30 Places to Visit Before You Kick the Bucket

Our planet is truly wonderful, and there’s so much beauty around us that it seems impossible to see all these magical places. But maybe each of us has a list of places we’re eager to see.
We at Think About Network thought hard and made a list of 30 beautiful places we would surely like to visit. Here are our dream travels!

Admire the tenderness of Japanese blooming gardens

Kawachi Fuji, Ueno, and Hitsujiyama gardens during the cherry, phlox, and wisteria blossom season.

Walk the Inca Trail to the sacred city of Machu Picchu

The ancient way built by the Incas 600 years ago first dives into the jungle, then climbs high into the mountains, and at the end a real miracle awaits travelers: ’The City In The Sky,’ the sacred city of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu.

Go on a safari in Kenya and feed a giraffe

Look into the crystal-clear glacial Moraine Lake in the mountains of Canada

Admire the play of colors in the rice terraces of Yuanyang County, China

Freeze with excitement looking at the northern lights above the ’Waterfall of the Gods’ — the Godafoss in Iceland

Climb the ’Stairway to Heaven’ in Hawaii

Listen to the echo in the shining ice caves of Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland

Explore the serene blue lagoons of the Fiji islands

Swim in the world’s most dangerous ’Devil’s pool,’ situated over an abyss on the edge of Victoria Falls

Visit a home of the gods — the Angkor Wat Temple complex in Cambodia

Walk the incredible Bastei Bridge in Saxon Switzerland

Listen to the soothing sound of the Plitvice Lakes waterfalls in Croatia

Ride a camel next to the Great Pyramids of Giza

Enjoy the perfect harmony of Kizhi’s wooden lace and northern nature

Unravel the mystery of Stonehenge

Feel the spirit of the Middle Ages in Albarracin, Spain

This is a totally unique city in the mountains where you can easily forget that you live in the 21st century. It is called the most beautiful city in Spain, and it’s famous for its unique door handles, forged by local blacksmiths.

Ride in a hot air balloon over Cappadocia and live in an ancient house in the rocks

Go to the impossibly stunning Provence

Explore the heavenly beautiful Azores in Portugal

Walk in the baobab grove in Madagascar

’Walk the skies’ in the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

See the Martian landscapes of American canyons

Arizona river bend named ’Horseshoe’ (top); views of Zion canyon in Utah, USA.

Swim on the stunning Railay beaches in Thailand

Finally see the majestic Valley of Geysers on Kamchatka and, hopefully, the bears

Explore thousands of sculptures in Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India

Ride along the canals of Venice

Descend into a mysterious well, symbolizing the 9 circles of hell, in the gothic Quinta da Regaleira

This well is the main mystery of one of Portugal’s most romantic castles. The spiral gallery around it has nine levels, each having fifteen stairs. These nine levels represent the nine circles of hell, purgatory, and paradise, described by Dante. There’s a shining triangle on the well’s wall — the symbol of the Freemasons.

Touch eternity in the magnificent ice of Antarctica

Remember the crazy colors of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia

Enjoy the wisper of the waves in Greece

Which places on the globe are on your to-visit list? Share with us in the comments.
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15 gorgeous places you need to visit before they fill up with tourists

When we want to relax on vacation, many of us often just choose the most popular places where everyone already goes without much forethought. For some reason, we think to ourselves: “The more tourists, the better the place must be.” But this is not always true. Out there around the world, there are large number of places akin to a real paradise on Earth, but which strangely have not yet become very popular among travellers.
We chose 15 utterly magical places where you will be able to get away from the fuss and bustle of the crowds and really soak up the tranquillity.

Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

Just 300 people live in Jose Ignacio, but in winter (that is, during the South American summer), this city is clogged up with Latin American superstars, such as Shakira. That’s why you can find such things as luxury hotels and fashionable restaurants there. Jose Ignacio is the perfect place for people who have the means to enjoy a bit of luxury but can’t find the privacy they crave.

