Our world is filled with indescribable beauty, both man-made and natural, and it’s hard to say whether a single lifetime would truly be enough to truly experience all of it. Most of us will probably never see everything that the world has to offer us, but it’s worth a shot! Here are 40 incredible places around the world that are definitely worth adding to your bucket list.
Some consider travel to be a luxury or even an unnecessary burden, while others consider it to be vitally important to living a fulfilled life. Still others don’t even have the opportunity to make that decision. But if you are afflicted with a case of wanderlust, you know that seeing the world’s sights can be a deeply moving and valuable experience.
My personal favorite is ecological tourism– climbing mountains, exploring deserts or simply in drinking in the sights of the countryside. However, you can’t deny the appeal of some of the man-made structures as well– from the epic, ancient grandeur of the Pyramids of Giza to the sunny charm of sea-side villages in Greece.
It’s a wonderful and beautiful world we live in, so make sure to see as much of it as you can before you kick the bucket! Here’s an excellent quote from St. Augustine that will hopefully inspire you to get your foot out the door: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”.
That’s exactly why attempting to narrow down the most gorgeous spots on the planet is no easy feat– and why we decided to turn to a handful of pros, who have come up with a collection of sumptuous, oft-surprising picks ranging from remote natural wonders, like the Lau Archipelago in Fiji, to glittering cities, like Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.
“Rio is possibly the most beautifully sited city on the globe,” says Patricia Schultz, author of the best-selling trip bible 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, recently released in its second edition. “Head up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado for a take-your-breath-away view of la Cidade Maravilhosa (the Marvelous City).”.
Schultz is among the four experts– all serious globetrotters and standouts in the travel field– whom we queried for input. They also include Peter Greenberg, CBS News travel editor and host of the syndicated Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show; Peter Friedman, a trip expert with the award-winning Unique Travel; and a group-effort panel of pros at the renowned Geographic Expeditions.