Floods, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Volcanic eruptions, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Man-made disasters. That scares the hell out of you, isn’t it? And it gives you shivers too. That’s normal, it does make me feel like that too.
These are the hidden and driving forces that gave birth to a new trend of traveling called ‘’Doom tourism’’. Conscious of the fact that many natural wonders are disappearing, declining, evaporating, deteriorating, dying, and are soon fading and turning into dust; people hasten to catch them while they still can.
Who knows if these spots of heaven on earth would still hold on for too long or not. They could be gone in one decade or two because of neglect, pollution, global warming and many other factors.
Life is short. It really is. Man, you are fading too. I mean we are not immortals, we are not infinite, are we? Don’t you wanna experience these very fast beats and not even be able to breathe or speak because what you see in front of you is mind-blowing to the extent that no words can help you describe. Take a sigh and a long one too.
1. THE GREAT BARRIER REEF – AUSTRALIA
The Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral in the world, is a popular destination for tourists and one of the most remarkable gifts of nature. It is one of the seven wonders that holds more than 1500 varieties of fish and also the only living thing on earth visible from space.
Sadly, it is among the places that will disappear with time, 50% of it has faded in the last 27 years, because of global warming and coral bleaching. It is also expected that this breathtaking coral will completely vanish by the end of the year 2030.
This turquoise blue water can make your experience unique and most unforgettable one, giving you the joy to practice many activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, glass-bottomed boat viewing, educational trip, cruise ship tours, whale watching, and swimming with dolphins. Isn’t it amazing? Oh yes now catch your breath and follow me still we have many places to discover.
2. FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER – SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Time to hit the Glacier country, New Zealand, and explore the South Island where the diamond glacier, Franz Josef is located. Situated in the heart of a temperate forest, it descends from a height that can be estimated at 11,500 feet to 787 feet above sea level.
Due to the latter fact, tourists are surprised to find such a warm and mild climate in Franz Josef. This giant tongue of ice has a stunning landscape that would make your eyes stop blinking impressed with the view of ice-flow from above and then up close, on an unforgettable walk. You can always skip the hike and go for a scenic flight over the glaciers.
According to environmentalists, these glaciers have been drowning since 2000 where they have shortened by 38% and lost 25% of its land area. Environmentalists also expect that these glaciers would very simply vanish into thin air the next 100 years.
3. THE AMAZON RAINFOREST – SOUTH AFRICA
Welcome to the largest jungle on earth. The Amazon rainforest has 1.4 billion acres of land where it covers the Northwestern of Brazil and extends over other countries like Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, and Surinam.
And also holds a remarkable variety sheltering more than 30,000 life plants, community rivers, 1800 Fish, 311 mammals, and 1300 birds. It is no doubt a marvel of the world and imagination which is threatened to die in the next 50 years thanks to deforestation, mining and global warming.
4. KOMODO ISLAND – INDONESIA
Are you starving for a unique and marvelous experience under water? Are you craving the blue color and the deep ocean? If your answer is yes then you must pack your language and head to explore the natural diversity in Komodo Island in Indonesia.
Everything there will be catching your sight and your breath too. The Komodo and the neighboring islands are just the perfect place with perfect spots on earth to dive and amazingly witness the beauty of fish of all shapes and sizes, bursting with rainbow colors.
According to environmentalists, the coral here is still undamaged but the growing acidification and rising temperature may kill the life in the reef.
5. GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – UNITED STATES
The Glacier National Park is located in Montana, United States and is steadfastly considered to be one of the most beautiful and magnificent parks with the best killing scenery in the whole continent but unfortunately tends to disappear very quickly.
It holds one of the rarest animals like elk, mountain goats, and grizzly bears. Nowadays, only 25 out of 150 Glaciers are left in the park. Scientists say that by the year of 2030 there will be no Glacier at all.
6. THE MALDIVES
The most targeted spot in the world by newly married couples for honeymoon goals. The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean known to have the best beaches in the world, blue lagoons, and unique reefs. Let aside the water bungalows, the stunning white-sand, and a literarily breath-taking underwater world with colorful fish.
Undoubtedly, these make the Maldives the best choice for a lifetime holiday. No wonders why newlyweds go there. Many people are not aware of the sad fact that this magical nature gift could entirely be submerged in the next 100 years.
7. MACHU PICCHU – PERU
In the midst of the Andes Mountains, the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu continue to mystify and attract tourists and historians too. This heaven on earth goes back to the 15th century when it was built.
It’s a must for travelers from all over the world and it’s known to them as’’ The Lost Country’’. Machu Picchu is declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage site but unfortunately, these ruins are being damaged by the large number of visitors who tromp around in boots, climb, and also jump on the site’s structure.
8. MOUNT KILIMANJARO – TANZANIA
Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is Africa’s highest Mountain and the world’s tallest freestanding Mountain. It has been crowned with a snow-cap and is known for its beautiful Glaciers. Like many other fading Glacier in the world, this snow-cap is also being affected by the climate change and the rising temperature. Therefore, it is rapidly decreasing.
Many visitors sign in to private tours to explore the place while others choose to venture and independently guide themselves enjoying the feeling of getting lost in the magnificence of Mother Nature.
9. TAJ MAHAL – INDIA
Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders and one of the most universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. This eye-catching ivory-white marble mausoleum was built in Agra city in India by orders of The Mughal emperor between 1631 and 1684 in the memory of his favorite and most loved wife. Because of several factors, this masterpiece is expected to close its doors forever.
According to caretakers of this mausoleum, the decaying wood that supports the structure, river pollution, air pollution in addition to the huge number of visitors who walk into it are all contributing in the destruction of the building. Who knows, maybe 4 years is all the time you have left to explore the place.