The world is huge, full or natural wonders, beautiful views, unique animals and steeped in history. Have you really seen all the best it has to offer?
There are some areas of the world that you MUST see, and because some of this requires some lengthily travel, we have put together a list of the places you need to see with your own eyes before you are 60.
How many have you seen?
The Northern Lights
Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, is a one of nature’s most spectacular delights! Multicolored, dancing lights in the night’s sky that twist and twirl above your head silently.
The lights are actually caused by electrons colliding with the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere. This causes the bright lights we see.
The Northern lights appear mostly in the artic regions and there are more trips and excursions than ever to give you the chance to see them. The best times to view them are between October and February with many people visiting Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Uluru (Ayres Rock)
This bright red, sandstone rock juts out of an otherwise desolate and flat Australian outback in all its glory. Rising 1,150ft into the air, Uluru is taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris!
Visitors are still allowed to climb the rock which, once reaching the top, displays even more spectacular views of sunset and sunrise.
Up in the Andes Mountains of Peru is Machu Picchu, the site of an ancient Inca city.
The site is 8,000ft above sea level and you can choose to reach in via train or foot. It is recommended that you get to the ruins early in the day as it can sometimes get very busy with tourists and incredibly hot in the summer.
There is also the option of hiking the Inca trail on 2, 3 or 4 day hikes. These hikes are only recommended for the truly adventurous.
1,000km off the South American coast in the Pacific Ocean lies 19 islands named the Galapagos Islands.
These islands house a huge range of plants and animals that can’t be found anywhere else on earth, including the Galapagos giant tortoise and marine iguana. Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos islands in 1835, and it was the species on this island that inspired his theory of evolution.
You can take guided boat tours to get up close and personal with these creatures, but book well in advance. This part of the world likes to keep the human footprint to a minimum.
The Great Barrier Reef
Found along the coast of Queensland Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest collection of coral reefs. So large that it can be seen from space, the reef stretches 2,300km almost parallel to the coast.
It is one of the natural wonders of the world and there are numerous trips you can take out to visit the islands that it has formed, snorkel the marine life or view the spectacular sight from small planes.
If you like diving, this is THE place to go in the world.
Pyramids of Giza
The only surviving ruins from the original 7 wonders of the world can be found just outside Cairo, Egypt. The Pyramids of Giza were built around 2,560BC and were built as the final resting place for pharaohs.
The area of the pyramids is large, so many prefer to take guided trips or hire a car. The Great Sphinx is also close by and well worth a visit whilst you are there.
Be careful of people trying to sell you novelty items in the area, they can get a little pushy.
Little tip – there is a Pizza Hut nearby, if you sit upstairs you get a lovely view of the pyramids whilst you eat!
Maya Bay, Phi Phi
Maya Bay is the superstar of Phi Phi with many people visiting the islands for this treat alone.
Maya Bay has always been popular, but after the film The Beach was filmed here, the tourists come in their droves to visit this absolutely stunning area.
The beach itself is around 200m of soft, white sand and the bay is surrounded on 3 sides by high cliffs.
If you are looking to get the perfect photo of the bay then you may want to get up at the crack of dawn before all the tourists start to arrive, otherwise the area can be a little crowded and there will be lots of boats in the water.
This canyon in Arizona, USA is grand in every sense of the word. It has a river 277 miles long, it is, at times, 18 miles wide and an eye watering 1 mile deep!
The canyon was carved out by the Colorado river thousands of years ago into the red and orange rocks you see today. You can visit the southern rim all year round, but the northern rim is closed in the winter.
If this location doesn’t take your breath away, then maybe nothing will?
Taj Mahal, India
This magnificent building was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for the body of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is so impressive that it took 22 years to complete by around 20,000 workers from as far as Turkey!
A visit to the most recognized building in the world is a must, however be prepared to walk or hop on a tuk tuk as vehicles that emit pollution have to keep a certain distance away from the building.
This city has no roads, just waterways. Built on more than 100 small islands, Venice is lined with Gothic and Renaissance buildings.
Take a trip around the city on a gondola (old fashioned, small long boat) and visit the cities grand palaces and museums.
If you have visited all these places, then you really can say you have been there and done that.
If you haven’t, what’s stopping you?!