They are breathtaking, they are jaw dropping, they are top of the list of places you must visit at least once in your life. Let the stunning architectural feats, and tropical paradise planet Earth has to offer, allow your mind to drift into the never ending abyss. Here are 10 beautiful places that will likely fill your bucket list for many years to come and should try to visit even a third of these amazing places.
1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is the most celebrated island in the South Pacific. Also known as the “Jewel of the South Seas”, it is one of the few places on Earth that everyone hopes to witness at least once in their lifetime. It comes as no surprise that the island is an internationally acclaimed honeymoon destination. Couples who visit feel as if they have escaped to a private oasis since they are able to share a special moment of marital bliss. The island was once was a volcano, which has subsequently subsided and formed a barrier reef.
2. Palawan Island, Philippines
Palawan Island is the largest island in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. It is a long island,
the fifth largest in the Philippines, which has been voted the world’s most beautiful island; more than once. Teeming with exotic wildlife, quaint fishing villages, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Palawan Island
seems to fulfill most people’s ideals when looking for a true tropical paradise. Palawan Island is kept undeveloped, so people can enjoy the sheer beauty of the white sandy beaches, mountains, jungles and everything it has to offer.
3. Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss, also known as ‘Seljalands waterfall’, is a splendid waterfall that can be found in Southern Iceland. This incredible and powerful waterfall, is very popular in Icelandic photography. The pathway to the waterfall actually leads directly behind the waterfall making it one of the few in the world that it is possible to walk behind. The area behind the waterfall also features a small cave where visitors can enjoy a truly unique viewpoint.
4. Vaadhoo Island, The Maldives
The Maldives is already known as “Heaven on Earth”. The Vaadhoo Island, a tiny island with just over 500 inhabitants, is known as one of the most jaw dropping places on Earth. During the day, tourists enjoy the white sandy beaches and blue waters. However, by night, a truly unique and breathtaking spectacle takes place, which gives the island the nickname, “the sea of stars”. The beach around the islands glows a beautiful blue at night, giving the impression of the sky and its stars sitting on the beach. The glow is caused by phytoplankton and a natural chemical reaction called bioluminescence. The spectacular phenomena is one of nature’s rarest event and if you wish to see it, visit the Maldives.
5. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Located in Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. Spanning over 4,000 square miles, it is roughly 100 times the size of the Bonneville Salt Flats in the United States. While the wet season and dry season both have their charm, the salt flats look surreal especially during the rainy season. During the rainy season, the water turns this Bolivian salt flat into the world’s largest mirror. It’s been called “the border between heaven and Earth”.
6. Provence, France
France itself is a popular place for tourists, but the historic region of Provence is extremely popular among travelers. Because of the diverse landscapes, rolling vineyards, olive groves, pine forests, lavender fields and mild climate, it is a year-round tourist attraction. Located between the mountains and the sea, the region mainly focuses on tourism rather than industrialization. Filled with warm, friendly people, festivities, and lively cultural life, it is the perfect destination for everyone.
7. Svalbard, Norway
The Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole is a very fascinating place. The northernmost settlement has a population less than 3,000. In fact, there are more polar bears than people, and four months a year, you experience 24 hours daylight. Less than 10% of the landmass has any vegetation and Svalbard is technically classified as a desert due to the cold temperatures and low humidity. It also contains the Global Seed Vault, which contains more than one million seed samples from all over the world, which could save humanity as we know it.
8. Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon, in the US state of Arizona, is considered by many to be one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Stretching more than 270 miles, the Grand Canyon itself can influence the weather. Since it spans from around 2,000 feet to over 8,000 feet in elevation, visitors are able to experience a variety of weather conditions. In fact, the temperature generally increases by 5.5 degrees with each 1,000-feet loss in elevation. It is also one of the most visited national parks in the United States, with an estimated 6 million people visiting every year.
9. Plitvice Lake, Croatia
Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. Although there are countless places to visit, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is extremely popular among visitors. Plitvice is a group of 16 natural lakes and is a UNESCO heritage site with breathtaking views and unique turquoise waters. Since Plitvice weather is almost always nice, you can visit the lakes all year round.
10. Bagan, Myanmar
Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. It is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world, with some of them dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries. Bagan also has a relatively stable climate that ensures more sunshine than any other city in Myanmar. Although walking the narrow streets among the temples and pagodas is the best way to see the city of temples, you can also ride hot air balloons to get a different perspective.