35 Places You Never Knew You Wanted To Visit

35 Places You Never Knew You Wanted To Visit

Whether you're a total adventure geek or too lazy to get off the beach.
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It's the middle of the winter, and I keep finding myself thinking of anywhere else in the world I could be right now. There are the typical places that all tourists flock to, but I've always been one to search for rare and underrated places. For those of you who are adventurous, an art or architecture buff, or just enjoy laying around in beautiful scenery, here are 35 unique places you never knew you wanted to visit.

1. Marquette, Michigan, USA

Presque Isle Park is a beautiful lookout and hiking spot seated on the edge of Lake Superior. Not to leave out the Superior Dome for sporting events and downtown shopping and nightlife.

2. Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Take in a beautiful view from Blue Ridge Parkway, visit the historical Biltmore Estate or Biltmore Gardens, take a food tour, or view a number of art galleries. And do you see those gorgeous mountains?

3. Avalanche Lake, Montana, USA

Two miles off of the trailhead of the Trail of the Cedars, this gorgeous view is really an indescribable reward for a hike. I know I would be floating around for the rest of the day.

4. Tamul Falls, Mexico

Miles down from the historic site Tamtoc, tours are available through the falls in addition to kayaking and swimming.

5. Granada, Nicaragua

Visit the islets off of Granada, see a number of beautifully constructed cathedrals and churches, or take a day trip to Mombacho Volcano nearby.

6. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The moment I heard of this place it made my "GO TO THIS PLACE ASAP" list. Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat, composed of salt and brine (lithium) which gives it such reflective properties.

7. Angel Falls, Venezuela

If you've seen Up you've seen this picture before and yes, it is a real place! It is the world's highest uninterrupted waterfall. Definitely somewhere I would spend my life aspiring to visit.

8. Cusco, Peru

A city so rich in culture that also happens to be not too far from the Inca site of Machu Picchu.

9. Belfast, Ireland

If you're a fan of the Titanic, you can relive the story at the largest Titanic visitor experience in the world. There's also a museum with dinosaurs and Egyptian mummies. Or if you would like to pretend you are royalty go visit the Belfast Castle.

10. Budapest, Hungary

The Parliament is a must-see, you can take a Danube cruise, or experience the view from the Fisherman's Bastion.

11. Split, Croatia

See Diocletian's Palace or take in the scenery from Marjan hill.

12. Tallinn, Estonia

Visit Old Town, take in history at the national museum, or climb Toompea Hill to be able to see this beautiful view.

13. Sopot, Poland

Spend time on the beach right on the coast of the Baltic Sea or go downtown to indulge in the nightlife. Don't forget to see the Crooked House which is literally what it sounds like.

14. Paros, Greece

Parika Town has plenty of photo opportunities complete with gardens, beaches, food, and cats.

15. Lofoten, Norway

Northern beaches, an aquarium, a city surrounded by this view...I cannot even fathom a more beautiful edge of the Earth.

16. Fjords, Norway

Western Norway is filled with mountains surrounding stunning fjords and importantly--unique local cuisine.

17. Johannesburg, South Africa

Take a wildlife tour or delight in a city full of history from the Apartheid Museum to the Lesedi Cultural Village.

18. Grand Baie, Mauritius

A coastal village straight out of your vacation dreams.

19. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Climb this snow-covered, dormant volcano in the middle of beautiful Africa. And hopefully see this cute giraffe.

20. Cyprus

Explore the Tombs of the Kings or visit Europe's leading water park attraction, Fasouri Watermania. Cyprus is a hub of beaches and history.

21. Doha, Qatar

There are thousands of things to do in Qatar, but be sure to see the Museum of Islamic Art, Aspire Park, and be a part of the nightlife.

22. Petra, Jordan

Explore Petra and make your way up to the Royal Tombs and the High Place of Sacrifice--both aspects of the ancient city.

23. Sapa, Vietnam

Hike through mountains and waterfalls for this breathtaking view.

24. Paro Taktsang, Bhutan

This historic temple overlooks the Paro Valley, translating to "The Tiger's Nest" and is truly a gem hidden in the mountains.

25. The Kiso Valley, Japan

Take a historic day hike from Kyoto and indulge in pure Japanese culture.

26. Okinawa, Japan

Another island of tropical paradise, it has become a highly-visited island off of Japan since the years of World War II.

27. Sukothai, Thailand

A peaceful historical site.

28. Udaipur, India

Admire the City Palace, the central garden palace Badi Mahal, visit the numerous lakes and temples, and see a cultural show.

29. Bandhavgarh National Park, India

Wildlife Sanctuary. Do you see this tiger? I want to see this tiger.

30. Changbaishan, China

Do you see this view?

31. Li River, China

What about this one?

32. Kadaku Park, Northern Territory Australia

But really, why would you not want to experience this?

33. Blue Mountains National Park, Australia

Stand high upon these mountains and take in the nature of Australia.

34. Rotorua, New Zealand

Thermal pools, a cultural village, a redwood forest-- another unbelievable destination that shows the true beauty of the world.

35. Vanua Levu, Fiji

Please convince me you don't want to plant yourself on these beaches. Forever. Also a hotspot for island society and culture.


Adventure is out there. You just have to go find it.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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5 Vital And Helpful Tips I Live By When Packing For A Trip

Try and pack smarter, not harder.

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If you are anything like me, you tend to overpack thinking you are being a great packer and being ready for any scenario that life may throw at you. Well, that is, unfortunately untrue, and I have learned that you are only doing more harm than good. Over the years, I have come up with five tips I always use when traveling and have been proven to work. You've heard of the five golden rules of life, and, well, these are the five golden rules/tips of packing.


1. Start with a packing list.

This is the best tip I could give to anyone else who is getting ready to travel. Making a list is very useful, especially when stressed about your travel. You will not forget anything because you have it all written down. A packing list is a great way to keep organized when packing.

2. Use space bags.

Now, this is a tip my dad lives by. Space bags are great when you are packing because it protects your clothes and makes room to put a lot in your suitcase. The crazy story of a time when my dad was traveling, and his friend's bag was soaked with the shampoo he brought on the plane. All his clothes and everything inside the suitcase was ruined. So always use space bags because you never know what could happen on the flight. You can buy a space bag here.

3. Pack the essentials first.

I will be honest and say that I do over-pack a lot. I use the line "just in case" as an excuse to pack my entire house. But I have learned that packing for "just in case" is a waste of time. When you first sit down to pack, lay out all your essentials. For example, clothes that you will wear during the trip. You will be surprised to see how effective it is.

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4. ALWAYS pack an extra outfit in your carry on.

This tip is one that I have been very grateful that I used. A while ago during my trip to Canada, my check-in bag was missing and delayed for multiple hours. Luckily I had an extra outfit to keep me fresh and not feel gross. It is always crucial to this in your carry on In case of emergencies such as your bag getting lost.

5. Put identification on your suitcase.

Everyone in the airport somehow tends to have the same black or red suitcase that you have, which only means confusing when you're trying to find your check-in bag. To quickly identify your suitcase, put a sticker, or tie a ribbon on the handle. You can easily pick up your suitcase and leave. This will prevent any sneaky people trying to steal or claim that your suitcase is theirs.

P.S.: Use a bright color ribbon or a different sticker. Also, tie the ribbon properly to make sure it's secured.


I live by these five packing tips every time I travel so I hope you can use them the next time you take a trip!

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