Pretty much wherever you go in the world you will come across what are described as “natural wonders”. For many travellers, visiting these often spectacular and beautiful spots is the highlight of their trip. Typically, they go home feeling they have seen something truly special. So, if you are travelling to a new country it is always worth checking out what nature has to offer as well as adding manmade sights to your ‘must see’ list. However, to get the most out of these trips you need to be prepared and take the right approach.
Stay near the sight
Try to stay close to the natural wonder you are planning to visit. This should allow you to enjoy it from a different, and often better, point of view.
For example, the right fallsview room at the Marriott on the falls hotel lets you get a panoramic view of most of the waterfalls. It also means that you get the full effect of the fireworks and light shows when they are held. Most of the time, you will have to pay a lot more for this type of room, but it is usually worth it. Just be sure to check out the reviews and other traveller’s photos of the room and view before you travel. That way, you should not be disappointed when you get there.
Take the right photographic equipment with you
When you visit somewhere very beautiful or unusual, it is always nice to take photos and videos. Years later, you will be really glad that you did.
Well in advance of your trip; take a look at some of the articles on this website. It is a photographic site that specifically covers the subject of photographing landscapes. There you will find advice about which lenses to use and how to create the best shots.
The right attire
If you are cold and wet or boiling hot and sunburned you really are going to feel pretty miserable. It does not matter how special or beautiful the sight you are visiting is, if you are not wearing the right clothes and footwear, you will not enjoy it. Before you go, check what the weather is likely to be and pack accordingly. Be sure to look at the weather for the actual natural attraction you are visiting. Some of them are in really out of the way places that have their own microclimates, so weather information for the general area may not help you much. Again, you can learn from other travellers about what sort of attire you need by reading their reviews.
Make sure you are fit enough
Some of the really out of the way places, like Machu Picchu, require you to be pretty fit to be able to get to them. Before you travel check to see if there is a trek involved and take the necessary steps to ensure you can complete it.
Provided you bear the above tips in mind you should enjoy your trip and return home with good memories of your experience. As with most things in life, preparation is key.