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Top 5 Places in Mexico to Visit *DONE*

Mexico is a big place, and it’s sometimes challenging to figure out where to go and what to see. If you’re having trouble deciding, it’s sometimes a good call to assess each major location based on its best features. Some towns may be more appealing to others based on your personality.

5. Guadalajara

If you’re interested in witnessing some of the physical beauty of Mexico, we recommend that you check out Guadalajara. This amazing, historic city is colorful and charming. You’ll find plenty of amazing architecture and lots of incredible places to eat.

The Travesi Cuatro is a stunning art museum that you should check out if you’re in the area. It displays Latin American and European works of art.

If you’re looking for modern art, check out the Paramo Galeria. This establishment exhibits the works of newer artists.

Ceramica Suro is another excellent art museum to stop by. Here, you can find amazing ceramic arts made by some of the best artists in the world.

4. San Miguel de Allende

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in San Miguel, check out the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada or Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. They have excellent, comfortable rooms.

You can go on a thrilling wine tour, starting in Cuna de Tierra. You can ride a wagon through the various vineyards on this amazing tour.

If you’re still not satisfied, you can take a horseback ride through the area. You’ll see ruined villages and castles along the way.

3. Gourmand, Mexico City

Mexico City is one of the best places to visit if you’re all about experiencing the tastes that Mexico has to offer. Check out the Four Seasons Hotel for unparalleled luxury.

Wander downtown, and it shouldn’t be too hard to find a rooftop bar.

Searching for food isn’t difficult either, and some of the best street vendors in the world sell everything from corn on the cob to tacos.

If you’re looking for dessert, check out Temporal. This dessert place’s specialty is chocolate and mezcal.

2. Beach Bum, Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox is basically a quieter, more subdued version of Cancun. The beaches are just as nice, and you can relax without feeling too crowded.

If you want to check out the local wildlife, head to Yum Balam. You’ll find plenty of flamingos and pelicans in this ecological reserve. You can also snorkel with the fish.

If you’re getting hungry, head to Casa Sandra. This restaurant serves fresh fruit, hibiscus-lemon tea, and banana bread.

1. Historian, Merida

Merida is one of the best places to visit if you’re interested in history. It was built on the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tho.

For a full run-down on the city’s origins, head to the Museo Regional Antropologia. This museum has stunning exhibits that help you learn all about Mayan culture and history.

If you’re more interested in the history of music, head to the Museo de la Cancion Yucateca.

El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya is where you’ll find tons of interesting relics and treasures from the ancient Mayan times.

The Palacio de Gobierno is home to various works of art, including murals that depict what happened when the Spanish arrived in the Yucutan.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, consider the Casa Lecanda. There are only seven rooms in this cozy little hotel, and it’s perfect for any traveler.

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Ways to Explore Holland by Water

The Netherlands is partly below sea level, so it should be underwater, but it’s not. The Dutch have used a sophisticated system of dikes to team the sea for more than a thousand years. Here are some of the top ways to explore North and South Holland for incredible views and adventures.

 

Sail Through Kinderdijk

Kinderdjik is a village in South Holland that is known for its epic windmills. It is possible to go to Kinderdjik by Water Bus, which is the fastest option, and it is integrated as the city transportation.

 

Tour Fairytale Geithoorn

Giethoorn is one of the most charming locations in the world with a picturesque setting worthy of a postcard. One of the best ways to experience Giethoorn is through a two-hour private tour of an idyllic village.

Take the Tulip Cruise

You can experience the wonderful colors of one of the best river cruises in the world. The expansive tulip fields of the Keukenhof Gardens are home to millions of tulips, and they consist of the most visited attractions in Holland.

Kayak Weerribben-Wieden National Park

It is the largest fen in North-West Europe, with lakes, ponds, and canals among peat-lands and woodland. The best means of experiencing the area would be to do it via canoe, whisper boat, or bicycle so you can see the Weeribben’s typical bridges and peat houses.

Shop Amsterdam’s Floating Market

The Amsterdam Flower Market happens to be the only floating flower market in the world and one of the most fragrant areas in Amsterdam. The market first was established in 1862 and stood on the houseboats to represent the times when the market was supplied regularly via boat.

