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Of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, only the Great Pyramid of Giza remains. But starting in 2000, over 100 million people voted in a campaign to choose seven new wonders.
It's one thing to look at pictures of the Seven Wonders, but the prospect of visiting them is a little overwhelming. To help you all get a head start on your bucket list, we've put together a handy guide of how you can actually see these incredible landmarks in real life and book a budget-friendly vacation— you might just find the perfect Bucket List trip for 2022/2023!
Where To Fly Into: Rome, Italy
Admission: Adults (25 and over) are $16, Young Adults (18 - 25) are $2, and Children under 18 are free.
The colosseum is within easy reach in Rome, Italy. Less than a mile southeast from the city center. Take the metro line B and get off at the 'Colosseo' stop.
Where To Fly Into: Beijing, China
Admission: From $6 for adults, $2 for seniors and kids, and kids under a certain height get in for free.
After getting off the plane in Beijing, transfer to Huangtudian Railway Station, then take the S2 train and get off at Badaling Railway Station which is a roughly 20 minute walk from the entrance to the Great Wall.
There's also tourists buses that cost less than $10 round trip.
Where To Fly Into: Cancún, Mexico
When To Visit: May | Best for small crowds without too much summer humidity
Admission: $25 | You will have to pay two fees, and will have two tickets to hold on to while exploring
Chichen Itza is about a 2-hour drive from Cancún. You can take an ADO bus there for about $12 one way and tour the ruins at your own pace. A full-day tour from Cancún will cost around $65 to $80 a person, and may include lunch and cenote swimming.
Where To Fly Into: Cusco, Peru
Admission: From $70 | Advance registration is necessary, since only 2,500 visitors are allowed in each day
Special Notes: The altitude of Machu Picchu is 8,000 feet, and Cusco is at 11,000; acclimating to the high altitude is necessary to avoid sickness
There are many ways to get to Machu Picchu, with varying levels of adventure and cost. The two primary ways of reaching the mountaintop are taking a train or hiking the Inca Trail. To hike the trail, you have to reserve your permit in January, since the government limits the number of trekkers. Most choose a 4-day/3-night route, which costs around $700 or more a person. You can also do a day hike for around $150. There are three trains from Cusco to Machu Picchu, ranging from $90 one way for a budget ticket to over $500 for a luxury car.
Where To Fly Into: Amman, Jordan
Admission: $71 | General admission does not include "Petra by Night," which costs $24
Special Notes: Visiting all the sites of Petra involves a lot of walking and stairs, so wear sturdy shoes
If starting from Amman, you can either join a tour or take the JETT bus to Petra. The ride takes around four hours. If starting from Aqaba, you can take a bus in under two hours. Consider booking a hotel stay in Aqaba if you plan on staying for "Petra by Night," which takes place every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday night.
Where To Fly Into: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Admission: $18 (low season) to $21 (high season) for train ticket
There are three ways to get to the statue: van, train, or hiking. Of the three, taking the train is the most efficient and scenic, and your train ticket includes admission to the statue compound. Hiking to the top is best done early to avoid the afternoon heat, and takes about two to three hours. And of course, you can join a tour.
Where To Fly Into: Delhi, India
When To Visit: November and February | Best for avoiding peak crowds and bad weather
Admission: $16 (plus an extra $3 to visit the mausoleum itself) | Foreign tourists must join a separate queue from domestic tourists
Special Notes: Read up on common tourist scams in the area, including fake guides and rip-off camel rides
The Taj Mahal is located in Agra, which is about four hours from Delhi. You can visit on a day trip, either by taking the train if you're on a budget, or by booking a tour (private tours out of Delhi cost around $100 a person). Keep in mind that the grounds are closed on Friday.