Writing a list of the seven wonders of the world is no mean feat. We live on a planet with such astounding beauty that narrowing the list down to seven seems like one could be missing out on so much but bear with us – there is an official list of seven wonders of the world (some are included here) but we’ve spiced things up a bit and added our own suggestions. We hope you enjoy reading about them, and of course, planning your next adventure!
Northern lights, Scotland
If you are looking to be awestruck then seeing the northern lights in Scotland may be just what you need. These light shows are a natural occurrence and are caused by the collision of electrically charged particles from the sun that come into the earth’s atmosphere. Seeing this natural wonder of the world from Scotland is well worth it and there are some things you shouldn’t miss when visiting Scotland. Some of these include visiting the beautiful lochs as well as some of the old castles and palaces.
Grand Canyon, USA
This is a firm favourite on lists of natural wonders of the world and we can understand why. It spans 446km long and at its widest can be 29km wide and it’s a mile deep! That’s incredible. Who wouldn’t want to view that? You may be a little hesitant if you’re scared of heights but there’s plenty to do in the region. It may even be worth considering driving the span of the canyon if you have the time. It takes about 5 hours to drive between the park’s South Rim Village and the North Rim Village and this really gives you a sense of the surrounding landscape. The rocks in the canyon give one of the best records of geological history on earth with two billion years of the earth’s history, something worth witnessing.
Sagrada Família, Barcelona
Inspired by nature Gaudi’s Sagrada Família cathedral in Barcelona is well worth visiting purely for its rather strange aesthetic. Known as biomimicry, which is using nature to inspire design, was central to Gaudi’s work. Definitely worth a visit!
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
This is the largest salt flat on earth as a result of prehistoric lakes that evaporated many, many years ago. Positioned in South America the spectacle is something worth seeing but be warned one needs to plan carefully when visiting this natural wonder of the world. National Geographic has some good tips but as always with travel to countries that are foreign to you do a lot of research and speak to the locals. They will often guide you to the best things to do in the area and it may save you some money too, but don’t skimp as safety and proper preparation on a tour is important too.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef. According to greatbarrierreef.org, “a visitor to the Great Barrier Reef can enjoy many experiences including snorkelling, scuba diving, aircraft or helicopter tours, bare boats (self-sail), glass-bottomed boat viewing, semi-submersibles and educational trips, cruise ship tours, whale watching and swimming with dolphins.” So, if you’re looking for a lot of activities to do this is the place to go! The marine park spans 3000km long along the Queensland coast and provides visitors the most spectacular views of the coral reef. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls is known as the largest waterfall on earth and is located on the Zambezi River. It’s not the tallest but it has the largest concentration of water falling off the ridge in the world. Locals call the waterfall the ‘smoke that thunders’. If you really want to experience the surrounding areas as well as the waterfall itself the best time we suggest to visit is the dry winter period from June to August where you can enjoy a Chobe river safari too. There will still be plenty of water to see but this ensures you get the best of both worlds.