There are certain holiday experiences that you need to make sure you have. They are essential to the enjoyment of the trip, and to helping broaden your mind. A lot of these will be visiting historic places, or taking part in significant events. These are things many people will never get to do in their lives. So it’s important that you make the most of them, and that you document everything.

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Always make sure you carry your camera with you, and maybe even think about making a holiday scrapbook. Here are four epic experiences you need to make sure you have.

Seeing the Aurora Borealis

One of the most beautiful and elegant wonders of the world are the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. These are a natural light display, and one of the most breath-taking natural treasures on the planet. You can view the Northern Lights from many parts of Scandinavia, including Finland and Lapland. This is something you may never get the opportunity to see again. So it’s important to make the most of the experience. Many tours to see the Aurora Borealis are designed to allow you to capture the experience by photographing the Northern Lights. While this is never the same as seeing them in person, it will be great to be able to view these pictures in the future.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty

Something you definitely need to make sure you see is the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Did you know the cultural and historical American icon is actually French?! Yes, believe it or not, the statue was given to America as a gift from France. This doesn’t make it any less significant, or any less entwined in American culture. There are trips you can take from Manhattan to go visit the statue on the famous Liberty Island. Make sure you take advantage of any opportunities you might have to go and see this historic landmark. Take plenty of film to help you capture the sculpture in all her glory.

Ride a Venice Gondola

Venice is often referred to as the city of culture for the entire world on account of its architecture and beauty. One of the primary associations with Venice is its canals, and the gondola boats that inhabit the waterways. If you have a visit to Venice pencilled in you need to ensure that you ride a gondola. This is part of the experience of visiting this wonderful city. You never know, you might even get a singing gondolier to accompany you. After all, the gondola ride is considered to be one of the most romantic things to do in Italy.

Climb the Eiffel Tower

When it comes to historical landmarks, you’d be hard pressed to beat the Eiffel Tower. This is something you have to visit at some point in your life. Book a trip to the romantic city of Paris, and make sure you climb the Eiffel Tower. You will get to enjoy breath-taking views of Paris (be sure to take plenty of spare film and batteries for the camera!). If you go around Christmas time, you may even have the opportunity to ice skate on the Eiffel Tower.

When you go on vacation, it’s important to make the most of it and to take in culturally significant sights and sounds. Many of these might be once in a lifetime experiences for you. There are certain things that everybody should experience, and document, at some point in their lives. Have a look at the points on this list and see which ones appeal to you.