The World’s Most Stunning Natural Wonders

When you’re planning a journey across the globe, you want to make sure that you stop off at all the best places.

You may want to visit the larger-than-life Pyramids in Egypt, scale the Great Wall of China, or enjoy the unique architectural style of the Taj Mahal.

These are all impressive sights to say the least, but why not start with some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders? Sometimes the most phenomenal structures are those created by nature itself.

The Great Barrier Reef

Fish in Great Barrier Reef
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This beautiful collection of reefs, located in the Coral Sea just of the north east coast of Australia, is home to over 7000 different species and boasts one of the most diverse habitats in the world.

The vast reef stretches 2300km across the ocean, and is one of the few natural wonders that can be viewed from space.

The best way to view the reef is by snorkeling and diving. This will allow you to come face to face with some of the thousands of species of tropical fish, and if you’re lucky you might encounter a sea turtle!

However, if you’re not a keen swimmer you can also witness the reef life on one of the glass bottomed boats tours or by visiting an underwater observatory. This allows you to absorb to fantastic natural beauty of the area whilst keeping dry! Then when you feel like having a rest from the hub of reef activity, you can visit the stunning local beaches and soak up the sun.

Aurora Borealis – The Northern Lights

Aurora Borealis
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While North Sweden and Norway might be a less popular holiday destination than the Australian Gold Coast, the sights it offers are no less spectacular.

The Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) are one of the world’s most fascinating natural phenomenon, which puzzled people for centuries.

The lights occur at high latitudes between the months of September and March. Many people find the undulating northern lights to be a magical experience unlike anything they’ve ever seen.

Auroras are caused by emissions the collision of electrically charged particles from the sun and earths gases in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. This causes wisps of green and pink light to appear in the night sky. During periods of intense activity the Aurora may even manifest bright flashes of yellow and scarlet – think of it as the Earth putting on an impressive light show!

Northern Norway is the most popular tourist destinations for those wanting to catch a glimpse of the Aurora. Make sure you pick a crisp, cloudless night and avoid the full moon as any other natural light sources may dampen the experience somewhat.

Finally, don’t forget to wrap up warm as temperatures can drop to -15⁰C during the harshest winter months!

Halong Bay

Halong Bay
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Just a few hours east of the capital Hanoi, the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam is home to a breathtaking cluster of monolithic limestone islands rising from the ocean, known as Halong bay.

Not only are these formations breathtaking to see, they are showed in myth and history.

The name Halong means “where the dragon descends into the sea”, and stems from a mysterious legend surrounding the creation of the bay. The local myth tells us that a family of giant dragons once occupied the bay. The dragons were sent by Gods to protect the people of Vietnam. When they arrived, they began spitting out jewels into the sea, forming the islands. Halong Bay is an ideal fortress to protect against invasion!

These days Halong bay is predominantly inhabited by small fishing villages who sustain themselves by plying the water for fish and mollusks. The two largest islands, Tuan Chau and Cat Ba, are tourist hotspots with a small collection of hotels, restaurants and stunning beaches.

This is just a snapshot of what is out there, and if you aren’t planning on travelling yet, you should!

Gemma Pearson writes for Lenstore.co.uk, an ecommerce retailer that sells cheap contact lenses