Travelling I believe is one of the best learning experiences. It has a huge potential for growth, as you are constantly forced into situations outside of your comfort zone. You face new challenges daily, and also experience a constantly changing environment. My ultimate goal in life is to enjoy as much of it as I can, and to experience both the good and the bad. In this article are some of the best places that I have or want to visit which I think will truly bring a new experience into your life, and may push you out of comfort just a little.
1. Mount Roraima – Brazil and Venezuela
Mount Rorainma is a tabletop mountain with 400m high cliffs on all sides. There is no easy way to get to the top, except a helicopter ride or a treacherous climb up a natural ramp. It borders both Venezuela and Brazil, and the path leading to the top can only be accessed on the Venezuelan side. At the very top you’ll find not much but stone and some minimal plantation. The constant rain and extreme weather washes away all possible nutrients for plants to grow in abundance.
2. Whistler, Canada
This is one of the coolest places I’ve ever visited. The town isn’t that big itself, but it has everything you need. I went there during the summer, the non-skiing season and I still had a really good time. The bars, the restaurants and the people there are some of the nicest you’ll ever meet. There’s always something happening, and reminded me of Disneyland when I was a kid. If it is Canada you’re going to next, then this is the place to go. If you a skier or a snowboarder, than the winter season is a must for you.
3. Guaíra Falls – Brazil-Paraguay border
Located on the Paranha River, Guaira falls is regarded as the biggest waterfall in the world in total volume. 1,750,000 cubic feet of water is dropped every second by the waterfall, comparing to just 70,000 cubic feet at Niagra falls. To make use of the massive fall rate, the Itaipu Dam was built to harvest all the produced energy. It is the second most powerful hydroelectric dam in the world. 90% of all power in Paraguay is supplied from this dam.
4. Socotra – Republic of Yemen
If there is a place on Earth that looks the most like nothing you’ll ever likely find on Earth, then this is the place. Having been described as the most alien looking place on Earth,an array unnatural looking trees and plants spread across the harsh dry plains. There are many different species of birds and animals, and the coral reef is home to some endemic animals not seen anywhere else. It is a listed world heritage site, and considered one of the most bio diverse place int he Arabian Sea.
5. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
This is one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever seen. This is regarded as the biggest salt flats in the world, having an area of 10,582 square kilometer. It is located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes and is at an elevation of 3,656 meters above mean sea level. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average altitude variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar. The crust serves as a source of salt and covers a pool of brine, which is exceptionally rich in lithium. It contains 50 to 70% of the world’s lithium reserves, which is in the process of being extracted. The large area, clear skies, and the exceptional flatness of the surface make the Salar an ideal object for calibrating the altimeters of Earth observation satellites.