I’d written this article a few years ago when I maintained a log of all the places I wanted to visit on my personal Instagram account. I’ve visited a couple of places on here since, but didn’t have the heart to remove them from this list. 😀
Not all those who wander are lost. – J.R.R. Tolkein
There are many things that give a person peace. Music, writing, friends, movies, etc. The list is endless. But there is one section of people for whom peace equals the chaos of traveling, the excitement of roaming the world, the wonder of seeing new places, and the joy that comes with learning about new cultures. Within this section is another small one. One that finds happiness just in soaking up the new atmosphere. One that has dreams of having just their solitude for company as they travel and see new places.
I can happily say that I belong to the latter section of people. I have dreams of roaming the world. I have dreams of wandering these beautiful places and lapping up these experiences in pleasant solitude. And there are quite a few – not all conventional – that caught my eye. Those that make me sigh and make me dream of setting foot in those faraway lands like no other.
Here are 15 places outside India that are at the top of my list of must-visit places. Enchanting as they are, I have to remind myself that visiting them would be a dream come true and not just another task on my to-do list. J
15. Tianzi Mountains, China:
Picture Courtesy: Trip Advisor
The wisps of clouds surrounding the steep edifices of rock jutting out of the earth makes me wonder how I would feel if I was standing at a vantage point and looking down at all the greenery snaking around those peaks. What if I fell and died? What if I ziplined down them – though I don’t think there’s such a provision there – and broke off and slammed into a cliff? Paranoia sets in, yes, but there’s only one way to find out!
14. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA:
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I’ve been to this place, though only the Lower Antelope Canyon, if I remember correctly. It was June and it was hot. But that didn’t take away from the attraction that they held for me. There is something about the sand colored walls of the canyon that zigzag in a wonderfully artistic fashion and lets the light in, in the form of straight beams that caught my attention in a spectacular fashion.
13. Bora Bora, French Polynesia:
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Blue waters, huts, greenery, solitude. What else could enhance solitude and give it meaning than the soothing coolness of the blue waters? To top it off, it’s France. Somehow, that makes it all the more exotic, for some reason. Someday, I tell myself.
12. Aogashima Volcano, Japan:
Picture Courtesy: Smithsonian Magazine
You might crinkle your nose at first look. I agree, a volcano does seem to be an unconventional place to want to visit, but if its accessible and dormant, why not? The idea of standing on the lush green sides and looking upon the smoke billowing from the volcano gives me an immense rush.
11. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland:
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Backpacking across the road covered with branches of trees to which lush greenery clings – sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Plus, quite a few scenes of Game of Thrones were filmed here. So why not? I just have to be really, really, really careful. 😛
10. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany:
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At first look, this place looked pretty simple to me. But the architecture and the cobbled streets gradually grew on me. Before I knew it, I was taking second, third, fourth looks and I fell hook, line, and sinker. Now I really want to go to Germany!
9. Sea Cave, Malta:
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Sands, surrounded by the shades of towering seaside rocks, the cool waters and the lilting sound of the waves lapping on the sand in the light sunlight. This is what I visualize when I think of Malta. To be fair, Google helped a little. But then, in this time and age, it almost always does.
8. Saint Lucia, Caribbean Islands:
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I’d known that Saint Lucia was a stunning beach place to visit. But it was only when I began researching for this list that I truly comprehended the extent of its stunningness, and that’s not even a word! The twinkling beaches surrounded by lush greenery and the shimmering waters of the Caribbean fill me with pure awe. I think of how wonderful it would be to sit on a reclining chair on the beach and read a book, occasionally looking down upon the dancing waves. Bliss!
7. Bamboo Forest, Japan:
Picture Courtesy: amazingplacesonearth.com
This might be an unusual choice, but one look at the path amidst the tall bamboo trees that give me a feeling of peace and serenity, made my decision for me. Plus, what’s life without a little unusualness, a little unpredictability? There’s something to be learned from it as well, isn’t there?
6. Sea Cliffs, Etretat, France:
Picture Courtesy: mocah.org
It has cliffs. It has beaches. It has the cool waters to wash away your tiredness. I picture myself standing atop the cliff and looking out over the waters, hands on hips, with a feeling of achievement. It all seems a little dramatic and too ‘Leap Year’. I’m no Amy Adams but I AM a MELODRAMATIC BOOKWORM, so go figure. 😛
5. Cathedral Cove, New Zealand:
Picture Courtesy: pandotrip.com
It is similar to the cave in Malta, but this caught my attention at a higher degree. The trees peeping out of the rock formations, the wisps of cloud floating in the distance and the thin layers of water at my feet! My imagination simply went into overdrive, visualizing all this and I figured this was a place I simply HAD to visit.
4. Faroe Islands, Denmark:
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Tales of gore and cruelty on dolphins and sharks in Denmark might reach your ears, but there are places where you can actually look out to the skies and look down into the waters and feel an amazing sense of peace, for these places are as far out of the circle of cruelty as possible. Or at least that’s what I hope.
3. Positano, Almafi Coast, Italy:
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So Positano is one place, like the top one on this list, that I am completely obsessed with. I don’t want to stay away just because people who’ve been there reported that it was way too crowded. I’ve been fawning over it for a long time and I think I’ll trust my own judgment. Even if it IS crowded, the satisfaction of looking out at the brilliantly colored and lit mountainside would be more than enough incentive for me.
2. Mount Roraima, Venezuela:
Picture Courtesy: allthatsinteresting.com
Who does not want to live above the clouds, if even for a few hours? And about how I felt when I first set eyes on this sight? There are simply not enough words to describe it. Going here will probably give the phrase ‘walking on clouds/air’ a brand new meaning for me.
1. Santorini, Greece:
Picture Courtesy: Avion Tourism
This place was all I could talk about around the time I wrote this article. I would spend hours on the Internet, ogling at pictures of it. So imagine my delight when we did visit Santorini in 2017. On my birthday no less. And I have my husband to thank for it! I wrote a full article about how we spent my birthday in Santorini. You can read it here: Celebrating my Birthday in Santorini.
The whites and blues of the mountainside, the church-tops, the stunning sunsets, the souvenirs, the little cafes, the expensive stores hidden away in the little streets – oh everything felt so surreal! My eyes still glaze over and I feel rather homesick whenever I reminisce our time in Santorini! It’s that amazing! ❤
So that was my list of 15 places outside India that I feel I must visit without fail. Which places do you want to visit? Let me know in the comments below. ❤
Until next time, keep smiling, keep traveling, and add melodrama to your life! 🙂