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Last Updated on December 16, 2021

10 Most Enchanting Lost Cities You Should Visit Before You Die

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10 Most Enchanting Lost Cities You Should Visit Before You Die

It was always considered a childhood fantasy for most growing up to discover untouched parts of the world. Whether in the hopes of finding gold or other discoveries, this dream seemed only futile. There are hundreds of places in the world that are relatively left uninhabited, but still come with a lot of history, myths, or interesting stories. Most are known tourist sites, others receive relatively small numbers of visitors a year. Today, we will take a look at 10 of these locations available all around the world.

1. Teotihuacán

The civilization of Teotihuacán was established with the building of the step pyramid pictured above. Teotihuacán lived and prospered, but the climate of the hot region made it uninhabitable. Now, after being visited and even sanctified by various groups, ending with the Aztecs, it has become a tourist attraction for those coming to Mexico.

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2. Ctesiphon

The lost city of Ctesiphon’s past, now located in Iraq, was one of the largest civilizations in the world. Now, mainly known for the building pictured above, it has been uninhabited since the year 639. Mesopotamia was an important region that included various important figures in history and religion. Now, despite being a tourist site, some have found difficulty visiting the site due to it’s nearby volatile location.

3. Ani

Churches and medieval architecture graced this 10th century former capital of the modern-day country of Armenia/Turkey. For three centuries the city was famous, but Mother Nature was the downfall of Ani. A destructive earthquake all but leveled the area. This not only leveled buildings, it toppled the economic health of Ani, and this ultimately caused those who survived to leave for other trade routes. The vast landscape is now peppered with ruins, rocks, and rubble, but there are still various buildings that still stand and await your visit.

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4. Persepolis

Persepolis was the capital city of the Persian Empire. It was a city filled with art that didn’t survive its downfall. The disheartening truth about this lost city, compared to the others listed, is that Persepolis failed from the destruction of another group of individuals behind Alexander the Great. While this didn’t prevent Persepolis from surviving, it did make it difficult to thrive and Persepolis eventually became uninhabited.

5. Machu Pichu

Machu Pichu is somewhat of a poster child for lost cities. It is the most visited, the most pictured, and some have contested it’s the most picturesque. The rocks and former terraces, combined with the high elevations of Peru that make it jaw-dropping on a partly clouded day make it a must see for anyone visiting Peru. Despite it’s notoriety, Machu Pichu has only been in the world scope for a little over a century. It certainly makes you wonder what other parts of the world go undiscovered.

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6. Chan Chan

Machu Pichu isn’t the only lost city in modern-day Peru. Chan Chan is quite stunning and the intricate art work that still stands in the adobe brick common of the region is very unique. This beauty is overshadowed by the reasoning behind its demise, occurring after the Incan conquest of the city in the late 1400s. Since then, the thousands of previous residents of the now lost city are replaced by tourists visiting Peru.

7. Timgad

Founded by Emperor Trajan in 100 AD, Timgad was what we would now call an overcrowded city. While the population wasn’t extravagantly grand in the beginning, the city in modern-day Algeria simply wasn’t large enough to hold that population growth. While conquest by the Berber community that still is situated to this day in much of North Africa was the cause of Timgad’s demise, overpopulation could have also contributed to the inability to protect all of its citizens.

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8. Sukhothai

This modern-day Thai lost city is unique not only in the beautiful art and statues left behind, but also in its claim to fame as one of the oldest cities of traceable history. It was vibrant, large, and had a huge population to match. However, the establishment of the city of Ayutthaya proved that Sukhothai was unable to survive, with the population leaving for better opportunities in the newly established city. Once Sukhothai was conquered, there was no question the city would ultimately see its demise.

9. Mohenjo-daro

Mohenjo-daro is one of the first instances of the modern city centres that we know of today. From Mohenjo-daro, we see characteristics of a modern route, including streets and homes. After almost a millennium of existence, what is most haunting about the transition to becoming a lost city is that it is unknown how it became such. Accounts and historical evidence, along with the well-advanced construction and climate in this modern-day Pakistani locale, don’t point to a cause of demise.

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10. Petra

Petra has come to symbolize Jordan. This lost city, located in the south of the country, was once the Nabataean capital city. Now, one of the most famous tourist attractions in the Middle East is getting the respect and reverence that was lost before its discovery in the early 1800s. Prior to that, Petra fell to becoming a lost city after natural disasters severed any further development and trade routes, one of the most important on the Silk Road. If you are visiting Jordan, being able to see this once vibrant lost city is a must.

Featured photo credit: Wilson Tovar via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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