Whether you are seeking adventure, a culture-vulture or to experience natural beauty, global warming and changes to the environment will alter our travel destinations in the coming years. Here’s just some of the many should be seen and not missed!
Known for romantic gondola rides in the city of tangled canals among the Gothic arches, domes and aging palazzos, Venice has been sinking and battling rising sea levels for decades. Be quick to experience the well-renowned Venetian hospitality, savour an espresso or a limoncello or a flute of Prosecco accompanying a local pasta in a centuries old Osteria, stop-by the architectural splendour of St Marks Square. Although time can move slowly in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, pop it on the To Do list, pronto!
Great Wall of China, China
Sadly, two-thirds of the Great Wall is in grim disrepair due to growing development, tourism and general vandalism. Sections of the Great Wall have been restored but if the status quo continues there may become numerous piles of stones in the many years to come. Head to the North and East surrounds of Beijing where you can hike along the Mutianyu section, completely restored, with fortresses, watchtowers and battlements and, of course, the breathtaking views!
Joshua Tree National Park/Mojave Desert, California
Joshua Trees (also known as Yucca trees or palms) are native to California’s Mojave Desert. California has suffered a severe drought resulting in the trees inability to reproduce. Whether you spend your days hiking trails or relaxing on a deck chair gazing into the soothing desert landscape, with your eyes peeled for roadrunners or exploring nearby Pioneertown, a Wild-West movie set built in the 1940s, the plant’s unusual features shape the unique and intriguing moments you will experience in the area.
The Alps, Europe
Some tout The Alps as the heart of Europe. Taking in France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria the mountains (some of the highest peaks in the world) and lush valleys represent natural beauty and adventure. Many Alpine glaciers have reduced in size by half in the past 50 years with the prediction that by the end of the century all glaciers may disappear, along with much less snowfall. With countless destinations and adventures to choose from – hiking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain, ice or rock-climbing and mountaineering, there’s truly something for everyone in the family to experience.
The Taj Mahal, India
India’s most visited tourist destination, the Taj Mahal was built in the 17th Century. The mausoleum, with it’s eminent & glistening white marble walls and four minarets has suffered greatly due to heavy air pollution, the marble is suffering major corrosion along with dropping water levels has disturbed the centuries old wooden foundations. Fortunately the authorities have started to make some improvements so you can still visit the Taj Mahal and see this much-loved World Heritage-listed monument.
Volcanic activity has continued to increase due to global warming, (remembering the huge eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010 with its ash cloud disrupting all European air traffic). Best explored during the Summer months, Iceland is jam-packed full of natural wonders – thermal spas: Blue Lagoon in Grindavík being the most favoured. Walk behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. View from a distance the volcano Hekla (often referred as the Gateway to Hell) and the black-sanded Reynisfjara beach are just a few sites not to miss.
You can roam in these breathtaking spots and many more, with Optus International Roaming.