Four Challenging and Rewarding Places to Visit


Travelling is really the food for the soul, and whilst I may not be as 'well travelled' as most people, I've sourced the Internet and found four of the most challenging and rewarding places to travel to on your own.

1. India
I believe, that India is the perfect place to challenge yourself. If you're not sure what you want out of life, or who you are, then the best place to find out these answers is in India. Why? Because India is not for the faint hearted. At first it'll be intense and somewhat overwhelming: the weather or the millions of people may surprise you at times, but, what most films have taught me, is that underneath it all is a beautiful culture like no other. The country is massive, meaning you won't find yourself with nothing to do. Perhaps go to the Indian Himalayas in the north for some quiet meditation and self discovery or visit the tea fields and embrace the aroma. It's up to you.

2. New York City
You're probably thinking 'ugh so cliche' but there's just something about this big city that just demands thinking about the 'bigger picture'. Surrounded by culture, business and the hustle and bustle of the locals, New York will teach you self confidence and independence. How? Perhaps visit MoMA or various other art galleries by yourself. Explore the city's neighbourhoods like Brooklyn Heights or Greenwich Villiage and remember you found it on your own. Or meet new people along the way and network. If you can make it in the big city, you can make it anywhere.

3. Kyoto
What used to be the capital city of Japan as well as the residence of the emperor from 794 to 1868, Kyoto has managed to create a balance between history and modernity. The city is the fourth largest in the country, so how about save some time during your trip to Japan to visit Kyoto. Here you'll find countless shrines and temples as well as other historical structures. Sure, you may not be religious, but these shrines demand contemplation and meditation - perhaps think about how you can better yourself as a person, or career wise and what you want out of life.

4. Machu Pichu
South America is famous for its nature, so if you ever find yourself in the area, make sure you make time for Peru's Machu Pichu. Especially if you're a fitness freak because hiking there is something that everyone should do when in their 20s (because you know, we're meant to be "fit" oops). It's Inca Trail trek is notorious for being a challenge as it lasts a few days (you can go for a two day hike or even a seven day if you're that fit). You're forced to immerse yourself with nature, so it will challenge you not only physically but mentally. However, once you reach the temples, the terraces and the historic baths, it'll all feel worth it in the end.

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