Koh Rong, Cambodia

If you want a break from civilization, then you definitely need to visit the island of Koh Rong. No skyscrapers, noise or cars here. There’s only silence, some peaceful fishing villages, and unspoiled nature. Koh Rong is sometimes described as “What Thailand was like 20 years ago.”

Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a strikingly beautiful land with a diverse culture and a rich history. Tourism is not a particularly well-developed sector of the economy here, although there are many places of interest: Maharaj mansions, the world’s largest mangrove coast, and the planet’s longest beach.

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia is one of the cheapest tourist cities out there, at least compared with other European capitals. The primary city of Bulgaria has a rich store of breathtaking historic architecture that is guaranteed to astound you. According to some experts, Sofia will not stay in the background of the tourist industry for much longer — very soon it’s going to be discovered by more and more people, and will get inundated with tourists.

Ambergris Caye, Belize

The island of Ambergris Caye has a rich history. At various times, Indian Mayans, whale hunters and buccaneers have all lived there. Ambergris Caye today attracts divers from all around the world — it’s located near the Belize Barrier Reef, which is the second longest reef in the world.

Myanmar

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a small country in Southeast Asia. The word “Myanmar“ means ”fast”, and there’s a good reason for this: Only around 300,000 people visited the country in 2010, but three years later, that number had ballooned to over 2 million tourists. Tourism in the country is developing rapidly, but there is still time to go ride a boat on the isolated Inle Lake and catch the sunset reflecting off the Shwedagon Paya.

Roatan, Honduras

Cruise liners started to visit the coast of Roatan only in 2005. Truth be told, this is probably because Honduras is not one of the safest places in the world. Roatan began to gain popularity with the appearance of divers, who come to the island to see the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. On the island itself, you have the chance to go fishing, and you can also explore the Cayos Cochinos archipelago.

Apulia, Italy

A vacation in Apulia will certainly be memorable: the azure sea, the red earth, golden sunsets, and most importantly, very hospitable locals. Besides lying on the beach, there are many places of interest which you can visit: Bari castle, the Santa Croce basilica, and the archaeological museum of Rignano Garganico.

Zambia and Zimbabwe

Yes, we know — this stunningly beautiful place similar to Victoria Falls is already known to all. But it’s located close to Hwange National Park, which hardly anyone knows about. The park is enormous — 14,600 sq. km. It boasts lakes, rare plants and wild African animals and birds. Hwange is proud of its elephants (there are more than 30,000 of them there).

Busan, South Korea

While the hordes of tourists still head for Seoul, you’d better visit the second biggest South Korean city, Busan. It often gets called “the summer capital of Korea” because of its many beaches. Moreover, Busan is famous for its art museum, open bird sanctuary and a fish market.

Manila, Philippines

Manila is the second largest city in the Philippines. It boasts utterly delicious and cheap food. A three-course dinner in Manila will cost you only $18, whereas in pretty much any other big city you’ll get the same thing for $95. The city also has many attractions: old churches, beautiful palaces, monasteries and museums.

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc is quite simply paradise. The island is surrounded by snow-white sand beaches, water as pure as crystal, and emerald green jungles. Here you can go diving, canoeing and visiting the various farms. A vacation on Phu Quoc offers the chance to experience a tremendous feeling of unity with nature.

York, Great Britain

York is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in England. It has everything that there should be in an English town — pubs, tea houses, coffee shops, churches, old buildings, and so on. One of the main attractions of York is the truly magnificent cathedral (it is already more than 500 years old). The chances are that more and more tourists will be rushing to York in the next few years, so hurry up and enjoy it in peace!

Kep, Cambodia

Beginning 1908, Kep was the favourite destination of the French elite living in Cambodia. It was famous for its fantastic restaurants and expensive villas. But after years of civil war, the colonial Riviera was left in ruins. Despite this, nowadays Kep is a great place to relax.