Rent a Houseboat

The houseboats rentals are available because of their heating systems and coziness. Boating is an excellent way of life in Holland, so we invite you to come on board and discover the best way to see this beautiful country.

Take a Canal Tour

The canal tour is one of the most memorable ways of exploring the sights and sounds of the city. Most of the tours take around an hour, during which time, you may observe the protected canal ring and find out many historical facts about the city.

But Take Another Tour at Night

You can board the same cruise at night and settle into an all-glass cabin and soak in the sights while cruising the World Heritage Site Canals. You can also pass by the floodlit landmarks, including the Westerkerk and Anne Frank House.

Go Boating at Biesbosch National Park

It is one of the biggest national parks in Holland and endangered as it was one of the last remaining freshwater tide wetlands. It consists of a web of creeks and rivers that run through reed fields and moist grasslands.

Race Around Rotterdam

It is a fun place to visit with multiple events, and the prices are not too bad. The South Holland hub is walk-able and provides some of the best sea views.

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Top Trips for Solo Travelers

When it comes to travel, few experiences offer the inspiration for self-growth and discovery as does the act of hitting the road solo.
To be sure, the prospect of arriving in a foreign country all by one’s lonesome is intimidating. But traveling on your own automatically opens you up to new people, places and experiences in a way that is not possible when you’re buffered by the safety net of a travel companion. Any experienced solo traveler will likely tell you the same thing — you may start your trip on your own, but you’ll rarely feel lonely along the way.
In countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, local women are quick to approach single female travelers with offers of hospitality (a home-cooked meal or an invitation into the home, perhaps), which simply wouldn’t be the case if you were traveling with others. The result of such experiences is a far richer travel experience, with the added bonus of boosting your self-confidence and pushing personal boundaries along the way.
In general, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are very popular destinations for women traveling solo. In cities such as Amsterdam and Dublin, you won’t have to deal with the language barrier while making your way around (Dutch people speak English like it’s their first language). And Australia and New Zealand are countries that are made for backpacking and solo travels, with affordable bus and train coverage, extensive hostel networks and outgoing populations of travel-minded people.
Just because different cultural norms and expectations for female behavior apply in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, don’t rule out a solo trip to a country that may be considered more of a man’s domain.
Follow Travel Channel’s lead to a few unexpected destinations for women looking to head out in the world on their own.

India
One of the most colorful and calamitous countries on the planet, India is not for the fainthearted. And it’s a common mantra along the backpacker circuit that once you’ve traveled on the subcontinent, you can make your way with ease anywhere else in the world. In fact, India, with its cultural riches and deeply spiritual framework, is one of the most rewarding destinations for solo travelers. There’s even a growing trend of Indian women traveling alone in their own country, thanks to increasing economic independence. And if you hunger for companionship with like-minded Western women, consider settling in for a while at retreats in spiritual centers such as Dharamsala and Rishikesh.

Morocco

In many parts of Marrakech, the vibe is almost European, and fellow travelers abound. The Moroccan king’s progressive crackdown on hassling in the markets here and in cities such as Fes, Tangier and Casablanca also means you’ll encounter far fewer safety concerns than would have been the case just a few years ago. The seaside city of Essaouira, a three-hour bus ride from Marrakech, is one of Morocco’s most laid-back and beautiful destinations.

If you’re still hesitant, consider pairing solo travels with a few days as part of a group tour with other intrepid women. Walking-tour outfit Country Walkers offers a women’s adventure tour that takes in Kasbahs, Saharan sand dunes, the High Atlas mountains and indigenous Berber villages. Plan your activities for daylight hours, as most Moroccan women retreat to their homes in the evening, with Western-style nightlife and promenading really only playing out in cities like Marrakech and Casablanca. Remember to respect local culture by keeping your arms and legs covered with pants, long skirts and long sleeves as most Moroccan women do (a head scarf, however, is not necessary anywhere in the country).

