Expand your Horizons; Literally

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Travelling is not taking a tour package from an agency to visit a country, neither is it staying in expensive hotels and going to see the most popular places mentioned in a guide book. It means stepping out of your comfort zone and expanding your horizons. It means not knowing what is on your plate or where you are going to sleep tonight or not knowing where you will be tomorrow. It is picking up a bag pack and finding your own way around the world. Because all the best places are never mentioned in a guide or a map but have to be sought out and explored. Travelling is falling in love with the world, over and over and over again. Here are 10 offbeat places that you should add to your bucket list. Like the seven wonders and the seven sins, these are seven must see destinations.

7. Pamukkale Turkey

The word Pamukkale means the cotton castle for it’s’ cotton white travertines which looks like a castle from below. Pamukkale is in City of Denizli, west of Turkey. It is a natural heritage with Hierapolis antique city.

The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. It is not that remote but it is one hell of a sight, with its beautiful traventines and hot springs. It is a place where one can relax and de stress himself.

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 6. The Golden Waterfall, California

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Berry Creek Falls or more popularly known as the golden waterfalls is a site to see. One cannot      reach them by cars but one has to trek and hike their way to this natural beauty. The falls are  actually a series of four falls: Cascade Falls, the Golden, which is named for its golden shimmer,  drops down into Silver Falls, a silvery cascade .They are named after Tilford George Berry a  loner  sort of a person who had a cabin in these woods, and one day he picked up his gun and  disappeared. These waterfalls form a pool at the base where the tourists can sit and enjoy the  calmness of the woods and listen to nothing but the gushing water.

 

5. Bhangarh, India

This is not as such a tourist destination, but it is called the silent town and is said to be cursed. It has been demolished and is abandoned. It also has security all around it ensuring that no one goes there after sunset. There are many legends regarding this small town in Rajasthan, which may or may not be true. There are also stories about people who have disappeared there. It might not be true but who doesn’t like a horror story.

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4. Blue Hole, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, Fiji

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Located just west of Fiji, on the Espiritu Santo island of Vanuatu you’ll find some of the most crystal clear blue waters you’ve ever laid eyes on. Called blue holes, they’re large, deep pools of clear blue water whose color varies according to depth. Surrounded by dense forests they are secluded from the hustle bustle of the cities and provide a calm and peaceful atmosphere. You can take an amazing swim in the pool and feel exasperated. This is a surreal place where  blah blah

 

3. Ramona Falls, Oregon, USA

 

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The dazzling Ramona Falls stands like a fountain centerpiece at the front of a wooded cathedral. The water appears as if from nowhere a hundred feet above you and fans out like a wedding veil. These falls lie in the remote areas of Oregon and can once be accessed by foot. It gives an experience of an adventurous trek and a sight worth seeing with more than a hundred waterfalls at once.

 

 2. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives

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If you a person of science this destination is a must see for you. It is not a secluded place but it is worth the experience. It is a brilliant sight at night, where you can see the glittering blue sea. It seems like the sky has come down into the sea. At night with nothing but the sound of the waves and this view gives an eerie feeling. For the geek in you, it is caused by the bioluminescence of microbes in the sea shore.

 

1.   Haiku Stairs of Oahu in Hawaii, United States

I’m sure all if you have heard of Led Zeppelin’s famous song stairway to heaven. Now it’s time for you to visit them. Haiku Stairs also known as stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder, the 4,000 (or so) Stairs in Hawaii. They are covered in mist and the view is picturesque. Though they are closed for the public because they are dangerous to climb. Despite the various signs many enthusiasts still skirt around the rangers and manage to climb them. The view from the top there If you are someone who likes a little thrill in life, you should add this to your bucket list.

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