Sometimes in life, you just need to GTFO of wherever you are and see something beautiful. In fact, every time I visit a beach, particularly in the Caribbean where the water is clear and turquoise, I'm like...wait, why don't I live somewhere more visually appealing? And um, I still don't really have an answer for that.
One of the most beautiful places I've been to is Cinque Terre on the Italian Rivieria. My college roommate Claire and I took a day trip there when we were studying abroad in Florence. Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an Italian national park, literally means "five lands" in Italian, and it's made up of five villages--Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. There isn't a ton to do there, but that's perfect. Hike through the villages (there is a path, and I use the term "hike" loosely...you know me) or sit, decompress, and sunbathe on the rocks of the cliffs that oversee the Gulf of Genoa (I think...geography is not my strong suit).
So if you can't GTFO of town to somewhere beautiful anytime soon, here's a little travel eye candy courtesy of Cinque Terre and the photography stylings of sophomore-year Staci.
P.S. These are pre-Instagram, so like #nofilter, #duh.