Iceland
For most women thinking about traveling solo in Europe, the plans usually involve a Eurail pass and a packed itinerary that keeps them moving from well-touristed countries such as Spain and Portugal to France and Italy. For something unusual, set your sights on one of Europe’s lesser-visited locales and slow down your itinerary to dig deep into Iceland’s allure. Make no mistake — you’re going to spend some serious kronas here, as Iceland is one of Europe’s most expensive countries. But when it comes to natural attractions, such as magical glacier-wrought scenery and healing hot pools, balanced with cool urban fabulousness in cosmopolitan Reykjavik, Iceland’s diversity is a Euro chart topper. For serious pampering, book into the Blue Lagoon, where healing waters pool in lava rocks in surreal Icelandic surrounds.

Vietnam

After touristy Thailand, Vietnam gets kudos as the most female-friendly travel destination in Southeast Asia. So friendly and curious are the Vietnamese people, it’s even relatively common to see single Western female mothers traveling alone with young children. The language barrier is rarely a problem in big cities and larger towns. With more and more Vietnamese learning English from a young age, you’re likely to elicit countless invitations for a drink so that an eager student can practice English with you. The biggest challenge traveling alone in Vietnam is reconciling the abject poverty in some of the most beautiful mountain villages, such as Sa Pa, home to indigenous hill tribes. If you’re inspired to lend a helping hand during your vacation, consider signing up for volunteer work at an orphanage with the Global Volunteer Network.

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New Seven Wonders of the World

In 2007, more than 100 million people voted to declare the New Seven Wonders of the World. The following list of seven winners is presented without ranking, and aims to represent global heritage.

 

 

 
Great Wall of China (China)

Built between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century, the Great Wall of China is a stone-and-earth fortification created to protect the borders of the Chinese Empire from invading Mongols.

The Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro)

The Art Deco-style Christ the Redeemer statue has been looming over the Brazilians from upon Corcovado mountain in an awe-inspiring state of eternal blessing since 1931.

Machu Picchu (Peru)
 
Machu Picchu, an Incan city of sparkling granite precariously perched between 2 towering Andean peaks, is thought by scholars to have been a sacred archaeological center for the nearby Incan capital of Cusco.

Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico)

The genius and adaptability of Mayan culture can be seen in the splendid ruins of Chichen Itza.

The Roman Colosseum (Rome) 

Rome’s, if not Italy’s, most enduring icon is undoubtedly its Colosseum. Built between A.D. 70 and 80 A.D., it was in use for some 500 years.

Taj Mahal (Agra, India)

A mausoleum commissioned for the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahalwas built between 1632 and 1648.

Petra (Jordan)

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV, and likely existed in its prime from 9 B.C. to A.D. 40.

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10 of the World’s Most Stunning National Parks

Some of the world’s most beautiful places are in national parks you’ve probably never heard of. Here are 10 of the most stunning from around the globe.

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, Iceland
Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. Ring Road travelers typically don’t venture up to the country’s Westfjords, so you’ll find far more solitude here than you would at any of the more-frequented Golden Circle spots. Keep an eye out for arctic foxes, which dart along the trail in front of you, and bring a rain jacket, as there’s a reason it’s so green here.

Patagonia National Park, Chile
Parque Nacional Patagonia in Chile is one of the world’s newest national parks. Previously, it was private land held by Tompkins Conservation, an organization started by the late Doug Tompkins, founder of The North Face, and his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, former CEO of the apparel company Patagonia. In late January, the organization signed a declaration with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to sign over 1 million acres of private land and 9 million acres of public land to create five new national parks and expand three others.

Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Triglav National Park, in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, was designated in 1924 and is one of Europe’s oldest and largest national parks. It’s also Slovenia’s only one. It’s named for Mt. Triglav, which at 9,300 feet tall is the highest mountain in Slovenia. Be sure to visit the nearby Lake Bled, too, iconic for the Gothic church that covers the lake’s small island.

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
You’ve no doubt heard of Banff, perhaps Canada’s most famous national park. Waterton Lakes National Park, to the south, was established just a few years later, in 1895, making it one of the world’s oldest. It’s next-door neighbors with Glacier National Park in Montana, and together, the two parks formed Waterton Glacier International Peace Park in 1932, the first such park in the world. The park suffered damage from a wildfire in late 2017 but is now starting to reopen to the public. Keep an eye out for wildlife; you might spot black bears, bison, bighorn sheep, elk and deer here.

