9 Amazing Places That Will Definitely Give You Wanderlust

Everyone gets a bit of wanderlust at some point. You see a picture of rolling meadows, snow-capped mountains, burbling brooks, or bustling urban centers and something in you flicks a switch and suddenly you find yourself looking at plane tickets and working out how long you can last without dinner to afford the trip. In honor of those who are willing to sacrifice parts of the weekly grocery shop, here’s our selection of places to yearn for.

1. Machu Picchu, Peru

The Lost City of the Incas in Peru has been a top travel destination for decades. Its remote location ensured its survival from the conquistadors of the 1500s, only rediscovered in 1911. Its soaring height and surroundings offer spectacular and breathtaking views. You can reach the ruins via bus, or a multi-day trek for the full experience.

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2. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador 211

Famous for its unique species of animals and pure beauty, the Galapagos Islands are a nature lovers dream. The whole area is a national park, a biological marine preserve, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site so the place is preserved for years to come. Red Mangrove offers land-based travel and an eco-lodge, while the majority of exploration is done via cruises.

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3. Zermatt, Switzerland1_zermatt_night_2012

The Mattahorn. That huge, hulking spike of a mountain famous for its incredible ski slopes and hiking trails it the main draw to Zermatt but if skiing and hiking aren’t up your alley, there are alleys to be explored down in the town. There are no cars, so the air is clean and quiet. There are electric cars and horse-drawn cabs though, if you don’t want to walk everywhere. A winter-lovers wanderlust dream, for sure.

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4. Goreme. TurkeyGöreme_Valley_in_Cappadocia_edit1

Goreme is a town that has literally been carved from stone. The surrounding chimney rock formations are a national park and popular with backpackers. The park houses some 10th and 11th century cave churches and is well worth a visit for anyone interested in history. This is also great place to sample a bit of good Turkish cuisine.

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5. Great Barrier Reef, Australiao-GREAT-BARRIER-REEF-facebook

Home to more species of fish than I have characters to spare, the Great Barrier Reef is a marvel of aquatic diversity. Briefly, there are 5,000 species of mollusk (including the giant clam); 1,500 fish species; 400 coral species, 215 bird species; 125 species of shark, stingray, skates, and chimaera; 30 species of dolphins, whales, and porpoise. Diving there is something not worth missing.

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