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Anyone who has ever taken the time to take a bath knows how good soaking in a hot tub can be – both with physical ailments (hello, sore legs) as well as with mental stress (eucalyptus bath salt, anyone?). But more and more people are seeking this kind of relaxation outside the home in high-end resorts or just in nature. According to the Pinterest Trend Report 2019, the search for hot springs has risen by 32 percent.
This is because immersion in thermal water is possible One of the most soothing natural experiences you can have: Since the water in hot springs contains tons of minerals like calcium, sodium bicarbonate, silica and sulfur, it can do anything by it Increases blood circulation and overall oxygen flux to facilitate spreading pain, soften dry and rough skin and relieve skin problems like psoriasis The temperature itself can help to relax the muscles.
The next time you really want to go on vacation, make sure you get close to these * literal * hot spots. (Related: Stunning Images of Instagram's Most Dignified Places on Earth)
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
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Terme di Saturnia, Italy
Enjoy the Tuscan sun in Italy's famous Instagram spa outside of Saturnia. You can reach the springs, allegedly created by the lightning of the Roman god Jupiter, through the luxury Spa Terme di Saturnia or a free entrance called Cascate di Mulino, just 6 km outside the city. The naturally heated spring water at 99.5 ° F is full of sulfur and alkali, which is why bathing should help with skin and respiratory problems.
Termas de Puritama, Atacama Desert, Chile
Chile's Termas de Puritama is an oasis in the middle of the ocher-colored Atacama Desert. Half hidden by pampas grass and surrounded by temperatures between 77 ° F and 86 ° F, these eight thermal pools are fed by Puritama warm water and are full of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium and boron. Centuries ago, the Atacama people used them used to cure diseases such as rheumatism, arthritis and fatigue. Now the area is managed by the nearby Hotel Explora.
Conundrum Hot Springs, Colorado
You must grant the right to reside in Colorado Conundrum Hot Springs, a collection of mineral-rich springs. Thermal baths only accessible by a steep hike through the picturesque valleys, meadows and aspen forests of the Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness are accessible. With a calming average temperature of 100 ° C, Conundrum is the perfect place to take a break during a day hike, but you can not beat camping in the Rocky Mountains – even though you'll need a permit to stay overnight. (Related: The Best Places to Adventure, Refueling and Restoring in Boulder, Colorado)
Chena Hot Springs, Alaska
One hour outside of Fairbanks in the Chena Hot Springs, where the natural geothermal pools float by 106 ° F all year. The resort dates back to the early 20th century, when gold miners relieved their pain in the quartz and sulphate rich waters, but there is evidence that indigenous people bathed there long before. Grab a day ticket or stay overnight. If you are there in winter, you can catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) from the pools.
Uunartoq Island, Greenland
More than 1,000 years ago, northerners discovered countless thermal baths in southern Greenland. But the only one warm enough to bathe in is on the uninhabited island of Uunartoq (you must take a boat from the mainland cities of Qaqortoq and Nanortalik to get there). Even in Greenland's icy winter, three natural hot springs heat the pool to about 100 ° F – a cozy place, not just for immersing in mineral-rich water, but also for enjoying the epic views of nearby icebergs.
Banjar Hot Springs, Bali  Bali is Indonesia's spiritual center, and not all yoga and acai bowls. Locals called "Air Panas Banjar" have natural hot springs that reach a temperature of 26 ° C and a sulfur content of 26%, through carved stone naga or wild-looking animal heads into three terraced pools. The milky green water is actually considered sacred. The Buddhist monastery Brahmavihara Arama is only a mile away.
Travertine Hot Springs, California
Travertine Hot Springs – named after limestone deposited by mineral-bearing waters – is an iconic trekking station for trekking across the land of California State Park. There are a number of pools, but the most popular is the one closest to Jack Sawyer Road. When the water comes down from the surrounding rock formations, it is a distressing 103 ° F. Despite its easy accessibility, Travertin feels positively off thanks to the 360 degree views of the Sawtooth Ridge and the Sierra Mountains. For your information: clothes optional. Hot Spring Cove, British Columbia
To get to Hot Springs Cove in the mountains of Maquinna Provincial Park, you have to fly 20 minutes or do a one-hour boat trip and hike 30 minutes over a promenade path into the forest. It's worth it, because at the end of the hike is a 10 foot high, hot, sulphurous waterfall that warms the natural pools below. The closer you get to the clayoquot sound, the cooler the water gets. (See also: Outdoor Adventure Travel for a Holiday That Is Far From Relaxing)
Ma & # 39; s in Hot Springs, Jordan
Between the ancient city of Madaba and the Dead Sea of Israel are Jordan's Ma & # 39; in Hot Springs. a series of waterfalls that can warm up to 145 ° F. Part of a desert oasis that is almost 900 meters below sea level. The water, which contains calcium, chloride, radon and hydrogen sulphide, is heated by subterranean lava fissures in the valley on the way to the Zarqa River. Climb your own path to the springs or take the luxury route via the 5-star Ma & # 39; s in Spa Resort.