Paraphrasing what American novelist Kurt Vonnegut famously stated in an interview, Becoming is one of the important life experiences everyone must have. By Becoming, he meant the experience of stretching your mind and body to work for something that you believe is important and in that process, to make your soul grow. Dilate your horizons, make the world your playground instead of confining yourself within the rigid walls of your comfort zone. Do not deny yourself the gift of travelling because ultimately you have only one life. These surreal places are a must on your travel bucket list. 

 

1. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

It is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers, located in southwest Bolivia. The salt surface mixed with water in when it rains, reflects back the sky and turns into a giant mirror. 

 

2. Preikestolen, Norway

It consists of a steep cliff which rises 1982 feet above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, with an almost flat top of approximately 82 by 82 feet. Sit on the edge of it to see the remarkable sights. 

 

3. Kjeragbolten, Norway

 

Stand on Kjeragbolten, a boulder in the Kjerag mountain range located in Norway. The rock is a glacial deposit wedged in the mountain's crevasse. The rock measures five cubic meters, and the drop to the bottom is 3,228 feet. 

 

4. Mount Roraima, Venezuela

 

It is a mountain range that borders Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana. What's unique about this mountain is its flat, tabletop surface, which in the midst of clouds. It’s a magical sight.

 

5. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

This lavish national forest is known for its unique geography and rock pillars that have formed as a result of physical erosion. The forest resembles floating rocks from the film, Avatar. A sandstone pillar has even officially been renamed Avatar Hallelujah Mountain. 

 

6. Antelope Canyon, USA

It is a stone marvel in the Navajo desert of Arizona. It is a slot canyon made up of two stunning sections that create for a wonderful view. 

 

7. Sea of Stars, Maldives

 

This stunning sight is caused by bioluminescent phytoplankton that emit light when stressed, giving the appearance of a starry night in the sea. 

 

8. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

 

 

Take a boat ride along the Waitomo River and gaze at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto and look like a galaxy of tiny living lights. The t tiny glowworms, arachnocampa luminosa, are unique to New Zealand. 

 

9. Devil’s Pool, Zambia

 

Peek over the edge of the naturally formed pool to see Victoria Falls, the world's largest waterfalls in Zambia, up close and personal. It is possible to walk along the lip of the falls because a rock pool has formed right on the very edge of the sheer drop. This is indeed the ultimate infinity pool. 

 

10. Blue Grotto, Italy

 

The Blue Grotto is a sea cave on the coast of Capri, Italy. Sunlight, passing through an underwater cavity and shining through the seawater, creates a blue reflection that illuminates the cave which is about 50 metres into the cliff at the surface, and is about 150 metres deep.

 

11. Kelimutu Volcano, Indonesia

 

The volcano contains three striking summit crater lakes that change colours periodically. Tiwu Ata Bupu is usually blue, the other two lakes, Tiwu Ko'o Fai Nuwa Muri and Tiwu Ata Polo are separated by a shared crater wall and are typically green or red respectively. 

 

12. Laguna Salada de Torrevieja, Spain

 

Admire the Pink Hues of Laguna Salada de Torrevieja, the lake is a natural phenomenon where the water looks pink due to a type of special algae. 

 

13. Grand Prismatic Spring, USA

 

This natural pool, with its rainbow coloured waters, is located in Yellowstone National Park. It is the third largest hot spring in the world.

 

14. Pura Lempuyang, Bali

 

Pura Lempuyang Temple is located on a hill overlooking Mt Agung, Bali's highest mountain. The views from here are spectacular. There’s a hike and then 1700 steep steps to the temple, but the view is worth it. Step in the Middle of the ‘Doors to Heaven’ for the perfect Instagram picture. 

 

15. Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

 

Scientists decided burning up this gas field to prevent poisonous gas from escaping. They figured it'd burn out in a few weeks, but it's been over four decades since it was first lit. 

 

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