Getting out and seeing the world can be an important part of life. Most people need the escape from their daily lives and their daily grind and there is a lot of places in the world that will do just this. Tourism has become one of the most profitable industries in the world and that is due to the number of people traveling all year round. Most people choose to travel during typical holiday or vacation times like in the summer or in the winter. It doesn't usually matter what time you decide to take a vacation you will likely always find a great place to stay!
Some of the places you can choose to vacation can be famous places or places off the beaten path. Most places in the world have a select time to visit but for some places, they don't have that luxury. In fact, there are some places in the world that are quickly becoming less and less accessible. This is due to things that occur naturally in the world and with mother nature. It could also be caused by humans degrading the place over the years. Whatever the case these 25 places aren't guaranteed to be around much longer so you may want to plan your next trip to these places.
25 Big Sur
California is a great place to go if you are a fan of celebrities and the high life. However, California is also a great place to go if you are a fan of exploration and the coast. If you do travel to California to see its beautiful coasts then you should probably hit up a location known as the Big Sur at some point. The area makes for a great spot to watch whales in the ocean. You can see whales live their day to day lives as you watch from the coastline. However, due to the constant wildfires in California, the Big Sur is already becoming devastated. If the fires keep up The Big Sur may be unable to be used to view whales in the future.
24 Galapagos Islands
Ecuador is a famous tourist spot in of itself but the real tourist attraction lays off the coast of Ecuador at the Galapagos Islands. The island is popular due to the types of animals it has on the island. Many of these animals cannot be found anywhere else in the world. There are also prime diving locations on the Galapagos Islands attracting divers from all across the world. However, the wildlife is currently at risk due to the constant number of tourists visiting. Not to mention the actual island itself is also at risk due to climate changes. This is causing the sea levels to rise and engulf most of the island. Before long most of the island may be underwater.
23 The Everglades
Florida is a great place to visit as there are many things to do. Being on the coast Florida has taken advantage of beach towns and has even become a popular place for amusement parks. Not only does Florida hold some great beaches and amusement parks it also has The Everglades. The Everglades holds the top spot for being the most endangered national park in the United States. The main culprits of this occurring are rising sea levels, pollution, urban development, and drainage. It may not be long before you can no longer take a giant boat out for a ride around the Everglades.
22 Glacier National Park
Montana is a great state if you are a fan of the outdoors. While most of it is farmlands there are areas in Montana that are absolutely breathtaking. One of these places is known as Glacier National Park. Glacier National Park is approximately 1 million acres and contains two whole mountain ranges. It is a hikers dream! Not only does Glacier National Park have mountains but it has glaciers! This is where it gets its name, and due to climate change the number of glaciers is severely dropping. So much so that the national park may experience flooding in the coming years.
21 Mendenhall Glacier
Alaska may not seem at the top of your list as places to visit. There isn't much in the way of tourist attractions there and it is extremely cold. However, if you are a fan of the outdoors and you want to experience amazing views you may want to reconsider. The Mendenhall Glacier is a great starting place to see these amazing views. On the other side of the glacier, there is the Mendenhall Valley which includes many ice caves and alcoves. Of course, once again due to climate change most of Mendenhall Glacier and Mendenhall Valley are melting.
If you are looking for a tropical paradise you may not want to look any further than Seychelles. Seychelles is a collection of islands on the coast of Eastern Africa. The island's area is a popular place for people to go on their honeymoon and the area gets tons of tourists every year just from that. If you want to attend this magical paradise it is suggested to do it quick as the islands are expected to completely disappear in 50 to 100 years. This is due to rising ocean levels engulfing the islands.
19 The Amazon Rainforest
South America is full of culture and all of its countries within it share a similarity. That similarity is the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon Rainforest is the king of rainforests and when it comes to biodiversity the Amazon Rainforest is at the top of the list. The Amazon Rainforest is approximately 2.1 million square miles and holds over 300 million different species that fall under the tree, plant, and animal categories. The Amazon Rainforest has been exposed to constant deforestation over the years and there may be a point in time where the Amazon Rainforest is no longer a forest at all.
18 The Grand Canyon
There are many classics when it comes to tourist destinations that everyone has to experience at least once in their life. One of these destinations is the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is over 5 million years old and attracts the same number of visitors daily. The Grand Canyon is a little under 300 miles long and is by far the most visited tourist attraction in Arizona. The Grand Canyon has been put on the endangered national park list due to uranium mining happening around the Canyon along with urban development which plagues areas near the Canyon.
Tourism has always been a problem for places that can't handle the majority of people visiting them. Many places have put restrictions on tourism and one of these places is known as Tuvalu. The island is located between Australia and Hawaii and only around 1,500 people are allowed to visit the island annually. The area is surrounded by beautiful beaches and the waters are crystal clear. However, with rising sea levels the island is likely not going to be around much longer. Here's to hoping you won't have to wait too long to be able to visit Tuvalu.
16 The Magdalen Islands
Quebec has many places to enjoy in it and many tourist attractions. One of these places is known as the Magdalen Islands, which is a set of small islands that are located on the Saint Lawrence River. The islands are known for their breathtaking views and overall paradise feeling. The islands are a great place for many activities such as bike riding, kayaking, camping, and windsurfing. Due to the high winds at least 40 inches of the land are lost every year. At this rate, there won't be much of the Magdalen Islands to visit in a few years.
The climate in Antartica stays very cold all year around. Because of that Antartica doesn't get many visitors or people wanting to vacation there. However, there are a bunch of great sights in Antartica to be seen that many won't be able to very soon. As for many of the other places on this list, Antartica is being negatively affected by climate change. This is slowly melting the continent of Antartica. In a few decades, there will be much less land to walk on and much less to see as far as it's beautiful landscapes are concerned.
