Calling all History Buffs - Full-Time Travel

Calling all History Buffs

Calling all History Buffs

Journey to the past - no time machine required

Despite what you may have thought in high school, history is far from boring. We love discovering the newest foodie hotspot and scoping out the newest local trends as much as the next traveler. But the best souvenirs you can take home are the enlightening cultural insights that change you forever. We’ve rounded up seven places around the world that teem with  history and whispers of the past. Whether you’re a longtime history buff or a recent convert, the fascinating stories behind these diverse destinations are sure to enrich your next big trip.

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Edinburgh, Scotland

As soon as you set foot in Edinburgh, you will find yourself transported to a time long ago when knights fought gallantly on horseback. Edinburgh is as old-world as it gets, from its winding cobblestone streets to the mighty Edinburgh Castle that overlooks the rest of the city.

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Boston, Massachusetts 

A trip to Boston isn’t complete without a tour of the historical sites along the city’s Freedom Trail, such as Old North Church and Paul Revere’s House. A trip to the Seaport District will bring you to the Boston Tea Party Museum, where you can taste the very tea that was thrown off the ship so many years ago on that fateful night.


Machu Picchu, Peru

Calling all aspiring archaeologists! An icon of Inca civilization, Machu Picchu was built for the Inca emperor Pachacuti around 1450 A.D. This historical gem was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Agra, India

Agra is the home of the majestic Taj Mahal, a famous mausoleum built for the deceased wife of Mughal leader Shah Jahan in the year 1632. Nearby, visitors can find the Agra Fort, a walled city where many Mughal Dynasty emperors once resided.


Salzburg, Austria

The hills are alive with the sound of music history! The birthplace of Wolfang Mozart, Salzburg is a must-see for any music lover. This history buff’s haven is one of the country’s most beautiful cities and home to attractions like Mirabell Palace and Hellbrunn Castle.


Berlin, Germany

This bustling capital is the second most populous city in the European Union. Remains of the Berlin Wall can be explored in the city to this day. Also be sure to admire the striking architecture of the Brandenburg Gate, the Oberbaum Bridge, and Reichstag building.


Athens, Greece

Athens, the heart of ancient (and modern) Greece, is often considered the cradle of western civilization. Classical Greek temples and columns mix with the infrastructure of the contemporary city to create one unforgettable landscape and travel experience.

"This sculpture is called "Transmission" by artist Daniel Popper. Its a reminder that we are all rooted in love, unity and the divine. She stands a towering 28 feet tall and is located on Mojave Moon Ranch in Joshua Tree. The land is private property, so you can see it from the viewing platform off of Sunfair Road. And take it from me, it's best viewed at sunset."

Reel: @johnofah

There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen