The Ultimate Travel List of Places to Visit in 2017 (Hurry Before They Disappear)

09. January 2017 Travel Tips 0
The Ultimate Travel List of Places to Visit in 2017 (Hurry Before They Disappear)

We always hear about global warming, pollution and the effects people are having on the environment, but do we ever pay attention to it? Without seeing the causes we are having on the planet it is easy to brush everything off. But when you sit down and plan your next family holiday, maybe it would be worth considering one of the places on our list for your trip because they might not be around much longer! With places all over the world, choose a continent from the dropdown below and find out where you should visit before it's too late.

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Islands of the Seychelles, Madagascar (Africa)

A popular destination of choice for honeymooners and travelers looking for sun, sea and sand, the islands of the Seychelles are the perfect get away, lying just off the coast of Madagascar. With a population of around 92,000, the 115 islands are slowly vanishing due to beach erosion and are in potential danger of disappearing completely in the next 50-100 years.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (Africa)

The snowy peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania are a wonderful sight that might not be around for much longer. Africa's highest mountain is an example of global warming in action, around 85% of the ice that once covered the mountain back in 1912 has now melted and even more recently around a quarter of the ice that was present in 2000 is also no longer there. It is predicted that within the next two decades the glaciers and snowy peaks could be gone.

Madagascar's Forests, Madagascar (Africa)

Madagascar's forests are home to 50 species of lemur, two thirds of the world's chameleons and hundreds of other animals, Madagascar is the ultimate holiday for animal lovers. While Madagascar is depicted as an island overrun with thick forests, this is far from the truth, almost 90% of the island's original forests no longer exist and hundreds of it's unrecorded endemic species will be lost before they have even been discovered.

Africa's Congo Basin, Congo (Africa)

The Congo Basin is the sedimentary basin of the Congo River, spanning across six countries- Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Responsible for producing around 25% of the worlds oxygen, the Congo Basin is one of the most important and vulnerable wilderness areas on the planet. Packed with gorillas, elephants and buffalo, while not mentioning the number of potentially undiscovered animals that may reside there. Much like the Amazon, the Congo Basin is threatened by deforestation due to mining, illegal wildlife trade and even illegal logging. Environmentalists have estimated the forest and it's wildlife could be gone by 2040.

Egyptian Pyramids and Great Sphinx, Egypt (Africa)

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest of the three pyramids and the only original members of the "7 Wonders of the World" still standing, having been completed in 2560 BCE. The pyramids have unfortunately felt the effects of time, as there are now concerns that they could eventually collapse due to pollution.

The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan (Africa)

The Door to Hell is a natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan, that collapsed into an underground cavern in 1971, becoming a natural gas crater. Geologists set it alight (in 1971) in an attempt to stop the spread of methane gas and it has continued burning ever since. It has since become a huge tourist attraction bringing in tourists from around the world to witness the spectacle. No-one is sure when it will finally burn out and extinguish or if the government plan to extinguish the hole themselves, but it might not be around much longer. 

Aral Sea, Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan (Africa)

While many places are currently being threatened by the increase in sea level, the Aral Sea is suffering from a drought. Found between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the Aral sea was once the fourth largest lake in the world! But in the 1960's the rivers feeding the lake were diverted and since then it has been slowly drying out. In 2007, the lake was found to be 10% of it's original size and had actually split into several smaller lakes.It may soon become nothing more than dried out lands and the once huge lake could be gone forever.

The Dead Sea, Jordan & Israel (Asia)

The Dead Sea is now living up to it's name and is actually dying itself. Well known for it's very high salt levels (which allows visitors to float without any effort at all). The sea has attracted people from all over the world for years, with a mix of human and geological factors having contributed to the slow demise of the sea. The water levels are falling at a rate of around three feet per year and over the last 15 years over 1000 sinkholes have naturally appeared. At it's current rate the sea could dry up in a few decades.

Taj Mahal, India (Asia)

The Taj Mahal is one of the most iconic buildings to exist in the world. Attracting around 7-8 million tourists every year. Made from marble, the site is seeing the effects of huge tourism attraction, it has been permanently damaged by air pollution, acid rain and general disintegration of the construction materials. Experts noticed cracks starting to form in 2010 and experts believe the site could one day collapse due to these effects.

The Great Wall of China, China (Asia)

The Great Wall of China is one of the most well known monuments in the world, attracting millions of tourists from around the world. The wall has recently come under threat of being destroyed due to over-farming, natural erosion and the selling of brick with historic engravings on them. All of this has led to the damage and destruction of nearly two thirds of the Great Wall of China.

Maldives, Republic of Maldives (Asia)

​The Maldives are known for their beautiful beaches, amazing snorkelling spots and five-star resorts that draw in tourists from worldwide but as the lowest lying country in the world, it is predicted that the Maldives could become the first country to get lost at sea and potentially washed away and all by the end of the twenty-first century (if sea levels continue to rise at their current rate).

