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1234 places to go before I die

Well this list is an ever going process. First of all I am pretty far from having writen all the needed reviews. Second if I ever achive the aim what shall I do next? It would be sad to have nowhere to go for the rest of your life - there always will need to be the last dream destination to go to.

Updated September 18, 2015
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Palmyra, Syria
    The ancient city of Palmyra is located in the in the dry Syrian dessert. It was centered around an old oasis which meant the area would flourish and become a major stop on the Silk Route to Asia. It was an important city in early times and it was an …
    This review was featured on Thursday September 10th, 2015
  2. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Leptis Magna, Libya
    If you should drop down Tripoli for just a day this is the place to go. Not that you will be that likely to actually just drop by with the current visa situation - but if you are in oil or something and will be in Tripoli on business and got just a…
  3. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Suceava, Romania
    Several agencies will arrange monastery tours from Suceava - but staying at Monica's place it was pretty natural to go on her tour. She is an independent tour guide who will take you more or less where you want if you can get three people together - …
    This review was featured on Tuesday April 22nd, 2008
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Kruger National Park, South Africa
    Driving inside Kruger involves slow driving since the speedlimits are 50ks per hour on the sealed roads and 40 on the unsealed roads. But this is not the only thing which will slow you down. You are likely to be delayed by an extreme number of roadbl…
    This review was featured on Thursday November 26th, 2009
  5. Expensive "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Nagoya, Japan
    One of the most traditional things you can do in Japan is going for one of the six annual grand sumo tournaments. They are held every two month and last for 15 days each. Hence anybody going to Japan for an extended period of time will have a good ch…
  6. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Karijini National Park, Australia
    Karijini National Park is located in the north of Western Australia. It is tucked away far from the major cities of Australia and you will only be able to visit if you got your own car (preferably 4WD) or if you go on an organized tour with some sort…
  7. Ridiculously Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Ningaloo Reef, Australia
    One of the most amazing things you will be able to do when you visit Exmouth is to go out on a trip to the Ningaloo Reef and snorkel with whale sharks. The option of snorkelling with whale sharks is seasonal and they generally tend to only offer the …
  8. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
    Just outside the small town of Charlottesville Virginia you will find one of only three buildings made by Europeans in the USA which has made it to the UNESCO world heritage list. It is Monticello - the building is a nice old southern building. But t…
  9. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Nara, Japan
    One place not to miss in Japan is the former capital of Nara. The city was only the capital of Japan for 85 years from 710. But despite the short period as a capital it did make its mark on the city till this day. Compared to other places in Japa…
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA
    On the border between North Carolina and Tennessee you will find some of the greatest natural scenery in the eastern part of the USA. High in the mountains is a big national park - one of the biggest easts of the Rockies. And just to make it even bet…
  11. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Saint Petersburg, Russia
    There are a lot of museums which are described as world class museum of this or that but only a few really deserve the label world class museum. One that really deserves the title of world class is the Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace in Saint P…
  12. Ridiculously Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
    Yala National Park is one of the biggest national parks in Sri Lanka. It is located down at the coast and is known for its abundant wildlife. You used to be able to spend a night in the park - but the tsunami hit the park and hotel was destroyed and …
  13. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Berat, Albania
    Albania got a couple of old museums town - they were named museum towns under the communist regime - and this was a great advantage because it meant the old mosque and churches survived the atheist campaign in Albania. Berat is the second museum town…
    This review was featured on Monday May 4th, 2009
  14. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Few buildings in the world is of more historic importance than Independence Hall in Philadelphia - and no building in North America can boost of such important events as this old building can. The building was originally built as the Pennsylvania …
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Jelling, Denmark
    Today Jelling is a small insignificant town in Denmark - easy to overlook with the more important city of Vejle getting the attention of the area. But for a brief period during the middle of the tenth century this area was the home of a family dynast…
    This review was featured on Friday May 29th, 2015
  16. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Dambulla, Sri Lanka
    The rock temple is situated on the top of a hill in the outskirts of Dambulla. The caves are a bit south of the main bus station in Dambulla - so it is a bit of a walk if you go from there. The walk is still manageable if the day isn’t too hot - ot…
  17. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    The old home of George Washington is just a short car or bike ride away from the central parts of Washington DC. Hence the place makes an easy day trip or a nice stop on your way south to other parts f Virginia. The place is run by one of the oldest…
  18. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Berlin, Germany
