8 Destinations to Cross off Your Bucket List Before They Disappear


If you have a long list of places around the world that you'd like to see, you might need to start prioritising.

There are a whole host of sites that are endangered due to a variety of factors ranging from political upheaval, too many visitors,, lack of funds, environmental factors, and so much more.

Because of the precariousness of these sites' futures, the sooner you make the trip to see them, the more likely it is that they'll be there for you to see in all their glory when you do.

1. Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, located on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is home to many endangered and diverse species, but was added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger in 2011. According to the UNESCO website, the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra consists of three distinct national parks and has 10,000 plant species, 580 bird species, and 200 mammal species, including the Sumatran orangutan. Protecting the site means protecting those species as well.

2. The Everglades, Florida

The Florida Everglades has a huge amount of biodiversity and is an important natural site, but it's in danger. According to Travel + Leisure, UNESCO added the Everglades to its List of World Heritage in Danger for a second time in 2010 after it had initially been on the list from 1993 to 2007 because of the effects of Hurricane Andrew.

The site also houses quite a few endangered species, further increasing it
s importance. Unfortunately, though, environmental degradation and lots of development threatens the site.

3. Historic Center of Vienna, Austria

The historic center of Vienna was added to UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger in 2017. Because of the risk of modernization that comes along with urban development, there's a chance that the historic center of the city will be irreversibly changed.

With high-rise developments going up regularly, the site - known as the center of one of Europe's most important music and art cities - is losing its history.

4. Potosí, Bolivia

This Bolivian city was added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger in 2014. According to Condé Nast Traveler, the silver mine in the city was formerly thought to be the largest silver mine in the entire world, and the city showcases a blend of Spanish and native cultures.

However, because of the increase in mining and use of more current technologies, the town's actual foundation is in serious trouble.

5. Glacier National Park, Montana

If you've never seen a glacier in real-life, but hope to someday, you might need to make a trip to Glacier National Park in the immediate future. According to Time, although the park used to include over 150 glaciers, that number is now down to around 25.

Not only that, but depending on how quickly climate change progresses, the number could continue to decrease rapidly.

6. Abu Mena, Egypt

Oyster.com noted that the city of Abu Mena was built in A.D. 296 and that it was added to UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger in 2001 because the foundations of the buildings there are primarily made of clay, which are now threatened due to higher water levels.

7. Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

The Selous Game Reserve was added to UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger in 2014. According to UNESCO, much of the reserve has generally remained untouched by humans. A wide variety of animals ranging from elephants to rhinoceroses to cheetahs, giraffes, and more, all call the game reserve home.

Oyster.com reported that Selous also contains numerous kinds of vegetation, from swamp lands to woodlands and grasslands. It's one of the biggest areas of protected wild land in Africa.

8. The Maldives

These islands - known as the lowest-lying country on Earth - are seriously susceptible to rising sea levels, meaning they are in big-time danger.

Time reported that The Maldives, which only sit about five feet above sea level, could potentially be completely submerged within the next 100 years if water levels keep going the way they are now.