There are many wonderful places to visit in the world, but where can you go to truly be inspired? Whether you want to meditate, take some time out, or just look on in awe and wonder, check out these 6 inspirational places to travel to and start planning your next trip.
#1 Take in the Scenery at Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil
The Iguazu Falls is a magnificent waterfall situated on the border of Argentina and Brazil that can be viewed from either side. There are walkways on both sides that allow visitors to get really close to the falls and benefit from some simply amazing views.
These falls have been featured in several movies, perhaps the most notable being the Oscar winning film The Mission (1986).
I cannot think of a more perfect setting to be inspired than this wonderful waterfall where you really can feel at one with nature. Just taking in the abundant wildlife (toucans, butterflies, howler monkeys or maybe even a Jaguar) let alone the stunning spectacle of the falls themselves will simply blow you away.
You can even take a boat trip through the waterfall, or a helicopter ride over the falls.
Don’t forget your waterproofs!
#2 Visit the Site of Iceland’s First Parliament, Iceland
The Thingvellir National Park, with its amazing and historic landscape where Iceland’s first parliament was held, really is like something out of Game of Thrones. You could literally sit there all day contemplating life and recreating in your mind what the first parliament must have been like in this extraordinary land of Fire and Ice.
The area is also of geological significance because it’s where the North American/Eurasian tectonic plates meet.
Of course you will have to watch out for the elves and trolls that live in the mountains. What? You didn’t know about them? Come and visit this magical place with stunning scenery and find out for yourself if they really do exist.
Don’t forget your camera!
#3 Go Whale Watching in Hermanus, South Africa
There is no need to go on a whale watching boat cruise here; you can literally just sit on the side of a rock and watch from dry land. That is exactly what I did when I visited this lovely little coastal town in South Africa.
No sooner had I sat down when I was treated to the spectacular view of the barnacled side of a Southern Right Whale surfacing. It was perhaps one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen and I feel very privileged to have witnessed it.
Finish it off with a lazy lunch and a stroll around the town and it will certainly be a visit you are unlikely to forget. I can certainly recommend the local wine!
Don’t forget your binoculars!
#4 Wonder at the Ancient Dolmens of Trilla, France
If you want to go somewhere magical that very few people know about, check out the magical mountain village of Trilla located in the Fenouillèdes in the Pyrénées-Orientales.
In the surrounding area are several dolmens (megalithic tombs), which are all within walking distance of the village, where you can go to meditate or just marvel at these enigmatic ancient stones. Nobody really knows what they were originally for, but there is no doubt that they hold a mystical energy about them.
There are also many beautiful hiking trails in the area where you can simply walk for miles enjoying the stunning scenery of the mountains and the surrounding flora and fauna. A real hidden gem.
Don’t forget your hiking boots!
#5 Meet the Long Man of Wilmington, England, UK
The Long Man of Wilmington is a 227 foot tall figure of a man that can be seen on the side of Windover Hill in East Sussex, England. Nobody knows how long this figure, originally carved from chalk, has been here, but it is thought to have originated from the Iron Age.
Aside from the spectacular view, a walk up to the chalk man is a pleasure in itself. It’s also a great place to sit and admire the beauty and peace of the surrounding countryside or maybe even do a bit of yoga.
Even better, there is a wonderful pub in the charming village, which serves great traditional ale and food – the perfect place to feed your body and your soul. Plus it serves druids!
Don’t forget your inner druidess!
#6 Drink in the Turquoise Waters at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
If you want to visit somewhere simply startling in its natural beauty, then Plitvice Lakes National Park is for you.
Chock full with a wide variety of flora and fauna, blue lagoons, waterfalls and wonderful walks, this place is an absolute paradise – especially if nature is your thing. Its 16 turquoise lakes are so clean you can even clearly see the fish. Although no swimming is allowed in the National Park itself, you can swim just a few kilometers north of the park.
Photography alone cannot capture the beauty of this place, and it makes my hairs stand on end just thinking about it.
It is an absolute must see!
Don’t forget your swim suit!
So, there you have it. I highly recommend a visit to all of these fabulous awe-inspiring places.
Of course, what makes a place special is personal to each and every one of us.