This awesome post is from the lovely Julie Cao, who has taken part in my Postcard From feature numerous times! Julie is a masters student currently completing her studies in Canada, and has spent the last five years living both there and in the USA. Having a passion for travel, writing and photography, she has also travelled extensively throughout North and Latin America. You can find Julie at her lovely blog Always on the Way.
There are numerous magnificent sites on earth, but few can live up to the word surreal, as if they exist on a different planet. Some of these destinations highlight culture and history, others landscapes and romance, but each offers a unique and hardcore adventure. Let’s begin with one of my dream places that appeal to anyone who loves road trips.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
If you want to take on the feeling of walking in the air, do so in Salar De Uyuni. The vast expanses of salt flat lake make it impossible for you to distinguish the end of the earth and the beginning of the sky. Once you reach the plateau, you are in a place like a heaven on earth.
Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Located on the border of Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana, Mount Roraima is recognized as one of the oldest formations on earth. Surrounded by cliffs of 1,300 feet tall, this mysterious and legendary mountain transports you back into the old ages and welcomes you with their ancient folklore of indigenous inhabitants and cultural tradition.
The Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
The Tunnel of Love is located in the deep forest of Kleven village. The tunnel used to hold an ordinary railway station, and it finally turned out to be one of the most romantic places on earth. It is believed that couples who hold their hands crossing the picturesque leafy tunnel will be blessed and lived happily forever.
Giant Causeway, Northern Ireland
Where the land ends, the causeway begins…
The lunar landscape of the Giant Causeway was formed before the mankind. This place is a result of volcano erosion and cooling lava. The unique geology and otherworldly seascape of the causeway promises a visual feast and a legendary story of Irish folklore.
The Wave, Arizona
The Wave is a signature landscape on the border of Arizona and Utah. Its unique sandstone formation and wavelike landscape are the result of erosion of the Navajo Sandstone back in the Jurassic period.
The Door to Hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan
In the heart of Karakum Desert, a giant hole of flames illuminates the night sky. In reality, the hell is a crater that has been on fire for four decades, and it is still burning until the oil and natural gas run out. The problem is that the amount of gas and oil deposits in that area is substantial and it may take eons to drain.
Coastal Dunes, Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
Can you believe a country that contains around 30% of the world’s fresh water and the largest rain forest actually has a “desert”?
Located on the east of Amazon River, Coastal Dunes stretch on miles upon miles in the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. Powerful winds constantly push the white sand from the east of the Atlantic Ocean to inland Brazil, which creates vast sand dunes and unique patterns in the desert. The white sand dunes are interspersed with the deep blue lagoons, make them a most beautiful and unique place on earth. If the water level is high enough, visitors can actually swim in the lagoons.
Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii, United States
At the altitude of above 10,000 feet, this world’s largest dormant volcano is actually located above the clouds. Its unique location, Martian landscape, and otherworldly sunrise and sunset draw countless of global visitors daily. In addition to that, Haleakala offers a variety of exotic flowers, birds and hiking trails for visitors to explore.
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island Australia
The beautiful white sands are formed by the ocean currents millions of years ago. The sands are powdery and unable to retain heat, which make them comfortable for barefoot walking.
In the middle of nowhere, this interior part of Iceland has a few selected places where mankind never has made its home and even a short visit is a rare occasion. There, the nature is still at its rawest, by offering an untamed mingle of glacial moraine, lakes, active volcanoes, rivers and geysers, during the day, and starry skies and the magic aurora display at night.