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Magical Travel Destinations You Need To Visit In Your Life

Magical Travel Destinations You Need To Visit In Your Life

Traveling is often high on peoples to-do list, yet few people manage to fit it into their busy schedules. This list will hopefully inspire you to block out some time in your calendar specifically for seeing the world. From fairy-tale like castles to breathtaking islands, any one of these seven travel destinations will make you want to drop everything that you’re doing and book the next plane out. Life-changing experiences and maybe even the world’s best selfies await.

1. Iguazu Falls, Argentina

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    Argentina is home to Iguazu Falls, which separates the river between upper and lower Iguazu. There are over 275 different waterfalls within 1.67 miles of the Iguazu River. Along with hundreds of beautiful waterfalls, the region is also home to a wide variety of wildlife from howler monkeys, toucans, giant anteaters and much more. You can view the waterfalls by boat, viewing platforms, and more. Get up close and personal by visiting Argentina, or get the best panoramic long-range views from Brazil. If you’re already there why not stay a couple days and do both? Be sure to add this to your list of must-see travel destinations.

    2. Lake Sørvágsvatn, Faroe Islands

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      Located in the open ocean somewhere between Iceland and Norway, the Faroe Islands is home to Lake Sørvágsvatn, a beautiful lake that deceives you into believing it is hundreds of feet above the ocean. This lake is a natural optical illusion. With only a steep cliff separating the lake and the ocean, this is one of the many natural phenomenons the world has to offer. Largely untouched, the Faroe Islands offer a multitude of incredible views, waterfalls, and natural wonders to explore both by land and sea. This is one of the world’s best travel destinations that you do not want to miss.

      3. Lake District, England

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        Home to the highest mountain, the deepest lake, and the longest lake in England, Lake District is the largest and most popular national park in the country. The entire park is full of rolling hills and glistening lakes that perfectly reflect the trees and mountaintops above them. There are activities for people of all abilities and interests–such as long walks through hundreds of miles of picturesque fairy-tale like scenery, hiking up the mountains, getting out on the water, and even experiencing wildlife in its natural environment. You may even find the red squirrel or wild fell ponies during your stay, making this one of the top travel destinations for the whole family. Lake District, England is an inspiring landscape that has stirred the minds of many famous poets and movie directors–Beatrix Potter, William WordsWorth, and John Ruskin, to name a few. See for yourself why this is one of the most magical destinations that you need to visit in your life.

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        4. Machu Picchu, Peru

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          Located almost 8,000 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu will make you feel as if you’re in an Indiana Jones movie. High up in the Andes Mountains, this ancient city was built in 1450, then later abandoned. The exact use of this city is a mystery, but you’ll definitely have breathtaking panoramic views of the rugged mountainside as you visit one of the most historical travel destinations in the world. Machu Picchu will give you a taste of Incan history, beautiful scenery, and a great workout from hiking up to the city.

          5. Preikestolen, Norway

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            Preikestolen, also known as “Preacher’s Pulpit” is located in Norway. It is known for having some of the tallest, most jagged cliffs in the world. The Preacher’s Pulpit gets its name for protruding out of the cliffside, having a mere 1,981 foot drop to the bottom. Being one of the scarier travel destinations, Preikestolen is a great place to go to conquer your fear of heights. The segment of rock actually looks like a ginormous pulpit that is 82 by 82 feet. The hike up to the top is about 2.6 miles one way, and you climb 1,082 feet in elevation. You’re also free to explore the cliffside and go just about anywhere you want. When you get to the top, you’ll have a breathtaking view of Norway’s landscape. You may even find people taking the faster way down by jumping off Preikestolen with their wing suit.

            6. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

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              Fit for a king, this castle looks like it holds a princess in the highest room of the tallest tower. You can go see the princess for yourself because Neuschwanstein Castle is open to the public. Starting construction in 1869 for King Ludwig II, the reclusive king intended the castle to be used as a personal getaway. Immediately after his death the castle was opened to the public. Now there are over a million people that visit the castle annually, making it one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations. The castle is awe-inspiring with mountainous views and mind-boggling interior. Your mind is sure to run wild and re-live your childhood fantasies of being a princess, or a king.

              7. Tulip Fields, Holland

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                Holland has the perfect weather for growing tulips, and if you go between the end of March and two weeks into May then you’ll experience millions of colorful tulips all around you. From the sky, the landscape is a blast of colors that are woven together by seams of asphalt. On the ground you can meander along through the gardens and open fields by car, bicycle, or on foot. This is one of the best spring-time travel destinations. The best place to experience the tulip season is Keukenhof Garden, which alone has over 7 million flower bulbs and 800 different varieties. The tulips are also accompanied by a tranquil pond, soft grass, trees, and more to awaken all of your senses.

                The world has an endless amount of magical travel destinations that we are dying to see. Even if you were to see something new every day for your entire life you wouldn’t even scratch the surface of all this world has to offer. Just in your own country there’s an endless supply of bucket-list worthy travel destinations. Whether you book a flight half-way across the world or just visit somewhere in your own back yard, get out there and see as much as you can.

                Featured photo credit: Stefan Wisselink via flickr.com

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                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                Boundaries are limits

                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                • When do you feel disrespected?
                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                • When do you want to be alone?
                • How much space do you need?

                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                Sample language:

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                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                Final Thoughts

                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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