I wrote this for NXG Magazine last year and I wanted to share it again. I love travelling and I these amazing locations inspire me to achieve more in life – so I can gather the money to actually go to all of these destinations. Enjoy and do comment if I missed any worthy gems out.
1. Northern Lights – Norway: Norway is simply assumed by some as just cold, dark and dreary. On the contrary, this European wonder is one of few hosts of the aurora borealis, more commonly known as the northern lights. In winter months, expect a display of green, pink and blue lights shimmering through the sky. Accompany that with the stunning mountains and rivers and the verdict? Beyond breath taking.
2. Grand Canyon – Arizona, US: This location is an obvious one, which definitely lives up to its reputation. This 277 mile long, mile deep canyon carved by the Colorado River provides truly spectacular scenery. Tours are best to be taken in the summer so you can enjoy getting a tan whilst walking through one of the official natural wonders of the world. And before you think about it, do not be put off by 127 hours. If you get too scared, you’re just 5 hours away from Las Vegas. Result.
3. Harajuku – Japan: A fashion capital of the world, Harajuku has introduced a whole new dimension of fashion. Every Sunday, witness what I could call a fashion parade in the town’s mall, where casual dress is typically: dead brides, real life Hello Kitty’s, Avatar characters and even real life Barbie’s. Yes, that is where Nicki Minaj got it from… and Gwen Stefani. Amongst that experience an extraordinary whole new culture, with amazing food. Awesome.
4. Niagara Falls – Canada/US: When you’re feeling a little stressed, (let’s face it, who doesn’t sometimes?) who would not want to see an endless view of luxurious waterfalls, reflected upon a blue sky, which borders Canada and the state of New York. Winter provides an even cooler view, when the falls freeze on the outside, resembling the ice age. And when it gets too cold, you’re only a few hours away from shopping heaven. Bliss.
5. The Great Wall of China – Errm… China: This wall, actually built up of several walls, has been built throughout history, dating as far back as 500 BC. The huge piece of history travels on for 3,700 miles and is almost nine metres tall at times. The colossal landmark is so prominent that it has been said that the wall can even be seen from the moon. Surrounded by beautiful greenery and architecture, it makes a beautiful tour, especially when you stop by Beijing for a tour of the town.
6. Pyramids of Giza – Egypt: Another official wonder of the world, this is the oldest standing wonder and the only one that is still mostly intact. The Egyptians technique of the construction of the pyramid is still quite a confusing ideology for archaeologist’s to comprehend, even today. Originally 480.6 foot tall, it held the record for the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years. Impressive. Magical, puzzling and enchanting, this is a surreal, must see experience.
7. Antartica – aka The South Pole: Okay, so we simpletons may not be able to travel there, but it does not stop it from being freakin’ amazing. The sun shines in the land of penguins and all things magical 12 hours a day, yet it leaves the snow undeterred, causing much confusion to scientists. The fifth largest continent, Antartica holds no permanent residents. This is no surprise, considering the country is 98% ice which averages at a mile deep. It is also the coldest place on earth, with lows of -89 °c. Ouch.
8. Great Barrier Reef – Australia: The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world, and looks like a dream, with over 2,900 reefs in total. It is so significant, even more so than the Great Wall of China, that it can be seen from outer space. This beauty also holds the record for the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. The natural wonder has also gained the title as an officialWorld Heritage Site.
9. Eiffel Tower – France: To me, Paris is vaguely reminiscent of London in terms of culture; the capital is brimming with many small treasures which ultimately make it so spectacular. Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is definitely France’s main landmark, after being recorded as the most visited attraction in the world. The Louvre museum in Paris is the most visited art museum in the world, holding pieces of history such as The Mona Lisa. The icing on the cake? Paris is THE official city of romance. Awww.
10. The London Eye – England: I had to include London in all these wonders because, well, I am biased. Seriously, in truth, London has so many architectural monuments; our capital is bursting with wonders. What better way to see it all by taking a long ride in a scary looking mini capsule? Since it overlooks the River Thames, don’t forget to take that boat cruise afterwards. Also a walk by Buckingham Palace, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, Westminster Cathedral… I could go on. Like Lily Allen said: “why oh why would you wanna be anywhere else?”