Best Places In The World To Visit
1. Colosseum, Rome – Holidify Explorer Awards 2018 Winner
This was originally called the Flavian Amphitheater and was mostly used as public entertainment arena. The Colosseum is one of the most famous attractions in Rome and is where most gladiatorial fights took place. Today, actors in gladiator clothes stand outside the Colosseum, where you can take pictures with them (for a price!) The Colosseum is a testament to the ingenuity of the builders, having stood the test of time. While parts have been damaged, the Colosseum still remains standing in most of its original glory today. It is advisable that you buy your tickets in advance to skip the ticketing queue, which can be quite the time saver!
2. The Grand Canyon
Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic sites in the region, providing several stunning vistas as you go along. This almost 40 km long canyon is a large and the most famous canyon in Yellowstone. It is hugely popular among visitors due to its scenic views of the Lower and Upper falls, as well as the fascinating pink and yellow colored rocks. There are several viewpoints and points of interest along the length of the canyon. The canyon’s beautiful shades of colors are an iconic part of Yellowstone. The mineral stains due to the activities of water have given the rocks of the canyon such a pleasant tint of colors, it is truly a sight to behold. The geology of the canyon is not completely clear. It was created due to erosion over hundreds of thousands of years, and the geothermal nature of the area is still prevalent, which can be seen by the hot springs throughout the canyon.
3. Bali, Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia’s most famous island, is located to the west of Java in the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is world-renowned for its scenic rice terraces, fragrant cuisine, stunning beaches and a galore of culture and tradition. With its elaborate temples, endless coastline, some of the world’s best coral reefs, waterfalls and retreats, Bali combines leisure and adventure, spiritual awakening and hard-partying all into one island that people from all over the world come to lose themselves in.
The island boasts some of the best sunsets and sunrises, enough to captivate and entice you into never leaving this place. Home to the coral reefs of Tulamben, the mountain peaks of Kintamani, the beaches and scenic routes of Seminyak and Kuta, with ancient temples and traditional village life of Ubud, Bali’s charm is boundless, as are its opportunities for fun.
Don’t forget to stop by one of the many terraced rice fields, a feature that only adds to the diversity of Bali’s beautiful landscape. Tourists may enjoy an idyllic day at the beach, surf, dive, take a casual boat ride to gaze at the dolphins, explore the many beautiful temples, the local markets and the waterfalls, or go to the silent yoga retreats – there is something for everybody here. Bali has been the subject of so many travel journals and has been famously alluded to in many works of literature, as a place of true beauty, and yet words always fail to capture the captivating magic of ‘The Island of the Gods’
New York City The City that Never Sleeps
An iconic global center of the world that has inspired the world with its brilliant architecture, movies, and art. Also known as the Big Apple, New York is well-known for its magnificent skyscrapers, Broadway shows and beautiful landmarks, making it the perfect destination for travelers from all over the world.
From the flashy neon lights and the hustle and bustle of Times Square to the skyscrapers of Wall Street and the verdant ways of Central Park, New York City never ceases to amaze with its energy and vibrancy. World-class exhibition halls like Mo Ma and exceptional world heritage sites like the Statue of Liberty are simply captivating. Broadway shows, ethnic enclaves and shops, memorable lanes of stately brownstones, in vogue bars and diners all add to the urban buzz. This modern city is home to millions of immigrants and is cosmopolitan in a way no other city can be. Rightly nicknamed ‘The city that never sleeps’, it is known for its extravagant nightlife – full of music, fashion and life. It is impossible to describe the vibe of New York in words. It’s a force that demands to be reckoned with, and you have to be there to experience it. So head to this great city and be ready to fall in love.
Costa Rica Abundance of Natural Beauty”
Costa Rica, a Catholic country in Central America, shares its borders with Nicaragua and Panama. It has the Pacific Ocean to the west and Caribbean Coast to the East. Dominated by Roman Catholics, it is a secular country and respects all religions. Costa Ricans or the people living in the country are called Ticos. The country is known for a variety of wildlife, distinct culture and plethora of adventure activities. You will find yourself lost in the national parks surrounded by unique flora and fauna. Myriad adventures from surfing to horse riding will make your Costa Rica trip electrifying and memorable. Moreover, the high-spirited and hospitable Ticos, captivating nightlife and quiet beaches are the major attraction for tourists.
6. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
This archaeological complex is spread around the area of 400 km 2. The main attraction here is Angkor Wat, which is counted as one of the most amazing architectures worldwide. Once a Hindu temple and now a testament of prodigious Khmer Empire, the construction of Angkor Wat dates back to 12th century. The mega-structure of this UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by Suryavarman II, which took 35 years to take its final form. If history is your cup of tea, Angkor Archaeological Park is a must-visit. Bayon, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm are the other significant must-sees. Make sure that your clothes cover your shoulders and knees before heading for the temple. Try to get up early to catch the breath-taking view of the Sun rising behind the archaeological complex.
7. Machu Picchu, Peru
One of the most recently discovered ruins, the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu continue to astound historians, archaeologists and historical enthusiasts alike. A mystery of its real purpose surrounds the place and historians till date continue to debate on the matter. A hotspot within the ruins itself, The Temple of the Sun is known for having windows perfectly positioned to let the rays of the sun inside in intricate patterns. Apart from the archaeological site itself, the panoramic view of the Huayna Picchu peak is a breathtaking sight you can never forget. Adventure seekers can also trek along the beautiful Inca trails which offer the most honest experience of Peru’s Incan heritage. Machu Picchu is packed throughout the year, but once you experience it yourself, you cannot help but want to keep going back for more.
8. Pamukalle Pamukalle-The City of Minerals”
Pamukalle is a city located in the western side of Turkey. This city is called as the city of minerals as there are a lot of minerals left on the shores of this city by flowing water. Called as the natural spa this place has tourism as one of its major industries. People come to this place all the time and prefer bathing in its fresh as well as natural water.
Pamukalle is a turkish word which means ‘a castle of cotton’. This city is known to be one of the famous location all through the country of Turkey due to the presence of numerous springs as well as travel tines. This area of turkey is known to be the source of numerous minerals as well as carbonates which are left here by the flowing water. Since the ancient times the water or ponds found in this area have been utilized as spa and this is one of the major reasons why tourists prefer being here more often. This area has been declared as the world heritage sites and you won’t be able to find full fledged hotels in this area. However this location has a beautiful scenic view and nature lovers must visit this place at least once in their lifetime.
9. Great Barrier Reef Nature’s Biggest Marvel
The Great Barrier Reef doesn’t really need much of an introduction. It is the single largest composition of living organisms in the world, and without a shadow of a doubt, nature’s most revelled masterpiece.
A vacation at the Great Barrier Reef will definitely be right up there with the best memories you’ll have in the span of your life. Endless sea, a sprawling archipelago, and the unreal coral reef under the water just make for a mesmerizing scene altogether. There is so much to do at the reef! You can cruise through the islands and the reef, dive underwater for an up close and personal tour of the amazing beauty of the coral, go on bush walks on islands such as the Haman, relax on beaches for hours on end, or even skydive over the Heart Reef, perhaps the most scenic dive spot in the world. You can stay in resorts on the islands, waking up to the unbelievable beauty around you, have a selection of amazing local food, and then get back to your day of exploring this absolute marvel of nature. Without a doubt, a trip to the Great Barrier Reef will give you memories to cherish for life.
Amsterdam Heritage and history, parties and parks, food and fresh beer
The capital city of Netherlands probably has one of the most chilled out vibes across all cities of Europe. If you’re travelling to Amsterdam, rest assured, it’s going to be one of your most wonderful experiences. The city has everything, from a bustling night life, to picnic parks, to some spectacular museums. You’re going to find yourself spoilt for choice!
Amsterdam took it’s time to come into the European tourism scene, always living under the shadow of other major cities such as Milan, Paris and London. However, once the true potential of the city was unlocked, it became one of the most popular holiday destinations for tourists coming into the continent and European citizens as a whole. The city had mostly gained popularity in the early years for its red light district, for its nightlife and a relaxed attitude towards soft drugs. Now, after the renovations of the famous Museumplein, which houses the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, the city has regained its enchanting artistic heritage, and has truly become a world-class destination for museums.
Ditch everything and rent a bike, have a picnic in the Vondelpark, go shopping in the streets of Jordaan, cruise in Amsterdam’s picturesque canals, eat popular street foods such as the herring at the herring carts, visit the historical house of Anne Frank, or go beer tasting at de Gooyer’s Brouwerij ‘Tij (and the tons of microbreweries on offer throughout the city). The list of things you can do in this city is truly endless. Amsterdam is an absolute must visit on your European itinerary!