By: Gabrielle Becker, Editorial Staff (‘25)
The world has 7 continents, 5 oceans, and 195 countries. It’s time to explore so fasten your seat belt, and enjoy the ride. Let’s start with the stunning landscapes of Greece. The first must see tourist attraction is the Parthenon. This cultural landmark is made of limestone and marble, and features ancient Greek architectural techniques. The only negative of visiting the Parthenon is the constant crowds due to the popularity of the historical site. Greece is also known for the natural beautiful beaches, and clear blue waters on the hundreds of islands. A beach that you must go to in Santorini is Kamari which is famous for its stunning sunsets, and black sand formed by an eroded volcano. Greece should also be on your bucket list especially if you’re a foodie. Greece is known for delicious dishes such as Octopus, Greek Salad, Moussaka, Souvlaki, and Taramasalata. I highly recommend exploring all the islands of Greece, but be sure to stay in Cycladic island, which overlooks the southern Aegean Sea in Santorini.
Now let’s take a short 9 hour flight over to the small European island of Iceland. You can visit this country in the summer when there is 21 hours of daylight. But be careful not to slip on the ice in the 5 hours of winter light. One of the thrill seeker experiences in Iceland is snowmobiling on the many glaciers. Snowmobiling is a bit expensive, but the price is worth the once and a lifetime experience. When I went snowmobiling in Iceland, for the first time in decades a white rainbow was seen. This experience was life changing and I highly recommend getting out of your comfort zone and snowmobiling on a glacier. A very famous sight in Iceland is the Blue Lagoon which is the most popular tourist attraction. The pristine blue water, mud masks, and ability to eat lunch in robes makes the experience unforgettable. The negative with the Blue Lagoon is the extreme amount of tourists which results in a major expense, and difficulties in accessing the amenities. I would recommend visiting one of the other 200 “swimming pools” (hot q springs) to enjoy beautiful views with less people around for half the price. Lastly, I would recommend seeing a famous world wonder in Iceland, the Northern Lights. They are an aurora borealis which is nearly impossible to see unless the sky is fully clear. I fully recommend attempting to see the Northern Lights because they are a rare, unforgettable, and vibrant sight.
Now let’s end our trip by exploring the cherry blossoms in Seoul, South Korea. The first activity I highly recommend is taking a tour to explore the DMZ which is connected to the notorious North Korea. On this tour you are able to physically step foot into North Korea, and dig deep into the tunnels of former escapees. Another place to visit is the home of the rose festival, Everland. This popular theme park has 3 million roses that you can smell for hours. If you want a beautiful photo, a great opportunity is Oryukdo Skywalk. The skywalk features a stunning view of the yellow sea. South Korea is also known for its unique foods that will put your palette to the test. Some delicious culturally famous foods include Bulgogi, Kimchi, and Bibimbap. I would also recommend visiting the many beautiful temples to learn about the cultural history of the country. Be sure to visit in April if you are interested in seeing one of the 900 picture perfect cherry blossoms. South Korea should go down on your bucket list due to the friendly people, fascinating history, tasty cuisine, and diverse culture. As Anthony Bourdain states, “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you.”