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The World’s Best Beaches for Hunting Seashells

Searching for shells is a real chase. You never know what you’re going to find. Shells turn up everywhere throughout the world, but the best shores for discovering them are probably in the U.S.

Calvert Cliffs State Park, Maryland

Shells are just one of many things you’ll find at this state park on the Chesapeake Bay. Shaped 10 to 20 million years prior, and once surrounded by water and bluffs, they spill shark teeth and different fossils onto the sandy sea shore.

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

Surfers come from over the globe to ride the waves in Jeffreys Bay, an unassuming community on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Those waves likewise wash in a rich assortment of shells in all shapes, sizes and hues. Winter is a decent time to hunt for them; you’re probably going to discover cowries and Indo Pacific species.

Sanibel Island, Florida

Do the “Sanibel stoop” on this little island west of Fort Myers, Florida. Here you can scan for coquinas, scallops, olives, tulips, conchs and lightning whelks, just like the locals.

Wreck Beach, Lanai, Hawaii

Wreck Beach, on Hawaii’s Lanai Island, isn’t for swimmers. The solid waves, shallow reefs and crazy twists and turns around the island are deceptive, and, as you’d surmise from its name, this sea shore, otherwise called Kaiolohia, has been the site of numerous wrecks. That said, the waves and currents will leave you with a great collection of shells.

Ocracoke Island, N.C.

Ocracoke Island, at the tip of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, is home to more than 400 creatures and other natural life. A drifter’s heaven, where conchs, Scotch hoods, shellfishes (the large ones are called quahogs), olives, periwinkles, moon snail shells and sundials are found. Search for three sorts of whelks here: lightning, knobbed and directed.

Galveston Island, Texas

Walk Galveston’s Sea Shell Beach Pocket Park throughout the winter, or after a tempest, when the waves store murex, swamp snail shells, shark’s eyes, zebra periwinkles, shellfishes and scallops and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The western finish of this 32 mile-long island is generally the best for shelling.

The Bahamas

Perhaps the best sea shore in the Bahamas for shelling is Somerset Creek Beach, on Andros Island, in spite of the fact that you’ll have to wear shoes or shoes to shield from cutting your feet. The sea shore is a mile long, studded with coconut trees and a large number of little shells in all shades of a Bahamian dusk.

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Top 10 Cruises

Tenth Anniversary of Queen Mary 2

Go back in time while sailing on the Queen Mary 2 and enjoy the grand beauty of transatlantic luxury. Cunard Cruise Line’s flagship, the final cruise ship to be built as a true ocean liner with a deeper draft and quicker speed, celebrates ten years of ferrying passengers this year. The ship preserves the aesthetics and lifestyle of a bygone generation while providing the most contemporary comforts, together with plush resorts and the first ever planetarium at sea.

Destination Immersion with Azamara

Is this the year you are searching for simply-priced cruise? Escape the mega ships and hop onboard Azamara Club Cruises. The line’s costly 700-passenger ships avoid retracing the same old routes and rather cast the sails for different routes. With next to no repetition, you can even create your personal global cruise by using staying on for as many consecutive sailings as you desire. Frequent late night and overnight stays in port ensure lots of time to experience destinations like no different cruise line.

The All-New Quantum of the Seas

Of the three mainstream American ships launching this year,  Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum of the Seas is the biggest. Setting sail in November, the ship will introduce  improvements. North Star will leisurely crane guests 300 feet above sea stage for extraordinary vistas, and more thrillingly, RipCord by way of iFly will simulate skydiving up on deck.

Dancing with the Stars: At Sea

Taking to the floating stage another time in 2014 is Dancing with the Stars: At Sea Holland America has renewed its partnership with the hit TV program, and on passengers can take part in complimentary DWTS-branded dance lessons and be part of a competition to possibly win, thus becoming the cruise’s visitor champion. Plus, professional dancers and celebrities from the display come aboard choose subject cruises to mingle with passengers and showcase their signature actions.

Carnival LIVE

Enjoy epic concerts and fun cruises? Carnival Cruise Lines has you covered with this year’s Carnival LIVE Concert Series. Guests booked on any of 49 unique sailings may attend onboard performances by means of their preferred musicians which includes Chicago, Foreigner, Lady Antebellum, REO Speedwagon and STYX. Individual tickets range in price from $20-forty, relying at the performers, and $a hundred-a hundred and fifty will provide you VIP get admission to to desired seats and an distinctive meet-and-greet with the band.