Salinas Grandes, Argentina

This salt desert is in fact a large salt marsh, 250 km long and 100 km wide. When it rains, it turns into a giant mirror. Although many railways and roads run through Salinas Grandes, it is still considered inaccessible and therefore not so popular among tourists.

This Is What Traditional Wedding Outfits Look Like Around the World

Today’s classical wedding dresses became popular only in the 19th century, thanks to Queen Victoria. She was the first woman to wear a white bridal gown. Before her, women would choose a traditional garment or a dress that fit the fashions of the day.
Now it’s rare to find a wedding dress that isn’t white. However, in some cultures, especially in Asia and Africa, the young couples still prefer traditional wedding attire. We here at Think About Network have gathered together photos of brides and grooms wearing traditional clothing for their wedding ceremony. They look amazing, don’t they?

Japan

At Japanese weddings, brides often wear two or more dresses throughout the ceremony — white and red.

Ghana

Ghanaian traditional weddings are very colorful. Their national cloth designs vary with different colors and patterns. Each family has its own cloth pattern.

Romania

Today, the vast majority of young Romanians prefer weddings with a modern style. However, traditional ceremonies can still be seen in more remote areas. Though Romania is not big, each of its regions has its own wedding costumes.

The Sami, Northern Europe

The Sami are the indigenous people living in Lapland. Their traditional dresses can tell you a lot about their owners. For example, square buttons mean that the person is married, while single people wear belts with round buttons.

Sri Lanka

The bride often becomes the center of attention on her wedding day. However, if you find yourself at a traditional Sri Lankan wedding, you most likely won’t be able to take your eyes off the groom.

India

Red or pink wedding dresses are the traditional garment of choice for brides in the Indian culture. In the northern regions, married women traditionally wear a red dot on the center of their forehead.

Scotland

In Scotland, the groom traditionally wears the kilt of his clan. After the wedding ceremony, the groom puts a shawl embellished with his clan’s colors around his bride’s shoulders to symbolize her membership in her new family.

Pakistan

Although Pakistan is an Islamic nation, its traditions have a lot in common with Indian customs. Drawing intricate henna patterns on the bride’s hands and wearing a red wedding dress are the most popular of them.

Ethiopia

This may surprise you, but Ethiopia is the only country in Africa where Christianity is the official religion. The majority of Ethiopian people belong to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. That is why the wedding ceremony here resembles that of Greeks or Russians.

Indonesia

Indonesian weddings can vary greatly from island to island. With more than 300 ethnic groups and 6 major religions, this country is a crossroad of various cultures and civilizations.

Caucasian peoples

At a traditional Caucasian wedding, the groom usually wears the Circassian coat and attaches a sword to his belt. The brides often choose a white wedding dress with national motifs.

China

Traditional wedding dresses in China are red. In this country, the color white symbolizes the time of mourning and funerals. After the marriage, the groom removes the red veil from the bride’s head.

Hawaii

In traditional Hawaiian weddings, the groom wears all white. Almost everyone who gets married here includes the flower garlands as a part of the wedding ceremony. And the brides often adorn their hair with fresh flowers.

Malaysia

In Malaysia, most wedding ceremonies are held in the Muslim tradition. The brides often choose a wedding dress with shades of purple, violet, or cream.

Yemenite Jews

Most Jewish communities have no special wedding garments. But Yemenite Jews are the exception to this rule. Girls here usually get married dressed in special outfits, which are inherited from their ancestors.

South Korea

Traditional weddings are becoming more and more popular in South Korea. According to the ancient tradition, the groom should carry his wife around the table on his back. This symbolizes that the bride can rely on her husband.

Norway

In Norway, it is common to wear bunad, a traditional Norwegian costume, for special occasions like weddings and christening parties.

Bali, Indonesia

Balinese weddings will definitely amaze you with their richness and magnificence. Traditional wedding clothing involves lots of intricate details. Moreover, during the ceremony both groom and bride usually wear crowns of gold on their heads.

