If the big five-oh is creeping up on you, or you want to plan ahead and tick off a few bucket list destinations before you get a little bit older and wiser, we’ve got all the information you need. Our list of must-see destinations before you hit 50 covers all the bases, and whisks you off on a journey that sees you scaling mountains, staring at iconic landmarks in the city of love, and living it up Sin City style.
Cape Town And Table Mountain
Have you ever looked upon a majestic mountain covered in a sometimes-moody tablecloth? There’s no time like the present. Cape Town’s Table Mountain is so much more than just another tourist attraction. It’s been awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO and is right in the middle of a thriving city, so there is no need to travel off the beaten track to get an eyeful. At night, the mountain is lit up beautifully, and by day it makes for an amazing backdrop for photographs, both from near and far.
It’s no matter of having to stand at the foot of the mountain looking up, either. Don’t fancy yourself an eager mountaineer? No problem! Simply hop aboard one of the aerial cable cars and be treated to a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the entire city of Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Paris and The Eifel Tower
Paris is the city of lights and the Eifel Tower is the ultimate representation of all that beauty. Not many people realise that the Eifel Tower was never meant to be a permanent structure. The idea was to tear it down after 20 years, much to the delight of artists and those who deemed themselves to be the thinkers of the late 1800’s, who considered the structure to be something that disturbed the city skyline.
Today, the Eifel Tower (or “the iron lady”, as it is so fondly referred to) not only still towers majestically over Paris, but also continues to loom in our imaginations, and has become a symbol of romance and true love.
Lapland’s Northern Lights
No traveller’s bucket list will ever be complete without a visit to the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis. The Northern Lights can be seen from a number of places, but one of the best vantage points from which to view this spectacular display of nature, is Abisko in the Swedish Lapland. It presents with the ideal viewing spot due to its unique microclimate. The dark winter nights create the perfect setting for watching the night sky.
Live it Up in Las Vegas, USA
If bright lights and fun are what you’re after, look no further than a weekend in Las Vegas. The gambling capital of the world will have you falling in love with bright city lights and entertainment like you’ve never experienced it before. The iconic fountains, all the casino action you could want, and the famous Las Vegas Strip complete the perfect picture.
New York’s Eternal Flame Falls
New York’s Eternal Flame is located behind a waterfall in western New York. To this day, scientists are baffled at what keeps the fire burning. Many brilliant minds agree that the most likely explanation is that it’s all the doing of the natural gas produced by the ancient rocks under the flame. Others contend that the rocks underneath New York’s Eternal Flame are barely warm enough to keep a teapot brewing.
For a true flight of the imagination, the Eternal Flame is one have to see before you turn 50.