If you’re going to experience the apocalypse, which will occur on December 21, you may as well do some travelling and face the world’s end somewhere good. So here’s a list of seven places to be come judgement day - one place per habitable continent and an ultimate seventh destination.
However, this isn’t any list of any places, this is a strictly thought out list, with reason and consideration. After all, when it comes to loosely based, poorly constructed, unlikely prophecies, seriousness is key.
North America: Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Firstly, if you’re choosing America to face the end of the world, avoid New York, it’s just too movie cliche. However, America is the home of the oversized, so take advantage and visit the Grand Canyon for an epic end of the world show.
The atmosphere will be intense and the visuals will stun you. With a bit of luck, the world will end with a decent flood and you can watch the canyon fill to the brim like a drink in a funny shaped glass. If you really wanted to go all out, you could have a go at the classic Evel Knievel motorbike jump. Face it, you’ve got nothing to lose.
South America: Christ The Redeemer, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
As you will probably know, the end of the world prophecies originate because of the end of the Mayan calendar. With ancient civilisation’s connections to Christianity, any chance of saviour from a higher power would likely come from God. Even if you’re not religious, it's probably worth trying your chances visiting The Lord and pushing in on any possible trips up to heaven.
Africa: Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape town is said to be one of the best places to highlight man’s influence on the world. It captures the sea, the mountains and the city all in one scene and Table Mountain is the prime spot to take it all in.
If you are someone that wants to really grasp the true essence of our time on this earth, then there’s no better place to be than Cape Town. With a rich and varied human history wrapped in such diverse natural surrounds you can contemplate our time on the earth as the most influential race this planet has ever inhabited.
Asia: White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
Visiting a tropical island is a standard entry on nearly everyone’s bucket list and in the rush of the 21st century, the chance of ultimate relaxation and tranquility is highly coveted. However, there are hundreds of beaches to choose from, so how do you decide?
Well, at the core of a great beach is the quality of sand and for most, it’s simple - the whiter and smoother, the better. So don’t choose any white beach, choose the White Beach. Often put at the top of the list for Asian beaches, the White Beach is the place to be for those searching to rest in peace.
Although, it is worth noting that come doomsday, the weather may not be so good and the waters may not be so calm, but still, at least you’ve visited a tropical island in your lifetime.
Oceania: Waitangi, Chatham Island, New Zealand
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Although the Waitangi settlement on Chatham Island is neither pretty, exciting or inspiring, this sleepy island town is one of the most easterly settlements on the planet, meaning it is at the forefront of time because of its place on the earth’s spin.
Essentially, this choice is for those out there with little patience who are just looking to get it all over and done with. If you’re fed up of the hype, zip over to New Zealand and be the first to face your end.
Europe: Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
Finish the world how it began and go out with a big bang. With the grim reality of facing your death, you may as well let loose, let it all hang out and party harder than anyone in history. If you’re looking to finish up on an enormous night of alcoholic fuelled debauchery then there's nowhere better to spend your last night than the drinking capital of the world, Dublin.
Let your darker side out, experience it all and have no regrets.
The ultimate destination for the apocalypse: Hell’s Gate, Derweze, Turkmenistan
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Well, it just sums up the end of the world really, don't you think?
James Mellan @jamesmellan1