We all need a relaxing vacation every once in a while. An opportunity to relax and lose ourselves in the majesty of another country’s nature, architecture, art and culture. A chance to leave your worldly problems behind and immerse yourself in beautiful new surroundings. But there are many different kinds of vacation. There are the kinds of chilled out getaways where you sit at the beach or by the pool leafing through a paperback and sipping cocktails. There are frantic city breaks where you try and cram as many sights, activities, and culinary delights as possible into your days. And then there are the kinds of bucket list breaks that help you break from the norm and make memories that will last a lifetime. Each of these kinds of breaks is important, yet as the years go by it can be harder and harder to make time for the latter kind.
While there’s familiarity and comfort in staying at those same resort towns year after year, we should also remember that life begins outside of our comfort zones.
As such, let’s take a look at some amazing vacations that will help you break from the norm and make long lasting memories…
See a total solar eclipse in Chile
One of the most satisfying things about travelling overseas is getting to see not only the different cultures but the different natural wonders of other nations. And there are a few places in the world that are the only places where astonishing natural phenomena can be observed. Which is why so many adventure hungry tourists flock to Chile to see the total solar eclipse. Eclipse tours offer an opportunity to see this once in a lifetime phenomenon while also getting to enjoy the many cultural and geographical delights of this fantastic South American country.
See the aurora in Iceland
Speaking of once-in-a-lifetime natural phenomena, there’s nothing that can prepare you for seeing the aurora borealis with your own eyes. Sure, everyone has seen pictures of it, but the shimmering multicolored lights are a truly grand spectacle that everyone should see for themselves at least once. Caused when solar particles escaping the sun’s magnetic field, this incredible even is truly awe-inspiring, and it is best witnessed from Iceland.
Pet giant tortoises in Mauritius
Mauritius has stunning white beaches, friendly locals and no shortage of beach resorts where you can spend a relaxing holiday. However, animal lovers will have another reason to want to visit this island nation nestled in the Indian ocean. It’s one of the few places in the world where visitors can see and interact with giant tortoises. These ancient and beautiful creatures are gentle and friendly and a must for any animal lover’s bucket list.
Take a dip in an Onsen spring in Japan
Finally, there are many hot springs all around the world. But few with the same combination of ceremony, natural beauty and hot relaxing waters that make the Japanese Onsen such a special experience. For lovers of Japanese culture and tradition, you’ll get a healthy dose of culture in the ryokan (traditional inns) before and after your hot soak.