The Sundarbans, India & Bangladesh (Asia)

Bordering India and Bangladesh, the Sundarbans (Which roughly translates to "beautiful forests") is home to a vast wealth of threatened species, including the tree-climbing mudskipper fish to the world's last population of mangrove-dwelling tigers. Currently under threat from harmful sewage, industrial pollution and heavy deforestation for timber.

Komodo Island, Indonesia (Asia)

Komodo Island was established to protect the endangered Komodo dragon in 1980. With a wealth of coral and rare marine wildlife, it's a huge attraction for divers and photographers. The island and it's surrounding waters are under threat from coral bleaching and ocean acidification as well as the rise in human population and tourists that are swarming to this once untouched island.

Ko Ta Pu, Thailand(Asia)

Ko Tapu (Translated as the Nail Island) is a 20 meter tall sea stack that towers over Phang Nga Bay. The stack became popular in 1974 featuring in the James Bond movie "The Man with the Golden Gun". Since then the stack attracts thousands of tourists and sightseers. It has recently been feared that the stack will soon collapse due to the shaky ground beneath.

Ranthambore National Park, India (Asia)

Ranthambore National Park covers an area of 400 sq km and is one of the largest national parks in northern India. The park, along with it's inhabitants are facing many problems which could see them disappear soon. The park itself struggles with environmental issues and it's main inhabitant, the tiger, which is responsible for attracting visitors, is facing threat from illegal poaching. The number of tigers within the park has dropped drastically and they could die out within 15 years.

Yangtze River Area, China (Asia)

The construction of China's $24 billion Three Gorges Dam has dramatically affected the Yangtze River Area, driving wildlife from it's natural habitat and endangering the lives of already endangered species. Giant Pandas and the Yangtze finless porpoise (which could be extinct by 2025) are hugely affected. The Yangtze River area draws in tourists with it's wildlife, all of which could soon be gone.

Zahara de la Sierra, Spain (Europe)

Zahara de la Sierra is a municipality in the small province of Cadiz in the hills of southern Spain. It was once known for the contrast of white buildings (It is considered to be one of the "white towns") and beautiful greenery, but in recent years it has started losing a lot of it's wildlife and greenery because of a rise in temperature and a drop in rainfall.

Venice, Italy (Europe)

The "Floating City" may not be floating for much longer. Venice is slowly sinking onto it's wooden foundations, having fallen around 12 cm during the 20th Century but with rising temperatures it is also under threat from rising sea levels, which have risen around 11 cm during the same time period. The city is aiming to install a system of mobile flood gates in order to keep the city afloat but it could already be too late.

Alps, Switzerland (Europe)

If you're a hiker or a winter sports fans, then this is bad news! Due to the Alps sitting at a lower altitude than most other mountain ranges, they feel the effects of climate change more than most. Every year, the Alps loses around 3% of it's glacial ice, if it continues to melt at this rate, every glacier on the mountain range could be melted by 2050. 

Olympia, Greece (Europe)

Olympia, the site of the first ever Olympic Games (776 BC) and one of Greece's top archaeological sites to date. Due to hot and dry summers, wildfires have become more and more common in Greece, scorching the surrounding areas and worryingly close to the ancient ruins. With temperatures rising and lower than average rainfall in the area it'd be wise to visit sooner rather than later.

Bordeaux Vineyards, France (Europe)

The Bordeaux Vineyards attract many tourists all looking to try the vintage French wine, fresh from the vineyard. But with weather changing so drastically France's beloved wine-growing region could be facing a two-thirds fall in production over the next 40 years. As a result of this many French wine producers are moving to Sussex and Kent in England, where acreage under vine has nearly doubled over the past ten years. Meaning you might no longer be visiting Bordeaux when you fancy a wine tasting weekend.

Pravcicka Brana, Czech Republic (Europe)

In northwest Czech Republic, the Pravcicka Brana is the largest natural sandstone arch in Europe. it used to be accessible to tourists, during which time the arch eroded by 80 centimeters (32 inches). It has since been closed to the public (since 1982),while tourists have to been allowed upon the arch, the process of disintegration continues and it is suggested by geologists that the arch may collapse within a few decades.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy (Europe)

The reason for the perhaps eventual disappearance of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is obvious. The top of the tower is displaced from the center by 3.9 meters (almost 13 ft), the tower may eventually follow in the footsteps of the bell tower in Pavia, which was also tilted until it collapsed in 1989.

Azure Window, Malta (Europe)

The Azure Window is a limestone natural arch and one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island of Gozo. The arch has been created by the erosion caused by the sea crashing against the structure, but unfortunately there is no may to prevent the further corrosion of the structure which has constantly been  disintegrating over the years. It is predicted that the structure might not stay standing for much long, having been given a few years until the sea claims it.

The Mirador Basin & Tikal National Park, Guatemala (North America)

Home to the mysterious ruins of Mayan civilisation the Mirador Basin and Tikal National Park are facing rough time with illegal looting and an increasing number of forest fire threatening to destroy the ruins.

