22 Places Every Serious Traveller Must See

Travelling the world is arguably one of the greatest ways to gain some knowledge and have a lot of fun! What’s also great is that you’re exposed to so much culture and a different way of life.

Like any activity, there are several key “hot spots” that you must see before you consider yourself as a diverse and adventurous traveller.

But you’re probably wondering where…. Wonder no more. Here are 22 places you must see as a serious traveller;

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Mosque Sheikh Zayed, UAE

Abu Dhabi is arguably one of the most beautiful places to explore on earth. A site worth viewing is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.

Essentially crafted with beautiful white marble, its intricate design which shows a detailed expression of art makes it a beauty worth beholding. It is, however, very important to take dress code into consideration when visiting.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Dubai, UAE, mosque.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

If you’re a lover of wildlife, then you would definitely love this spot. Gazelles, Zebras, wildebeests, and Lions are some of the wildlife you can enjoy here. It is however, best to work with an expert when navigating this beautiful park.

Group of giraffes in the Serengeti National Park on a sunset background with rays of sunlight. African safari.

Plaza de Espana, Spain

Spain is a beautiful country for exploration and the Plaza de Espana should top your list when visiting.

Located in Seville, It’s architectural design is truly unique and its perfect for sight seeing. What’s also great is the fact that it is an amazing spot for taking pictures.

Spain Square or Plaza de Espana in Seville during evening blue hour, Andalusia, Spain

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

If you’re a lover of history, then you would love this site. This landmark is the first religious monument in the world, dating as far back to the 12th century. It is located north of Siem Reap and you can have an amazing view when you climb on top.

Angkor Wat Temple before sunset Siem Reap Cambodia.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls is regarded as the largest waterfall on earth. Larger than Niagra Falls. This waterfall is amazing and can be viewed from the Zimbabwean or Zambian side. Mother nature did a lot with this site.

Zambezi river and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa

Giza, Egypt

Located in Cairo, Giza is known for its sphinx and pyramids. The great pyramid which was built in the fourth dynasty, was regarded as the largest structure on earth until the Eiffel tower was built.

The Seven Wonders of Egypt

Alcatraz, USA

Alcatraz isn’t new to anyone, however, not a lot of people might want to visit for obvious reasons. However, this abandoned prison makes this list, because the detail of its architecture is extremely mind blowing.  You really get to experience how the prisoners lived and what they experienced. Very enlightening.

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison

Old Town Square, Czech Republic

Prague has the most vintage and elegant depiction of what a commercial city should look like. The old town square is lined with old buildings with intricate designs and a huge clock tower dating as far back as the 1400s. As a matter of fact, it is still operational. A very breathtaking sight.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - Buildings on the Old Town square Staromestska Namesti with Tyn Church in Prague during sunset, Czech Republic.

Notre Dame, France

Very popular for its amazing food and intimate restaurants, France is a great place to spend the time with loved ones.

The Notre Dame is a 700 year old cathedral, considered an architectural wonder. It is located on the Seine and each part of the building is perfect for an amazing photo.

Notre Dame de Paris at night, Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Its design is extraordinary and it is easily accessible. You can pay for a ride to get to the top, as well as, enjoy the view from the base.

If you want to take things up a notch, try sticking around for the light shows every 5 minutes, in every hour at night.

sunrise in paris with the eiffel tower

Acropolis, Greece

Athens is an amazing location for tourist worldwide. Great weather, beautiful architecture and sites are all worth travelling for. For the best view, try climbing up the Acropolis. Absolutely breathtaking.

Sunset over the Plaka, the old town of Athens, Greece, with the Parthenon Temple at the Acropolis

Temple Of The Reclining Buddah, Thailand

Also known as the Wat Pho, this phenomenal structure is the largest and oldest temple in Thailand. You can explore its beautiful buildings and paths, as well as, enjoy a boat ride on the river surrounding it.

The very large reclining Buddah in Bangkok Thailand.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu is a mountain located in the Andes. It is believed that the lost city of the Incas was located there for centuries, until it was found in 1911. It is widely popular for its beautiful natural scenery and enlightenment of its amazing history.

View of the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu near Cusco Peru.

Torres del Paine National Park

One of the most distinct and amazing things about this location is the fact that there are more sheep than people.

What’s also unique about this scenario is the landscape design; the granite spires of the Paine massif are layered over emerald green valleys.

Glassy blue lakes and icebergs, also makes this scenery beautiful and unique. It’s perfect for a stroll, as well as, a picnic date.

Guanaco in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile


Iceland as a whole is a work of art. From active volcanoes, glaciers, and hot springs. Iceland is almost like a mixture of both water and fire and its truly breathtaking. It is so amazing which is why it is a staple for many tourists.

Northern Light, Aurora borealis at Kirkjufell in Iceland. Kirkjufell mountains in winter.

Galapagos Island, Ecuador

Galapagos Island is a beautiful national park located 575 miles off the coast of Ecuador. It is a biological marine preserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that also, provides boat tours to tourists. Not sure how to get there? Check out this how to visit the Galapagos Islands guide!

Marine life on the shores of Galapagos Islands. Black volcanic rock contrasts aginst crystal clear water. Seals swimming in ocean tourists on beach.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is beautiful and travel one of the most exotic places in the world. What started as a trading post from Timbuktu, has become a well known post for purchasing unique items.

Djemâ el Fna, the city’s main square, is regarded as the busiest in the entire Africa. So, if you’re a shopper then this should be a must for you.

Le Jardin Secret, Marrakech, Morocco - : Le Jardin Secret, old Medina, Marrakech, Morocco.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coast of Queensland, Australia and the largest coral reef system (1400 miles). Within lies a lot of aquatic life form worth exploring. You can easily achieve this with adequate help.

Great barrier reef

Great Wall Of China

The great wall of China is one of the greatest wonders created by man. Originally built to keep away invaders and enemies, this location has become one of the best tourist sites for a lot of tourists.

An amazing fact about this wall is the fact that it isn’t just one wall, but a series of shorter walls spanning across 5,500 miles. Truly breathtaking.

Great Wall of China at Mutianyu (Beijing)

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful monuments made in honor of love in the late 1600s. The story goes that emperor Shah Zahan built this masterpiece in honor of his wife, Mumtaz, a Persian princess.

It is located south of Agra and one of the finest combinations of Islamic, Persian, and Indian architecture.

Camel in front of Taj Mahal in sunset , Agra , India

Petra, Jordan

Widely visited for its architectural structures and tombs, Petra, which means “rocks” in Greece is an amazing location. This is one of Jordan’s most visited tourist sites and perfect for hiking and taking a stroll.

Monastery with blue sky in background high in Petra mountains


Antarctica is one of the most remote places on earth and worth visiting. Although it’s weather conditions doesn’t make it inhabitable by humans, it gives perfect room for other life forms to flourish.

With the perfect company, you can come in contact with penguins, giant whales, beautiful icebergs, and others.

Three huge blue icebergs drifting across the sea at Lemaire Channel Antarctica

These are some of the best spots. Once you tick them of your bucket list, you can be sure you’re a serious traveler. Enjoy!!

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  • Samantha King

    Sam, a seasoned traveler across four continents and 49 countries, is a leading authority in travel planning. Her website, Travelling King, offers tailored itineraries and expert guides for seamless trips. Sam's expertise in luxury travel, fast travel, and destination guides keeps her at the forefront of the travel community.

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