15 beautiful places you must visit in your lifetime

15 beautiful places you must visit in your lifetime

The world is absolutely brimming with hidden areas of pure natural beauty. It is hard to limit this apparent endless list to a select few, which makes this no means exclusive. We have simply put together just a few outstanding areas of beauty which can be found throughout the whole world. If you ever get a chance to visit just one of these destinations in your lifetime, jump at it, and soak in the memories…


1)    The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef

If you are looking for an exciting adventure, head over to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It is the largest reef structure on earth and can be seen in space. Instead of being one continuous reef, it is made up of over 2900 reefs, and 900 islands. If you have the chance to go snorkelling anywhere in the Great Barrier Reef, you can expect to see 450 types of corals, 1500 types of fish and 4000 types of molluscs; including turtles, dolphins and sharks. There is nowhere else in the world where you could get to experience all of this under one roof, well sea to be precise. A truly beautiful once in a lifetime experience. 

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2)    Zhangye Danxia Landform, China

Zhangye Danxia Landform

The Zhangye Danxia Landform in China, are various steep red cliffs. The cliffs are made from red coloured sandstone and mineral deposits that are over twenty four million years old, and it is this that makes these cliffs so unique and stunning. There is a Geological Park inside of this rare and exclusive landform, where you can take a sightseeing car to four different viewing platforms. The trip takes just two hours by car, and each viewing platform allows you to see a different, yet equally magnificent view across the cliffs. 

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3)    Northern Lights, Iceland

Northern Lights

Although the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis can be seen in a number of destinations throughout the world, Iceland is among the most spectacular, and is often thought the be unbeatable. This is because the colder the temperature outside, the more spectacular the show is. Iceland not only offers Northern Lights tours, but also offer glass roofed huts that you can sleep in, so you can watch the show from the comfort of your bed. It really does not get more beautiful or spectacular. 

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4)    Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni

The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, and is an incredibly spectacular sight. Until you have visited such an area, you cannot appreciate or imagine just how huge this area is…10,582 square kilometres. It has become very popular in recent years, and is often a chosen location for gap year back packers. The sheer vastness of this area gives the illusion of an incredibly large natural mirror, which makes for some incredibly impressive photographs. Bolivia is the only place in the world where you will get to experience vast salt flats, and it is well worth a visit should you get a chance. 


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5)    Pamukkale, Turkey


Pamukkale is one of the world’s most beautiful and relaxing natural spas. Literally translated Pamukkale means ‘cotton castle’, and this only accentuates is sheer beauty. The travertine spas have been formed due to the shifting of a fault in the valley of the Menderes River. The very hot springs then rose, creating ‘spas’. Although the trek up to the Pamukkale is a tough one, it is oh so rewarding once you reach the top, where the reward is to bath in one of the most natural and stunning outdoor spas in the world. 

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6)    Tulip Fields, Netherlands

Tulip Fields

If you ever take a trip to the Netherlands, be sure to visit the Tulip Fields. They are endless fields of colourful, striking tulip bulbs. It really is a breath taking sight that you will pleased that you witnessed. The beautiful colours make this area a must see. From the end of March to the beginning of May is when you will get the most out of your visit, as it is when the flowers bloom, with mid-April being when they are in their full bloom. Take a road trip along the Flower Trip to experience it in all its glory and beauty. 


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7)   Giza Pyramids, Egypt

Giza Pyramids

The Giza Pyramids is perhaps what Egypt is most famous for, and is definitely a place on earth you should try and visit in your lifetime. Many tour operator offer tours of the most famous man-made Pyramids and these are well worth doing if you visit. The antiquity tours are among the most popular, particular for first time tourists of the area, and can last anywhere between five and fourteen days; however you get to experience other attractions, as well as taking a trip up and down the River Nile. If you find yourself with extra days on your holiday and nothing to do; get yourself booked on a tour. 

