During most of the year, there is a lot of stress, worries, and we always seem to be in a rush. There is hardly any time to calm down, take a few deep breaths and just enjoy the moment without worrying about what will happen next. This is why taking a break is so important for maintaining good health and staying sane. It's not just that being away from regular life allows you to breathe a little easier-beautiful scenery can actually cause a release of feel-good hormones in your body, and these feelings can even be reproduced when looking at an image.
Taking plenty of pictures of beautiful scenery on a particularly relaxing holiday will allow you to reminisce and relieve those joyful moments whenever you start feeling stressed out. We will list some breathtaking locations that will truly help you recharge your batteries, and you should definitely bring some quality camera equipment with you on this journey so you can savor all the great little moments for years to come.
1. Aogashima Volcano in Japan
Some 222 miles south of Tokyo, there is a beautiful little island called Aogashima. It is a part of the the Izu archipelago in the Philipine Sea, and is only a couple of miles long and one and a half miles wide. The island is volcanic and has a beautiful fortress-like shape with hills forming a natural wall around the center valley where there is a single hill rising in the center. There are about a couple of hundred people still living on the island, but it is generally a quiet and peaceful place where you can rest, and a veritable heaven for aspiring photographers or those looking to pad out their Instagram profile with some great images.
2. Hillier lake in Australia
A very unusual and beautiful sight to behold, Hillier Lake's color is a warm shade of pink. Located on the Middle Island of the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia, the lake is about 2,000 feet long and surrounded by lush vegetation and a narrow strip of sandy beach. The trees of eucalyptus and paperbark form a beautiful setting, and there are organized tours from the nearby Esperance. The pink color has not yet been fully explained by science, although other similar pink lakes get their color from the bacteria living in it.
3. Skaftafell Ice Cave in Iceland
Located in southeast Iceland in the VatnajÃ¶kull National Park, the caves in Skaftafell tend to freeze up over winter. This phenomenon crates beautifully contoured ice ceilings and the caves are known as Ice Caves. There are tours available with expert guides, and groups depart from nearby FagurhÃ³lsmÃ½ri, as it is not recommended that anyone enter the caves alone for safety reasons. They even have specific tours geared towards photography, so you don't have to worry about snapping photos of this magnificent cave.
4. Antelope Canyon in Arizona
The Navajo call it TsÃ© bighÃ¡nÃlÃnÃ and HazdistazÃ, the names are for the upper and lower part respectively, and it is located on tribal land near the city of Page in Arizona. As the Navajo names suggest, the Antelope canyon features spiral arch rock formations and wave-shaped passages as it was formed by erosion due to regular flash flooding. It looks as though some skilled artist ran a brush through the rocks, and it will definitely make you want to spend hours upon hours exploring it and taking pictures.
5. Sea of Stars in the Maldives
Take a trip down near the equator, to the Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives, and you will find a truly breathtaking sight - the waves that hit the pristine sandy beaches at night have an electric blue color. The phytoplankton in the sea is bioluminescent, i.e. it glows in the dark naturally, and you get a large number of bluish glowing dots in the sea that look like the little glowing stars on the clear sky above. The footsteps and handprints in the sand fill up with plankton and shine in the dark, so you can make some interesting things like glowing letters. It is the perfect vacation spot for lovers and it makes for some incredible creative pictures.
6. Zhangye Danxia Landform in China
Affectionately called The Rainbow Mountains, the Zangye Danxia landform in china features a colorful rock formation that looks like it was worked over by graffiti artists. They are a result of wind and water erosion, and a mixture of red and yellow sandstone which creates some incredibly colorful landscapes that spread for miles. There is a certain alien or fairy tale feel to it - unsurprisingly, it reminds many people of candy-which makes it the perfect surrealist setting. It is a popular tourist attraction and provides plenty of interesting opportunities for great photographs.
7. Mount Roraima, South America
Spreading across Brazil, Venezuela and Guayana, there are magnificent flat-top mountains straight out of the old books on exploration and natural world wonders. Mount Roraima has a very clean geometrical shape with near-perfect 900 steep sides, and it rises high up into the skies at a height of over 8,000 feet. It is an actual field in the clouds. Part of it is located in the Canaima National Park in Argentina, but it actually spreads across three countries, and was formed over 2 billion years ago. It has its own unique flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, so visitors have to be very careful about interacting with rare animals and plants. It is so otherworldly and breathtaking that it actually inspired the fictional Paradise Falls from the Pixar animated film "Up".
With a good camera in hand, some extra money and a strong determination to explore magical and inspiring locals, you can visit any of these wonderful locations and have a terrific time. You'll come back refreshed, and with tons of great memories and impressions, as well as beautiful photographs to keep the memories fresh for years to come.