Traveling gives me a sort of therapeutic feeling. Whenever I go to a different place, a healing process starts within me and I become calm and comforted. The more places I go, the better I become.
I also believe that a more beautiful travel destination contribute a higher level of fulfillment. Here are my choices for the must visit places on earth. Take note that I have never been these place. I based this list from the feedback of my friends who have been there and from their popularity on the internet.
BLUE CAVES, ZAKYNTHOS ISLAND, GREECE
Blue Caves Villa is probably the best place to be in Zakynthos, the largest islands in the Ionian sea. On the West coast is where Zakynthos offers one of its most awesome views: the blue caves. It is also known as the blue caves of Volimes, the name of the village where they are located. The distinctive element of the blue caves is that they reflect the vibrating and striking blue colour of the waters in them, which at the same time capture and reflect the shine of the clear blue sky reflected on their surface. It is a secluded part of the island that has everything you expect it to have. It’s an absolutely beautiful location with breathtaking views over the turquoise Ionian sea. Blue Caves Villas are perfect for relaxing holidays offering a number recreational activities such as fishing, swimming, mountain biking and hiking. For the more adventurous, you can also do diving in crystal clear sea, and canoeing or trekking in the mountains.
CHITTOR FORT, INDIA
Benteng Chittorgarh is located in Rajasthan state of western India. This place is part of a benteng or fort that has inspired and given attention to travellers and historians from all over the world. As one of the largest fort in India, the Chittor has the magnificent views and wonderful features. Apart being glorious, this place has a great past that will surely give visitors a lot of new knowledge on the India’s history and culture. You can also see grand palaces, historical temples, and beautiful towers within the fort. In 2013, at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Chittorgarh Fort, along with 5 other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
PULPIT ROCK, NORWAY
Pulpit Rock is a famous tourist attraction in the municipality of Forsand in Rogaland county, Norway. It is a steep and massive cliff 604 metres above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres and almost flat. It was visited by 150,000 – 200,000 people every year. Due to its increased popularity, there is currently a project under way to improve the path to the site, which is only accessible via a 3.8-kilometre (2.4 mi) long hike. Along the trail, there are picnic areas and excellent bathing spots.
PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK
If you are one of those people who has a list of most amazing places on earth that you want to see before you die, then Plitvice Lakes should be on this list. Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. Founded in 1949, the park is located in the mountainous area of central Croatia. It was included to the UNESCO World Heritage among the first natural sites worldwide. More than 1,200,000 people visits the park every year. The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres. About 90% of this area is part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10% is part of Karlovac County.
CRYSTALLINE TURQUOISE LAKE, JIUZHAIGOU NATIONAL PARK, CHINA
Located in Jiuzhaigou Valley, part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. The Crystalline Turquoise Lake is one of the main attractions of the Jiuzhaigou National Park, China. The lake gets its magnificence from its crystal clear water which looks to be undisturbed by any living presence for decades. The lake is also known as the Five Flower Lake of China. A myriad of colours, such as turquoise, blue, green, yellow, and so on makes the Crystalline Lake exceedingly beautiful. Nearly 200, 000 people visit the Crystalline Turquoise Lake every year. Other lakes in the area are Panda Lake, Sleeping Dragon Lake, Long Lake and Tiger Lake.
ENTIRE COUNTRY OF ICELAND
There is simply no other place on earth like what Iceland can offer. From glaciers to hot springs, from waterfalls to active volcanoes, the Land of Fire and Ice is a world in extremes. The country is such a visual spectacle that it’s hard to decide where to begin. Fortunately, Iceland knows how to cater to tourists. Base yourself out of Reykjavik, the capital city, where a host of reputable outfitters like Arctic Adventures offer excursions ranging from scenic horseback rides to extreme ice climbing, and everything in between. Iceland straddles the spot where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates converge. About an hour outside of Reykjavik lies Silfra, a glacier-fed fissure between the plates with a water temperature that hovers just above freezing. Intrepid travelers can don a dry suit and snorkel and swim across it. The water is believed to be among the clearest on the planet, with 50 meters of visibility. Amazing.
THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA
Located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is more than 1,400 miles long and the largest coral reef system on the planet. It’s so big that it can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. Dubbed the Blue Outback, the reef is a protected marine park and World Heritage Site comprised of 900 islands and 3,000 individual reefs. The marine life statistics are dizzying. You don’t have to be a scuba diver for an unforgettable experience. Snorkeling provides dazzling underwater sightseeing and plenty of exposure to marine life. Whether you’re looking to go deep, or skim the surface, there are close to 1,000 outfitters permitted to work in the Great Barrier Reef. Approximately 2 million people visit the Great Barrier Reef each year. Although most of these visits are managed in partnership with the marine tourism industry, there is a concern among the general public that tourism is harmful to the Great Barrier Reef.
PATERSWOLDSE MEER LAKE, GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS
I so love ice skating. And where would I find the most adventurous ice skating in the world but in Netherlands. Ice skating on Paterswoldse Meer is one such a must-have experience. Paterwoldse Meer is a lake situated in the southern part of the city of Groningen in the beautiful country of Netherlands. It is one of the most amazing places in the world and one should visit Paterwoldse Meer at least once during his or her lifetime. What makes the place a favourite of all is the unbelievable surroundings. The lake is frozen from around the month of December till around February, so the trip to the place requires proper planning, so that you can enitrely enjoy the ice skating. Though there are many other activities you can enjoy when the lake is not frozen, like swimming and sailing, that gives the glimpse of beauty of the place, yet ice skating is something that you will definitely enjoy at Paterwoldse Meer.
LUCCA, TUSCANY, ITALY
Lucca is one of the cities most loved in all of Tuscany, a stop that can not really miss in a classic itinerary to the discovery of the region. The whole city can be visited in a day. But if you want to appreciate the best, spend time like for a few days or choose it as a base to explore central or north Tuscany. Most of the attractions in Lucca today show its ancient history: from the archeological remains under the 12th century church of Saints Giovanni and Reparata (the first city cathedral, located just around the corner from the present-day cathedral of San Martino) to the trace of the Roman amphiteater that can be seen in the shape of the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, to the various towers and villas from the 12th to 16th centuries. The area around the walls is well taken care of, with green grass and trees everywhere along the walls. They have in essence become a park that surrounds the city and blocks out more modern life. Here you can enjoy a bike ride around the entire perimeter, a stroll as you enjoy a gelato or simply a period of rest from sightseeing on one of the many shaded benches that line the main walkway.