NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Traveling across the world is something many people aspire toward. Visiting far off cities or staring at the natural wonders of the world can have a profound effect on a person.
Ask anyone who has traveled internationally to explain their favorite part of the trip and you'll not only get a story about what they saw, but you'll be immersed in a tale about how that place or object made them feel.
This world offers so much in the way of cultural, intellectual, and natural experiences that it would be impossible to list them all, but if you are searching for your next trip, or looking for a jumping off point for your first international adventure, take a look at the following list of 10 must see places to visit in your lifetime...
This ancient city is home to some of the world's most amazing architecture. Visit Park Guell, or Casa Batllo to see some of the designs created by famed architect Antoni Gaudi.
Probably the most famous site in the city is the basilica, La Sagrada Familia. Work on the famous building began in 1882 and continues today.
The structure is breathtaking and in order to fully appreciate the sheer size of the building it would be a good idea to stand a few blocks away in order to allow your eye to capture the entire thing.
The inside of the building is light, open, and filled with color, while the outside is dark, almost tormented looking with figures that tell stories from different parts of the bible.
London, United Kingdom
An obvious choice for first time travelers, London is a city rich with history. Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and modern monarchs all ruled from the city.
Visit the famed Tower of London and learn how it earned its notorious reputation, or visit the historic royal palaces spread across the city.
If you are looking for a different kind of history visit the ancient Roman sites like the Amphitheatre, discovered in 1998, this amphitheater is believed to have been built in 47 AD.
Other Roman sites found in the city include an ancient Roman fort, the Lullingstone Roman Villa, and the London Roman Wall built between 190 and 220 AD to protect the once important Roman city.
A city with a long and complicated history, the founding of Rome dates back to the early days of civilization.
Ruled by a "Senate" the republic of Rome lasted almost 500 years.
Later the city would become the hub from which the Pope of Rome ruled over the Catholic world.
Some of the more popular tourist sites in Rome include the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, St. Peter's Basilica, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Pizza Navona, the Appian Way, and the Mouth of Truth.
A city filled with cultural and artistic history, Florence was home to Dante, Machiavelli, and Galileo and holds works of art by some of the world's most famous artists including Michelangelo, Botticelli, Donatello, Giotto, and Brunelleschi.
Visit the famous Florence Cathedral, the church's distinctive dome was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and is the image most associated with the city.
One of Michelangelo's most famous works is the statue of David, housed in the Galleria dell' Accademia in Florence.
Other Florentine sites to see include the Stibbert Museum, the Medici Chapel, the Florence Baptistery, and the Fountain of Neptune.
Seoul, South Korea
This city is one of the largest in the world with over 10 million citizens. Visit the city to learn about its long history, including the various names the city has held and what life was like during and after the Japanese ruled the entire country of South Korea.
Popular points of interest for tourists include the War Memorial of Korea, the National Museum of Korea, and the royal palace of Gyeongbokgung, which was first built in 1395 than later burned down and left abandoned for 300 years.
Also visit Jongmyo, a Confucian shrine dedicated to the memory of the deceased Kings and Queens of the Joseon Dynasty, which reigned from 1392 to 1910.
Japan's capital city offers visitors a variety of different experiences including education about the country's artistic and archaeological history at the Tokyo National Museum, the largest museum in Japan.
Visit the Meiji Shrine and you might catch a glimpse of a Japanese wedding, as the Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, is now a popular spot for weddings.
Yoyogi Park, the Chinzan-so Garden, Akasaka Palace, and Showa Memorial Park are all must see places in the city.
Famous for the diverse wildlife that call the islands home, the Galapagos is where Charles Darwin conducted the research that led to his groundbreaking work, "The Origin of Species."
Visitors can make their way to the islands all year long and see Los Gemelos (the twins), two creators formed when magma chambers collapsed on themselves.
Other sites include the lava tunnels on Santa Cruz, the Devils Crown snorkeling site, and the Alcedo Volcano, on Isabela Island, the only volcano tourists can climb and the home to a large population of tortoise.
Another obvious choice for first time international travelers, Paris is a popular tourist destination, as it houses a large collection of artwork, royal palaces, and has one of the best cuisines in the world.
Visit The Louvre and see Leonardo Da Vinci's famous painting "The Mona Lisa," or get lost in the labyrinth at the Palace of Versailles.
Marvell at the famous Notre Dame Cathedral or take a tour of the city's catacombs in which lay the remains of six million people.
This city is the capital and largest in Iceland and is home to one of the most frequented tourist spots in the country.
Visit Reykjavik and soak in the waters of the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa, said to have heeling properties.
Victoria Falls, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia
Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area as "Mosi-oa-Tunya" - "The Smoke that Thunders," Victoria Falls is known as "the greatest curtain of falling water in the world," according to zambiatourism.com.
Columns of spray can be seen from miles away, the website says and the best place to view these majestic falls is on the Knife-Edge Bridge overlooking the main falls.