Photo credit: Trey Ratcliff
Koekohe Beach, New Zealand
Along the Otago cost of New Zealand, these strangely spherical boulders can be found in clusters on the Koekohe Beach. Scientists believe the Moeraki Boulders were carved from mudstone and shaped by waves and landslide but local Māori legend cites the masses as the remains of a shipwreck from hundreds of years ago. Either way, these monster rocks (some can have a diameter of over 7 feet) are beautiful and need to be witnessed in person. Tip: get there at sunrise. Not only for the beautiful lighting, but also to catch the low tide.
Photo credit: Frank Kovalchek
Lake Peyto, Canada
There are so many beautiful sights in Canada, so we understand if you can’t make it to Lake Peyto the first time around. But this glacier-fed lake is a must-see if you are near Alberta or hiking the Canadian Rockies. The best lookout point is Bow Summit, and the best time to visit is post-summer, after the glacial rock flour gives the lake this incredible turquoise glow.
Photo credit: James Marvin Phelps
Nike Rock, Nevada
Nevada is home to some pretty stunning topography, especially within Valley of Fire State Park. The name was no coincidence, it came about from the red-tinted sandstone formations, that at certain angles reflect the sun’s rays and appear to be on fire. This particular sight, Nike Rock, is located a mere 50 miles away from Vegas, so next time you are considering mortgaging your house on a game of blackjack, drag yourself away from the strip just long enough to witness this.
Photo credit: Marc Bergbauer
We’re aware that France is not an unpopular tourist destination. The country is home to diverse culture, great wine, and croissants so good they’ll melt your brain. But venture outside of Paris and down to the Southern coast of France, and you won't regret it. Apart from beautiful beaches and small towns, there are places where entire communities make their living growing lavender. Swing by Apt, Castellet, or Plateau de Valensole in Provence, shown here, to smell lavender in the air and get the best night’s sleep of your life.
Photo credit: Larry Johnson
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole, Wyoming is one of those polarizing places: either you’ve never heard of it and you’re oblivious to its charms, or you’ve been and you become a die-hard, life-long admirer. The valley is nestled in The Grand Tetons, home to some of the best skiing in the states. But those who’ve strayed from the beaten path and visited this destination in the fall months – low season – are rewarded with this view, these colors, and the whole place to yourselves.
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There is no greater path to relaxation than a beach vacation and bottomless margaritas. Next time you’re itching to get out of the cubicle and come back with a sunburn you’ll regret for a month, we encourage you to book a flight to the Maldives, a group of islands off the coast of India. Not only is it more original than revisiting Cabo or Palm Beach, but you’ll get to immerse yourself in Maldivian culture and perhaps wake up to sunsets like this, seen from the island of Thinadhoo.
Photo credit: Stefano Liboni
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Speaking of really, really, really good-looking beaches, Whitehaven Beach might be as close as you’ll get to heaven on Earth. This island off the coast of Australia, Whitsunday Island, is renowned for it’s pristine beaches, cerulean waters, and snow-white sand. Convinced, yet? If you ever make it down under, drag yourself away from the cities long enough to island hop through paradise.
Photo credit: Brett Davies
Cambodia isn’t your typical vacation destination, but that doesn’t scare us off — challenge accepted. One of the must-see countries if you’re touring Southeast Asia, this complicated, beautiful place will steal your heart. If you do fall in love, venture outside of more-visited places like Angkor Wat or Phnom Penh to places like this, Kampot, where you can really get a feel for the culture and the people.
Photo credit: Andy Price
When is the last time you’ve heard anyone talk about their most recent trip to Namibia? If you answered anything other than “never,” please stop lying to us. However, Namibia is famous for sandy skylines that will have you wondering why you’ve never been. Sossusvlei, seen here, is home to these orange and pink-hued sand dunes as well as petrified trees reminiscent of Joshua Tree in California. Certainly not a popular tourist destination, but a great excuse to visit Africa.
Photo credit: Paulo Araujo
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Your first instinct might be to assume this photograph was photoshopped. Before you do, google the Fairy Pools of Scotland. Every picture is as, or even more, beautiful than this one. The Isle of Skye, where you can find these whimsical waterfalls, is the largest island off the Northeast coast of the mainland. Unusually cold all year round, the River Brittle might deter you from swimming but will have you taking hundreds of photos. Bonus points if you visit in a kilt.
Photo credit: David W
Upsala Glacier, Argentina
Upsala Glacier is an expansive valley glacier nestled in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Notice how many of these places are protected by national parks? That’s no accident. This one, in fact, is very strictly regulated and therefore not frequently visited. For many years, this glacier made headlines for its rapid retreat, thought to be caused by global warming. This is a lesson to see everything we want to see, while we still can.
Photo credit: Pedro Szekely
Zabriskie Point, California
This epic sunset was witnessed at Zabriskie Point, located in Death Valley National Park in southern California. The rock formations seen are part of the Amargosa Range, known for the abundance of sediment accumulated from Furnace Creek Lake, which dried up 5 million years ago. Dang! We just missed it.