Reconnecting with nature and destinations has been shown to offer a wealth of mental and physical benefits, not to mention the sheer enjoyment being surrounded by beautiful scenery can bring. Heading out for a natural vacation is the best remedy when you’re craving an escape from the daily grind.
As much as we love exploring a new metropolis and indulging in all that an urban adventure has to offer, sometimes we just need to unplug and relax, whether that means sleeping on a beautiful remote beach or getting active in a national park. With so many incredible landscapes to explore destinations around the world, there’s an endless list of places that are simply waiting to be explored.
While virtual travel is also an option, one that you can definitely use to escape reality for a while, there’s nothing that can replace the feeling of actually being in the lap of nature. So, for all those nature lovers out there, we have curated a list of destinations that are full of natural beauty and should definitely be a part of your bucket list!
There’s a reason that Iceland is called the Land of Fire and Ice. The country’s landscapes include waterfalls, craters, lava fields, icebergs, and more! Some of the popular natural attractions in Iceland include Skogafoss (the most popular waterfall in the country) Vik, a small village with black sand beaches, Stampahraun Lava Field, and the Blue Lagoon (a geothermal spa that sits in the middle of a lava field).
Known as “The Nature Island of the Caribbean,” Dominica is an obvious choice for those who want to get back to nature. It has an incredibly lush landscape that includes volcanic hot springs, natural mud baths, countless rivers and waterfalls, unspoiled rain forest and refreshing natural swimming holes. On Black Sand Beach, you can even visit a leatherback, hawksbill and green turtle sanctuary. Dominica is also renowned for its whale watching opportunities, with a resident population of sperm whales that live just off the coast and are often visible from shore.
Going up North to Scandinavia, there’s more to discover here than just learning about their Viking history. In Norway, nature lovers will also enjoy the different and unique landscape that the country has to offer. In particular, do visit Bergen, Norway. Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City, where walking around feels like being in a real-life fairy tale. Apart from the old, wooden houses that are remarkably well-preserved, a walk through the cobblestones will also allow you to bask in nature’s beauty, with flowers everywhere.
On Newfoundland Island in Canada, nature surrounds every small town and village. This rocky, boggy land is great for hiking and wandering. On the coast, you can go sea kayaking with whales, puffins, and icebergs. You can also visit North America’s oldest city, St John’s and see where Vikings had a toehold on the continent over 1000 years ago.
When you think “Swiss Alps”, this is the region you’re dreaming of. In a concentrated area south of the Swiss capital of Bern, you’ll find snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, and charming mountain towns, all connected by a challenging but well-marked system of hiking paths and reliable trains.
The entire country of Scotland is really one of the best countries to visit destinations for nature lovers, even the country’s capital city of Edinburgh boasts a beautiful mountain day hike called Arthur’s Seat. The northernmost island in the Scottish Highlands feels like stepping back in time, a time when nature ruled over our hearts and minds.
These 6 places will certainly calm you and take your stress away. Being among nature has that effect on everyone. With the pandemic changing the way we travel; more and more people will be looking for an isolated escape. And what better escape is there than nature? Meanwhile, you also have the alternative of virtual tours, where you can still enjoy the natural beauty of the most beautiful places around the world. Travel virtually from the comfort of your couch and escape the grind!