Cruise Miami-Style on the Norwegian Getaway

The Norwegian Breakaway made quite the splash when the ship began cruising from New York Norwegian Cruise Line’s. Only on this ship will you find the “Illusionarium” dinner magic venue and the GRAMMY Experience with performances by way of beyond award winners and nominees.

Top Chef on Celebrity Cruises

Culinary connoisseurs have fun! Celebrity Cruises and Bravo have teamed up to present Top Chef at Sea. Excluding the Celebrity Xpedition, all cruises on the road’s ships feature Quickfire Challenges and predominant eating room menus stimulated by the Emmy award-winning TV display. Activities include Top Chef Signature Sailings with the opportunity to fulfill and revel in the meals of four chef contestants from the kitchen.

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9 Amazing Spring Break Hot Spots

Bahamas
White sand, crystal-clear water, nonstop entertainment. all of which is provided by mega-resorts like Atlantis make the Bahamas a must for any traveler.

Las Vegas
It’s more than the Strip. The Las Vegas scene may not be tropical, but it’s certainly a must go for anyone looking to party. During Spring Break Vegas goes wild and every day is a good day to party poolside at the MGM Grand’s newly renovated Wet Republic.

Dominican Republic
Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is remains a haven for pristine beaches, all-inclusive accommodations, and bustling nightlife beyond anything else in the Caribbean.

Miami
LMFAO’s “I’m in Miami Trick” could be your spring break soundtrack in South Beach. The posh nightlife and pricey drinks more than made up for by the hot spot’s accessibility.

Puerto Vallarta
For those craving a Mexican getaway on a budget, Puerto Vallarta’s bars, beach parties and hidden coves are your best bet. Anything else and you’re wasting time (and money).

Daytona Beach
While spring break in Daytona Beach may seem from a bygone era, its bikini contests, cheap rooms and miles of beaches you can drive on make it the classic road trip destination.

South Padre Island
South Padre Island, Texas, usually attracts families, but during the month of March its party scene is better suited for coeds and fraternity brothers.

Panama City Beach
In years past, Panama City Beach, Florida, has called on celebs such as the Jersey Shore cast to lend their party scene some credibility. However, now the city is offering the same package to tourists.

Jamaica
Negril, Jamaica, is known for its party vibe, but not too much partying. This is a spot where you can enjoy water activities (and drinks) day and night, all while enjoying the sound of the ocean.

 

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Top 10 Summer Travel Spots

After the school year is over, you’re definitely looking forward to a great summer. Weddings on the horizon or other cool events make it a fun and romantic season. Take a look at some nice, dream destinations.

10. Kaua’i, Hawaii

Ahhh. One of the top honeymoon destinations, period. Not only will see you see, humpback whales when the temps are just right in June, but think of all the local pools and amazing beaches before it gets taken over  by everyone and their mommas.

9. Stockholm, Sweden

Here’s a cool destination known to draw in a lot of single women. Take in the coffee shops and restaurants along Old Town and Gamla Stan. Since it’s a modern spot, you can use metro stations to easily to get from one destination to the next. It’s a perfect area for a woman get pampered as they tour the city.

8. Havana, Cuba

Not only will you hear the sounds of Desi Arnaz, but get a nice dose of the Caribbean. La Fábrica is a cool art bar to check out. Sip a nice mojito as you enjoy your nights in the plush Pullman Cayo Coco hotel.

7. Bangkok, Thailand

Even with monsoon, the city stays pack with over 45 million people visiting. Despite the crazy weather, there’s a lot of adventure, from spas to nightlife. Speaking of which, stop at Rabbit Hole for a white-truffle gin martini before hitting the town.

6. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Mother Nature has a way of bringing adventurers and family together, especially in one of the USA’s national parks. The Rocky Mountains have a beautiful scenery filled with trees, flowers, and some great native wildlife. Take time to enjoy the Estes Park where you can go to year-round festivals for some great fun.

5. Guatemala

Guatemala has a unique energy with the international feel spilling into different parts of the city. Also, it’s a cool tourism destination and people enjoy the authentic Mayan villages across Lake Atitlán.

4. Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is one of the top notch places, period. If you’re a wine connoisseur, make sure to head to the wine museum, La Cité du Vin, in June for incredible exhibits on winemaking. Next, stop at the La Grande Maison for some delicious French food before you begin your next adventure.

