15 Surreal Destinations You’ll Love If You Have the Soul of a Traveler

If you have doubts about where to go on vacation or you have few vacations, but you don’t want to waste them; Or you’re planning your next trip and don’t know where to go, it never hurts to get some advice. Here are some options.

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The folks on Quora answered the question about what is the most surreal place to travel, and their suggestions were fascinating. Check out these 15 options from netizens.


1. Petra


The city of Petra, in Jordan, was sculpted entirely in stone in the eighth century B.C. It was part of the trade route between Egypt, Syria, Arabia, and the southern Mediterranean. It was abandoned in the 6th century AD due to changing trade routes and earthquakes. The buildings are carved into stone, the most impressive being those known as Khazneh (Treasury) and Deir (Monastery). It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

2. Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira

The Palácio da Regaleira is the main building of the Quinta da Regaleira, located in Sintra, Portugal. Immersed in constant fog, this building is full of occult meanings related to alchemy, Freemasonry, the Templars, and the Rosicrucians. There is little information about the Quinta before 1600, but it is known that the ideology in its architecture is a Christianity related to the end times. The forest is laid out in a specific way and the buildings have precise meanings and intentions, for example the “initiatory well”, an underground gallery with a spiral staircase, supported by sculpted columns that descends on nine levels.

3. The Great Blue Hole in Belize


The hole is a giant sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It is close to the center of the lighthouse reef. The circular hole measures 318 meters in diameter and is 124 meters deep. It was formed during several episodes of Quaternary glaciation. It is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a diver’s paradise.

4. Hang Son Doong Cave


Located in Vietnam’s Quang Binh province, the cave is the largest in the world, 2.5 million years old. An entire block of about 40 buildings could fit in there.

5. Hitachi Waterfront Park


Hitachi Park is located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan. More than 4.5 million tourists visit it every year to admire the colors. It has different collections of flowers that bloom differently in each season. It has crocuses, daffodils, and tulips in spring; nemophilas that arise in late spring and early summer; daisies in summer, and kochia and the cosmos in autumn. Particularly famous are the “blue baby-eyed” flowers (nemophilas), with translucent blue petals.

6. Cappadocia


Located in a historical region of Anatolia in Turkey, it has incredible rock formations. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

7. Zhangye Danxia National Park

China Zhangye Danxia National Park

Located in China, it has an area of 520 km². Its colorful mountains make it one of the most beautiful geological relief formations in China. They are the result of deposits of sand and other minerals produced more than 24 million years ago. It is similar to the layers of a cake and is partly responsible for creating the Himalayas.

9. The Swing at the End of the World


This swing is in Baños, Ecuador; It’s perfect for a picnic. The landscape includes the Tungurahua volcano and the mountains surrounding the city of Baños, Ecuador. The swing is in the Tree House in the Runtún hamlet, 2,660 meters above sea level. You can swing to the edge of the precipice… if you dare.

10. The Sea of Stars

Sea Stars

On Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives, the beach sparkles and is called the “sea of stars” because of the blazing blue waves. It’s in the Indian Ocean. The phenomenon happens when temperatures have been very high and the night is very dark.

11. Trolltunga


A rock seems to levitate in the middle of nowhere. Trolltunga is a platform in Norway that appears to fly at 1,100 meters high. It is located in the village of Skjeggedal, in the municipality of Odda. Few dare to walk on it.

12. Salar de Uyuni


Located in southwestern Bolivia, in the province of Daniel Campos, it is the largest salt desert in the world. It has 50 to 70 percent of the planet’s lithium. 40,000 years ago it was a lake, but the Earth raised it and dried it up, producing salt flats.

13. Fingal Grotto


It is a sea cave in Scotland, part of a nature reserve. Formed by hexagonal basalt, due to its size, its roof of natural arches and eerie echoes produced by the sea, it is distinctly surreal. It was discovered in 1772, and even inspired a work by the musician Mendelssohn, based on the echoes of the grotto.

14. The Luminous Worms

Luminous Worms

New Zealand’s Waitomo Caves are famous for the glowing worms that inhabit them, and their fluorescent light illuminates the caverns. It is actually a trap to attract its prey. When they are seduced by the light, they get caught in its mucus thread.

15. The Cenotes of Yucatan


Freshwater chasms on the Mexican peninsula are water holes created by erosion in limestone. In the Mayan world it was the center of communion with the gods. One of the greatest experiences is swimming and diving in these formations.

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