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20 Of The Most Inspiring Places Around The World

20 Of The Most Inspiring Places Around The World

There is widespread propaganda in the world that portrays the world as risky and dangerous. As travelers are all aware, this is far from the reality of cultures and places waiting to be explored out there. The world is open and hospitable. There is an acceptance of travelers in a way that those who do not travel can hardly imagine. People on other sides of the globe are not as foreign as many may believe.

Escape the doldrums of daily reality. Whirl away and get ready to jet-set and take off to the most inspiring travel destinations in the world. Let go of stifling beliefs. The world is filled with exhilarating destinations that should not be missed in this lifetime.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

1. Zanzibar

    The island of Zanzibar is located off the Indian Ocean coastline of Tanzania and north of Dar-Es-Salaam. It is historically romantic with stunning tropical islands. There are combinations with trekking and Safari options available on the mainland as well as reaching the Kilimanjaro summit, the highest peak in Africa.

    2. Baja Peninsula, Mexico

      The second longest peninsula offers 1,200 km of the mystic, ethereal, and untamed escapade. There is a stunning vision at every turn, like the mountainside village with blue skies. Sip drinks and watch sunsets, linger and disappear on the Pacific. Get an adrenaline rush while surfing the perfect wave or walking through the canyons while staring up at the diamond stars above. Any which way you choose to enjoy your time, you are sure to discover the ongoing joys of Baja.

      3. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan

        Arashiyama has many attractions, like the Togetsukye Bridge, small restaurants, and small shops, as well as bamboo groves and pleasure boats. It is most attractive in the beginning of April and in the middle of November with fall colors and cherry blossoms. December boasts lantern illumination with street lights.

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        4. Sossusvlei, Namibia

          Situated in a conservation area on the continent of Africa is Sossusvlei, a spectacular and well-known attraction. It is characterized by surrounding red sand dunes and large white salt clay pans. It can be visited during any time of the year. Some dunes are the highest in the world and reach almost 400 meters in height. It provides photography enthusiasts with wonderful images in the morning and evening light.

          5. The Rocky Mountains, North America

            Located on the west of North America, The Rocky Mountains are a mountain chain approximately 4,800 km long and 563 km wide running from north to south. The range runs through New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Alaska, and Montana, as well as British Columbia and Alberta in the Canadian province in the Northwest territories and Yukon. It has been poetically described as the spine of the continent.

            6. Myanmar, Bagan

              Visiting the ancient city of Bagan is about the sunrises and sunsets. There are 2,000 temples and pagodas and a marvel of colors over the amazing landscape. Bagan was once the capital of the kingdom between the ninth and thirteenth centuries where there were more than 10,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas.

              7. Serengeti, Tanzania, East Africa

                The vast ecosystem of the Serengeti is in East Africa. It spans at about 30,000 square kilometers and the name Serengeti from the Massai Language means endless plains. This region is in northern Tanzania in Africa, extending to southwest Kenya. The Serengeti Park hosts the large mammal migrations and is popular for its African Safaris.

                8. Giant’s Causeway, Ireland

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                  A UNESCO world heritage site in Northern Ireland, the Giants Causeway is renowned for layered basalt polygonal columns that resulted from a volcanic eruption, which took place 60 million years ago. It has attracted visitors for centuries and harbors a wealth of natural history. Seabirds are seen around the coast of the Causeway with razorbill, fulmar, petral species, and rare plant species over the natural rock formations and cliffs.

                  9. Dinosaur Provincial Park, Canada

                    Dinosaurs lived millions of years before the existence of the first man on the planet. Dinosaur fossils remain buried in the surface of the earth. If you want to see fossils of extinct dinosaurs, the Dinosaur Provincial Park is the place for you. The Dinosaur Provincial Park is regarded as the best place to see and experience dinosaur fossils. It is located 48 km away from Calgary, on the border between USA and Canada. Dinosaur Provincial Park has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979.

                    10. Laikipia District, Kenya, East Africa

                      Laikipia in the Maasai language translates to “treeless plain”. The Laikipia District is a vast plain with numerous wildlife species. including the Big Five (rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard) that roam freely in Laikipia.

                      11. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

                        Perito Moreno Glacier is an important tourist attraction in Argentine Patagonia. The 250 square-kilometers ice formation that is 30 km (19 mi) in length is an ice field that is the third largest fresh water reserve in the world.

