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Destinations that will change your world-perception

Travel is a beautiful thing. It can take you to a sunny resort for a relaxing vacation or it can take you to the other side of the world to see cultures that are vastly different from your own. Traveling is all about opening your eyes. That might mean flipping an existing misconception you had about a place or it might mean forming new perceptions about the world as a whole in light of things that you’ve seen.

Perhaps the beauty of mother earth makes you reconsider how you treat the planet, or perhaps the peaceful way in which others live makes you realize you should find your own peace back home. Perhaps you’re simply fascinated to see how different the world looks in some places. The point is that travelling can completely alter your world-perception. If you’re hungering for such an experience then here are some destinations that are bound to get you thinking in many different ways.

Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey

Turkey is a beautiful and vast country. We’d be here all day if we wanted to discuss all the wonderful places you could see here. An incredibly unique place that will certainly blow you away mentally and physically is Pamukkale. As explained over at http://listverse.com/2011/09/06/10-unique-places-around-the-world/, Pamukkale means white castle and this is in reference to the stunning whiteness of this place (a result of calcium in the water). This is essentially a natural spa; hot springs stretch as far as the eye can see, so if it wasn’t enough to see the natural beauty of the place, you can also physically experience it. The natural healing properties of the springs will certainly help to give you a positive perception of this place. Maybe you’ll be more likely to take a spa day back home (but it won’t compare).

The Republic of Mauritius

This seems like an obscure addition to the list, doesn’t it? Well, you’re on a journey to seek out some of the weirdest and most wonderful places in the world in order to open your eyes to what’s out there. Mauritius is certainly a good place to begin. This small island lies just off the coast of Africa and is home to some mind-boggling natural beauty. Firstly, the Chamarel Falls are three thin waterfalls which look absolutely stunning amidst the natural scenery of this fascinating place. This stunning spectacle isn’t even the most intriguing part of the island, however. The colored dunes will completely change your perception as to what is or isn’t scientifically possible. This multi-colored sea of sand isn’t just the aesthetically-pleasing result of cooled-off lava turning into clay but it’s also a natural occurrence that has baffled many. If you try to mix the colors of the sand together, they all separate and return to their original color groups. Scientists don’t know why. The mysterious properties of these sand dunes are yet another testament to how little we often know about nature and how much we should respect it.

Tehran, Iran

Obviously, Iran is a country that is perceived in a rather natural light amongst western people. Perhaps you’re put off from visiting that part of the world in light of this country’s fragile history over the past few decades. However, visiting Iran would certainly change this vastly misplaced perception. As we’ve discussed before, Tehran is the beautiful capital of this intriguing country, and you’d be able to soak up the very liberal and progressive culture of this city if you took even a day to visit the place. Do some research into available tours of this city or the country as a whole and open your eyes to what Iran really has to offer. It might just change your perception.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia is a beautiful country, and if you’ve no idea as to where you should begin to explore this place then you should certainly start with the city of Kuala Lumpur. There’s more to this city than impressively-tall buildings, however. As mentioned over at https://www.tripsavvy.com/top-destinations-in-malaysia-1458504, Kuala Lumpur is a fascinating hub of interwoven cultures; Malay, Chinese, and Indian influences have all helped to shape the unique face of this city. Seeing the connection between these different cultures will certainly give you a new perception of the world; it’ll make you realize the importance of the ideals of cultural diversity and acceptance.

You should certainly stay a while in a country such as this to really take in the sights. Perhaps you’ll even be so taken by the beauty of Malaysia that you’ll consider making it your home one day. You might want to check out sites such as http://www.propertyguru.com.my/resources/buy-property-guide/top-100-popular-condo-for-sale-malaysia if you’re keen on checking out some of the wonderful properties in some of the country’s most stunning areas. This is the kind of place that you visit and never want to leave. A final piece of advice when visiting Kuala Lumpur, in particular, is to visit the Petronas Towers and the Perdana Lake Gardens. Manmade beauty and natural beauty are the two key elements of this intriguing city.

Pancake Rocks, New Zealand

New Zealand is a beautiful place to visit. If you want to see something different that will open your eyes to the vastness of the world then this country offers it all; stunning natural scenery and an incredibly fascinating cultural history. Of course, you probably don’t have time to see it all, as much as you’d like to, so you should definitely start with the Pancake Rocks. As mentioned over at http://www.escapehere.com/inspiration/worlds-10-most-unique-tourist-destinations/2/, these rocks are located on New Zealand’s South Island within the stunning Paparoa National Park.

You should definitely check out everything else this protected land has to offer, of course, but the Pancake Rocks are certainly some of the most beautiful and visually-unique natural formations in all of New Zealand. 30 million years of sandstone-erosion on top of layers of limestone lead to this structure’s creation and is yet another testament to the wondrous power of mother nature. And when you see these rocks for yourself, you’ll understand the name. You’ll also definitely be hungry for pancakes.

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