50 Incredible Hotels You Should Sleep In During Your Lifetime

Stare out at Singapore’s skyline while taking a dip in the incredible 57-story-high infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

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Eat breakfast while watching zebras at the Little Mombo Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, which Travel + Leisure called the best hotel in the world.

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Take a private boat to the Oberoi Udaivilas, called the Best Hotel In India by TripAdvisor.

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Splurge on an over-the-top suite at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the most luxurious hotel in the world.

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Find solace at the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, a private retreat located on 6,000 acres of New Zealand countryside.

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Gamble, drink, and indulge at the opulent Wynn Las Vegas, the best hotel in Vegas, according to Conde Nast Traveler.

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Hotel de Glace in Quebec is currently the only ice hotel in North America. It was first built in 2001, and is made of 15,000 tons of snow and 500,000 tons of ice.

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Soak in a private, infinity-edge pool while overlooking the Great Barrier Reef at Qualia, a hotel on Australia’s Hamilton Island, which Condé Nast Traveler named best hotel in the world.

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Eat in a real-life aquarium at the underwater restaurant inside the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel.

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Enjoy the stunning views and eat communal meals with safari guides at Beho Beho in Tanzania.

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Take a houseboat through the backwaters of Kerala, India.

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Go glamping (glamorous camping) at the Resort at Paws Up, a luxury retreated located on a 37,000-acre authentic working cattle ranch in western Montana.

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Sleep in an architectural icon at Frank Gehry’s Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Elciego, Spain.

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Nestle into a cave suite at the Gamirasu Cave Resort, which is carved into the rocks of Cappadocia, Turkey.

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Stay in the private over-water bungalow suites in the South Pacific’s Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, named one the best hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure./h3>
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Explore Australia’s sparsely populated Kangaroo Island from the comfort of The Southern Ocean Lodge, a sustainable hotel which was ranked the best hotel in Australia by Travel + Leisure.

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Sleep sky-high at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, where guest rooms start on the 41st floor. The hotel was also featured in the film Lost in Translation.

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The Mihir Garh hotel, built to resemble a sandcastle, near Jodhpur in India was named “most extraordinary place to stay in 2014” by the writers and editors at Lonely Planet.

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Get pampered in a $15,000-per-night, 7,320-square-foot Palace Suite at Abu Dhabi’s over-the-top Emirates Palace.

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Sleep in glass igloos and gaze at the stars at Hotel Kakslauttanen, in Finland’s wilderness.

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Enjoy afternoon tea in The Plaza’s famous Palm Court. Situated on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Central Park, this iconic hotel is ideally located for seeing the biggest sites of New York City.

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Enjoy the spectacular views at the Berggasthaus Aescher guesthouse, which is nestled in a mountain in the Swiss Alps.

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Swim in the award-winning infinity pools of the 5-star Hanging Gardens Ubud in Bali’s rainforest.

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Stay on board without the sea sickness on the Sunborn Gibraltar yacht, which is anchored off the coast of Gibraltar, Spain.

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Take in the incredible views of the Mediterranean from each of the white picture-perfect villas of the Katikies Hotel in Oia, a town in the Greek island of Santorini.

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Climb into a room in Chile’s Montana Magica Lodge, a conical tree house that’s run by an organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the Temperate Rainforest of the Patagonian Forest.

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Admire the views of Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast while soaking in the pool at Le Sirenuse, which was named the best resort in Europe by Travel + Leisure.

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Watch the sun set over St. Lucia’s verdant mountains from a private infinity pool at Jade Mountain St. Lucia.

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Escape to a private island and stay at The Brando, named after its former owner, Marlon Brando, who cared for the property on the atoll of Tetiaroa in French Polynesia.

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Live like royalty at the Crazy Bear Stadhampton, an opulent property in England that has sprawling gardens, eclectic design, and 80 acres of working farmland.

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Get pampered at the Taj Lake Palace, which sits in the middle of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, India, and is known for its world-class service.

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Delve underground at the suite at the Grand Canyon Caverns, which sits 220 feet underground and is surrounded by 65 million year old ‘walls.’

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Immerse yourself in nature at Attrap’ Rêves, where guests sleep in fully-furnished glass pods that make you feel like you’re sleeping outdoors. There are several locations across France.

