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Bucket List: Exploring the Wonders of the World

February 28, 2015

Bucket List: Exploring the Wonders of the WorldEveryone 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)

Bucket List: Exploring the Wonders of the World

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)

Bucket List: Exploring the Wonders of the World

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)

Bucket List: Exploring the Wonders of the World

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)

Bucket List: Exploring the Wonders of the World

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)

Bucket List: Exploring the Wonders of the World

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?

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  • Reply Stacey February 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    The only Wonder of the World I’ve been to so far is the Colosseum but I really hope to see them all one day. And how do I track my travels? Ah I’m one with several lists on the go. 🙂 Countries visited (goal is to see 100), UNESCO sites (goal to see 500), Landmarks of the World (goal of 100 from this book I read), all the castles in England, and then my original bucket list that I wrote up 10 years ago. Too many lists? Yeah probably but I do so love looking at them and thinking “wow…I really am so fortunate to be able to see all these places”.

    • Reply Kelly Ross March 4, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      So many great ways to track your travels Stacey, and I don’t think you can ever have too many lists 😛 I need to look into the Landmarks of the World list 😀 That’s so true, it’s nice to look back and reflect on our travels and appreciate how lucky we are to have visited so many incredible places! 🙂 x

  • Reply Eleftheria March 1, 2015 at 2:37 am

    You are so lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t been to any of these wonders…..yet!
    I want to visit -some day- Machu Picchu,the Great Wall of China,the Taj Mahal & the Great Pyramid of Giza!!!
    I wish you to see & explore all the places you want!!!

    • Reply Kelly Ross March 4, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks for your comment Eleftheria! I hope that you get to visit your Wonders bucket list too! I would love to see the Great Pyramid and the Taj Mahal, it’s the dream! 😀 x

  • Reply Zaby @ Zaby's Perspective March 2, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    i am so jealous of you!!!!

  • Reply De'Jav March 2, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I like the to keep track of my travels by what I’ve seen. The only two wonders I’m missing are Taj and Great Wall those are to come.

    • Reply Kelly Ross March 4, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      That’s awesome De’Jav! You’ve almost seen them all too! 😀 Happy travels x

  • Reply Jake Ryan March 3, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Awesome post, Machu Picchu is very, very high on my bucket list. It looks incredible 😀


    • Reply Kelly Ross March 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Jake! It is such a great experience, highly recommend! 🙂 x

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages March 4, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I recently did a post on my wanderlust to travel the 7 wonders of the world, what a round the world trip that would be. I hope you get to see your last couple so you can move onto the next list, because there is always more.

    • Reply Kelly Ross March 4, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Hi Malinda! I hope you get to visit all of the places on your wanderlust posts 🙂 Absolutely, there is always so much more to see and do! x

  • Reply Alexandria March 5, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Three of those were on my bucket list as well. I’ve only been to one, but I’m not to worried. The husband and I are moving abroad soon, we plan on staying for at least fives years. Hopefully, that’ll be long enough to fulfill some of my travel dreams!

    • Reply Kelly Ross March 17, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      That’s so exciting Alexandria! All the best for your move abroad and accomplishing your travel dreams! 🙂

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