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Zhangjiajie National Forest

It’s hard to dream up a place like the floating Hallelujah Mountains from Avatar. Luckily, the producers and directors didn’t have to look too far afield, just to China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. The stone peaks covered in vegetation tower high into the air – some are over 3,000... Read More

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Lake Retba

Colorful lakes never cease to amaze me, obviously. And Lake Retba, or as the locals call it, Lac Rose, in Senegal isn’t an exception. While the intensity of the hue fluctuates, the pretty pink water certainly stands out against the Senegal landscape. ... Read More

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Yuanyang Rice Terraces

The Yuanyang Rice Terraces line the slopes of southern China. It’s said that 1,000 years ago, the local Hani people sculpted these rice terraces with their bare hands! Together, they transformed the then-barren valleys into a profitable and plentiful rice-baring Eden. ... Read More

The Dead Sea

Of all the amazing locations that I’ve written about so far, The Dead Sea is the only place I’ve witnessed first-hand. And boy is it true what they say about this incredible body of water. I dare you to try and submerge yourself fully here. It won’t happen. It’s not... Read More

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

Croatia is becoming a very hot vacation destination, so why not brush up on it’s most popular tourist destination – Plitvice Lakes National Park? The national park (the first of its kind in Croatia) was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1979. The main draw of the... Read More

Mount Kelimutu

In Mt. Kelimutu National Park on Flores Island, Indonesia, you’ll come across three of the coolest lakes you’ll ever see – and then again, and again. Each of the three lakes are different colors…and they are constantly changing hues. Kelimutu in English means ‘the boiling lakes.’ The three bodies of water... Read More

Great Rann of Kutch

So you’ve seen the world’s largest salt flats, but the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, India, is the world’s largest salt marsh and desert! What’s a salt desert? During the monsoon season, the Rann plains are flooded with water from multiple rivers and sea water that’s blown in. But... Read More

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The Plain of Jars

This largely unknown UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Xieng Khouang plateau in Laos is dotted with thousands of stone jars. The first study of the archaeological site came to the initial conclusion that the jars were most likely associated with burial practices of protohistoric communities in the area.... Read More

Cave of Crystals

La Cueva de los Cristales, or The Cave of the Crystals rests nearly 1000 feet below one of Mexico’s most productive mines in Naica mountain in the Chihuahuan Desert. In 2000, the cave was discovered by two miner brothers who were excavating a new tunnel. The cave contains some... Read More

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Great Blue Hole

If you’re an avid scuba diver or adventure junkie, you’ve probably heard of, or maybe even experienced the Great Blue Hole in the Belize Barrier Reef (an UNESCO World Heritage Site). Around 10,000 years ago, the hole’s roof collapsed to reveal the previously concealed cave below. Measuring at around 1,000... Read More

Mount Roraima

Unassuming from afar, yet quite strikingly incredible close-up, Mount Roraima on the Venezuela-Brazil-Guyana border is a destination that deserves it’s own travel itinerary. The tepuy, or tabletop mountain, is nearly 9,000 feet high and sits inside Canaima National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). ... Read More

Jiuzhaigou Valley

Jiuzhai Valley National Park, or locally known as Jiuzhaigou (Chinese for “Nine Village Valley” because there are nine Tibetan villages scattered throughout the park), is one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Sure, that’s a lofty phrase, what with the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, but it’s true... Read More

Lençois Maranhenses National Park

Who said desert oases don’t exist? Lençois Maranhenses National Park is the only desert in the world with thousands of crystal clear freshwater lagoons. During the first half of the year, the sand dunes fill with water from the extensive rainy season. Then, during the dry season many of them disappear.... Read More

North Pole Ice Flowers

If you’re willing to make the trek to the end of the world, you might get to see this phenomenon that a grad student at the University of Washington and his professor stumbled upon in the Arctic Ocean back in 2012: Ice Flowers! ... Read More

Valley of Flowers

Nature lovers and avid gardeners will definitely delight in this amazing natural sight: The Valley of Flowers National Park high in West Himalaya, India. The park, nestled between snow-capped peaks, is blanketed in beautiful alpine flowers. The central valley of the park occupies around three square miles, and the lowest... Read More