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7 ridiculously amazing places to visit when you retire

We’ve spent a fair bit of time talking about why you should retire, and how much money you should set aside for when that day comes. 

But once you’ve retired, then what? Well, that means you’ve got nothing holding you back, and if you’ve got enough money in the bank from your career, that leaves you with plenty of opportunity to travel the world with your spouse or loved one. 

My grandparents went on a cruise around Alaska when they retired, and had a great time. Here are some holiday destinations you can visit after retiring. 

1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

 

The Great Barrier Reef that surrounds the Land Down Under is the largest coral reef in the world, home to around 1,500 species of fish who thrive around the colourful corals. Just grab a snorkel or scuba gear and dive right in to swim with the fish!

But there’s still so much to do in the world’s largest island and smallest continent. The Land Down Under offers many sights and sounds such as the famous Opera House in Sydney and the Australia Zoo in Queensland, where the late Steve Irwin used to work and perform. 

Australia offers plenty outside the cities, too. One would be its famous wildlife, home to animals such as koalas and the ever-famous kangaroo. Many national parks can also be accessed, such as Kata Tjuta National Park, which contains the Uluru rock. 

2. Sagrada Família, Spain

 

Spain, a country located at the very tip of the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its food, people, scenic beauty, and of course, pristine coastline. Spain is also a country with hundreds of years of history, marked by historic landmarks. 

One such landmark is the Basílica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona, a never-complete Catholic church dating back to the late 19th century. It is famous for its iconic eighteen spires pointing to the clouds.

The country is also famous for its traditions, such as its La Tomatina Festival, where residents and visitors of the town of Buñol throw tomatoes at each other for fun, and of course, its famous Flamenco dance. 

3. Venice, Italy

 

The home of pasta and pizza, Italy is also so much more than that. Italy is a country with a rich history, being the home of ancient Rome and its conquests across Europe. As such, it has many, many ancient landmarks left behind.

Venice is best known for being separated by canals running through the entire city, and as such needing boats to travel around. It is not just unique, but also has hundreds of years of history behind it, making it a must-see to visitors to Italy. 

Other landmarks include t he Colosseum in Rome and Leaning Tower of Pisa and . In fact, with 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Italy is tied with China. While you’re in the country, you might as well visit Naples, the birthplace of pizza and try out some of the best traditional Italian pizza. Like France below, Italy is famous for its wine, such as Trebbiano and Montepulciano. 

4. Mont Blanc, France

 

No travel list is complete without France, and for good reason. With an annual tourist count of some 89 million, France remains the most visited country in the world, and has been for the past few years. The country is famous for its scenic beauty, history, and of course, food. 

Mont Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps, and in general the highest mountain in all of Europe, nestled in the border right between France and Italy. If you’re a lover of the outdoors and want to go on a long hike through the valleys surrounding the mountain, this is for you.

France is also home of many, many famous landmarks, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral (which was sadly ravaged by fire last year), and of course, the Eiffel Tower. Some of the best wines in the world come from its endless boulevards, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

5. Hongcun Village, China 

 

One of the oldest countries in the world, with over 3,000 years of history, China also boasts stunning landscapes and friendly people. One cannot say China without thinking of the Great Wall. Stretching over 21,000 kilometres and having over 2,300 years of history, it is without a doubt China’s most famous landmark. 

Outside the cities are the site of numerous picturesque villages, some of which are as old as the country itself. One such village is Hongcun Village, located at the foot of the Yellow Mountains in Anhui Province. Built over 900 years ago and home to 1,500 people, the village features ancient Chinese architecture, lotus ponds, and the surrounding countryside.

Other attractions also include the famous Forbidden City and Summer Palace, both in Beijing. If you’re an animal lover, you can also visit Dujiangyan Panda Base, a giant panda conservatory and home to many of the animals. 

6. Empire State Building, USA

 

The Empire State Building in New York City is perhaps the most famous skyscraper in the US, and the tallest in the entire world from its construction in 1931 until it was dethroned by the Ostankino Tower in Russia in 1970. At 102-storeys tall, it is the ninth tallest building in America, and features an observation deck on the top floor that gives a panoramic view of the city. 

The United States also contains many other attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. There are also many national parks, such as Yosemite and Yellowstone.

7. Vøringfossen, Norway

 

We end this list off with Norway, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. With awe-inspiring peaks and crystal-clear lakes, the country definitely fits the bill. The country is known for its natural beauty and scenic wonder, with natural landmarks such as Vøringfossen, the country’s most famous waterfall, and Trolltunga, its most famous rock formation. 

Due to its proximity to the North Pole, it is also one of the best countries to catch the spectacular Northern Lights. You can sit back and watch as lights dance in the night sky over your heads. The best time to visit would be between September and March, when the nights are dark and full of wonder. 

Its towns are no less scenic. Norway’s third largest city, Trondheim, is known for its vibrant streets and nightlife, along with its famous colourful stilt houses facing the Nidelva River. 

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