Don’t freak out, but there are a number of destinations across the globe that might not stand the test of time. Considering the rapid effects of climate change, global warming, beach erosion and other manmade disasters, there are several bucket-list destinations around the world at risk. Read through this list of famously sinking and lesser-known endangered destinations.
The incredible sinking city, Venice has water rising around its city streets and building walls for years. With no signs of stopping and higher rains causing flooding, the famous canal is spilling further into the city.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Due to the warming climate, the number of glaciers lining Montana’s famous, impossibly beautiful Glacier National Park steadily decreased. Where once was more than 150, only 25 remain. Glaciers are disappearing at a faster rate, with maybe little to none left in a decade.
Beach erosion is major issue for the beloved Seychelles islands. Sitting in the Indian Ocean waiting out the tide, the islands of the Seychelles are said to have anywhere between 50–100 years left in existence.
Neighboring the Seychelles Islands, many studies say Madagascar’s delicate forests have about 30–35 years, due to recent fires and fickle climate.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Another warming effect, Tanzania’s snow-covered peaks and iconic Mount Kilimanjaro have been melting significantly over the last 90 years. Between 1912–2007, the snow-covered mountain top was said to have melted around 85 percent of its ice.
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
Tikal National Park and the Mirador Basin in Guatemala house some of the world’s oldest and most spectacular Mayan ruins. Years of illegal looting and arson may be the death of the historic locale, as they have been a threat to the land for years.
The Everglades, Florida
Once known as the most threatened park and wetlands in the United States, the Florida Everglades deal with a constant struggle of flooding, invasive species and urban development.
The Sundarbans, India and Bangladesh
Due to deforestation and over development, nearly 4,000 miles of land and water in the Ganges Delta are at risk. Known as the Sundarbans, this forested area streams across India and Bangladesh and is home to wild animals and endangered species. With so much pollution and deforestation for fossil fuels, the area is experiencing grave erosion.
Glaciers of Patagonia, Argentina
The dryer the climate, less rainfall and higher the temperatures in Patagonia rise, the more at-risk the glaciers. The tourist destination has long revolved around the natural wonders, which are shrinking.
Zahara de la Sierra, Spain
Deep in the mountainous region of Andalusia, Spain, the province of Cádiz is losing wildlife and forested areas. Known as the Zahara de la Sierra, rising temperatures and lower rainfall account for most of the natural loss.
Machu Picchu, Peru
One tourist destination you may know all too well is at risk: The ruins of the Incan Empire of Machu Picchu. Hosting millions of visitors each year, the tourism limit is set for 2,500 visitors per day, but there’s a call to cut back further to protect the lands.
The Galapagos Islands
Another fragile ecosystem, the Galapagos Islands have been reported in danger due to over visitation and invasive species. The unique wildlife of the area requires a well-balanced habitat, recently rocked by foreign species.
The Congo Basin, Africa
One you may be aware of, considering it has been in danger for years, but the Congo in Africa is the world’s second-largest rainforest and home to thousands of diverse species. Due to climate change and evolution, the United Nations recently predicted nearly two-thirds of the rainforest may be wiped out by 2040.
The Great Wall of China
The only Wonder of the World seen from space, The Great Wall of China may be in danger of over-farming and erosion. The more than centuries-old creation is of epic proportions, but is beginning to show its age.
The Dead Sea
Bordering Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea draws its water from the River Jordan and decreased in size by nearly one-third, or 80 feet, in the last 40 years.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, still the largest in the world, decreased by nearly half its size over the last 30 years. This steady decline is a well-known aspect of coral in general, but coral bleaching has been ripping through the Great Barrier Reef at impressive speed. Due to acid pollution, scientists believe the reef could be gone by 2030.
Tread lightly on your next family vacation and opt for easy swaps to reduce your carbon footprint, wherever possible. Consider these endangered destinations on your next getaway and check out a few easy ways to go greener in your daily life.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.