    Brandenburger Tor is one of the old city gates to Berlin. The current version of the gate was build to impress the people coming to the city. Brandenburger Tor is probably the best known structure in Berlin - with the possible exception of the remain…
  19. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Banaue, Philippines
    Rice has been a part of the culture of the Ifugao and Mountain provinces in the Philippines for centuries. About 2000 years ago a major construction were started in this area building the rice terraces and they have been producing a lot of rice ever …
  20. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    The Smithsonian institution is a great old institution originally funded by an English man who had never been to the USA. Today the National Mall in Washington is lined by several museums from the Smithsonian. One of the noteworthy once is the Air an…
  21. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Kutai National Park, Indonesia
    Up in the northern part of Eastern Kalimantan you’ll find the national park of Kutai. The main reason people go there is to see orangutans. Unlike other national parks where you can see orangutans you won’t be guaranteed sightings at Kutai - but …
  22. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Rome, Italy
    65 BC Caesar organize gladiator games in honor of his father who died 20 years before Fact about gladiators: “Gladiator fights used to be a part of the funeral ritual in rich Etruscan families and they could originally only be held in memory of …
  23. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
    According to the local legend the gardens and the royal palace on top of the rock at Sigiriya was built by King Kassapa who ruled from 477 till 495. Other claim it has never actually been a royal palace but a Buddhist retreat on the top of the rock w…
  24. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Kalbarri, Australia
    The national park covers about 1.000 square kilometers of the local bush. It is located just a few kilometers away from the small town of Kalbarri or about 4-5 hours drive north of Perth. The best way to explore the park is to have your own car and j…
  25. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Dublin, Ireland
    When you say whisky most people think of Scots - but they didn’t invent the drink - it was actually brought to Scotland from Ireland by monks. Brewing whiskey - or uisce beatha - is an old traditional Irish drink distilled in Ireland for about a th…
    This review was featured on Thursday March 10th, 2011
  26. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in El Jem, Tunisia
    Unlike many other Roman sights where you will visit the remains of an ancient city there are just one thing in El Jem - the colosseum. This is not a problem at all since the colosseum at El Jem is one of the single most impressive buildings of the en…
  27. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
    The ancient city of Polonnaruwa was founded back in 11th century when a king from southern India came and conquers Sri Lanka - they moved the capital of their new kingdom away from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa which should be easier to defend. The cit…
  28. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Rome, Italy
    10 January 49 BC Caesar crosses the Rubicon - "ālea iacta est" (the die has been cast) Fact about Caesar “Caesar originate from an old Roman Patrician family which claims to descended from the goddess of Venus. But despite the families long his…
  29. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Belgrade, Serbia
    The Nikola Tesla Museum is one of the best museums in the country. It tells a story of the life and inventions of Nikola Tesla who was born in Croatia by Serbian parents. He later went to study in Graz in Austria and then got a job in Budapest before…
  30. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Rome, Italy
    750 BC The rape of the Sabine women Fact about the rape of the women from Sabine “The Romans didn't rape the women in the modern sense of the word - they abducted the women because there was a lack of females in the new village of Rome. The way th…
  31. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Dougga, Tunisia
    The ancient city of Dougga is one of the best preserved minor Roman era cities still in existence in northern Africa. The main part of the city with the biggest monuments is all roman but there are also remains of the Phoenicians who used to rule the…
  32. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
    The battlefield of Gettysburg is the sight of the biggest battle ever to take place north of the Rio Grande and it is probably the most well known of all the battle fields in USA. Thousands of people will go to the small city of Gettysburg to visit t…
  33. Ridiculously Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Horton Plains, Sri Lanka
    Horton Plains is a national park on the top of a hill. There are no public transport going to the park so you will either have to go for a very long walk from the nearest town of at least 7 kilometers up hill (and back down again) - or you will need …
  34. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Cape Range National Park, Australia
    Cape Range is a fairly small national park for Australian standards with a size of only just over 50.000 hectares. It runs along the coast and hence got about 50 kilometres of beaches along the park. The park is close to Exmouth but you still need a …
  35. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    In the centre of Washington DC on top of a small hill is the US Capitol building. It is the home to the House of Representatives and the US Senate. It was first used in 1800 even though the building was still far from finished. During the years the o…
  36. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Anzac cove, Turkey
    During World War I most of the famous battles took place on the western front in France. But one important battle took place far from France - in the old Ottoman Empire at Gallipoli. This battle may not be the most famous of the battles of the war bu…
  37. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rome, Italy
