Travelers’ Night In — Wonders of the World!
On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, the theme was wonders of the world! As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some incredible world wonders!
Here are this week’s questions:
Q1. Which world wonders have you visited? Favorite?
KWanderlust3 Angkor Wat in Cambodia, absolutely unbelievable
ZipSetRachel I hate to betray Italy & the Coloseum, but I think Eiffel tower was my favorite Wonder so far!
aseper Favorite out of all would have to be Machu Picchu. It’s just such a magical place. I’ll never forget seeing it for the first time.
anis_salvesen Taj Mahal. Gorgeous plus love that it was built for a Persian by a descendant of Ghengis Khan- in India
Q2. What should be on considered a world wonder, but isn’t?
AmySchneider13 Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado!
BeehiveBlog the World islands off Dubai are pretty amazing as a man made wonder & I saw them!
aadhuu The Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines
GetPackedTravel Fenway Park in Boston — brats, beer, and baseball, it doesn’t get any better than that !!
Q3. Which wonder is most photogenic?
ACarlton I would say Stonehenge, they make it seem larger than it really is.
justineabigail Fell in love w the Grand Canyon. Truly grand. Majestic, even! Couldnt even come close to capturing its beauty!
whereisyvette Most photographic wonder you’ve never heard of- dunes at Sossusvlei, Namibia
Q4. Tips for travelers visiting a world wonder?
soultravelers3 Go off season, go early or late, go more than once, bring camera, bring family, see at night & day, go non-cruise day, have fun!
dgr_dgr Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints. Talk to locals, find out the culturally right way to experience it
amandaelsewhere think about what color the WW is then wear the opposite color for pictures! I wore grey at Great Wall, bad idea!
MeganSterritt And 1 more thing – check in on FourSq so all your friends will be jealous!
Q5. What should qualify something as a World Wonder?
VivaTravelGuide something that brings tears to your eyes and you´re not even sure why
Kirfara Natural and Historical value. Uniqueness and Heritage status. Sustainability and conservation of immediate environment.
queenbbarb you wonder and ponder in disbelief how it was made or came to be… which is rare these days
mobilelawyer A large number of tourists saying “is this it?” Preferably Americans or Germans.
Image: Stuck In Customs
Q6. World Wonder you most want to visit?
FrenchTwistDC My parents saw giants Buddhas in Afghanistan. That’s lost world wonder that I’ll never get to see
giuliaccia Easter Island next year! is it a wonder? Well, whatever 🙂
nomadicchick I know, been done, but am sooo jacked up about seeing the Taj Mahal. A palace for a woman, I should be so lucky!
BridalTravelGuy Hugh Hefner’s pad.
Q7. Man-made Wonder that tops the rest? Why?
VTjawo Torn between Machu Picchu (How) and Angkor complex (Amazing detail). 2nd place Taj Mahal
HotelPRGuy Great Wall of China; only thing visible from space!
w2nmag Haven’t been but Petra strikes me as an amazing feat for 6th cent. BC. Built from rock in enormous detail and a complex water system
WldTrvlBill Does Dolly Parton count?
Q8. Greatest Natural Wonder? Why?
EBKPR Definitely the Amazon forest for sheer size, diversity and beauty
globaldish The Northern Lights – they are absolutely amazing, and because I get to see them all the time 🙂
TravelingPerly Cappadocia in Turkey,formed out of volcanic eruptions
travelerkate A bit morbid, but do the petrified bodies at Pompeii count? Nature did preserve them & its incredible that you can see emotions
Q9. Biggest disappointment of a World Wonder?
NG_Rome the commercialization of the Colosseum
Scottas66 Discovering they only let you get about a half-mile away from Stonehenge.
BAbackpacker I know the Hollywood sign is not a “WORLD WONDER” but I was so disappointed. It is so SMALL on that tiny hill too.
RickGriffin Lack of climate control and indoor facilities on Mount Everest
Image: Natalia Romay
Q10. Should there be other categories of Wonders i.e. human, technology?
Vagabond3Live I’m gonna say it- my iPhone! I’m addicted.
MidlifeRoadTrip Culinary Wonders and Wine Wonders would make great categories
Moscerina and FASHION– like Lanvin, Nars and Tom Ford
And that’s the week!