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Soak in the incredible views of the sea at the Hotel Cala di Volpe in Italy’s Costa Smeralda. The hotel was built to resemble a charming fishing village.

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Explore the sea, mountains, and ice fields of the remote Torres del Paine national park in Patagonia, Chile, at the Hotel Salto Chico/Explora Patagonia.

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Dine like a sultan at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul, Turkey, which is comprised of two buildings: a historic Ottoman-era palace that’s home to a restaurant that serves Ottoman-era dishes, and an adjoining modern hotel.

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Spend a night in Le Meurice, one of Paris’s most iconic Palace Hotels, which is set in the center of several art museums and contains views of the Tuileries Garden.

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Make some new, long-legged friends in Kenya’s Giraffe Manor, where the spotted animals roam the property and even pop in for breakfast.

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Wake up under water while staying in the underwater room at the Manta Resort on Pemba Island off the coast of Tanzania.

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Channel your inner child and stay in a treehouse at the Treehouse Lodge, located in the Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge in Costa Rica.

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Dine inside a cave at the Hotel Grotta Palazzese in Polignano a Mare in Puglia, Italy, which is famous for its restaurant that sits in an original limestone cave.

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Stay at the eco-friendly Post Ranch Inn, a luxury resort perched atop the cliffs of Big Sur in southern California.

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Stay in the ultra-modern Fogo Island Inn, which is perched on stilts atop jagged rocks on the northern coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

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Taste fine Australian wines at the Thorngrove Manor Hotel in Adelaide Hills, southern Australia’s oldest wine producing region, which feels like a respite from the city hustle — even though downtown Adelaide is just 20 minutes away.

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Soak in the incredible views of Hong Kong at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, one of the world’s highest hotels.

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Step back in time to America’s Gilded Age at The Chanler, a historic 19th-century mansion on Newport, Rhode Island’s famous Cliff Walk.

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Stay in the Gili Lankanfushi, a luxury bungalow retreat in the Maldives that implements a strict “no news, no shoes” policy.

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Drink plenty of local Argentinian wine while staying at the Cavas Wine Lodge, which is located in Mendoza, Argentina’s premier wine growing region.

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Sip cocktails at the ‘top of the world’ at Lebua hotel in Bangkok.

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Wake up to incredible views of the Eiffel Tower at the luxurious Shangri-La hotel in Paris.

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35+ Popular Tourist Sites You Should See Before They Disappear

Nearly two-thirds of the Great Wall of China has been damaged or destroyed by over-farming, natural erosion, and the selling of bricks that have historic engravings on them.

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The largest man-made structure in the world, the Great Wall of China has survived for over 2,000 years as a favorite must-see destination, but recent over-farming has led to nearly two-thirds of the wall having already been damaged or destroyed. The wall could be reduced to ruins by erosion in as little as 20 years.

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The iconic Taj Mahal, in Agra, India, has been facing years of pollution and erosion that some experts believe could lead to its collapse.

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Known for its romantic gondola rides, the city of Venice, Italy, has been sinking for years with severe floods becoming more common over the last few years.

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Get your gondola ride in soon, because Venice has been sinking for a number of years and is showing no signs of stopping. More and more severe floods in recent years are also contributing to the disappearance of the city of canals.

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Cambodia’s Angkor temples is the largest religious monument in the world, but the groundwater pumping in the nearby city of Siem Reap is causing some of the temples to sink. It was just named the best tourist site in the world by Lonely Planet.

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New York’s South Street Seaport is a waterfront district that once stood at the center of the city’s maritime industry. The site also made The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list for the US’s 11 most endangered historic places this year, thanks to a series of development projects on the pier.

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The half-built city of Petra is one of Jordan’s main attractions, but the famous archaeological site has been receding in the last century due to a combination of wind, rain, and the constant touching of its walls by tourists — which is why you should avoid touching any of its perimeters when visiting the site.

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The famous ancient Roman city of Pompeii, in Italy, has been crumbling over the years due to rainstorms and improper water drainage. Already three distinct walls and an entire building of the structure have collapsed, and Italy’s UNESCO commissioner has declared that the site will one day collapse completely.

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Since the Alps sit at a lower altitude than other mountain ranges, their glaciers are increasingly prone to shrinking from climate change. The mountain range loses around 3% of its Alpine glacial ice each year and some experts believe it could be gone entirely by 2050.