Nigeria

Nigerian brides often choose bright wedding clothes and wear Gele, a Nigerian head tie. However, the grooms here look no less elegant than the women.

5 Intriguing Places You’re Not Allowed to Visit

There are many intriguing corners of the world that the vast majority of us will never have the opportunity to visit. And in every case, each one has its own reason for being so inaccessible. Such places inevitably attract intense interest on the part of tourists and adventure seekers, yet they remain almost impossible to reach.
Think About Network decided to lift the veil on the secrets of these locations and take a look at what’s hiding there.

Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, Virginia

Access restricted to high-ranking officials
Mount Weather is a secret refuge for the US government. The FEMA Operations Center is hidden underneath the mountain and is capable of running the country in the event of a catastrophe and any resulting emergency situation. Some of the center’s structures are built above ground, and these are administered and guarded by a separate branch of the security and emergency services. Inside, the center is governed by its own laws, and outsiders are strictly forbidden to enter.
Sources: wikipediatheguardian

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

A storage facility to be used in times of catastrophe
Within a mountainside on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, at a depth of 120 meters, a tunnel has been built within which a constant temperature of −18°С is maintained. The humidity is kept to a minimum, and the tunnel’s microclimate is regulated by an automated system. It is here that humanity’s last hope of reviving the natural world is safeguarded in case of an unforeseen cataclysmic event. Containers of seeds preserve the agricultural inheritance of all the world’s countries, and it is for this reason that not a single person can be allowed to enter for fear of damaging mankind’s chances of survival.
Source: wikipedia

Vale do Javari Reservation, Brazil

Specially isolated to protect indigenous tribes
Indigenous tribes have inhabited the jungles of the Amazon for many centuries. Aerial photographs prove the existence of those which still remain untouched by the outside world. In the Vale do Javari Reservation there are around 14 tribes that have no knowledge or experience of the outside world and whose lifestyle revolves around agriculture. Researchers have discovered an additional eight villages there, leading them to estimate that the combined population of the indigenous peoples may be as high as 2,000. For their safety and the preservation of their way of life, authorities banned people from entering an area of the Amazon rainforest equal to around 77,000 square kilometers.
Source: wikipedia

Club 33, New Orleans

The secret society that’s closed to all outsiders
In 1967, Walt Disney founded a club which gathered together famous investors, eminent public figures, and politicians under one roof. You’ll never be invited to visit “Club 33,” nor will anyone passing by its mysterious door ever find any clues as to its name. The rumor is that it’s not simply the number of members it has. For those who burn with enough curiosity, you can visit the club if you wait 14 years and pay a starting sum of $10,450 (for individuals) or $27,500 (for companies). In addition, each year individual and corporate members of the club have to pay $3,275 or $6,100 respectively to retain their membership.
Sources: wikipediaclub33disneyland

The magnetic island of Es Vedrà

Closed to protect people from the effects of unpredictable energy
The rocky island of Es Vedrà is one of the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain, and it is said to have the third most powerful degree of geomagnetic force on Earth (the first and second are the Bermuda Triangle and the North Pole). Yet the island has no metal deposits whatsoever, being formed entirely from volcanic rock. Here, technology falters, and you can’t trust your compass to point in the true direction — the arrow will swing chaotically in different directions. The mysterious Es Vedrà is swathed in legends and harrowing stories. The Spanish government has banned anyone from visiting the island, declaring it to be a nature reserve. Some claim that the local Spaniards occasionally organize illegal excursions to the island. All that you can do legally is observe the shore of the island from the water.

16 Awesome Things From Japan That Should Immediately Be Used Everywhere on Earth

Japan is an incredible country. What amazes us the most about the Land of the Rising Sun is that it rapidly produces lots of wonderful and useful things every year. We can’t help but admire all the beauty and splendor of Japanese culture, and we can’t wait to see the greatest achievements of Japanese creative minds used by the rest of the world.
We at Think About Network selected 16 awesome things from Japan that should immediately be used in every country of the world.