3. Boston, Massachusetts

Need something to do during the summer? Take a look at one of America’s greatest walking cities. Whether you wander through Faneuil Hall, Newbury Street, or Cambridge bookstores, you take in the Bostonian culture and feel the vibe of this historic town in all its American glory.

2. Venice, Italy

There’s something about majestic light and nice breezes while taking in the beautiful scenery. Venice is just a place for art, food, and excitement. After a busy day, relax with a swim at the pool in the JW Marriott Resort & Spa.

1. Beijing, China

In June, enjoy the relaxing weather and the light tourism. Have a chance to visit The Great Wall and Tiananmen Square without he hustle and bustle of a crazy city. Enjoy this combination of past and future with the ancient sites to five-star suites.

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Top 10 Underground International Caves

While we see a lot on the ground level, there are so many things underground that have a certain undeniable beauty. Some may be stalagmites, antique tree trunks, or even hidden war rooms. Take a look some of the top ten locations.

10. Reed Flute Cave, China
Here you’ll get a look at around 800 feet long  halls of stalagmites and stalactites, and wall pieces that stem from the Tang Dynasty. Take pictures of the formations, such as Dragon Pagoda and Sky Scraping Twins.

9. Poço Encantado, Brazil
It’s called the “enchanted well” for a reason. It has a body of water that’s so clear you can see 200 feet under to look at rock formations and ancient tree trunks. Between April and September, the sun is in the perfect spot to reflect off the water.

8. Magma Chamber of Thrihnukagigur Volcano, Iceland
Even though this volcano has been dormant for 4,000 years, it’s a perfect spot for geological enthusiasts. Use a cable car to take you on tour to see all of the epic mineral colors.

7. Turda Salt Mines, Romania
While you can play a game of golf or basketball, save your energy for the amazing Transylvanian cave that is 368 feet under the earth’s surface. Relax your mind and body at  the halotherapy spa when you’re done exploring.

6. Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines
This a five-mile long river that’s a UNESCO World Heritage location. With eight nearby parks that have diverse plant and wildlife, you can have a great time taking a tour around the area.

5. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
Now, here’s a site for sore eyes! This a beautiful cave in New Zealand that features different colored glowworms. Get a look at nature working in a unique way.

4. San Clemente Basilica and Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, Rome

Here’s a 12th-century Basilica with a rich history. If you like the undead, horror kind of vibe, you’ll enjoy the temple that was home to a male fertility cult, who worshiped Mithras, the sun god. Also,  take a look at the remains of the 4,000 monks around a crypt.

3. Cabinet War Rooms, London

Here’s a war area that the British used and Winston Churchill headed in World War II.  These days you can get a look at the artifacts, maps with pins denoting front line changes and Churchwell’s chair. Perfect place for a history nerd.

2. Mayakovskaya Metro Station, Moscow
This is another cool World War II spot, which features one of the busiest subway systems in the world. Checkout the scenery from the red marble columns, archways, and mosaics. You have six doors to go into The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

1. Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam
While this is a bit touchy, you can get some serious appreciation from viewing the 75-mile tribute to men who overcame major trials and tribulations of the war. Reenact tunnel crawls and even eat some of the traditional meals that captured soldiers had to endure.

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Top 10 Most Romantic International Cities

When you think about traveling with someone you love for romance, the usual international spots like Paris and Italy automatically come to mind. Well, they made our list, but you have other options as well for picking beautiful spots to steal a kiss, hold hands, star gaze, or stroll along a sandy beach with the waves lapping at your feet. If you love an exciting nightlife, we’ve got you covered for that as well. We’ve sought out the most romantic cities outside of the United States for you to consider for your sensual, passionate needs.

10. Lucerne, Switzerland
Burrowed between the snowcapped Alps and Lake Lucerne, the city is a delightful Swiss retreat with old-fashioned embellishments. Consider Chapel Bridge, which was built in 1333 and is often adorned with blooming flowers. Visit charming old city squares and the first Baroque church in Switzerland. And Villa Honegg, just outside the city center will bring you to the most romantic site for relaxing. It’s an old 1905 mansion-turned-hotel and offers an outdoor heated pool with a fabulous view of the mountains and lake.

