Do you need a reason to take a trip in 2019?
In his book called The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain offers a reason that only the renowned author could present to readers.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
The heavily philosophical reason to take a trip offered by Mark Twain is just one reason why a trip in 2019 should be on your calendar. We offer five more reasons you should take a trip in 2019, which includes visiting one or more of the historic marble buildings located throughout out the world.
Reason #1: Famous Marble Buildings
As one of the most durable, as well as most versatile natural stones, marble is the primary component and in many cases the only component used to construct some of the world’s most revered buildings. The breadth of the use of marble to build commercial and public sector structures spans Asia, Europe, and both Americas. Construction professionals can cut and carve marble to present uniquely beautiful appearances. Marble handles just about everything Mother Nature throws at it and the shiny natural stone brilliantly reflects sunlight to create a stunning cascading visual effect.
With dozens of famous marble buildings in the world, which one makes the top of the list for taking a trip in 2019.
The Taj Mahal
It is not just India’s most famous structure; it is also arguably the most famous marble building in the world. Millions of visitors flock to see the iconic Taj Mahal every year for a variety of reasons. The world renowned landmark is the burial place of Shah Jahan, who reigned as the monarch of the Mughal dynasty during the 17th century. India imported hundreds of tons of marble to construct the Taj Mahal, which sits in the middle of two massive pools and behind what is considered by many travel experts to be the most beautiful garden in the world. As one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, the Taj Mahal receives the majority of its visitors outside of the rainy season.
Here are four other mostly marbled constructed structures that are great reasons to take a trip in 2019:
Great Pyramids at Giza
The Supreme Courthouse
Reasons # 2: Speaking of Egypt
You might opt to visit the marble wonders called the Great Pyramids at Giza and once you spend time there, you have the wonderfully mystical country of Egypt at your traveling fingertips. Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed several new discoveries since the beginning of 2017. The new dig discoveries have found their way into Cairo museums that are open around the year for visitors to enjoy. The Great Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings take visitors back to what many archaeologists classify as the epicenter of where human civilization started. Anticipated to open early during the 2020’s, the Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to present some of the rarest artifacts available for public viewing anywhere in the world.
Reason # 3: Grand Natural Spectacle
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Grand Canyon offers visitors myriad mesmerizing vistas that surround the majestic American National Mark. In 2019, the Grand Canyon celebrates its 100th anniversary. Park management has planned dozens of special events to commemorate the centennial anniversary. Human artifacts displayed at the park go back more than 12,000 years, with the canyon itself time stamped around five million years old. At 277 miles long and a mile deep, the Grand Canyon offers visitors dozens of recreational activities, from rock climbing to exploring the Colorado River basin. Hike the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden or simply find a spot along the South Rim to view the spectacular colors that come alive when the sun sets.
Reason #4: An Historic Gem in Scotland
Have you watched one of professional golf’s major tournaments that was held in Scotland? You marveled at the finely carved white sand dunes, as well as the deep turquoise sea and the steep mountains that are home to ancient castles. All of this defines Scotland, but so does the splendor on display on the Hebridean Islands. The most famous of the Hebridean Islands is the Isle of Skye, but you also want to schedule time to see the Lewis and the Harris islands, which receive fewer visitors than the main tourist attraction called the Isle of Skye. As home to Harris Tweed, who invented the woven cloth and that has been dyed and spun by natives for hundreds of years, Harris Island offers beautifully stunning views of the sea. You have to put the standing circle of boulders at Callanish on your must see list. The site has fewer visitors than Stonehenge, which means you can stand next to the amazing boulders for a photo shoot.
Reason #5: Aloha from Hawaii
Despite the devastating volcanic eruptions on the mountain of Kilauea in May of 2018, along with an unprecedented number of tropical storms hitting at least one of the Hawaiian Islands, the Aloha State continues to be at the top of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The incredibly diversified landscape covers lush rain forests and arid microclimates that remind visitors of the Arizona and North African deserts. Laid back ambiance makes the trip to Hawaii ideal for professionals that need several days to get away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is back to 100% fully operational to give park visitors complete access to the numerous trails that weave among active volcanic activity. Some of the culinary destination that should make waves in 2019 include Binchotan Bar & Grill located at the Fairmont Orchid. Locally picked produce and harvested should make the restaurant a popular place for visitors to immerse themselves into the multiple cooking styles found on the Hawaii Islands.