A lot of people have a bucket list and usually on that list are places to visit before dying. Well, why not visit those places before even going to college? It is one of the best times to visit somewhere exotic and different. There’s nothing better than flying off after being burnt out from finals, standardized tests, etc., and coming back home with a whole new lease on life, ready to take on college. So here are five places to see before heading off to college, and if one of them is particularly wonderful, then stay for a while!
Athens is the birthplace of Western civilization and a must see destination. History books may paint Athens as only a place of culture, but Athens is definitely more than just culture. Yes, this is one of the best times to visit the Parthenon since it can now be seen without its scaffolding. And of course there must be a visit to the Acropolis Museum and the Temple of Hephaestus. Yet there is much more than just sight seeing, there are amazing beaches in Athens. There is nothing else like relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Athens and enjoying the wonderfully blue Aegean Sea. That relaxation after a day of touring all those cultural places is quite satisfying.
The harbor city of Sydney, Australia is one of the most beautiful and vibrant in the world. Its iconic Opera House is definitely a must see even if it’s not to see a concert or symphony. The location of the Opera House near the Royal Botanic Gardens just means it’ll be an easy walk to see culture and nature. One of the best things about visiting isn’t actually the sights and sounds, but the ability to easily receive a holiday work visa. The visa allows those between the age of 18 and 30 to see Australia without worrying about running of money. It gives time to see more than just the Opera House and the Royal Botanical Gardens, it allows a true immersion into the culture of Sydney, Australia.
Ecuador the Galapagos Islands are known for the animals and Charles Darwin. Maybe thinking about biology and evolution on a trip after high school is not something that would be considered fun, but the Galapagos Islands are an eden. The various islands of the Galapagos contain everything from vast volcanoes to idyllic beaches, not to mention the diverse and friendly wildlife. So who cares about the biology and evolution, the Galapagos Islands are too lovely to miss, and well, hands on learning is always the best anyway.
Exploring Marrakech is exploring the living history and culture of a people. One of the best ways of learning a culture is diving into its market places and Marrakech has a huge market place. The commercial district of Marrakech is warren of small stores. Wandering the area is like wandering into Wonderland, every corner has some interesting new discovery of lush carpets and breathtaking carpentry. Spending money there would not be a hardship either since the dollar is much stronger than the Moroccan Dirham. Just beware that most of the stores are on a haggling system.
Osaka is the place to visit in Japan after high school, Tokyo is the place to visit after college. Whereas Tokyo is a reserved city, Osaka is a youthful, extravagant city. The extravagance of Osaka is exemplified in Dotonbori with its large LED screens and several restaurants of local and street food. Osaka also hosts Universal Studios Japan and Umeda Joypolis Sega, which has two floors of video games. After all the games though, there’s still Osaka Castle and Shitennoji Temple. And if you find yourself falling in love with the culture and sights, might as well take a tour. Japan has one of the best transportation systems in the world. The Shinkansen system allows fast travel between cities and travelers can really take advantage of this with the rail pass. With unlimited rides, might as well see the temples of Kyoto and the vastness of Hokkaido along with the extravagance of Osaka. Any of these places would be wonderful to see and experience, just make sure to remember to register for those fall classes.
Blog Post Written By: Vincent Strokes
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