One of my favourite sayings by Ralph Waldo Emerson reads, ‘Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.’ Fortunately, you don’t need to look for a wellness retreat – some destinations just help us cultivate that inner beauty and happiness so that it shines forth even more brightly. If you’re looking for a truly inspiring and fulfilling travel itinerary that is both exciting and spirit-renewing then look no further than this list!
Guryan Saikhan National Park, Mongolia
Mongolia emerges as if from a dream, a landscape of gemstone-embedded greenery and overarching skies. This ancient land allows any traveler to experience adventure and an inexplicable sense of belonging at the same time. In the south, the gorgeous Gobi desert offers an imposing and sun-softened scenery, peppered by sublime sand dunes and eye-pleasing vistas. The Guryan Saikhan National park boasts more than 600 types of plants and 200 spectacular species of birds. If you decide to travel up north then you can visit the superb Khusvul Lake, with its crystal-clear blue water and magnificent mountain views.
No matter where you decide to go Mongolia’s definite charm lies in the natural tranquility that seems to permeate all things.
Tiger’s Nest, The Paro Valley, Bhutan.
The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is precariously perched on a cliff’s side and it never ceases to be a magnificent sight to behold. To get up there you’ll be required to do a- more than worth it!- forest hike. But this is no ordinary hike, as you’ll be transported into a gorgeously colorful canopy of trees sprinkled with blooming flower buds and singing birds! Bhutan’s Law requires that 60% of the country must be forested – and this mandate will make your trip all the more gratifying. The Tiger’s Nest, both the journey and the arrival, is promises to be a breathtaking experience.
Elephant Sanctuary, India
A great way of getting a well-deserved time off and showing some compassion is to volunteer your time and love. One of my personal bucket-list activities that I think fulfills both of these goals wonderfully is to volunteer at an Elephant’s Sanctuary and what better place to do so than gorgeous, gilded India? To spend time at an Elephant Sanctuary implies sharing a perfect day with these gentle giants – and a great place to do so is at the Bandipur National Park, one of the most popular parks in South India.
It is naturally a home to endangered Elephants and a spectacular place to give them some truly needed love. And if you want to learn more, read about this blogger’s experience at Elephant Nature Park.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Great Blue Hole is everything its name encompasses and then some more. Perhaps the Great, Gorgeous, Magnificent Blue Hole would be a more appropriate name. It is a giant submarine sinkhole on Belize’s coast that provides serious divers with the opportunity to submerge beneath crystalline, sparkling waves and witness firsthand some of the wonders of our universe. The deep blue depths filled with stunning coral reefs and precious marine life. If you’re an amateur diver then you’ll love the snorkel at places such as the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, in which you can spot mesmerizing corals and fishes.
Mani is located in the central peninsula, south of the Peloponnese. It is a wonder-filled place with a full-on Mediterranean charm as it is evidenced by its gorgeous villages, flower-lined trails and azure seas. This is a place that exudes a warm, welcoming glow that seems to never fade out. You can pay a visit to the absolutely stunning city of Aeropoli which seems to be taken straight out of a storybook; with its whitewashed stone alleys and blooming flowers, Aeropoli is fit to both enchant and relax anyone with an eye for beauty.
Downtown Kyoto is full of breathtaking art, present both in the amazing artwork lining the streets and the gorgeous traditional machiva (Japanese townhouses) that you’ll be sure to admire. Be ready to taste some truly spectacular tea and see firsthand exquisite crafts that still retain their handcrafted charm, such as tea canisters and textiles.
But Kyoto offers much more; the city hosts some 2000 shrines, like the absolutely splendid Golden Pavilion. This ancient three-story building’s structure exudes perpetual calm, further explored by taking a stroll around its incredible gardens.
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
Gros Morne National park is a World Heritage Site and the second largest National Park in Atlantic Canada. It’s allure lies in its almost alien nature. Bizarre tectonic events have made it so that visitors can witness first-hand what’s left out of centuries of earthshaking collisions. The Earth’s mantle is revealed in all its fascinating splendor and attractions such as glacial valleys and sun-warmed summits make Gros Morne National Park an ideal place to marvel at the vast beauty of our world.
Reed Flute Cave, China
The Reed Flute Cave is also known as ‘The Palace of Natural Arts,’ and for good reason, as it truly seems like what’s best of nature and mankind’s ingenuity conglomerates in an outstanding symphony of beauty. There are many inscriptions, in ink, that have been found to date as far back as 792 AD, which together with the shining stalagmite and other gems, take the cave’s natural beauty to a whole new level. It’s a perfect place to think of just how much truth there can truly be found in fables and myths, as the kaleidoscopic lights shine about you.
Negev Desert, Israel
The Negev Desert, in Israel, is truly a retreat for peace-seekers of all kinds. This desert’s boundless beauty has been admired since ancient times. Though dominating, the Negev Desert transmits a kind of maternal love; a return to our roots if you will. With its tremendously blue skies and stunning desert valleys, the Negev Desert’s sheer beauty provides a mind-blowing escape to the rawness of the natural world.
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