5 Countries to visit before you die
One of the most important things that you can do to improve your life is to visit some of the most incredible destinations. Visiting some of these places can really change your view of the world.
The places listed below are probably some of the most interesting destinations on this planet.
1 – Egypt.
King Tut, The Pyramids, and The Valley of the Kings are three of Egypt’s most famous landmarks. The list is exhaustive. But it is not simply the history and culture; it is also the people. Egyptians are among the most kind and helpful people on the earth. They will welcome you into their houses in an instant, even if they have virtually nothing to offer.
An afternoon sailing on the Nile with an Egyptian felucca skipper as the sun sets over the Nile in Luxor is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
2 – China.
People do not instantly consider China when planning a vacation…but they should, and after the Olympics in Beijing, hopefully they will. Even if you only have seven to ten days, a trip that includes Beijing, Xian, a Yangtze River cruise, and Shanghai is an excellent start.
And for a memorable experience, juts visit Guilin. Guilin’s scenery is breathtaking and unmatched. It is not strictly mountainous, yet the peaks that do exist climb nearly steeply into the fog.
Take a ski lift up to one of the peaks and gaze in marvel at the scenery, and if you’re feeling daring, ride a kart down a toboggan-style slope (about 3,000 feet long)!
3 – Jordan.
Egypt and Jordan are conveniently placed and may be visited together to create a journey to remember. Amman is a lovely city full of atmosphere, Petra is a marvel, but the Dead Sea is an absolute must-see. This is the only ocean in the world where you can truly float.
This alone makes Jordan a must-see nation, but don’t forget Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Jerash, and the Kings Highway, in addition to everything I’ve previously described. A week in Jordan is nice, but 10 days is better.
4 – Hong Kong.
There is much more to Hong Kong than shopping, but if you enjoy shopping, Hong Kong is the place to go. A stroll along Nathan Road and a stop at the Temple Street market are a MUST. And be sure to bring your haggling skills, as negotiating is as integral to the experience as the products themselves.
There is much more to Hong Kong as well. Even though it is a contemporary metropolis, tradition may be seen around every turn. Don’t forget to visit Victoria Peak and enjoy the breathtaking views, and keep in mind that even if it’s foggy, there are two men at the top who will snap your photo and superimpose it onto an image of what you would see if the weather were better! I also recommend a couple of half-day excursions to the Lama and Lantau Islands. A wonderful way to escape the madness that is Hong Kong.
Thailand has a reputation for being a highly hedonistic vacation, and while this is true (particularly in specific sections of Bangkok, Phucket, etc.), there is also an incredible culture to be immersed in.
There’s adventure, culture, and even a site about an hour’s drive north of Thailand where, if you’re not afraid of tigers, you can interact with them. There are no cages or shackles, just you and a dozen tigers. For me, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it is just one of the many reasons Thailand is in my top five must-visit countries in the world.