Planning to take a trip to Machu Picchu to get that same selfie that everyone’s got on their Instagram and dating profile? Come on now, that’s so unoriginal. It’s boring. Are you a boring person? We didn’t think so.
Door To Hell
Ever been to Turkmenistan before? No? It’s a country in Central Asia, right beside Kazakhstan. Have you even heard of it? No still? You know, where Borat is from. Well of course, Borat isn’t a reason to go. But visiting the ‘Door to Hell’ is. It’s a huge crater that has been non-stop burning, and fascinating millions of people for over 30 years. Think of the Sarlac pit from Star Wars, except, on fire.
Poland. Not just for its sausages and Auschwitz museum anymore. Because one of it’s hidden treasures is hidden deep in the woods. We’re talking about the ‘Crooked Forest’. The forest where all the trees are literally twisted and bent. No one knows how this phenomenon even occurred. But many visitors think the locals had something to do with it.
Feel like going on a bit of a religious experience? Then head over to Georgia to see the Guidestones. Called the ‘Guidestones’ because engraved on them is 10-commandments – in 8 different languages no less. Thou shall not skip this tourist attraction!
Also known as the ‘river of 5 colors’, Caño Cristales is not just Columbia’s most colorful body of water – but also the world’s. In fact, it’s considered the most beautiful river in the world because of its rainbow effect. But if you’re going to take a selfie (and a dip in it), make sure to visit during the transition between wet and dry season (September – November). Otherwise you’ll just see a regular uncolored body of water.
Here’s yet another colorful attraction: the Fly Geyser in the Nevada Desert. This beautiful mound of 3 massive, and very colorful rocks, was accidentally created back in 1916 during some well-drilling. Now it’s continuously spouting water five feet high into the air.
Now here’s a sight to behold – especially from space as it’s more than 30 miles wide – the Richat Structure, otherwise known as the ‘Eye of the Sahara’ deep in the Sahara desert. While you may not notice how enormous it is while standing in it, if you can manage to get yourself a 8-mile long selfie stick – then you’ll snap yourself one hell of a pic.
Travertine Pools of Pamukkale
How about a trip to Turkey. There you’ll get to witness one of the most ethereal sites you ever will see – the Travertine Pools of Pamukkale. These hot springs have slowly developed over the years from a build up of white mineral deposits, creating what looks like some very well designed man-made terraces.
McMurdo Dry Valleys
Ever wonder what it’d be like to visit Mars? Well the McMurdo Dry Valleys in the Antarctic is the closest thing you’ll get here on earth, as the area is completely void of any terrestrial vegetation. It’s bleak, baron, but perfect for those want to be the only form of life within a 200 mile radius.
Hey Machu Picchu lovers; there’s a far more majestic mountain to take your selfies on. And that’s Mount Roraima in Brazil. It’s quite the unusual mountain as its peak is completely flat, dense with all sorts of flora and fauna. Some people refer to it as ‘Mount Olympus’, as it looks like the same mountain you’d see Zeus living on.
The Badlands Guardian
See the head of a Native American wearing a full headdress? It’s easy to spot from space, or Google earth. Just go to coordinates: 50, 0’36.30?N, 110 6’42.82?W and you’ll see it right there smack dab in Alberta’s badlands, Canada. Or, go see it for yourself in person!
Tuscany is one of Italy's most renowned regions for many compelling reasons. Deemed to be an absolutely romantic spot, Tuscany makes people fall in love with its gorgeous countryside, wonderful cuisine, mountain paths, breezy sea coast and pleasant sunny weather.
Travel & Leisure Tip/Fact #2
Contrary to the common perception about New York City, that of a posh city laden with skyscrapers and some massive landmarks, the place actually has a significant amount of greenery. Almost 14 percent of NYC is covered by greenery. When tourists get weary of the city's chaotic traffic, sightseeing and other activities, they can find relief in its numerous parks. These parks are ideal for travelers of various profiles including the kids and students.
Travel & Leisure Tip/Fact #3
Guests staying in London will want to be at the centre of the city to reach attractions and the business hub easily. The best place to book is the Park Grand London Paddington hotel that is ideally found at the heart of the English capital. The accommodation is near many famous landmarks and transport links allowing tourists to get around the city with ease. The four-star residence is perfect for families, large groups and couples on a romantic trip.