The planet we live in never cease to impress us, with incredible landscapes and natural or men made wonders that usually leave visitors speechless. Although most of these locations are monetarily prolific, it does not mean that they are going to stick around for much longer.
From global warming to political conflicts, countries and its landmarks are shifting in a way that there is little that can be done in order to shift their predicted outcome. Therefore, you should really start packing as some of these destinations are predicted to disappear or be severely compromised by as little as 15 years.
We have selected some of the most beautiful endangered destinations still available for visit, but just remember the clock is ticking.
7. The Maldives
The Indian Ocean’s archipelago is one of the most affected by climate change. As the lowest country on the planet, this diving and surfing paradise, is suffering due to its more ocean than land attractiveness. The country is composed by thousands of coral islands and reefs and these may be submerged within 100 years, if sea levels continue to rise at the same speed.
6. The Karnali River, Tibet
Cutting through the Himalayas, the Karnali is Nepal’s longest and wildest river. The later one is the main attractive point for tourism in the location as adrenaline seeking rafting and floating fans crave to adventure its waters. Although in high demand for its touristic aspects, the abundant water flow has been attracting hydropower developments by the Nepali government as well. If you want to visit this natural wonder, you should do it fast! Investment and Financing are currently being sought by government officials in order to complete this project for electricity export to China and India.
If you want to experience the Karnali, contact Ultimate Descents, which is a pioneering organization that specializes in running rivers in Nepal and neighboring areas.
5. Venice, Italy
Although the city is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Europe, its destiny is seemingly far away from the current novelty around the city. Flooding in the city has increased consistently for years, ultimately making scientists scratch their heads over how long the city has left . Recent reports from the University of Padua in Italy confirm the city’s sinking ways as well as several architects which claim the immersion is also compromising building foundations, too.
While still above water, you can enjoy the scenic gondola or boat tours of iconic buildings such as the Basilica de San Marco, as well as many deliciously local food and wine.
4. Taj Mahal, India
The 17th century elaborate mausoleum is one of the most famous landmarks in India. The landmark attracts around 3 million visitors each year, whom are amazed by the masterpiece in memory of Mughal emperor Shal Jahan’s wife. However that may change within the next 5 years, as preservation groups are urging India to close the Taj Mahal due to air pollution, questionable restoration and tourism impact have been eroding its structure.
If you have not experienced the sight yet, your next opportunity might be a little too late. Therefore, make arrangements as soon as possible for a breathtaking tour through the palace’s magnificent details like a reflecting pool, chiseled marble screens with tiny sculpted flowers, and intricate inlaid semiprecious stones.
3. Easter Island
Best known for its monolithic statues, Easter Island is also a destination with an uncertain near future. With a small and decreasing population, which fewer than half are indigenous, are suffering from a high number of visitors, whom flock to the island. Although there has been an active attempts in order to maintain the nation at a healthy state, from the building of more eco-friendly resorts to limiting the permission for tourists to enter the country.
Visit the country before you need a visa or permit to do so, and explore meanwhile all of the island’s ancient hieroglyphs, cave paintings, and Moai, or do some extraordinary diving.
2. Mt. Kilimanjaro
Located in North Eastern Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is formed by three extinct volcanoes and moreover the highest mountain in Africa, with an incredible 6,000 meters in its highest summit. Although tourism to the mountain has increased consistently through the years, due to global warming most of the ice in the mountain has melted, around 80% up to now.
Make sure to catch this incredible experience while you can, as it is one of the most attainable from the highest peaks in the world, and according to predictions it will be vanished by 2030.
1. The Dead Sea
Since bordering countries began to divert water from the Dead Sea’s main tributary 50 years ago, the salty waters have started to evaporate in a fast pace, three feet per year to be exact. Some local researches have started a project which consists of channeling water from the Red Sea into the troubled sea. The opposition claims that this would have a large impact and compromise of the natural ecosystem. If they cannot find a solution quick or you do not hurry up, in 40 years the famous area will be completely dry.