Life is short. Too much of life is spent grinding through monotonous daily obligations, and too little time is spent on things that count like family, friends and making valuable memories. As the esteemed author and businessman Harvey Mackay put it: “Life is too short to wake up with regrets… If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.”
What better way to make the most of life than travel? The world’s wonders are too vast to see everything in one lifetime, but if you are looking to spice things up and see some of the earth’s finest landmarks, you can start by knocking a couple off this list. Here are 5 places you must see before you die because life is just too dang short not to live.
Machu Picchu, Peru
High in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is the site of an ancient Inca city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Although it is one of the most impressive collections of ruins in the world, many travelers find Machu Picchu to be crowded during peak season. One of the most popular things to do here is to hike the Inca Trail, although you should reserve your spot several months in advance. The Salkantay trek and the Inca Jungle trek are also popular among hikers. Several tour companies operate adrenaline-fueled excursions to Machu Picchu that involve biking, hiking, rafting, and zip lining.
Aurora Australis, Antarctica
While the North Pole enjoys the Aurora Borealis, the South Pole has the Aurora Australis. The most amazing place to see the Aurora Australis, or “Southern Lights,” is the wild and untamed continent of Antarctica. It is only visible from the southern latitudes and has never been viewed above the 30-degree latitude line. This phenomenon often appears as a glowing green or red curtain of light in the night sky. Although there is no definitive aurora cycle, they are associated with solar wind activity and most common at the peak of sunspot cycles. Auroras are a photographer’s dream, and truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
As the only one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World still largely intact, the Pyramids of Giza are definitely worth a visit. Dating back to around 2,560 BC, the Great Pyramid of Giza stood as the tallest man-made structure for over 3,800 years.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
This area is among one of the most beautiful in the world, with crystal clear waters, lush green scenery, and stunning waterfalls.
Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
The Taj Mahal is a truly beautiful architectural feat. It’s a massive, white, marble-domed mausoleum constructed in the 1600s that attracts over three million visitors each year.