We Visited All Seven Wonders of the World — With Kids!

We did it! We have officially travelled to all NEW Seven Wonders of the World with our kids, and we’re filled with gratitude and priceless memories that we created together. It feels like yesterday that we added this family travel goal on our bucket list and the anticipation we built during our world wonder trip planning was only matched by the overwhelming satisfaction we felt experiencing these unique, beautiful and sometimes spiritual locations. Each Wonder of the World was unique and allowed us to appreciate these phenomenal locations and the diversity of our magnificent world.

Riding camels through the Great Pyramids of Giza, taking the luge down from the top of the iconic Great Wall of China, and hiking up Machu Picchu are all moments that matter, and are now etched into our souls.

We are forever changed and the memories, souvenirs, and the incredible people we met along the way, will live in our hearts always.

It’s taken years to see all Seven Wonders of the World with kids.

There are so many reasons we think that all of this travelling paid off. Our kids became global citizens and we spent some amazing family time together. We persevered through hardships and solved problems on the fly  We xperienced new cultures and architecture. And, we became comfortable being uncomfortable. Hopefully reading this article will inspire you to visit one or more of these magical places with your kids.

1. Great Wall of China in Beijing

Just north of Beijing, is one of the most iconic monuments in the world, the Great Wall of China. Visiting this impressive Wonder of the World provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese culture, and meet locals who call the area home. Visitors can sample local foods, see traditional crafts, and learn about the daily lives of those who live and work along the wall.

The Great Wall of China outside of Beijing. Travelling with kids - one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Read more about our visit and the top 5 things to do at The Great Wall of China with kids.

2. Petra in Jordan

When you step into Petra you are immediately filled with wonder, beauty, and adventure. From the moment you catch your first glimpse of the rose-red rock facades of Petra’s iconic Treasury building, you’re transported to a different time and place. Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or simply someone who loves to explore new places, Petra is a destination that should be at the top of your travel bucket list.

The Treasury at the Petra ruins in Jordan - traveling with kids

Petra is definitely one of the seven wonders of the world. Read more about our experience to Visit Petra: 10 Tips for a Smooth Experience with Kids.

3. The Great Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza (are an “honorary status” Wonder for some reason) were built as tombs for pharaohs of ancient Egypt, serving as a final resting place and a symbol of power. They are completely awe-inspiring and the sheer scale, craftsmanship and precision of the pyramids is unbelievable, considering they were built over 4,500 years ago. You can’t help but feel as though you have stepped back in time when you explore them on camelback.

The Great Pyramids of Giza - visit the seven wonders of the world

Read about our visit to Cairo: 7 Reasons to Visit with Kids

4. Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Picchu is on every traveler’s bucket list. I can see how it could feel daunting planning a visit to Peru with kids because of the altitude and maybe the political climate, however, it’s absolutely doable with careful planning. We found Peru magical, and regardless of whether or not you are a spiritual person, you will absolutely feel the energy and spirituality when sitting at the top of this sacred place. The kids will love exploring the ruins, and probably love the condors, llamas and alpacas, too.

Travel to Machu Picchu with Kids

Read about our visit and 5 Reasons to Visit Machu Picchu with Kids. 

5. Chichen Itza Pyramid in Mexico

Chichen Itza Pyramid is one of the most impressive and well-preserved Mayan ruins in Mexico. We were able to explore the ancient temples, wander the lush grounds, and learn about the history and culture of the Mayan civilization. The stunning architecture and intricate carvings are a testament to the incredible engineering skills of the ancient Mayans.

Chichen Itza Pyramid is one of the most impressive and well-preserved Mayan ruins in Mexico, and is recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Read more about our Visit to Chichen Itza Pyramid here.

6. Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Who doesn’t get Gladiator vibes when you see pictures of The Colosseum?

The sheer size and engineering is incredibly impressive and a true testament to ancient Rome’s architectural skills. Walking through the corridors and stands, we could almost feel the thrill of gladiator battles. This is a true Wonder of the World that shouldn’t be missed.

Taking kids to the Colosseum in Rome - one of the seven wonders of the world

Read about our visit to the Colosseum and 5 Must-See Sights when you Visit Rome with Kids.