9. Aix-en-Provence, France
Once you see the beauty in this city, you will no longer wonder what inspired Cezanne, who was born here, to stroke his magnificent masterpieces. The Morning Market and the Farinoman Fou are great sidewalk cafes for a cup of coffee or tea and a flaky, buttery croissant. Lovely Lavender fields forever, hot springs that were used by the Romans, and vineyards will call you away from the city. Stroll past the moss-covered fountains that pop up on every turn and if you’re looking for something sweet for your sweet, try a calisson, candied almonds with fruit, covered with icing. Hint: leave a smidge of icing on your lips for a sweet kiss.

8. Salzburg, Austria
We can’t think of Austria without also thinking of The Sound of Music and the beautifully delicate edelweiss flowers. For thousands of years prior the city was filled with opera, musicals, and concerts. Schloss Mirabell is home to the Marble Hall, 17th-century Palace, the baroque Mirabell Gardens including the Pegasus Fountain and the Rose and Dwarf Gardens. This is also where the lovely and romantic gazebo scene from the referenced movie was filmed. Another stunning castle, Festung Hohensalzburg is the place to see in the evening when the city light looms beneath you. And the best part of your romantic journey may be the cable car that delivers you to the Untersberg for a crazy awesome view of the city and the Salzach River.

7. Seville, Spain
Seville offers us several outdoor eateries, and we hear that the most decadent meals end with Jamon Iberico, a pitcher of sangria, and chocolate dip for your warmed churros, we can see you now feeding each other that yummy chocolate! But let’s start the day with the fragrant orange trees under the shade of the weepy purple jacarandas on authentic cobblestone streets filled with boutique shops. Second, only to the Vatican, climb the Cathedral of St. Mary Tower for incredible panoramic views and grab a scoop of the best gelaterias you’ll ever eat and walk the Plaza de España. If you’d looking for a place to stay, we suggest you consider the El Alcazar palace, complete with Moorish-inspired architecture and knock out gardens. If you stroll the charming side streets in the area, you will most certainly run into a flamenco performance.

6. Monte Carlo, Monaco
The bold glamor and extravagance of the French Riviera, coastal views and some of the best cuisine you ever will eat, help you along on your quest for romance. Spend a day at the spa, get a couple’s massage, take a helicopter ride to see the city from a bird’s eye and check in to the Hotel Hermitage for an evening’s rest. Rent a sexy, convertible to see the Grand Corniche, visit the racetrack or the Casino de Monte Carlo to go home a little richer than when you left.

5. Siena, Italy
In Siena, you get Tuscany minus the throws of tourists. It’s a medieval city that existed before the Renaissance and is home to the Duomo, a home that displays incredible artworks from over 40 Italian artists. The impressive listing includes Michelangelo, Bernini, and Donatello. At the center of the city, you will find a UNESCO site for some excellent people watching at the Plaza del Campo. Abundant wineries await outside the city limits with wines made from Sangiovese grapes so, grab a taste and relax to a gorgeous sunset.

4. Barcelona, Spain
Check into Hotel Neri, stroll along the La Boqueria or Santa Caterina for fresh foods, climb the Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and dine seaside and watch the sunset around the Mediterranean. Retire to your 18th-century hotel and wake up to breakfast on the roof. Parc Guell also offers beautiful views, and another grand hotel option is a suite at El Palauet. If Cupid hasn’t already hit your heart, he will be awaiting your arrival in this beautiful city.

3. Victoria, British Columbia
The city is hidden on the inner tip of Vancouver Island and offers Neo-Baroque architecture. If you don’t stay at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, look in at least to see the stunning Edwardian décor and their famous Butchart Gardens. Visit the Parliament Buildings, and just a short 30-minute drive will deliver you to Cowichan Valley, which is filled with vineyards, art galleries, and hiking trails. Go ahead, get cozy!

2. Bruges, Belgium
It’s only an hour by train from Brussels and all the charm you would expect from a 13th-century village. Gothic architecture, canals, windmills, quaint homes and cobblestone streets and you will feel like Cinderella with her handsome prince. Bruges has excellent samples of Flemish artworks, Belgian waffles topped with powdered sugar, and 50 different chocolate shops.

1. Paris, France
We mentioned Paris earlier, so of course, it tops our list. In the “city of lights,” you can visit the Louvre, picnic by the Eiffel Tower, and bike through Le Marais. Hop the metro to Montmartre and visit the Sacre Coeur, the Latin Quarters and the Tuileries Garden and you’ll be living in a dream. And we can highly recommend a nighttime visit to the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower with a bottle of wine for some serious star gazing, lovers.