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Surrounding construction, rising groundwater, and pollution have been threatening the tombs, monuments, and pyramids of Egypt’s Memphis and its Necropolis.

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One of America’s most iconic attractions, the Grand Canyon was listed as one of the 11 most endangered historic places in the US by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It was put on the list due to the increased development proposals that range from uranium mining to tourist resorts, which could lead to significant portions of the Grand Canyon and its main water source being destroyed.

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The walls of the Timbuktu mosques in Mali that were built between the 14th and 16th centuries are made mainly of mud, which is why increases in temperature and rainfall over the years have been causing a continued threat to their stability.

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Concern is growing for winemakers in France’s famous vineyards, thanks to rising temperatures that may affect the ability to grow grapes in the future.

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The Bolivian city of Potosí is one of the highest in the world, with a height of 13,418 feet. Centuries of mining activity in the area have put the city at risk of collapsing, with a portion of the summit having already crumbled.

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Officials in Hawaii are working to try and maintain the large amounts of sand that are disappearing from Waikiki Beach each year. One fourth of the sand on the island is already gone and crews continue to pump sand from offshore channels to try and maintain the area.

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The Michoacán Mountains in Mexico are famous for housing 200 million or so monarch butterflies that tourists have come to see for years. With illegal deforestation destroying the trees that the butterflies use for protection, their population is at a high risk.

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The historic center and docklands of the maritime city of Liverpool was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. But the iconic home of The Beatles has been put on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger thanks to an $8.7 billion construction development project that is being proposed in the area.

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Michelangelo’s frescoes that illuminate Vatican’s Sistine Chapel have been damaged due to millions of tourists who forgo the ban on flash photography to snap a picture. The emission of carbon dioxide can also damage the artworks, which is why a new heating and cooling system was installed.

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The Dead Sea, bordering Jordan and Israel, is known for its mineral-rich waters, but as residents continue to use water from the River Jordan — which is where the Dead Sea draws its water from — it is in danger of disappearing in the next 50 years.

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Italy’s Royal Palace of Caserta is the world’s largest palace by volume and stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, its roof collapsed last year and renovation plans remain delayed due to bureaucratic issues.

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Cincinnati Union Terminal, in Ohio, once stood as a railway before being converted into a museum. The building faces water-based damages and is in need of construction repairs, which is why it made the National Trust’s 2014 list of the US’s most endangered historic places.

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A popular destination for honeymooners or paradise-seekers, the islands of the Seychelles — located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar — are vanishing because of beach erosion. They’re in danger of completely disappearing in the next 50 to 100 years.

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The picturesque snow that tops Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania may not be there much longer. In the years from 1912 to 2007, Kilimanjaro’s ice sheet had shrunk by a whopping 85%.

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The Mirador Basin and Tikal National Park in Guatemala are home to the mysterious ruins of Mayan civilization. Illegal looting and forest burning, however, may destroy this piece of history.

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A province of Cádiz nestled in the mountains of Andalusia in southern Spain, Zahara de la Sierra is losing its wildlife and greenery because of a rise in temperature and a drop in rainfall in recent years.

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The shores of North Carolina’s Outer Banks are eroding the land they border, putting landmarks such as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse — which dates back to 1870 — in danger.

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Madagascar’s forests are predicted to exist for only another 35 years because of a multitude of fires and mass deforestation.

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The number of glaciers in Montana’s Glacier National Park has decreased to fewer than 25, from 150, and in another 15 years there may be none left.

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A combination of too many tourists and foreign species that don’t belong is threatening the ecosystem and unique native species of the Galapagos Islands, a group of islands off the coast of Ecuador.

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Africa’s Congo Basin, the world’s second-largest rainforest, is also one of the most biodiverse areas, with over 10,000 plant species, 1,000 bird species, and 400 mammal species. In the past few years, the 1.3-million-square-mile forest has been decreasing rapidly because of illegal mining, and the United Nations predicts two-thirds of it may be completely gone by 2040.

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The Florida Everglades have been referred to as the most threatened park in the US. Too much water, new species, and urban development are all part of the problem.

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Bad news for hikers and winter sports fans: Climate change has a strong effect on the Alps because they’re at a lower altitude than other mountain ranges, such as the Rockies. Every year, the European mountain range loses around 3% of glacial ice, which means that by 2050 there might not be any more glaciers.

