travertineI’ve traveled a lot in my time. There are many fascinating and wonderful sights to see in the world that everyone should try to see before they die. So if you are making out your bucket list, then be sure to put on it to see these 5 natural wonders of the world:

1.     The travertine pools of Turkey

In the past the town of Pamukkale in Turkey was the leading mineral-bath spa with hot calcium-filled waters that flowed over cliffs, cooled and became the travertine pools of Turkey with its brilliant white calcium that formed these pools of mineral water.

These were formed by underground water being heated by a volcano, then being cooled when it got above ground, making the calcium in it stick to the surrounding soil and creating the calcium form of the travertine cascades. People came for the health benefits of the mineral waters. As of the 1990s the area changed due to attempted modernization but the area is still a beautiful place to see.

2.     Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are a beautiful display of colors like blue, green, yellow and red that appears in the skies above areas like Greenland, Iceland, Russia, Alaska, and other northern regions. In some of these zones where it is night half the year, you can possibly see Aurora Borealis at any of this dark time of the year, but in other places you see them less often.

3.     The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is actually not one big long wall, instead it is a combination of several short walls that follow along the hills on the Mongolian plains.  It is also called the “Long Wall of 10,000 Li” and it is more than five thousand miles in length.

The first part of the Great Wall was built to make sure the Mongols were kept out of the country and it was made of dirt and stones inside wooden frames between 221 and 206 BCE. The more modern parts of the wall were started between 1388 and 1644 CE. Additional improvements have been made over the years since that time.

4. Great Barrier Reef

Another place to put on your bucket list is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It is the world’s biggest coral reef and has more than 3,000 single reef systems and many different kinds of sea life. The area also has hundreds of beautiful tropical island paradises to visit and several of the best beaches the word has to offer.

The area covers more than 1,800 miles and is along the Queensland coast. The reef area itself is about 15 to 150 kilometers off the coast and in some places this reef area is 65 kilometers wide. Divers love to come to see the beautiful coral and sea life.

5.     Taj Mahal, India

Th Taj Mahal is a monument which was built by the Mughals, who were Muslim rulers in India. It is built exclusively out of white marble. The name means “Crown Palace.” It took 22 years to build it and this beautiful palace is 58 feet wide and 213 feet high and it has four domed chambers, beautiful gardens, a guest house and many other fantastic amenities.