The lovely mother earth has a lot to offer. There are history and mystery attached to every one of its facets. This earth is intense with emotions of the past and the liveliness of nature. If we stop to observe for just one moment we will realize there even is magic in the skies and allure in the clouds.
With the vast amount of beauty to experience and breathe in, our world is the most unique and diverse planet but this makes it so hard to choose what to see and which place to visit. The time is limited and the options are infinite.
However, due to the influence of mankind and time; many of these beautiful places will no longer be available for travel. At some places there is ongoing pollution threat, some places are being affected by massive tourism; some are facing climate change while the others are located in geographically weak locations. The chances are that in the next 50 to 100 years these places will disappear or will no longer be stable enough to sustain tourism. This means that we are among those people who will get to see these natural wonders for the last time before they become stories and myths like many ancient cities.
Here I have compiled you a small list of places you can travel to which might not exist after this century.
⦁ Alps, Europe
Most travel for winter sports like skiing and hiking is a beauteous location meant to calm your senses. This range of mountains spans multiple countries in Europe and is famous for hosting the Winter Olympics.
This haven for snow and sports lovers is in danger because of global warming. In the past years, the glaciers have started to melt at an alarming rate and the experts have predicted that they might not last long past the year 2050.
⦁ Bora Bora, Tahiti, Moorea
An enchanting island based in the Pacific Ocean is a place you should visit if you love to explore marine life. Bora Bora provides you recreational getaway with luxury cabin-over-water experience, snorkeling and scuba diving for the wholesome exploration of marine life. The sites are also nothing short of beautiful, with various shades of blue around the beaches and crystal clear water. This island will make you want to spend all your life surrounded by its beauty and never leave.
Bora Bora has a tough future ahead because of global warming which is making the sea levels rise, leading to the possibilities of submersion of most coastal areas. However, the government is not trying to find solutions to deal with this issue.
⦁ Dead Sea, Jordan, Israel, West Bank
The dead is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. This has a major effect on the buoyancy which leads to a unique experience. you can’t drown in the Dead Sea, the water causes you to float without any precautions.
It’s a popular tourist spot for relaxing spa vacations due to its significant natural healing properties. The water and mud of this lake along with the climate around have high benefits to the health because of its unique conditions. As a tourist, you can enjoy these healing spa treatments, mud baths and the pleasure of floating over the water.
This lake is in danger of drying out because of overconsumption of Jordan River which feeds water into it and is shrinking at the rate of 5 centimeters a year.
⦁ Florida Everglades
These tropical wetlands are famous among the lovers of flora and fauna. If vacation for you is filled with adventure and danger then Everglades is the perfect place for you to visit.
This tourist spot is popular for its alligator-filled waters and mangrove forests. This forest is a breeding ground for a variety of exotic birds.
This national park is threatened because of disrupting water flow and is shrinking in size at an alarming rate.
⦁ Glacier National Park, Montana, United States
This national park in the state of Montana on the border of USA and Canada is the perfect place for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is home to a large variety of flora and fauna. Activities like hiking, fishing, boating, and safaris are major attractions.
The national park is especially famous for its glaciers which are the ones at risk. There are only 30 glaciers left out of 150 and they seem to be disappearing fast. This loss of glaciers is also affecting the flora and fauna because it is creating a major water crisis in the area
⦁ Great Barrier Reef, Australia
This world’s largest coral reef system is part of the seven natural wonders of the world and the single biggest structure made of living organisms. This tourist spot is filled with marine life and surrounded by clear water perfect for scuba diving.
Lots of exploration options are available in form of boats, ships and helicopter rides. This place can provide both up close natural experience and luxurious getaway, depending on your mood.
The coral reefs are in danger of disappearing due to the changing climatic and water conditions. Global warming and water pollution are the two major causes for coral bleaching. The reefs are losing their existence slowly and may not remain habitable for longer than 25 years.
⦁ Little Green Street, London, England
For a little walk through the past full of history you can head towards the little green street of London. Since it’s not as popular as the rest of London’s tourist locations, people who prefer to spend time in away from crowds can spend it exploring the quaint Georgian town with old houses and historically preserved buildings.
This street is paved with cobblestone which is now in danger due to construction being caused behind the street. The trucks and rollers use this 2.5 m wide road to travel causing damage to the street and making it lose its beauty and heritage.
⦁ Machu Picchu, Peru
The place is filled with ancient buildings and carvings, all telling the story of an old civilization. This area is one of the seven wonders of the world.
The two major dangers this historical location faces are tourism and nature. Tourism though is restricted by amount but many tourist cause damage to the citadel by causing wear and tear of the paths. The natural aspect of danger is because of the Tambomachay Fault line which runs just below this area and may cause an earthquake any day.
⦁ Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
This mountain area is popular for two main reasons one of which is trekking and the other is fauna. The zone has a dormant volcano and the highest mountain peak in Africa. The most stunning characteristic of this mountain is its ice cap.
The tourists come from around the world to trek through the mountains, experience the fauna of this area and are witness to the exceptional ice cap.
If breathing fresh air in the laps of nature while also pushing your limits is the way you like to spend your vacation then the mountain is calling you. But don’t wait too long, the glorious ice cap is melting away and will probably disappear by 2033 as experts have predicted. And the only culprit here is global warming.
⦁ Venice, Italy
Located in Northern Italy is the historic city of Venice. This city which celebrates art and architecture at its finest is a known for its unique structure. This city, which is also known as the floating city or the city of water, is a combination of various closely situated islands joined by bridges forming canals of water between pieces of land. Water is the most common way of traveling because the islands don’t allow much space for large vehicles.
Tourists visit this city to enjoy a unique experience and praise its contributions in preserving its art and architecture.
However, water which makes this city so unique is ironically the cause of its ongoing destruction. A rise in water levels is observed in the past year and the area is getting flooded because of the sea and the rainfall. The city of Venice is in danger of slowly drowning. Tourists also seem to be contributing to major issues faced by the local community which has been regularly protesting against over-tourism.
In the end, I would like to bring your attention towards a moral duty of all of us. Most of the reasons why these precious sites are in danger are man-made caused due to negligence on our part. Traveling and observing these beauteous sites may jog up our conviction to try and decrease the damage that we cause to this planet on daily basis. It a privilege to be able to witness nature’s miracles, but it is also a privilege to be named in those that worked to prevent further damage and save these miracles and many others like them.