Hi! I'm James Markey.
Back in 2016 I quit my job to visit the 7 new wonders of the world. Touching down on all 7 continents. In just 7 months.
Here's my diary entries for each location.
April, May, June, July, September, October, November
Christ the Redeemer, Taj Mahul, Pyramids, Chichen Itza, Great Wall of China, Machu Pichu, Petra
Africa, N. America, S. America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Antarctica
|13/4/16||13||Cape Town, South Africa||Africa|
|11/5/16||15||Tokyo / Osaka, Japan||Asia|
|25/5/16||7||Beijing / Shanghai, China||Asia|
|5/6/16||5||Victoria, Hong Kong||Asia|
|11/7/16||3||Dubai, UAE||Asia / Middle East|
|1/9/16||8||New York, USA||North America|
|10||Toronto, Canada||North America|
|18/9/16||11||Los Angeles, USA||North America|
|28/9/16||5||Mexico City, Mexico||North America|
|2/10/16||8||Cancun, Mexico||North America|
|9/10/16||4||Panama City, Panama||North America|
|12/10/16||4||Lima, Peru||South America|
|15/10/16||8||Cusco, Peru||South America|
|22/10/16||1||Lima, Peru||South America|
|24/10/16||10||Rio De Janeiro, Brazil||South America|
|10||Buenos Aires, Argentina||South America|
|12/11/16||1||Ushuaia, Argentina||South America|
|24/11/16||1||Buenos Aires, Argentina||South America|
If you click the destinations in the above map, it'll give you estimates of when I will be there. So, if you fancy a trip to somewhere new for your next week long holiday, why not hit me up and we can go exploring.
Equally, if you've explored some of the world already then I would love to hear your hints and tips. For places to see, ways to travel or just all about your experiences.
What am I most excited about?
At the moment, the two destinations I'm most excited about are at the beginning and the end of my travels. Cape Town, South Africa, is exciting because I have surf lessons and a safari booked. Both of which I've never done before. Antarctica is my final adventure in the travels and is just so different to everything else. It's sure to be an absolute thrill.
Funnily enough there's actually 8, but I'm only seeing seven as I've done the colosseum in Rome before. The "new seven wonders of the world" were announced in 2005 by Bernard Weber after gathering 100+ million votes. Add on to that the only ancient wonder still standing, that's the pyramids of Egypt, from the original list and you have your eight.
The Great Wall of China
A 4,160-mile wall was built to protect China
Petra – Jordan
Ancient capital city was built around 9 B.C. Now visible in its pink stone ruins and carved façade.
Christ Redeemer Statue – Brazil
Standing 125 feet tall atop the Corcovado Mountain high above Rio, this statue took five years to build.
Machu Picchu – Peru
This “city in the clouds” was built 8,000 feet above sea level in the 15th century by Incan emperor Pachacutec.
Pyramid at Chichen Itza – Mexico
The center of Mayan civilization in its day, Chichen Itza is still visible in several structures.
Taj Mahal – India
Built in 1630 by emperor, Shah Jahan, in honor of his dead wife, this white marble structure combines Indian, Persian, and Islamic style of architecture.
The Pyramids of Egypt
Three pyramids, Khufu, Khafra, and Menkaura located at Giza, Egypt.
For more info on the worldly wonders go here
Here's me with my new around the world ticket, looking pretty pleased.