UPDATE: 1052 Things to Do Before I Die


Back in February, I posted about my goal of seeing as many UNESCO World Heritage sites as possible. Since then, we have managed to visit 14 sites, across five countries. We still have two more to see here in South Africa, plus at least four more countries to visit before we leave, to try and make a dent in the 937 sites left to see.

But, just to make sure we don’t get bored, UNESCO has gone and added another 21 new sites to the list. You can see the whole list here.

Of the new places, I have already been to one when I was younger, the Archeological Site of Phillipi. That leaves a grand total of 957 places to see before I kick the bucket! (As I mentioned in the original post, seeing all of those places isn’t actually my life goal. I actually love that the list just keep getting longer every year, as it inspires me to keep moving!)

There are only two new ones in Africa, in Chad and Sudan. Neither of those were at the top of our tourism wish list, but the UNESCO sites look so gorgeous I might just have to add them on there.

Actually, all of the new sites are stunning, but Spencer and I both shared a favorite: Nan Madol, Micronesia. The site is made up of 99 little islands that were made by humans over 500 years ago. The tiny, picturesque islands are scattered with the ruins of palaces, temples and tombs. The place looks so magical, but it is listed as “in danger” from climate change and coastal erosion.

And, Micronesia is only 8,900 miles away from Johannesburg… 🙂


Which site would you most like to see?




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