Taking a holiday, even one where you intend to spend the whole time on the beach isn’t always as restful as you would like. You still have to negotiate your accommodation, find a place on the crowded beach and then defend your small patch of sand from other holidaymakers. If you are looking for something that will get you closer to nature, and further away from the tourist locations, then these are the places for you. You will find the odd tourist or those looking to detach from modern life, but you won’t be bombarded with fast food and mobile phone towers.
Pismo Beach, California, USA
Pismo Beach has an unusual claim to fame in that it was once mentioned in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. It was the place that Bugs was heading to for a vacation before he got lost. It is no surprise that he wanted to go there because Pismo Beach is a stunning place and ideal for those that love the beach and the water. Not only does it have a 1,200-foot pier, but it also has some of the most amazing marine wildlife that flock to the area. It is only a short drive from Paso Robles so that it can be a natural follow-on destination. You will find over 50 hotels in the area, all with stunning sea views, and there are state beaches, nature reserves and state parks only 30 minutes away. You won’t be able to go anywhere else, however, because there is so much you can do at Pismo Beach, you won’t have the time. You can try your hand at Kayaking, surfing, hiking and dune riding. If that sounds like too much excitement, you could just lay on the beach and soak up the sun.
Kuang Si Falls, Laos
Luang Prabang is a city that is already known to backpackers. However, it isn’t just the city that attracts those wandering off the beaten track. There is a mesmerizing three-tier waterfall spectacular that looks so smooth and clear; you would think it had been photoshopped. The water is crystal clear and will entice anyone to take a dip. It is also a great place to enjoy the natural beauty and spend a few quiet days with just the rush of the water and the local wildlife.
San Pedro, Peruvian Andes
San Pedro in Peru is nothing like what you would imagine. It is a secluded village high up in the Andes and is four hours outside of Lima. The community mainly consists of farmers, whose ancestors have tended the terraced land around the surrounding mountains for many thousands of years. Though they are trying to encourage tourism to their community, they are still in the process of creating the facilities. Volunteers from all over the world come here to help the local villagers with their land and assist with building bridges and painting schools. It is probably one of the most beautiful areas in the world, and far from the beaten track. If you are looking to relax body and mind, then you could try the San Pedro and Ayahuasca retreats that are located in the area. They offer healing and spirit plant journeys designed to heal and regenerate.
Death Valley, California, USA
You may have heard about Death Valley before, although you may not have ventured to go there. It has a mystique about it that is probably due to some of the amazing stats that go with it. Around 1913, the area called Furnace Creek in Death Valley recorded a record 134 degrees Fahrenheit. It is still the highest reliably recorded temperature in the Western hemisphere. For those looking to have an adventure holiday, a trip to Death Valley has to be on the list of excursions, although what is there for the regular traveler? Well, Death Valley has some amazing scenery that has been caused by its extreme climate. You can see the Devil’s Golf Course, which are mounds of salt carved by the winds. There are also some Old West ghost towns that you can explore if you like the days of old. It might not have lots of tourist huts or restaurants, but, it will be something you won’t forget.
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Although this is a national park, you will feel as though you are the only person on the planet. Torres del Paine is one of South America’s most beautiful national parks, and it is a place where you can unwind and let the stresses of busy life melt away. Hiking is a popular activity because of the towering mountain ranges and glorious glaciers. It is the ideal location if you want to do a few days backpacking, the remote feel to the area is softened by the amazing natural beauty.
Huanglong Scenic Valley, Sichuan, China
Located near Chengdu in the heart of China, the Huanglong Scenic Valley is an enchanted place that seems like it was made as a place to enjoy and contemplate. The area has many hot springs and naturally pure waters that create unusual but stunning rock formations. If you are planning a few days around the valley, then you should also take a trip into the great forest areas. Along with many other forms of wildlife, you might also catch a glimpse of a Giant Panda.
Great Blue Hole, Belize
There are as many wonders under the water as there are on the land, and one of the most spectacular are the blue holes. They are circular, steeply walled holes that get their name due to the contrast between the deep blue water in the middle and the pale blue outside. There are many around the world, though the most amazing is the Great Blue Hole in Belize. You can only get a true idea of how wonderous it is by diving to see its rock formations.
There are some naturally beautiful locations all over the world that give us a glimpse at how diverse and spectacular this planet of ours is.