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48 Trips to Reboot Your Life Part Four

48 Trips to Reboot Your Life Part Four

From Shanghai's House of Barbie to the Catskills' Zen Mountain Monastery, here are 48 ways to relax and reboot your weary soul.

 
  
19.MEET KANGA AND ROO
Watch wildlife cavort on Kangaroo Island, a relatively undiscovered spot just off the coast of Adelaide, Australia. Exceptional Kangaroo Island gives personal, full-day guided tours of the sparsely populated isle, home to thousands of koalas, tammar wallabies, kangaroos, and sea lions. It's like CuteOverload.com come to life. MORE INFO

20.MORE THAN JUST BEADS AND WHORES
Forego Bourbon Street and head for the swamp. Honey Island Swamp Tours takes you through Louisiana's beautiful cypress-studded wetlands. You'll get up close to the wildlife, so beware of pickpockets, alligators, snowy egrets, red wolves, and loose women. MORE INFO

21.FEEL THE FORCES OF NATURE
Beach vacations aren't all palms and palapas; some beaches are scary -- and not in the hypodermic needle -- and-used-condom kind of way. The remote, log-strewn beaches of British Columbia's Vancouver Island, Washington State's Olympic Peninsula, and Oregon's dune-dotted coast are powerful testaments to the untamed beauty of sea meeting land. Due to a low-pressure center in the atmosphere known as the Aleutian Low, which churns its way down the coast from the Gulf of Alaska, howling gales, 20-foot waves, and turbid skies endlessly beat these rocky shores.

In the B.C. fishing village of Tofino, the Wickaninnish Inn offers a slew of storm-watching packages from November through February as well as the appealing option of peering out at the surf below from its famed Pointe Restaurant. For a more rustic experience, head south to Olympic National Park's Kalaloch Lodge and hole up in a wooden cabin by the breakers. MORE INFO

22.NO RESERVATION NEEDED
Canter through Navajo Nation at Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The park, one of Arizona's most magnificent and overlooked, is a partnership between the American government and the Navajo tribe. The Totsonii Ranch conducts two- to nine-hour guided horseback rides through the park's canyon-ridden 131 square miles. After your ride, ease your aching bones on a private balcony at the new View Hotel, the only accommodation inside Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. MORE INFO

23.SOAK, BABY, SOAK
Heal thyself in one of the natural thermal springs beneath the still-active Arenal Volcano at Costa Rica's Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort. MORE INFO

24.SEE YOU IN TWO YEARS!
Walk the Great Wall of China. All of it. MORE INFO
  
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