18 Places You Should Go to Recharge
At times, life feels like one continuous meh Monday. Most of us have been there, but sometimes the fix is relatively simple — a vacation. And not just any vacation, but one in which you're able to completely de-stress and recharge so you can tackle obstacles as they come. Check out the 18 destinations ahead, which are perfect for those riddled with anxiety.
Costa Rica is so peaceful, it doesn't even have a standing army. Additionally, it contains five percent of the world's species in its rain, cloud, and dry forests. If gazing at wildlife centers you, book a flight to Costa Rica, stat.
This southeastern European nation has around 6,000 islands and islets scattered throughout the Aegean and Ionian Sea. Needless to say, Greece's coastlines are some of the most stunning in the world. The country also has a rich history — some of the oldest European civilizations settled on the islands, so they contain fascinating archeological sites.
The Torres del Paine National Park in Chile will captivate you with its walking, climbing, horseback riding, or mountaineering circuits. Furthermore, you can sail, fly fish, or kayak in the varying lakes and rivers. Be sure to check out the cascading waterfalls and glaciers!
"The fresh, floral air energizes you," writes Go Hawaii on its homepage. "The warm, tranquil waters refresh you. The breathtaking natural beauty renews you." If reinvigoration is what you seek, the six unique islands of Hawaii have your remedy.
Craving a fantastical escape? Pretend you're a character in Game of Thrones when traversing Northern Ireland, a major filming location for the series. You can also explore Ireland's history in the ancient east, or follow poet W.B. Yeats's footsteps through the country.
Lake Louise of Alberta, Canada, in Banff National Park is something to behold during the colder months — skiing, snowboarding, dogsledding, sleigh rides, and snowshoeing will keep you (very) busy. And if you're not about the cold? Plunge into the hot springs at the end of Mountain Avenue (it's elevated at 1,585 meters!).
The islands of Cape Verde are nicknamed based on their characteristics: the pristine island, the sunniest island, the secluded island, the cozy island, the floweriest island. Depending on how you prefer to wind down, just take your pick.
If watching a giant waterfall plunge into misty waters below makes you realize how small your problems really are, then visiting Kaieteur National Park in Guyana is an absolute must. Kaieteur Falls is the world's highest single-drop fall — the cliff is 250 meters high!
Immerse yourself in Viking culture; snap pictures of the deep blue fjords; bike through the stately mountains; tour tiny villages. One thing's for certain — you'll be too occupied in Norway to check your work email.
Japan's gardens are unlike anything you've ever seen before, as garden design is something the Japanese take very seriously — the art has been refined over the course of 1,000 years. These gardens are wonderful for strolling and recapturing your zen.
With world-class spas, beautiful beaches, and an abundant marine life, Mauritius, a volcanic island in the Indian ocean, is the place to go if you seek relaxation. What's more, the eco tourism will deliver a once in a lifetime experience!
If you're in search of a trip to improve your well-being, Tasmania's calling your name. "Tasmania's beautiful environment and fresh organic products, along with health providers dedicated to using only the purest local ingredients, guarantee you a truly unique therapeutic escape," writes Discover Tasmania. "If purity is the purpose, then Tasmania is the perfect place to restore balance, refocus, and revitalise your inner being." There you have it!
The Crescent Moon Picnic Area of Sedona, AZ, is one of the most photographed images in the Southwest — and it truly is picture-perfect. Across from Cathedral Rock are dozens of stacked stone totems that resemble a tiny Stonehenge. Called Buddha Beach, it's thought to be a site of a vortex of great forces.
The Dead Sea on the edges of Israel is the lowest spot on Earth (417 meters below sea level), and also acts a natural health spa. This body of water has the highest concentration of salt in the entire world — as a result, you'll float without even trying, so bring a book or magazine to read on the surface of the sea!
Watch the sharks and dolphins; swim with the manta rays and whale sharks. The sea life of the Maldives will blow you away, which you can also catch while sipping a cocktail and sailing on a sunset cruise (the island gets sunshine year-round!).
What's not to do in Morocco? Stroll along the medieval streets of ancient Fez, tour the breezy coastal towns, and visit the nomadic people of the villages near the Sahara. No matter what you decide, be sure to take a camel trek through the desert (a bucket list item, for sure).
Beaches, bays, mountains, waterfalls, and killer views — there's no shortage of interesting geography in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana, considered the land of rest and relaxation, serves as an amazing setting for total rejuvenation.