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Visit These 7 Random, Beautiful Places Before You Die

You know the destination you visited 10 years ago that you can’t get out of your head? The travel spot where you fell in love with a region or ate your way through a country or looked fear in the face? We all have one, and they’re life-changing.

I asked the Mahogany Workplace guys what must-see places they’ve explored — and their responses were all over the place! These seven destinations are too random to categorize and too incredible not to share with you. What are your upcoming travel plans?

1. Honduras

Roatan, Honduras still has a vintage Caribbean feel, with some of the most beautiful, untouched beaches and a lively marine system for scuba divers. Most people don’t know about Roatan, so it’s still a peaceful place to visit.  — Ben

2. Italy

Traveling and experiencing new places rejuvenates my soul in a way few things do. Venice, Italy has made the biggest impact on my wife and I. Some describe the Venice as the “adult Disney World of Italy.” I struggle to explain the feeling you get when walking along the small channels between canals.

Venice, Italy's canals

Although a densely populated city, it’s easy to find a quiet, private dock to enjoy a bottle of wine and watch gondolas and water taxis drift by. The combination of history and mystery in this enchanted city has stuck with me for years, and I cannot wait to go back.  — Mitch

3. New Mexico

New Mexico is more than a desert. “The Land of Enchantment” has beautiful mountains and a dry climate similar to Colorado. It’s home to naturally beautiful places like White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns. You can go to the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. You can meander through the art galleries of Taos and Sante Fe. You can even cross over the border into Mexico like my wife and I did on Cinco de Mayo. We had some tasty quesadillas and margaritas, and then crossed back into the U.S. that evening.  — Jordan

4. Costa Rica

This lush, tropical country has gorgeous beaches, delicious food, and world-class surfing. (I got destroyed by a wave and gave up, but at least I tried to surf…) Not only is it a pretty affordable place to visit but Costa Rica gave me the ability to hike a national park, tour an animal sanctuary, lounge by the pool, and eat freshly caught seafood BBQ all in one day. It’s romantic, it’s adventurous, it’s all the things.  — Ali

5. Minnesota

Minnesota is a highly underrated state. In the summer, you can get away from the busy hustle and bustle of more urban places and relax in one of the 10,000-plus glacial lakes. There are so many cool lakeside resorts and rental cabins with a plethora of nearby activities.

Woman kayaks in Minnesota

Not only is it an affordable getaway, but you can do all the water-related things, from fishing and water skiing to soaking in the sun on a pontoon.  — Dylan

6. New Hampshire

I would selfishly vote for my honeymoon in St. Lucia thanks to the unlimited food and drinks and the amazing beaches, but choosing it seems selfish. I would say one of the coolest places I’ve visited that doesn’t get a lot of publicity is New Hampshire. The state is absolutely gorgeous with a cool, local culture. Do yourself a favor and travel throughout the Northern New England area; you won’t regret it!  — Brandon

7. Ghana

The Ashanti Kingdom in Kumasi, Ghana was one of the coolest places I’ve ever traveled. The people spoke English so we could communicate perfectly, but they had never met someone from the U.S., and I’d never met anyone from Kumasi. The landscape was beautiful, but it was even more incredible to get to know each other and learn how similar we were despite having life experiences that couldn’t be more different.  — Riley

What’s the most incredible place you’ve visited?

By Ali Harrison

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    February 10, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    1. I LOVE Wyoming. Fishing in the mountains during the day then marshmallowing/campfire at night. You’ve never seen so many stars.
    2. Paris. The architecture. The food. The art. My favorite thing was going to a local market–getting bread, cheese and wine. It was delicious. Versailles was my favorite place to visit aside from the museums. I could walk around a museum all day and soak in all the art.

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    March 6, 2018 at 2:12 am

    Edinburgh, Scotland — where I moved to for my Masters degree but never left. This place is gorgeous and takes you back in time as you walk down the cobblestone streets. There’s a castle in the middle of the city! Definitely come visit–the best times are May, June, July, September, and October.

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