The desire to see the world, like any other travel-bug-bitten world nomad, has me noting down places I would like to see before I, well, kick it 🙂
Here are the notable places/ sights I want to see and experience.
The “Strange” Road to Santiago aka Camino de Santiago
Meroë Pyramids of Sudan
Turns out Egypt isn’t the only place in Africa with pyramids, over 200 remnants from the ancient Nubian empire still stand today at Meroë.
Thailand’s Wat Rong Khun aka The White Temple
Together with other architectural masterpieces in Thailand, the Wat Rong Khun is a magnificent white Buddhist temple that depicts interesting themes from self purity and elevation to hellish creatures’ ensnarement and superman to the rescue! (yes, you read that right, Buddha and Superman at the same location)
Mardi Gras Festival in New Orleans
Mardi Gras is a yearly celebration in the bubbly streets of New Orleans where everyone comes out to play in purple, green and gold. It involves music, parades, picnics, floats, loooots of excitement where everyone can dance, drink, eat, sit, sing and jam with everyone else. With so many cool facts pouring in this event such as being adorned in flashy beads, wearing masquerade masks as the ones below and just dancing in the streets with good people – and not forgetting good food 🙂 is enough to have me put it down as a must see!
As for when it happens, well, that’s a bit of an explanation. According to the festival website the main celebration is on “Fat Tuesday” which is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (which is 46 days before Easter) but spans from Jan 6. So, a whole month plus of celebrations? Get me there!
For more information, check out the official MardI Gras website here.
Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave
I am never one to like caves but the Son Doong massive cave has me noting it down for a must see. Over 500 feet wide and 650 feet high with its own ecosystem makes this cave a world within our world.
Check out this drone video by Ryan Deboodt to see what I’m talking about!
Petra is a beautiful ancient rock-cut city carved deep in the Southern Jordanian governorate of Ma’an (what that means is exactly the reason why one needs to visit Petra). It is listed as one of the new 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also known as the Rose city because of the color of the stone around it. Just look at the photos above.
Read this captivating account of a a trip there by Brand It Up Travel titled: Visit Petra and find emotions, amazement, uniqueness
…and may I add –> the eyes of the Bedouins!
Aurora Borealis & Aurora Australis
Imagine yourself standing beneath these beautiful lights in the skies which look like work straight from an artist’s canvas… it’s past the hour of sunlight and the world is peacefully dark around you. Except for these glorious patterns in the night sky that dance to a tune unheard to your ears.
Also known as the northern lights (aurora borealis) / southern lights (aurora australis), the aurora can be viewed in the higher latitudes of the northern or southern hemispheres (mostly Arctic Circle & Antarctica but nearby countries tend to see this phenomenon as well) and are a result of the solar winds’ friction with the Magnetosphere of the earth.
I remember the first time I heard of them was in high school when I was deeply fascinated by the Philip Pullman fantasy triologies: Northern Lights whose portrayal of them had made my imagination go wild with all the possibilities of them being a gateway to another world within ours. *Oh the younger years*
Check out this beautiful time lapse video capturing them photobombing the MilkyWay: