5. The Temples of Angkor
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Temples of Angkor are one of the most important and magnificent landmarks in all of Southeast Asia. Spanning over 150 square miles, Angkor consists of a massive network of temples, waterways, and jungle. The most iconic temple—Angkor Wat—is the crown jewel of Angkor and the world’s largest religious monument.
As you explore Angkor, you will be immediately mesmerized by the grandeur and stunning detail that the Khmer empire devoted to building their sacred temples 1,000 years ago. Angkor won’t just be the highlight of your trip; it might be one of the greatest experiences of your life.
4. New Zealand
New Zealand is the new age traveler’s dream destination. Its been voted the world’s best country for four years in a row by the Telegraph Travel Awards, its cities are regularly ranked among the top cities in the world, it holds the crown as the adventure capital of the world, and the Milford Sound—which famous author Rudyard Kipling called the “8th Wonder of the World” when he visited in 1891--was recently named the most beautiful place on Earth.
There is no shortage of amazing things to do in New Zealand. While it’s reputation as an adventure-filled country lives up to expectations (bungee jumping, skydiving, jet boating, whitewater rafting, you name it!), it also caters to the more low-key traveler with its sandy beaches and islands, world-class wineries, and stunning landscapes. As tourism to New Zealand rapidly rises (and for good reason), you’d be well advised to visit sooner than later to beat the crowds that will want to visit this incredible country.
3. Machu Picchu
Cusco Region, Peru
Standing above the clouds in the middle of an Andean mountain forest, the lost city of Machu Picchu is not just an Incan masterpiece but also the crown jewel of the South American continent. The Inca Empire built this architectural wonder 8,000 feet above sea level, constructing over 200 buildings used for agriculture, astronomy, religious ritual, and residential quarters. Although Spanish invaders conquered the Incas 100 years after the construction of Machu Picchu, the city’s existence was kept secret and virtually forgotten for 400 years until its rediscovery in 1911.
Machu Picchu is as iconic as they come, a stunning combination of man-made brilliance and surrounding natural beauty… and the Incas will make you earn it. To reach Machu Picchu you’ll have to hike or take a train up the mountains—which explains just why the lost city was forgotten for so many centuries.
Machu Picchu is one of the Seven New Wonders Of The World and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
2. The Lost City Of Petra
Resembling tales of fantasy and myth, the Lost City of Petra can only be reached by trekking through a narrow, mile-long gorge burrowed between towering rock cliffs. As you exit the gorge, the ancient city gradually emerges into view—revealing majestic buildings carved into the pink rock cliffs of the surrounding desert.
Two thousand years ago, Petra stood at the crossroads of the world’s caravan trade, with a population of over 20,000 living in the prosperous city. Although earthquakes ultimately led to the city’s demise—leaving it abandoned and forgotten for hundreds of years—much of the city has stood the test of time. Petra was once forgotten, but your trip to the Lost City will be one you’ll remember forever.
Petra is one of the Seven New Wonders Of The World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How can you top the country that has it all? The forever favorite, Italy is everything you've always dreamed of—it is rich in history, culture, beauty, paradise, romance, inspiration, and to top it all… the world’s best food and wine to keep you delighted throughout.
Rome will mesmerize you with the Ancient Roman Empire’s architectural masterpieces, such as the iconic Colosseum, the ageless Pantheon, and the Forum. In Venice, you’ll be awestruck by the spectacle of an enchanting city seemingly built on water. You’ll eat and drink like royalty in Tuscany, gazing at the picturesque rolling hills that adorn the birthplace of the Renaissance. The Amalfi Coast will leave you speechless, with its multi-color towns and aquamarine waters that blend so beautifully together. And don’t forget about Florence, Sicily, Milan, and more! There is so much to see in Italy, that you might make visiting this remarkable country an annual tradition.
The Roman Colosseum is one of the Seven New Wonders Of The World and a UNESCO World Heritage site.