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Top 10 Best Places for Street Eats in the World

If you’re a foodie like I am, you’re going to want to make your travel arrangements to these exciting locations. You may want to consider taking some vacation time; these hot spots may be hard to reach during a traditional lunch hour.

10. Singapore

One of the safest street food cities in the world. They have strictly enforced regulations and centralized hawker areas. Plus, stalls are required to show cleanliness grades (“A” through “D”), so you know exactly which vendor to choose. Order: Hainanese chicken rice; bak chor mee (pork noodles); sup tulang (bone marrow soup); min chiang ku.

Maxwell Food Center, very near Chinatown, is one of Singapore’s most popular hawker centers. The longest lines will be for Hainanese chicken rice and congee.

Hong Lim Food Centre, also very close is great for spicy, delicious laksa and seafood-based noodle dishes.

At Lagoon Food Village, by the beach, you will see an entire row of satay stalls.

9. Sydney

Sydney’s diverse food scene has you covered for most any craving. Variety aside, the city’s street stalls and food trucks are some the world’s cleanest. Like Singapore, the city enforces food safety guidelines and performs regular cleanliness inspections.

For ramen or pho, during the month of October, Hyde Park’s Night Noodle Markets are worth the trek.

Other times of the year, you’ll find the best Asian street food at Cabramatta or Marrickville, in Sydney’s Western suburb.

Order the fat boy burger and truffle fries at Mister Gee Burger truck.
Gnocchi with lamb ragu is good at Urban Pasta food truck.
Banh mi at Marrickville Pork Roll.

Because Sydney’s food trucks are scattered and on the move, across the city, we recommend downloading the Sydney Food Truck application, to know exactly where everyone is located on the day of your visit.

8. Istanbul

These city streets are crawling with street vendors and shops where you can grab a quick sandwich, hot dog, or cold beer. While the food is usually safe, err on the side of caution and stick with cooked foods, rather than raw meat or seafood. Lahmacun is a Turkish-style pizza covered in ground meat, onions, and spices, grilled corn on the cob is called m?s?r; kokoreç or lamb intestines wrapped around skewered sweetbreads and grilled over charcoal; and the flaky pastry, börek usually has either a vegetable or cheese filling.

7. Bangkok

Street food is so inherent in Bangkok you can eat well in the city and never set foot inside a restaurant, and that covers three meals a day. There are an estimated 12,000 vendors in the Thai capital; however, they are not all licensed. We suggest you hang with the stalls that display a sticker of a smiling plate, which is the health official’s seal of approval. Som tum Gai Yang or green papaya salad with chicken; grilled pork skewers served with sticky rice; boat noodles; moo dad died (deep-fried pork jerky) are all great choices.

Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown, and the Soi 38 night market off Sukhumvit Road are packed full of delicious street food options.

For the best boat noodles visit the boat noodle alley at Victory Monument.

6. Marrakesh

Street food in Marrakesh is some of the most exciting and flavorsome in the world, with all its spices, colors, textures, and influences. Food safety is not a primary concern at the Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh’s iconic central square because there are frequent inspections, and leftover food is disposed of nightly. We still think it’s a good idea to go for tagines, sandwiches, and cooked foods when possible, especially if you are outside the Medina.

Each night, Djemaa el-Fna turns into the city’s greatest outdoor dining hall, overflowing with sizzling grilled meats, fragrant tagines, and fluffy, spicy couscous. Tagine; ghouls; bastille (Moroccan pigeon pie); ma’qooda (deep-fried potato balls); chebakia (sesame cookies) are all yummy options.

5. Mumbai

About 250,000 hawkers, cover the streets of Mumbai and all of them are rich in culinary exploration. Most of Mumbai’s street food is hearty, filling and vegetarian-friendly. But beware: food safety is a concern in Mumbai because only around 17,000 hawkers are legally licensed. Stay with cooked food and avoid dairy.

A wallah will be on every street corner, but the best vada pav is at Shivaji on Rajwadkar Street, Colaba. They make vada pav fresh daily. Vada pav is a fried potato patty on bread.

The best pav bhaji or spicy vegetable curry served with a butter-soaked bun will be at the stalls in front of Juhu Beach.

Pick up a tasty bhelpuri, which is a crunchy puffed rice and vegetable salad at any chaat-wallah on Chowpatty Beach.

