Good things come to those who wait, at least some of the time. When it comes to these 5 destinations, time is definitely of the essence. From human intervention to the power of nature, these places are highly endangered, but if you do your research you can find some great travel deals. Here’s our list of the top 5 places to see before they’re gone for good
- Great Barrier Reef
An Australian icon and the world’s largest Coral Reef, known worldwide for its mesmerizing beauty. However this exotic natural wonder will experience irreparable damage by 2030 due to climate change and water pollution if nothing is done soon. A trip to the Great Barrier Reef should adorn any bucket list with over 350 species of coral resulting in the only living on earth visible from space. Over 8000 years of natural creation could disappear in the next century which makes this a must see.
It may seem odd to include an entire city but in the case of Venice it is warranted. Already sinking on its own, rising sea levels have resulted in a city that simply must be seen before it vanishes beneath the waves. From the audacity of constructing a city of marble on a lagoon to the current tourist footprint of over 20 million people per year, Venice has always aimed high. However it is the combination of these two which will inevitable bring it down so make your way there soon with estimates giving Venice just 70 years before it becomes Atlantis.
- Glacier National Park
Montana’s Glacier national Park might not be well known to all, but it should be. With the current impact of climate change causing a massive reduction in the presence of glaciers, there are just 25 now down from 150, this is one natural miracle that must be seen before it is no more. With a natural beauty to rival any location on earth and with a hugely diverse range of flora and fauna, the Glacier National Park truly represents the miracle of life. Yet at the rate of thawing you have just 20 years to see it for yourself so get packing now.
- Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal, the jewel in India’s crown, has been steadily eroded by tourism and pollution over the past decades and it is increasingly likely this icon will be sealed off to the public for good. Construction started on this elaborate mausoleum in 1632 and took twenty one years to complete with the aid of twenty thousand labourers and one thousand elephants. However, its modern popularity is its curse as the foot traffic of millions of visitors per year along with rising pollution levels causes irreparable damage to the white marble façade. Closure of the monument would leave this icon visible only from afar, tantalisingly close but never in reach so get in and see this wonder before it’s too late.
- Michoacán, Mexico
It’s not so much the town of Michoacán, Mexico that earns its place on the list, but the billions of Monarch Butterflies that migrate here annually making it one of the most incredible natural wonders to witness and also one of the most threatened with deforestation and pesticide use curbing their numbers dramatically. It is a scene straight from a fantasy world, travelling over 2,500 miles from Canada the Monarch Butterflies once covered 44.5 hectares of forest at their migration peak. They now cover just 1.65 acres. It may not be on every ‘must see’ list, but it is the epitome of man’s impact on nature, an occurrence never to be repeated in human history, so check it out before it’s too late.