7. Taj Mahal in Agra, India

The Taj Mahal is considered one of the most beautiful and romantic buildings in the world. It was built by emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved favorite wife who died during childbirth. The Taj Mahal’s exquisite beauty and intricate details are beyond words and can only be truly appreciated by witnessing it in person.

visit the taj mahal in india

Read about the experience of visiting the Taj Mahal with Kids.

8. Christ the Redeemer in Rio, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer is an iconic statue standing on the top of the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This iconic statue stands 98 feet tall (not including the 26 ft pedestal) high above the mountains, and his arms stretch to 92 feet wide. The view from the top is unbelievable and the statue is so high that you are literally above some of Rio’s airline traffic.

Visit Christ the Redeemer statue with kids in tow

Read more here: 5 Interesting Facts when you Visit Christ the Redeemer.

 


We achieved our family goal, and demonstrated to our boys that even though it took years to achieve, we FINALLY did it. I hope that reading about our travels around the world might inspire others to take trips off the beaten path, and maybe even seek to explore and experience the magic of the Seven Wonders of the World.

FAQ: Traveling to the Wonders of the World with Kids

How many Wonders of the World are there?

The concept of the “Wonders of the World” has evolved over time, leading to several lists that categorize various wonders across different eras and themes. Are there 8 wonders of the world? 10 wonders of the world? 39 wonders of the natural world? Yes, for sure. But these are the most recognized lists:

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This is the original list of Wonders, and it includes wonders that were mostly located around the Mediterranean region. Sadly, all but one of these ancient wonders have been destroyed. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only ancient wonder still standing).

The New Seven Wonders of the World. This is “our” list of Wonders. Each location was determined through a global poll. There are also 21 “finalists” that’t didn’t get selected but are also amazing, like Stonehenge, Angkor Wat, and Komodo Island. The finalists are all on our wishlist, too.

The Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The official list highlights the world’s most extraordinary natural formations, like the Aurora Borealis and the harbor of Rio de Janeiro. Various organizations have different and bigger lists that include great places like Halong Bay. There are just so many!

What challenges did you face when traveling to the Wonders with your kids?

While we captured the best moments of each trip in photos, we did, of course, face challenges while traveling with our kids to the Seven Wonders of the World. We encountered all of the usual issues, like managing the kids on long flights, adjusting to different time zones, finding suitable restaurants, and navigating over air, land, sea, by train, car, bus, and taxi.

We were able to make it to each destination because we planned and planned, and because we keep track of world events, we luckily didn’t run into a war, major strike, or political uprising.

My advice? Prepare for the worst, but expect the best. Build in extra time. Be OK if you can’t do or see everything. Be realistic about your kids need to sleep. And eat. And overall, just be patient — with your travel suppliers, with your kids, with your spouse, and with yourself. When you’re on the road, there’s only so much you can do. Things will come up, but the more you travel, the better you’re able to anticipate and avoid them on the next trip. Practice makes perfect!

How do you budget for so much travel to all of the Wonders of the World?

Well, we didn’t do this all in one go. Our first trip was to the Taj (which we’ve seen 3 times now) when our oldest was five. And we ended in Chichen Itzen when he was 21, so we spaced it out over the span of 15 years. Budgeting for each trip is important, and we are quite good at using air miles, opening credit cards for air miles, and traveling in the off-season when accommodations and tours are less expensive. And yes, sometimes we extended school vacations (or even created our own) to do just that.  I might write some more on travel budgeting in the future – let me know if the comments if that interests you!

What did you learn visiting the 7 Wonders of the World with kids?

We think world travel beats traditional school hands down. You can only learn so much from a textbook.
Visiting the New Seven Wonders of the World provided immense educational value – way beyond the history and architecture of the monuments themselves. Our kids were exposed to many diverse cultures, histories, languages, food, and landscapes. We showed them how many diverse cultures survive and thrive, and what kids their age do the same and differently. Each time we travel, we have the kids write daily in their own travel journal, summarizing their day’s adventures. Doing this at breakfast the next day seemed to produce the best results. Documenting their activities and feelings helped them capture the moment, and is also such a great way to remember each trip with them. Creating independent, empathetic and balanced young adults is our goal, and traveling helps reinforce each one of those areas.

Which of the Seven Wonders of the World have you visited?

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About The Author

Samantha

I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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