4. Palermo

It goes without saying that pizza and pasta are awesome. But don’t discount the curbside cooking. Chickpea fritters and liver sandwiches are daily fares. Most everything is deep fried, so food safety isn’t a huge concern, although your waistline maybe something else when you return home.

Food stalls are everywhere, and a spleen sandwich which tastes better than it sounds is a must order and be sure to ask for a lemon wedge. Try one at Pani ca Meusa di Porta Carbone on Via Cala.

Fish are caught daily and grilled in front of you at Borgo Vecchio.

3. Rio De Janeiro

The natives at this location, called Cariocans take eating to a new level by starting their day with an acai bowl, for lunch a beef and cheese flatbread esfiha to be followed by a food truck burger of stuffed bean patties or acaraje for dinner. While there are food regulations, we are unclear on enforcement, so uncooked foods are best left alone except for acai bowls.

Santa Teresa’s boho neighborhood is a great place for authentic acaraje, but for everything else, hit the beach! Try the Acai bowls, tapioca crepes filled with bananas and Nutella, cheese puffs or pastries stuffed with veggies, shrimp or beef.

2. New York City

There is nothing you can’t find on the streets of New York friends! The Health Department is strict about regulating and monitoring the sanitation of mobile food vendors, and offenders are heavily fined. So, eat what you want and enjoy!
Brooklyn’s Smorgasbord Festival – don’t miss it during the summer
Any other time of year, Prince Street in Soho is the place to be for all day food trucks.
King o Falafel: order the lamb shawarma.
Milk Truck: grilled cheese.
Dirty Water Dog: chipotle pork burrito.

1. Cartegena

African and Spanish influences run amuck here, and while you will find and taste some of the tastiest and innovative dishes, there are no existing regulations for food safety so proceed with caution, please. We suggest a street food tour so you can bypass the testing and head straight for the very best foods.

Plaza de la Trinidad is a good start, and you will want to order Arepas, mazorca desgranada, which is a corn, meat and cheese combo topped with crunchy potatoes. Guava and cheese filled pastry or bocadillo con queso and bollos, which are boiled yucca buns.

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Top 10 Locations to View the Deep Blue Sea

Is there anything more beautiful than the blue, blue water of a clear, pollution-free river, lake or ocean? The answer is “no,” and we’re going to tell you where you need to go to capture this beauty while you relax on the beach with a beverage of your choice.

10. Lefkada Island

It would be impossible to pick a spot on the beach at Lefkada Island in Egremnoi, Greece that fails to deliver a picture-perfect view of the Ionian Sea. Be prepared to descend a steep sloping staircase to the white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. That staircase will deter some travelers, so the beach isn’t usually too packed.

9. Five Flower Lake
Hidden in Jiuzhaigou National Park in China, Five Flower Lake offers waterfalls that cascade into a lake that is so still and clear, it produces mirror images of its surrounding mountain ranges. The floor is covered with fallen trees that create beautiful, delicate patterns that are visible from any point around the lake.

8. Havelock Island

Nestled in the Bay of Bengal, Havelock Island in India is a portion of the Andaman Islands. The island offers white beaches, aquamarine water, and a great snorkeling opportunity. Go off the grid to this exotic site, complete with palm trees.

7. Islas de Rosario

For quality thought time and solitude, hit the Cartagena coastline in Colombia to find the uninhabited islands of Islas de Rosario.  Extensive coral reefs and hundreds of varying tropical creatures will greet you in this beautiful paradise.

6. Ambergris Caye

If scuba diving or snorkeling sounds appealing, this destination was made just for you.  It’s a quick boat trip from outside Australia and the largest barrier reef.  Nurse sharks, stingrays, eels, turtles and other bright fish await your arrival to visit underwater caves and the Blue Hole.  When you’re done with your water activities, pull up a hammock and relax in the sunshine.

5. Peyto Lake

Banff National Park is home to the Peyto Glacier, and Wapta Icefields and the brilliant blues of the melted water can be ideally seen from the Bow Summit near Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. It’s the image you see on postcards, come to life. Here, you can also hike or visit the hot springs at Banff.

4. The Maldives

Prepare to see a celebrity or two in this hot spot hiding between the Indian and Arabian seas. Stay in a cozy bungalow atop the blue water and snow white beaches.  Relax at the spa, play in the underwater playground and swim by the coral reef.  Back home, you’ll be the envy of everyone you know!

