The third Monday of January is commonly known as Blue Monday – the saddest day of the year. The concept was first publicized as part of a 2005 press release from holiday company Sky Travel, but scientists have called the formula used to calculate the day nonsensical. The formula takes weather, monthly salary, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and other weird criteria into consideration.
Cliff Arnall, the author of the concept has said that his intention was “to inspire people to take action and make bold life decisions.” With that in mind we decided to go along with the ”holiday“ and prepared a list of truly blue places around the world that can chase away the gloom of Blue Monday.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in southwestern Iceland. It is known not only for its incredible beauty, but also for the health benefits. The spa’s trademark water is rich in silica, algae and minerals. In reality, the water isn’t even blue! It’s actually milky white and gets its enchanting blue hue from the sun’s rays.
The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F). The Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for skin diseases by using the mineral-rich water.
Baby Blue Eyes Field, Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan
Well, you won’t really be able to visit this beautiful blue spot at this time of the year, but you can start planning the visit now.
The Hitachi Seaside Park is a unique spot where 190 hectares of flowers bloom throughout the year. Every spring, the park is covered by over 4 million blooms of Nemophila flowers, also known as Baby blue eyes. The mesmerizing beauty of the field attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Rue Targui, Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen, also known as The Blue City of Morocco, is a city in northwest Morocco. The town is a popular tourist attraction because of its unique appearance – the houses are painted in blue.
There are several theories to explain why the city was painted blue. Some say that the color was used to repel mosquitos. Others go for a deeper meaning behind the color, saying that it is associated with the sky and heaven and is encouraging people to live spiritual lives.
Great Blue Hole, Belize
Loved by skilled divers from around the world, The Great Blue Hole is a phenomenal deep, ugh, blue hole off the coast of Belize. The formation of this underwater sinkhole began during the Ice Age. Today, it is over 300 meters (984 ft) across and 125 meters (410 ft) deep.
Diving in the sinkhole is difficult, so only experienced divers are allowed. It is said that the deeper one goes, the clearer the water becomes and the formations look more complex.
Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as The Blue Mosque, is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. Itwas constructed between 1609 and 1616 got its name from the 20,000 pieces of blue hand-painted tiles decorating the interior walls.
The Blue Mosque is still a working mosque and is closed to tourists during prayer time.
Ice caves at Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland
While in most countries the ice caves stay unchanged due to constant weather conditions, Icelandic ice caves are slightly different. Each winter, the weather cools, changing the environment, so the guides have to look for new caves safe enough to explore.
The ice caves are only accessible during winter months, from November to March, depending on the weather. The ice caves are not only beautiful, but also dangerous, so people can only access them if accompanied by a trained guide.
Photo by David Phan. Distributed under CC BY 2.0.
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Unlike many other blue-ish towns around the world, Sidi Bou Said can be characterized by the alternation of blue and white. Blue doors, windows, roofs on pristine white houses create a surreal yet mesmerizing feel. The lovely village is located just a few kilometers from Tunis.
Salar de Uyuni, Daniel Campos Province, Bolivia
This place has the potential to be as blue as the sky itself. Literally! In certain seasons, these salt flats in Bolivia get flooded, turning the salty crusted surface into a mirror. The salt flats are spread over 10,582 square kilometers and are a truly one-of-a-kind spot.