Everyone has their own way of documenting and tracking their travels around the world. From counting the number of countries visited, to the number of days spent abroad, to the amount of cities set foot in, and so on. I love the idea of keeping a record of where you’ve been, that takes note of the different travel milestones or goals you have achieved. I’ve seen a few people recording how many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Wonders of the World they’ve been to, and I think this is a great idea because it’s a little different to the other checklists.
Recently I’ve started to take note of the different sites I have visited while travelling, and that’s why I thought I would write it down on my website so I can track the progress I make towards achieving my general travel goals. One of the checklists I like to keep track of are the Wonders of the World sites. Of course, I would have loved to have seen the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World but with only one of them still standing, I’ve been making my way through the New7Wonders of the World.
In 2007, the New7Wonders of the World were chosen from over 100 millions votes. These places are classified as Wonders of the World because they are seen as the most spectacular man-made structures around the world. The final results listed the Great Wall of China, Petra, Christ the Redeemer, Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza, the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramid of Giza (an honorary candidate).
So far in my travel I’ve visited 5 of the 7 sites, including:
✓ Colosseum, Italy (2006 & 2013)
I visited my first New7Wonders of the World site back in 2007 on a family holiday through England, France and Italy. We admired the Colosseum from the outside and walked around the surrounding ruins. I have since been back to the site a few years later, this time I actually set foot inside the huge amphitheatre which was constructed in 70-80AD.
✓ Great Wall of China, China (2007)
Back when I was in high school, I went on a trip through China for a couple of weeks. It was on this trip that I visited my second New7Wonders of the World site, the Great Wall of China. After learning so much about the history of the wall, it was surreal that we were actually there. We spent our time there making our way up to each tower – it was such a test of patience and fitness.
✓ Chichen Itza, Mexico (2014)
I saw my next site as part of the Yucatan Highlights Contiki Tour through Mexico. This day was one of the highlights of the tour, as we visited both Chichen Itza and were able to swim in an underground cenote. We had an extensive tour around the incredible Mayan city before we were given time to explore the archaeological site ourselves. It was quite interesting to find out more in-depth information about a culture that is still relatively unknown to many people.
✓ Machu Picchu, Peru (2014)
After 4 days of hiking the Inca Trail, we finally made it to our final destination Machu Picchu. I had always dreamed of hiking to this New7Wonders of the World site. It was such an unforgettable journey to get there and I can’t say that I’ve been anywhere so spectacular or impressive before. I’ve mentioned before that visiting Machu Picchu was one of the highlights of my trip through South America, and it’s definitely a place I would love to go back to and relive the adventure again.
✓ Christ the Redeemer, Brazil (2014)
The most recent New7Wonders site that I visited was last year in Brazil. We arrived in Rio de Janeiro late in the evening and the next morning we were quickly collected straight from our hostel to go to Ilha Grande before we even caught a glimpse of the 30 metre tall statue nestled within the mountain skyline. However, on return to Rio de Janeiro we were able to spot Christ the Redeemer from various points throughout the city and got the chance to see the statue right up-close and personal.
Hopefully soon I’ll find myself making my way to some of the other Wonders of the World. Perhaps the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, or the New7Wonders of Nature, or even the newest edition the New7Wonders Cities? So many more places to see and explore!
How do you track your travels? Have you been to any of the Wonders of the World?