While a budget and time may limit you from hopping from one destination to the next, they should not discourage you from experiencing the magic in nature. Here are seven sites that are worth your time and money:
1. Wildebeest Migration, East Africa
Nothing in the world beats the drama and beauty of tens of thousands wildebeest moving across the savannah grasslands of East Africa, as they evade and fight prey. The wildebeest migration gives you a front-row seat into one of the wonders of the world and, if you are lucky, you will spot the big five in Maasai Mara or Serengeti.
2. Bat Migration, Zambia
Every November, five million bats gather in one corner of the Kasanka National Park in Zambia and feast on wild fruits every night. You can catch the orange-brown mammals at dusk or dawn, and enjoy the African sun in its golden glory. At the end of the month, all the bats disappear leaving an eerie silence that continues to inform local folktale and myths.
3. Fairy Chimneys, Turkey
The Fairy Chimneys, a result of volcanic activity, are a sight to behold both up-close and from a distance. Around the chimneys are treks that lead to caves in an underground city you can explore. Alternatively, you can revere them from the air in hot air balloon rides serving visitors to the site. In the ancient world, natives in the area built their houses next to the chimneys, designing them around the natural features.
4. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
The Great Pyramid of Giza in Cairo held the world record for the tallest building for four millennia, since its construction in 2560 BC. It took 2.3 million blocks of stone and 20 years to construct, and is often associated with Egypt’s mummy stories. Its rich history as a tomb and its magnificence will intrigue and awe you as you stand at the foot of the only surviving wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
5. Enrosadira, Italy
At sunset, a natural phenomenon, the Enrosadira, occurs in the Dolomites in Italy. The west-facing face of the rock turns flaming red creating a sight to behold. As the sun heads home, the rock displays an array of colors starting out as a bright yellow then intensifying into flaming red, which softens to violet as it welcomes the night.
6. Kelimutu, Indonesia
Kelimutu is the pride of Indonesia and is home to three crater lakes that keep changing colors. The walk to the lakes at dawn is an exhilarating yet terrifying experience that takes you to the rim of the volcano. Once the sun is up and bright, you get to appreciate the beauty and tranquility of nature as seen in the sulphur lakes.
7. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Off the Ecuador West Coast lie the Galápagos Islands, an active volcano and home to a vast array of homegrown creatures unique to the island. You will find 200kg tortoises, colored crabs, iguanas, and the blue-footed booby. The journey to the islands may be long but the magic that awaits is worth every mile. Historically, it is synonymous with Charles Darwin as he visited it frequently in his development of the evolution theory.
See also: 10 Ways to Travel the World on a Budget
The world has so much to offer and it is up to you to pack your bags and explore its magic. Whether you want the tropical sun or the mountain chill, nature has it all.