Depending on who’s talking, there are about 196 countries in the world today. If I didn’t spend so much on coffee, San Francisco Bay Area rent, and student loans – all of which are non-negotiable – I would probably see more of it. Besides the United States, I spent four years of my childhood in Spain and two and a half years of my adult life in Japan.
Below, you’ll find 26 places across the globe that are out of this world.
#1. Rubens would love this full-figured tree.
Bottle Tree, Socotra Island, Yemen
#2. Cue in the villain music.
Door to Hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan
#3. Isn’t it wonderful when we leave nature be? This is the stuff of dreams.
Marble Cathedral, Patagonia, Chile
#4. Baobab trees are believed to live for several thousand years and can grow up to 25 meters tall.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
#5. To learn more about these sandstones, researchers risked their lives in the northern region of Laos. Do some research to find out what happened to Laos during the Vietnam War.
Plain of Jars, Laos
#6. These falls saw its first tightrope walker in 1859. Would you be so daring?
Niagara Falls, Canada
#7. Did Juneau about this place?
Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska
#8. This beach makes me feel like a magical princess.
Glow Beach, Maldives
#9. Can you imagine walking across warm, white, sugary sand and finding this?
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão state, Brazil
#10. These magnificent rocky bands resemble a cinnamon Fruit Stripe.
Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, Gansu, China
#11. Dr. Seuss, we know where you got your inspiration from.
Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki, Japan
#12. Over 13 million golden and moon jellyfish inhabit this lake. Would you swim with them?
Ongeim’l Tketau (Jellyfish Lake), Eil Malk Island, Palau
#13. This wetland is known for its wildlife. Do you know anyone that belongs here?