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9 incredible honeymoon destinations to visit before they disappear

If you're still deciding on your honeymoon destination, these natural marvels are a must-see before they are out of reach for good!
 

Our planet is home to places of unmatchable beauty. Places that have the ability to awe and inspire even through images. So, you can only imagine the feeling you get when you actually visit these destinations. Unfortunately, most of these places are under threat due to global warming and human negligence. As a result, some of the most awe-inspiring destinations on Earth are on the verge of going the way of Atlantis. The only difference being that the lost continent is fictional.

If you're still deciding on your honeymoon destination, or if you want to see in person places you may not be able to see in the future (other than in old pictures), read on because here are 9 places you need to see before they disappear from the face of the Earth.

 

#1 The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Green Island reef at the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, Queensland, Australia. Image: Rafael Ben-Ari/123rf.com

Stretching 2,300 kilometres along the coast of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is not just one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, but it is also the largest living structure on Earth.
So large that it is bigger than the Great Wall of China. So large that it can fit 70 million football fields. So large that it is the only living thing on Earth that can be viewed from space.
The 2,900 reefs and 300 coral cays are home to 10% of the world’s fish species, over 600 types of coral, and at the current rate of global warming, it will soon disappear.

What you’ll get to see:

  •  Apart from the fish and the coral, you will get to see around 215 species of birds, 30 types of whales and dolphins, and 6 of the 7 species of marine turtles.
  • You will be able to enjoy the views of the reef on a helicopter ride.
  • You can even check out amazing views of the reef from a hot air balloon! (See: 8 dreamiest hot air balloon destinations for your pre-wedding photos)

Why the urgency:
Global warming, ocean pollutants, and coral bleaching mean that the reef and its marine life will disappear by 2030.

 

#2 The Dead Sea, Israel; Jordan; West Bank

Dead sea salt shore, Ein Bokek, Israel. Image: vvvita/123rf.com

For nearly two millennia, the Dead Sea has drawn tourists from all over the world. Not only is this water body the saltiest lake in the world, but it is also the lowest point on earth.

What you’ll get to experience:

  • A swimming experience like no other. The high salinity of its waters makes floating on water extremely easy. The water, according to many, has therapeutic properties. And if these Claims are true, you will be able to experience the healing powers of this lake.
  • A leisure run on the beach that is located along the length of the hotel zone in Ein Bokek. This broad beach is known as the best Dead Sea beach in Israel.
  •  For a fee, you can enjoy a dramatic retelling of the history of Masada (an ancient fortress in Israel’s Judean Desert) with the Dead Sea playing a role in the background.

Why the urgency:
The only source of water for the Dead Sea is the Lower Jordan River, and as long as countries continue to use its water, the Dead Sea will slowly deplete. Moreover, mineral extraction activities in the Dead Sea have only increased the speed of its demise. In fact, in the last 40 years, one-third of the sea has depleted leading to sinkholes and loss of its unique flora and fauna. The cruel irony of it all is that the Dead Sea will be Dead in the next 50 years if steps are not taken to protect it.

 

#3 Patagonian Ice Fields, Argentina; Chile

Grey Glacier, a glacier in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Image:  Ionut David/123rf.com

The largest body of ice in the Southern Hemisphere outside of the Antarctic, the Patagonian Ice Fields span the border of Argentina and Chile. For adventure junkies who want to test their
mettle, there isn't a more rugged and icy terrain out there! But, with like most glaciers, the ice fields are shrinking at an alarming rate thanks to global warming.

What you’ll get to experience:

  •  Uncover a host of emotional and physiological sensations by walking between ice and glaciers. Ice field walking is popular among adventure sports enthusiasts who maybe a bit wary when it comes to mountain climbing.
  • You can walk through ancient ice formations hidden in the San Rafael Lagoon National Park and the Torres del Paine National Park. And once you reach your destination, you can experience toasting your skill, strength, and the wonder of nature, with a glass of whiskey, with ice from the site!
  • If you aren’t too keen on mountain climbing or ice field walking, take a cruise through fjords and channels, and be witness to the wildlife that inhabits this icy terrain. You will see dolphins, killer whales, sea lions, and penguins.

Why the urgency:
The ice fields are melting at a rapid pace due to global warming and this has changed Patagonia’s iconic landscape. In fact, a 2012 Cornell University research study stated that the Southern Patagonian Ice Field lost ice at a rate that was 50% faster in the years between 2000 and 2012 than it did in the last 25 years. This increase in temperature means rising sea levels and more chances of floods in downstream areas. Trekking there will be a thing of the past because of the thin ice.

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The Chadar Trek, India

Chadar trek (The frozen Zanskar river trekking) during winter in Leh,Ladakh,Kashmir,India. Image: Siriwatthana Chankawee/123rf.com

Crossing a frozen river to reach civilization sounds like part of the plot of a James Bond movie. But it isn’t. This is the Chadar Trek, also known as the wildest trek in the world.

The trek is a 145-kilometre dance across the frozen Zanskar, with the danger of ice giving way to the fury of the river underneath present at every step.

