Great Places to Travel to Gain A New Perspective

Even if you’re not much of a traveler, science shows that going somewhere different is good for both your mental and physical health. For one thing, you gain a whole new perspective.

I find as soon as I’m away from home, I gain a different perspective on my country and my life. While traveling to a different country, you are forced to operate outside your comfort zone. This, in turns, broadens your perspectives of yourself and the world.

You might well be able to look at your problems from a different angle, leading to new and innovative solutions. Indeed, travel boosts your creativity. Check out these great places to travel to gain a new perspective …

Machu Picchu, Peru

A trip to Machu Picchu in Peru can be a life-changing experience. Discovering the ruins of an ancient Incan city is one of the most exciting, perspective-altering experiences. The hike upwards will give your heart-lung system a good workout, but the views are more than worth it.

The citadel is set high up in the Andes Mountains, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th Century, the fascinating buildings were used for a purpose that remains a mystery. While you’re there, you can go on an eight-hour “Mystery” tour, or take a cooking course to learn the food of the region.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

One of Iceland’s most popular attractions, the Blue Lagoon is spectacular. Picture milky blue water surrounded by black lava fields. The water is a gorgeously warm 39°C (102°F) all year round, so no matter how cold the weather, these waters are like a warm blanket for the soul.

The color of the water is a result of a natural mix of minerals, algae, and silica, but appears milky if scooped into a glass. Situated on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland, the landscape is barren, punctuated by conical volcanoes.

Only 15 minutes from the Keflavík International Airport, and just half an hour from Reykjavík, it’s a great first pit stop on your tour of Iceland.

CN Tower, Toronto

No need to wonder what to do in Toronto. If you’re looking for a perspective-altering experience, look up to the skyline and head for the tallest building in the city. Attracting over 2 million visitors a year, the CN Tower is a massive concrete tower measuring 553.3 meters (1,815,3 feet) from the ground.

Completed in 1976 on former Railway Lands, the CN in the name originally stood for Canadian National, which was the railway company that built it.

The tower held the record for the world’s tallest free-standing building for 32 years until 2007 when the Burj Khalifa became the world’s tallest tower. The tower was named one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World in 1995.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

For an unbelievable view at life underwater, Australia’s world-famous Great Barrier Reef is the place to go. Made up of 2,900 reefs, The Great Barrier Reef is a fragile ecosystem comprised of billions of tiny living corals.

It’s so enormous that it’s even visible from space. Sadly, because of climate change, the waters of the oceans are warming. This has caused massive bleaching of the coral, killing off swaths of the reef. Visit sooner than later.

Drakensberg, South Africa

The magnificent mountains of the Drakensberg range in South Africa are a breathtaking sight. The name is derived from the Afrikaans for “Dragon Mountains,” and the range runs through two South African provinces, as well as the small mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

There are hundreds of places to stay in the huge area that is known as the Drakensberg, but walking and hiking are the best way to take in the spectacular scenery. Getting to the top of the escarpment is life-changing.

About the Author
Rachel Brenner is a Professor of Jewish Studies. Her research focuses on Jewish Literature and has published dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters.
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