In this fast-paced world, having the opportunity to go where time slows down is a blessing. Discover where you can spend your next vacation to escape the hustle and bustle.
There is so much noise in the world that shutting it out no longer works. Sometimes, that noise can be so overwhelming that it can be suffocating because there is no way to escape it. It’s like a constant cloud that looms over you no matter where you go.
This can be a result of too much technology; it’s like there’s nowhere in the world where you aren’t accessible. The noise isn’t just from the cars passing by your window when you’re trying to get some shut-eye. The sounds can be of metal clanging against metal on the many construction sites across the city.
The noise also comes from the persistent buzzing of your cellphone because of notifications, or the pings from your computer while you’re working. Eventually, the noise becomes phantom sounds that ring in your ears even when the actual sounds aren’t present because they are already in your mind.
It seems like there is no escaping this state of discomfort—hearing perpetual noises that have become a part of your daily routines unless you seek it out yourself. On your next time off work, take the opportunity to seek refuge in nature and far from the noise that has consumed your days.
Go Fishing in Alaska
A lot of people find solace at sea because of the continuous ebb and flow of water. This motion can have a very relaxing and calming effect on people mainly because the sea is free of car horns, bustling streets, or polluted air.
If you find that spending a few hours on a boat along the remote coast of Alaska enjoyable, then going on a halibut fishing trip might just be the escape you’re looking for. Instead of facing your computer for the rest of the day, you can be looking out on the vast deep blue sea while waiting for a bite.
While you’re there, you can also go kayaking to explore the neighboring islands on your own, so you can further breathe in the fresh air while you’re left alone with your thoughts. You can watch the endemic wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy the solitude away from the internet.
Climb Machu Picchu
Learning about the history of the Inca civilization in Peru will always be a great way to spend your time. If you’re a culture buff and you want to experience being in the lost city first-hand, then going on the Inca trail to reach Machu Picchu can be your next vacation.
This just might be a dream come true if you grew up watching The Emperor’s New School on television. Of course, the animated series can’t do the real landmark justice, which will make the trip to see it in person that more exciting.
But since this is a top-rated tourist destination for people all over the world, you will have to make your bookings in advance so that you can get your permits without a hitch. The best time to come to Machu Picchu is between April and October, when the mountains are covered in shades of green.
Backpack across the Yosemite
Being in such high altitudes can be just as freeing as being at sea. If you would rather spend your vacation above sea level, 8,842 feet (2.7 kilometers) higher to be specific, then you might enjoy backpacking across the Yosemite National Park to reach Half Dome summit.
This can be a more strenuous option than fishing, but it can be as rewarding if you manage to achieve even half of the hike without giving up. Focusing on the journey can take your mind away from the responsibilities waiting for you back home; therefore, it can be a worthwhile adventure.
Of course, you can’t take on a 16-mile hike without training because your body might give up on you. In this case, you will need to build your strength and stamina as you anticipate your vacation. Besides, the best time to go backpacking is between June and September, which means you have plenty of time to prepare.
Life is too short not to travel the world and explore what lies past your hometown’s boundaries. Having the opportunity to discover and experience new places might be the motivation you need to endure long hours at work.
So don’t waste your precious vacations at expensive hotels or skimp out on yourself by staying at home. You deserve the time off for all your hard work, and that means that you should reward yourself with once-in-a-lifetime experiences that can give you solitude instead of buying material things.