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Last Updated on August 6, 2018

25 Truly Amazing Places To Visit Before You Die

25 Truly Amazing Places To Visit Before You Die

Studies show that travel can make you smarter and healthier. So now grab a sheet of paper and a pencil, ladies and gentlemen. (Or in more modern terms, create a new note on Evernote.) It’s time to create that bucket list you’ve been meaning to write up:

Item #1: Create a bucket list. Item #2: Travel the world.

About that second item …You’re going to need a few target destinations to lead your adventure. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. When on a journey to travel the globe, make sure each of these 25 amazing places to visit before you die are on the itinerary.

1. The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

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      The Great Barrier Reef is the largest collection of coral reefs in the world, spanning over 1,400 miles. It’s so large that it can be seen from space, and it’s among one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. It is the place to go diving, offering a one-of-a-kind display of underwater life.

      2. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

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        As the only one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World still largely intact, the Pyramids of Giza are definitely worth a visit. Dating back to around 2,560 BC, the Great Pyramid of Giza stood as the tallest man-made structure for over 3,800 years.

        3. Stonehenge, Amesbury, England

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            Lots of mystery surrounds Stonehenge, and contrary to those who believe it’s just a pile of 25-ton rocks, it’s actually a beautiful sight. Book a guided tour to visit the center, and at sunset, enjoy the stunning glow of the setting sun between Stonehenge’s pillars.

            4. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

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            salt flats

              This massive salt flat–the largest in the world–spans a massive 4,086 square miles. Formed by several ancient lakes, this salt flat becomes so reflective in the rainy season that it’s used to calibrate satellites. It’s effectively the world’s largest mirror and a breathtaking sight.

              5. The Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

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                Carved over thousands of years by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is a sight to behold that one simply can’t fathom without being there. The massive rock walls span for over 200 miles.

                6. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

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                    The Antelope Canyon in Arizona is a picturesque series of crevices you wouldn’t believe wasn’t a photography trick until you checked it out yourself. The way water carved out the crevices millions of years ago–coupled with the manner in which the light hits each wall–makes the rocks appear different colors, creating a dazzling display.

                    7. Easter Island, Rapa Nui, Chile

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                      Like Stonehenge, no one really knows the story behind the 887 Easter Island “moai” statues. Even so, they offer visitors a great adventure. Plus, travelers can enjoy other Easter Island adventure options, like hiking and scuba diving.

                      8. Reed Flute Caves, China

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                        Today, the Reed Flute Caves are highlighted by multicolored lights, turning the 240-meter-long cave system into a stunning experience. As one of China’s most popular attractions for over 1,200 years, it’s worth the visit to view these incredible stalactite, stalagmite, and pillar formations.

                        9. The Great Wall of China, China

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                          This massive, man-made wall stretches thousands of miles long. Not only does the marvelous structure leave many visitors scrambling to pick up their jaws knowing it was made by human hands, but it’s atop a mountain ridge that delivers awe-inspiring views of the area.

                          10. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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                              This area is among one of the most beautiful in the world, with crystal clear waters, lush green scenery, and stunning waterfalls.

                              11. Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, China

                                This incredible collection of rock formations is one of the most amazing worldwide. The rainbow rock features were created by sandstone and mineral deposits laid down over 24 million years ago.

                                12. The Great Blue Hole, Belize

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                                  Off the coast of Belize, divers find a submarine sinkhole called The Great Blue Hole, where the water is 407 feet deep. It’s over 980 feet wide and can easily be seen from above.

                                  13. Redwood National Park, California, USA

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                                    The combined Redwood National and State Parks span over 133,000 acres across California’s north coast. These parks are home to the tallest growing species on Earth, the redwood tree, which can grow to be well over 300 feet tall.

                                    14. Yellowstone National Park, USA

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                                        Yellowstone National Park spans over three states and features a variety of sights you don’t want to miss. This collection of hot springs and geysers will truly have you amazed. Some of the more popular areas in the park include the Old Faithful geyser and the Mammoth Hot Springs area.

                                        15. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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                                          Bora Bora is the poster child of the iconic tropical paradise. This island sits 143 miles northwest of Papeete, in the South Pacific, and features the extraordinary turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and beautiful greenery you’d hope to find in the tropics–only it’s more fantastic than you can imagine.

                                          16. Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

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                                            The Taj Mahal is a truly beautiful architectural feat. It’s a massive, white, marble-domed mausoleum constructed in the 1600s that attracts over three million visitors each year.

                                            17. Tianzi Mountains, China

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                                              Set as the inspiration for the floating mountains in the movie Avatar, these formations are more breathtaking than you can imagine. The area spans 16,550 acres, and the tallest peak rises about 4,140 feet above sea level.

                                              18. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

                                                Angkor Wat was previously a Hindu and Buddhist temple built in the 12th century. Today, it’s an architectural wonder worth visiting.

                                                19. Machu Picchu, Peru

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                                                    Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca site that dates back to the 15th century and sits atop a mountain above the Sacred Valley. The restored site offers a fantastic look into Inca history and an even more fabulous view of the astounding scenery.

                                                    20. Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

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                                                      Glacier National Park offers some of the most stunning scenes in the US. It’s full of beautiful mountains, green alpine forests, and clear lakes. There are over 700 miles of trails, making it a hiker’s paradise.

                                                      21. Pamukkale, Turkey

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                                                        This area is home to natural hot springs that leave travelers in awe. Don’t end your journey without bathing in one of the remarkable natural tubs.

                                                        22. Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

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                                                            Are you ready to be impressed? You will be when you visit Victoria Falls. This waterfall measures one mile across and is 354 feet high. That–along with the fact that more than 260,000 gallons of water flow over the edge per second–makes it the largest singular waterfall in the world.

                                                            23. Venice, Italy

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                                                              Venice is the perfect destination for travelers seeking a unique city experience. The canals that run through the city act as roadways, providing a unique transportation option while delivering a beautiful scene.

                                                              24. Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

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                                                                  This area features a collection of clean, white sand dunes intertwined with crystal clear blue waters, creating the kind of picturesque beauty you’d hope for–but rarely see–in a beach.

                                                                  25. Highlands, Iceland

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                                                                    A dazzling Northern Lights show is something that should be on every bucket list, and one of the best places to see the show is in Iceland’s highlands.

                                                                    After visiting these incredible places, settle down in one of these destinations abroad.

                                                                    Featured photo credit: martinak15 via flickr.com

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                                                                    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                                                                    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                                                    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                                                    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                                                    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                                                    1. Breathe

                                                                    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                                                    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                                                    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                                                    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                                                    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                                                    2. Loosen up

                                                                    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                                                    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                                                    3. Chew slowly

                                                                    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                                                    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                                                    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                                                    4. Let go

                                                                    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                                                    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                                                    It’s not. Promise.

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                                                                    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                                                    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                                                    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                                                    5. Enjoy the journey

                                                                    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                                                    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                                                    6. Look at the big picture

                                                                    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                                                    Will this matter to me…

                                                                    • Next week?
                                                                    • Next month?
                                                                    • Next year?
                                                                    • In 10 years?

                                                                    Hint: No, it won’t.

                                                                    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                                                    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                                                    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                                                    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                                                    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                                                    8. Practice patience every day

                                                                    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                                                    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                                                    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                                                    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                                                    Final thoughts

                                                                    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                                                    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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