Vacation in Bolivia, Visit the Salt Flats

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Photo Courtesy of http://www.rainbowtours.co.uk/tours/bolivia/bolivia-highlights-plus-airstream-campers-on-uyuni-slat-flats/

The very word vacation has greatly changed over time.  What was once only for 5-Star resorts has now turned mainstream travel into natural experiences, hikes, spritual journeys and backpacking.

If you’re looking for a truly unique vacation experience, one that is part of the natural mystique and wonders of our Earth, then you must make Uyuni Bolivia a destination on your list.  How amazing to feel such true nature around you.  The salt flats are the largest in the world that spans over 4000 miles!

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Photo Courtesy of http://www.cvc.com.br/destinos/bolivia/salar-de-uyuni.aspx

Once a salt lake during the prehistoric era it has been given the name ‘Lago Minchin’, and is one of the most amazing places one could ever visit.

The Uyuni Salt Flats are also known as being the world’s largest mirror.  When a layer of water lays ontop of the salt deposits, the reflection is truly spectacular.  In the photo above, it looks as if she is walking in the clouds.  I guess one could say the experience could be ‘out of this world’!  Definitely consider this idea for your next trip!

Natural Spa Vacation at the Dead Sea

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 Situated between Israel and Jordan, this salt lake is popular for it’s extreme density of sodium chloride at 85%.  The lake is so dense that people can float very easily and without effort.  Another natural wonder that would be such a unique destination, not to mention the minerals found in the lake are also beneficial for health and wellness.  Self-made mud body masks are also quite popular here.

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Photo Courtesy of Jordan Direct Tours

While in Jordan, a trip to the Mujib Nature Reserve would also be a phenomenal overall way to experience the natural beauty that is found along the Dead Sea.

The Real Hawaiin Vacation, Hiking Through the Tropics

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Photo Courtesy of Polynesian Adventure Tours

When we think of a trip to Hawaii, surfing and sunbathing generally comes to mind.  The sun and the beach of Waikiki and the waves of the North Shore are popular destinations.  However, one unique activity that can sometimes be overshadowed by the beautiful Hawaiin sun is a hike through one of the many lovely trails on the Island of Oahu.  The lush green mountains, tropical breeze and maybe a banana tree will be in your path!  But always follow good hiking rules before you go.

This is what I think  ‘True Hawaii’ is all about..

The lush green tropics, one can almost smell the flora just thinking about it.. This photo below is of Nu’uanu Pali Lookout, famously situated on the windward side of Oahu, and yes..it is very windy!  In fact, the grooves you see carved out of the side of the mountains are actually from the wind!  Pali Lookout, like most of the Hawaiin Islands comes with its share of urban legends and myths.  One that I heard from a local herself was that a woman fell over the cliff from the wind, and now her spirit lives on in the mountains with every gust of wind.

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Photo Courtesy of famouswonders.com

Black Sand Beaches of Hawaii

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Photo Courtesy of www.youramazingplaces.com

Black sand beaches found in Maui are truly a site that would have to be seen to believe.  The black sand originates from a lava flow from centuries prior and have been pleasing tourists, locals and natures lovers ever since.  Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach in Maui is just one of locations found on the island. If you are heading towards Hawaii, why not check out this spectacular site? Surrounded by lava cliffs and lush tropics, it is a must for any nature loving outdoor trekker. You can find out more at about Waianapanapa Beach at To Hawaii.com

Colour Your Vacation ~ Pink Lake of Australia

Yes.. the lake is pink!  Scientists can’t quite figure out why Lake Hillier in Western Australia is pink…. but it’s a must see, and should really be on everyone’s bucket list.  It is believed that a reaction between salt elements and microalgae could be one of the explanations for this incredible phenomena, the presence of Dunaliella salina bacteria is also another explanation. A pink lake… who would have ever believed it!   Lake Retba or ‘Lac Rose’ in Senegal displays a similar stunning pink colour.

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Photo Courtesy of www.oxenburg.com

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Pink Sand Beaches

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Photo Courtesy of http://www.1001consejos.com/top-10-playas-exoticas/

Okay, so now imagine you’ve gone to Australia to visit the pink lake, now imagine going to a pink sand beach!

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Photo courtesy of https://unusualtravel.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/travel/

These stunning beaches can be found in Bermuda, Maui and of course the Bahamas… They are rare… and yes, they are beautiful.  Why is the sand pink though?  According to scientists, its because of symbiotic algae, and marine organisms called “foraminifera.”  Imagine laying and relaxing on this beach after your tropical hike through the jungles of Hawaii…

Cool Vacation ~ Newfoundland Icebergs

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Photo Courtesy of Canadian Geographic

Of course now we can’t just lie on a beach all day! How about organizing a trip to see the iceburgs?  We have them off the shores of Newfoundland and of course, we all know they exist in Alaska.  Such a stunning site, such a natural wonder… Dress warm, and take in the sites throughout Canada’s beautiful East Coast in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Aurora Borealis

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Photo Courtesy of The Daily Star

Northern Lights… are actually electrically charged particles from the sun that collide with one another as they enter the earth’s atmosphere. This beautiful display can be seen in Northern places such as Norway, Alaska, Sweden and of course Canada.

Ice Caves Vacation

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Photo Courtesy of http://nodiatis.wikia.com/wiki/Ice_Cave_River

Don’t pack your parka yet!  The last item on my list are Ice Caves… stunning, natural beauty, ‘the theme of this post’ cannot be complete without a visit to some of these most beautiful and spectacular visual displays in the world.  Found in Northern Europe such  as Switzerland, Russia, and Austria, just to name a few, but also can be found in my beautiful country!  Canada has ice caves in British Columbia as well as Ontario and Quebec.  But some of the most beautiful ever can be found at Jasper National Park in Alberta.

The reason I created this list is because so quickly, many of us will forget about the natural beauty that exists on our planet.  Natural wonders that can highlight a holiday with it’s awe inspiring beauty, where you would just think to yourself, “wow… I’m so glad I decided to do this!”

Please leave a comment and let me know  some of your ideas of naturally beautiful destinations to visit!  I would love to hear about them!

Thanks for reading!

Kathy,

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