Old towns. Museums. Art galleries. Beaches. There must be more to having a holiday than the usual expected activity. Globe trotting and sight-seeing can be taken to a whole new level. There is nothing wrong with the classic formula but sometimes you might want to think long-haul and think new awesome attractions.
I’m a MASSIVE Game of Thrones fan and if you are too, will love Carcassonne. This small medieval town is in the south of France, and looks like it could have easily been used as a set in the popular TV show!Although this wasn’t actually in show, let you imagination run wild with the thoughts of dragons, battles and perhaps even wildfire engulfing the town, which is surrounded by some historic walls and battlements. This UNESCO World Heritage Site certainly looks like it could be a fairy tale town from a children’s book.
Zhangye Danxia Landform, China
China has loads of fantastic attractions, from the Great Wall of China to the Terracotta Army. But the Zhangye Danxia Landform is one of its best natural landmarks. The rocks and landscape are unbelievably pretty. They are coloured in a range of shades of reds, yellows and greens. The landform was created by the erosion of the area’s red stone, which has exposed rocks of different colours. For some inspiration, check out these awesome pics!
The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that causes the night sky to be illuminated in blue and green lights. They occur when electrons collide with the oxygen and nitrogen particles in the air. The furthest north you go, the more chance you will have of catching a glimpse of these in the sky. The Nordic countries will offer the best possibility of seeing them. You can check out tours and trips at sites like www.theaurorazone.com
Meteora is located in central Greece and is one of the most striking sights on Greece’s mainland. The area has many huge rock towers. But the most fascinating thing about these large rock formations are the monasteries that perch on top. Back in the day, monks had to climb removable ladders up the side of the rock towers. These days, steps have been built into the side of the rocks.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
The largest religious monument on the planet, Angkor Wat is a vast temple complex. Originally built as a Hindu temple, the monument was later turned into a Buddhist temple. The temple was built in the 12th Century and is thought to have been primarily used as a tomb. When looking around, be sure to take note of all the carvings of nymphs. Each one is unique, and there are thirty-seven hairstyles that have been used throughout them all. You can walk around the ground floor of the temple on your own. However, to get to the first floor, you will have to book onto a guided tour: www.happyangkortour.com/
Travel may be expensive sometimes, but, these places are certainly worth paying the extra few pounds for! Where will your next destination be?
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