Goreme National Park and Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey
Incredible rock formations dot the Goreme National Park and Rock Sites of Cappadocia in Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage site for its cave dwellings, underground cities, and more than 200 stone churches. Here, you’ll find evidence of inhabitants dating back to at least the fourth century. Take it in from the sky by hopping in a colorful hot air balloon at sunrise.

Chubu Sangaku National Park, Japan
At Chubu Sangaku National Park, in central Japan, you’ll find vivid autumn colors and hot springs in the shadow of the Northern Japan Alps, the country’s tallest mountain range. You can’t drive into the park on your own, but you can take public transportation right to Kamikochi, the park’s hiking resort, and ogle the mountains the whole way. Even better, you can gawk at the scenery from the hot springs at Okuhida.

Snowdonia National Park, Wales
The jagged cliffs of Snowdonia are exceptionally green and so are the forests, with enchanting tree canopies and moss-covered rocks that give you the feeling you might see Robin Hood pop around the corner at any minute. For epic views of the surrounding mountains, hike Cwm Idwal. For a real challenge, hike among the clouds by climbing Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales and England at nearly 12,000 feet.

Taroko National Park, Taiwan
Taroko National Park is named for the 12-mile Taroko Gorge, which is 1,000 feet tall and barely 30 to 40 feet wide at some of its narrowest sections. If heights thrill you, hike the Zhuilu Old Trail, which winds around a cliff hundreds of feet above the valley floor, with no guardrail. Plan ahead, as you need a permit to tackle this trail. Throughout the park, keep your eyes peeled for Formosan Macaques, small monkeys native to Taiwan.

National Park of American Samoa, American Samoa
Yes, this island paradise is part of our own National Park Service. And you can have it nearly to yourself: Only about 5,000 people visit each year. If you go, consider planning a homestay through the Park Service, which connects visitors with Samoan families who will welcome you into their homes and teach you about their history and culture.

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Top 10 Best Places to Travel Internationally

Making travel decisions to venture outside of the United States can at times be a little dicey if you take news and global events into consideration. So, we took all that into account when we created our list of ideas. Whether you’re a food and drink connoisseur, a beach lover, an artist, a history buff, hiker or just looking for some quality comfort, rest, and relaxation. Take a gander at these locations and see if any of them wet your whistle.

10. Angra dos Reis, Brazil
The visa waiver implemented by Brazil during the Olympics was great for encouraging travel outside of large cities, and they hope to bring that waiver back for us to enjoy further. This lovely location lies between Rio and São Paulo. It’s a very popular vacation spot and the place of several attractive beach villas. Fasana, a Brazilian hotel chain has just opened a 54-suite spectacular facility that includes a golf course, marina, spa and fabulous restaurants. You can’t help but love the unique design with high wooden buildings that give the appearance of floating in the air, and each suite has an open-air terrace complete with views of the forest and sea. Ilha Grande is an island that receives so many visitors, they have a daily limit, and the government has pledged $8 million to improve the current infrastructure. So, if you don’t mind a crowd, this should be at the top of your list.

9.    Belfast, Northern Ireland
Filled with arts, open air bars, tasty food and the Bullitt Hotel, yes, inspired by the famous Steve McQueen movie, you can’t miss a visit to Belfast.  Seedhead is an arts organization, which runs street-art tours and pop-up cabarets, while The Michelin-starred OX and EIPIC lead in the fine-dining arena. The Permit Room offers an internationally inspired breakfast and locally roasted coffee and for saucy nightlife, check out the Muddlers Club, in the Cathedral Quarter, or Vandal, a graffiti-decorated pizza place that doubles as a late-night club, on the top floor of a 17th-century pub.

