10 Places I Have To See Before I Die

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I am passionate about traveling the world.  I also believe that in order to accomplish anything that you must be very intentional about it.  You have to name it to claim it.  Therefore, I have created a list of ten absolutely incredible places that I want to be sure to visit before I die.  These are what I consider the all-time, greatest places to go and things to see.  I haven’t ever been to any of these so I have plenty of traveling to do in the next 40 years.  What is on your dream travel list?

windowslivewriter10placesihavetoseebeforeidie f18creef 3 10 Places I Have To See Before I Die 1.  Great Barrier Reef, Australia – I am absolutely obsessed with the beauty and wonder of the underwater world.  ESPN says, “It could very well be the ultimate diving experience.”  It is the largest coral reef in the world with a total length of over 1,250 miles.  The diversity of marine life is incredible.  According to Wikipedia, there are over 30 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises alone.  In addition, there are over 1500 different kinds of fish.  I would love to spend several days snorkeling and diving around the reef to see it all!  Photo by Leonard Low.

windowslivewriter10placesihavetoseebeforeidie f18cqueenstown 3 10 Places I Have To See Before I Die 2.  Queenstown, New Zealand – New Zealand is the place for outdoor adventure sports and Queenstown sounds like the ultimate base camp.  This is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise!  You can go bungee jumping, white water rafting, and skydiving all in one day.  There are helicopter rides, jet boats, and hang gliders.  In the winter, skiing and snowboarding are popular.  The combination of the outdoor beauty and extreme sports makes New Zealand very appealing to me.  Of course, New Zealand is a long ways from the States so it will take some planning to get there, but it will be well worth it.  Photo by a faz.

windowslivewriter10placesihavetoseebeforeidie f18cmachu picchu 3 10 Places I Have To See Before I Die 3.  Machu Picchu, Peru – Machu Picchu is a previously lost Incan city high in the Andes Mountains.  It is believed that the city was built around 1450.  It was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham who was a historian at Yale.  Its architecture is an incredible testament to the sophistication of the Incan Empire.  It is nestled between two mountains and offers some breathtaking panoramic views.  I know one person that has visited the city and they say that is a place that you do not want to miss.  It is often referred to as one of the seven wonders of the world.  Photo by szeke.

windowslivewriter10placesihavetoseebeforeidie f18cnorthern lights 3 10 Places I Have To See Before I Die 4.  Northern Lights, Alaska – I’m not sure that the northern lights or Aurora Borealis can officially be called a place, but this is my list and I’m including it.  I would love to see this phenomenon with my own eyes some day.  I don’t really understand the scientific explanation for the lights, but they look incredible in the pictures that I’ve seen.  I think it would be amazing to witness their green glow in the sky.  It will take a visit to Fairbanks, Alaska between December and March to get a glimpse of the lights, but it definitely seems worth it!  Photo by Image Editor.

windowslivewriter10placesihavetoseebeforeidie f18cgreat wall 3 10 Places I Have To See Before I Die 5.  Great Wall, China – The Great Wall in China is another one of the wonders of the world.  It is over 4000 miles long and was mostly built in the 5th century BC, but there are many sections of the wall that were built hundreds of years later.  It is estimated that 2 to 3 million Chinese died as part of building the wall.  I think that anything so big and that took so many lives is worth visiting.  It sounds very impressive.  Many myths have circulated stating that the Great Wall is visible from the moon, but this is not true.  The wall is only 30 feet wide at its maximum and tends to blend in with its surroundings.  It is big, but not that big!  Photo by DragonWoman.

windowslivewriter10placesihavetoseebeforeidie f18cpostiano 3 10 Places I Have To See Before I Die 6.  Amalfi Coast, Italy – Places like Atrani and Postiano on Italy’s Amalfi coast look fabulously beautiful!  I really can’t imagine a better romantic getaway.  Postiano is a picturesque fishing village where tourism rules.  It has been featured in films like “Under the Tuscan Sun”.  Atrani is home to a small commune.  I think a trip to this region would be relaxing and rejuvenating.  I imagine lazy afternoons sitting at a small, sidewalk cafe sipping wine and people watching.  This may be the destination my wife and I choose for our twentieth wedding anniversary that is coming up in a few years.  Photo by Allerina & Glen.

windowslivewriter10placesihavetoseebeforeidie f18ceiffel tower 3 10 Places I Have To See Before I Die 7.  Eiffel Tower, Paris – The Eiffel Tower is such an icon of Paris.  It is recognizable the world over.  It is the tallest structure in Paris and has been visited by over 200 million people since it was constructed in 1889.  It is 1,047 feet tall which is the equivalent of over three football fields.  The tower got its shape from engineering calculations that were done to be sure it could survive high wind forces.  The tower is home to two restaurants which is something I did now know until I researched this article.  Originally, it was planned that the tower would be dismantled twenty years after it was built.  Fortunately, its height made it a valuable communication platform for the French military and so the government left it standing.  I look forward to visiting the tower and one of the most romantic places in all the world!

