There are so many places to travel, so many reasons to explore and so many things to leave you awestruck in the world that you will never be done – there’s just too much to see.
You’re definitely interested in travel. It’s the very reason you’re here reading this blog post right now, so there’s not really a more appropriate reason to count down a list of ways in which our planet is blooming awesome.
Keeping it to just 22 is going to prove tricky, which is where you come in…. Share your own examples below and let’s celebrate all the incredible sights out there and hopefully inspire others to experience some of your own recommendations.
22 Reasons We Love Our Planet
The sight of Mount Everest powering into the thin night sky, as the sun set over its shoulder, produces one of those rare moments, when you realise just how majestic our planet is. Take time to seek out some personal space; you’re unlikely to experience this twice.
Going eye-to-eye with one of the few remaining wild orangutan is a humbling experience. On one hand, you want to whisper in his ear and tell him revolt beside his rusty-haired brothers; on the other, you want to hide yourself and observe these beasts swagger through the jungle.
Monsters of the Deep
Playing driftwood to the vast whale sharks off the Western Australia coastline is as momentous an occasion as you’re ever likely to experience. A wave of relaxation washes over you, as your fins find the perfect rhythm to shadow them for a fragment of their mysterious oceanic journeys.
The Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand’s North Island is beaded with awesome moments; whether it’s the Emerald Lakes and their mesmerising hues, or the whisper of nearby volcanoes, this is one walk where you are sure to journey towards an unbridled adventure.
The Magic of Uluru
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia is famous for its crown prince, Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), but visitors to the region rarely leave without venturing into the majestiv enclaves of Kings Canyon, where the raw red landscapes enfolds the most urbanite of travellers.
The Power of Water
The cascading waters thundering over Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland won’t fail to amaze you as they career over the top of the falls and down the ‘staircase’ of levels and into canyon of Hvítá river below.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon may seem like an obvious choice for a list like this one – but the reason it’s obvious is because it consistently causes the jaw of even the most experienced traveller to drop. We hear about its vastness all the time, but to see it is to truly understand the power and presence of nature.
Haleakala is a huge shield volcano that sits purposefully over the Hawaiian island of Maui, in fact it does more than sit on the island – the volcano itself takes up around 75% of the space on the island.
The World Under the Sea
To dive or snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef is to transport yourself into a crazy and colourful parallel universe. There is as much to excite and astound you below land level as there is above it. Learning to dive can open you up to an entirely new world you may not have expected even existed.
Lake Nicaragua a massive freshwater lake in the Central American Country of …wait for it… Nicaragua, is inhabited by the world’s only full time fresh water sharks and is home to an island made from 2 adjoining volcanoes that look like a giant verson of Madonna’s famous cone bra.
Picture Perfect Mountains
They’re part of a scene that looks almost unreal. The Canadian Rockies are home to cascading snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes and ancient glaciers, take the Icefields Parkway through the national park to see some of the most unique and awe inspiring landscapes the world has to offer.
Lake Baikal, Russia is the world’s oldest and most voluminous lake. It holds 20% of the world’s liquid fresh water and is home to the worlds only freshwater seals (cute, chubby little characters they are!)
It gets so cold in the winter that they used to run a train track over the ice to shorten the Trans-Siberian rail route, but years ago the ice broke so there’s now a train wreck at the bottom which has since been uncovered by scuba divers.
With 28 out of the 32 types of climate in the world to be found in just this one country, Peru is almost an entire planet in one section of South America Pretty impressive. Check out our blog post on 10 Things You didn’t know about Peru for more!
The Devils Pool
When the river flow from the Zambian side of Victoria Falls is at a certain level during the dry season (September – December) It’s possible to jump into a naturally formed rock pool right on the edge before the water cascades over the edge. You have to be extreamly careful and it is completely terrifying, but amazing – just make sure you only venture into the pool under the watchful eye of experienced guides.
One of the world’s most unique and remote land masses, rich in wildlife that simply can’t be found anywhere else. It’s a sanctuary for the weird and wonderful and a place that can’t fail to amaze you with every step.
Walking on sand as soft as flour, and paddling in the crystal clear waters of island such as Koh Lipe, Thailand makes you appreciate that you can actually find little drops of heaven, right here on earth.
An absolute must for nature junkies the Galapagos Islands are a national park, and biological marine reserve and much like Madagascar it’s a haven for a huge selection of unique and protected wildlife. Probably most famous as the place Charles Darwin created the theory of evolution it’s an incredible to place to visit for anyone enthused by nature and the natural world.
Millions of years ago a lake was slowly forming in Palau in the Western Pacific Ocean, which would later become an exciting and astonishing discovery for explorers and thrilling adventure for travellers.
Due to natural plate movement the lake enclosed a huge number of jellyfish within its rocky walls which, over time, became so numerous that they lake is now referred to as Jellyfish Lake. Evolution has caused the jellyfish to lose their sting due to the lack of predators so now the lake exists as a thrilling (or terrifying depending on your perspective) swimming experience for travellers. Pretty Awesome.
Perito Moreno Glacier
This glacier found in Los Glaciers National Park, Patagonia is constantly moving – and growing. The noise that’s created when the ice drops off and hits the water is like a bomb going off. Even the smaller pieces sound like a gun shot.
You could watch it for hours and be reminded of the power of nature in something that seems so dormant but is so obviously ‘alive’ deep within. The vast amount of ice in the glacier is incredible and it’s thousands of years old, but, unfortunately, because of the distance between you and the glacier, and the difference between the speed of sound and light, if you hear it first, it means you’ve missed watching it, so keep your eyes peeled.
The Atacama Desert
This 600 mile strip of land along the West coast of South America is an amazing reminder of the vastness of the world. And, although it’s known to be the driest place on earth, a huge number of plant and animals still manage to survive life in the wilderness.
This little guy made a bit of a legend of himself when he stole a Wildlife Photographers Camera and started taking pictures of himself in Indonesia.
Oh, and this…