15 exotic places to visit this summer
Are you making plans to go on a vacation this summer? If you haven’t decided where you want to go yet, read this blog to know about some of the most exotic places on earth.
When you get on in years, you realize that life is not about doing the same thing over and over again – routine kills the joy of life. Life is about change; it’s the energetic dynamicity of life that makes it worth living. The best possible way to eradicate the monotony of life is via traveling. Traveling is about exploring – it’s about getting out of your comfort zone. Known to be an immense stress reliever, traveling boasts many benefits. It makes you wiser, you explore different cultures, different people, and try out new lifestyles. Deciding where to travel can be confusing; especially if it is your first time going on new adventures. There are many factors that are crucial to choosing the ideal destination; such as weather, security, ambiance, and affordability. From serene meadows to rocky mountains, we have selected a list of the 15 most exotic places for you to visit this summer.
Easter Island, Chile
Adorned with natural beauty and stunning statues, Easter Island is a popular tourist attraction in Chile. This intriguing island’s origins are shrouded in mystery; the Rapa Nui people are credited to be the sculpturers of these monumental statues. Historians speculate that the Rapa Nui people made those statues to commemorate their ancestors. Spread over an area of 63 square miles, this island is the dream destination of many traveling enthusiasts. There are numerous hotels on this island with spacious rooms and other amenities, which will ensure that you spend a memorable time on this island. Luxury spas and restaurants are also available in this part of the country. Apart from all of this, Chile is a fairly inexpensive country, making this trip light on your wallet.
The Southern city of Croatia, Dubrovnik is one of the most exotic cities in Croatia. Being home to one of the UNESCO sites, this place is well known for its cultural heritage. The walled city, coupled with aesthetically built modern houses will make you feel like you are traveling through time. The ancient buildings, serene ocean, and cypress-shaped hills stun its visitors. The weather during summer is pleasant, and the Croatians are extremely hospitable; they will ensure that you feel at home in their country. The Lovrijenac Fortress is also the site where Game of Thrones was filmed; making it a popular attraction for the show’s die-hard fans. The Lokrum Island on the other side of the city offers great historical value, and is a treat for nature lovers.
Feeling adventurous? Hop on our bike and start hiking the rocky dirt roads of Bagan. Home to various heritage sites, Bagan offers something new to its visitors; a hot air balloon ride. The temples and the dusty roads can be explored from the sky, while riding on a hot air balloon. The exotic sunset and sunrise of Bagan are enough to enchant any traveler. The 1000-year-old paintings, ancient temples, and dark stairwells are a few of the sites worth seeing. Additionally, the grand statues of Buddha in ancient temples confer a spiritual touch to this historic city. Goat and cattle herders are a frequent sight, and to top it all – you will have to travel barefoot in the temples, since it is customary for all travelers.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The USA is famous for its high-rise buildings and skyscrapers, but there are many other things the US has to offer. Santa Fe is one of them. Home to one of the world’s most artistic and historic sites, Santa Fe is known for its enigmatic cultures. The places and buildings in Santa Fe are stamped with different cultures and timelines. Boasting a rich history of 500 years, this city has a unique style of architecture. This city has it all – a rich culture, dazzling meadows, hot water springs, and cowboy adventures. This scenic capital city of New Mexico offers a variety of activities and sightseeing opportunities for its visitors. Plus, the natives of this city are hospitable and kind, and you are sure to enjoy a rich experience.
Laucala Island, Fiji
Laucala Island in Fiji is the recent addition to luxury developed islands in the South Pacific. This particular island is the go-to travel destination for a number of celebrities. The exotic beaches and luxury hotels in this island are sure to soothe your senses and give you a much-needed break from the monotony of life. The super-luxe villas are a thing of beauty; they offer all the amenities you could think of – from lush green bathrooms in natural settings to midnight massages, these villas have everything. The sparkling turquoise waters, coupled with exotic birds make this an island worth visiting.
Macho Picchu, Peru
Macho Picchu is one of the seven New Wonders of the World. Constructed by the Incan Empire during the peak of their civilization, Macho Picchu is a citadel residing in the high mountains of Peru. The massive structures are famous for their strong and sophisticated stone walls alongside unique architecture. These structures are located all around the mountain and a temple-like building is present on the top. Constructed in the 15th century, these marvels of man-made construction were discovered in the twentieth century. The ancient architecture, incredible mountain ranges, and historic buildings confer a unique touch to this place.
Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka
Are you a fan of hiking? If yes, then Adam’s Peak is your dream destination. Along with being a popular spot for hiking, Adam’s peak is also famous for its historical significance. Set in the ancient part of the world, Sri Pada, this peak is located on top of the most sacred mountain of Sri Lanka. The footprint-shaped monument at the summit is said to be that of Adam; hence the name Adam’s peak. It takes approximately 5-6 hours to go from the base of the mountain to its top. Once on the top, you will be greeted by breathtaking views of the mountain ranges of Sri Lanka. To top it all, the orange-yellow sunrise you will witness on Adam’s Peak will be a lifelong memory to cherish.
