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40 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Die

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.

 

1. Bagan, Myanmar

Temples in Bagan, Myanmar

Temples in Bagan, Myanmar © Bule Sky Studio / Shutterstock

 

2. Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China

Colourful Mountains at Zhangye, China

Colourful Mountains at Zhangye, China © suronin / Shutterstock

 

3. Li River, China

Fisherman on Li River in front of Karst mountains, Guangxi China

Fisherman on Li River in front of Karst mountains, Guangxi China © saravutpics / Shutterstock

 

4. Meteora, Greece

Misty mountains near Meteora, Greece

Misty mountains near Meteora, Greece © PROSlGN / Shutterstock

 

5. Salar de Uyuni: One of the World’s Largest Mirrors, Bolivia

Girl in red on Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

Girl in red on Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia © Olga Kot Photo / Shutterstock

 

6. Tianzi Mountains, China

Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, China

Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, China © JekLi / Shutterstock

 

7. Santorini Island, Greece

Beautiful Oia town on Santorini island, Greece

Beautiful Oia town on Santorini island, Greece © Patryk Kosmider / Shutterstock

 

8. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia as seen from across the lake

Angkor Wat, Cambodia as seen from across the lake © Tom Roche / Shutterstock

 

9. Yosemite Valley, USA

Merced River, Yosemite Valley, USA

Merced River, Yosemite Valley, USA © Sylvia Bentele Fotografie / Shutterstock

 

10. Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Beautiful kochias hill in autumn season at Hitachi seaside park, Japan

Beautiful kochias hill in autumn season at Hitachi seaside park, Japan © Sakarin Sawasdinaka / Shutterstock

 

11. Bamboo Forest, Japan

Bamboo Forest at Kyoto, Japan

Bamboo Forest at Kyoto, Japan © Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

 

12. Petra, Jordan

Al Khazneh - the treasury, ancient city of Petra, Jordan

Al Khazneh – the treasury, ancient city of Petra, Jordan © Aleksandra H. Kossowska / Shutterstock

 

13. Machu Picchu, Peru

The Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru

The Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru © vitmark / Shutterstock

 

14. Cave in Algarve, Portugal

Benagil cave, Algarve, Portugal

Benagil cave, Algarve, Portugal © IURII BURIAK / Shutterstock

 

15. Halong Bay, Vietnam

Floating fishing village in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Floating fishing village in Halong Bay, Vietnam © PhotoRoman / Shutterstock

 

16. Pamukkale, Turkey

Natural travertine pools and terraces in Pamukkale, Turkey

Natural travertine pools and terraces in Pamukkale, Turkey © muratart / Shutterstock

 

17. Rice Terrace Fields in Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

Mu Cang Chai, landscape terraced rice field near Sapa, north Vietnam

Mu Cang Chai, landscape terraced rice field near Sapa, north Vietnam © Blue Planet Studio / Shutterstock

 

18. M0nument Valley, USA

View from Hunts Mesa, Monument Valley, Arizona

View from Hunts Mesa, Monument Valley, Arizona © Zhukova Valentyna / Shutterstock

 

19. Ik-Kil Cenote, Yucatán

Ik-Kil Cenote, Chichen Itza, Mexico

Ik-Kil Cenote, Chichen Itza, Mexico © Subbotina Anna / Shutterstock

 

20. Hang Son Doong, Vietnam

Mystery misty cave entrance in Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

Mystery misty cave entrance in Son Doong Cave, Vietnam © Hanoi Photography / Shutterstock

 

21. Venice, Italy

Old cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy

Old cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy © givaga / Shutterstock

 

22. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Breathtaking view in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Breathtaking view in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia © LeonP / Shutterstock

 

23. Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil

Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil © San Hoyano / Shutterstock

 

24. Navagio Bay, Greece

Navagio Beach (or Shipwreck Beach), Zakynthos, Greece

Navagio Beach (or Shipwreck Beach), Zakynthos, Greece © Natalia Deriabina / Shutterstock

 

25. Provence, France

Simiane la Rotonde village and lavender. Provence, France

Simiane la Rotonde village and lavender. Provence, France © StevanZZ / Shutterstock

 

26. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

Rainbow over Victoria Falls, border of Zambia and Zimbabwe

Rainbow over Victoria Falls, border of Zambia and Zimbabwe © Przemyslaw Skibinski / Shutterstock

 

27. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Beautiful view of Otemanu mountain on Bora Bora island

Beautiful view of Otemanu mountain on Bora Bora island © BlueOrange Studio / Shutterstock

 

28. Moraine Lake, Canada

Moraine lake sunrise in Banff National Park

Moraine lake sunrise in Banff National Park © Zhukova Valentyna / Shutterstock

 

29. Tulip Fields in Netherlands

Windmill surrounded by tulip fields, Netherlands

Windmill surrounded by tulip fields, Netherlands © Olgysha / Shutterstock

 

30. Geiranger Fjord, Norway

Geiranger fjord, Norway

Geiranger fjord, Norway © Sergey_Bogomyako / Shutterstock

 

31. Mount Roraima, Venezuela/Brazil/Guyana

View from the Roraima tepui on Kukenan tepui at the fog - Venezuela

View from the Roraima tepui on Kukenan tepui at the fog – Venezuela © Curioso / Shutterstock

 

32. Vatnajokull Glacier Cave, Iceland

Man sitting in the Skaftafell glacier, Vatnajokull National park, Iceland

Man sitting in the Skaftafell glacier, Vatnajokull National park, Iceland © Anna Om / Shutterstock

 

33. Batu Caves, Malaysia

Batu Caves, Malaysia

Batu Caves, Malaysia © Grey Chow / Shutterstock

 

34. Gásadalur, Faroe Islands

Waterfall on Faroe Islands with Gasadalur village in background

Waterfall on Faroe Islands with Gasadalur village in background © Alexander Erdbeer / Shutterstock

 

35. Antelope Canyon, USA

Antelope Canyon in the Navajo Reservation near Page, Arizona, USA

Antelope Canyon in the Navajo Reservation near Page, Arizona, USA © Scott Prokop / Shutterstock

 

36. Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

Tourists at Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina

Tourists at Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina © R.M. Nunes / Shutterstock

 

37. Giza Pyramids, Egypt

Giza pyramids, Cairo, Egypt

Giza pyramids, Cairo, Egypt © WitR / Shutterstock

 

38. McWay Falls, USA

Julia Pfeiffer Beach, California, USA

Julia Pfeiffer Beach, California, USA © Lucky-photographer / Shutterstock

 

39. Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot air balloons flying over spectacular Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot air balloons flying over spectacular Cappadocia, Turkey © Mary_Photo / Shutterstock

 

Hey, wait, there are only 39 places here! Can you suggest a 40th?

Question marks handwritten in sand on a beach

Tell us YOUR favourite breathtaking place to visit

Have we missed your favourite breathtaking place in the world off our list? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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