When we get stuck in our normal, daily routines it sometimes becomes difficult to remember that we live on an earth with an infinite amount of adventures! Some, closer to home and others all the way across the globe. I have compiled a list of 13 ridiculously cool and surreal places that are worth visiting at least ONCE in your life (they’re on my bucket list, for sure!) . Enjoy getting mesmerized by these pictures that do such an amazing job at capturing the pure beauty of exploration and wandering . =)
PS- Some of these places are not for the weak-hearted 😉
It was really difficult narrowing it down to these 13 … BUT! part 2 to this post will def. be coming soon!
- Go Zorbing in New Zealand
This activity seems so cool! They basically put you in a huge transparent ball and roll you down a little slope or let you try it out in the ocean. In the UK, zorbing can be seen in pubs and clubs providing some fun entertainment for all the guests (how sick is that?)
2. Swim with Elephants in Thailand
This is a super popular attraction in Ko Chang, Thailand. Travelers can do a two hour tour through the jungle, ride the elephants and bathe with them afterwards. The handlers even sing to the animals as you ride along. Def. an experience worth checking out.
3. Attend the Holi Festival in India
Holi is a spring festival (also known as the festival of colors) that is an ancient Hindu tradition. People carry around dry powder or colored water and chuck the colorful pigments on one another (everyone is fair game). It occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. It is primarily observed in India and Nepal and is celebrated in either late February or March. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and the end of winter. It’s a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to play, laugh and celebrate the new season.
4. Go Tree Camping in Germany
The perfect activity for a thrill- seeking individual! Tree camping can be done in the Waldseilgarten mountain resort in Bavaria, Germany. The tents hang over 6,000 feet in the air and provide an absolute breathtaking view! In fact, the resort offers a wide variety of extreme camping options, from experiencing an amazing sunset hanging from a cliff or tree top to relaxing in a hand built igloo (pretty sure this is the coolest resort ever). All tree camping guests are adequately prepped and trained for their courageous and unconventional stay.
5.Visit the Hang Son Doong Cave in the Quang Binh Province in Vietnam
Hang Son Doong is a cave in Phong Nha-Ke National Park. The cave is located inside a large underground river near the Laos- Vietnam border and is the largest cave in the world (a 40-story skyscraper can fit in it!). According to the Huffington Post, as of September 2013, the cave is being prepared for the first public tours to be given this year. Fun fact- the cave was only discovered 5 years ago. Visitors will have to repel 80 meters just to enter it.
6. Visit the Walk of Faith in China
This walkway was built on the side of a cliff, 4,700 feet above sea level on Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, China. The entire path is made completely out of glass, allowing you to see just how high you really are! Funny fact- Tourists are asked to put on shoe covers to help keep the path clean (apparently, the cleaners are not fond of the walkway.. too scary, perhaps?).
7. Swim With Manatees in Crystal River, Florida
Manatees are fascinating animals that are currently endangered and often referred to as sea cows. The animals are harmless (herbivores) and shy, despite their large and slightly intimidating appearance. Crystal River is the ONLY place in the entire world where you can swim with these majestic creatures. In addition, the tour guides that will lead your swimming adventure are super knowledgable on the species and will tell you exactly what to do so the manatees will approach you to play =)
8. Visit the Hanging Restaurant
“Dinner in the Sky” (name of the company/ restaurant) allows guests to dine in a gondola suspended 90 feet in the air- a chef accompanies them as he cooks delicious and lavish meals for the guests over a stunning view. The company has most recently set up their gondola in Bruseels, but Dinner in the Sky has previously taken place in other cities around the world including Paris, London, Dubai, Las Vegas, Sydney and Monaco. Visit http://www.dinnerinthesky.com for more information.
9. Be a Part of the Floating Lantern Festival in Thailand
During the month of November, there is a special festival in Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai) called the floating lantern festival, or Yi Peng (in Thai). It is a buddhist tradition that honors the religion and is a symbol for release and forgiveness. As the lantern is released and lifted into the air, the owner closes their eyes, makes a wish, and lets all of their troubles peacefully float away.
10. Rent a Glass Igloo and Watch the Northern Lights in Finland
The Igloo Village of Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland boasts 20 thermal glass igloos that allow visitors to enjoy incredible views of the northern lights from the warmth and comfort of their own hut. The hotel has one of the area’s best views of the northern lights. In addition, the sparse trees and complete lack of light pollution reveal millions of stars each night. This is the perfect spot for a romantic or peaceful getaway!
11. Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand
This cave is famous for its large population of glowworms, a species found particularly in New Zealand. The worms are about the size of a mosquito and light up, giving off a beautiful aqua/ turquoise color. Tourists have the option to take a boat ride through the cave and experience the luminosity of these exceptional worms firsthand.
12. Visit the Crocosaurus Cove in Australia
Crocosaurus cove allows visitors an up close and personal experience with some of the earth’s deadliest creatures. Participants may experience the completely transparent “cage of death”, the only cage in the world that allows individuals to come face to face with massive saltwater crocodiles.
13. Take a Dip in the Pink Lake in Australia
This is a salt lake in the Goldfields- Esperance region of Western Australia. The lake is actually not always pink in color but the distinctive color of the water changes due to a particular green algae found within it. Once the lake water’s salinity level is high enough (greater than that of sea water) the algae begins to accumulate the red pigment, giving the lake its baby pink resemblance.