Unless you adore your job and live to work, then most of us would much rather be anywhere else on a Monday morning than stuck at work. Let your imagination fly and whisk yourself off to one of these absolutely stunning destinations instead. Here are 12 places you’d rather be on a Monday morning:
#1 Torres Del Paine National Park
This national park in Chile is a little slice of heaven. The protected land can be found in the Patagonia region where you’ll discover deep forests, glaciers, crystal blue lakes and soaring mountains. If you decide to make the trip, do it in Chile’s summer when the sun still beats down until well after 10pm each night. The grasslands here hold fascinating wildlife including guanacos, similar to llamas. The park gets its name from the three-distinctive horn-shaped granite peaks called Cuernos del Paine.
#2 Na Pali Coast State Park
Hawaii is a beautiful island, but the Na Pali Coast takes this one step further. With 17 miles of splendid coastline, you can disappear on a paradise walk surrounded by gorgeously green forests and incredible cliff top views out across the Pacific. In the Kauai region, you’ll discover waterfalls, ponds, great snorkelling opportunities and a hiker’s paradise, all at your fingertips.
#3 Krabi, Thailand
Glide through turquoise waters framed by towering limestone cliffs and forget all about those deadlines and projects. Listen to the buzz of the tropical mangrove forests as you laze the day away. There are over one hundred islands to explore and many quiet, heavenly white beaches to discover. Visit the National Park and see the Crystal Lagoon, admire the many temples or take a dip in the Klong Thom Hot Springs.
#4 Vatnajokull, Iceland
When you imagine escaping to paradise, it probably involves a tropical cocktail and silk soft sand. Don’t overlook the stunning cold beauty of the biggest glacier in Iceland. The landscape under the glacier is a frozen world unlike anywhere else on earth. You’ll find ice caves, volcanoes and glittering canyons in this wintery wonderland.
#5 The Great Blue Hole, Belize
Head out into the ocean for this natural wonder, a round, thousand-foot wide sinkhole of the most incredible blue hue you’ll ever see. Whether you see it from a boat, the air or dive down into the Lighthouse Reef to experience it first hand, there’s no denying its beauty. Scuba divers get to see the stunning limestone stalactites and stalagmites that have been in situ since the last Ice Age.
#6 Lavender Fields, France
Provence in France is a sea of purple when the lavender fields are in full bloom. It’s also one of the sweetest-smelling places in the world as well. The fields erupt into a symphony of purple between June and August as far as the eye can see. Visit the many festivals that celebrate this flower, spend some time in the dedicated museum and be sure to stock up on lavender cosmetics, soap and scented goods.
#7 Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
Yes, there is a place on earth where even the worms are beautiful. The Waitomo Caves are a wondrous place where thousands of bioluminescent larvae create a stunning glow-in-the-dark experience. What lights up is actually the mucus of the larvae, which sounds horrible but looks amazing. You can get your adrenaline pumping with nearby rafting adventures and see the intricate cave decorations of the Aranui Cave.
#8 Zhangye Danxia, China
You won’t find anywhere as colorful and otherworldly as the Zhangye Danxia Geopark in China. The Rainbow Mountains are a unique result of millions of years of the layering of sedimentary mineral deposits. That’s the science but in reality, it looks more like something magical has occurred.
#9 Pamukkale, Turkey
Imagine a series of natural infinity pools that also doubled up as hot springs with an amazing picturesque view. That describes Pamukkale in Turkey, stunning natural hot springs in a staggered pattern with panoramic views. If that wasn’t good enough, the area also boasts the well-preserved ruins of the ancient spa-city of Hierapolis.
#10 The Pitons, St Lucia
This Caribbean island is gorgeous in itself but it’s most distinguishing feature is the two volcanic mountains called the Pitons. They are surrounded by lush green forests, bright tropical flowers and one of the most astounding white sandy beaches on the planet, Sugar Beach. If you want to kick back in paradise in style, then St Lucia should be top of your bucket list.
#11 Bora Bora
French Polynesia is where you’ll find the little island of Bora Bora. What it lacks in size, it’s makes up for in sheer unadulterated bliss. Think desert island with none of the discomfort. You’ll uncover warm, crystal lagoons, coral reefs and quaint wooden bungalows sitting over the ocean on stilts, so guests can see the aquatic wildlife pass by beneath their feet. The scuba diving here is fantastic, while the center of the island contains a dormant volcano. You’ll definitely want to get out of bed on a Monday morning on this island paradise.
#12 Amalfi Coast, Italy
Italy is just one big beautiful country but if you had to pick one place, then head to Amalfi Coast. The old, hillside towns that dot the landscape along the 50 km stretch of the Sorrentine Peninsula are a must-see. The rugged cliffs, pretty fishing villages and coastal roads are just some of the reasons why this area in the Campania region of the country is so popular. Pair that with the sprawling, grand villas, terraced hillside vineyards and bright, fragrant lemon groves and you’ve found yourself a little slice of Italian heaven.