Love to travel but not sure of where to go next? Or maybe this is your first trip overseas, and you’re looking for a good place to start? With 195 countries in the world, narrowing down your choices might be a difficult and messy process. I mean, you need to research every country in order to properly decide what holiday destination is right for you. But don’t worry! Here at Society19, we’ve done the research and helped you narrow down your choices to eight. Here are 8 places you NEED to travel to before you die!
Cambodia’s most well-known tourist spot is without a doubt Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. With their breathtaking temples that date back to the 12th century, this is a spot you won’t want to miss! Cambodia also celebrates a variety of holidays such as Khmer New Year and Pchum Ben. One of their most well-known celebrations, their Water Festival, brings about colourful displays of boat races on the Tonle Sap River- a spectacle you HAVE to experience at least once in your lifetime.
2. Venice, Italy
Also known as the Floating City, Venice is the city of canals. Being practically submerged in water, you have the chance to experience a gondola ride through the canals of Venice, gliding by historical and breathtaking buildings and sites in a way you have never before. Their Venetian gothic architecture is also something to behold, having originated from the beautiful city of Venice in the 14th century. Without a doubt, this is an experience you will only be able to get here.
3. Normandy, France
Normandy is quite literally the land of fairytales. With their fairytale-like architecture found throughout the city, you’ll feel as if you came right out of Snow White. Cheese lovers will also love coming here, as Normandy is home to some of the best cheese you can find in the world. Four of which include Pont L’Evêque, Livarot, Neufchâtel, and of course, Camembert.
4. Sri Lanka
From beautiful beaches, to mouth-watering food, to extraordinary wildlife, to breathtaking mountains- Sri Lanka has anything and everything to satisfy the needs of every single type of tourist, ever. Hikers and more sporty tourists can enjoy the natural beauty and beautiful landscape Sri Lanka has to offer while trekking to the top of Adam’s Peak, or Sri Pada. While more foody tourists can find themselves enjoying Sri Lankan cuisines, with their abundance of spices and flavours. Their beautiful beaches, and extraordinary wildlife are something that anyone and everyone will enjoy to their fullest capacity. This is an experience you won’t want to miss out on!
5. Penang, Malaysia
Penang is home to glorious food, with hawker stalls lining the streets of Gouney plaza for all to see and visit. You can find the best of the best of authentic, Malaysian cuisine at the hawker stalls and kopitiams (lit. coffee shops) littered around the state. Being home to mansions, churches, cemeteries and shop lots from various cultures, Penang’s rich and full history is perfectly reflected in its architecture. Not only that, but Penang is filled to the brim with unique and beautiful street art and graffiti, decorating the walls on the sides of shop lots and restaurants throughout the state. You can see the essence of Penang culture and heritage through these artworks just by walking down a street in Penang, something you won’t want to miss out on experiencing first hand.
With tourist sites such as the pyramids of Giza and the Nile River, Egypt has a lot to offer in terms of scenic beauty. Located next to the Red Sea, you’ll be able to undergo a diving experience you’ve never before. From wrecks, walls, drifts, pinnacles, shore dives, day boats and liveaboards, Egypt has it all when it comes to diving opportunities. Their beaches are also beyond beautiful, with soft golden sand perfect for any type of holiday vacation.
Austria is home to breathtaking alpine summits. With routes such as The Eagle Walk, hikers and tourists alike are able to experience the beautiful landscape and natural beauty Austria has to offer. Not only that, but there are museums and galleries celebrating the likes of famous artists such as Klimt, Mozart, Wagner, Schubert, and Strauss that were born and raised in Austria, Herem you’ll be able to learn about their rich history, culture, art and music.
8. Berlin, Germany
Jam-packed with rich art, culture and history- Berlin is the place to be. With Berlin being the capital of Germany during World War II, and with the fall of the Berlin wall taking place during the Cold War, to say that they have a rich and diverse history is an understatement. Their abundance of museums you can visit also aids in this aspect, as you won’t run out of places to learn more about their culture and history throughout your trip. Not only that, but their Bauhaus architectural movement can bee seen throughout the city- something you wouldn’t want to miss out on.