Blame it on the climate change that continues to threaten the places along the coastlines and glaciers worldwide – or – blame it on the humans for destroying the incredible ecosystems by encroaching upon nearly every habitat on the planet. But, the truth remains that danger of extinction is lurking behind some of the world’s most popular travel destinations.
In this post, we’ve listed 18 Endangered Bucket List Destinations You Must Visit Before They Disappear in the future. If any of these endangered places happen to be on your bucket list, you may have to rush off to see the endangered places while they’re still there, even if it means taking a travel loan if you haven’t saved enough. Getting a travel loan can be one of the smart ideas to finance your travel plans, especially when you don’t have the money to travel, you don’t have the time to initiate saving for travel without disrupting your other financial goals, and your bucket list destination is so close to extinction.
1. The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is famous for its stunning landscape and buoyant composition. However, this lowest point on earth is shrinking at an alarming rate. Climate change and slowing of the Jordan River are the reasons the Dead Sea is listed as one of the endangered places in the world.
2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is known for its beauty, biodiversity,and of course, its reference in the movie, ‘Finding Nemo.’ Unfortunately, this beautiful natural wonder of the world is a victim of irresponsible tourism and climate change. Sadly, it is estimated that almost 50% of the reef has died since 2016.
3. The City of Petra (The Rose City)
This city is a massive archeological site known for buildings craved out of a rock face. The natural color of this rock is pink. Hence this city is sometimes called the “Rose City.” Saltwater and erosion have been damaging this city. And it won’t be long before it disappears from the face of the earth.
4. Venice, Italy
The city of Venice is a classic example of how overtourism can spell doom to a city. Venice is sinking. Thanks to the fast and convenient water taxis that pollute the waters, the waves of which are corroding the city’s structure.
5. Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This breathtaking archeological site is abused by millions of tourists. The tourists vandalize the stones, step over the ropes, and leave behind trash. When millions of tourists disrespect the trail, the effect is substantial.
6. The Grand Canyon
The National Trust of Historic Preservation in 2015 has named the Grand Canyon as one of the most endangered historical sites in the U.S. This beautiful American natural wonder is under the threat of the effects of mining and overtourism.
7. The Amazon
The Amazon rainforest spans across 9 countries. It is famous for its biodiversity and has been a habitat for hundreds of indigenous communities. Also known as the “lungs of the world,” the Amazon is threatened by massive deforestation carried out in the name of cattle ranching and mining.
8. The Maldives
The Maldives is a tropical paradise. The island is known for its white-sand beaches. However, this paradise, which is at a mere 8 feet above sea level, is slowly sinking into the Indian Ocean because of the rising sea levels.
Antarctica is facing the effects of climate change. The overfishing and the ice melting are disrupting the region’s food chain.
10. The Great Pyramids of Giza
A must-see for any world traveler, these pyramids are slowly eroding due to climate change.
11. Big Sur, California
Big Sur is known for its beautiful scenery and epic highway drives. But, today, Big Sur stands vulnerable to landslides, droughts, and forest fires.
12. The Alps
Due to global warming, the ice throughout the Alps is melting. Winter sports tourism has made the situation worse by overusing snow machines and covering the snow with blankets.
13. The Galapagos
Fortunately, even today, the Galapagos Islands have beautiful beaches and life in abundance. And you’d still get to see around 95 percent of the species that Charles Darwin saw. However, if tourism continues to grow, these species may not be in the Galapagos for long.
14. White Cliffs of Dover, Great Britain
Heavy storms caused by climate change are eroding the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, 10 times faster today than in the past thousand years.
15. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
This highest point in Africa was made famous through Ernest Hemingway’s short story, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Today, this snow-capped mountain is melting due to the effects of global warming and deforestation.
16. The Congo Basin, Africa
The Congo Basin spans across 6 countries, and it is known as the “second lung of the world.” It is known for its unimaginable biodiversity. But this ecosystem is threatened due to deforestation.
17. Everglades National Park, Florida
Water pollution, climate change, and the altered water flow have wiped out many natural habitats of this national park, including the American crocodile.
18. Athabasca Glacier, Canada
For the past 150 years, the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park has been shrinking due to climate change. If it continues to melt at this rate, this Glacier in North America could disappear entirely.
These are the 18 Endangered Bucket List Destinations You Must Visit Before They Disappear. You may also like to discover more travel destinations across the world.