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The world’s largest coral reef, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, has decreased by more than half its size because of rising temperatures in the past 30 years. Increased acid pollution has also began to lead to coral bleaching, slowly turning its famed vibrant corals white. Scientists predict the site could be completely gone by 2030.

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Egypt’s pyramids and Great Sphinx are facing erosion from pollution. As sewage is weakening the plates they stand on, there are concerns that the pollution may eventually lead to their complete collapse.

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At an impressive 2.1 million square miles, Brazil’s Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world. It’s home to the world’s most diverse species, but expansion of agriculture could lead to the destruction of the rainforest.

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The Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, is slowly sinking because of climate change. Scientists predict that within 100 years, it will be completely submerged.

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Big Sur in California is known for offering up-close whale watching, but recent droughts and wildfires are significantly harming the coastal region and leading to fewer sightings of the mammals each year.

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The Most Beautiful Tennis Courts Around The World

Going, Austria: Stanglwirt Hotel

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Kamuela, Hawaii: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Seaside Tennis Club

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Positano, Italy: Il San Pietro di Positano

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Dubai, Burj al Arab: Air Ball

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Peter Island, British Virgin Islands: Peter Island Resort and Spa

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Flushing, Queens, New York: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre

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Isle of Harris Scotland: Bunabhainneadar Tennis Court

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Dunblane, UK: Cromlix

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Gstaad, Switzerland: Gstaad Palace

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Stoke Poges, UK: Stoke Park Hotel

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Bahamas or Alaska: MV Norwegian Pearl

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Underwater Courts

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40 Trips You Should Take Before You Turn 30

Marvel at the icy-blue Upsala Glacier, a valley glacier in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia.

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Feel like you’re swimming off the edge of a cliff at the Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool in Victoria Falls, which borders Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Hike the Pacific Crest Trail through California, Oregon, and Washington. The whole trail is 2,650 miles, but you don’t have to do it all at once.

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Dance the night away decked out in neon at one of the monthly full-moon parties in Koh Phangan, Thailand. The beach rave starts at dusk and continues till the early hours of the morning.

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Swim with thousands of jellyfish at Jellyfish Lake in Eil Malk Island, Palau.

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Spend spring break in Cancun, Mexico, where you can party at popular clubs like Mandala and Dady’O.

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Backpack through Southeast Asia. Some popular stops include Chiang Mai in Thailand, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, pictured below, Laos, Hanoi in Vietnam, and Bali and Ubud in Indonesia.

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Parade through the streets of New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.

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Surf Jaws (Pe’ahi in Hawaiian) in Maui, a spot that has consistently been ranked among the best for die-hard surfers. Waves supposedly reach 120 feet.

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Ski the majestic mountains of the Swiss Alps.

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Get up close and personal with Japanese snow monkeys who come to bathe in the hot springs of Japan’s Jigokudani Yaen-koen in Nagano.

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Swing on the Swing at the End of the World at the Casa de Arbol in Ecuador and catch stunning views of the Tungurahua Volcano.

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Get wet and wild at a pool party in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Swim in the To Sua Ocean trench, a 30-meter-deep natural-seawater pool surrounded by stunning gardens in the village of Lotofaga in Samoa.

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Trek up to Rainbow Point, the highest part of the Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah at 9,105 feet, to see stunning views of the Aquarius Plateu, Bryce Amphitheater, the Henry Mountains, the Vermillion Cliffs, and the White Cliffs.

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Fly to Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland, which can only be reached via helicopter. From there you can sail the world’s longest fjord.

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Party at the world’s biggest Carnival celebration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest bungee bridge located between South Africa’s eastern and western capes. You’ll fall a whole 709 feet.

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Ride in a hot-air balloon above the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city hosts an International Balloon Fiesta, but you can also take tours in hot-air balloons year round.

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Zip-line above Costa Rica’s lush rain forests.

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Dive into the clear blue waters of Australia’s Coral Sea to see the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.

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Climb up to Machu Picchu in Peru to see the impressive and almost untouched ruins of the “Lost City of the Incas.”

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Kayak in the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia. Chances are you’ll run into more than one humpback whale.

