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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 September 20, 2018

                                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                      How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                      Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                      If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                      1. Breathe

                                      The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                      • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                      • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                      • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                      Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                      2. Loosen up

                                      After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                      Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                      3. Chew slowly

                                      Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                      Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                      Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                      4. Let go

                                      Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                      The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                      It’s not. Promise.

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                                      Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                      Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                      21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                      5. Enjoy the journey

                                      Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                      Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                      6. Look at the big picture

                                      The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                      Will this matter to me…

                                      • Next week?
                                      • Next month?
                                      • Next year?
                                      • In 10 years?

                                      Hint: No, it won’t.

                                      I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                      Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                      7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                      You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                      Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                      8. Practice patience every day

                                      Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                      • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                      • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                      • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                      Final thoughts

                                      Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                      Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                                      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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