Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Now the holiday season is over many of us are back into the swing of work, daydreaming about where we would rather be.

Let your mind wander while perusing our top ten fascinating destinations from all over the globe.

10. Trolltunga, Skjeggedal (Norway) 
Dubbed one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway, Trolltunga (The Trolls Tounge) hovers 700 meters above lake Ringedalsvatnet providing incredible views for those who dare to climb out.

9. Glowworm Caves, Waitomo (New Zealand)
Thousands of glow worms (Arachnocampa luminosa) inhibit these caves in Waitomo, radiating there luminescent lights. A pretty incredible sight to see!

8. Travertine Terraces, Pamukkale (Turkey)
Pumukkale (Cotton Palace) is a renowned mineral spa where hot calcium-laden waters spring from the earth and cascade over a cliff. The white calcium travertines are formed as they cool, creating pools that you can bathe in.

7.  Tianzi Mountains, Hunan Province (China)
Definitely not what comes to mind when I think of China, but these are the breathtaking green peaks that litter the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Vistors have the option of taking a cable car for a spectacular view.

6. Christ Of the Abyss, Mediterranean Sea (Malta)
One of the most famous and visited underwater sites on Earth, Chris of the Abyss is a 4,000 pound bronze statute of Jesus Christ. It was placed in 1954, in memory of where the first Italian to use scuba gear died. 

5. Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, China
No, your eyes do not deceive you - these are in fact rainbow mountains. These fantastically coloured mountains are a result of different colours of sandstone and mineral being pressed together over 24 million years. The region has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 2010 so preserving the area is important, but if you want to visit, it's about a 1 hour drive from Zhangye.

4. The Underwater Waterfall, Off the Island of Mauritius (Indian Ocean)
Sand from the shores of Mauritius is being drive by ocean currents off the coastal shelf and down into the darker ocean depths - creating an optical illusion of an underwater waterfall.

3. Hashima Island, Japan
The island was heavily populated form 1887 - 1974 as a coal mining facility. When petrol replaced coal as Japans main source of fuel the island was left abandoned. Now nothing remains but a ghost town of concrete buildings and sea the seal wall surrounding it. Now a small portion of the island is open for tourists to explore its eerie feel.

2. Lake Retba (Lac Rose), Sengal 
The pink waters are created by algae that produces a red pigment which uses sunlight to create more energy. The colour is particularly visible in the dry season but vary according to season. The lake is also known for its high salt content which allows people to float easily on the surface.

1. Adam's Peak or Sri Pada (Sri Lanka)
Sitting at 2,243m tall, Adam's Peak has been holy pilgrimage for over 1000 years. Many believe it was where Adam first stepped on Earth, or a sacred footstep from the Buddha as he headed towards paradise. Beliefs aside, it is a sight to see. If you don't mind waking at 2am to make the climb of countless steps (can take between 2-7 hours) to reach the summit before sunrise your efforts are well rewarded with the spectacular 360 degree views. 

Leave a comment and us know where your favourite travel destinations are...

Image sources
#10 - http://abduzeedo.com/photographic-interpretations-norways-trolltunga
#9 - http://www.travelx.com/photos/waitomo-glowworm-cave-new-zealand/
#8 - http://www.wondermondo.com/Turkey.htm
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#6 - http://www.bubblews.com/news/415350-christ-of-abyss
#5 - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/9550531/Colourful-rock-formations-in-the-Zhangye-Danxia-Landform-Geological-Park.html?frame=2343145
#4 - http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2013/09/22/weekend-diversion-an-underwater-waterfall/
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#2 - http://nipunscorp.com/2012/11/27/weird-pink-lake-lake-retba-senegal/
#1 - http://www.michaelyamashita.com/blog/?p=485


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