in the heart of the Canaima National Park in Venezuela. Named after the discoverer James Angel, it is almost like revisiting Indiana Jones adventure in South American jungles. Water exploding thousands of feet above in a jungle of emerald hues and plunging into a mixing pool of water below is an adventure fantasy. Watch the mind-blowing beauty of Angel Falls in a plane or a boat trip. While en route Venezuela, ensure to stock your luggage and tripod camera stand on your car’s universal roof rack.
4. Angkor Wat, Cambodia:
Enormous is the second name of Angkor Wat, a Buddhist temple complex situated in northern Cambodia. Spread across a phenomenal 400 acres, it is the largest religious monument in the world. Its name translates to “temple” city. Built by Emperor Suryavarman II in the 12th century, it was originally dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Vishnu. Today, it serves more as a tourist attraction and less of an active temple. An architectural marvel, Angkor Wat’s construction was with blocks of sandstone. The temple is majestic by all means. The tower above the main shrine reaches 70 feet into the air. The walls of the temple represent important Hindi and Buddhist deities and figures. Unfortunately, Angkor Wat has witnessed significant damage from earthquakes and war to forest overgrowth.
The coldest continent, Antarctica country has 99 per cent of ice. The place stuns with big blocks of ice about 1.6 kilometres thick. The scientist community attributes the ice formation to 14 million years ago. The endless carpet of snow looks better when a flock of penguins appear on a blue iceberg. The pristine world of ice in Ross Ice Shelf, mountains reflecting in the Weddell Sea; Cape Evans, a perfect site for divers and scientists to explore ice under the sea, Telefon Bay and the surrounding volcanic craters, arched icebergs, ice caves, ice shelf are absolute love from a tourist’s eye.
6. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador:
Situated in the South American continent, the archipelago of nineteen Galápagos islands are an avid destination of marine species. Talk of unusual animal life and one will come across the giant tortoise walking on the tall grass or the land iguana or the unending finches that inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. There are no natural predators here, only untamed and friendly wildlife like the playful sea lions. Go in for day trips to discover the remote islands and wildlife of Galápagos islands or take up snorkelling, kayaking or surfing. The cooler season of June through November is the best time to visit these South American islands.
7. Lake Tekapo, New Zealand:
Lake Tekapo is a must-visit any time of the year for its crystal-clear lake and mountain backdrop of the Southern Alps. A vibrant town, it offers great food, coffee and adventurous experience. Air safaris, alpine recreation, bike tours, cycle journeys are a part of the recreational pursuits. The purple, pink and blue lupin flowers bloom the most in the backdrop of the lake in mid-November to December. They come in a unique shape. The 1935-built Church of the Good Shepherd on the lake shores is a place of worship. Helicopter and plane services from the local operators help one discover the famous turquoise lake.
These are some of the most beautiful destinations in the world that fill the tourists’ hearts with wonder and satisfaction whenever visited. Now that more and more vacation destinations are opening up across the world post-pandemic browse the net or talk to your travel operator for the right time to book any of these hotspots. The travel experience after so many months of lull will be unique and memorable.
No matter the destination you choose, mix up with nature, feed the animals, help the locals and do a bit of charity on foreign land. God has given us many natural wonders of the world to behold and admire. Let us do our bit to preserve them in our way.