Just to bring a little beauty to your desk today, here is our favorite bucket list to wonderlust. Feel free to share your ideal travel locations!
The Great Wall of China (China)
The Great Wall of China is so grand in its scale that it snakes its way through the People’s Republic, in various tangents, for more than 20,000 kilometers (12,425 miles).
Machu Picchu (Peru)
The hike up to these pre-Columbian ruins (which lie at 2,430 meters, or nearly 8,000 feet above sea) is, quite literally, breathtaking. And what you’ll see from the top is a serene spot that’s frequently shrouded in an ethereal fog and perpetually blanketed in emerald green grass. It’s a place fit for a king, which of course is exactly why it was built in the first place.
Grand Canyon (USA)
It’s one of the seven wonders of the natural world, but it doesn’t need any titles to impress.he formidable Grand Canyon is 446 river kilometers (227 miles) long, up to 29 kilometers (18 miles) wide and 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) deep, and its walls offer a striking mosaic of geological colors and erosional forms that could put any museum to shame — particularly when the colors change at sunrise and sunset. Add to the mix a few curtain-like waterfalls, Native American ruins and curious desert-dwellers, and you’ve got yourself a postcard-perfect vacation.
Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)
Bet you thought Egypt’s Great Pyramids were in the middle of the dessert? Well they are actually really close to Cairo.
Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is 2,600 kilometers (1,680 miles) in length and easily the largest living structure on earth. It’s also the only living thing visible from outer space. But you better get there before they disappear!
The Colosseum (Italy)
Though completed in 80 A.D., Rome’s Colosseum remains the world’s largest amphitheater nearly 2,000 years later.
The Sistine Chapel (Vatican City)
Michelangelo’s interpretation of some of the Old Testament’s most powerful stories — three each from the creation, the fall of Adam and Eve, and the story of Noah — has become one of the iconic sets of images in Western art.
Bora Bora (French Polynesia)
Society Island of French Polynesia, smack dab in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, ensures that you leave all your struggles and your cares thousands of miles away.
Yellowstone National Park (USA)
This extraordinary natural art gallery of geysers, hot springs and scorched, bubbling earth that spurred U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant to create the world’s first national park in March 1872.
The Eiffel Tower (France)
The Eiffel Tower is not only the world’s most-visited paid monument, but also its most valuable at $561.9 billion, according to a 2012 report.
Taj Mahal (India)
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan commissioned this immense marble-white mausoleum in memory of his beloved third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, in 1632. The resulting structure, designed by Afghan Ustad-Ahmad Lahori, has been called the jewel of Muslim art in India.
Built sometime between 3,000 B.C. and 2,000 B.C., this ancient complex is today a spiritual site of pilgrimage in Neo-Druidry, as well as one of England’s most iconic attractions.
Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
Charles Darwin once called the Galapagos Islands “a little world within itself.”19-island archipelago is home to a cornucopia of colorful species, many endemic, including the pink iguana, blue-footed booby and giant green tortoise, which can live more than 170 years.
Mount Fuji (Japan)
Japan’s tallest mountain — which, although dormant since 1707, remains classified as an active volcano — finally joined UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List in 2013 after decades mysteriously absent.
Venice Canals (Italy)
Is there a more romantic place on earth than the canals of Venice? Take a gondola for a lazy ride around the “floating city” past its famed Gothic and Byzantine palazzos, bohemian shops and alluring cafes.
The Louvre (France)
Though Mona Lisa continues to underwhelm nearly 9 million tourists a year, the world’s most visited museum has some 380,000 other artifacts on display to wow discerning guests.
Berlin Wall (Germany)
The Berlin Wall was the setting for one of the most defining moments of living memory when, on Nov. 9, 1989, it “fell” after nearly three decades dividing Germany into East and West. At least 136 people died trying to cross it between 1961 and 1989, and the barrier is remembered today more for what it was than what it is.
Sydney Opera House (Australia)
The Sydney Opera House is a landmark on the city skyline, a lighthouse for ferries entering the harbor, a projection screen for Sydney’s myriad festivals and a barometer of global artistic talent.
Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
Spiraling out from Angkor Wat are as many as 200 other equally imposing temples constructed between the 9th and 15th centuries, which collectively comprise the largest-known pre-industrial settlement complex in the world.