Here are some great travel destinations to consider on your next vacation. Alone or with the family, these places are well-known as tourist stops and are so fascinating and meaningful that everyone should visit it sometime in their lives.

#5 Taj Mahal – India

lifetime travel goals taj mahalThe Taj Mahal is an iconic monument that symbolizes the love story of the emperor Shah Jahan and his wife. After her death during childbirth, he decided to build it for her as a mausoleum. Now one of the wonders of the world, it is the result of labor by thousands of workers for over 20 years, covering marvelous architecture and beautiful jewels. The structure reveals its true mystical beauty with the sunlight, revealing its different tones and colors throughout the day.

It is located in the city of Agra, India, and one of the best ways to get there is through Delhi. You can reach there in a two hour trip by train, that leaves early in the morning and return in the late evening. Consider visiting early to avoid crowds, and choose to visit during the cooler season (November through January) or on a less crowded, but much hotter summer. Also, keep in mind that the place is closed on Fridays for general viewing. You can have access to Taj Mahal from any of its three gates, all passing through security.

[National Geographic] [The Toronto Star] [India Odyssey Tours] [Urban Travel Blog]

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#4 Colosseum – Rome

lifetime travel goals colosseumThe arena of the Rome gladiators is a massive emblematic building from ancient times. The Colosseum could hold up to 50 thousand spectators, and was meant to be a place of great attractions as the most important amphitheater of the Roman Empire during the Flavian dynasty, an arena where gladiator fights took place, as well as slaughtering and hunting shows with different animals. It was abandoned in the fifth century, but survived through time withstanding fire and earthquakes. The structure is divided into three parts: the podium, the cavea and the arena.

When visiting, first consider buying tickets online from one of the several tourism sites available, also avoiding the long lines. A very common complaint we hear from tourists is about the persistent vendors around there trying to sell you all kinds of stuff, but you could simply ignore them. The Colosseum opens at 8:30 am and closes at sundown, but its view at night is also mesmerizing. Remember to drink a lot of water, especially if you come during a hot summer. Enjoy exploring the place and its impressive chambers and hallways, as the visit to such legacy of mankind is something to be remembered forever.

[Travel? Yes Please!] [The Travelling Historian] [BudgetTravel] [RomeWise] []

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#3 Machu Picchu – Peru

lifetime travel goals machu picchuThe Lost City of the Incans receives hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Peru offers astonishing places all over the Sacred Valley, including ruins and local towns. It is pretty easy to find accommodations and restaurants, so it can be more convenient to spend the night there to visit different places around the area. Even on a beautiful sunny day, go prepared for a rainy or even foggy weather anytime, mostly on January and February.

You can access Machu Picchu in two ways: one is by hiking the Inca Trail, and the other is by bus from the city of Aguas Calientes. If you are kind of an adventurer and is considering the former, remember to book it months in advance (particularly on high seasons), since you can’t simply go all by yourself. Buy your tickets in advance, and favor a tour early in the morning to avoid crowds. There is a limit of 400 visitors per day, so get ready beforehand, especially in July and August when there are more tourists.

[Travel + Leisure] [The Travel Channel] [Haku Expeditions] [The Huffington Post]

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#2 Great Wall – China

lifetime travel goals great wallConsidered one of the oldest and largest structures made by man, the Great Wall of China is a marvel example of engineering that lasted for centuries. Composed of several walls, this structure has many stories to tell from the China’s past of the emperors. It served as a way to protect the borders of states and empires of the country against invasions, mostly by nomadic groups from Europe. It was also used as transportation and communication between states of different parts of the wall. An attraction that brings tourists all over the world, and serves today as the great attraction from China and its people.

Since the wall is divided into 8 sections, visitors must choose one of them for their tour, so prefer those that are the best fit for your travel. The sections offer distinct environments with vast views through mountains, forest, and sea. Spring and Autumn are probably the best season choices for a visit, and avoid going in the middle of the day or during weekends, when it is most crowded. And finally, NO, you CAN’T see the Great Wall from space.

[] [Telegraph Media] [Wild Great Wall] [The Washington Post]

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#1 The Great Pyramids – Egypt

lifetime travel goals the great pyramidsThe three Great Pyramids, along with the Great Sphinx, is the one place everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. The fascinating Pyramids were built as tombs for the Egyptian Kings and their Queens, and a symbol of privilege and power. The fascinating Pyramids of Giza are the most famous in Egypt and the world, and Khufu, is the biggest and most intact of all three. Its interior has a long and narrow corridor, with low roofs that take you to chambers and other corridors, a walk that is definitely not recommended for claustrophobics.

To get there, you can go through taxi, minibus, and metro from Cairo. Concerning the heat, consider arriving early, as it opens at 8:30 am, and remember to stay hydrated as much as possible. The tickets to visit the interior of the Pyramids are sold with no limits, so don’t worry about that. You can also go for a camel walk while enjoying the view or take photos of the place in different angles and perspectives. Throughout history, many great figures came to visit these incredible constructions, including Julius Caesar, Napoleon and Mart Twain. You can also be part of this unique and unforgettable experience.

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How about you? Did you find these places really interesting for travel goals, or you are there other special destinations that you find so fascinating that everyone should go someday?