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10 Places I Want to See Before I Die

Aside from the usual (Eiffel Tower, Great Wall of China, the gondola canals in Venice, the Taj Mahal, etc.), there are quite a few places in the world I would love to see before I die.

 

1. Chernobyl
There is something appealing about traveling to a place that has been abandoned, purposefully or not. A country takes on a new tone when there isn’t the endless chatter, laughter, activity, or life that occurs there every day.

Chernobyl. Photo credit: eyesanity.com

Chernobyl. Photo credit: eyesanity.com

2. Burning Man
The annual art event based on radical self expression takes place in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

The Burning Man event. Photo credit: ktvn.com

The Burning Man event. Photo credit: ktvn.com

 

3. Flathead Lake
The largest freshwater lake West of the Mississippi River. It’s water is so clear, you can see everything underneath.

Photo courtesy: bicyclelog.blogspot.com

Flathead Lake. Photo courtesy: bicyclelog.blogspot.com

4. The spot where the Baltic and Northern sea meet but don’t mix.
There’s only one place like this in the world. How amazing would it be to see something incredible like this; something nature has created all on its own?

Where the seas meet. Photo courtesy: diana212m.blogspot.com

Where the seas meet. Photo courtesy: diana212m.blogspot.com

5. Reflecting salt flat, Bolivia

Salt flat in Bolivia. Photo courtesy: dottech.org

Salt flat in Bolivia. Photo courtesy: dottech.org

6. Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park
How amazing is this?! Whoever came up with placing sculptures at the bottom of the ocean is a genius. Dive or snorkel your way down to Grenada’s shallow waters to see these haunting and creative works of art.

Underwater sculptures. Photo courtesy: lanny-yap.blogspot.com

Underwater sculptures. Photo courtesy: lanny-yap.blogspot.com

7. Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya
The photography on this website is stunning, first of all. I would love to witness these amazing hotel where giraffes poke their heads in the windows to grab a snack and say hello to guests before getting on with their day. There really should be more hotels like this.

Giraffe Manor Photo courtesy: giraffemanor.com

Giraffe Manor Photo courtesy: giraffemanor.com

8. Egypt’s pyramids
If this isn’t on your list, you’re insane. The history, the hard work, the fact that they have lasted so long, etc. There are many reasons the pyramids are on my list. I guess it helps that I inherited three of my great grandmother’s bracelets which came from there. Egyptology is fascinating! I would love to go on a dig there.

The Sphinx at Giza. Photo courtesy: famouswonders.com

The Sphinx at Giza. Photo courtesy: famouswonders.com

9. Bali. All of it.
If someone handed me a plane ticket to Bali right now, I wouldn’t hesitate. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The beaches, the temples, the forests, the feeling you get just looking at the photos… it whispers relaxation.

Blue beaches and white sand in Bali. Photo courtesy: guardian.co.uk

Blue beaches and white sand in Bali. Photo courtesy: guardian.co.uk

10. Amazon rainforest
I just had an article published in the Huffington Post about the troubles the Amazon, and its tribes and animals, are facing right now. I’m terrified that when I finally arrive there, it will be after most of it has been destroyed. Regardless of the troubles, however, it is home to more species of plants and animals than any other terrestrial ecosystem on the planet.

Look at all that green. Photo courtesy: apexplanet.blogspot.com

Look at all that green. Photo courtesy: apexplanet.blogspot.com

 

What’s on your list?!

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