Like most people, you probably have an extensive travel bucket list. There’s Denmark, South Africa, Brazil, Australia and probably a billion other places you want to visit, and not just once. Wanderlust is hard to satisfy. With the power and influence of the media, it’s easy for us to feel FOMO as we see our friends, or even strangers, post photos in a magical, far-off land that we can only see through our screens.
If there’s anything inevitable, it would be the forces of climate change and cultural transition. The world is not what it used to be so that spot you saw on Instagram that you want to visit? It might not look like that or even exist in the decades to come. Start planning your trips for what’s at the top of your list and visit these 10 destinations while you still can.
What’s most troubling about glaciers is the rate of how fast they’re losing mass. Each year, the glaciers lose between five and seven meters in ice thickness. The Pitzal Glacier ski resort gained attention for ordering, in short, large white blankets and spreading them across 15 acres. The melting has slowed, although its positive effects are temporary.
Athabasca Glacier, Alberta, Canada
The most visited glacier in North America, Athabasca has significantly thinned in the past few decades and shows no sign of slowing down.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
It’s estimated that we only have two decades left to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world, due to rising ocean temperatures, coral bleaching, industrialization and pollution rates. These factors threaten the thousands of organisms and ecosystems that call it home. If you visit as a tourist, it’s heavily emphasized to follow reef etiquette when diving or snorkeling and to only choose reputable tour operators.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Home to 150 glaciers in the 1800s, the park now only has a mere 25 due to climate changes. That number could become zero by 2030. The biggest solution is decreasing our individual carbon footprints in order to slow global warming.
Little Italy, New York, New York
Little Italy once flourished as a neighborhood but has now lost its authenticity and is quickly losing space due to the neighboring Chinatown, increasing rent rates, and the decrease in ethnic Italians that populate the area. The area has been reduced to a select number of restaurants and eateries targeted towards tourists. It will be unable to be rebuilt if businesses and merchants leave.
The Maldives are a tropical nation comprised of more than 1,000 coral islands. Known as the flattest country in the world, it has the lowest high-point of any country in the world. Because of this, a rise of only three feet in sea levels could submerge the Maldives and make the islands uninhabitable.
Miami, Florida, United States
Due to a slowing gulf stream and heating oceans, Miami is predicted to be underwater as early as 2030.
Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that notoriously buried Pompeii, is predicted to erupt again one day. If this happened, Naples would be destroyed, endangering three million and wiping out all of its cultural history.
San Francisco, California, United States
The last large-scale quake was the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 with a 6.9 magnitude. For the past couple years, there have been warnings of a large earthquake that could come anytime between now and 2038, with a 99.7% chance.
Venice has long been facing ruin. Famous for its canals, one of the world’s most romantic cities has been sinking as much as 4mm per year. The situation is only exacerbated by an increasing amount of floods.