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The Travel Bucket List: 6 Places to See before You Die

Looking for a new destination for your next vacation? Here’s a list of six places you need to see before you die.

1. Romantic vacation in Bora Bora

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Bora Bora is the most famous travel destination in the French Polynesia. Located 230 kilometers away from Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, this island is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. The island has an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu.

Bora Bora offers plenty of wonderful landscapes and various activities for anyone the travelers. The most popular activity is lagoon exploration which you can go snorkeling or hop on a glass bottom boat to see the coral and schools of tropical fish. Other activities that you can do are jet skiing and go diving to watch the breathtaking underwater life of Bora Bora.

Bora Bora is perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoons, and many Hollywood celebrities enjoying their holiday there. The island is a great place to relax and enjoy the amazing view.

2. Watch Orangutans in their habitat in Borneo

orangutan-498533_1920 There are just two orangutan species left in the wild, Bornean and Sumatran. Orangutan is the largest tree climbing mammal and the only Great Ape in existence in Asia. With long arms that may reach two metres in length, shaggy reddish-brown fur and grasping hands and feet, the orangutan swings slowly through the trees in the jungle.

If you want to see orangutans in their habitat, swinging from the trees, Borneo’s jungle is the place to see this endangered animals. There are several orangutans sanctuaries in the island, such as Ketapang Orangutan Rescue Centre in Indonesian Borneo or Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Malaysian Borneo. You can coordinate with one of the sanctuaries to get a guide, who will make orangutan calls, while you wait quietly on the forest floor and you can see wild orangutans in the forest.

Male orangutans can be recognised by their large size (weighing up to 90 kilos, compared to 50 kilos for females), their cheek pads and throat pouch. Generally anti-social apes, their primary social structure consists of solitary males and subadults of both sexes and adult females with one or two juveniles. They are not territorial animals; however adult males are usually quite hostile towards one another.

3. Take a dip in the Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls

Zambia not only offers its own game parks like Kafue National Park but also its huge waterfalls called Victoria Falls. Located at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is very famous for the travelers from all over the world. Seeing the waterfalls from any point is thrilling, as the sheet of water is twice as high as Niagara Falls, a third higher than Iguazu, and 5,600ft wide. However, adventurous people prefer to visit the Zambian side of this waterfalls because there are many activities that they can do there.

The Devil’s Pool is what makes this waterfalls so famous for the extreme junkies. This might be the only place in the world where you can take a dip in and swim on the edge of the huge waterfall. The view from the Devil’s Pool is amazing, because you not only can you see the water splashing and churning around you, but hear and feel it, too. Beside swimming, you can also try white water rafting along the Zambezi river or bungee jump with a view. Those thrilling ways to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World are definitely worth to be on your bucket list.

4. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia sky

cappadocia-805624_1920Next place in our bucket list is Cappadocia, a historic area of central Anatolia that is known for the wonderful landscape and its hot air balloons. The surreal landscape of Cappadocia is characterised by subterranean cities, cave houses, fairy chimneys and winding valleys, and is one of the most enchanting places on the planet.

If you take the hot air balloons ride here, you can enjoy the extraordinary rock formations, vineyards and villages of the historical region in Turkey from the sky. Cappadocia is much more than just a place to ride balloon because it’s also  perfect for those of you who love hiking. There are so many nice loops on packed dirt, sand and rock, that maintain a constant elevation and pass through the scenic valleys in Cappadocia.

5. Stroll along the Great Wall of China

great-wall-of-china-1113708_1920The Great Wall of China is an awe-inspiring maze of walls and fortifications stretching for an astonishing 8850km across the rugged landscape of the north of the country. This place is far more than a triumph of engineering because it’s a direct link with the legendary emperors of China’s past. The 21,196 km wall is made from brick, stone, tamped earth and wood.

Named as Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, this historic place is never empty from the tourists. Most of the people who visiting the Great Wall satisfied with a day trip, but for those who want to explore, it’s possible to run or cycle along sections, take a helicopter flight, spend a night beside the wall in a boutique hotel, or even sleep in a watchtower. There are cable cars and toboggan rides for those travelling with children. While in China, you can also visit the attractions nearby such as Ming tombs, Eastern Qing tombs, the Ming-era village of Chuandixia or the Qing-era summer palace at Chendge.

6. Admire the Northern Lights in Lapland

aurora-1197755_1920Famously known as Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights is one of nature’s best displays. The mysterious lights come and the night sky is suddenly lit up with a wondrous glow that twists and swirls like a heavenly lava lamp. Seeing the beautiful Northern Lights become a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

One of the best places to admire the Northern Lights is in Scandinavia. You can choose Lapland in Finland because it has good chances to see this wonderful blazing colours in the sky. In northern Lapland the lights shine about every other clear night between September and March. In southern Finland they are visible on about 10-20 nights a year. To stand in the glow of this amazing natural phenomenon is  awesome, and well worth a chilly night spent gazing skywards.

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