italian alps

Looking for a cozy place to vacation? This week's Moment of Travel Zen comes to us from Darby Roach.

"As I rode my bicycle down from the Brennerpass high in the Italian Alps [in late September 2012], I happened upon this abandoned house. It was early morning and the half light of dawn gave the scene an eerily beautiful feeling."

Where have you traveled for a moment of zen? Email travel@huffingtonpost.com with your moment of travel zen.

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  • Key West, Florida

    Sunday stroll from Smathers Beach to Higgs Beach, Key West, Florida. Photo taken by Jane & Dave Evans

  • Madrid

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/hp_blogger_Annemarie Dooling"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/68702455/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/hp_blogger_Annemarie Dooling">HuffPost Blogger Annemarie Dooling</a>:<br />Peaceful night of wine and tapas in Madrid.

  • Serengeti balloon safari 2011.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jdrake501"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jdrake501">jdrake501</a>:<br />The dream of a lifetime.

  • Dragon Spine rice terraces, Guilin, China

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jdrake501"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jdrake501">jdrake501</a>:<br />Every bit as beautiful as it looks.

  • @NatureTravelEGY

    @HuffPostTravel #hplessstress sunrise, Nuweiba, Egypt, view to Saudi Arabia © <a href="http://www.facebook.com/MindseyeWritingAndPhotography">http://www.facebook.com/MindseyeWritingAndPhotography</a> pic.twitter.com/CQDzg2gf

  • @kariblossom

    Watching the sunset in Oia, Santorini, Greece #hplessstress pic.twitter.com/3I8QhIFO

  • Adam Stewart

    Ostia Antica, Italy: Just 30 minutes outside the beautiful city of Rome is a great place to break away from all the tourists, street hagglers and city noise. Ostia Antica is a hidden gem in my opinion and is a very peaceful place. On my travel to Italy I was staying in Rome for three days. I had my handy travel guide so I put it to use and saw they had mentioned Ostia Antica as a great place for a day trip. So on my last day in Rome I decided to give this place a chance. I took a train that lasted about a half hour and it was a very nice ride. I finally arrived to Ostia and paid about 8 euro 50 to get into the site. Ostia is a large archeological site and may have been Rome's first colony. There are not many tourists around and so few people know about it that your not really bother. You can really take in and enjoy what this place has to offer. I spent all day there searching around and reading information about how it was when it used to be a fully functioning colony. It was definitely worth it because I wanted to get away from the city and enjoy a place I could take my time and just relax.

  • Yvonne Jenkins

    Me and my partner just relaxing on the sandy beach of Boracay Philiphines. You can’t see it, but we both have a pina colada as well. The sunset there is absolutely magical.

  • @DublinerOnTour

    @HuffPostTravel sunrise at Mt. Bromo, Java, Indonesia #hplessstress pic.twitter.com/S9t3fTkr

  • Adam Stewart

    Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia: A great place for a day hike if your ever in Launceston. Just about 15 minute walk from the middle of town. With walking and hiking trails, the world's longest single span chairlift, swimming pool, restaurant, kiosk, cafe peacocks and wildlife, beautiful gardens, and suspension bridge your sure to have a great day. I spent a day just exploring and I'm a big wilderness fan and these place was great for me. I went hiking and enjoyed a nice meal at the restaurant. The wilderness is always a peaceful place to get away and just wander.

  • @ThePlacesToGo

    @HuffPostTravel #SouthwestHarbor #Maine. View from #BealsLobsterPound #hplessstress #BlueberryBeer #Lobsterroll pic.twitter.com/AMrJ5IvJ

  • @billwrobleski

    @HuffPostTravel Chillin' in Mallorca. #hplessstress pic.twitter.com/q6WCuNS0

  • @nikidding

    @HuffPostTravel Niagara Falls, Canada. Cool mist on my face & the sound of the falling water. #hplessstress pic.twitter.com/d30fMpWO

  • Adam Stewart

    Venice, Italy: "The City of Water" Venice is a great place to visit. It's not at all what you expect and it's much more than what you think. It's a city but you don't have the big buildings, automobiles and city noise. On my trip here I got the privilege of couch surfing and mingling with locals. I thought the feel of Venice was quite peaceful with its brightly colored buildings and narrow canals. The only place really that is crazy is the Rialto but for me I like to explore and get lost. I think with the city being surrounded by water it adds a sort of calmness to everything as well. The people there are really great as well, very friendly and outgoing. I can't wait to go back especially for carnivale!