8.    Cambodian Coast
Surrounded by gorgeous islands that were once difficult to get to,  now have flights into the Sihanoukville airport through Ho Chi Minh City. Six Senses on Krabey Island offers excellent spa treatments, Koh Russey’s eco resort has great Khmer cooking. The capital city of Phnom Penh offers a great flavor of the area and now has a Rosewood Hotel location in the city.
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7.    Cape Town, South Africa
Another great city for arts and design, not to mention the beautiful beaches against towering mountain backdrops. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art is scheduled to open in 2017 at the V and A Waterfront.  The MOCAA, comparable to the MoMA or the Tate Modern will also be taking over a former grain storage facility in 2017 and on top, The Silo Hotel a luxury spot from the Royal Portfolio brand. You will be able to stroll between galleries displaying beautiful arts and stop for a taste of the local cuisine. And, when you’re ready to enjoy wine tasting, the Cape Winelands—Stellenbosch, Constantia, and Franschhoek, among others, will be there for the tasting, we mean taking. The Test Kitchen restaurant ranked 22 on the World’s Best Restaurant listing, is joined by its newest sister location, The Shortmarket Club for some of the best food you will ever enjoy!

6.    Devon, England
A beautiful rural area, Devon is home to The Lympstone Manor, which has been reimagined by chef Michael Caines, into an elegant 21-room hotel and restaurant. If you’re more into minimalism, the Secular Retreat, designed by Peter Zumthor will be an option you will want to explore. And on the coastline, the Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel is at work on a second location that will bridge the gap between two outcrops.

5.    Hamburg, Germany
The mysterious city of Hamburg along the banks of the Elbe River is bursting with new architecture like Zaha Hadid’s River Promenade. A glass structure sitting atop an old brick warehouse is home to the Elbe Philharmonic Hamburg concert hall that just had its debut performance in January 2017. Just around the corner is The Fontenay Hotel opening in the summer of 2017. And the island of Wilhelmsburg had a former air raid bunker turned IBA Hamburg – Energiebunker, an eco-friendly power source. The island is also home to WCW Gallery and not far away, a great little coffee shop, Kaffeeliebe.

4.    Hampi, India
With the new Orange County Hampi’s 46 room luxury resort spread across the Vijayanagara-inspired estate just a short jaunt from the UNESCO World Heritage site, Hampi is becoming another Indian hot spot. When the capital city of Vijayanagara was built in the14th century, it was one of the largest cities in the world. Filled with temples and monuments amid huge boulders, rice paddies and banana groves the area has always been a draw for the locals; however, the lack of accommodations kept it off the luxury stop list.

3.    Helsinki, Finland
On December 6, 2017, Finland will celebrate 100 years of independence, but rest assured, we will be partying well before that date in the capital city of Helsinki. Sauna is a daily activity of the Fins, and although it isn’t expected to open until 2018, Central Library, designed by ALA Architects will become the new living room for Helsinki. The newest public sauna is Löyly, designed by Avanto Architects, is a modern geometrically designed complex. Sauna Day takes place twice a year, means that several private saunas will open to the public. One of these is in a castle, and another is on a raft. Lilla Roberts is a wonderful place to stay, and they will offer a 150-room sister hotel, St. George, which is expected to open in the summer of 2017 in a 19th-century landmark building.

2.    Jebel Akhdar, Oman
Jebel Akhdar is nestled into the Al Hajar Mountains and is known for its impressive views and natural terraces. Spring brings out magnificent and odiferous pink damask rose blooms that cover the hillside. Distillers will make rosewater potions from the blossoms to be used in spas as well as cocktails. A regional boutique hotel, Anatara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is in competition with Ailila Jabal Akhdar, and both locations will offer infinity pools, canyon views, and tremendous pampering. The Anatara also has a cliff side private dining site and six restaurants.

1.   Jura, France
Hiding behind the Alpines, this tiny wine region is full of charm and well protected from the larger tourists draws of Burgundy and Switzerland. Their wines have now made the list at some US restaurants including Eleven Madison Park and the French Laundry. If you love wines and wine making, be sure to visit Domaine Andre and Mirielle Tissot’s vineyard, which is co-owned by Stephane Tissot who produces vin jaunes sherry. The local cuisine is also rich with raw milk Comte cheese that is a delicious wine companion. Hiking, cycling, and skiing along quiet mountain trails, lakes and waterfalls will round out your day and then a night of lazy slumber at Les Jardins sur Galantine, a bed, and breakfast that produces a fine wine of its own.

