Although it may seem like ancient history, not so long ago we travelled crammed in old cars such as Fica and Peglica, we slept in camps and modest union hotels spending our days carefree and barefooted on beaches without children day care, water parks, spa centers, jacuzzis, animators, massagers… we enjoyed it and nothing was missing. More info
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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, the larger of the two Bolivian salt flats, contains an astounding 10 billion tons of salt and covers over 4,000 square miles. That makes it the largest salt flat in the world, more than 20 times bigger than America’s largest, in Death Valley.
Lake Retba (Lac Rose), Senegal
Just under an hour from Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, sits this naturally pink lake. Lake Retba, or Lac Rose, gets its distinctive color from a bacteria that produces a red pigment in order to absorb the sunlight.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Antelope Canyon is a stunning slot canyon in the American Southwest. Its Navajo name, “the place where water runs through rocks,” is an allusion to the canyon’s creation through erosion. The narrow, undulating spaces between rock formations allow for vivid patterns when sunlight filters through the striated stone.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park was the first authorized national forest park in China. Do the towering pillar-like mountains of this national forest look familiar? This park was used as a prototype for the landscape in James Cameron’s Avatar. The Chinese government was so taken with this cameo that they renamed the “Southern Sky Column” of Zhangjiajie “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in 2010.
Walking On Water, Canada
In the far northern reaches of Canada—the wild, frozen territory of Nunavut—you can walk on water. A mile out to sea on Canada’s Baffin Bay, you risk some slippery footing, but you can clamber up a half-pipe inside this massive berg. Walk along a curving ice-valley for a hundred feet or so, come out on the other side, and slide back down onto the sea ice.
Morning Glory Pool, Wyoming
Morning Glory Pool sits at the north end of Upper Geyser Basin, home to Old Faithful, in Yellowstone National Park. Unfortunately, due to years of tourists dropping coins into the pool, it’s no longer as blue as it used to be, but it still does retain some of its brilliant hue.
Summit on Mauna Kea, Hawaii
The 13,800-foot climb from Hilo’s beaches to the moonscape at the summit of Mauna Kea isn’t for the faint of heart. It marks (to our knowledge, at least) the single longest sustained climb on Earth.
Bioluminescent Dinos, The Maldives
Several islands of the Maldives, including Rangali and Vaadhoo, offer excursions on the Indian Ocean you simply cannot miss. The dark water is illuminated by thousands of bioluminescent creatures referred to as pyrodinium bahamense, which are dinoflagellates or dinos. When disturbed—for example, by a wave breaking on the beach—they emit a dramatic, blue light.
Fingal’s Cave, Scotland
Reminiscent of Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, and just across the sea in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa boasts the same hexagonal basalt columns, but houses them in a cathedral-like sea cave with shimmering turquoise water.
The Wave, Arizona
This awe-inspiring rock wave in shades of ochre and crimson unfolds through the Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness on the border of Utah and Arizona. First water, then wind eroded the Navajo sandstone, revealing layers of sand that blew through the area during the Jurassic period. Access to “the wave” is heavily restricted; the Bureau of Land Management hands out only 20 permits to the Coyote Buttes region a day.