There are places that you must visit once in your lifetime, and there are places that you must visit at least once during their lifetime. Yes! There are some amazing destinations filled with natural beauty and breathtaking views that have little of their life span left. These picturesque places can easily claim the title of the best tourist destination in your travel book.
Let’s have a look at some of the best travel destinations that are soon going to be extinct-
Great Barrier Reef
Blessed with nature’s most remarkable gifts of beauty and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is situated just off the Australian coast. It is one of the few places where you are actually short of words to describe its beauty. Over half of this place has already disappeared as a result of coral bleaching issues due to cyclones, pollution, hot water temperature, and ocean acidification. Visit this mesmerizing marvel before it could completely be lost, which is predicted to be around the year 2030.
Surprised to see one of the most popular tourist places under soon-to-be-disappearing destinations list? Sadly, it is true. The city of Venice that boasts of ace architectural geniuses and is nicknamed as the “city of water” is thronged by tourists almost throughout the year, but the local population of the city has reduced to less than 60,000 habitants now. This beautiful city of romance is sinking faster than expected, and the frequent high water (acqua alta) occurrences are making the situation worse. Some researchers have also warned that going by this rate, Venice will soon become a ghost town, visited by tourists during the day and leaving by night.
Montana’s Glacier National Park
This beautiful home to extraordinary species of wildlife that once housed 150 glaciers across its 16000 square miles of stunningly beautiful protected land is now left with only 25 active glaciers, which are soon retreating. A dream come true for explorers, this place is unlike any other place on earth with dazzling 400 foot waterfalls, lustrous clear rivers, and spectacular mountain peaks.
The Dead Sea
Not a swimmer? Go to Dead Sea, world’s only sea where you can float without knowing swimming. The world’s lowest point, the Dead Sea is actually a lake containing many minerals and healing properties. Tourists come here to admire the unique calmness and charm and grace of this saline lake. Sadly, over the last 50 years, it has sunk 80 feet and shrunk by one-third of its actual size. Swim once in this miraculous sea before it’s too late.
Yes! There’s an actual place called Madagascar, and it’s not just in the movie! . It is in fact world’s fourth largest island. It is a place where you’ll witness animal species and plant diversity that is as stunning as it is rare. Crowned as the place with planet’s highest biodiversity, Madagascar has affluent tropical rainforest with a beauty that is sure to leave you amazed. However, the logging, burning and poaching, if continued at the same rate, will devoid this island with all its treasures within 35 years.
Agreed, it is not a lesser known destination, but then this beautiful island nation which is less than 1 meter above the sea level, is at the gravest risk of being gobbled by the rising water level. Experience the spectacular underwater world on the shores of white sandy beaches, in the lap of transcendent luxury only at the Maldives.
Sitting in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this tropical island with sparkling blue waters is a must visit place before it’s too late. If reports are to be believed, the next century will see no human habitation in the Maldives.
Our planet is so full of beautiful places that the mere sight feels like a fulfillment of life’s purpose. Someone rightly said “An investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” If you are a true traveler, make sure you visit these soon-to-be-gone places in your lifetime, to be able to tell the stories of its beauty to our future generations, who might not be as lucky as we are.