In an alternate universe that requires no responsibilities and obligations, these places are where you’ll find me.
1. The Black Forest
The Black Forest in Germany are nothing short of unbelievable. This wooded mountain range in southwestern Germany climbs up to 4,900 ft. and borders on the Rhine Valley. Talk about a place to get (happily) lost in.
2. The Mud Volcanoes
The Mud Volcanoes in Gobustan, Azerbaijan spew out this thick grey mud regularly. What would normally be super gross, this looks so cool. These things just gurgle out this super clean clay. I bet it’s awesome for your pores.
3. The Mendenhall Ice Caves
The Mendenhall Ice Caves in Juneau, Alaska are beyond beautiful. Because of the glacier’s movements and its constant melting, the size and color of the caves changes rapidly. It’s like looking through a twisting kaleidoscope.
4. The Naica Mines
The Naica Mine in Mexico features “The Cave of Crystals,” which is a cavern 1,000 ft below the surface. The chamber has giant selenite crystals formed by hydrothermal fluids emanating from the magma chambers. Everything about this place rocks, except that the caves are closed to the public. Fail.
5. Stromboli, Italy
Stromboli, Italy, is part of the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily. It’s a small (clearly volcanic) island with only a few hundred inhabitants. Unlike other volcanoes, Stromboli’s is constantly spewing lava. Hey, some like it hot.
6. The Tianzi Mountain
The Tianzi Mountain is located in the Hunan Province of China. It’s known as “The Monarch of the Peak Forest,” but it looks more like the mountains in the Lord of the Ring movies to me.
7. The Tulip Fields
The Tulip Fields in the Netherlands are unbelievably beautiful. The only thing more lovely than the colors is the smell. You can even rent bikes and ride right on through the fields. I bet it feels a bit like riding through a crayon box.
8. Salar de Uyuni
The Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) in Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat. They’re formed as a result of a transformation of lakes that are covered by several feet of salt crust. It also counts for 70% of the worlds lithium reserves. All of that is well and good, but it really reminds me of the Swedish House Mafia “Greyhound” music video.
9. The Verdon Gorge Provence
The Verdon Gorge Provence in France has super blue waters. While you swim in the Lac de St. Croix, you can just look up at the 700-meter walls. You can climb the walls if adrenaline is your thing, but you can count me out.
10. The Zhangye Danxia Landform
The Zhangye Danxia Landform was formed by thousands of years of wind and rain. This technicolor formation is so unbelievably beautiful that is was listed as a UNESCO Heritage site.