Most of us spend our lives wishing, rather than taking any action; and this fact can’t be any truer than in the case of travel. With almost every social networking site and magazine page we turn instructing us about some magical place in a faraway land, it’s hard not to make any plans or drift away in dreams thinking about the travel. But if we look back and count the number of times we have actually made strides with such plans, the number might be a bit too disappointing.
But enough is enough! We have waited way too long, sitting in our cubicles, looking at pictures of beautiful places and dreaming about traveling to them. With even the farthest reaches of the world just a 2 day flight ride away, we would be insane not to travel. So come on, let’s dig up that passport, dust those travel bags and get ready to travel. But wait, where are we going to head to? Well here is a starter’s list of the top ten countries that one would want to consider visiting at least before dying. So come on, let’s explore the places, and plan to get to them.
The home of the Romans, the seat of power for the Catholics and a living example of Renaissance Era architecture – Italy is a country like no other. Filled with beautiful terrains, scenic hills, and a never ending trail of cultural history, any place you land in Italy is assured to give you an everlasting memory. And best of all, you are assured to be treated with the best food in the world even if you end up visiting the rural areas of Italy. Some of the places you should have in mind to visit are Venice, Florence, Tuscany and of course Rome. Start off your travel exploring Rome and her endless streets filled architectural and cultural treasures. Then head down to Florence and experience Renaissance at its best, and take a road trip through the snow peaked terrain of Tuscany to experience the best food in the world. Finally settle down on the shores of Venice and admire the Mediterranean like royalty.
Unharmed by the major wars of the 20th century and influence by almost every popular civilization to have existed in the world, Spain is one of those rare countries that still retain its medieval charm. From the plains of Andalusia to the mountain ranges of the Pyrenees, Spain has a geographical variety like no other in Europe. And with the Mediterranean winds gently bringing continuous warmth to the plains, Spain is truly an all-weather holiday country. Travelling throughout Spain is an undertaking that will exhaust even the most experience of travelers, so it’s advisable to follow what other fellow travelers do and head to the most popular attractions of the country like Barcelona, Cordoba, Madrid and the like. It’s both inexpensive and truly worth the time.
A trip to France will ruin your normal life in a number of ways. For instance every other language will sound harsh after just spending a few days listening to French; all other foods will become tasteless after experiencing true French cuisine, and especially the cafes will never be the same again once your have experienced the grandeur of France’s street cafes. But nevertheless, a trip to France should definitely be on everyone’s ‘to do before dying’ list. Though the capital Paris attracts most of the attention in France, the country has lot more to offer beyond the walls of its romantic city. Visit the vineyards of Champagne and Boudreaux to experience French wine and countryside in its true glory. Or head down to the French Riviera to witness the true glitz and glamor of celebrities. Or just visit the hundreds of historical towns and cities in France to get a taste of the Old World culture, so perfectly preserved by these places. But no matter where you visit, you’re assured to be pleased to your senses.
Shadowed by the other major European travel destinations, Portugal largely remains untouched by the gawking tourists who usually spoil almost any kind of scenic setting. Filled brilliant beaches, a vibrant landscape, forgotten castles, and cobblestone paved medieval charm villages; Portugal is the true European country that lives up an adventurer’s expectations. Start off from Lisbon, the capital and the architectural hub of Portugal, and work your way through the coastal cities enjoying good wine, great food and never ending parties. Head in Porto to experience some of the best wine the country has to offer, and explore you way through Coimbra and Evora to see the world through the eyes of the New World explorers.
The urban setting of USA may not attract even the most adventurous of travelers, but the natural treasures the country can surely have a lasting impact on any visitor. Right from the Grand Canyon to the numerous national parks that dot the terrain, the list of natural wonders alone are enough to put the country on the center stage. A trip exploring just national parks including Yellowstone and Yosemite will be quite breathtaking and can change the entire perspective on the country. Some of the other regions that are definitely worth the visit are the Hawaiian Islands, the Great Smoky Mountains, the beaches of California, and of course the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe.
I hope you enjoy it.