3. Con Dao

This Vietnam destination is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Above the water, you will see cliffs of granite and 16 islands of the Con Dao along the Con Son waterway. The best views are found on the Dam Tre Bay Lagoon.

2. Devil’s Bay

With the devil’s name, you must see if you find the horned devil himself at this Virgin Gorda spot in the British Virgin Islands. It takes some effort to arrive at the destination, but you will receive an incredible payoff once you see the perfection of the bay. If snorkeling is something you enjoy, the clean, crystal, turquoise Caribbean is where you need to visit.

1. Crater Lake

One of America’s most impressive lakes, Crater Lake in southern Oregon where there are no incoming streams or rivers to upset the water. The water is cold and deep; however, it is ideal for scuba diving. The lake is so clear that the sunshine extends 400 feet down into the 1,900-foot depth lake.

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Top 10 Instagram Worthy Destinations

One of the best parts of travelling is being able to take pictures to share with the rest of the world, as well as some for your own memory box. Whilst every vacation is picture worthy, there are some destinations that make for breathtaking snaps. Here are 10 of some of the most picturesque destinations to add to your Bucket list.

10. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
It has graced the covers of travel magazines for years, and looks as pretty as a picture in real life. Bora Bora is located in an old volcano-turned-paradise. The volcano subsided and allowed the formation of a reef ecosystem with the clearest blue water and limited waves. Bora Bora is a calm sanctuary with absolutely no bad angles.

9. Northern Lights, Iceland
You might need a few tries to catch this natural wonder but when you do, you will see heaven. Nothing can compare to the colours illuminated across the Icelandic skies, which photograph beautifully. If you happen to miss the lights, rest assured that the rest of Iceland is truly a sight you’ll want to capture and remember forever.

8. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Serving as the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle, Neuschwanstein is real life Disney magic. The castle is completed by the mountainous backdrop, making it look like it came right out of a movie. Visit in the winter to get some of the best images, aided by the snowfall that creates a fairytale aesthetic.

7. Railay, Thailand
Only accessible by boat, this peninsula is so perfect you almost don’t want to touch it. The water is so clear that you can see the fish swimming beneath you. The water is complemented by and cave systems, that not only make for a fun vacation, but gorgeous unfiltered pictures.

6. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia
One of the seven natural wonders of the world – and what a majestic one this is. Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world, dropping off a 350 foot cliff. This is the dream backdrop for those water lovers, and will make you realise just how big the world truly is. The pictures at Victoria Falls are almost guaranteed to feature a rainbow – no flash needed.

5. Rainbow Mountains of Zhangye Danxia, China
If science and art met, and had a love child, the Rainbow Mountains would be it. These mountains are brightly colored as a result of the weathering and erosion of trace minerals within the sandstone. You’ll have to see them to believe that it is not photoshopped. A natural work of art.

4. Torres Del Paine Patagonia, Chile
This destination looks like the background of the cover of The Sound of Music……except more. Torres Del Paine is a national park that requires hiking to get to see the full park, but the work is definitely worth it. The park is home to glaciers, rivers, lakes, mountains, and lush greenery that make for the most serene and picturesque back drop. There is also various wildlife in the park and a unique experience for those who love hiking and nature.

3. Taj Mahal, India
A jewel that makes a diamond look like an ordinary rock. The Taj Mahal is a popular place for worship and tourism, and rightly so. This white marble mausoleum stands boldly among other Indian architecture and simply takes your breath away. Some of the most popular pictures of the Taj Mahal are taken at sundown, when the orange speckles of the sun reflect against the marble, creating an ethereal tone.

2. Venice, Italy
Venice is a romantic city, built on over a hundred small islands that are separated by a network or canals. This is a unique city that begs you to capture it forever. Whilst cruising along the canals, visitors have a clear view of the beautiful city and the homes that have been on the water for centuries. Photographs taken at sunset beautifully showcase the sun dancing on the water, and light reflecting from the windows of the buildings. No description, or even picture does Venice justice.

1. Antarctica
Yes. This is a holiday destination that people go to. Despite being one of the harshest environments on the planet – an icy desert – Antarctica is a continent of beauty. The serene, untouched ice mountains provide the most calm yet bold backdrop to a beautiful narrative. The continent is also filled with vast wildlife. This is a once in a lifetime experience.