If you’re an avid traveller and have a list of countries you need to visit in your lifetime, make sure to include Australia on that list, as this place is every traveller’s dream. Not to mention that lately it has become even more popular. Why is that?

Well, the appeal of Australia lies in the fact that, despite being one of the most highly urbanized countries in the world, the continent is known for its abundance of wide and wild open spaces, very diverse landscapes, a plethora of natural wonders, and fabulous beaches and deserts.

It’s a country with a unique character that mixes the comfort and modernism of cosmopolitan metropolises like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth, with a unique wildlife.

For nature lovers, the rare natural wonders of Australia are the main attractions that make the country so appealing.  One of the most popular and most visited tourist attraction in the country is the Great Barrier Reef, which stretches for almost 3000 kilometers and is located near the northern coast of Queensland. With a diverse and colorful ecosystem – 400 types of coral and 1,500 species of tropical fish – it’s a true treat for the eye and offers a great experience to divers.

The sacred site of Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is equally popular among travellers. It’s basically a 348 meters high (1,142 feet) sandstone monolith, with a circumference of 9.4 kilometers (5.8 miles) that offers a spectacular view at sunrise and sunset due to the different hues that envelop it.

Other unique places that make Australia worth visiting are the rocky white sand dunes and cliffs of Shark Bay, the MacKenzie Falls, Fraser Island, the Blue Mountains, King’s Canyon and many other beautiful places included in the more than 500 National Parks found in the land down under.

What’s more, beach lovers have no less than 11,000 beaches to choose from. It would take one around 27 years to visit them all, one beach a day, imagining someone embarked on such an adventure.

The vibrant lifestyle, the relaxed atmosphere, along with a thriving art scene and cultural diversity, make Australia a place anyone would like to live in. The people are friendly, laid-back, open minded, and last but not least, very active and full of life. Besides, they don’t just enjoy incredible weather and landscapes – they also eat delicious food and drink quality wines, adding to the already great Australian experience and making a visit there a recipe for unforgettable travel memories.

Considering all this, we can safely say that Australia is a complete holiday destination, as it’s not just a travel heaven for adventure seekers, but also a paradise for art enthusiasts, food lovers and those travelling on a budget.

There are a lot of unique places in the world that deserve to be praised and treated like treasure. The seven ancient wonders unveiled by the Greeks are definitely among them and anyone interested in history and culture should go see them, but a series of new wonders have been uncovered recently and they are equally as amazing.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, a huge white-marble mausoleum built in Agra between 1631 and 1648, is an impressive architectural accomplishment of the Mughal empire. It was commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in order to serve as tomb for the remains of his favourite wife, and it took 16 years to be finished.

The building is unique because it includes some truly remarkable architectural innovations and faithfully reflects the Mughal architectural style, focused on balance and symmetry.

The pyramids of Sudan

This might be a surprise for some, but Sudan has more than twice as many pyramids as there are in Egypt, most of them in the eastern city of Meroe on the river Nile and marking the tombs of royalty of the Kingdom of Kush, rulers of Nubia for a long time.

There are actually over 200 pyramids, most dating from 300 B.C. to A.D. 350. They are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a lot of travel agencies now offer trips to Sudan that include a visit to the pyramids privately guided, six-day trips where you can visits the pyramids.

Machu Picchu

Discovered in 1911, this pre-Columbian Incan citadel was built in the mid-1400s and is believed to have been a sacred archaeological center for the Incan capital of Cusco or a royal retreat for emperor Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui.

Tourists can get to the settlement located on the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains,only by foot, train or helicopter. What’s amazing about this site is the fact that its walls and terraces are integrated into the rock.

Colombia’s Lost City

Although less famous than Machu Picchu, La Ciudad Perdida de Colombia is 1,000 years and is an archaeological site located in Sierra Nevada. Discovered only in 1972, the place is believed to have been founded about 800 CE, which means it’s some 650 years older than Machu Picchu. It is also believed that the city was abandoned during the Spanish conquest.

Great Wall of China

Situated in Northern China, the Great Wall is an ancient series of walls and fortifications made of stone, brick, wood, and earth, with a length of over 13000 miles. It’s the world’s longest manmade structure and was built as a protection measure across the historical northern borders of China in order to protect the Chinese Empire from invading Mongols.

A popular myth about the Great Wall of China claims that it is visible from the moon, and though this statement was debunked on numerous occasions, it’s still ingrained in popular culture.  

Lion’s Rock in Sri Lanka

This amazing site is an ancient lion-shaped rock fortress that resembles a giant piece of sculpture. It’s recognized as a World Heritage Site and dates back to the late 400s. With an elaborate and imaginative site plan, the place was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.

Portugal’s Roman Mansions

Built in the 2nd century BCE, the Roman ruins of Conimbriga in Portugal have been overlooked for a long time but have now started gaining popularity among tourists.

The gambling world is a fascinating and appealing environment for many, but not all people can enjoy it legally. That’s because there are rules and regulations that differ from country to country and even from one type of game to another (lotteries, online poker, horse racing, sports betting each have their own rules).

Sports betting is illegal, for instance, in the majority of US states, but the legislation is constantly changing, so gambling fans should always keep an eye out for any new law. And we suspect a big change is about to take place on the US gambling scene, as the Supreme Court has recently issued a landmark decision that might just pave the way for states to legalize betting on sports.

On Monday, May 14th, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, the 1992 federal law that barred states from legalizing sports gambling, with a few exceptions.

Up until now, Nevada was the only state where it was possible to wager on the results of individual games. But as a result of the new ruling, a series of US states including Mississippi, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia are planning on passing new laws that would finally allow people to bet on aces betting, on sports like football, basketball, baseball and others.

But how did this historic change happen? Let us explain from the beginning. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992. According to this law, US states had one year to let the federal government know that they wanted sports betting to be legal within their borders. Nonetheless, Nevada, Montana, Delaware and Oregon were the only states that did so, so PASPA basically blocked sports gambling in all the other states.

In 2011, a referendum was organised in New Jersey and voters asked for legal sports betting in their state. A year later, the NCAA along with the major sports leagues in the country asked for the New Jersey law to be blocked. Their argument was that it infringed PASPA, but they actually want to protect themselves somehow.

After the federal court’s ruling in their favor, the state of New Jersey went forward with the case to the Supreme Court, arguing that PASPA was unconstitutional, As it turns out, seven justices agreed. However, this does not mean that sports wagering will automatically become legal in all states. New laws have to be passed in each state that wants legal betting on sports.

It’s a well-known fact that banning gambling doesn’t mean it will actually disappear, it will be pushed to the black market. Several parties stand to benefit from this historic decision; first the States, as they will benefit from the tax revenues generated by gambling; tech companies, fantasy sports companies, esports companies, and of course, the sports fans who will be able to enjoy a new kind of entertainment.

Leagues are also on the list of entities that will benefit from all this. They have long said that gambling was morally bad for their games, but they are certainly prepared to deal with it. Leagues are now saying they need an integrity fee to offset the costs involved by the monitoring activity they have to do to protect against cheating.

Several states have already taken action and passed bills to legalize sports gambling after the go-ahead from the Supreme Court.