    1084 The Normans conquer Rome Fact about the Normans: "During the 9th century Vikings repeatedly raided northern France including Paris. To put a stop to this the French king gave Normandy to the Viking warlord Rollo - on the condition he would st…
    This review was featured on Thursday January 19th, 2012
  38. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Dublin, Ireland
    The Kilmainham Gaol is the old jail of the city of Dublin. It was originally introduced as a reformed jail - which means it were build with the intention to reform the prisoners of the jail and provide them with certain standards of protection agains…
  39. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Stonehenge, England, UK
    Stonehenge is by far the most famous of the stone circles you’ll find in the area around Wessex. Unfortunately the fame of the place has led the British authorities to use it to extract an exorbitant £8 in entrance fee to go and see the standing s…
  40. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Kandy is the main city in the Hill Country and the natural stopping point if you travel to or from the hill country. It’s the biggest city in the area but it is still so small you will be able to walk around easily. And where ever you go your main …
    This review was featured on Thursday December 15th, 2011
  41. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Cervantes, Australia
    Just outside the small town of Cervantes you’ll find the small Nambung National Park. It is only covers a small area which is dominated by the fossilized remains of ancient trees. The area is easily seen far away because the sand in the area around…
  42. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    In the middle of Mostar is an old bridge - it had been there for centuries connecting one side of the old town to the other. Back in the old days when it was the only bridge in town it was really essential since you would have to travel for miles to …
  43. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Kairouan, Tunisia
    The main sight of Kairouan is the main mosque. It is considered one of the holiest sites in all of Islam second only to Mecca, Medina and the mosque in Jerusalem. Some claim that seven visit to this mosque is equal to a pilgrimage to Mecca itself. He…
  44. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Split, Croatia
    If you ever visit Split you will undoubtedly end up spending a good bit of your time exploring the palace. Most of the old center of Split is the Diocletian Palace which today houses a lot of local life with restaurants, shops and street sellers ever…
  45. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Casablanca, Morocco
    The Hassan II mosque is the biggest mosque in Morocco and one of the few Muslim buildings which are open to non-Muslims in the country. The mosque is built on reclaimed land in the Atlantic Ocean and can be seen from far away around Casablanca. M…
    This review was featured on Saturday January 15th, 2011
  46. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Avebury, England, UK
    While Stonehenge may be the most famous of the stone circles in Wessex there are still more to go and see. The advantage to go to one of the lesser known instead is pretty obvious. They are free of charge where Stonehenge charges a steep £8 for entr…
  47. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rome, Italy
    101 Trajan wins a battle against the Dacian’s Fact about Trajan: “Trajan was born in a non-patrician family in Hispania Baetica (in modern day Spain) but he had a splendid career in the Roman army and rose through the ranks. When the childless s…
  48. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Ancient Salamis, Cyprus
    The ancient city of Salamis is found just outside the modern day city of Farmagusta. There is limited transport out there - hence you will need to find some sort of transport to get out there - either by car or by a taxi. When you have paid your entr…
  49. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Hiraizumi, Japan
    The Chuson-ji is located up on a hill overlooking Hiraizumi. It is one of the main temples of all of northern Japan. The first construction on the site dates back to 850 but the heyday of the temple came much later during the Fujiwara Kiyohira in the…
  50. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Tunis, Tunisia
    The city of Tunis used to be an insignificant small village a few miles away from the much bigger and metropolis of Carthage. It was occasionally home to some minor events like the Romans using the area as a camp site in 255 BC during the first of th…
  51. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Bucharest, Romania
    Ceausescu did leave several marks on Romania but none legacy is more bombastic than one building the Palace of Parliament in the Bucharest. The building of this new parliament meant a big neighborhood in Bucharest had to be demolished to make space f…
  52. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Aomori, Japan
    Showa Daibutsu - Giant outdoor Buddha Amori is the last big stop on the train route from Honshu to Hokkaido - all the trains will make a stop here and you can go out and put your backs in a coin locker for a few hours while you explore the city bef…
  53. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Ella, Sri Lanka
    One of the scenic hikes you can do out of Ella is the hike up Ella Rock. To get there you’ll have to walk for a while along the train track - so you got to look out for the trains. Fortunately trains in Sri Lanka drives at a speed which is sometime…
  54. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Nagasaki, Japan
    The Nagasaki Peace Park is located a little to the north of the actual centre of the city in the area called Urakami. This area used to be the centre of the Catholic population of the city and also used to be the home of the largest cathedral in Japa…
  55. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Trondheim, Norway
    The Nidarosdommen is the most important church in Norway - it was build on top of Olav the Holy’s grave. Olav rule was based in the city of Nidaros which is present day Trondheim and he managed to unite most of Norway while he was promoting Christi…
    This review was featured on Monday April 20th, 2015
  56. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Kakunodate, Japan