  • @babs_christen

    Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills where the pool becomes a cozy night spot. #hplessstress pic.twitter.com/yn6w36Xe

  • @yourlandmyland

    @HuffPostTravel yes, can't you picture how tranquil this forest in Bangor, Maine is? #hplessstress http://lockerz.com/s/280635304

  • @bucketlistadv

    "@HuffPostTravel: We're looking for photos of your most peaceful travel moments. Taj mahal so peaceful #hplessstress" pic.twitter.com/aM5LtV55

  • @gardenresort

    @HuffPostTravel Early Morning at Garden Resort Bergamot Hotel in Kemer - Turkey. #hplessstress http://twitpic.com/bzyab8

  • Elizabeth Munoz

    I conquered my fear of heights climbing up to Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park this past August 2012

  • Yvonne Jenkins

    Scuba diving in Lombok, Indonesia. Seeing marine life in their day to day brings me joy and happiness. It is indeed very peaceful just ‘floating’ there watching them go about their day.

  • Pat Parkinson

    Here I'm shown meditating on a high cliff near the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Mountains that make up the southernmost tip of the African continent can be seen in the background. The cliff is near where the Atlantic and Indian oceans collide. This photograph portrays an extremely peaceful, special moment in my travels.

  • @Rachelicious25

  • @ramblRramblR

  • Adam Stewart

    Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: One of the most spectacular places I have been to and seen in my life. Even on a rainy wet day like this one these cliffs still look amazing. I think this is one of the top attractions to visit in Ireland if not the best. You have these cliffs that are 214m high and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean. It was a very peaceful place to visit because of its beauty and looking out into the Atlantic thinking about how great your life is right now.

  • Kate Evans

    This is a photo I took of my friend, Kate Hubbard, on Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, MX. It was a moment of relaxation during our catamaran/snorkeling trip... and felt simply restorative.

  • Analu Welch

    I hiked to the Lower Blue Lake in Ouray, CO.

  • Darby Roach

    As I rode my bicycle down from the Brennerpass high in the Italian Alps, I happened upon this abandoned house. It was early morning and the half light of dawn gave the scene an eerily beautiful feeling. Italian Alps, late September, 2012

  • Tom Cyr

    Sitting in the Madrid airport reading past journals letting chaos pass by. My journal entry: For airplane rides. For buses and strangers, rucksacks and hoodies. For the hope in new. The joy in silence and the feeling of a new destination. The satisfaction in the final click of your rucksack. The buzz in your veins, the pulsing in your bones. For your momentary pause, the feeling of your head in the clouds. Temporary it may be, it is your wanderlust fulfillment and like a distant lover, it will always call you back.

  • Maryke VanBeuzekom

    This is my most peaceful travel moment. This was taken in Durban, South Africa in 2010 from a lovely Bed and Breakfast called the NetCoral guest house. My husband and I went to South Africa for the World Cup in 2010 and visited many amazing places but this was our favorite. It was our first time to Africa and I picked this place specifically for Durban because it had beach access and we would be there for my husband's birthday. When we first arrived in Durban, we had to quickly leave our bags and rush off to get to a game so we hadn't even seen the view yet. We had flown in from Johannesburg the day after seeing another game and been awake for 24 hours straight. It felt like we were on the Amazing Race! We got back late at night and the next morning we finally were able to explore. The minute we stepped into the backyard of the property and I could hear the waves from the beach, breathe in the air and gaze at this amazing view, a rush of calm overwhelmed me. This particular day we didn't have to fly on a plane, rush to get to a game on time or go anywhere other than our current backyard to enjoy the beach and warm Indian Ocean. It was one of the best days of my entire life and I will never forget that feeling. Here's to more calming travel for us all!

  • Jocelyne Kerrigan

    This is the most peaceful view overlooking the mountains, olive groves, vineyard and the sea of the Mediterranean from Pendamodi Crete.

  • Anne Luntungan

    Bled Island, Slovenia

  • Northern Minnesota, near Side Lake

  • The Bliss of Bozburun, Turkye

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lynne_Nieman"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1099416436/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lynne_Nieman">Lynne Nieman</a>:<br />This image comes courtesy of Karia Bel Hotel in the lovely seaside village of Bozburun, Turkey near the town of Marmaris. Karia Bel is a beautiful boutique hotel sitting on the Aegean Sea where you can just relax and do nothing. Pure bliss!

  • Bliss in Rio

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/hp_blogger_Annemarie Dooling"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/68702455/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/hp_blogger_Annemarie Dooling">HuffPost Blogger Annemarie Dooling</a>:<br />2012 trip to Rio de Janeiro

  • Santorini, Greece

    Photo taken by <a href="http://www.smitaphotoblog.com">Smita Malhotra</a>

  • Key West, Florida

    Sunday stroll from Smathers Beach to Higgs Beach, Key West, Florida. Photo taken by Jane & Dave Evans

  • Key West, Florida

    Sunday stroll from Smathers Beach to Higgs Beach, Key West, Florida. Photo taken by Jane & Dave Evans