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12 Surreal Destinations To Fulfill Your Wanderlust

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12 Surreal Destinations To Fulfill Your Wanderlust

Sometimes we need to get away: say goodbye to our 8 to 5 job, our routines, our stresses; grab our passport, and jet off to new and exciting destinations. It may feel like the world is shrinking- thanks to social media- still, there’s a whole lot of world to see, and a ton of adventures to be had. So here are 12 breathtaking places sure to satisfy your wanderlust.

 1. Iceland

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    Skogafoss/Gilad Rom

    Iceland, the land of the midnight sun, where fire and ice coexist, and wild horses run. With its rich viking history and more waterfalls than people, Iceland is a magical destination. No wonder productions like Interstellar and Game of Thrones filmed here. Top attractions include: The Northern Lights (sightings may begin as early as September and last through March), Gullfoss waterfall, The Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and Hveravellir Hot Springs. Beautiful Iceland Video

    2. Pamukkale, Turkey

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      Pamukkale, Turkey/Esther Lee

      Pamukkale means “cotton castle” in Turkish. Once the ancient Greco-Roman Byzantine city of Hierapolis, It has been visited for thousands of years by people drawn to the healing power of its thermal pools. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the perfect place to sit back, soak, and take in the charming Turkish countryside. Pamukkale Video

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      3. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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        To the Maasai people of Africa, Serengeti means “the place where the land runs on forever”. It is Tanzania’s oldest national park and covers almost 6,000 square miles of grasslands and woodlands. If adventure’s what you crave, you’re bound to spot lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, and giraffes grazing in their natural habitat. The sunsets are truly spectacular. Tanzania Video

        4. Maldives, India

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          Maldives/Nic Adler

          From stunning white-sand beaches to serene cyan-blue waters, the 1200 islands of the Maldives are an ocean lover’s paradise. Known for pristine warm waters and an abundance of ocean life, it’s no wonder the Maldives are considered a top diving and snorkeling destination.  Maldives Video

          5. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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            Monks at Angkor Wat/Jonathan Lewis

            Built in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Originally built to honor the Hindu god Vishnu, the temple changed from a Hindu house of worship to a Buddhist one. While never fully abandoned over the centuries, the surrounding jungle hid and preserved it. Today, Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning over 200 acres. If you wish to see ALL of its impressive architecture, sculptures,and art, plan to stay several days. Even then, it’s nearly impossible; this place is vast! While meandering, don’t be surprised if you make friends with temple monkeys.  Angkor Wat Video

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            6. Morocco

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              Souq – Zoco, Marrakech (Morocco), HDR/Marc

              From sweeping deserts and high mountains to the windy alleyways of its ancient cities, Morocco is unlike any other.  Top attractions include: a hike up North Africa’s highest peak, camel treks, shopping in the souks (for local flavors and awesome deals), wandering the old cities’ narrow streets, and relaxing in the hammam (Turkish bath). Let the sweet scents of saffron, orange flower, and other spices carry you through the crowds to mosaic tiled courtyards and decadent fountains.  Morocco Video

              7. Inverness, Scotland

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                Scotland/Lori De La Cruz

                Considered the “Gateway to the Scottish Highlands,” Inverness is a city steeped in fantastical lore. Drink enough Scotch and you just may catch a glimpse of Nessie or a kelpie waterhorse haunting Loch Ness. For nightly entertainment, check out one of several pubs where you can Celtic dance or listen to bagpipers play. Looking for plaids? Stroll the shops along River Ness and stop at a restaurant for a Scottish delicacy- haggis.  Inverness Video

                8. Zermatt, Switzerland

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                  Abendstimmung in Zermatt/Wolfgang Schultz

                  At the foot of the The Matterhorn lies this charming Swiss village famous for chocolate, fondue, and Bernese Mountain dogs.  Because Zermatt is a car-free zone, it has maintained its alpine character in spite of the many tourists who visit each year. With over 400 km of hiking, biking, and climbing trails, this region is legendary among mountaineers. Many adventurers lost their lives trying to scale the infamous Matterhorn; a visit to the Mountaineers’ Cemetery is a must.  Zermatt Video

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                  9. Santorini, Greece

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                    Santorini/Del T

                    Still an active volcano, crescent-shaped Santorini is considered to be the most romantic getaway in Greece. From its picturesque white-washed clifftop towns to its volcanic red and black sand beaches, Santorini wows. Enjoy a glass of wine made from local grapes, relax in your cliff-side pool, and watch the bursting colors of a sun set over the Aegean. It’s something truly magical.  Santorini Video

                    10. Cappadocia, Turkey

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                      Balloons over Cappadocia/Patrick Down

                      Turkey, where the continents of Asia and Europe collide, is the gateway to antiquities: the Silk Road, Troy, Ephesus, the Roman and Ottoman empires. With such a vibrant history it’s no wonder Turkey is home to many diverse religions including Islam and Christianity. During the Roman Empire, many Christians hid in the underground cities of Cappadocia. This region is best known for its honeycombed rock cities, underground churches, and hot air balloon rides. Due to Turkey’s surreal landscape and superb flying conditions, ballooning is an excellent way to witness this stunning landscape firsthand.  Cappadocia Video

                      11.  Patagonia, Argentina

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                        Chile Torres del Paine/Melenama

                        Patagonia is sparse, wild, and beautifully rugged land traversing Chile and Argentina. From gauchos (Argentinian cowboys) to Magellanic penguins, Patagonia has it all. Make sure to visit Bariloche for some delicious freshly made chocolate and a horse back ride through this breathtaking land.  Patagonia Video

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                        12. Zion National Park, USA

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                          The Narrows @ Zion/Christopher Michel

                          Southern Utah’s Zion National Park is a nature lover’s paradise. It is where sandstone cliffs meet endless blue skies and the Virgin River runs. With miles of hiking, biking, and canyoneering trails, Zion is a place where mother nature meets the world.  Zion National Park Video

                          The Earth is full of beautiful places. Go! Explore!

                          Featured photo credit: Balloons over Cappadocia/Patrick Down via flickr.com

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                          Last Updated on January 13, 2022

                          10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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                          10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

                          A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

                          To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

                          1. Camping

                          A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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                          2. Staycation

                          You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

                          3. Island Getaway

                          People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

                          4. Fancy Resort

                          Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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                          5. Road Trip

                          The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

                          6. Charter a Boat

                          If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

                          7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

                          If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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                          8. Themed Retreats

                          There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

                          9. Working Honeymoon

                          Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

                          10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

                          Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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