Modern life can become quite repetitive and may cause a person to feel trapped and stifled by the repetitive routines we tend to slide into. There are few things that can effectively break your routine, like taking trips and spending time somewhere new and wonderful. We tend to forget how beautiful and full of wonders our world really is. Breaking away from our place of residence for a while can make us reexamine our habits and break the pattern that we have grown accustomed to. Furthermore, witnessing a culture vastly different than the one that surrounds you will give you a different perspective and help you grow as a person.
We are going to attempt to bring you the ultimate list of places you can choose to visit and experience. These locations and events are going to take your breath away, inspire you, and bring out a better version of you upon the journey’s end.
1. Find out why all roads lead to Rome, Italy
Italy is one of the biggest cultural centers in human history, with breathtaking architecture, great museums, art, performers, and an atmosphere you can’t get anywhere else. Nobody leaves Rome with a sense of indifference. Merely walking its streets will be a feast for your senses.
2. See the mystical beauty of Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The temple of Angkor Wat is a UNESCO protected world heritage site, and for a good reason too. This architectural wonder was built between 802 and 1220 AD by the Khmer civilization. It is one of the most enduring architectural achievements of humankind.
3. Discover the comfort and relaxation aboard The Orient Express
Although the route of the Orient Express has changed many times in the past, it is still as luxurious and beautiful as ever. Even though it doesn’t take you all the way to Istanbul, you can still see a big chunk of Europe riding on this classic train.
4. Stand in awe of the magnificent Fuji mountain in Japan
If you are feeling adventurous you can book an overnight stay and climb the mountain. If not, you can easily take a train to one of the many sightseeing spots. We wholeheartedly recommend the Five Lakes of Fuji.
5. Witness the magnificence of the prides on a Botswana safari
You can go for a public safari or, if you prefer to have more exclusivity, you can opt for a private one. The Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve are the two most popular parks. They feature a wide range of wild animals that include lions, elephants, leopards, black rhinos, and many other not-so-popular, but no less exotic animals.
6. Climb the Alps and witness Europe’s beauty from a different perspective
Being that three very unique and very powerful countries; Italy, Switzerland and Germany, hold the Alps, the experience you can get can vary significantly. Also, the Alps have a lot of different options for tourists, so you can really find the type of vacation that suits you best.
7. Find your way through the Devil’s Town in Serbia
A nominee for the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Devil’s Town is a very impressive rock formation that has two natural springs located within, called the Devil’s Water and the Red Well. These rocks are between 4 and 15 meters high and were created by erosion.
8. Get familiar with Petra, the rock city in Jordan
A miraculous and truly unique rock city located in southern Jordan, Petra stands as one of the great historical and architectural wonders, with parts that were built more than 2000 years ago. While the site has suffered from the elements, and has been target practice to the Bedouin of the Arabian Desert, it is still absolutely astonishing to behold.
9. Enjoy classical music performed at the magnificent Aspendos, Turkey
For those that are fans of classical music, travel, and history, we recommend traveling to Aspenodos in spring or early summer. The Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival offer annual events, which are worth preparing for in advance. This Greco-Roman city is believed to have been built somewhere around 2000 B.C. It is a true historic site.
10. Feast your eyes on the beautiful Grand Canyon
It is hardly even worth introducing the Grand Canyon, since it has become such a large part of popular culture, including movies, music videos, album covers, and a variety of other forms. It is more than obvious why it would be an awe-inspiring experience gazing across the magnificence of its landscape.
11. See the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt
Egypt, one of the dominant empires in early human history, has left an abundance of archaeological wonders from various eras of its existence. Of course, the most famous one is the Great Pyramid of Giza, located in contemporary El Giza.
12. Take a bite out of the Big Apple
New York is a pop icon all by itself. It is the setting for a sea of sitcoms, the Avengers movie, and a whole lot more. It is also the scene which brought us Hip-Hop, NYHC, and the Wu-Tang Clan. Broadway theaters are another good reason for spending a week (or a month) in NYC.
13. Experience the scorching heat of the Sahara desert
With camels and the scorching desert, this isn’t an adventure for everyone. However, if you consider yourself an adventurous spirit, you should definitely set out on this journey. It is filled with historical sites, fun activities, and really leaves a lasting impression.
14. Bask in the beauty and cultural achievements of Paris
The City of Lights is a must visit travel destination for anyone. It has something for everyone: museums, architecture, music, theatre, architecture, and Disney World. This is an oversimplification of one of the most famous cultural centers in Europe, but it’s the most I can do in these few lines.
