By Rebecca Brown
Sometimes, a vacation is nothing more than a little rest from the everyday rut, and sometimes it’s a life-changing event. We all need to change the scenery every once in a while, and stepping out of our comfort zone, and finally travelling to an interesting, new destination is what we need to grow as people.
Getting familiar with different cultures and finding new ways to have fun is what vacations are all about, and if you long to see something interesting or add a new location to your bucket list, we’ve got you covered. For wanderers who can’t wait to explore the world, here are the places you should visit at least once in your life.
The bustle of merchants at the market, the scent of spices in the air, and glimmering tiles and wondrous architecture anywhere you look—this about sums up the first impression of Marrakech.
You have to get used to the atmosphere because there are fun opportunities at every corner if you know where to look, and the whole place has a strange mish-mash of modern-day amenities and old-school design.
From running into donkey carts full of vegetables, to watching young men breezing by on their motorcycles—it’s almost incongruous, and yet it all makes sense when you see it. The locals are all well-versed in English and there are many affordable restaurants with excellent cuisine. Once you try their food, the taste of it will stay with you for life.
Paris is a classic, and yes, it’s absolutely as magical as it appears in the movies. Refined, charismatic, and a little bit arrogant, everything in Paris seems to be done with an aura of elegance and pride. While it’s definitely worth it to go around and visit obvious sightseeing spots such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre-Dame, the real heart of Paris is in little cafes, libraries, and small parks with street vendors that sell you berry-flavoured ice cream.
You’ll only experience the City of Lights once you’ve spent a morning wearing something elegant as you sit in a coffee shop, reading a good novel and sipping on a non-sweetened latte.
The Algarve, Portugal
The Algarve is warm, vibrant, and oddly familiar in all the best of ways. This part of Portugal is full of life and energy, and it offers you a pretty well-rounded experience. From the breathtaking Benagil Sea Cave that’s a tall, domed cave smack-dab in the middle of the beach, to the Church of São Lourenço and its blue Baroque tiles that seem like the height of interior design even today.
There are so many sandy, gold beaches where you can relax, but there are also roaming spots like Lagos where you can simply wander around and visit small shops and meet the locals. People are very friendly and open, so it’s very hard to feel lonely here.
The Alhambra, Spain
The Alhambra of Granada is located in Spain, and it’s one of the most fascinating architectural accomplishments in human history. Designed as a military zone in the beginning, it was later turned into a royal residence after the establishment of the Nasrid Kingdom with the king Muhammad ibn Yusuf Ben Nasr at the throne. Its name means ‘red castle’ in Arabic, probably due to the colour of towers and walls that completely surround it.
One of its remarkable defining qualities is that it contains nearly all of the possible mathematical wallpaper groups, so it’s a frequent dream destination of mathematicians all around the world. The Alhambra has also influenced a lot of literature, music, architecture, and even video games.
After suffering terrible earthquakes, Nepal’s tourism suffered. Now they’re back on their feet again, and visiting this country is perfectly safe for anyone. Not quite recommended for those who prefer lazy vacations, though you can find quite a few yoga and wellness centres here if you’ll looking to engage in some peaceful meditation and exercise.
The charm of Nepal lies in its untamed nature and rich culture, and you can go there to enjoy things like the Pashupatinath Temple and its spiritual history, or go on an adventure and take a helicopter tour around Mount Everest. Explore Kathmandu and meet the people there, visit national parks like Chitwan and Bardia, or go climb Island Peak or Mera Peak if you’re into trekking.
Yellowstone National Park, USA
Ever been to Wyoming? While there’s plenty of things to see there, one of them should be on absolutely everyone’s bucket list—the Yellowstone National Park. You’ll feel surprisingly small as you walk through the wide expanse and find yourself surrounded by evergreens and brightly-coloured giant hot springs.
Here, you can go hiking, set up a camp, and even try rafting during the warmer months, but you can also just walk slowly and observe animals in their natural habitat. Certain spots will also allow fishing, but you need to ask for permission beforehand. Yellowstone is both exciting and peaceful, and it’s a good pick for a family vacation.
The Pyramids of Giza
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza are the only ones that have been left intact.
Head to Giza in Egypt to see this marvellous attraction, and you’ll understand why both historians and mathematicians of today are so fascinated by it—to think that they were built in 2560 BC and have stood the test of time is a testament to the engineering genius of the people who made them.
If you like ancient history this is a great place to be because you can book various tours and learn all about the cutthroat, gripping world of Egypt and its old pharaohs.
If you ever get the opportunity to travel to one of these spots, take it. There’s nothing quite as fun as sating your wanderlust and learning about different corners of the world, so pack your suitcases and head out.
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About the Author:
Rebecca Brown (Becca) is a translator and interpreter, living the digital nomad life and enjoying it to the fullest. She has recently ventured into the world of writing, and is trying to convey some of her experiences through her posts. Currently living in Prague, she is planning on moving somewhere more north for Christmas. You can read her blog at roughdraft.eu.