There’s a common belief that some places can change the way a person sees things and sometimes even the way he feels about himself. Sometimes these outlook-changing locations are the ones you could expect – the beautiful nature with its mountains, lakes and forests. But sometimes they can be big cities, bustling snapshots of humanity bringing you the epiphanic changes.
And exactly the moment you enter that place, your worldview is dramatically changed. Whether it used to happen that evening you watched the sunset over the temples of Myanmar, or when walking along busy Japanese streets, or perhaps the afternoon you found peace on a beach in Rio de Janeiro.
If you travel to change the way you see life and maybe yourself too, these are the best destinations to go to from yesdates
All you ever need for your perfect Myanmar vacation is a good viewpoint – an ideal spot to watch the sunset or the sunrise playing with millions of shades over the ancient temples dotting the horizon. There are many outstanding places to witness the birth of the day in Bagan and it is absolutely sure to inspire some deep feelings within you.
That small village from the tale of Mexican fisherman could probably be Zipolite, a small coastal settlement in the Oaxaca state – precisely the kind of place where you would want to end your old life and begin with a clean slate, buying a little fishing boat and meet the sundown in the sea.
Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
A huge realization there? The grandest epiphany you are guaranteed to have? In some cases the crowded popular spots are the best. Sometimes the clichés are not so bad. Just imagine sitting on a warm patch of rock, sipping a fancy caipirinha while watching the sun being born over a long beach filled with tourists, occasional visitors, weekenders, surfers and volleyball players, you will be congratulating yourself for finally reaching this beautiful place.
No one goes back home from Mumbai unchanged. It’s simply so much there to take in, the pure weight of humanity is just overwhelming. It may actually feel like Mumbai with its wide spectrum of existence is both a magnificent and at the same time pretty confronting thing. Again, you can’t walk away from all that without experiencing a slight change in the worldview.
You will be sure to face nearly the same epiphany every time you go to Berlin. Exactly the realization of the fact there can be another way of living your life, that pursuing a big house, a sportcar and a high-flying job may not be as vital as creating a new original something or spending some good time with your loved ones, or somehow making the world better. Unluckily, all those are so easy to forget when leaving this amazing city.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
This enormous salt lake in Bolivia is slightly bigger than Italian Corsica might be challenging the notions of your significance on the planet. With almost nothing else to do while there but settle down and stare into the distance, Salar de Uyuni is also a perfect destination for meditation and deep pondering about things you need to ignore.
Atacama Desert, Chile
Have you ever had that sense of completion when staring at the night sky? Beholding the insignificance of our lives in the world we live today and dreaming of other universes somewhere in the infinity. The Atacama Desert can ensure you all of those once you get there as it is one of the best locations to stargaze due to its elevation and extremely pure air.
Break all stereotypes about Islamic world going to Naqsh-e Jahan square in the center of Esfahan. There you will notice school kids taking selfies, old men and women walking leisurely and chatting, families playing with their children. And the main thing that is likely to astonish you is a friendly attitude of those people – you will always be said hello and wished a good time while in town.
All it takes is just one night spent prowling the lanes of Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s busiest districts to realize that there’s far more to see in the world. Walk a few hours along those neon-lit sidewalks, in and past huge shopping malls and dive into the local culture, visiting some bars and ramen restaurants and watch a whole new part of the world open up.
Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya
Spend the sunlit moments roaming the local countryside, spotting elephants, giraffes, lions and even wild dogs. Say goodbye to the day lying under the inky blue sky filled with millions of stars right on the balcony of your cozy bungalow constructed in a traditional style. Now this experience is definitely life changing.