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Wade through the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave in Belize. The cave is full of ancient artifacts such as bones and pots; there’s even a full skeleton of a 1,000-year-old human.

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Mountain bike along the Poison Spider Mesa Trail in Moab, Utah.

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Climb the 268 steps to reach the France’s historic Saint-Michel D’aiguille Chapel, which was built in the year 962 and sits atop a volcanic structure.

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Four-wheel drive across Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world.

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Boat across the Amazon River, the world’s second-largest river and home to more than one-third of the world’s animal species.

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Explore the Sahara desert, the largest desert in Africa.

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Camp out in Nevada’s remote Black Rock desert with over 65,000 other art and music lovers and enjoy music performances, crazy costumes, and massive fire displays at Burning Man.

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Go clubbing at the world-renowned Amnesia in Ibiza.

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Observe wild animals in their natural habitat on a safari in Kenya.

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Paraglide over the mountains and water surrounding the picturesque city of Queenstown, New Zealand.

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Raft the waters of Arizona’s stunning Grand Canyon.

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Explore the almost 45 active volcanoes in Java, Indonesia.

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Skydive from as high as 10,000 feet up in the sky at the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residences in Dubai.

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Walk through Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning lakes, caves, waterfalls, and an array of wildlife.

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Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the only one of the seven ancient wonders of the world still in existence.

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Climb up to the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, known as the Tiger’s Nest, in Paro Valley, Bhutan. Padmasambhava, or the “Second Buddha” of Bhutan, is believed to have meditated here.

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Ring in the New Year with a massive crowd in Times Square, New York.

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27 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit India

The Assam tea plantations in northeast India have lush green tea fields that seem to stretch on forever

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The Meenakshi Temple is located in Tamil Nadu in southern India and is a beacon of bright blues, yellows, pinks, and greens. The incredibly detailed layers of the temple reach far into the sky

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The colorful Wagah border ritual is held daily in Punjab, where India borders Pakistan

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The Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) is the best-known part of Jaipur’s Amber Fort. Paintings and flowers carved from glass cover the walls and ceilings, giving the palace its name

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India has many gorgeous beaches. No longer the hidden gem that it used to be, the Palolem Beach in Goa still offers a peaceful paradise

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New Delhi’s Lotus Temple offers a sharp contrast from India’s more traditional temples. There’s a simple elegance in its modern appearance

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The street markets in New Delhi sell an exotic and eye-catching array of nuts, fruits, spices, candies, and more

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The gleaming Golden Temple is part of the city of Amritsar, which serves as a spiritual center for Sikhs and used to be the gateway to Punjab for travelers coming from central Asia

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The intricate design of the five-story Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, in Jaipur was meant to allow royal women to watch street festivities from the confines of the palace, since they weren’t allowed in public

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Kanha National Park is one of the best-preserved wildlife areas in India, and it is filled with tigers, leopards, wild dogs, deer, and birds

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A stunning architectural masterpiece constructed of white marble, the Taj Mahal is India’s most well-known monument and houses the tomb of the wife of a former Mughal emperor. The Taj Mahal’s reflection in the water in front of it is arguably as breathtaking as the structure itself

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The Victoria Memorial is a monument in the city of Kolkata that was built in honor of the British Empire, which explains the building’s more western architecture

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The Buddhist monuments that fill the Ajanta Caves in west-central India tell stories that date back to the first and second centuries B.C.

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Udaipur’s City Palace is a complex of 11 majestic palaces complete with gardens, gates, courtyards, terraces, and corridors that are situated on the banks of Lake Nichola

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The Ganges River, which flows through the northern plains of India, is considered holy in Hinduism. Every 12 years, millions of Hindus travel to the river in order to bathe in it and wash away their sins

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Varanasi is a city on the banks of the Ganges that’s sacred to Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains, who bathe in the river

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Buddhists believe that Bodhgaya, in northeastern India, is where the founder of the faith reached enlightenment. Today, it’s a spiritual pilgrimage site for Buddhists

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Mumbai’s historic railway station, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, is a blend of Victorian Gothic and Indian architecture. Originally known as Victoria Terminus Station, the terminal was built in 1878 and served as a hub for merchants

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The Nilgiri Mountain Rail is the steepest rail line in the country, stretching from Mettupalayam to Ootacamund (Ooty) in southern India. The five-hour ride offers incredible views of India’s countryside

