Now more than ever, it's important for us Kiwis, as well as everyone else in the world, to keep our travel inspo going. At Travel Money NZ, we’re more traveller than banker, and we can’t wait to travel with you again. In the meantime, what better way to reignite your travel day-dreaming than by having a squizz at the 7 Wonders of the World. We kicked this series off by looking at the New Seven Wonders and the Seven Natural Wonders. I don’t know about you, but I am all for a relaxing beachside holiday. And I would definitely relax better knowing I’m on a beach that is also a wonder of the world.
Belize’s Barrier Reef
The Belize Barrier Reef is the world’s second-largest barrier reef (behind our Great Barrier Reef). The reef is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, with an estimated 90% of reef species still undiscovered. Don’t believe me? You better Belize it.
Deep Sea Vents
Imagine a spa bath x1 million. Deep Sea Vents are like giant geysers on the ocean floor. It's now time from a quick science lesson sourced straight off the internet: where tectonic plates spread apart, magma rises and cools to form a new crust and volcanic mountains. Seawater then circles in the crust and becomes really hot from the boiling magma. Pressure builds, seawater warms, and minerals dissolve towards the surface. Then BOOM the hot water jets out the crust for the world’s biggest spa jet. To view these vents, you will need to do a deep water dive, which may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, there is plenty to do on the land too, such as visit The Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos Islands
What a great segway! This brings me to number 3, The Galapagos Islands themselves. These islands are famous for their friendly wildlife. You can get up close and personal with the likes of sea lions and gigantic sea tortoises on this adventure. That’s definitely not your average beach holiday, sign me up.
Northern Red Sea
The Northern Red Sea lies along the northern parts of the Red Sea in Africa. It is the world’s largest harbour of sand, 400 types of coral reefs and over 1,000 species of fish. Surprise: the Red Sea isn’t actually a red sea. However, sometimes it appears that way due to a type of algae that grows within it. When these blooms of algae die they appear to turn the ocean to a reddish-brown colour.
The Great Barrier Reef
Close to home; it is the largest coral reef system made up of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, and is so large you can see it from space. You can dive, snorkel, sail and experience scenic flights to explore this amazing wonder. Make sure you load up your Cash Passport Platinum with all the Aussie Dollars you’ll need to take in this stunning sight across the ditch.
Lake Baikal is an ancient lake located in Siberia. It is considered the deepest lake in the world at 1,642 meters. This lake is stunning all year round. In summer you’ll enjoy vistas across the deep blue waters and soaring mountain ranges, and in winter you’ll see the landscape transform to a powedered-white and icy surface.
Last but not least place we have The Palau Reefs. The Republic of Palau is a small nation of over 400 islands in the western Pacific Ocean. This nation is surrounded by roughly 525 square kilometers of reef. The Palau Reefs are a diver’s dream, with abundant marine life and WWII shipwrecks to boot. If this wasn’t enough, the waters are warm all year round.
The 7 Wonders of the Underwater World will be sure to excite and relax you simultaneously. At Travel Money NZ, we have already started planning our next holiday, and having a big ol’ swim in a wonder of the world sounds like a pretty good idea.
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