9 Places to See Before the World Ends

  • party, confetti
  • hore abbey, cashel, ireland
  • vicissitudes, underwater sculpture
  • cemetery, graves, gravestones, merry cemetery
  • cave, belize, splunking
  • 12 apostles, australia,
  • hell gift shop
  • great wall of china
  • flowers, garden
On December 21, 2012, the 5,125-year-long cycle of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by the ancient Mayans, will come to an end. What comes next? Some say the end of the world. Which means: Cue the party, stop paying the mortgage, and get out there and see someplace you've never been. But with so many places in the world to see, which one should you try to visit in the month we have left? That's the question we put to the staff of IndependentTraveler.com and its sister site Cruise Critic. Here are nine must-visit places perfect for waiting out the end of days. Click on any image to the left to start the slideshow.

--written by Dori Saltzman