We live in a world that is filled with natural awe and wonder. From giant glacial fjords, to majestic mountains and wild animals living in canyons to mind-blowing, architectural structures.
When you see these breathtaking places, you feel a fresh wave of inspiration wash over you. And when you can’t pack your passport to experience the awes of travel in person, sometimes experiencing dreamy destinations from your sofa can help to satisfy your desire for new horizons and fill you with hope.
Enjoy our 10 Most Beautiful Places in the World.
These are all places that we have seen in our travels over the years and all have special memories for us. Who said we couldn’t still go on adventures together?
1. SALTA, ARGENTINA
Nothing is as it seems in the uplands of Argentina – a wondrously eerie place for those keen to get off road. It has the most mesmerising volcano you are ever likely to set eyes on as well as mountainous ridges, icy peaks and stunning colonial villages.
2. WAHIBA SANDS, OMAN
In the heart of eastern Oman, the Wahiba Sands is an ocean of regular dunes that seem to stretch out endlessly. Pale gold at noon, the towering piles of sand shift between rich yellow and coppery orange when the sun is at lower angles. Just a three-hour drive from Muscat, they are the epitome of Arabia and of many a desert film location.
3. SALAR DE UYUNI, BOLIVIA
South-west Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world and is about as surreal as landscapes come. When dry, it’s a sheet of blindingly white salt tiles. And during the wet season, the shallow lake mirrors the sky, creating a dreamy illusion.
4. FERNANDO DE NORONHA, BRAZIL
This archipelago of Fernando de Noronha the north-east coast of Brazil has some of the best beaches and landscapes in the country. Think waterfalls, towering cliffs, stretches of white sand and – perhaps best of all – limited tourists. Swim with sea turtles, rays, dolphins and reef sharks in its warm, clear waters.
5. RUAHA, TANZANIA
Ruaha is an enormous, little-visited wildlife area in south western Tanzania. It is incredibly enticing for those who are, like me, forever in search of truly wild places. A vast landscape of baobab forests, tall palm trees reaching for cobalt blue skies and wide, bleached-sand rivers of dark volcanic rock. Here, you can seen more elephant and lion than anywhere else in Africa.
6. PUSHKAR, INDIA
Pushkar has a magnetism all of its own – it is one of the oldest cities in India, and one of the holiest on the planet. Famous for its spectacular Camel Fair, if you were nearby at the time you would be crazy to miss it. Curled around a sacred lake the city is stunning, painted a range of pastel shades, but predominantly white and pale china blue.
7. TORRES DEL PAINE, CHILE
An early visitor to Chile’s Torres del Paine called it “one of the most … spectacular sights that human imagination can conceive.” Here you’ll find towering peaks of granite and basalt, split by glaciers with rainbow coloured lakes and lagoons. The golden pampas (grasslands) shelter rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos and pumas.
8. ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT, NEPAL
Travelers have been obsessing about the 128-mile route, which circles Nepal’s heaven-high Annapurna range, as the holy grail of trekking since the early 1980s. The 12 to 21-day walk starts in the lush, emerald green villages of the Himalayan foothills. Then it goes over the 5,416m Thorong La Pass and drops down to the Tibetan-influenced temples and communities of the Mustang Valley.
9. THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR
Nothing will prepare you for the “living laboratory” that inspired the work of Charles Darwin. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, remarkably around 95 percent of the islands’ pre-human biodiversity remain intact. The Galapagos islands are home to fascinating creatures found nowhere else on Earth, including marine iguanas, giant tortoises, flightless cormorants, and a diverse variety of finches.
10. EPHESUS, TURKEY
The Ancient City of Ephesus is an outstanding example of a Roman port city. As one of the best preserved and restored classical cities, it tells a glorious tale of life in Hellenistic and Roman times. It is fascinating to spend the day strolling around the site, marvelling at the Temple of Artemis, once the biggest on earth, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
We hope you enjoyed our 10 Most Beautiful Places in the World. Where have you been that you thought was breath- taking? We would love to hear from you!