We all need a vacation at one point or another. And for a lot of people, simply leaving their place of work is more than enough to help them reset and recharge. Then, there are others who simply need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and civilization in general. For these people, nothing helps them recuperate better than being able to get in touch with nature.
The winds call to them, the birds sing to them, and the sun greets them everyday like an eternal lover ought to. The world just seems much more beautiful to these people. They are the type of people who would do anything to have a semblance of nature in their home, those who would do DIY lawn care just so they can have a small piece of nature in the concrete jungle they live in. So, if you count yourself a nature lover, then these are some of the world destinations that you absolutely need to visit.
Ourlanka National Park, Finland
Two words, one sky — Aurora Borealis. Oulanka National Park is one of the best spots in Finland if you want to indulge in a majestic view of these natural dancing lights. For the best views, be sure to go between October and November in the winter, and March and April in the spring. And when you finish admiring the lights, you’ve got cozy log cabins and an entire vacation of winter sports ahead of you.
The Matterhorn, Switzerland
Found within the Swiss Alps, the Matterhorn is a peak that stands 15,000 feet, like a snow-covered ziggurat reaching towards the sky. With green valleys strewn with a full spectrum of colors thanks to the wildflowers that grow there, the Matterhorn is easily some of the most beautiful scenery that you’re ever going to find in your life.
Iceland (all of it!)
If you thought you could only be charmed by people, you’re wrong. Iceland is filled with numerous waterfalls, hot springs, and caves, all of which are bound to rekindle your connection with (and affection for) Mother Nature. The most notable of all these sites comes in the form of Seljalandsfoss, which is a waterfall that plummets almost 200 feet into a pool. Besides the nature spots, tourists can also enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, whale watching, sea kayaking, and so much more.
Palau Group of Islands
If the sea is what calls to you, then the collection of islands in Palau are, without a doubt, going to make your heart sing. With more than 231,000 square kilometers of protected space that includes ancient coral reefs, sand beaches, the famed Jellyfish Lake, as well as the world’s first shark sanctuary, Palau is a place not to be missed.
Specifically, you’re going to want to visit Lake Atitlan. This lake is surrounded by volcanoes and it is regarded by many to be the “most beautiful lake in the world”. The lake is characterized by its tranquil and calming environment. When you’re done enjoying the beautiful scenery, you can go hiking, biking and kayaking. And on the off chance that you’re into Mayan culture, you’re definitely in luck because this is the place to immerse yourself in it.