13 Most Famous World Heritage Sites

Easter Island – Chile

Famous for its surviving 887 Moai statues (enormous stone figures), Easter Island is located in the southeast Pacific, just over 3,500 kilometers to the west of Chile. It’s considered one of the most remote inhabited islands on the planet and it’s believed that its inhabitants arrived there between 700-1100 CE.

The Rapa Nui People were a thriving community for many years, and built the big human figures to honor their ancestors. Overpopulation and the introduction of the Polynesian rat eventually brought the civilization to its demise. It became a World Heritage Site in 1995 and receives around 100,000 visitors every year.

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Venice – Italy

Added to the list in 1987, Venice is a group of 118 islands located in the northeast of Italy. These micro-islands are separated by its famous canals and linked by roughly 400 bridges. The World Heritage Site also comprises of the Venetian Lagoon, the shallow surrounding bay covering an area of 550 square kilometers.

During the Middle Ages, the city became a great maritime and financial power, and was also the birthplace of Renaissance artistic movement. However, there have been concerns about its integrity due to the frequent phenomenon of “high water,” where the water levels rise damaging the landscape and cultural treasures.

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Angkor Wat – Cambodia

Stretching over an area of 400 square kilometers, Angkor Wat is one of Southeast Asia’s most important archaeological sites and consists of temples, structures, and communication routes. It was built in the first half of the 12th century and it’s the largest religious monument in the world.

It was originally built by the Khmer Empire as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, but eventually became a center of worship to Buddhism. Angkor Wat was designated a World Heritage Site in 1992 and receives over two million visitors every year.

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The World in Chili

Chili is one of those comforting fall dishes that just hits the spot on a cool, crisp day. A good bowl of chili is warm, spiced just right, and features enough protein to keep you full for ages. We can all agree on the merits of a bowl of chili, but for a lot of people, that’s where most agreements stop. There are so many different kinds of chili that are popular around the world — most centered in the United States, which has definitely become the world’s capital of chili.

The Best Comforting Drinks for Fall from Around the World

As the weather starts getting colder, we start looking for comforting drinks that will help keep us warm.  Some of the most popular options in America are also the easiest to find — there are more than 13,000 Starbucks locations in the United States alone, and they have a huge percentage of the market cornered already — people love their pumpkin spice lattes! However, there are a lot of downsides to visiting a café every day, especially if your go-to order is a sweetened latte or Frappuccino. It’s easy to make delicious warm drinks at home, which allows you to flavor them to your taste, saving both money and calories

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.