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Exercise more. Drink less. Many people make New Year resolutions at this time of year. We see January 1st as a new start. A good time to start afresh and set ourselves goals and things we want to achieve for the year ahead. Although the reality is rather disappointing. In fact, studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days. So, why not choose a more fun goal? Like visiting five new countries in 2020. Or going to see the Taj Mahal.
OK, so we know it’s tough to see our whole list of 15 places in one year. And some of these fantastic sites have been around for thousands of years, so we’re pretty sure they aren’t going anywhere just yet. But we hope to give you some inspiration for some wonderful places to visit in the future, and some amazing sites and experiences for your bucket list. So here’s our list of 15 amazing places to see in 2020 (or in our lifetime at least).
Lake District lakes, England
Starting close to home (and perhaps one of the more achievable places on our list) is the The Lake District National Park. The glory of the northwest of England, its almost mystical appearance is the place to be for stunning landscapes with lakes, mountains, coastline, historic places to visit and attractions.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest collection of coral reefs in the world, made up of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1,400 miles. It’s so big that it can be seen from space, and it’s among one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. It is the place to go diving, with an amazing display of underwater life.
Easter Island, Chile
Situated in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, Easter Island is famous for its fascinating 887 “moai” stone statues, created by the early Rapa Nui people. The island became a World Heritage Site in 1995, and is also a great place for hiking and scuba diving.
The Grand Canyon, USA
The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved over thousands of years by the Colorado River in Arizona. It measures a staggering 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and has a depth of over a mile.
Taj Mahal, India
It may be the most clichéd image in the world, but visitors still gasp the moment they first set eyes on the world’s most famous shrine. Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, it houses the tomb of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It’s also home to the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. The Taj Mahal forms part of the Golden Triangle, which is the classic first tour for visitors new to India.
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Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
One of the greatest unsolved mysteries of ancient times is the glorious Pyramids of Giza near Cairo. Dating back to around 2,560 BC, the Great Pyramid of Giza stood as the tallest man-made structure for over 3,800 years. Prepare to be amazed as you see the Great Pyramid of Khufu – the last standing ancient wonder of the world.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Undoubtedly the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s leading lady.
It is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to witness in their lifetime, with its extraordinary turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and beautiful greenery. It really is the stuff that dreams are made of, and the perfect destination for honeymooners.
The Great Wall of China, China
Every year, over 10 million people from all around the world flock to China – Beijing in particular – to visit the Great Wall. Listed as a World Heritage Site since 1987, this massive man-made wall stretches thousands of miles across Northern China. It was built in stages over the last 2000 years atop a mountain ridge that delivers awe-inspiring views of the area.
Machu Picchu, Peru
An ancient Inca site that dates back to the 15th century, Machu Picchu sits atop a mountain above the Sacred Valley. It’s the most famous archaeological site on the continent, a must for all visitors to Peru. The restored site offers a fantastic look into Inca history and an even more fabulous view of the astounding scenery. This awe-inspiring ancient city was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century.
Victoria Falls, Zambia
As a magnet for tourists of all descriptions – backpackers, tour groups, thrill seekers, families, honeymooners – Victoria Falls is one of Earth’s great spectacles. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the waterfall measures one mile across and 354 feet high. That, along with the fact that more than 260,000 gallons of water flow over the edge per second, makes it the largest singular waterfall in the world.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galápagos Islands are a volcanic group of 18 main islands (plus 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets), which offer wildlife and landscapes found nowhere else on earth. A province of Ecuador, it lies about 1,000km off its coast. Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos’ species later inspired his theory of evolution.
Petra is a popular excursion for many visitors to Israel. ‘The lost city’ is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, famous for its incredible architecture carved into the pink rock by the Nabateans. Dating to around 300 B.C., it’s now accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq, and contains many tombs and temples. Its most famous temple Al Khazneh, stands at 45m high.
Pompeii is a large archaeological site in southern Italy’s Campania region, near the coast of the Bay of Naples. It covers around 440,000 square metres, and was once a thriving Roman city. Pompeii was buried under metres of ash after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D, and the preserved site features excavated ruins of streets and houses that visitors can explore today.
Yellowstone National Park, USA
Yellowstone National Park spans over three states (located mostly in Wyoming, with small sections in Montana and Idaho), and features a variety of unmissable sites. The collection of hot springs and geysers are truly spectacular. The park spans a whopping 3,500 square miles, and it was the first national park in the world. Old Faithful geyser is one of its most popular features.
Mount Fuji, Japan
The iconic Mount Fuji is a top sightseeing spot. The volcano is Japan’s highest mountain at 3776 metres, and it looks even more beautiful when it becomes snow-capped in winter and spring. Whether you prefer the crashing waves of Kumomi Kaigan or the serene waters of Lake Tanukiko, there are endless opportunities to glare at Mount Fuji’s rugged good looks.
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