1. Public workouts

Physical exercises are performed in parks, at schools, and in offices.

2. Subway navigation for tourists

Each station is given a combination of numbers and letters to help foreigners travel around the city fairly easily even with minimal knowledge of Japanese.

3. Sending and receiving parcels right in the store

You can send and receive parcels at any store. No more standing in a long line at the post office!

4. Plastic cups filled with ice cubes for coffee

These cups are sold in FamilyMart and 7-Eleven. You just add the coffee after you have paid for the cup.

5. A hot water dispenser for noodles

Stores that sell instant noodles have a hot water dispenser at the exit. Enjoy your freshly made noodles on the spot!

6. Running routes next to the parks

Everyone can get changed, store their clothes in lockers, and go jogging after work.

7. Hard-boiled eggs in a package

A useful thing for those who value their time.

8. Toilets with the sink above the tank

This amazing innovation helps to conserve a lot of water.

9. Ordering food from a restaurant via vending machines

These machines are placed at the entrance to the restaurant.

10. Umbrella holders on bikes

This is a brilliant invention for all vehicles. Now there’s no such thing as bad weather.

11. Communal baths called Sento

These baths are the perfect place to unwind after a hard day at work. A ticket to such saunas is cheaper than a drink in a bar.

12. Butter grater

Spreading cold butter on bread is way too easy with this fascinating innovation.

13. Free umbrellas for everyone

Boxes with free-to-use umbrellas are placed at every bus stop and street in Japan. Anyone can take an umbrella for free when it’s raining and then drop it into any other similar box located around the city.

14. Automatic bicycle parking system

To solve the problem of overcrowded bike racks and storage, the city authorities developed an underground bicycle parking system. The complex itself looks like an elevator. You simply pay for the service, place the bicycle on the runway, and wait for the doors to open. Then the automatic system takes care of the rest. In order to get your bike back, you simply need to hold your card up to the scanner located next to the parking door.

15. Cooling spray

This spray helps Japanese people cool down on a hot summer day. It also comes in the form of a gel, the cooling effect of which lasts for several hours, and in the form of foam, which feels like a cold soda when applied to the skin.

16. Dispen Pak

A super convenient package for liquid condiments and sauces. Fold the package in half, and gently squeeze it to push the contents out of the hole in the center.

10 Incredible Cities That Have Changed Beyond Recognition

It seems that time is speeding up with each passing year. More and more changes take place in our lives, and the world around us evolves so fast it sometimes makes our heads spin. You can see this most graphically in big cities. Some of them looked completely different as little as ten years ago.
We thought it was time to take a quick trip back in time to see how much the world around has changed. Take a look — you’ll be amazed by what we found!

Singapore: The 1960s vs. now

Hong Kong: The 1960s vs. the present

Fortaleza, Brazil: 1980 vs. now

Shanghai, China: 1990 vs. the present

Toronto, Canada: 1930 vs. now

Seoul, South Korea: 1950 vs. the present day

Nairobi, Kenya: The 1960s and now

Beijing, China: The 1940s vs. the present

Melbourne, Australia: 1920 and today

Dubai, UAE: The 1980s vs. today

How Many Groceries Will $20 Buy You Around the World?

Just to satisfy our curiosity, we at Think About Network decided to find out about the food that people living in various corners of the world can buy while only having $20 in their pocket. It should be noted that for the purpose of this small study we used average costs throughout the mentioned countries.
Here’s what you can put into a shopping cart for $20.