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8)    Blue Lagoon, Galapagos Islands

Blue Lagoon

The Galapagos Islands are hugely popular due to their stunning beauty. They were made famous by Charles Darwin, who studied the huge number of endemic species that are found on the islands. It was these observations that contributed to his theory of evolution by Natural Selection. These Islands are no less popular or attractive now, and the Blue Lagoon features a bright-blue, central lagoon is one of the most beautiful sights you could ever see. This lagoon is not short of life either, and is favoured by the much loved, and near extinct flamingos. 


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9)    Antelope Canyon, USA

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is located in Arizona in the USA and is so spectacular, yet mysterious; you will certainly not be disappointed that you visited. Because it is a slot canyon, it provides excellent photogenic scenery that you really will not be able to get anywhere else in the world. In order to travel around the canyon safely, we suggest that you take one of the 4 wheel drive tours, which will have you enjoy the scenic ride to the canyon, where you can then step onto the sand and explore the canyon. Truly unbeatable. 

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10)    The Great Wall of China, China

The Great Wall of China


The Great Wall of China is probably the most famous wall in the world, and really is a once in a lifetime trip should you get to visit part of it. The entire length of the wall is over thirteen thousand miles, so whilst you might be hard pushed to explore the entire thing, take every opportunity to see part of it. Many tours operate along the stretch, allowing you to safely explore sections of the wall. Some are more physically demanding than others, so it is important to research thoroughly before your visit. These tours can be booked in advanced, and are definitely well worth doing.

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11)    Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is another popular destination favoured among gap year travellers, as it is the finishing point of the much loved and rewarding Inca Trail. Many people who have been lucky enough to visit this beautiful destination have said it was the highlight of their trip when travelling around Peru. Words cannot describe how truly stunning this awe-inspiring ancient city is. Although more and more tourists flood to this area, the once virtually forgotten city has maintained an air of mystery. One that you have to visit to get. If you are travelling to Peru, visiting this city really is a must and should be top of your list. 


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12)    Skaftafell Ice Caves, Iceland

Skaftafell Ice Caves

Each year during the autumn months the Skaftafell Ice Caves begin to takeshape, ready for the winter months when they are truly spectacular. Tours throughout these caves run frequently during these months, and if you get the chance, it really is worth going to. These caves must be respected, which is why you must go exploring with a tour guide, who will show you the safest way to navigate yourself around these lustrous glaciers. That said, seeing these caves up close, really is a once in a lifetime experience, and you will not regret going. 

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13)    Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu Falls in Argentina really are one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the whole world. They really are astounding, and to see them close up really should be something you try and do once in your lifetime. To see the chain of hundreds of waterfalls in extension is a completely jaw-dropping experience that you are guaranteed never to forget. The falls are set in absolutely beautiful scenery, lying in the split between Brazil and Argentina. The Iguazu Falls have been voted as one of the 7 wonders of the world and it really is easy to see why. Without a doubt, this is one of the most imposing and beautiful natural attractions in the world. 

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14)    Fairy Pools at the Top, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Fairy Pools at the Top

This one is slightly closer to home, but no less beautiful. The Fairy Pools at the Top is, ironically at the foot of the Black Cuillins. They are beautiful, crystal clear bright blue pools on the River Brittle. Many people flock from all over the world to come and swim in these pools, although, you should be warned, the water is very cold! The walk to and from the pools takes little over forty minutes, but gives you the opportunity to explore other waterfalls and different pools along the way. It is an excellent photo opportunity, and definitely not one to miss. 

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15)   The Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a classic attraction – one that sees nearly five million visitors each year. The one mile deep canyon can be accessed from the Grand Canyon National Park, which overlooks the Canyon. If you have the chance to visit this truly stunning attraction, it is well worth booking a tour. Many tours offer more than just walking and talking, with many giving you the chance to go rafting, taking a helicopter ride, or even biking. It really is an experience to remember. 

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