It is very good to spend your money on things that are very relevant in life, especially when you are running on a budget. But if you’ve got some extra cash to roll with, you could add ‘visiting beautiful places’ in the portfolio. Mere looking at the wonders of the world gives you a kind of exposure and joy you can only derive from looking at them. From going to Santorini in Greece to visiting the Grand Canyon in the United States, we’ve got you covered in this article.
- Santorini, Greece
The island of Santorini in Greece has a very striking appearance, dreamy sunsets, and beautiful pebble beaches. The Santorini villages which are also places you should not ignore have beautified traditional architecture, ancient ruins, and credible wineries. Moving towards the capital city, you are met with streets made of white cobblestones, taverns, hotels, cafes, relaxation centres, and shops. To take a better look at the amazing sunsets, you’ve got to move down to Oia, a town located along the Ammoundi Bay with colourful blue domes and whitewashed walls. If you are thinking of the right time to visit the volcanic island of Santorini, the most popular time is between May and October. There are available airplanes or ferries for charter to help you get to your dreamy destination.
Close by hotels include Limestone at Fira City Centre, Fira; Elements of Caldera Suites, Akrotiri; Cape 9 Villas and Suites, Akrotiri; and so on.
- Positano, Italy
Italy is, unarguably, a place you would wish to fall in love, with colourful environments to always keep your memory refreshed. Positano, a town found on the Amalfi Coast of Southern Italy, is one of the places you should never miss visiting before you die. It is charmed with Medieval architecture and alluring pastel houses. If you wish to relax with the best cuisines available in Italy, then, you have made Positano the right choice. In the 1950s, the city came to limelight with writers and artists who coloured it with their artistic and creative fingers. Another thing you should be prepared to have a taste of is the city’s unique drink known as limoncello, not forgetting the high-class boutiques if you are a fashion freak. The city has an all-year-round warm temperature; however, the best time to visit is between April and October.
Some popular hotels include Palazzo Marzoli Resort, Hotel Villa Franca, Hotel Royal Prisco, all in Positano.
- Aurora Australis, Antarctica
Aurora Australis is located at the South Pole, just like the Aurora Borealis is found at the North Pole. Also known as the Southern Lights, Aurora Australis could be found only in the undomesticated and untamed continent of Antarctica. You can only view it from the southern latitudes and not more than 30◦ latitude line. The Aurora Australis appears as a glowing green or red curtain of light in the sky at night. Auroras are associated with solar wind activity and are more common at the peak of the sunspot cycle. Photographers are fascinated at the view and it could only be described as once in a lifetime experience.
Similarly, the Aurora Borealis is also known as the Northern Lights. It is one of the most beautiful sights the earth is blessed with. They occur as a result of the collision between the electrons and the upper layer of the atmosphere. You can take a view of them from Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Iceland.
Popular hotels near Aurora Australis include Donde Damaris, Residential Ely House, Alojamiento Buen Descanso, and so on, all in Punta Arenas.
- Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
This group of six islands in Thailand is endowed with beautiful beaches with clear waters. In recent years, they have become centre of tourism, making more visitors fascinated about the cite. Phi Phi Islands are known for their prehistoric existence and automatically are one of the oldest communities in Thailand. One of the popular experiences at the island is Scuba diving which is a result of the incredible underwater life. Adventurous underwater animals at the islands include leopard sharks, dolphins, and black-tipped reef sharks whose cites entertain the visitors and tourists. To visit the Phi Phi Islands, it is better between November and May because the rainfall would be at its minimal.
Popular hotels include Phi Phi Island Cabana Hotel, Tonsai Bay; Phi Phi View Point Resort, Phi Phi Islands; Phi Phi Indigo Hotels, Loh Dalum Bay; and so on.
- The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
In the 18thcentury, the Stuart family planted the enticing beech trees called the Dark Hedges. Today, it is a famous attraction site across the globe, with its compelling landscape for tourist views. It was used to shoot part of the popular television series, Game of Thrones (GoT). It was also used in the 2017 Transformers film, The Last Knight. The Dark Hedges was not made popular as a result of the film shoots, but they were used for the film shoots because of their popularity. Most photographers also find it fascinating to grace their collections with Dark Hedges scenery. You should try to visit this Northern Ireland beautiful site before you die.
Popular hotels around the Dark Hedges include The Hedges Hotels, Dark Hedges Cottage, Carnately Lodge, and so on.