10 Popular Stereotypes About China That Couldn’t Be Further From the Truth

10 Popular Stereotypes About China That Couldn’t Be Further From the Truth

Traveler and kung fu teacher Maria Pipenko has made an attempt to take down all those sad clichés that come to mind when we think about China. We at Think About Network publish her opinions for you to think over.
Let’s face it: China is a bit of an outcast of the world, from pushy Chinese tourists to the superficial impressions of those westerners who stay there.
I personally adore all things Chinese, and it always saddens me how a poor first impression can lead to so much misunderstanding. So I’ve decided to gather all the stereotypes and try to break them.
  • The Chinese don’t have manners, but that’s only our point of view on etiquette. A well-behaved Chinese person has a whole set of manners that western people often lack. Blowing your nose into a handkerchief or letting your friend pay for dinner are both very rude, but a polite Chinese person won’t ever mention this so as not to embarrass you. They always think about others first.
  • The cruel Chinese eat cats and dogs. I won’t argue with anybody about why eating cows or pigs is considered better. I’ll just quote one of my Chinese students: “How could you eat a dog? They’re our friends!” Yes, they sometimes eat dogs in China, but the number of people doing that is extremely small.
  • You can’t tell one Chinese person from another. Of course you can! Malaysian and Singapore Chinese are different, as are northern and southern continental Chinese. It’s all about getting used to your surroundings — you’ll soon notice their diversity.
  • All Chinese are short. Their shortness was connected with their diet, but in the last 20 years their well-being improved, and they’ve grown.
  • Chinese goods are poor quality. Of course, lots of cheap Chinese products are crap, but if you look at labels on almost any famous brands, you’ll see the same Made in China printed on them. The quality is defined by the ordering party, not the manufacturer.
  • China is a cheap country. There’s a huge cost gap between large cities and the provinces: you can rent a big apartment for $200 in central China, but you’ll have trouble finding even a small one for $500 in Shanghai. The only thing really cheaper here than in the West is eating out.
  • The Chinese only eat rice. Guys, Chinese cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world — even the sheer variety of vegetables is much larger here, let alone the ways of cooking or the assortment of spices. Chinese cuisine is an endless list of options depending on the season and region.
  • Severe punishments for drug crimes. Most foreigners are outraged by that, and, unlike other points on my list, this is the truth: China is harsh with drugs, the punishments ranging from long imprisonment to the death sentence. However, it’s not a whim, but a necessity. At the turn of the 20th century, about a third of China’s populace were opium addicts, so it’s no surprise that the Chinese government do everything to prevent this occurring again.
  • All Chinese people are kung fu masters. Right, and all Americans love hamburgers. Kung fu really is part and parcel of Chinese culture: no movie or TV show is shot without including kung fu fights. The number of adepts here is much larger than in the West, but most of them remain on quite a low level — let’s say, in line with amateur basketball.
  • One family — one child. I hadn’t even asked my friends if they had siblings before I found out they actually did, and not just one. The one-child rule is for big cities. In the provinces, parents just pay the fine when they register the second (or third) child or even leave them unregistered — which doesn’t really bother them. By the way, starting January 1, 2016, the Chinese are allowed to have two kids.
I hope my observations will help others realize that we all are people first of all. It’s important to try and understand the actions of people from other cultures before judging them.

15 Breathtaking Views of the World That Will Make You Dizzy with Wonder

There are places in this world which are so incredible that all you can do is stare open-mouthed. Here are 15 such places which are nothing short of breathtaking. We’re determined to visit them all one day. Quite simply, fantastic!

The bridge over the Dachstein glacier, Austria

Above the Dachstein glacier in Austria, you can find one of the highest bridges in the world. A superb view, to be sure, though if you’re not a fan of heights this might not be the best destination for you!

Where the Namib desert meets the Atlantic ocean

In the Namib Desert in southern Africa, you can find some of the highest and most impressive sand dunes in the world. They draw right up to the edge of the Atlantic ocean, creating a truly magical view.

The island of Skye, Scotland

The island of Skye in Scotland is renowned for its impressive landscape and incredible wilderness. It draws you to it with its thrilling, rugged landscape completely empty of people, its fierce and beautiful mountains, and ancient castles and clear blue lakes.