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Humayun’s Tomb, which was built for India’s second Mughal emperor, looks more like a palace with its dome and detailed walls and archways. The tomb later inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal

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A striking mix of patches of bright green and looming instruments, the Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observation site that was built in the early 1700s in Jaipur. Although there are other astronomical sites in the country from this period, the Jantar Mantar is the most well preserved

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Known by some as the Arc de Triomphe of the East, the Charminar is the centerpiece of the city of Hyderabad

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The backwaters of Kerala in southern India are best explored on a luxury houseboat

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The landscapes of Kashmir in northern India are vast, diverse, and amazingly scenic

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Northern India has valleys filled with rivers that are bordered by mountains

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Here, Buddhist monks still practice in monasteries surrounded completely by nature

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The Oberoi Udaivilas hotel in Udaipur is regularly named the world’s best hotel by top travel publications. Guests arrive by private boat and stay in luxury accommodations that are designed to resemble a traditional Indian palace

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7 Signs You Have Above Average Intelligence !

Science is always telling us new things about ourselves that confound and enlighten us. One thing we’re often enamoured with is how intelligent we are, and how to be smarter people. These 8 traits have been found to radically boost your intelligence, some you choose, some chosen for you.

1. You’re tall.

A study out of Princeton University found that tall people were actually smarter. They found that, even as early as 3 years old, taller people were more likely to perform better on cognitive tests.

2. You have a cat.

Weird, right? A 2014 study found that people who considered themselves cat people were more intelligent. This could be due to the fact that many cat owners also consider themselves introverts, with more intellectual habits and hobbies.

3. You’ve done drugs before.

A study in 2012 found a link between high childhood intelligence and the use of recreational, illegal drugs later in life. This likely means that intelligent children will often experiment with drugs at some point – out of curiosity more than anything we assume.

4. You’re a leftie.

Some research has indicated that people who are left-side dominant have what’s called divergent thinking, which is a form of creativity which gives you novel and unusual problem solving skills.

5. You’re slender.

A 2006 French study found that people who were more slender, indicating better health, had healthier minds as well. They performed better on vocabulary tests than their more overweight counterparts.

6. You aren’t a smoker.

Smoking isn’t smart, and it turns out, if you smoke, you likely have an IQ just a few points lower than the average non-smoker. That is, at least according to a 2010 study of 20,000 young men in Israel.

7. You played an instrument.

This one especially applies to people who played music as children. A 2011 study of verbal intelligence of 4-6 year-old children found increases in verbal proficiency after a month of playing an instrument.

Do You Shower Every Day? Science Says You Need to Stop – THIS is Why

Hygiene is a practice that has run wild in the public eye. Everyone wants to be clean, seem fresh, and smell great. This desire is influenced by advertisements and fear of judgement. The University of California San Diego School of Medicine conducted a study revealing that showering too often isn’t healthy or necessary.

Soap removes natural oils from your skin, causing it to become dry and rough. Shampoos strip oils from your scalp and follicles, causing dry and weaker hair. While there are conditioning and moisturizing products available, they are a poor substitute for what your body would naturally make.

Our body is more than capable of keeping itself clean. When you shower, you are trying to clean off the dirt, excess grease, and malodorous bacteria. What ends up happening in the shower process is that you remove the top layer of dead skin that protect the layers underneath. By breaking this layer up you also remove the fats and lipids responsible for moisturizing.

New Research Says Magic Mushrooms Grow And Repair Brain Cells

People often refer to psychedelic mushrooms as “shrooms” or “magic mushrooms” as they can cause a person who consumes them to hallucinate for an extended period of time.

Essentially, they are a naturally grown plant, just like marijuana, that has been banned by the U.S. Government for quite some time now. However, these mushrooms in particular could be proven to have some of the most astonishing medical properties we have yet to see.

Research that was gathered from the University of South Florida has shown that psilocybin, the component found within these psychedelic mushrooms, has the ability to grow new brain cells. This offers a lot of potential for the medical world and the progression in treating mental illnesses and even improving a persons cognitive functionality. Something that we should be exploring more and more as we find out these properties are able to do these amazing feats for mankind.

How The Old Soul Loves Differently.

