Travel: The world in which we live is full of breath taking places that most of us don’t know they really exist. Here are some mind blowing places around the world everyone should visit before they die.
If there were a heaven on Earth, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful location than Kauai, Hawaii. Nicknamed the Garden Island, Kauai is literally covered in green. While each of Hawaii’s eight islands is stunning, Kauai takes the cake. It is the oldest of Hawaii’s islands, and also its most north most island.
Take a trip back in time to Santorini, Greece – one of the most beautiful and unique towns in the world. Perched along a cliff of volcanic rock, Santorini is what remains of one of the largest volcanic eruptions on record – occurring some 3,600 years ago. The cube-like houses are whitewashed with volcanic ash and limestone, giving them a distinct pearly color. The beauty of Santorini lies within its simplicity.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre is the crown jewel of Italy’s many charming, picturesque towns. Perched atop cliffs looking over the Mediterranean, this town is – as traveler Rick Stevens puts it – “pure, unadulterated Italy.” Visitors must pay a small fee to walk the trails that weave in and out of Cinque Terra’s unique and vibrant houses strung along narrow, windy paths.
Key West, Florida
Key West, Florida is truly paradise on Earth. As the southern-most point of the continental U.S, nothing but crystal-clear water surrounds this beautiful city on the Gulf of Mexico. Key West is a place where worries and stress are as distant as 40-degree weather. Visitors can go snorkeling with dolphins, ride the surf, or simply hang out and enjoy the ivory white sand on the miles of beach.
Prepare to be truly struck by awe if you make the trip to Cairo, Egypt. As the 18th largest city in the world, Cairo is both a standing artifact of a past world, while still embracing a modern aura. Cairo’s main attraction is – of course – the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, the lone survivor of the original Seven Wonders of the World. Book a hotel on the bed of the Nile River – the same place where the earliest civilizations first settled.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Nothing says relaxation like a natural spa. Located in the remote city of Girdavik, Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is both a feat of nature and of man. After originally acting as an overflow pool for the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station, the six million liters of seawater are heated naturally over a lava bed located 2,000 meters underneath.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Quite possibly the most beautiful metropolis in the world, Rio De Janeiro intertwines the beauty of the natural world with the tempo of an urban metropolis, housing more than 6.3 million people. Here, you take in one of South America’s finest beauties on the crest of Guanabara Bay and the South Atlantic Ocean, while still embracing the festive and vibrant nightlife of Brazil’s second-largest city.