The Twelve Apostles, Australia

The Twelve Apostles is a row of limestone cliffs jutting out of the ocean just off the coast of Port Campbell National Park, Australia. They were formed by thousands of years of geological activity and the movements of the oceans.

Bagan, Myanmar

In the ancient city of Bagan you can find a multitude of Buddhist temples and monasteries. Long ago, there were more than 10,000 active religious centres here, and today there are still around 2,200 of them. Thanks to this, the landscape is like nothing else on Earth.

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Peak Victoria, located to the west of Hong Kong offers a magnificent view of this incredible city at night. It’s hard to imagine that you could find a more impressive urban landscape anywhere on Earth.

The Moon Bridge, Taiwan

The Moon Bridge is the main attraction of Dahu Park in the city of Taipei, Taiwan. It’s lit up by the water during the hours of twilight, creating an absolutely enchanting landscape that appears to have been crafted from mirrors.

The white cliffs of Dover, England

These famous chalk cliffs can be found on the coast of Kent. They’ve been used since ancient times by fisherman to orientate themselves and act as the first indication that you are approaching England from the sea. It was these cliffs which led to the Romans calling England ’Albion’ (from the word albus, ’white’).

The Troll’s Tongue, Norway

This striking stone protrusion was formed by a piece of rock breaking away from the body of a mountain. It hangs 350 metres above a lake. It’s understandably quite difficult to reach — the only way is on foot, along a 12 kilometre track.

Corcovado mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

At the peak of Corcovado mountain, where the world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer is located, you can experience a truly unique, exhilarating perspective of the vibrant city of Rio, as well as of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Easter Island

Easter island is a sliver of empty land lost in the vastness of the Pacific ocean. The view of sunset against the backdrop of its famous stone statues is too beautiful for words.

Melissani Cave, Kefalonia, Greece

According to Greek mythology, this cave was inhabited by nymphs, who tempted passing sailors towards them with their incredible beauty. But nowadays, there’s no need to force anyone to go there. Most visitors are more than willing to catch a glimpse of the astonishing blue water with their own eyes.

Fjallabaksleid, Iceland

This route along a mountain track in Iceland with its unpronounceable name offers a remarkably picturesque journey through the high mountains located to the north of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. It’s the result of thousands of years of geological activity.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

40,000 tourists climb Mount Kilimanjaro every year, and that’s not counting all the guides and other support personnel who go with them. And it’s not hard to see the attraction. Even from a distance, this mountain is an incredible sight. The view from the top — even more so.

The Cambrian Hotel in the Swiss Alps

This hotel is nestled in the exquisitely beautiful mountains of the Swiss Alps. Of all the locations mentioned here, perhaps this is the one where the word ’breathtaking’ is most appropriate. The romantic, rugged landscape is the stuff of fairytales.

5 Incredibly Beautiful Places Most Tourists Don’t Know About

A lot of amazing places in the world aren’t popular tourist destinations because it’s difficult to get to them. But aren’t these cozy islands, azure waters, flower fields, and stunning waterfalls worth visiting? All of them look like they belong in fairy tales.
Think About Network collected 15 secret places on our planet that most tourists haven’t heard of yet. Don’t miss a chance to be among the first explorers!

Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Blagaj is a tiny village nestled among small waterfalls and surrounded with azure waters. Cozy white houses and a monastery are located under a sheer cliff. This is a sacred place for dervishes and Sufis who have built the village in this corner of paradise.

Huacachina, Peru

Huacachina is an oasis town in the middle of a vast desert. The road from Lima, Peru’s capital, to this lovely place takes about 5 hours.
The population of the town is about 200 people, so you can cut yourself off from the world there. Also, you can ride a sandboard on the Peruvian hills.

Lake Hillier, Australia

Just imagine sandy beaches surrounded by eucalyptus forests at the pinkest lake in the world… Lake Hillier is located in Middle Island in the south-west of Australia. The only way you can get there is by airplane. The place was discovered in 1802, and it remains pink all year round! It was assumed that some seaweeds and micro-organisms made the place pink, but subsequent studies haven’t confirmed this. Therefore, no one knows why the water has this unusual color.

