The Weekend is always only a few days away, and so is my weekly day dreaming of places to escape to. Being an all-nature sight-seeing person, here are some of my 5 Amazing Destinations to travel to (but let’s be honest, this list can stretch on to 500 Amazing Destinations).
WHERE? Located in the southern region of Australian’s Northern territory in central Australia. The closest largest town is Alice Springs, 450km away.
WHY IT’S AMAZING: Also known as Ayers Rock, the large sand stone formation stands in the middle of the desert. Standing 348 meters high, it is one of Australia’s most recognisable landmark, characterised by its red sand features. A note if you plan to visit this place: The great spiritual significance it represents to the Anangu, the aboriginal tribe of Australia also means that they do not climb it, and ask that you respect their culture and traditions.
2. Antelope Slot Canyon, Arizona
WHERE? Located near the city of Page, in the northern part of the state of Arizona, United States.
WHY IT’S AMAZING: A natural phenomenon, the wavy and fluid sculptures on the sand stone walls are caused by flash floods and rain. Staring at the image of the place itself feels like a trick illusion, combined with red, orange, sometimes pink reflected light in the summer.
3. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua
WHERE? Located in the North Island, the active geothermal area is at the southern end of the Okataina Volcanic Centre in New Zealand’s Taupo Volcanic Zone. The closest town is Rotoroa, 27km away.
WHY IT’S AMAZING: The hotsprings’ colourful appearance attract many sight-seers and tourists, due to its dramatic geothermal conditions beneath the earth. It took thousands of years and sculpted volcanic activity to reach this stage – and it is still an active geothermal site as geysers have timed eruptions daily.
WHERE? Located northwest of Osoyoos in the eastern Similkameen Valley of British Columbia, Canada.
WHY IT’S AMAZING: What looks like dinosaur’s footprints or a scene out of a Dr Seuss book is actually a result of high concentrations of salts, titanium, calcium, sulphates, and minerals. Also known as Klikuk in the indigenous language, the spotted lake changes its colour throughout the year and evaporates into white, green, or yellow pools.
WHERE? Located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula of southwestern Iceland. The closest city is Reykjavík, a 50-minute drive away.
WHY IT’S AMAZING: Another geothermal spa pool, the milky, aqua blue warm waters is welcomed especially in the harsh cold winters of Iceland. The man-made lagoon is fed by water rich in silica and sulfur from a nearby geothermal power plant, reputed to have healing properties to help people suffering from skin diseases. The only downside is the amount of sulfur wafting through the waters and air – it may be good for your skin but not so much for your hair!