Life is too short to spend grinding through boring everyday obligations and we spend too little time on more valuable things like friends, family and making precious moments. A well-known businessman and author, Harvey Mackay, says “Life is too short to have regrets. If your life changes, let it be. If you get an opportunity, take it.”
Spanning the world, here are top 10 places you should visit to kill your stress, slow your heart rate, and put a dazzling smile on your face. Here are the best places to explore before you die as life is too short to avoid these things.
10. Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon
If you live in the US, there are chances you don’t need to go too far to have a stunning getaway. For example, ocean, mountains, and lush green forests collide in the Pacific Northwest. There is nothing to beat the beauty of Pacific Northwest than the verdant greens of Mt. Hood National Forest. You can truly feel the serenity and beauty of Mt. Hood which is among the highest mountain peaks in Cascade Range. You can take a hike through the breathtaking trails and pines to Mirror Lake, relax on a tent and explore the finest displays of nature.
9. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is the most stunning metropolis in the world which showcases the beauty of natural world with temptations of urban metropolis and it houses up to 6.3 million individuals. Here, you can explore one of the finest beauties of South America on the Guanabara Bay crest as well as the South Atlantic Ocean. It still embraces the vibrant and festive nightlife of second largest city of Brazil. If you are planning to visit this stunning location, be sure to visit during Annual Carnival in Rio, the highly acclaimed festival decorates the city with music, lights, joy and dancing. The 700m tall “Christ the Redeemer” statue is surely not to be missed over Corcovado Mountain.
8. Cairo, Egypt
Get ready to remain awe-struck at the world’s 18th largest city. Cairo embraces the modern aura with the artifacts of the lost world. The Great Pyramids of Sphinx and Giza are the center of attraction here. Several visitors take the camel ride to explore the surroundings of Cairo. Camel is one of the oldest modes of travel here. Though Cairo is a worthwhile destination, you may have to wait a little before you book a flight. A travel alert has been issued by the US State department for various regions in Egypt because of high conflict.
7. Blue Lagoon in Iceland
A natural spa is an ultimate way to relaxation. Lies in the remote Girdavik city of Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is both a feat of man and nature. It is originally an overflow pool for the nearest Svartsengi geothermal power station where the 6 million liters of seawater heated over the lava bed which is 2000 meters below. It is one of the most popular hot springs in the world. Blue Lagoon is offering otherworldly spa pleasure to the visitors with 100 Deg. Enriched waters and mineral-rich mud. It is positioned on the serene surroundings of rolling hills and the Northern Lights on some occasions. Blue Lagoon has truly proven its worth as among the most revitalizing and relaxing destinations in the world.
6. Cinque Terre, Italy
Unnoticeably tucked between Genoa and Pisa in northern Italy, Cinque Terre is the crown of several picture-perfect, charming towns in Italy. It is perched over the cliffs facing the Mediterranean. This town is truly an untainted Italy. Without any traffic and maddening crowds, this tourist destination is truly a park that preserves its charm. You may walk the trails for a small fee and weave in and out of the vibrant and unique houses of Cinque Terra that are strung along windy, narrow paths.
5. Mt. Fuji, Japan
It is the highest peak in Japan and among the most sacred destinations. It is the well-known hotspot for tourists, artists and locals, making it an amazing spectacle. It is a well symmetrical snow-capped volcano which is one of the hottest natural destinations in the world. Here, you can embrace the local cuisine and culture. It is nature lover’s paradise. Here, you can experience the sacred cultural experience and amazing architecture.
4. Wengen, Switzerland
Have you done with prolonged commutes to workplace, hustles and bustles of traffic and wish to just escape it all? It’s better to get some relaxation at Wengen, Switzerland. In this town, cars of all types have been banned since 100 years. It is sandwiched between lush green hills and alpine mountains in each direction. It receives clean and fresh, unpolluted air. This tourist hotspot is located in the heart of Alps and has the finest ski slopes of the world.
3. Kauai, Hawaii
It is truly a heaven on earth. Also known as Garden Island, Kauai is well covered with lush greens. This island truly takes its cake with each of the eight stunning islands of Hawaii. Apart from the scenic tropical coastline, this island also houses Waimea Canyon at the core of island and geological spectacles, such as the cliffs at the Napali. You can take a stroll over the high hills or just relax in the tropical sun. Travelers can literally take a hike to explore the highest peak of Kauai.
2. Key West, Florida
It is truly a nature’s paradise in the world. It is located on the southernmost part of continental US. This beautiful city is well covered by the crystal-clear water on the Gulf of Mexico. It is a destination where you leave all your stress and worries far away, just like 40 degree weather. You can enjoy the surf, snorkeling with dolphins, or just hang out on the dusky white sand on the beach. Be sure to enjoy extra large margarita here. The famous song by Jimmy Buffet “Margaritaville” is inspired by this city.
1. Santorini, Greece
In Santorini, Greece, you can literally take a tour back in time. It is one of the unique and most beautiful towns on earth. Since it is located along the volcanic rocky cliffs, Santorini has a world record in having the largest volcanic eruptions, around 3600 years ago. The cube-like houses here are whitewashed with limestone and volcanic ashes and they have a unique pearly color. The beauty of this city is in its simplicity. It is literally very beautiful city. Here, you can breathe in the salty air and taste some of the finest wines in Europe and explore the view of the Aegean Sea and the nearest islands.