Many people have asked us how we know and decide on where to go on our trips. Similar to my interests in countries, geographical features (such as mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, caves …), and man-made structures (tallest building, longest bridge …) , I have always been interested in learning more about these world wonders. There are the original Seven Wonders of the World, and in 2007, the New7Wonders of the World Foundation (established by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber) announced the New 7 Wonders of the World. I was fascinated by these places, even as they announced the top 77 candidates, and the 21 finalists. Later, I discovered many websites and blogs dedicated to give their opinions of the top world wonders, such as Hillman Wonders, Minube, Lonely Planet, Wanderlust, CNN, LIFE, and much more if you google “100 places to visit“.
It is impossible to get a consensus of the top 100 wonders of the world (and this list will continually change every few years as new natural wonders are discovered and new man-made structures are built). An example of new wonders being added is shown on the Smithsonian’s Sept 2015 article “The 21st Century Life List: 25 Great New Places to See” which includes 5 places on yet completed.
So, we have used a combination of lists to develop a list of places we wish to visit. Our “top world wonders” visited is now listed on a separate page by area, and we list further “wonders” that we would like to visit in our next chapter journeys.