What you’ll experience:

  • A trek that includes passing gorges with frozen waterfalls and the thrill (and danger) of walking on a frozen river.
  •  Sleeping in caves that are as old as time itself.
  •  Doing all of this at sub-zero temperatures!

Why the urgency:
While those who love trekking throng to Chadar, this annual crossing is a way of life for the people who stay in Zanskar. The valley is cut off from the rest of the Indian subcontinent for 5 months each year. The residents of this remote valley make this trek across the Zanskar to reach Leh so that traders can sell their wares and children can go to school.
The Indian Government, though, is building a highway through the gorge. This renders the trek moot. So, go and experience the world’s wildest trek before it ceases to exist.

 

#5 Komodo Island, Indonesia

Komodo Dragons are fighting each other. Very rare picture. Indonesia. Komodo National Park. Image: Andrey Gudkov/123rf.com

As the name suggests, Komodo Island is a national park for the world’s largest lizard – the Komodo dragon. The lizard is a protected species and every year a number of tourists flock to the island to get a glimpse of this reptile. The sea around the island has some of the world’s best diving spots and is visited by many an underwater photographer.

What you’ll get to experience:

  •  Apart from the world's largest lizard, you’ll also get to see some beautiful marine life.
  • If you go diving, you can check out coral reefs that are unharmed as of today.
  •  You can also enjoy water sports around the area.

Why the urgency:
Ocean acidification has threatened to kill rare marine mammals. Moreover, a rise in the number of people who visit the island every year has led to the quick development of the island. As a result, the natural prey of the Komodo dragon is slowly reducing. This could lead to the extinction of this protected species.

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#6 The Sundarbans, India; Bangladesh

The Sundarbans is a vast forest in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal and considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Morten Huebbe/123rf.com

With the largest mangrove forests in the world, the Sunderbans or “beautiful forest” is a home to a number of endangered species such as the last of the mangrove-dwelling tigers and the tree-climbing mudskipper fish.

You can book an all-inclusive tour by boat and check out the wildlife that calls the forest home. Also, for all you wildlife photographers out there, this is your chance to get a photo of the ever elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.

What you’ll experience:

  • The star attraction, of course, is the Royal Bengal Tiger. If you are lucky enough, you may just spot one of the 400 magnificent cats that stay in the Sunderbans.
  •  Visit the Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary to spot over 200 species of birds.
  •  You can visit the island of Kanak, which is the nesting site of Olive Ridley Turtles.

Why the urgency:

  • The mangroves and the forest vegetation is under threat from industrial effluents and deforestation. As a result, the tigers that call this forest their home are under threat.

 

 

#7 Glacier National Park, United States of America

Glacier National Park, Montana in winter. Image: Galyna Andrushko/123rf.com

Glacier National Park conjures images of vast stretches of land filled with glaciers of all shapes and sizes. And while this was once the case, it isn’t so today. In fact, today, thanks to global warming, this national park located in Montana is slowly losing the one thing it is known for – its glaciers.

What you’ll get to experience:

  •  Around 700 miles of hiking trails with extraordinary views. These include views of alpine forests, lakes, and mountains.
  •  Relive the past by staying in lodges and chalets as people did in the past.

Why the urgency:
100 years ago Glacier National Park had 150 glaciers. In 2005 only 27 were left. Scientists state that if temperatures continue to rise at the current level, the remaining glaciers will melt by 2030.
And this will change Montana’s landscape and vegetation. The reducing number of glaciers is something that people are also aware of with more than 3 million people visiting the park in 2017. So, go ahead and visit this rugged terrain before it is too late.

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#8 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Blue-footed booby at Galapagos island of North Seymour. Image: BlueOrange Studio/123rf.com

Nature is never as awe-inspiring as it is in the Galapagos Islands. The creatures found on these islands are unique to it, you will not find them anywhere else.

What you’ll get to experience:

  • Spend time on the Island of Santa Cruz and visit its sandy beaches. You can even go on a hike and enjoy adventure activities away from where the tourist trail.
  • Walk around the caldera of the Volcan Sierra Negra, a volcano which last erupted in 2005. You even get to see sulphurous gas openings near Volcan Chico, a sub-crater.
  • The Galapagos giant tortoise at the Charles Darwin Research Station as well as the postcard beauty of the Darwin Lake (a saltwater lagoon).

Why the urgency:
Too many tourists and the introduction of species (including predators) that are not native to the islands has created an imbalance in its fragile ecosystem. The number of cruises to the islands and the influx of tourists has led to a wear and tear of the islands. So much so that scientists are debating whether tourists should be allowed on the islands or not. Visit the islands before its unique ecosystem crumbles or before it is closed to tourists.

 

#9 Machu Picchu, Peru
Known by travel enthusiasts as The Lost Country, Machu Picchu is located high up the Andes.
Reaching this ancient city is no easy feat, especially if you decided to hike all the way to the top. But it is well worth the journey!

What you’ll experience:

  • An unforgettable sight of Inca ruins from the fifteenth century.

 

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