Sometimes we need to get away: say goodbye to our 8 to 5 job, our routines, our stresses; grab our passport, and jet off to new and exciting destinations. It may feel like the world is shrinking- thanks to social media- still, there’s a whole lot of world to see, and a ton of adventures to be had. So here are 15 breathtaking places sure to satisfy your wanderlust.
1. Rainbow Mountain, Peru
This colorfully striped surreal mountain range is considered one of Earth’s most incredible geological wonders.
2. Mount Roraima, Venezuela-Guyana-Brazil
Mount Roraima is a flat-topped prominence bounded by sharp cliffs sitting between the borders of Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil.
3. Lake Hillier, Australia
Separated from the ocean by only a narrow strip of land, Lake Hillier owes its vivid pink color to the presence of microalgae Dunaliella salina.
4. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
Originally set on fire to prevent emissions of poisonous chemicals, Darvaza gas crater has been burning for decades in the middle of the Turkmenistan desert.
5. Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska
These mesmerizing ice caves buried under the Mendenhall Glacier feature glimmering blue walls that hugely add to the magic of the place.
6. The Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan
The Sunken Forest is a submerged group of trees inside Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan, surrounded by beautiful scenery.
7. Pulpit Rock, Norway
Pulpit Rock is a vertical cliff hanging over Lysefjord and a popular tourist site providing a dramatic overlook of the vast landscape spreading below.
8. Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan
This public park in Japan is traversed by snaking trails and impresses tourists with millions of blooming flowers throughout the year.
9. Angel Falls, Venezuela
Located in the Venezuelan jungle, Angel Falls is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, falling from 3,212 feet (979 m) high. During the summer, water evaporates before even hitting the ground.
10. Nyiragongo Lava Lake, Democratic Republic of the Congo
This lava lake containing molten lava beneath a surface of solidified black plates is enclosed in the crater of Nyiragongo Volcano, creating a somewhat apocalyptic sight.
11. Grand Prismatic Spring, USA
The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, the largest hot spring in the United States, contains special bacteria that cause the water to turn practically every shade of the rainbow.
12. Scoresby Sund, Greenland
The colorful homes along Greenland’s coastline are beautifully accompanied by the massive icebergs trapped in the fjord system of Scoresby Sund.
13. Klaksvík, Faroe Islands
Residents of Klaksvík only have to look out their windows to witness the terrific sight of the monstrous ridge neighboring the town.
14. Rice Terraces of Mù Cang Chải, Vietnam
The precisely constructed rice terraces of the rural districts in Vietnam make for an utterly intriguing landscape.
15. The Wave, USA
This swirling sandstone feature is an iconic section on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes with a demanding Mars-like terrain.
16. Santorini, Greece
Still an active volcano, crescent-shaped Santorini is considered to be the most romantic getaway in Greece. From its picturesque white-washed clifftop towns to its volcanic red and black sand beaches, Santorini wows.