The new year always brings a brand new slate and the opportunity to do new things with our time. Many of us will be setting goals to get ahead in the business world, lose some weight and even learn a new hobby. A lot of people also want to add to their ultimate bucket list, and find those perfect places to visit and experience in 2018.
We’ve taken the work out of it for you and compiled a list of 12 places which you absolutely must see in 2018, or in the years to follow. All unique, stunning and full of life: these areas of the world are worth every second of your time. Whether you decide to emulate the luxury of Roman Abramovich’s plane with a private-charter, or else travel by train or even by car: these places are ones that you really don’t want to miss this year.
- The Great Barrier Reef, AustraliaPerhaps one of the most beautiful natural scenes in the world is The Great Barrier Reef. located in Queensland, Australia, it is the largest coral reef on the planet and comes in at a whopping 1400 miles. Hosting hundreds of different species within its corals, it is the perfect place to go scuba diving and see some of the stunning things that nature can do.
- Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The Pyramids are a popular figure amongst conspiracy theorists, and when you visit these huge structures you will too wonder how the people of ancient Egypt constructed such a monument. They were made approximately in 2560 BC and were the tallest man-made structure on earth for nearly 4000 years.
- Stonehenge, England
Stonehenge remains one of England’s biggest mysteries. No one knows exactly how long these rocks have been in a circle, or who put them there. It is a magical experience to stand near these 25 ton rocks and watch the sun setting over the hills.
- Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
The largest salt flat in the world, this magnificent place spans 4086 square miles. An awesome fact about this salt flat is that it was formed by several ancient lakes, and is so reflective that it acts as the world’s biggest mirror. Satellites in space use this mirror to calibrate in space.
- The Grand Canyon, USA
If you love the idea of walking over stunning red rocks and adventuring through the canyons, then the grand canyon is as good as it gets. Spanning over 200 miles, the grand canyon can be seen from space and has been carved out for thousands of years by the river which flows through its rock.
- Antelope Canyon, USA
To see something a little bit different, you can visit The Antelope Canyon and here you will see a series of rocks which appear to be different colours due to the way light reflects from the water and rock. It’s the perfect place to get that travel Instagram to impress your friends!
- Easter Island, Chile
Easter Island, like Stonehenge, is a mystery. There are 887 moai statues present on the island, they stand as watcher’s over the entire surface of the land- but no one knows who put them there or why. There is plenty to do when you visit the island other than wonder where these heads came from: many enjoy hiking and diving too.
- Reed Flute Caves, China
The Reed Flute Caves are a stunning 240 meter long cave system in the heart of China, and they have been a tourist attraction for over 1200 years already. If you love caves and the mystery of caverns, then this is the perfect place to visit. And don’t worry, the whole system is lit up so you can see where you are going!
- The Great Wall of China, China
Visible from space, the Great Wall of China is possibly one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world. It stretches for thousands of miles through this magnificent country and inspires awe in all who visit it.
- Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Croatia is a stunning and often underrated country, and the Plitvice Lakes National Park is no different. Known as one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, it is full of a plethora of plant life, wildlife and crystal clear waters.
- Zhangye Danxia Landform, China
Formed by a mixture of different minerals and rock over 24 million years ago, this is one of the most stunning rock formations in the world. Appearing as a rainbow of rock, it is certainly somewhere you’ll want to visit before the end of the year.
- The Great Blue Hole, Belize
South America is the home to one of the greatest views of all: the great blue sinkhole is not one for those who are scared of water, but is a stunning sight to behold. The water is 407 feet deep and the sinkhole itself is 980 feet wide.