5 Places to Visit Around the Globe


Lorin Teng, Staff Writer

Traveling around the world is high on everyone’s bucket lists. Places attract us, especially those with diverse backgrounds and cultures. In this article, I will list five places to visit worldwide, so buckle up and get ready to fly to these destinations and spend some money!

1. Machu Picchu, Peru

This destination is for those looking for a place to stimulate their physical strength and endurance. Machu Picchu, located in Peru, is home to one of the most ancient civilizations since the beginning of time. With 1,600 steps and roughly 183 meters (600 feet), this hike is sure to get you tired. Be sure to pack a lot of water, as this hike will get you physically worked up. Once on the summit of this mountain, you can see the amazing view the Andes Mountains have to offer.

2. Taj Mahal, India

Located in India and part of the seven wonders of the ancient world, this destination will bring you back to ancient India. Named after Mumtaz Mahal, the construction of the Taj Mahal took an astonishing 22 years to complete, from 1631 to 1653. The magnificent marble mausoleum, however, is not so ivory-white anymore. Affected by hydrogen sulfide corrosion, the white marble has been stained and fading over the years. It’s best to visit this place as soon as possible as the original glory of this building is fading. 

Arcadia High School (AHS) junior Avanti Gupta had the pleasure of visiting the Taj Mahal over summer break. 

She commented, “I  really enjoyed going to see the Taj Mahal because of the delicate work that was done on it and the nice view we were able to see [because] we had gone around 5 a.m. and it was such an amazing experience. I would definitely recommend going to see this during the summer months and around morning times.”

3. Paris, France

There are many places in Paris to visit, but the most popular place would be the historical landmark, the Eiffel Tower. Completed in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in Paris, a staggering 300 meters (984 feet), and weighs approximately 10,100 tons. The Louvre Museum is also a must-visit during your stay in Paris. Home to the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, you may visit this museum for about $17. French pastries and desserts and also very popular, so swing down to any pastry store and try the croissants, macarons, and éclairs.

4. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

This destination is for those who are looking forward to tanning themselves on the white sand beaches while listening to the gentle lapping of the clear blue waves. Located in French Polynesia, this tiny island is ideal for scuba diving in the coral reef and relaxing in the seaside bungalows. The water here is so clear, you can see your body when submerged in the ocean.

5. Tokyo, Japan

When visiting Tokyo, the Tokyo sky tree is a must-see tourist destination at night. As the tallest structure in Japan, it is an astonishing 634 meters (2080 feet) and is beautiful at night when lit up. The view of Mt. Fuji is also a must when visiting Tokyo. 

AHS junior Robert (Mako) Amano said, “The scenery in Japan is something I will never forget. From the bustling streets of Tokyo filled with people getting on with their everyday lives, to the lush greenery and tranquility that encapsulated Mt. Fuji.”

Tokyo is definitely worth visiting, both for the food and culture.

No matter where you go, you’re bound to discover hidden treasures and learn something new every day. So have fun and spend money and some quality time with family and friends!


Photo by Tabea Schimpf