Whether it’s the biggest, tallest, smallest or longest, we’ve put together a list of destinations across the globe to visit for some of the greatest travel wonders of the world – be it natural or man-made landmarks. Purely based on their record-breaking attributes, anyone who has a travel wish-list, should make sure these holiday hotspots make a star appearance. Seven wonders not to be missed are:
VENEZUELA: to see the world’s highest waterfall ... Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world's tallest waterfall, at a dizzying height of 979 metres or 3,212 feet. Venezuela also boasts a bevy of natural wonders including Andean peaks, turquoise seas, steamy jungles, and if all this still isn’t enough to tempt you to visit, it plays host to the longest Caribbean coastline of any one country at over 1,750 miles. So there’s plenty of room to simply lie on the beach and relax!
HAWAII: to see the world’s largest volcano ... This grand title goes to Mauna Loa on Hawaii Big Island. When measured from the base to the top, it towers more than 17,000 metres or 56,000 feet above sea level. But if volcanoes don’t make you erupt with joy, then head to the gorgeous rainforests and beaches for sun, surf and cocktails.
EGYPT: to see the world's longest river ... The Nile is the world's longest river at 4,160 miles or 6,695 kilometres long and runs through Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Burundi and Egypt into the Mediterranean Sea. A great place to meander this fertile green valley is Egypt, where, on the banks of the river one of the oldest civilisations in the world began and, therefore, the biggest monuments in all antiquity can easily be explored. So it’s a must-see destination for all.
AUSTRALIA: to see the world’s widest canyon ... The Capertee Valley, New South Wales, Australia is the world's widest canyon. Although the USA’s Grand Canyon is more famous, Capertee Valley is one kilometre wider, and also longer. But don’t stop here. Nature's list of wonders in Australia is longer than the Great Ocean Road. Dive the Great Barrier Reef or walk in a rainforest. Surf the beaches or cruise the Whitsunday Islands. Go wild on the west coast or trek into the vast desert of the Red Centre.
ITALY: to see the world’s smallest country ... The Vatican City, at a mere 0.2 square miles, is the world's smallest country. Located entirely within the city of Rome, Italy, the Vatican City is so small that the entire country does not have a single street address! Outside, Rome is an epic city bursting with life. Its architectural heirlooms are merely the tip of the Roman iceburg with lively cafes, cigar-smoking priests, a barrage of scooters and piazza’s packed with pizza and pasta restaurants.
MALDIVES: to see the world’s flattest country ... The Maldives is the flattest country in the world with a maximum elevation of only 2.4 metres or 8 feet. In fact, the highest point in the Maldives is the lowest high point in the world! The lack of gradient in the country is a great concern, especially with rising sea levels. If the water raises only a couple of feet a large number of islands could disappear. So don’t put off a visit to this fragile beauty spot. Enjoy its idyllic natural beauty, barefoot luxury, sugar-white beaches and clear blue seas now!
CHINA: to see the world’s longest wall ... The Great Wall of China, which measures a staggering 8,852 kilometres or 5,500 miles, needs no introduction. Its aptly named title is the most popular tourist attraction in China and is genuinely part of the Seven Wonders of the World.