- Marsa Matruh, Egypt
This is a major tourist site of Egypt with white soft sand and clear still water. European and Cairenes tourists find it as a gateway to the capital of Egypt during the hot and humid summer months.
Beach lovers will definitely find the Marsa Matruh a fun place to be because the beach is too beautiful to resist. Though if you are looking for underwater activities, you may be disappointed as there are not much coral or other interesting sites underwater. You cannot afford to miss this interesting place.
Close by hotels include Adriatica Hotel, Jaz Crstal Resort, Jaz Almaza Beach Resort, and so on.
- Blue Lagoon Island, Bahamas
Blue Lagoon Island is a place you won’t like to miss in your lifetime. It is endowed with natural beauty with an outlook that could only compete with paradise. It has one of the best beaches in the Bahamas with transparent turquoise waters and white soft sands to caress your feet. If you are planning for a holiday, you may as well consider the Blue Lagoon Island.
Silica Hotel is a good place to lodge.
- Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The Pyramids of Giza are three mysteriously beautiful structures, with towering heights. Their sights are marvelously wonderful. One of them, the Great Pyramid of Giza, is notably one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Hotels close by include Crown Hotel, Blue Paradise Hotel, Pyramids Garden Motel, all in Cairo, Egypt.
- Zhangjiajie National Forest, China
This feature is a national park that is found in the Hunan Province of China. The marvelous park is a UNESCO Global Geopark with unique sandstone peaks that have served as a model for Avatar.
Hotels around Zhangjiajie National Park include Harmonia Resort and Spa, Crown Plaza, Dayong Antique Feature Resort, all in Zhangjiajie.
- Grand Canyon, United States
One of the world’s most spectacular places that you should not ignore is the Grand Canyon of the United States. It was carved out by the Colorado River more than a thousand years past and stretches over 200 miles. The canyon has become one of the tourist attraction centres in the United States with thrill-seekers hiking to the bottom of the Rim or Bright Angel trail. You would also enjoy exciting whitewater rafting trips along the Colorado River. To enjoy cooler temperature with a minimized crowd, between March and May as well as September and November are the best times for you to visit the Grand Canyon.
Popular hotels include Canyon Boutique Hotel, Kanab; Comfort Inn, Flagstaff; Canyon Country Inn, Williams; and so on.
Some Adventurous Activities Around the World
If you are one who enjoys some adrenaline-pumping and heart-pounding adventures in the world, here are a few of them you can find interesting.
Have you ever envisioned yourself launching out of an airplane and plummeting through the air on a breathtaking freefall? If you feel such activity is worth giving a try, then, sky-diving is a perfect adventure for you. The most adventurous side of sky-diving is the view of the world you will take while relaxing on a parachute.
- Bridge climbing
For thrill-seekers, this is a perfect experience. No other place to view the world could be better than the rung of some iconic bridges. You will not just be rewarded with the thrilling experience; you will enjoy a panoramic view of the cities. Examples of such bridges include Sydney Bridge Climb, Brisbane Story Bridge Day and Night Climbs, as well as Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb.
It may not always be interesting to walk down the sand dunes. Another way to enjoy your way across the desert is by sliding down the hill using a sandboard. You may want to stand or sit on the board; whichever way, you are sledding down the hill. The landscape of the Pinnacle Desert in Australia is a beautiful place to experience the world of sandboarding. You could also try out snowboarding.
If you are one of the people who suffer from claustrophobia, you could try out caving to make your fear of a tight place disappear in a twinkle of an eye. Caving offers you a chance to discover the world through tight scenery. There are so many places to enjoy this adventurous experience and they include Batu Caves and Temple Tour from Kuala Lumpur. Here, you will experience a fascinating series of underground Hindu temples that stretched forth into the mountains. Budapest Caving Tour also offers you an experience of a labyrinth of tunnels and secret taverns, just beneath the residential districts.
- Swimming with Sharks
One of the bravest ways to swim is doing just that besides a shark or any other big fish. It might be fear-inducing, but it is worth giving try. Gratefully, you are going to be boxed up in a cage while having fun with the ‘friendly’ animal. So, you will still safely return to your boat whenever you wish. Places you can enjoy such an adventure are places like Coral World Ocean Park, Mexican Whale Shark Snorkel Adventure, Oahu Shark Dive in Hawaii, and so on.
The world is full of beautiful, adventurous places, do not deny yourself the opportunity of having fun on another side of the world. You can set some money aside on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, just to give yourself a fascinating experience. It may not require much if you plan yourself well. In everything, make sure you are living your dream.