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17 Stunning Places to Visit with Google Maps

17 Stunning Places to Visit with Google Maps

Want to travel the world on a budget? How about for free? With Google Maps & Google Earth, you can explore amazing sights and scenery anywhere around the globe.

Some of the most famous and beloved places on Earth are only a click away. This list will get you started on your virtual world tour, from the tops of mountains to deep dark caves. Where will you click on first?

1. The Colosseum

Visit the legendary stadium that housed some of Europe’s finest athletic and gory tournaments.

    2. Palace of Versailles

    Take a tour through the decadent halls and lush gardens that once catered to French royalty.

      3. Everest Base Camp (Mt. Everest, Nepal)

      Take a virtual stroll atop the highest mountain on Earth without having to break a sweat.

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        4. Stonehenge

        The mysterious stone structure in Wiltshire, England is mesmerizing no matter what angle you view it from.

          5. The White House

          Pretend you’re the president for a day!

            6. Great Barrier Reef

            Dive under the waves and explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Heron Island.

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              7. Kohala Coast (Hawaii)

              Visit this gorgeous Hawaiian beach on your lunch break.

                8. NASA

                Get up close and personal with space shuttles and more at this NASA base.

                  9. Count Dracula’s Castle (Transylvania, Romania)

                  See the castle of the man who inspired the classic vampire tale.

                    10. “Scott’s Hut” (Antarctica)

                    This little hut is one of the few settlements build on the barren continent — almost 100 years ago!

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                      11. Amazon Rainforest

                      The astounding beauty of the Amazon never gets old.

                        12. Mexico’s Mayan Ruins

                        Explore the ancient Mayan ruins for your own mini Indiana Jones adventure.

                          13. Galapagos Islands

                          The best place to see tons of diverse wildlife.

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                            14. Taj Mahal

                            A structure as beautiful inside as it is on the outside.

                              15. The Grand Canyon

                              Scale mighty canyon walls and look out over the horizon, without the dangerous drop!

                                16. Iwami Silver Mine (Japan)

                                Journey through the creepy-cool tunnels of Japan’s largest mine in history.

                                  17. Diagon Alley

                                  Immerse yourself in the magic at Warner Bros.’s Harry Potter set.

                                    Featured photo credit: Screenshot/Google via maps.google.com

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                                    Last Updated on August 4, 2020

                                    8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

                                    8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

                                    Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

                                    What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

                                    By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

                                    I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

                                    Less is more.

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                                    Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

                                    What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

                                    Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

                                    1. Create Room for What’s Important

                                    When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

                                    2. More Freedom

                                    The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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                                    3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

                                    When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

                                    Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

                                    You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

                                    4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

                                    All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

                                    We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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                                    It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

                                    5. More Peace of Mind

                                    When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

                                    The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

                                    6. More Happiness

                                    When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

                                    You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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                                    7. Less Fear of Failure

                                    When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

                                    In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

                                    8. More Confidence

                                    The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

                                    What’s Next? Go Minimalism.

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