Change Your Life by Traveling Here

A vacation can be the perfect tonic for stressed-out parents and fatigued workers. But can it literally change your life? A trip to one of these destinations might.

Text by John Rosenthal | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Jun 20, 2013 10:19AM

I have had the good fortune of having been able to travel to all of the places listed except the Irish mystic, St. Patrick.  I have had the good fortune of having both the time and the income to travel to 160 of the 196 countries recognized by the US State Dept and the UN. and spend time at most of the "got to see" locations from Lhasa Tibet to Antarctica and from The Valley of the Kings, in Egypt to Manchu Pinchu in Peru and almost everything in between. Most of it by back packing.

Jun 20, 2013 9:28AM
Seeing the wonders of ANCIENT Egypt is my Holy Grail of travel, but I doubt it will ever happen.  The cost of going there just keeps spiraling up and up.
We left Santa Clara to return to Olahoma...reverse Okie trek. Drove to the Grand Canyon, got out, looked at same, awesome (no, actually, the real meanining of the word..awe inspiring)  Got back in car, drove to motel, slept. Then, as a geology student,more than 30 years later, I revisited the most beautiful hole in the world. Truly astounding!! Don't miss it before you leave this plane...that's my advice.
Aug 23, 2012 5:43AM

My favorite trip started by flying into Las Vegas getting my rental car and getting out of Vegas. For the next seven days I  visited  Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon NP,  Capitol Reef  NP, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP and  Monument Valley Tribal Park.  The sights and colors were incedible as well as each being very different one from another.  Each night I would review the pictures I had taken that day and fall asleep wondering if the next days visit could possibly match what I had already seen.  After eight glorious days and over 750 photos with nary a bad one in the bunch I returned home tired but relaxed and refreshed.



Aug 14, 2012 1:13AM
 have been to Germany the Mosley is nice. Paris is awful looks good from 500 fett not up close. Rio now that is a place everyone should see before they die. The Brazilian have a saying took God 6 dyas to create the universe 3 days he need to make RIO. The museums don't hold the art that the landscape does there, not counting the women. But, I am married to a Brazialian woman might be bias. Rio from the surgar loaf is breathe taking and the pictures do not do it justice. The peopel have all day parties they grill meat eat drink a little all day . They don't care who you are are what you do it is not about the money it is about life. The Palce there is nice too. A long trip from the coast up a mountain built by a king for his wife It is cooler there she hate the heat.Sometimes I look at the articles here I wonder who pays to get them written. Isreal? Yeah I really want to go to a place I am hated get shot at a hot desert. Religious expierence, huhlike I ever get the hell out of this hell hole I know where I am not going again.
Aug 14, 2012 12:52AM

If traveling the world is a religious experience then I will pass. My travels are always a trip to get away from people.

Aug 13, 2012 11:43PM

Strange no picture for Mecca were Abraham and ishmael build the house of God and millions of pilgrims visit every year ... why keep ignoring muslims and there religion ?!! just a question I hope some one have a reasonable fair answer away from anti Islamizes.


Aug 13, 2012 11:27PM
If you do the Grand Canyon, go Rim to Rim starting at the North Rim and hike out at the South Rim. Stay 2 nights at the Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Canyon on the Colorado River - No later than June 1st.
Aug 13, 2012 11:23PM
If you do the Gand Canyon, go Rim to Rim starting at the North Rim and hike out at the South Rim. Stay 2 nights at the Phantom Ranch at the Bottom - No later than June 1st.
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