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Start the New Year Feeling Refreshed

Whether 2018 was the best year of your life or you’re thrilled to be leaving it behind, it’s always a good idea to kick off the new year by making room for mindfulness and reflection. This can mean different things for each traveler, be it reconnecting with nature, leaving the stress behind with a spa treatment, or pushing yourself to try exhilarating new adventures. Set the tone for your most amazing year yet with these marvelously mindful travel ideas.


Delft, Netherlands

The Hague is well known as a bustling political and cultural metropolis of The Netherlands, but travelers searching for a moment of mindfulness may opt to stay in the nearby town of Delft, just a 20 minute ride from the city on the number 1 tram. With its quiet, neighborly environment, Delft fits the bill as a quintessential quaint Dutch town. What could be better than waking up to a morning stroll through the car-free town square and wandering along those historic canals?


Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona

An iconic park run by the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley is a must-see for those road-tripping across the American Southwest. Located along the Arizona/Utah border, the 17 mile stretch of road winds through some of the most striking rock formations in the United States, with several viewpoints marked along the way to take in the sweeping vistas that this otherworldly desert landscape has to offer.


La Fortuna, Costa Rica

With endless activities to choose from, it’s no wonder that adventure lovers are flocking to La Fortuna. From zip-lining through the lush Costa Rican rainforests, to kayaking past the Arenal volcano, La Fortuna is a natural haven for travelers seeking to disconnect. After checking items off of your bucket list, reflect and relax by soaking in one of La Fortuna’s volcanically heated hot springs.


Canggu, Bali

If you’re finding yourself in need of some luxurious me-time in the form of unbeatable spa treatments, the resort village of Canggu is the place to go. Balinese massage techniques focusing on acupressure, gentle stretches and aromatherapy remained a secret from the rest of the world until the 1930s, and have been admired and sought after ever since. A traditional flower bath is the perfect way to relax and say thank you to your body.


Lago Di Braies, Italy

Located high above sea level in the Italian Dolomites, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the perfect place to recharge and restore peace of mind and body as the new year begins. The lake’s splendor can be enjoyed with a low-impact 2.5 mile hike around the perimeter or by floating along the surface in a rented rowboat.


Dublin, Ireland

Dublin may be known for its lively pub scene, but this historic city is also home to some of the greatest rejuvenation locations around. Just 7.5 miles outside of the city center lies the seaside suburb of Dún Laoghaire, where you’ll find a slower pace of living and gorgeous coastal views. Head back to the city to unwind at The Marker Hotel’s fabulously sleek spa, which boasts a luxurious infinity pool and eucalyptus-infused steam room.

"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