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9 Surreal Places You Need To Visit Before You Die

9 Surreal Places You Need To Visit Before You Die

“Unbelievable”, “bizarre”, “surreal”, “dreamlike”, “out of this world”… These are just a few words you can’t help using to describe the places featured here. A lot of this scenery resembles something out of a surrealist painting. Some of this awesome imagery looks like scenes from sci-fi films. Many of them give you the feeling that they are images captured from another world.

I firmly believe you must visit these truly amazing locations before you die.

Salar De Uyuni – Bolivia

Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
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      Photo Credit: Tomas Rawski

      Salar De Uyuni is the largest salt plant in the world. During the rainy season in Bolivia, it turns into a gigantic mirror. Its span is so huge and reflective that it is actually used for the calibration of satellites. The Salar was formed through the centuries after several prehistoric lakes joined together to form one humongous body of water.

      Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island – Maldives

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          During daylight, it looks like any other beach, but once the sun goes down this place comes to life! It turns into a spectacular sight at night. The bioluminescent phytoplankton look like hundreds of bright stars glistening like a starry sky as the night grows old.

          Tianzi Mountains – China  

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            Tanzi China

              These uniquely tall and thin mountains are so alien-like that they were used in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Formed underwater 380 million years ago, the flow destroyed surrounding sandstone, leaving only resilient stone pillars. Some of the columns have reached over 4,000 feet above sea level.

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              The Antelope Canyon, Arizona – United States

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                  Rainwater during monsoon season runs into the basin above the slot canyon sections, and speeds up with sand rushing into the narrow passageways. For hundreds of years the passageways eroded, turning the corridors deeper and smoothing its hard edges to form beautiful “flowing” lines on the rock.

                  Deadvlei – Namibia

                  Deadvlei, Namibia

                    Deadvlei

                      Artists would be inspired by these photos. Yes, it’s hard to believe, but these are not surrealist paintings. These are photos of the “Dead Valley” in Namibia. Perhaps the scorching heat killed all life in this former forest? It’s now a dry desert.

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                      Santorini – Greece

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                        Photo credit: Bodtur Yachting and Travel
                        Santorini
                          Photo credit: Bodtur Yachting and Travel

                          Who would have thought that an island devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century would become a beautiful and popular place for tourists? That’s exactly what happened to Santorini. These pictures above say it better than any “1,000 words” I could ever come up with.

                          Red Beach, Panjin – China

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                            Photo Credit: Douglas_Beijing via Compfight cc

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                              Photo: Jia Mi

                              Let’s talk about a phenomena that causes a beach to turn bloody red. It’s brought about by a type of seaweed called Sueda. This rare seaweed starts growing in April and May. It stays green all summer, but when autumn comes, it turns vivid red. If you are tired visiting blue beaches, this is definitely a unique beach to check. It’s one of the places I really must see for myself before I die.

                               Wilhelmstein Island – Germany

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                                  This strange looking island was built in 18th-century. It’s artificial, tiny, and located on Lake Steinhude. Perhaps it’s the reason the world pays attention? The stark contrast is unmissable. It’s a tiny island located on the largest lake in northwestern Germany. The island’s base is made of piles of stones, carried there by local fishermen using their boats. Between 1765 and 1767, this gem of an island was turned into a military fortress by William – Count of Schaumburg-Lippe. It was designed in the count’s vision, as an impenetrable getaway to the land he owned.

                                  The Road to Heaven, Huashan Mountain – China

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                                      Photo credit for both photos: unusual places.org

                                      Mount Huashan is located in Huayin, a part of the Shaanxi Province. It’s where you can see the Road to Heaven. Many tourist around the world go there to test their courage and their limits. It’s one of the most dangerous places in the world, after all. All the daring souls who climb this place risk their lives with every step they take. Climbing the rickety stairs, and paths made of planks nailed on the side of a mountain, will surely give anyone a rush they will never forget for the rest of their life. You have to agree, it’s a breathtaking view as well. Look at those photos again.

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                                      Last Updated on May 28, 2020

                                      How to Overcome Boredom

                                      How to Overcome Boredom

                                      Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                                      I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                                      If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                                      What is Boredom?

                                      We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                                      You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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                                      It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                                      If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                                      When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                                      Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                                      If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                                      Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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                                      Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                                      In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                                      It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                                      Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                                      Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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                                      In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                                      3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                                      1. Get Focused

                                      Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                                      You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                                      Here are a few ideas:

                                      • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                                      • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                                      • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                                      2. Kill Procrastination

                                      Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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                                      So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                                      Here are some ideas:

                                      • Do some exercise.
                                      • Read a book.
                                      • Learn something new.
                                      • Call a friend.
                                      • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                                      • Do a spring cleaning.
                                      • Wash the car.
                                      • Renovate the house.
                                      • Re-arrange the furniture.
                                      • Write your shopping list.
                                      • Water the plants.
                                      • Walk the dog.
                                      • Sort out your mail & email.
                                      • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                                      3. Enjoy Boredom

                                      If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                                      Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                                      So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                                      Final Thoughts

                                      Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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