Photo by franz88.

windowslivewriter10placesihavetoseebeforeidie f18cmoscow 3 10 Places I Have To See Before I Die 8.  Moscow, Russia – I was in the military back in the early 90s about the same time that the Berlin Wall came down.  At the time, the Soviet Union was still considered the United States’ biggest enemy.  Of course, things have changed in the last 20 years, but my fascination with Russia still persists.  I would love to see Moscow.  It just seems like it would be an incredible adventure to see places like the Kremlin, Red Square, and Saint Basil’s Cathedral.  It also seems like it would be a little spooky.  I guess because the Soviets were built up in my mind as the “evil empire”.  I hope to one day visit so I can dispel this image.  Photo by Sunshine Junior.

windowslivewriter10placesihavetoseebeforeidie f18chwange 3 10 Places I Have To See Before I Die 9.  Zimbabwe, Africa – Zimbabwe is home to several national parks and game reserves in Africa.  In particular, I would like to visit Hwange and Victoria Falls National Parks.  Hwange is home to elephants, giraffes, hippos, ostriches, baboons, zebras, and lions to name a few.  At the rate we are going, I might not have that many years left to see these animals in their natural habitat.  I would also love to visit the Victoria Falls which is one of the largest falls in the world.  The falls are 200-400 feet wide and varies from about 260 to 360 feet tall.  Photo by BARMCD.

windowslivewriter10placesihavetoseebeforeidie f18cbora bora 3 10 Places I Have To See Before I Die 10.  Bora Bora – Situated in the Pacific Ocean, Bora Bora is a French Polynesian island that looks spectacular.  I am especially intrigued with the villas that set out over the gorgeous, crystal clear water.  I want to be able to lounge on the deck while taking in all the breathtaking scenery.  I might even dose off for an afternoon nap in the hammock.  Of course, there are all kinds of cool nautical activities that one can engage in, but I’m not sure that I would ever venture too far from my villa.  It just looks too cool to leave!  Photo by tensaibuta.

Well, there you have it.  My top ten places to see before I die.  They look wonderful, don’t they?  If you have more money than you know what to do with, then please feel welcome to help a regular guy see a place of his dreams!  LOL

I’d love to hear your list.  Please leave a comment and let me know a few places you would like to see.  Also, if you enjoyed this article, then be sure to give it a Stumble or Digg by clicking the links below.  Thanks!

Check out the lists that other’s have created!

The Wisdom Journal – Guest Post from my Daughter: 14 Places I Must See Before I Die!
The Good Human – Ten Places I Would Like To See Before I Die

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38 thoughts on “10 Places I Have To See Before I Die

  1. @Kevin – Please do post your own list! I think it would be great to see several other bloggers do the same. The list is generally in random order. I’m not sure that I could effectively prioritize it. I want to see them all!

    If you do wind up posting your own list, please let me know so I can link to it. Thanks!

  2. What a wonderful list. I’ve checked #1, #5 and #7 as places I’ve been. It’s time to start dreaming again for places that I would still like to go.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Evelyn

  3. A full transit of the Panama canal (I’ve gone as for a Gatun Locks.

    Mt Everest base camp.

    The inside of my wifes head. I really have no idea what it would be like but I’m sure it would be fascintaing

    Earth from outer space (maybe a stretch).

    Victoria Falls

    Stand on the equator

    Gallapagos Island

    A 4 week cruise of the south Pacific

    Sail round Cape Horn

    Tour South East Asia visting holy temples and seeing some of the most beautiful scenery the planet has to offer.

  4. Just a quick note – on #10 I would recommend Moorea moreso than Bora Bora. They’re about a 10 minute puddle-jumper plane apart, but Moorea is less touristy (personal preference).

    Visiting Moorea was easily one of my favorite places I’ve ever been… so though I recommend it over Bora Bora, you really can’t go wrong with either one.

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  8. The Amalfi coast and Paris are fabulous.
    On my hit list is Machu Picchu !
    Moorea is beautiful. I was lucky to stay on a small motu off Bora Bora where there were no other tourists whilst I was there – i felt like Robinson Crusoe !
    I would recommend anyone with the desire to travel, to just do it.
    3 years ago I just took off for a year around the world – quit the job, thought I was crazy at the time as i am just a regular 30-something guy with a day job. I am back home in Wales (UK) now but have no regrets about doing it – no-one can ever take away the amazing experiences.
    I have a couple of small videos at http://www.youtube.com/stevemoonuk if anyone wants to take a peek – i hope it inpsires others to trust their instincts too and follow their dreams !
    Best wishes to all,
    Steve

  9. Have only been to Paris which is a must see. I have recently created my own Travel Wish List which currently stands at 5 though I think of new places to add every single day!

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  12. On my list is the Great Barrier Reef (which i’m hoping to visit next year when I go stay with my brother in Aus), the Great Wall of China, Machu Pichu and the Northern Lights. I’ve already done Moscow (wonderful place with fantastic architecture), Paris (too many times to mention) and Italy.

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  15. Maybe I just need to read further. I have already seen a number of these places but think a few she definitely be listed.
    1.) The Vatican & St Peters are incredible for Art lovers in particularly
    2.) For nature lovers Kruger national park in South Africa is fantastic
    3.) For the exotic. Bali is a top pic.
    4.) Diving, probably in part of Indonesia. I learned to Dive in Irian Jaya. I dived the barrier reef, The Caribbeans best: Bonaire. And I think neither of these matched Irian Jaya.
    5.) Pyriamids were cool but the are nothing compared to National Museum in Cairo.
    6.) Cultural experience I think my most memorable stop was Mombasa on the Kenyan coast, it is a real mix of cultures. Durban would be a close 2nd.
    7.) For history buffs, Most any part of England and/or Europe.
    8.) In America I did find Mt Rushmore inspiring.

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  18. I can see your taste of places matches with mine and hence I would suggest you visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands in southern India. It is one of the most pristine places to be.

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  20. Banji jumping is very bad for one’s health.
    Eiffel tower is the least interesting place in wonderful city of Paris, main destination for the kind of person who only goes to Louvre to see Mona Lisa and ignores other masterpieces.
    Moscow is far from most interesting place in Russia. If St. Petersburg is too european in style and you want something more original, visit “Golden Ring” of russian cities with classic russian churches and buildings. Moscow is huge metropolis, worth visit but not all that beautiful.
    So far, I’ve been most impressed by Venezia, let’s see what trip to China will bring.

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