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Top 10 Best Beaches in the Bahamas

If you are considering a flight or a cruise to the Bahamas, the land of a thousand islands, we have some of the best beaches for sand, surf, snorkeling, and swimming. Let’s get started!

10. Gold Rock Beach, Grand Bahama Island
Hiding in the Lucayan National Park, the football field sized stretch of beach is ideal for wading, lounging on the beach, dipping those tootsies into the waves or snorkeling. While there you can explore limestone caves, kayak or follow the winding boardwalk to the sun-kissed waters.

9. Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island
Paradise Island, widely known for being home to The Atlantis Resort, also has great beach stretches along the Nassau shore where you can lounge, swim, sun, snorkel or rent water toys. If you’re a member of the One and Only Ocean Club, you can sachet down the shores if you need a change of pace from the lovely beaches of the resort.

8. Rose Island
A bit less crowded than Paradise Island and Nassau, Rose Island awaits just three miles away in a tiny slice of remote sand. Sandy Toes grants daily trips to this island, and you get a guided snorkeling dive, beach games, picnic, and drinks to enjoy your day.

7. Pipe Creek Sandbar
The tides expose sandbars, and the beach can also disappear at high tide. Enjoy your time at the Sandbar in Pipe Creek and its soft sand.

6. Ragged Island
Go off the grid along this 110 mile stretch of beaches including cays like Racoon, Flamingo, Nurse, Hog or Double Breasted, all with excellent romantic privacy.

5. Pig Beach, Big Major Cay, Exumas
Yes, you can swim with pigs here if that’s your thing. They will even swim by and hit you up for a little chow. Careful with the picnic baskets!

4. Surfer’s Beach, Eleuthera
The beach is in the South Atlantic Ocean, rather than the calmer Caribbean waters. The best waves come between October and April. Despite prior hurricane damages, you will still find great little surf shops and snacks. So, come on down and rent a board.

3. Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island
Eighty miles of shoreline and infinite beaches, but this one is the second deepest saltwater spot in the world. With a chamber that measures 240 feet in width, 603 feet high, and 350 feet long is only about 75 feet wide on the surface. But don’t let this prevent you from enjoying awesome snorkeling time!

2. Guana Cay, Abacos
A pair of beach bars, Grabbers and Nipper will call out to you for boating, while the Great Guana Cay in the Abacos and its reef-protected beaches will get every snorkeler’s attention. You can rent a quaint cottage and stay for the traditional Sunday pig roast if you like and enjoy the reefs and the beach with some nesting turtles.

1. Tahiti Beach, Abacos
From Hope Town, you can only get to this utopia by foot or by bike, and other than boaters, there is a good chance you can have this beach to yourself. At low tide, a sandbar stroll to the next island lined with coconut palm shading is yours to enjoyment.

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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 21 Most Expensive Cities in the World to Rent a Two-Bedroom Apartment

If you live in these areas, you know the value of a dollar. Talk about the high-rent district; these locations offer huge rent rates for small two-bedroom apartments. Be sure you negotiate a big ole salary if you get a job in these cities!

In contrast to these elite locations with pricey living expenses, Bangalore, India offers two bedroom apartments for $300 per month.  Our numbers come from a site that tracks average living expenses for more than 200 countries, Expatistan.

While housing prices in these cities may also be extreme, a high mortgage payment may cost you less per month.

21. Toronto, Canada:
$1,377

20. Chicago, Illinois:
$1,441

19. Frankfurt, Germany:
$1,463

18. Auckland, New Zealand:
$1,512

17. Helsinki, Finland:
$1,547

16. Copenhagen, Denmark:
$1,547

15. Amsterdam, Netherlands:
$1,570

14. Melbourne, Australia:
$1,658

13. Dublin, Ireland:
$1,694

12. Oslo, Norway:
$1,830

11. Singapore:
$1,884

10. Tokyo, Japan:
$2,010

9. Sydney, Australia:
$2,134

8. Boston, Massachusetts:
$2,225

7. Paris, France:
$2,289

6. Edinburg, United Kingdom:
$2,361

5. Zurich, Switzerland
$2,520

4. London, United Kingdom:
$2,617

3. New York City, New York:
$2,909

2. Hong Kong:
$3,237

1. San Francisco, California:
$3,449