Traveling is one of the most wonderful things in the world – it can change you, make your life whole, and it is one of the few things in life where you spend a lot of money but you end up richer than when you started. Online, you can find an infinity of lists that will tell you what are the most beautiful places in the world to travel to, but today we bring you something special – a list of destinations that will give a pop of color to your life.
1. Kampung Warna, Jodipan, Indonesia
Indonesia is one of the best places in the world to travel to for a million reasons – the people are nice and welcoming, the nature there is an absolutely marvelous rendition of what paradise must look like, and besides these beautiful sceneries, there is still the advantage of it being an accessible destination. The city of Kampung, however, is something else – what was once a drab corner of the country, is now one of the most colorful places in this world, and we are living for it.
Students from a nearby city came up with the idea of transforming the city into a rainbow paradise, and all of a sudden, lots and lots of tourists kept showing up, giving a new life to the economy of the city. The experiment’s success inspired the locals to clean their river, which resulted in a positive environmental impact as well.
2. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, USA
You will surely get a cheap flight to get to the Grand Prismatic Spring, and we promise you it is money well spent. This is one of the most unique natural sceneries on Earth, as well as the largest hot spring in the USA and the third largest thermal spring on the entire world. But besides all this, the Grand Prismatic Spring is also one of the most beautiful places to travel to, because of its rainbow-colored bands of heat-loving bacteria; they turn this site into a unique natural setting. The Sulphur fumes might burn your eyes, so we would advise you yo get travel insurance before going on this adventure.
3. The Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa’s history is as sad as it is inspiring, and The Bo-Kaap reflects this dichotomy. Once known as the Malay Quarter, this place used to be a home for the workers who were brought here from Malaysia, Indonesia and other parts of the world. Its construction dates back to the 1960s, and the houses were built to be rented out to the workers, who could only paint them white.
Once the workers were allowed to buy the properties, they painted them in bright, joyful colors as an expression of their much-desired sense of freedom and individuality. Also, South Africa can be on your list of cheap places to travel to as well, if you are looking for an economical vacation – flight tickets might be a little expensive, but hotel booking can be quite reasonable.
4. Red Sea, Egypt
The Red Sea is the home of more than 1,200 different species of fish, and 10% can’t be found anywhere else in the world, which makes it one of the richest and diverse underwater ecosystems. This is all because of the 2,000 kilometers of coral reef that extend along the coast – and some of the coral is as old as 7,000 years. Diving here is a unique and vibrant experience that compares to no other.
5. Rainbow Village, Taichung, Taiwan
It started as an attempt to save the many houses in the Nantuin District of Taichung, but it became one of the most colorful and sought-out tourist attractions. The houses were painted in order to keep them from being demolished, but in the years that followed, some incredible artwork was added, creating a unique setting that looks almost like a dream.
6. Vinicunca, Peru
Peru’s Rainbow Mountain is just a short two-hour drive away from Cusco and is one of the country’s most famous attractions. The mountain has formed over the course of millions of years, and the many layers of sedimentation provide a myriad of different and vibrant colors – it will be hard to believe your own eyes and you will wonder how nature can make something so wonderful.
7. Guatapé, Colombia
It will take you a bumpy three-hour bus ride from Medellin to get to the small traditional village of Guatepé – but it is worth the trip. The houses there were built during the colonial period and are embellished with tantalizing paintings of sunflowers, lamas, parrots, and even guitars. At Plaza de Zocalos, you will find many delightful places where you can have a drink while enjoying the colorful surroundings.
8. Seven Coloured Earths, Chamarel, Mauritius
This absolutely stunning colorful scenery originated from the decomposition of volcanic rocks, and now, you can visit a series of very colorful and gorgeous dunes in the middle of a tropical rainforest. From violet to red, through yellow and blue, it is absolutely incredible to see – and it is even best at sunrise when the colors appear to be more vibrant.
9. Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre is made from five small villages, and they are all an absolute delight. Pilling on each other by the coastline, you have a myriad of beautiful colorful houses that make these villages by the Ligurian Sea one of the most beautiful postcards of Italy. Paired with the clean and amazing calm turquoise waters, this is a place you have to visit at least once in your lifetime.
10. La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
We have a tendency to always seek out the most popular parts of each city we visit, but La Boca, in Buenos Aires, is a vibrant working-class suburb that will make your chin drop. Celebrating the district’s immigrant heritage, the neighborhood’s colorful buildings show pride in the humble origins of this place that is now bursting with life with bars, cafes, and its modern art museum, Fundación Proa.
11. Tulip fields, Keukenhof, The Netherlands
The Netherlands is one of the safest places you can visit in the world, and if you have the chance, try to visit between March and May – that is when the fields blossom and turn into a colorful flowery kaleidoscope as the famous tulips bloom. Afterward, the tulips are picked, and they are sent to all corners of the world, as it is an important source of revenue for the country – but the fact that this is something ephemeral makes it even more special.
12. Havana, Cuba
Havana is like nothing you have ever seen – the history of the city is dramatic and kind of crazy, but the streets are absolutely iconic, and the locals are very kind and resourceful. The classic cars, the colorful buildings, people around the corners smoking the typical cigars give this city a vibe like no other. Plus, the music, the dancing, and the beaches turn Havana into one of those destinations you need to see at least once in your life.