We live in a huge world. The world is so large, in fact, that deciding what places to see in our short lifetimes can seem a daunting task. Sights, sounds, and historical events will lead a casual traveler in circles.
Wildlife and cityscapes, masterpieces and anomalies feed the curiosity of a hungry traveler. Take a moment and check out a few destinations we deem to be the best of the best in international travel this year.
First, the funding must be available.
Traveling the world is not cheap, especially if a person is not going alone. To foot the bill and build lifelong memories, there are a few simple ways to drum up some extra money.
The most common manner of obtaining the funds would be to apply for a quick online loan. Several internet-based organizations will lend smaller amounts with little to no hassle. Also, opening up a GoFundMe account to the right type of creativity could raise funds for traveling.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands are located off the coast of Ecuador. They form an archipelago that has been deemed a national park, a biological marine reserve, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The islands are breathtaking. If there is any destination in the world that will completely leave a traveler breathless, this is the place.
A helpful tip to remember when traveling to the Galapagos Islands is that most people go there by cruise ship. The foremost outfitter, Red Mangrove, offers the ability to island hop and tour several different locations.
The architecture and culture of Istanbul, Turkey, poses a threat to keep travelers busy for months. Beautiful mosques, bazaars, and Turkish baths show just what the history of the Istanbul has to offer. Walk down the Galata Bridge and shop in the Grand Bazaar for thousands of small stores and artifacts. Also, do not forget the awe-inspiring Sultan Ahmet Camii.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It is a total of 1,250 miles long and 3,000 coral reefs. 600 different islands and over a thousand different species of fish make up a breath-taking experience for 1.6 million visitors per year.
The Great Barrier Reef will not be around forever, as the world’s pollution levels continue to rise and damage the delicate sea life. Now is the time to visit the natural wonder, but do so in an environmentally conscious manner.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The wildlife of the Serengeti National Park is unlike anywhere else in the world. The endangered African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, and the leopard find their home along the Serengeti. For a chance see witness the wildebeest migration, travel to this region during October or November.