15. Get to know the Medieval charm of Kathmandu, Nepal
Established in the 900s BC, the capital (as well as the largest city of Nepal) is one of the places that really takes your breath away. As a place where Indian and Tibetan cultures mix and coexist, and a place with rich and well-preserved cityscapes, it really is a unique location to visit and explore.
16. Witness the stunning wildlife of the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Island national park and biological marine reserve is home to many endemic species of animals. It is considered to be crucial for Darwin’s theory of evolution. The island is a sight to behold! You will definitely enjoy your stay.
17. Marvel at the architectural brilliance of the Great Wall in China
Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall of China is not visible from space. However, it is well worth seeing up close and personal. This architectural wonder was built as a defense against the powerful Mongols, and has stood the test of time quite admirably.
18. Experience the stunning beauty of the Himalayas
Here’s another one for the true adventurers. Braving the journey to see the Himalayas is a daunting task and takes some preparation. This mountain range didn’t earn its nickname, The Roof of The World, for nothing.
19. Marvel at the lush beauty of Taj Mahal, India
If your goal is to visit all the prominent cultures around the world, you can’t miss India. The great Taj Mahal stands as an architectural monument to Indian culture, originally envisioned as a mausoleum for the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s favourite wife, Mumtaz mahal.
20. Find peace in the temples and gardens of Kyoto, Japan
Back to Japan we go, and this time we are visiting its former capital, Kyoto. The zen gardens in Kyoto have been praised through literature, paintings, and other arts. However, no amount of praise is equal to the experience of walking through them.
21. Get lost in the beautiful landscape of Iceland
Iceland is a small and weird island country that gave us Bjork, Sigur Ros, and a lot of other talented musicians. It has beautiful landscapes and a unique culture impacted primarily by the Norse Viking culture, which is also reflected by its language.
22. Feel the music at Tomorrowland, Belgium
Tomorrowland is scheduled to open on September 27th. You can probably still manage to find tickets if you are willing to make an effort. It is an electronic music festival with top-notch reviews, and for good reason too.
23. Walk the ancient streets of Athens, Greece
Don’t let recent political developments scare you. If there is one thing modern Greeks are good at it’s tourism. No matter the state their country is in, they always find a way to be hospitable to tourists. Previously a city state, Athens is considered to be the cradle of modern democracy. It has a lot of historical sites you can visit in order to witness the power of ancient Greek culture.
24. Find your spirituality in Jerusalem, Israel
Even if you are not a religious person, Jerusalem is more than worth the visit. It has been a religious and cultural crossroads for centuries. Much of that can be seen in the legacy left behind by different cultures in its architecture, religious buildings, museums, and so on.
25. Experience the ancient Incan culture in Machu Picchu, Peru
An ancient citadel located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is an astonishing architectural achievement of a powerful culture, which was destroyed by the European conquistadors. You can take a magnificent train ride to Machu Picchu, as I already mentioned in a previous article.
26. Party hard during the festival in Rio, Brazil
This is one of those festivals that hardly needs an introduction. It is known as one of the greatest parties in the world. Each year, people from various corners of the globe gather to enjoy the festivities. It hosts somewhere around 2 million people per day, just to put things into perspective.
27. Get stunned by the cultural riches of Barcelona, Spain
Well, it is quite challenging to try and sell Barcelona to you in a couple of sentences. Let’s just say it has everything. The seaside? Yup. Culture? You better believe it! Nightlife? Oh, yes! I mean, the work of Antoni Gaudi alone makes the trip worth it, let alone the entire package.
28. Enjoy the 24/7 parties in Ibiza, Spain
A music scene sprouted on the Ibiza Island and never actually left it. This is one of the best places to go partying, and arguably one of the more beautiful. The Ibiza Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip to Ibiza will surely remain one of the more memorable events in your lifetime.
29. Find your way around Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong has a very unique cultural environment with a lot to offer. It has a beautiful cityscape, a magnificent harbour, you can go hiking, and much more. This small paragraph doesn’t do this great city justice. You should definitely inquire more about its great culture.
30. Find out why the Nile is the cradle of Egyptian culture
The Egyptian empire spanned across three millennia. It was built around the Nile river – its greatest source of resources and wealth. There are tons of cruises that you can take to get close and personal with the ancient Egyptian culture while witnessing some of the best sites along the way.
Whew! The world really has a lot to offer. If you are seriously considering starting a journey as ambitious as this one, it would be a shame not to leave some record of it. Travel blogging is quite fun and can also earn you more than a few bucks along the way if you know how to do it right. Make sure to plan ahead, since bad planning can destroy even the best of journeys. Research the places you decided to visit before you set out, so you know what to expect and how to find your way around.