Every year, on the 22nd of April, we celebrate Earth Day. YAY!
The one day a year when we celebrate all the beauty and amazingness this planet has to offer. Oh wait, why just one day tho? Every day should be Earth day. Anyhow, in honour of our grandiose mother Earth on her special day (every day), I decided to put together a compilation of 10 beautiful places on Earth (natural or not) everyone should visit at least once in their lives. I know I can’t wait to go myself! Can you?
Just keep on reading and be blown away by some of the beautiful and quirky things this, our beautiful earth, has to offer. Let’s get started, shall we?
10 Beautiful Places on Earth
Despite (and maybe thanks to) being the rainiest place on the planet, Kauai (Hawaii) is the closest it gets to paradise on Earth. Green mountains, flowing rivers, and stunning beaches make of this pacific island a perfect destination all year round.
If you’re a fan of crystal clear waters and discovering the most incredible marine flora and fauna, then the French Polynesian Islands (incl. Bora Bora) is the place for you. Sleeping in one of the many over-the-water bungalows, and spending your days exploring the surrounding white (and black) sand beaches. Oh! The hard life.
Hiller Lake (a.k.a. Pink Lake), Western Australia
One of many pink lakes in the Goldfields-Esperance region, Lake Hiller in Western Australia owes its color to an overly large population of algae and brine pawns caused by the high concentration of salt in its waters. It is home to many rare birds and a curiosity worth visiting. Didn’t I tell you the earth was full of quirky fun things?
Cinque Terre, Italy
Five brilliantly constructed fishing villages conform the world-famous, and awe-inducing, Cinque Terre in the Italian Riviera. A rugged coastal region on the outside, warm and welcoming once you step inside, all spiced up by the purest Mediterranean character and a healthy dose of sun and mouth-watering food.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Supposedly the inspiration for Disney’s Princess castle, this 19th-century breathtaking piece of Romanesque revival was built by the incredibly shy Ludwig the II of Bavaria. It was meant to be a retreat where he could go to get away from the public life. Surrounded by the most breath-taking scenery this place is pretty much out of a fairy tale.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
A natural spa in the land of the Elves? Oh, yes, please. These rich-in-minerals geothermal baths are located in a lava field in Grindavík, and happen to be the most visited tourist attraction in Iceland. So much so that even the Kardashians were there! May have to pay a visit at some point if I want to stay up to date.
Fairy Pools (Isle of Skye), Scotland
If you happen to find yourself in Scotland, you can’t leave the country without paying a visit to the Fairies. Oh yeah, Scotland is full of them. I tell you, and if it’s all in my head, well what can I do. I blame it on the fresh air up there. In such a stunning place, who’d not believe in fairies tho!? You? well, if you don’t, no worries, you’ll still love it. Hikes in spring and summer, ski in winter and really nice people all year around. Definitely a must on your travel plans.
Glow Worm Cave, New Zealand
Talking about fairies, have you ever heard of the Glowworm caves in New Zealand? Well, let me tell you that these too would make the most sceptical person believe in magic. However, the explanation for this phenomenal place is somewhat a bit more mundane, the unique glowworms, Arachnocampa Luminosa are the inhabitants of this peculiar Kiwi cave. But wait, did I say mundane? I mean after all these little mosquito-size glowing worms can’t be found anywhere else in the world outside New Zealand. Isn’t that cool?
Tulip Fields, The Netherlands
Every spring the flowers flourish. Everyone loves the blooming blossoms, but none more than the Dutch. Famous (among many other awesome things) for their tulip fields and their flower festivals, the Netherlands have become a beloved destination among spring travellers wanting to get their color on. Just make sure to check the calendar before you book your next trip.
Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska
A beautiful yet sad occurrence allows for a place such as the Mendenhall Ice Caves in Alaska. The “Glacier behind the Town”, as it was originally known, is a magical place, resulting from the melting glacier above it. What are you waiting for, walk among walls of ice, be transported to another time, soon, before it’s too late.
These 10 stunning places to visit on Earth are by no means the only or the best of them all, but a list of places to pick your interest and inspire you to get out there and discover our beautiful planet. Because there’s more to see than what you find above the surface, as some of these places have shown us.
Have you been to any of these beautiful places on Earth? Any tips for the ones that haven’t made it there yet? Do you know any other places you’d add to the list? Let’s get inspired together down in the comments section below! 🙂