Most of us, if not all of us, have particular places in our mind that we all dream of visiting. Some dream of going to a remote island or stay in a cabin in the middle of beautiful rainforest that is untouched by civilization and enjoy its beauty and tranquillity. In this day and age, it’s pretty hard to find such places, as many of this world’s hidden wonders are now famous tourist destinations, with easy access in and out. But believe it or not, this world still has hidden wonders that haven’t been commercialized. If you’re looking for this kind of adventure, then here are seven of the best places on Earth you need to see before you die.
Make no mistake about this place’s old-fashioned look, as it is still one of the liveliest towns in Ireland. Located nicely in south-western Ireland, Killarney is another haven for backpackers in our list. This is a walking town, so put your fashionable shoes back inside your bag and wear your comfy footwear, as you will be walking a lot in this town. You can spend hours walking and exploring the lovely National Park and experience the beauty of nature with woodlands, lakes, waterfalls and moors. Enjoy the rest of the day in the fresh Irish air with a glass of locally-made whiskey. There are tons of hotel beds to choose from in this town, you won’t run out of place to rest your head and feet.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Located west of Scotland’s coast, this Isle of Skye has preserved its natural beauty, that’s despite of being the third most popular tourist destination in the country. It’s a magical place that will take you back to the time of the Vikings, thanks to the 50-mile-long patchwork of velvet moors, sparkling lochs, jagged mountains and towering sea cliffs. It’s like a place straight from the period movie. There are also plenty of water sports and activities to choose from and lots of good hiking trails in this place.
September is the best time of the year to visit, as there’s a good chance to witness Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights on a clear night. For backpackers, there’s a campsite in Sligachan, a scenic location perfect for travelers who wants to be one with nature.
Okinawa Island, Japan
Strategically located 400 miles away from mainland Japan, the island of Okinawa is one of the most amazing places on Earth every nature lovers should visit. The place itself is a chain of semitropical, coral-fringed islands reminiscent of Southeast Asia or Hawaii.
The Kagoshima Prefecture is every nature lover’s paradise, as it’s hidden among the rocky peaks of Yukushima. For beach lovers, the starfish-shaped Amami-Ōshima has fine beaches on its twisting coastline. It’s perfect for snorkelling and relaxation.
Galle, Sri Lanka
This major city in Sri Lanka is by far, one of the most un-missable tourist destinations in the south. It’s perfect for history lovers, as the city has preserved its wonderful collection of Dutch-colonial infrastructures, combining classic architecture with beautiful tropical setting. It’s also home for exotic spices, trade and art. Make sure you take the time to wander through its beautiful streets to experience and get the feel of the life in Colonial period Galle.
This city has the perfect combination of old and new. It has preserved its rich, evident in its architecture, from stone-walled taverns, wild festivals, candlelit drinking dens, and cutting-edge art scene. If you’re looking to have a taste of Europe, but don’t have the budget for the air fare yet, or don’t have the luxury of time to do so, then you definitely need to check out Montreal. Canadians are very friendly, particularly in this city. Plus, it’s also a haven for foodies as the city is blessed with the most exciting food scene in North America.
This place has a dark history, as it’s where one of the bloodiest battles of World War I took place. However, there’s more to this place than its dark past. The name itself means ‘Beautiful City’ in Greek, and it’s another treat for history lovers. It’s close to the ancient city of Troy. Lots of myths, empires and national identities have been forged in this part of the Aegean for thousands of years. This peninsula is one of the most sacred places for the Turkish nation. Tons of monuments for heroes and martyrs are erected to honour the Turkish soldiers who died in WWI. Thus, there are lots of coach tours of the battlefields in this town. You can rent your own car though and have a better look of these battlefields.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Located in North of Norway, the island of Lofoten is an excellent place for nature attractions, fishing, nature safaris, and for people who love exploring small villages off the beaten tracks. The island spreads its tall, craggy form against the sky like a spiky dragon. From a far, it will make you wonder how people manage to live in this seemingly inhospitable place. However, the beauty of the island is simple breath-taking, and it is commercially alive. The scenery is a combination of green pastures, rugged mountains and sandy beaches. To better explore the island, you can rent a car.