- Visby, Gotland, Sweden
With its medieval ruins, exquisite Old Town, fragrant rose gardens and expansive views of the beautiful Baltic Sea, it’s little wonder that Visby is one of the world’s hidden island gems.
- Samarkand, Uzbekistan
History, legend, and beauty weave themselves together like a magical mirage in Samarkand, home to ancient mosques and the mausoleum of the famous Tamerlane. Titled by UNESCO as the Crossroads of Culture, this city exemplifies the wonders of the Silk Road.
- Kakslauttanen Hotel, Finland
The Arctic typically conjures up images of cold, stark landscapes, so this should be a pleasant surprise. Leaving bleakness behind, this hotel has created these beautiful glass igloos in the midst of a forest, perfect for viewing clear Northern nights and their dancing lights.
- Al-Hijr Archeological Site, Saudi Arabia
While its northern neighbor and fellow Nabataean city, Petra, is far more well-known and visited, this beautiful site is composed of well over 100 elaborately carved tombs that date back over 2,000 years, making it a must see locale.
- Lake Baikal, Russia
Holding about 20% of all the world’s freshwater, Baikal, the world’s oldest lake, is also one of the world’s largest. Its clear waters are home to a massively diverse range of marine life found nowhere else, including the world’s only freshwater seal.
- Green Lake, Austria
Throughout the winter, this valley is mostly a park with a small lake, but when the warmth of spring comes the valley fills with the clearest of water to create a fleeting underwater kingdom.
- Socotra Island, Yemen
Like Madagascar, this archipelago broke away from the supercontinent Godwana and never looked back, becoming its own pocket of isolated biodiversity – so isolated, in fact, that many species can only be found here.
- Lviv, Ukraine
This charming town has had the ultimate checkered past, being at various points in history part of Poland, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and now independent Ukraine. Nestled to the east of the Carpathians, its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Faroe Islands, Denmark
Located to the north of Scotland in the bracing waters of the North Atlantic, these islands combine the richness of Scandinavian culture with the awe inspiring wonder of nature.
- Sark, Channel Islands
With no cars, the living remnants of a feudal system, and a breathtakingly rugged coastline, Sark embodies the spirit of a simple, yet beautiful, English lifestyle. Dotted with centuries old farms and boasting a quaint village, this is the ultimate escape from hectic modern life.