14 The Mosques Of Timbuktu
Timbuktu definitely sounds like a made up place but it is a real city located in Mali. The main attraction in Timbuktu are the mosques located there. They were built between the 14th and 16th century and the structures are mostly made of mud and parts of the Earth. The architecture of the mosques has brought many tourists to visit them year after year. However, this structure is sure to fall one day due to the instability of building with mud and sand. With the changing temperatures, rainfall, and countless people visiting the mosques each year they may not be around much longer.
13 The Congo River Basin
Africa isn't on the top of anyone's preferred vacation list. This is due to the warm climates and the lack of tourist attractions. However, Africa does have something that makes it stick out from the rest. It has the second largest rainforest in the world called the Congo River Basin. The Congo Basin is around 1.3 million square miles and what makes it different from the Amazon Rainforest is the fact that a large portion of the Basin is made of wetlands. Things like farming, mining, and illegal logging are slowly destroying the forest.
12 Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania and is more than just a mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro is actually a dormant volcano! The mountain/volcano reaches heights of just under 20,000 feet above sea level. This gives a new type of environment for Africa which is a snowy one at the top of the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain's peaks will likely take the biggest hit from climate change as they will start to slowly melt away and the tops of the Mount Kilimanjaro will no longer be as beautiful.
11 The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea doesn't seem like the most pleasant place to plan a trip but for many people, the name doesn't stand in their way. The Dead Sea is located between Israel and Jordan, and it is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. It is a great place to take boat tours and even swim around. Not to mention it serves as a great salt deposit for minerals. However, due to these mining efforts, the Dead Sea is expected to be completely empty in 50 years.
10 The Alps
It can be hard sometimes to find a place to vacation during the winter. Many people choose to go skiing or enjoy other winter activities. For many, this requires travel as it doesn't snow enough in most places to enjoy these activities. One great place to visit for skiing in the Alps as they have many ski places set up. The Alps are around 750 miles and span across eight different countries. This can be a great place to start seeing the sites in Europe. Rising temperatures and climate change have slowly been affecting the ski resorts in the Alps and they may no longer be accessible in a few years.
9 The Maldives
India is a great place to visit especially if you have never been. However, it isn't the best place if you are looking for a tropical paradise. If you are looking for that you are in luck because just South of India is a set of islands known as The Maldives. The Maldives is a collection of over 20 islands and it offers just under a hundred different resorts spanning across the islands. As the sea levels rise you may no longer be able to visit the Maldives as it is the lowest-lying country in the world.
Patagonia is located in South America and is located in both Argentina and Chile. Patagonia is mostly known for its deserts and grasslands, however, it also contains a part of the Andes mountains. The biggest and most popular attraction in Patagonia is the glaciers that are there. They offer spectacular views that you can't see anywhere else in the world. It is still surprising that the glaciers are there or ever were there, to begin with, due to South America's warmer temperatures. However, that won't save the glaciers from the unstoppable force of climate change.
7 Machu Picchu
The Inca Empire was an old civilization and there are many things that link back to that civilization. One of these things is known as Machu Picchu or the 'Inca Citadel'. Machu Picchu is located in Peru and is located atop a large mountain around 7,970 feet above sea level. On top of that mountain, you can find old stone builings and villages that are the remnants of the Inca Empire. It is by far one of Peru's most popular tourist attractions. Due to things like erosion and landslides the old civilization's remains may not be around for much longer.
Madagascar is located just off the east coast of South Africa. The island of Madagascar is large and has more of a rainforest vibe than a tropical island vibe. Therefore, if you are one who is interested in seeing the sights and learning more about the environment in Madagascar this may be a perfect place to go. The island is known to have exclusive plants that don't grow anywhere else in the world. However, if you want to see Madagascar in person you may want to soon as the island's forests are disappearing due to illegal logging.
5 The Great Barrier Reef
Australia is a dream vacation for most people. There is a lot to do and see in Australia and one of these things is the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is great if you know how to dive but it can be a great experience if you are just a beginner as well. The Great Barrier Reef stretches to be 1,400 miles and has just under 3,000 reefs located within it. Due to water acidification and water levels rising the Great Barrier Reef is getting harder and harder to enjoy.
4 The Egyptian Pyramids
The world has many mysteries and one of these mysteries is the Egyptian Pyramids. Believed to be built by humans the pyramids are just one example of the great things humans have accomplished on Earth. It is still a mystery as to how the pyramids were constructed by only humans. That is why the Gaza Pyramids receive millions of visitors every year to see the mystery in person. Things like pollution, sewage, and urban encroachment are causing the pyramids to be destroyed ever so slightly every few years.
3 The Great Wall Of China
If you thought that the Egyptian Pyramids were impressive you obviously have never heard about the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of China is the largest man-made structure in the world. The wall stretches to be 13, 171 miles long and was originally implemented as a defense mechanism. The Great Wall is now a huge tourist attraction bringing millions of tourists every year to see it. However, due to large portions of the wall being victim to over farming, the chances of erosion are greater causing parts of the wall to already start breaking apart.
Italy is one of the richest countries in history and culture. Every year millions of people flock to the country and the cities inside it to get a taste of the Italian culture. The city of Venice is one of these places and it is applauded for its beautiful architecture and the overall feel of the city. However, due to sea levels rising the city of Venice may be prone to flooding. This means that even the gondola rides through the city may be impossible when the city is abandoned due to flooding.
1 The Taj Mahal
India is a great place to visit year round. The country has a great culture surrounding it that brings unique foods and entertainment to the table. The crowning achievement in most people's minds in India is the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra and was built back in the 1600s by an emperor to honor his wife. The Taj Mahal has been struggling to keep up maintenance, however, as erosion from the constant touring and overpopulation in India has made it a place that isn't likely to still be standing in a few years given how many people visit it.