4 Top Travel Destinations I've Always Wanted To Visit, And Why You Should Visit Too

4 Top Travel Destinations I've Always Wanted To Visit, And Why You Should Visit Too

Underrated trips that you'll wish you were going on this summer.
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Traveling is an adventure that everyone should consider going on. When I travel, I am able to break the repetitive cycle of my everyday life and fly off to a new place with its own unique vibe and history. The destinations in this article are different from the everyday vacation spots that we see advertised all the time on TV. These places incorparate stunning views of the natural world around us and excuting activities to do in different countries. Below is a list of the most unique and amazing places I hope to travel to someday and reasons why you’ll want to go to.


1. Isle of Skye

Skye is an island in Scotland with mountains, fields and terrain that will take your breath away, and the scenery and gardens are picturesque. In addition, you can even view the Aurora Borealis from there, which is a must-see display of nature’s night lights. The Northern Lights are already a spectacle and getting the chance to view them from the stunning hills of Skye is more than enough reason to go. I would love to go during the peak viewing seasons of the Northern Lights because that is something I could only truly appreciate after viewing it with my own eyes.

2. Angel Falls

Located in Venezuela, Angel Falls is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. The water fall is positioned directly off of the Churún River, and it towers at a height of over 3,000 feet. This grand land form is even taller than the renowned Niagara Falls. It is a sight worth taking unforgettable pictures of to save the memory of this natural beauty. The serene atmosphere created by the calming sound of the water is the primary reason I want to travel here.

3. Rick's Cafe

Rick’s Café is a restaurant on the gorgeous island of Jamaica in Negril, but it’s not like your average café. Here you can eat, hang out, listen to music and jump off a cliff. The café is located just beside the ocean, and its cliffside diving is what makes it so popular. People who are brave enough to jump off the edge and into the water go for both thrilling and chill atmosphere (not to mention the dreamlike view of the sunset from there).

4. Harding Icefield Trail

For those of you interested in hiking or simply enjoy a glimmeriing view that you don't get to usually see in your day-to-day lives, Haridng Icefield Trail is the prefect spot to visit. The trail is not the easiest but that adds to the excitement and feelings of accomplishment that you'll have when you finally reach the top after hours of hiking through this icy expanse. In the winter the trail is covered in snow and becomes a sort of winter wonderland of steep slopes and a refreshing challenge for hikers to take on. Up to a thousand feet of elevation can be gained within just one mile of hiking. These factors are what make the Harding Icefield Trail an unforgettable uphill journey in a national park that contains valleys, stream and budding vegetation that create a very peaceful and serene atmosphere for those who have the pleasure of experiencing the trail for themselves.
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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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My Future Is Unpredictable And That's Totally Alright

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations.

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For six months, I had plans to study abroad in the Dominican Republic during the fall semester of junior year. Filling out what seemed like endless applications and paperwork, searching for travel ideas on Pinterest, and writing a class research paper on the DR's relationship with its neighboring island, Haiti, I was prepared to live and learn about Dominican culture hands-on.

Then on the Thursday before Finals Week last spring, I read my email. My study abroad program in the DR had gotten canceled. In the span of 30 seconds, my future had taken a new course. Less than a week later, I was submitting papers to study abroad in a new country where another adventure awaited: Ecuador.

If there's anything I've learned in the past year, it's that life is unpredictable and we can't control it. The future is unknown. But-

Who wants to know exactly what's going to happen in the next few years? I mean, I believe it's good to have a direction, but you don't have to have the entire journey pinpointed straight to the core. You meet people, you get inspired, you see things, you have experiences. And you go from there. (Though, I totally respect people who have clear ambitions and stick with them their entire lives.)

Where I was a year ago was a completely different path than where I find myself today. Last summer, I worked four different internships/jobs in the span of three months. A year ago, I would never have guessed my following summer unfolding with an immersion trip to India, a solo adventure to Taiwan & Hong Kong, and becoming a certified yoga instructor. A year ago, I hadn't met half of my best friends. A year ago, I hadn't seen poverty in a third-world country. A year ago, I wasn't even sure I wanted to major in Environmental Studies.

Just because I don't know what the future holds doesn't mean I can't set goals. I have a destination, an idea of where I'm headed and where I want to go. While abroad in Ecuador, I want to learn about sustainable development and coffee production as well as enhance my Spanish skills.

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations. I know the format of the program. I'll be taking classes and living with a host family and then doing an internship at a farm. Otherwise, I have no idea what's going to happen. And that's what I'm looking forward to the most. The spontaneity. The unexpected. As one of my good friends would say whenever he doesn't have formal weekend plans, "I'm improvising." And you know the one rule of improv: Always say yes.

¡Hasta pronto, Ecuador!

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