The world is your oyster, if you are a travel freak. For those who love to travel, the possibilities of exploration out there are endless. You can pick from an array of travel destinations that may cater to your requirements like sports, activities, historical destinations, etc. But there are some countries, which you should definitely visit before you die. These are places that should rank high on your ‘bucket list’. These are countries that offer much more than just scenic beauty.
Some of these places you may think 5 times before visiting because of rough terrain and weather conditions, but for those who are young at heart, it is never too late or no place is too far away for a visit. So make that list, get your visas and make sure that you visit these countries before you die. Cover one in each year, even that is something! Now each of these countries has something extraordinary to offer, so pick places on basis of priority or something that you really want to see. Here are some of them-
United States Of America
Don’t get awed with the name because this country or rather continent offers something for everyone. For a complete tour, you will surely need more than one visit. Be it trekking on the Grand Canyon or exploring the warm beaches of southern Florida or even heading out to seeing some wild polar bears in Alaska, USA surely has something to offer for everyone. The kids can have a blast in the fun rides at Disneyland, while you check out the historical advent of cinema in Los Angeles. Don’t restrain… Just head out to this vast and beautiful country.
If USA offers you a wonderful blend of sandy terrains to rocking casinos, Switzerland offers exotic treats from cheese to chocolates that you would sinfully indulge in. Switzerland is a romantic paradise for everyone on this earth. You can scream the name of your partner from top of the alps, or ski and have some fun adventure. For those looking for divine relaxation, this country offers some of the best spas in the world too. Save yourself some bucks for this one, because though expensive, this is something you should visit more than once in your life.
Ah… For the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ flick fans, this place is the mecca of tourism. Both these movies have been shot here and just looking at them you know how scenic and gorgeous this place is. Be it the south or the north, New Zealand offers diversity of unseen and uninhabited terrains with some populated and technologically advanced cities. From ski diving to mountain climbing or sailing, there is so much to explore out here. For those who love the scenic places, New Zealand should rank high on your travel list.
If you are going to New Zealand, Australia should not be far behind. Again, this country offers you the same adversity and diversity, but with a twist. You can check out the barren deserts here or head to wildlife sanctuaries and suddenly come back to the concrete jungle of Sydney for a night at the Sydney Opera House, which is also a UNESCO heritage site. If your touch with history and heritage is completed, go to the Bondi beach for some wild surfing and fun.
Time to check out some of the best historical venues and touch base with art and culture, Greece is the place to be. Explore the city of Athens with its ancient Olympic stadium or enjoy the pristine waters of the beaches here. From food to fun, Greece has more to offer than you thought.
Starting from the first world war to the contemporary times, this country has evolved and advanced dramatically. But what it has not lost is its cultural heritage, buildings and museums that take your breath away. Cultural shows, theater and roadside food in the city of Prague give you a hint of what colonial Europe once was even as you enjoy 21st century amenities.
Be it the Taj mahal, the caves of Ajanta and Elora or the breath taking historical temples of Madhya Pradesh, there is so much to see here. Dance in the night clubs of Goa and soak in the beaches or head to ‘Gods own country’ of Kerala for some relaxation, massage and great food. India is a diverse terrain of historical places, discreet tribes and hidden forests that should definitely rank high on your visit list.
Well who doesn’t like pizza and pasta, but this country offers you just more than great food. It takes you to exotic beaches south of Naples along with some beautiful historical locations in the heart of Rome. Drive through the deep valleys or pluck some grapes in the vineyards. An experience that is truly all about ‘Eat, love and pray’. You really cannot blame Shakespeare for choosing this city in the plot of ‘Romeo And Juliet’.
Located next door to Italy, Spain is more about than bullfighting or the ‘Tomatina” festival. The bells of Barcelona take you back through ages and make you go back in time. Enjoy some great food, wine, artistic locales, exotic countrysides.
If you want to check out something that is 8,000 feet above sea level but is about 5 centuries old, this pre-Columbian site was publicized by was Hiram Bingham in “Across South America”. The area features ruins on the mountain and unexplored terrains that take you back in a time that you only read about. Be it Cusco or the Urubamba Valley, this south American country should definitely be on your see list.
This one is not for the faint hearted and is the home to the dries and the most severe cold temperatures in all 7 continents. It is always in snow, at least 98% times. And you are thinking one is probably mad to go here, but then there is something so attractive about dark and eerie beauty places. See some penguins, beautiful stars and terrains that make you live like an ‘igloo’.
From the cruel chill of Antarctica to the excruciating heat of Egypt, the three pyramids of the mausoleum complex are worth seeing. The Great Pyramid of Giza near Cairo holds place in the Seven Wonders of the World. Some of the grandest structures in the world are at your service here along with great hospitality and love! There are umpteen more places to see, but these rank high on the travel list of those who want to see something exceptional before they die!