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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

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                      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 January 21, 2020

                                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                        Why You Need a Vision

                                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                        What Do You Want?

                                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                        Some tips to guide you:

                                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                        A few prompts to get you started:

                                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                        • What would you be doing?
                                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                        • How are you dressed?
                                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                        Plan Backwards

                                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                                        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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