What’s life if not for creating interesting experiences? And we think being a travel junkie is one of the best ways to make your time worthwhile on the planet! 🙂 Check out our quick roundup of 24 stunning places that can get you to book that long due travel ticket.
- Pamukkale, Turkey
Pronounced as pah-MOOK-kah-leh, the word Pamukkale literally means “cotton castle” in Turkish. Pamukkale is Turkey’s most-visited tourist attractions and is a perfect blend of manmade and natural beauty. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the turquoise blue mineral water pools before heading out to savor the well-preserved ruins of the Greek-Roman city, Hierapolis.
2. Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan
If you love flowers, this place would be nothing short of paradise for you! Covering an area of 190 hectares in the Japanese city of Hitachinaka, the Hitachi Seaside Park features blooming flowers all year long. During spring this park is magically transformed with the blooming of more than 4.5 million baby blue eye flowers. These pretty blue flowers cover the rolling green hills, blending with the skies in a fascinating display of natural beauty.
3. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Located in the Santa Cruz Province of Argentina, Perito Moreno Glacier is considered as the 8th wonder of the world for the staggering beauty it puts on display. You can sip coffee in a lovely cafe overlooking the glacier or simply stroll down the wooden trail directly opposite the glacier.
4. Benagil Cave, Algarve, Portugal
Dotting Portugal’s southern coast in the Algarve region is located this gorgeous grotto, a natural cavity, in the tiny town of Benagil. One of the interesting facets about this cave is that it offers alluring views which vary according to the time of the day. The only way to reach the cave is by water.
5. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
As the world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni is a photographer’s paradise with its vast, never-ending expanse of mirror-like finish and the constant play of light. As a legacy of a prehistoric lake that dried up, Salar de Uyuni is now a desert of glistening white salt. Due to the reflective nature of this landscape, Salar de Uyuni is also nicknamed the world’s largest mirror.
6. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland
The splendidly still and crystal clear bluish-green pools of River Brittle are a complete feast for the eyes. Situated in a scenic mountainous location, the natural beauty of Fairy pools may just inspire the poet in you. And if you’re brave enough for a dip in the cool waters of these pools, you’d be rewarded with a glorious experience for sure.
7. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand, India
Blue Himalayan mountains, foamy white clouds and green meadows full of colorful flowers of every shape and size? Sounds like heaven, isn’t it? Well, this slice of heaven awaits you at the incredible Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand, India.
8. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, USA
One of the three largest hot springs on the planet and the largest in the United States, the Grand Prismatic Spring located in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, packs in a stunning display of colors. The name of this spring derives from the fact that it is in fact rainbow colored and follows the spectrum of a white light through a prism.
9. Santorini, Greece
The crescent-shaped Santorini islands make for the perfect romantic getaway. Ample sunshine, golden sand, azure sea and the quaintness of its pretty Grecian town with whitewashed cubiform buildings, makes Santorini the perfect place to dream and relax.
10. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
The word Ha Long translates to ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’ and this otherworldly name suits this place to a tee. Where else can you have this transcendental experience of cruising through emerald waters surrounded by towering limestone islands, topped by rainforests?
11. Spitzkoppe, Namibia
These granite peaks offer gorgeous views and are one of the most popular tourist haunts in Namibia. Several ancient Bushmen paintings drawn on the rocks here are like an icing on the cake. It is a lovely experience walking in this majestic landscape and climbing about in its atypical rock formations.
12. Laguna Pehoe, Chile
Located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, Laguna Pehoe or Lake Pehoe is a hikers’ paradise. The lush greenery combined with the magnificence of the mountains surrounding the lake make for an enthralling camping experience here.
13. Lake Hillier, Australia
I think the cosmos love to break rules and this pink-colored Lake Hillier just goes on to show this rebellious streak of Mother Nature. Located off the south coast of Western Australia, in the Goldfields-Esperance region, lies this pink-colored beauty which is only accessible by air. The pink colored is attributed to a special kind of salt-loving microbe present in this salty lake. A pretty sight to see from above is this soft pink lake offering a striking contrast to the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean next to which it sits.
14. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
If you ever dreamt of climbing one of the tallest peaks in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro will just make your dream come true. As the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest peak in Africa, it is also one of the most accessible high summits, offering stunning wildlife views on the way up.
15. Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
One of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss not only offers mesmerizing views of its thin cascade falling down the cliff but its well-placed location in an equally scenic location adds much to its picturesque beauty. The unique feature of this waterfall is that it is probably the only one in the world which has a footpath behind it at the bottom of the cliff. This makes it possible to walk behind this waterfall.
16. Macchu Picchu, Peru
As the relic of the Incan civilization, the Macchu Picchu is one of the most popular UNESCO world heritage site that is full of ancient mysteries and secrets. The best time to visit this Incan citadel set high in the Andes mountains is late May to early September.
17. Rainbow mountains or Zhangye Danxia Landform, China
Looking at these rainbow mountains in China, it is hard to believe that something like this actually exists on earth. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, the rainbow colors of the Zhangye Danxia Landform are attributed to the minerals and rocks that came together over due to geological processes that took place over thousands of years.
18. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
As the largest waterfall in the world, Victoria falls is one of those must-see places in a lifetime. With a width of 1.7 kilometers (1 mile) and height of 108 meters (360 ft), the columns of spray of this waterfall can be seen from miles away. In fact, for this particular reason, it was also described as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ meaning ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the nineteenth century.
19. Vatnajokull Glacier Cave, Iceland
It’s a surreal experience walking in a cave of ice, isn’t it? Vatnajokull Glacier cave is the biggest glacier in Iceland and the largest glacier mass in Europe which offers you that exclusive opportunity of walking inside it. Ice caves are a rare phenomenon so walking in this amazing glacier cave is certainly one of those astounding travel experiences that shouldn’t be missed.
20. Lake Moraine, Canada
Situated in the beautiful Valley of the Ten Peaks, Lake Moraine is a glacially-fed lake that reflects a gorgeous shade of blue. One of the most popular tourist retreats, Lake Moraine offers breathtaking views against the backdrop of snow-clad mountains and deep green coniferous trees.
21. Tulip fields, Netherlands
Come Mid-April and tulips in Netherlands would be in full bloom offering a complete feast to the eyes. These bright red, pink and yellow flowers transform this country into a colorful patchwork of flowers which puts this time of the year in Netherlands on top of the travel bucket list of any wanderluster worth their salt.
22. Detian Waterfall, China and Vietnam
Straddling the borders between Vietnam and China, the Detian waterfall is a pristine spot with deep green pools and snowy white cascades located in a lush green surroundings which heighten their charm.
23. Leh Ladakh, India
As one of the best places to visit in India, Leh Ladakh is a heavenly place cradled by the majestic Himalayas. Full of austere valleys, monasteries, deep blue lakes, friendly mountain people and monks, this is the place made of dreams.
24. Emerald Lakes, New Zealand
Located on The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park, in New Zealand, visiting the Emerald Lakes is considered to be the most popular one-day Hike in New Zealand. And the best part is throughout your hike you’ll be rewarded with splendid volcanic scenery.
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