Below is a visual list of some of the most stunning and otherwise, lit, places I’ve had the fortune of experiencing. (Not in any order & all photos are mine unless noted)
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
I know I Know, EVERYONE and their mother are going to Iceland for a weekend jaunt. It’s the new hotspot and with that often comes lots of construction. A resort is being built literally on top of the Blue Lagoon and no more will it be relatively uncrowded and joyous. I suggest going sooner than later if feasible
Azul Cenote, Mexico
Cenotes are those spiritually mythical places ensconced along Playa del Carmen. They’re natural sinkholes that house stunning marine wildlife and a great way to get your feet suckled by little fishes that enjoy that type of nonsense. IMO, this is the best one and get there by 0800! Seriously.
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wow. Once submerged entirely and now essentially run by bedouins, this vast desert is a natural masterpiece that still isn’t filled to the brim with tourists. Hire a Bedouin and take on the giant dunes with his ATV whilst goProing. It’s lit, you’re welcome.
A very alive volcano on the Big Island where one can wake up at 0400 to catch a frigid sunrise. WORTH IT. On the circuitous route up the mountain, not only did we see shooting stars with a frequency that the actual universe may have forgotten to turn them off, but we saw a wildfire from above, moving in a straight line to be controlled by the fire department. Bring lots of layers because it’s cold up there at the top at such an early time.
Actual Ferngully + Jurassic Park. This Australian state can’t be real, even though I’ve trekked *what feels like* all over it. From Freycinet National Park to St Columba Falls, Bridestowe, and Bruny Island. This place is wonderland.
US Midwest: Yellowstone, Black Hills, Grand Tetons, Glacier National Park
The magic that is the Western United States have been the sacred lands of Native Americans for generations. Aside from its natural beauty from weathering and erosion, the energy you can feel emanating from these mountainous ranges are palpable. If you can muster it – get out of your rental cars to take more than pictures. Consider camping, biking, hiking – EXPERIENCE its grandeur.
Semuc Champey, Guatemala
Getting here isn’t the easiest thing you’ll ever do, but it might be the most memorable! Natural, freshwater pools that sit on one another, deep in the rainforest and have been used by the Mayans for centuries. ‘Semuc Champey’ is Nahuatl and you may not even find Spanish to be the most common language, but this Mayan dialect I just mentioned. Bonus points if you make it to the cave system and use a single diminishing candle to guide you through hip-deep, freezing water and darkness.
Really, all of Ireland is lit and worth a scenic visit. But the copious shades of green that blanket the rolling hills are breathtaking. The sunsets (which I’m not even into) are gorgeous and worth a porch-sit with an ice cold in hand.
Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean weather + food, affordable, centuries old fortressed city, no cars allowed, cobblestone streets, sidewalk-made vino, random cows. Okay, goodnight.
Southern Italy will always be on a list. So, I’m finished. Enjoy some 2017 travel.