“Traveling makes one modest — you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
One of the reasons why I travel is to have my breath taken away by awe inspiring places all around the world. With such diverse landscapes and natural wonders, it is surreal to think that it all occurs within only one planet. The only pity is that our world is so big that most of us don’t even get to witness even half of it. There are pictures out there floating around, but the only way to truly believe that these places exist is to see them for yourself.
So here’s an initial list of places that have touched me, as well as other places on earth that I’ll like to see for myself.
Unbelievable Places on Earth You Have To See
Galapagos Island – Ecuador
Mr Sea Lion and I checking each other out
I’ve been to some pretty awesome places during my 3 month tour around South America but nothing quite compares with the Galápagos Islands. With the merging of three ocean currents, volcanic activity and a secluded nature, the Galapagos have acquired quite the collection of unique animal and plant species. The animals that reside here are so unique that the islands are often referred to as a living museum.
Where else can you find sea lions hanging out at beaches and docks around humans who seem like nothing more than annoying paparazzi.
See also: Galapagos Islands on a Budget (8D/7N)
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – China
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Filled with out of this world rock pillars, this stone forest of China looks like something from another planet. In fact, the movie Avatar is said to be modelled after the landscape of Zhangjiajie, China’s first national forest park. These pillars are well known in the Chinese landscape and can be seen even in ancient paintings.
Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia
photo credit: Tomas Rawski The guide will make you do all sorts of funny poses with your travel buddies.
The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flats in the World. When it rains, the layer of water makes it seem as though you are walking on air. Which is why many also call it the largest mirror in the World! It was absolutely surreal seeing this in person.
With the combination and transformations of various prehistoric lakes, the salt content has built up over time to produce this wonder.
Devil’s Hole – Turkmenistan
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Also referred to as the Gates of Hell, this crater in the ground has been housing continuous flames for over 40 years. This fiery pit was created by the drilling of scientists who punctured the rock filled with natural gas and then decided to light it on fire to get rid of it.
Mount Roraima – Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana
photo credit: Oral Kahvechi
Soaring 400m (1,300ft) into the clouds, Mount Roraima is quite a sight to behold. The table top mountain forms a natural border between three countries, and it’s surrounding National Parks look like something out of the movie Jurassic Park.
Ha Long Bay – Vietnam
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Emerald green waters and limestone pillars are what characterise this world renowned sight. It is surrounded by towering natural walls and full of uninhabited beaches and small islands. Over the years, natural arches and sea caves have formed around the waters and can be explored by sea kayak.
Monument Valley – U.S.A
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Located on the Utah-Arizona state line, this valley is filled with sandstone skyscrapers amongst an otherwise flat desert. A single road leads drivers through the valley to look up at the giants that nature has created over time. These towering rocks perfectly reflect the American Southwest scene.
White Desert, Egypt
Photo credit: Widelec
This desert is so well known throughout Egypt due to its wind-carved rock formations. Dotting the landscape are giant mushrooms and pebbles amongst the dunes.
Redwoods National Park – U.S.A
Photo credit: ©William Manning
Growing in Northern California, these prehistoric trees make the whole national park look like something out of the dinosaur days. They will make you feel like an ant as you wade through the subtropical forests, trying not to get dizzy looking up at them.
Cliffs of Moher – Ireland
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Hundreds of feet high, the Cliffs of Moher look as if a giant sea monster has come right out of the water and taken a bite of the land. Surrounded by bright green plains and sparkling ocean waters, the cliffs give you a feeling of being on top of the world.
Fjords of Norway
Photo credit: Imgur
These snow topped inlets set the scene of the typical Norwegian landscape. Formed by glacial erosion, these steep cliffs hug the river that flows beautifully in between. You can gaze out for ages over the this landscape that perfectly comes together in its beauty.
I would really love to do my trademark pike at one of these!
What are other unbelievable places on earth that should be added? Let me know in the comments section so I can continue expanding this bucket list!