    Kakunodate is a small town in northern Honshu located on the Akita shinkansen line. This makes it easy to get to and from the town. The city is a historical town with lots of old houses from the era where the samurai worries where the superior class …
  57. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Sapporo, Japan
    In the outskirts of Sapporo close to the Maruyama stop on the Tozai metro line is a big shrine in the middle of a small forest. The shrine is freely open to the public and many Japanese come here to worship at the main building. A few even go inside …
  58. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Anne Franks House is located in the central part of Amsterdam. The reason people go there is not the house which is pretty ordinary. It is the famous diary the little girl Annelies Marie Frank wrote during the Second World War in which she wrote abou…
    This review was featured on Wednesday August 20th, 2008
  59. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Thomas Jefferson was the first US secretary of state, the second vice president and the third president. Not to mention the former governor of Virginia and the lead author of the Declaration of Independence. Hence it is not too surprising he has got …
  60. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Around the world you will find several mosque with the name Blue Mosque - but possibly the most impressive of all the worlds blue mosque's you will find in Istanbul. The giant Blue Mosque got its name from the blue tiles on the walls of the interior …
  61. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Saint Petersburg, Russia
    The Aurora is an old Russian cruiser which was build in 1903 to be part of the Russian Baltic fleet. But after the Russian defeat to the Japanese in 1904 it was sent to the Pacific along with a large part of the Russian Baltic fleet. The Russian lost…
    This review was featured on Thursday August 28th, 2008
  62. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Monkey Mia, Australia
    The area around Shark Bay is biological a unique area. This is the reason why the area is one of only 20 areas in the world which fulfil all of the four criteria to join the Unesco World Heritage List. The area is as close to the beaten path as y…
    This review was featured on Thursday August 19th, 2010
  63. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Buduruwagala Rock Carvings, Sri Lanka
    When you get to the ancient site of Buduruwagala you’ll only have to walk a short while from the entrance to the rock which has been carved hundred of years ago. When you look at the carvings it is hard to estimate there age for somebody like me wi…
    This review was featured on Saturday November 12th, 2011
  64. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rome, Italy
    5 June 1305 Pope Clement V is elected Fact about Clement "Clement became pope after a long deadlock in the Papal conclave of 1304-5. The Italian and French cardinals were almost equally balanced and couldn't decide who to elect as the new Pope. Fina…
  65. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Troy, Turkey
    When you go to Turkey you will find a country with lots and lots of marble - supposedly there is more marble in Turkey than any other country on earth. So you will be able to go from one ancient site to the next and experience the marvellous ancient …
  66. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Maligawila, Sri Lanka
    You find the ancient statues at Dematal Vihara in a forestry area a bit outside Maligawila. The first statues stand on the top of a step pyramid it was constructed in the 7th century during the reign of king Dappula I. it was found 50 years ago and t…
  67. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Tangier, Morocco
    You wouldn’t expect it - but right in the middle of a small town at the northern most part of Africa you’ll find a small piece of USA history. Right here you find the oldest American property located outside the USA itself and the only American N…
  68. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Naka-furano, Japan
    Just outside Naka-Furano is a fairly big farm specializing in the production of lavender to be used mainly in perfume but they also sell the flowers if costumers would want to buy them. You can get to the farm walking from the station in Naka-Furano …
  69. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Dublin, Ireland
    The Guinness Brewery is the obviously the biggest brewery in Dublin - it takes up a huge part of the city with the big buildings down close to the river. Unfortunately the brewery isn’t open for visitors - but you can go and visit the Guinness Stor…
    This review was featured on Monday June 20th, 2011
  70. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Kumamoto, Japan
    The Kumamoto Castle is generally considered one of the most important castles of Japan. But like so many other castle it is not original. During the 50s and 60s Japan had a period of castle recreation madness. And the Kumamoto Castle of today is from…
  71. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Durres, Albania
    If you walk a bit up the hill from the central part of Durres you will get to a big old building next to the road. It used to be the residence of the king of Albania. But he had to leave Albania when the Italians invaded during the Second World War. …
  72. Very cheap "Nightlife & Entertainment" in San Jose, Philippines
    When in San Jose there is not that many places to go for live music. But one place is Zachary's and going there will be an adventure in itself. The place is located just down a side road to the main street in San Jose - and the tricycle driver should…
    This review was featured on Wednesday November 26th, 2008
joehobo says:
You must add Mannapad to your list...It is amazing as to how an illiterate fishing community in a religiously hindu dominated coast in south India built two huge churches in the 17th century ....check my blogs and reviews...for ref..:)
Posted on: Mar 19, 2013
Africancrab says:
This is an incredible list, I never saw it before. I should take time and go through them as some are on my Bucket List
Posted on: Nov 21, 2011
jaaf says:
Great one!!
Posted on: Nov 13, 2011
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