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A Traveller’s Guide to the Seven Wonders of the World

26th March 2020

Now more than ever, it's important for us Aussies as well as everyone else in the world to keep our travel inspo going. At Travel Money Oz, we’re more traveller than banker, and we can’t wait to travel with you again. In the meantime, what better way to reignite your travel day-dreaming than by having a squizz at the 7 Wonders of the World. We’ll start this series with the new wonders decided in 2001, after only one wonder from the ancient world remains.

The Great Wall of China

To kick off we have The Great Wall of China, which, contrary to popular belief, wasn't built to keep the rabbits out. The wall is over 21,000 km long, which could be a nice bit of exercise after maxing 20 steps a day from the bed to the fridge. If you’re not up to this (and I wouldn’t blame you), you can choose which area you’d like to walk based on your fitness level and what sights interest you the most. Each section can vary in entry fee, make sure you are prepared by popping some CNY on your Travel Money Oz Currency Pass.

Petra

At number two we have Petra, an ancient city that lies in Jordan’s southwestern desert. Dating to around 300 BC, the archaeological site contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs. The civilization was built around the sun, so that it  would illuminate sacred areas like celestial spotlights. Looking for a travel buddy for Petra? We recommend any friend who you reckon could do with a bit of a tan after being cooped up inside.

 

Christ the Redeemer

You would have spotted this in movies like 2012, Fast and Furious 5, and of course the cinematic masterpiece that was Twilight 4. Located on top of Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer gazes over Rio. It was completed in 1931 and stands at 30 metres tall. This big boy is a popular tourist attraction for Rio, with selfies taken left right and centre.

 

Machu Picchu

This wonder is a no brainer, Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, the exact former use of the city remains a mystery. The complex may have been built as a ceremonial site, military stronghold or a retreat for ruling elites! Plan your next visit and it’s up to you to decide!

 

Chichen Itza

Not to be confused with your friendly farm chicken. Chichen Itza was a large city built by the Mayan people, located in Mexico. It was a significant center of political and economic activity in the Mayan culture. Many of the areas in Chichen Itza are known for their unusual sounds. For instance, if you clap once from one end of the Ball Court, it produces nine echoes in the middle of the court. Claps for Chichen and chickens.

 

The Colosseum

Welcome to the Colosseum, built in AD 80, the 50,000 seated Colosseum symbolises the sheer and historic power of ancient Rome. The Colosseum includes tiered seating encircling the arena built over an underground complex where animals were caged and stage sets prepared. It isn't hard to imagine the gladiators fighting and the spectators barracking in the arena. Feel even more powerful when you can jump the queue* with your Travel Money Oz Currency Pass.


 

Taj Mahal

Last, but not least, the Taj Mahal sits on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife. I wish my favourite husband would do this for me. Check out what else India can offer in our Travel Money Destination Guides.



The 7 Wonders of the World are a great place to start any travel inspo. At Travel Money Oz, we can’t wait to start travelling again, but in the meantime travel inspo will have to fill the gap, or an extra slice of pizza from last night’s dinner!

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