An old soul is essentially someone who is young, but prefers to be around older people, and has a more mature outlook on life than most people their age.  Old souls tend to spend a lot of their time alone, and a lot of people seem to misunderstand them.  Contrary to what people think, old souls aren’t lonely, they are just comfortable with themselves and enjoy their own company.  When it comes to love and being in relationships, they also express their love differently, and here, we show you how.

1. Homebody. Old souls are homebodies, which means they are always looking for the person that will be willing to stay in with them on a Friday night, perhaps reading poetry over candle light with a bottle of wine.

2. Materialists. Old souls aren’t impressed by materialistic things, so if you’re hoping for that new set of diamond earrings, keep wishing. An old soul will likely choose to write you a love letter over buying you jewelry.

3. Communication. Old souls are great communicators, and will tell you what they are feeling. They don’t play games, especially when it comes to relationships. Don’t be taken aback by their honesty however, because they do mean well at the end of the day.

4. Emotions. Old souls aren’t capable of having one night stands because they get emotionally invested in whoever they are dating. They feel things on a deeper level than most people do, and don’t open up to just anyone.

5. Settling. Old souls think about life in the grand scheme of things. For example, an old soul won’t settle down with you unless they think there is some future potential in the relationship. They don’t do things for no reason.

6. Shy. Most old souls have a hard time fitting in with other people because they don’t seem to have a lot in common with others. An old soul might seem standoffish at first, but they’re really just shy. So don’t assume that because they aren’t saying much, they don’t like you.

7. Understanding. They value your opinion, and are good listeners. They are very understanding, and are good at seeing things from different perspectives. So if you find yourself in an argument with an old soul, they will try to come up with a solution for your problem rather than argue with you about it for hours on end.

8. Dating. They tend to go for people that are older than they are. The hardest part about dating for an old soul is finding someone their age that understands them, which is why they end up going after people who are older than they are.

9. Relaxing. Old souls might have a hard time loosening up, so it might take some prying to get them to relax. They have a tendency to take things too seriously at times, so try to have some patience with them when they seem on edge.

10. Sensitive. Old souls are extremely sensitive, so watch what you say around them. While they will always be honest with you about their feelings, they also expect the same from you, and if they find out you aren’t being completely honest with them, they might feel betrayed.

11. Creative. Old souls are creative and will put a lot of thought into a date night with you. Rather than your usual dinner and a movie, an old soul will make sure you have a memorable date night experience with them and will take things to the next level.

12. Intuition. Old souls are really in tune with their intuitions, and can tell right away when something is wrong. Don’t try to hide your real feelings from them, because there is no use in doing so.

13. Realists. They can come off as pessimistic at times, but in fact, they are just realists. They are constantly feeling disappointed by humanity, so sometimes they need their partner to help remind them that things aren’t always so bad.

14. Independence. While old souls love spending time at home with their significant others, they also value their alone time, so don’t feel offended if your partner requests some time apart.

15. Worth it. At the end of the day, dating old souls can come with some difficulties, but it’s worth it because they will be extremely loving, loyal, and understanding of your needs.

Ever Wonder Why There’s A Hole Next To Your iPhone Camera? THIS Is What It Does

There always seems to be something new that we’re learning about iPhones. The new thing right now? iPhones have holes that have an unexplainable purpose. Well, that’s not true, there is a purpose. There’s always an explanation for everything, you just need to find it! Over the past few months, people have been trying to figure out what the purpose of that mysterious hole next to the back camera on an iPhone is used for. Is it a light sensor? Is it a microphone? So, what is it and what exactly does it do?

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  • In Case You Don’t Know Which Hole I’m Referring To, It’s The One Placed Between The Camera Lens And Flash.
  • People Have Had Multiple Theories As To What It Is. One Theory Is That It’s A Reset Button.
  • Does That Mean You Should Go Poking Things Into It? Probably Not, Because It’s Not Actually A Reset Button.
  • Funny Enough, Apple Actually Shows What The Hole Is. It’s A Microphone, But Not Just Any Microphone.
  • Three Microphones? Kind Of Sounds Like Overkill, Right? Wrong. The Microphone On The Back Helps To Receive The Audio More Accurately From Another Angle While Blocking Out Unnecessary Noise. 
  • Basically, Apple Wants You, And Whoever You’re Calling, To Have The Ultimate Experience.