Nosy Boraha, Madagascar
Nosy Boraha is the best place to spend your scorching hot summers. This exotic place is a popular tourist destination, especially during the whale season. During this season, you will see humpback whales diving in the ocean; as they generally drift close to the shore. The main hub of this island exhibits a rich French culture, where you can buy lots of exotic goods and souvenirs. The places to visit in this island include Atafana, where you can explore coral reefs and shallow wrecks. A small island off the Southern tip of Nosy Boraha is best for solitude and peace; it is surrounded by tall trees and a gorgeous ocean.
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Tahiti is one of the five Islands that constitute French Polynesia. Famous for its diverse flora and fauna, Tahiti is a beautiful island that has become a very popular tourist destination in recent times. The French Polynesian cuisine is one of the most exotic ones in the world, and their culture and art are unique to them. Once in Tahiti, you can reside in their glass-made overwater bungalows; those are the perfect sites to explore the beautiful ocean flowing underneath.
Stonehenge, UK is one of the oldest stone structures known to mankind. It is an architectural marvel; the gigantic stones laid in a circular formation. The origin and purpose of these massive stone structure is still not known; historians are yet to discover why these stones were laid in the first place. Some of the stones have also eroded due to the continuous wear and tear time. There is not much to discover in this place apart from colossal stones. What makes this place interesting is its location. If you pair it with another sightseeing location such as Bath or Salisbury, it will be worth your time and money.
Maui is said to have it all – a beautiful sunset at Haleakala, gorgeous sandy beaches, and fancy Luaus. Luau is a traditional Hawaiian ceremony accompanied by dance, entertainment, and a feast. Even with several modern ventures taking over this island, the original Hawaiian heritage and culture is intact – and ready to be explored. Maui has numerous awe-inspiring beaches laden with beautiful shades of golden sand and clear waters. The rich biodiversity and scenic pictures make this a must-see travel destination for everyone. What’s more? The island dining and local cuisine offer some of the best seafood you will ever taste.
Naltar Valley, Pakistan
Not many travelers have Pakistan on their bucket list. But there are certain places in this South Asian country worth exploring. Among all of them, Naltar Valley tops our list. Set in the heart of Pakistan’s Northern Areas, this valley has a rich culture. The mountains remain capped with snow throughout the year; a number of foreign tourists spend their summers in this refreshing valley. Naltar valley is full of wonders and surprises. The three lakes in this area have sparkling clear waters, and the aquatic biodiversity is unparalleled. These lakes are surrounded by dense forests of pine and cedar. One of the three lakes, Badroko lake is dark in color and is a topic of interest for geologists and environmental scientists. The wildlife of this area is another reason why this destination should be on your traveling wish list. Astor Markhor, snow leopard, and grey wolves are present in abundance.
The Danube, Hungary
Danube is a river, flowing in the middle of the Hungarian Capital, Budapest. On both sides of this river, you will witness semi-gothic Hungarian architecture with a touch of Hungary’s diverse culture. A Danube River cruise is filled with everything a traveler likes; beautiful scenery, a sense of adventure, and tasty cuisine. Sampling the local delicacies is a must, wherever you go. You will be making several stops along the way; don’t forget to taste the local cuisine and get some souvenirs for cherishing these moments. The wine yards run parallel to the river bed and produce the finest wine Europe has to offer. The majority of cruise itineraries will take off from Budapest and you will get to see the majestic Hungarian Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica among other Hungarian architectural wonders.
Cinque Terre, Italy
The Cinque Terre consists of five towns along the river of Italy. These five towns exhibit the scenic beauty of the highest order. Colorful buildings and houses stacked on top of each other, sparkling rivers, and lush green meadows are a few of the reasons why you should be visiting this beautiful town. The sky keeps on changing colors; from light pink to dusty black – you will see a number of shades when you turn your head up. Another thing you should not miss is its cuisine. The staple food in these towns is fish; since these towns used to be fishing villages before turning into tourist hubs. Additionally, there are numerous trails to hike in this area. You will find a variety of trails here ranging from slopy mountains to rugged terrains.
Aurora Borealis, Norway
The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis is one of nature’s most enchanting marvels. Strictly speaking, this is not a place; it is a phenomenon caused by solar winds and the earth’s magnetic field. You can witness these lights from multiple countries, but we suggest you choose Norway for doing so. These lights offer a much-needed escape from the cliched travel destinations. There are no exotic beaches, no mountains, hiking, or cuisine – it is simply a series of green-yellow lights that is on the bucket list of every nature lover. These lights are cannot be seen at all times, and you’ll need to make certain traveling preparations for it beforehand – but if you are a nature lover in the truest sense, it will be worth it.
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