                        12. Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA

                          Badlands National Park is a fantastic landscape of eroded ridges and ragged peaks. There are no real landmarks along the 30-mile long Badlands Loop Road, but there are so many incredible sights to bear witness to at the park.

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                          13. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

                            Located on the southern coast of the Pacific of Costa Rica, The Osa Peninsula is the ecotourism destination. It has breathtaking scenery, like empty beaches and an abundance of wildlife. The Corcovado National Park is a lowland tropical rain forest that can also be found there.

                            14. Wadi Rum, Jordan

                              Wadi Rum in the south of Jordan covers 720 square kilometers of wilderness. Huge sandstone mountains and granite emerge from the wide sandy valleys, reaching heights of 1,700 meters. Narrow fissures and canyons cut deep into mountains and conceal the ancient rock drawings that are etched over millennia. Bedouin tribes live among Rum Mountains and goat-hair tents are special features of this landscape. Staying in a Bedouin tent, you will get to gaze at a panoply of stars. There are also camel, jeep, and hiking tours that travelers can embark on.

                              15. Great Basin National Park, Nevada, USA

                                The lone national park in Nevada offers more than you can imagine. The real beauty is the Lehman cave, which is located below the ground. There are stalagmites and stalactites that you can also see and a cave formation that is rare called “shield”. There are hiking and driving options to the mountaintop that can be taken for panoramic basin views of the mountain.

                                16. Yosemite National Park, California, USA

                                  Yosemite National Park is a welcoming experience of the majestic Yosemite in all the seasons. Explore the awe-inspiring vistas,   amazing waterfalls, granite icons, and the fascinating history of Yosemite. It is one of the most popular American national parks, boasting the best views, vacation opportunities, and hiking trails in the country.

                                  17. Niagara Falls, Canada

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                                    Niagara Falls has an abundance of attractions from the famous waterfalls. The city is linked to the USA by the Rainbow Bridge. On the western shore of the Niagara river, it overlooks Horseshoe Falls. Elevators take tourists to the lower and wetter vantage point. The riverbank has an observation deck and there is a promenade on the Skylon Tower that stands at 520 feet.

                                    18. Luang Prabang, Laos

                                      Luang Prabang, at the junction of Nam Khan and Mekong River, makes taking a boat cruise most rewarding as a way to discover the life along these rivers. Cruising along the Mekong River, you get to observe fishermen’s daily activities as they throw their nets elegantly, relying on water for their livelihood. Two hours upstream are the renowned Pak Ou Caves. The limestone cave is impressive with gold-lacquered Buddha laden statues in various sizes, from as small as your palm to the height of your average person. The reverent scene is scented with incense and overlooks the Mekong landscape.

                                      19. Óbidos, Portugal

                                        This charming Portuguese town is a day trip from Lisbon with plenty of activities and sights to embark on. While visiting the small town of Obidos, indulge in the beautiful sights and the pulse of the city around you that can be explored in a few hours.

                                        20. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

                                          An island that was once a volcano subsided to form a barrier reef with an ecosystem allowing pristine blue waters and a protected sanctuary of reefs that limit waves. Bora Bora is a celebrated island in the South Pacific. The beauty of the island is unrivaled and its fame is unwavering. Bora Bora is a place on earth that everyone aspires to experience and witness in their lifetime.

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                                          The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                          The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                          You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                                          Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                                          Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                                          An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                                          Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                                          1. The Paleo Diet

                                          The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                                          The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                                          In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                                          How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                                          The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                                          With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                                          It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                                          Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                                          2. Whole30

                                          The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                                          With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                                          During the month you are eliminating:

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                                          • sugar
                                          • alcohol
                                          • legumes
                                          • grains
                                          • dairy
                                          • soy

                                          Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                                          At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                                          Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                                          Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                                          With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                                          This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                                          3. The Mediterranean Diet

                                          The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                                          For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                                          With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                                          • Fruits & vegetables
                                          • Whole grains
                                          • Legumes & nuts
                                          • Replacing butter with olive oil
                                          • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                                          • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                                          • Moderate amounts of red wine

                                          Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                                          Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                                          With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                                          4. The Alkaline Diet

                                          The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                                          The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                                          Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                                          The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                                          People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                                          One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                                          Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                                          There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                                          The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                                          What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                                          The Big Takeaway:

                                          Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                                          Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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