Our modern lives have become an amalgam of worrying about the future as well as constantly juggling the problems of the present moments. In all this commotion, we often forget to connect with our roots – Mother Nature. The unprecedented growth of technology in the recent past has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it allows us to live our lives better and traverse vast distances at a rapid rate. And a boon because technology has furthered us from spending time outside and spending it merely relaxing or bonding.
When it comes to looking for wonderful places to visit as part of a travel plan, the possibilities are limitless. It can comprise of anything from climbing up mountains to camping on lakesides. I list some of the places below, which are common tourist hotspots, to connect with nature and enrich the soul.
1) Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Japan
One of the top sights in Japan, this iconic is one of the most calming nature places. The bamboos stretch up high into the sky, and there are branching paths and alleyways going through the forest. A walk here with my loved ones is sure to rejuvenate anyone. It is also of somewhat historical and spiritual importance as the place contains shrines like the Nonomiya Shrine, which is situated in an additional section of the grove.
2) The Azores, Portugal
The Azores in Portugal is a beautiful set of islands spanning a pretty large region encapsulating breathtaking natural beauty. It consists of many things like fishing villages, hot springs, and volcanic mountain peaks bound to keep you occupied and make your time exploring there fun! It is located around 800 miles off the coast of Portugal and getting it is easy with planes or cruises. Additionally, if you are into outdoor activities, Portugal’s Meledo beach has a private wing foil lessons program that you can try to be a little adventurous.
3) Himalayas, India
The names comes from Sanskrit, meaning “Adobe of Snow” this expansion mountain range covering a good portion of North India is one of the most well-known in the world. The area is not about pursuing peaks and exhausting myself in the way. Still, anyone can be elevated since it comprises of the highest road passes as well as some of the highest train journeys in the world. Two hill stations, Shimla and Darjeeling, that I’ve personally traveled to and love, are also situated in these famed mountains.
4) Vagar Island, Faroe Islands
The third-largest island in the Faroe Islands, it sure feels like a place right out of a fantasy novel. With beautiful scenery abound and containing 6 settlements, this place has expansive greenery and cliffs overlooking the ocean. Covered with waterfalls and peaky mountains, there’s quite a bit to see and do. What’s more is I can also visit the nearby areas while I’m here, which are equally refreshing.
5) Piha Beach, New Zealand
Piha Beach is situated on the coast west of Auckland, and there are several walks through the surrounding hills and forest. The beach has back sand, so it’s unique in that aspect, and it is also a popular surfing location. The coastline is quite rugged and scenic. There’s also a village nearby where which would be a perfect spot for refreshment and lodgings.
6) Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
This famed spot is the point of many folklores and tales as well as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It’s also known for it’s one unusual rock formation, at the southmost point, which is a sight to behold. Considered a natural bird spotting haven, it is protected by regulations, and it is quite an important area for bird species.