There are some places so special they should be at the top of your trip wish list, not only because of their unique character but because their existence as it currently stands is likely to change drastically in the next few years. So make sure to add these places to visit before they disappear.
The Deep Sea
How ironic is it that the Dead Sea is on the verge of death itself? Due to diminishing flow of water, water usage, and increased water evaporation, the Sea is drying up and is likely to go extinct within the next century. When visiting, you must test your floating skills in the world’s deepest hypersaline lake; witness the Qumran—a place that held the oldest bible intact for more than 2,000 years, and do a sunrise hike to the top of the Masada, an isolated rock plateau that is one of the best spots for panoramic views of the Dead Sea and Moab Mountains. Hotels such as the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar and Evason Ma’In are in close proximity to the Sea and are reasonably priced at under $200 per night. And there’s so much more to see in this region from Jerusalem to Petra.
Easily among the most beautiful archipelagos in the world, the white sand and sapphire beaches of the Maldives offer one of the most breathtaking island experiences. Unfortunately, according to climate scientists, the Maldives is at risk of disappearing due to the rising sea levels, so make sure to visit the Maldives before the country goes under the sea.
There are numerous things to do in the Maldives, and not surprisingly, most involve water. It’s a top spot for diving and great for snorkeling, fishing, and sailing. There are fabulous private island resorts throughout the Maldives, which cost upwards of $1,000 per night for overwater villas, but it feels like you have paradise all to yourself. For barefoot luxury at its finest, try Cocoa Island by COMO; Cheval Blanc Randheli; Jumeirah Vittaveli; and the new St. Regis Maldives. And for the ultimate experience, the Four Seasons, which has 2 properties and a liveaboard catamaran offers a three-resort itinerary that provides you 9 nights of island bliss!
What’s more thrilling than walking on water? Walking in water might become the norm, as the city is sinking, and one day it may begin restricting access to visitors. I once visited Venice during one of its record torrential rains and had to scramble to buy knee-high plastic rain boots to step in the foot-deep pools created in the piazzas and walkways. It was quite an unexpected adventure in one of the most iconic cities in the world.
There is quite a lot you can do once you reach this place. You can rent a boat to ride through the Grand Canal or even go to the Campanile—a 99-meter tall iconic building that oversees the city. You can visit several wonderful museums such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection or buy amazing glassworks from Murano. Visiting the city can be a bit pricey, so expect to pay at least $300+ per night for lodging near the famous Grand Canal. A few recommend hotels are the PalazzinaG for modern, Venetian interiors designed by Philippe Starck, and the Hotel Danieli, which has that old-world Venetian charm in a fantastic location overlooking the Grand Canal and next to St. Mark’s Square.