You were born to carpe diem! Grab a pen and paper and add these 6 places to visit before you die to your bucket list! Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.
Whether you’re 25 or 85, you should always make time in your life for the things that make you happy. And six out of every ten Americans takes at least one vacation a year to seek some happiness and adventure away from home.
If you’re one of those six in ten people who love getting away from the humdrum of everyday life, you probably have a bucket list of future travel destinations. Well, get out a pencil — here are 6 places to visit before you die that you may want to add to your list!
1. Campania, Italy
Though you may know it best for historically significant sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum, the Southern Italian region of Campania has a great deal to offer tourists. For one thing, its coast is home to some of Italy’s most picturesque towns. Amalfi, situated on the Amalfi coast, is home to a medieval cathedral for the history and architecture enthusiast.
If you’re more of a lazy day on the beach vacationer, Amalfi’s coast is a popular tourist destination. And just across the water, easily accessed by ferry, sits the island of Capri — known for its production of limoncello, a lemon liqueur perfect for cooling down after a summer day on the sand!
Campania’s location also makes it a great home base for day trips to nearby must-see destinations. It’s a short train ride or bus trip into Rome, where you can find a tour of the Eternal City’s beauty and history before heading back to Naples for a great pizza dinner.
2. Santorini, Greece
If you’re interested in making a tour of the Mediterranean, wander over to the 6,000 islands that surround Greece’s mainland. Santorini is one of the most popular for a reason — its picturesque whitewashed buildings dot a craggy, volcanic landscape like something straight out of a travel magazine.
And here’s something you might not know: the island has its own small but thriving wine industry. Wineries use the local grape variety, Assyrtiko, to produce a number of white wines. But the island’s pride and joy is vinsanto, a sweet dessert wine made from sun-dried grapes and aged for up to 25 years to achieve its trademark golden color and citrus-and-mineral nose.
The island has a number of local dishes to complement its local grape, including tomato keftdes — a type of tomato fritter — and brantada, a salted fish recipe.
3. The Nile, Egypt
The Victorian citizens of Great Britain were avid travelers, and a great many took it upon themselves to become amateur historians. They arrived on the shores of the Nile River in Egypt in droves, eager to uncover all the secrets of the country’s ancient civilization.
Today, you can do a bit of exploration yourself with a river tour of some of Egypt’s greatest and most historically significant cities. International cruise lines as well as local companies offer leisurely opportunities to see the great temples and monuments of Ancient Egypt from the waters of the Nile. You can travel along the Nile for a few days or a few weeks, depending on your preference, and stop off along the way for guided tours and excursions in the many cities along the river.
4. New Orleans, Louisiana
No passport? No problem. Take a long weekend in one of the nation’s most culturally (and culinarily) rich cities. New Orleans’s food scene is pretty legendary — fresh seafood is a must, of course, but some of the city’s most elite eateries offer everything from escargot to ostrich.
And in the vein of after-dinner entertainment, wander along Frenchman Street for a variety of live jazz joints or break in your dancing shoes at one of the crowded clubs on Bourbon. Or experience it all in one place during Voodoo Fest! The city’s yearly music, arts, and food festival (held near Halloween, hence the name) brings together local musicians, artists, and chefs along with internationally known names to entertain the masses for a weekend.
5. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
This 12th-century religious complex was built by King Suryavarman II, the ruler of the Khmer Empire, as a temple and eventual mausoleum. Though it was originally a site of Hindu worship, by the end of the 12th century it had been converted to a Buddhist temple.
Today, the complex is a designated UNESCO world heritage site and a focus of continued preservation and restoration efforts. The site receives a large volume of tourists each year. In fact, plans to create a “tourist city” around Angkor Wat were conceptualized in 2001 to provide accommodation and other tourist facilities for the ever-increasing number of visitors.
6. Victoria Falls, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Located at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world. Though it is neither the tallest nor the widest, it retains its title because of its combined dimensions — when its height and width are combined, it results in the largest falling sheet of water in the world.
The waterfall is a beautiful sight for nature enthusiasts and photographers. But the Falls are perhaps better known for a feature at their edge. Tourists can swim at the top of the waterfall for a few months of the year when the river flow is at its lowest. This location, known as the Devil’s Pool, is a hit among more adventurous visitors.
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