We are blessed to be living in a planet that’s filled with indescribable wonders. That’s why it would be such a shame if you don’t explore the many breathtaking destinations in the planet.
Meteora, in Greek, means ‘suspended in the air’. It is a collection of monasteries that are perched on top of inaccessible sandstone peaks, which were built with extreme difficulty during the 15th century. Originally, there 24 of them, but 4 remain to house religious communities. Meteora is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
In Spanish, Salar de Uyuni means salt flat, making this place the largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers. It was originally part of a massive prehistoric lake called Lake Minchin. Thanks to a few meters of salt crust and water, this place is considered one of the largest mirrors on the planet.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Located in the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam, Halong Bay is renowned for its emerald waters and over a thousand towering limestone islands filled with rainforests. You can join a junk boat tour or sea kayak expedition to explore islands named after their shapes, including Teapot and Stone Dog. It’s also a popular spot for rock climbing, hiking and scuba diving.
Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan
The Hitachi Seaside Park is the springtime paradise a lot of people are dreaming of with its massive palette of colors that change from season to season. In spring for example, the nemophilas bloom all throughout the park, making you feel like you’re in powdery blue heaven. As summer turns to fall, the green bushes becomes a sea of crimson that look like apple-flavored cotton candy.
Naica Mine, Mexico
This working mine is famous for its extraordinary selenite crystals or gypsum, which are as big as 4 feet in diameter and as long as 50 feet. These astonishingly unique formations are petitioned by scientists to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO to protect it for future generations.
There are still so many marvelous places to explore. But you can start your travel bucket list with these five magnificent destinations.
Photos by: Elisa Triolo, Madeleine Deaton, Lawrence Murray, ajari