Over the years, studies have shown that travelling can drastically improve one’s well-being. It not only boosts up your mood but also makes you smarter and healthier. The whole idea of planning, going somewhere and coming back inculcates a sense of excitement, making you happy.
According to a research done in Cornell in 2014, people experience more happiness just by knowing they’re going on a vacation as compared to going shopping. Another study by the University of Surrey found that people feel the happiest when they know they have a trip coming up. Hence, the act of planning a vacation can significantly improve your overall health.
One of the hardest parts of planning a vacation is deciding what place to visit. There are many breathtaking places in the world, however, here are 5 places you should definitely visit:
The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
The great barrier reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, comprisisng of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands. It stretches over 2300 kilometers over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers. It is the world’s largest structure built by tiny living organisms and can be seen from outer space. It’s also one of the seven wonders of the world. The reef is home to many exquisite species of sea organisms making it a breathtaking place to go scuba diving in!
Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar De Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, spanning over 10,582 square kilometers. It was formed as a result of transformations of many prehistoric lakes and is covered by a few meters of salt. The salt crust covers a pool of brine rich in lithium. It contains 50-70% of the world’s known lithium reserves. The massive salt flat is so reflective, especially in rainy season, that it’s used to calibrate satellites and altitude meters. It serves as a natural mirror offering a magnificent sight!
Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
The antelope canyon was formed by the erosion of Navajo Sandstone, chiefly due to flash flooding. The canyon offers picturesque sights that look like strokes of a paint brush. The way water carved out the cracks millions of years ago, coupled with the light that hits each wall, makes the rock appear like a painting and out of this world.
Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil
Lençóis Maranhenses is a national park located in Maranhao state of northeastern Brazil. The part features a vast spread of rolling sand dunes and freshwater lagoons between them. The two present a breathtaking picture and should be definitely visited once. The lagoons are also a home to many different species, including four which are considered endangered.
Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia
Victoria falls is a waterfall locates in southern Africa at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is about 108 meters (354 feet) high and 1708 meters wide. The average flow rate is about 260,000 gallons per second, making it the largest singular waterfall in the world. From September to December, the flow rate decreases and the water level drops. This forms a pool near the edge of the waterfall, allowing people to swim in it and look at the abyss below. The pool is made by a rock wall that halts the current enough for a swim. It’s, hence, known as the “Devil’s pool”.