Hidden Beach, Marieta Islands, Mexico

Hidden Beach (Playa de Amor) is a secret beach with pure water and a large variety of birds living there. You can get to this solitary piece of paradise only by water. After sailing through a maze of underwater caves for a few minutes, you will discover a wonderful beach lost in the depths of the island.

The Silfra Fissure, Iceland

The Silfra Fissure is located in the Thingvellir National Park in Iceland. This is a favorite place of divers and adventurers. It is possible to lose the sense of depth here because the cold water is incredibly pure. You can see through 300 meters of it!

Isola Bella, Italy

Without a doubt, Isola Bella, the Italian island at Lago Maggiore, is one of the most beautiful in the world. The magnificent Borromeo palace and a multilevel blooming garden with grottos, terraces, and fountains occupy almost the whole tiny land. Moreover, you will be able to see white peacocks, also known as royal birds, wandering slowly in the garden.

Popeye Village, Malta

The Popeye village consists of small wooden houses that were originally built for shooting the Popeye musical in the 1980s. These days, it is a resort with an amusement park, cruises around the bay, and stunning views. Interiors of some houses are still decorated the same way as they were during the shooting of the movie.

Dongchuan Red Soil, China

Dongchuan Red Soil is a mountainous valley to the south-west of Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. Due to the remoteness of public infrastructure, this place is not on a tourist map of China. It was discovered in the mid-1990s. The wavy landscapes, looking like a patchwork quilt, are brown-red due to the high concentration of minerals and fossils.

Flores Island, Portugal

Flores Island is on the UNESCO world heritage list. There is a national park with unique flora and fauna. It is located in the most western point of the Azores islands near the coast of Portugal. It is translated as “a cape of flowers” from Portuguese because almost all of its territory is covered with different colorful flowers. Also, there are natural hot springs, lagoons, flood rice fields, cozy villages, lakes, volcanoes, and the world-famous caves.

The Door to Hell (also known as Darvaza Crater), Turkmenistan

This giant burning crater is about 60 meters in diameter and 20 in depth. Locals call this place “the door to hell.” Once, geologists accidentally discovered a cave with huge reserves of natural gas. In order to avoid harmful effects on people and livestock, the gas was burned. The fire was supposed to go out after a few days, but it has been burning for 45 years. This unique and fascinating phenomenon attracts tourists from all over the world.

The Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil

The Lencois Maranhenses National Park (Lençóis Maranhenses) is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in northeastern Brazil. Every year during the rainy season, thousands of turquoise lagoons appear among the sand dunes. It looks simply fascinating! It is a mystery how fish and crabs get here after the drought year by year. The best time to visit Lencois Maranhenses is from July to September when the lagoons reach their full capacity.

Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain

The small town of Setenil de las Bodegas has been located in a rock in the south of Spain for eight centuries. Locals call it “a town under the rocks.” The walls and roofs of the houses are parts of huge basalt rocks. They protect the locals from the scorching sun and wind. Being in this impressive mountainous place, you feel like a tiny speck in the universe.

The Cave of Saint Marcel d’Ardeche, France

This place was found in 1836 by a French hunter. The Grotto de Saint-Marcel-D’ardèche (Saint-Marcel-d’Ardeche) is located in the region of Rhône in the French Alps. This is a huge network of caves with crystal clear water and colorful rocks.

The Marble Caves, Chile

The Marble Caves are located on a peninsula at General Carrera Lake in Chile. This breathtaking network of caves has been carefully and patiently created by water for thousands of years. These swirling marble walls are incredibly beautiful.

Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia

Las Lajas Sanctuary is located in a gorge on the border between Colombia and Ecuador. This neo-Gothic building and its interiors are fascinating! The church rises 45 meters above the river between rocks and waterfalls.