February is a tough month for a few of us! No, I’m not hinting at the biting cold that our poor beings need to survive... It is something much more severe… much more damaging. Yup, I’m talking about the ‘Valentines’ Day’. The commercial declaration of love, the season where the lovey-dovey couples pop out of nowhere and engage in some cringe-worthy PDA; much to the chagrin of the people who have nothing against love, but are ‘not in love’ for various reasons.
Guess what! To combat these tough days ahead: I have compiled a list of places where you could hide or shall I say fall in love with?
The boundless blue ocean, the calmness of white ice and freezing temperature: A perfect recipe to heal any burning heart! Far from the chaos and demands of the materialism, a place where you can be anyone you want to be!
Girlfriend’s tantrums or watching these little wobbly creatures having the time of their lives? Candle light dinner in some flashy restaurant or watching the sun slowly fade behind the snow-capped mountains… what would you choose?
I don’t know about you, but I would rather be blown away looking at the hundreds and thousands of Flamingos flocking the serene Lake of Nakuru feasting on the algae than losing my hair over what I shall wear for a perfect date night!
Seeking quality me-time? What could be a better way than soaking yourself in the calming hues of the setting sun! Head to the capital city of Madagascar and treat yourself to this surreal experience; after all what could be greater than ‘self-love’!!
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver:
Will she? Won’t she? Hanging in the middle of nowhere? Anxiety raise to infinity, isn’t it? Nah, I would rather add thrill to my mundane existence as I walk on the Capilano Suspension Bridge suspended at about 230ft above a river, and lose myself in the mesmerizing greens.
From Jet skiing to surf board, from enormity of clear sky and myriad blue waters, from warm sunny climate to acres of white sand... With so much to do and so much to admire. One thing you won’t be, on this Caribbean land is, “sad”.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia:
“Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made; If you want a different result make a different choice”--- Buddha.
What could be a better place to reflect (quite literally!) than at the magnificent salt pan, the largest in the world, Salar de Uyuni. Silence, serenity and a ‘bucket-list worthy place’ ticked off what else would you want?
Cuicocha Lake, Ecuador:
At the foot of dormant volcano (much like your mental state, right now!), and surrounded by scores of green land... Cuicocha Lake is an ideal for a hike, photography or boating.
An evening in Paris? Romance in Swiss Alps? Cliché right? How about adding some chills to this February! Be a part of the great Haunted London Tour and enlighten yourself about the gruesome serial killer: Jack the Ripper, the mysterious: Sherlock Holmes, the creepy: Amsterdam’s dungeon and finally hop onto the ghost bus tour.
Hallo! wollen Skifahren gehen? Yes Yes! You are in the ski and snowboard capital of the world; Gape at the endless white blanket of ice, try your luck at skiing, ride in a cable car or simply opt to fly away: So much to do, right?
Even the most depressing souls would find some solace in ‘happiest country on the Earth’! Be a part of their International Festival that will run from Feb 14- Feb 23, to get acquainted with Bhutanese culture and traditions through food, music, film and art.
Rann of Kutch, India:
It’s raining festivals; if you are not a mountain person and would still want to be part of some cultural festivities, the colorful land of Gujarat state welcomes you with open arms. The cuisine, the music, the Garba, the vastness of salt marshes and if you are lucky the full moon to stare at…magic of this place would surely blow your mind away.
Picture yourself sitting by the open fireplace, with a glass of red wine, looking at the rolling mountains through your window… watching the Crimson Sun set. A perfect antidote for a bruised heart and crisp winter evening. Hunter Valley at about 2 hours’ journey from Sydney comprises of panoramic gardens, 150 wineries and a breath-taking landscape. Swimming with Dolphin, hiking at the Tomaree head, or looking at the great collection of vintage cars is few of many things you could do at this dreamlike place.
Freycinet National Park, Tasmania:
Who remembers the cutesy, ever hungry little devil of Tasmania who featured in the Bugs Bunny cartoon? Wanna see it in real? Head to the National Park of Tasmania, which was founded in the year 1916 and subject yourself to the most beautiful sights of Wineglass Bay, Bottlenose Dolphins, and the Schouten Island. An experience which would warm your heart and stay with you a little longer than forever.