The top 4 places to see before you die
One question I get asked all the time is: “What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been?” We all know that’s a hard question to answer because each place is unique and beautiful in it’s own way. However, there are four places that really stand out to me as places so beautiful and amazing that I believe everyone should go see them before they die.
Let’s start with number four:
The Grand Canyon’s Oasis. It’s the kind of place that dreams are made of: waterfalls (some you can jump off of), rope swings, hiking, camping, and amazing nature all around. This is the most difficult place to visit on the list because you have to reserve a camping spot months in advance, possibly reserve a mule to carry your gear, and hike over 10 miles to get there. Trust me though, it is definitely worth the hassle. If you want a lot less intense hiking, you should fly over to China to visit the next on our list:
3. Huang Shan (Yellow Mountains)
The most beautiful mountains in China. The views are spectacular and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to watch the fog roll away while the sun shines down on the valleys. Huang Shan is easily accessible for everyone because the Chinese paved all the trails with bricks! There is even a tram to take you to the top. Once there, you’ll find over 50km of paths built on top of and along the side of sheer cliff faces. After you explore the mountains you should check out the nearby cities of Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Shanghai (all within a few hours train ride).
2. Amalfi Coast
La costiera amalfitana. Italy is one of my favorite countries in the world, and the Amalfi Coast is my favorite part of the country. It’s the perfect combination of stunning views, delicious food, and wonderful people. I recommend taking the train down to Salerno and then taking the boat up the coast to visit Amalfi and Positano. You’ll most likely also pass by Naples where you can eat the best pizza in the world at Da Michele’s. (If Italy has the best pizza in the world, and Naples has the best pizza in Italy, and Da Michele’s is the best pizza in Naples…it really is the best pizza in the world).
The Holy City. Jerusalem is a fascinating city full of history and religious diversity. In one day I participated in mass at a Catholic church, sat through a service at a Mosque, and celebrated Shabbat at the Western wall with some local Jews. When you get done exploring the city you can also go for a float in the dead city, hop over to Jordan to visit Petra, or go party on the beach in Tel Aviv.
Tips for your trips:
-The best places to visit are the ones you’re most interested in. It’s always more fun to go somewhere you’re fascinated by than somewhere that is just a famous destination.
-Try visiting random cities or countries. When I visited France I went to Paris and wasn’t that into it, then I randomly went to Montpellier and totally loved it.
-Connect with the people. I love these places because they’re AMAZING, but also because I met people who were amazing too.
-What are some of the amazing places you’ve visited? Let me know in the comments!