Life is short. Too much of life is spent grinding through monotonous daily obligations, and too little time is spent on things that count like family, friends, and making valuable memories. As esteemed author and businessman Harvey Mackay put it: “Life is too short to wake up with regrets… If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.”

What better way to make the most of life then travel? The world’s wonders are too vast to see everything in one lifetime, but if you are looking to spice things up and see some of earth’s finest landmarks, you can start by knocking a couple off this list. Spanning the globe from Italy to Oregon, these 10 places will slow your heart-rate, reduce your stress, and most importantly, put a smile on your face. Here are 10 places you must see before you die, because life is just too dang short not to live.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

MOUNT HOOD NATIONAL FOREST, OREGON

BLUE LAGOON, ICELAND

CAIRO, EGYPT

Prepare to be truly struck by awe if you make the trip to Cairo, Egypt. As the 18th largest city in the world, Cairo is both a standing artifact of a past world, while still embracing a modern aura. Cairo’s main attraction is – of course – the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, the lone survivor of the original Seven Wonders of the World. Book a hotel on the bed of the Nile River – the same place where the earliest civilizations first settled. Also, travelers are welcome to take a tour of Cairo’s surroundings by way of camel; the same means of travel used thousands of years ago.

KEY WEST, FLORIDA

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