Montana's Glacier National Park, USA (North America)

Montana's Glacier National Park is a favourite among outdoorsy people, with over 700 miles of hiking trails spanning alpine meadows and gorgeous lakes, you can understand why it's so loved. But as beautiful as it might be, Glacier National Park is a victim of rising temperatures. Of the 150 glaciers that existed in the park around 100 years ago, there are only 25 remaining. These 25 have been given a lifespan of 15 years by scientists, who predict that increasing temperatures will soon get the better of the park.

The Florida Everglades, USA (North America)

The Florida Everglades are considered one of the most threatened parks in the US. The park is currently under threat due to the influx in water levels, introduction of new species, and new urban development in the surrounding areas.

The Alaskan Tundra, USA (North America)

​Barely touched, the huge almost desolate arctic tundra covering Alaska's northern and western coasts is the coldest biome in the world. But, in recent years Alaska has seen a rise in temperature - faster than the average global rise - which has led to the region's permafrost thawing. 

Belize Barrier Reef, Belize (North America)

The Belize Barrier Reef is a part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second largest in the world and is the top tourist attraction in Belize. Popular with photographers and divers and home to numerous species including whale sharks, manatees and sturgeons, the area has sadly suffered from a lot of coral bleaching, oceanic pollution and uncontrolled fishing. It is estimated that around half of the coral in the reef is already irreversibly damaged.

Denali Nation Park & Preserve, USA (North America)

Denali National Park is currently home to around 6 million acres of Alaskan wilderness, where travellers can spot wildlife roaming freely and enjoy pictures perfect views. In recent years, with temperatures rising, the glacier's have begun melting at an alarming rate and snowfall has reduced significantly, all of which is having a detrimental effect on the wildlife, the one attraction that draws tourists to the park.

The Grand Canyon, USA (North America)

The Grand Canyon is listed as one of the 11 most endangered historic places in USA. It gained this spot due to the increased development surrounding the area from uranium mining to tourist resorts. These could all lead to the destruction of parts of the Grand Canyon and also to it's main water source, the Colorado River.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia (Oceania)

The Great Barrier Reef is home to around 2900 coral reefs, 600 islands and more than 1500 species of fish, it's one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet. Unfortunately, the reef has been shrinking in recent years, having lost about half of its coral coverage over the last 30 years as a result of tropical storms, ocean acidification and coral bleaching. It's predicted that if carbon pollution levels and sea temperature continue to rise the coral could face irreversible damage by 2030.

Nauru (Oceania)

Nauru is the second smallest country in the world behind the Vatican. Like many small islands it is under threat from rising sea levels, the country stands at a height of 71 meters and could soon be washed away if ocean levels continue to rise.

The Twelve Apostles, Australia (Oceania)

The twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of Australia. However, erosion has seen four of the original twelve stacks crumble and collapse, leaving just eight standing. With sea levels rising the erosion of the stacks is only increasing and is eroding at a rate of around 2 cm per year.

Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand (Oceania)

Sitting on the west coast of New Zealand's southern island, the Franz Josef Glacier is a major tourist attraction site for the region, drawing in around 250,000 people per year. The glacier was seen to be growing up until 2008 but has since entered a rapid state of retreat and according to estimates could be gone within one hundred years.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador (South America)

The Galápagos archipelago is another sun, sea and sand destination, which is why in recent years it has blown up as a place to visit. Once Described by Charles Darwin as "a little world within itself", But with growing tourism and interest as a holiday destination, the islands are no longer the secluded ones they were many years ago, now with a growing population, four airports and an all to regular influx in cruise passengers visiting, the islands are falling victim to general human wear-and-tear. 

The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil (South America)

The Amazon rainforest covers around 2.1 million square miles of land and is home to over one third of Earth's plant and animal species, as well as some of the world's last uncontacted tribes. Unfortunately the forest known as "Earth's Lungs" is at huge threat of deforestation, over the past 30-40 years around 40% of the Amazon has been destroyed, for mining, industrial agriculture and illegal logging. 

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia (South America)

Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni are the largest salt flats on the planet and a huge attraction to travelers that have a thing for photography. Salar de Uyuni contains half of the world's lithium reserves, which are unfortunately now being extracted by the government to keep up with the demand of lithium batteries (mainly used in mobile phones), with the demand for phones and technology growing, Bolivia's salt flats might not be around much longer.

Patagonian Ice Fields, Argentina (South America)

Argentina's Patagonian Ice Fields comprise of the largest body of ice in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica. The glaciers are thinning at a rate of around six feet per year! Out of all the glaciers, 90% are shrinking, while the other 10% are actually expanding. Soon they could be lost at sea without a trace.

Tahuamanú Rainforest, Peru (South America)

The Tahuamanú Rainforest is one of the largest supplies of mahogany in the world. It is home to many rare animal species such as giant armadillos, jaguars and parrots. The forest is currently decreasing in size due to illegal logging, the cost to the ecosystem has also been damaged by gold mining companies that have polluted the waters in the region.