Travelers are no stranger to breathtaking sights. But there are some places that look like they appear straight from storybooks. Here are some destinations that are stunningly beautiful that they make you feel like you stepped into another world.
1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
When to go: June to October if you want to avoid the crowd, but be prepared to deal with the heat or sudden rain. If you are visiting during peak season, consider an early start anytime between 5am or 6am. Or you can go late in the afternoon after the rush.
2. Aogashima, Japan
When to go: Year-round as long as the weather is good. You can plan an overnight stay to enjoy the night sky on the island.
3. Bagan, Myanmar
When to go: October to March or anytime during the drier months.
4. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
When to go: October to March is drier but cool. April to September often sees some occasional showers.
5. Hang Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
When to go: Few people have been inside this spectacular cave which has been only explored between 2009 and 2010. Plan your trip with a reputable adventure tour operator.
6. Shifen Waterfall, Taiwan
When to go: Late spring which usually fall in April. You can expect the weather to be drier and a bit cooler than the summer months.
7. The Door To Hell, Turkmenistan
When to go: April to June or September to November when the weather is more pleasant and comfortable.
8. Tianzi Mountains, China
When to go: September and October since these are the months when you can enjoy fairly good weather suitable for walks or treks through tour areas.
9. Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Japan
When to go: Late April when the weather can be cooler. May is also a good time to visit if you do not mind the warmer weather.
Traveling is a great time to have fun and do things you love. But it has its share of stress factors. Overcrowded airports or highways, flight delays, and other unpleasant situations can sap you of much needed energy. Luckily, there are ways to take the stress out of traveling and get the most out of your trip.
Set out early. Arriving earlier than usual at the airport, train, or bus station reduces the amount of stress you get to experience while traveling. Anticipate traffic, passenger security screening measures, and other travel-related procedures that may be delayed for whatever reason.
Get familiar with your destination. If you are heading out to an unfamiliar place, it would greatly help if you get to know more of your destination. There is no shortage of resources you can find both online and offline. Read various reviews as well as travel books about the place you wish to explore.
Keep positive. A positive mindset is helpful in managing stress. You can start with an attitude of expecting the unexpected. Expect that things will not always turn out as planned or as how you wanted it to be. Go with the unique flow that holiday travel has. Try to look at the bright side when your plans hit a snag. Overbooking, flight delay or cancellation, and whatever it is that would affect your itinerary are all potential causes of frustration that you have to accept and cope with.
Practice mindfulness. You can practice mindfulness and find ways to meditate during your trip. Find a spot where you can be comfortable and spend at least 10 to 15 minutes quieting your mind by focusing on the present. Just concentrate on your breathing and let go of the worries you may have about your trip.
Take care of your health. Drink plenty of water, stretch, and keep moving while traveling to refresh your mind and body. Eat healthy to maintain your energy levels as well as to avoid irregular bowel syndrome which can be common among travelers.
Pack light. One of the best ways to take the stress out of holiday travel is to pack and travel light. Lugging a lot of bulky baggage around congested airports or train stations can be exhausting and stressful. You also have to consider the long queues in check-in counters due to the more number of bags that have to be processed during the holidays. Packing light allows you to move around more easily and with less worry about losing your bags for whatever reason.