One of my favorite places out west is Jackson, WY. A real cowboy kind of town and home to Yellowstone National Park, Jackson is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
These crazy color formations are induced by geothermal activity. Salt water underneath the solid volcanic rock heats the hot springs to varying temperatures, allowing for striking hues of yellow, red, blue, gold, brown, green to swirl around the surface.
Brilliantly colored hot springs at Yellowstone National Park, Jackson, WY. Photo taken by fellow traveler Matthew Levison.
The average air travel destination for the U.S.? Canada, or as Quartz put it, ‘ in the middle of a Québécois forest.’ And France? Well, it’s France (…unsurprisingly).
Quartz calculated the average point of origin and destination for every country in the world, using the database OpenFlights. The results illustrate how countries contribute to the ‘balance of global air travel.’ The average destination reveals a nation’s ‘migratory bias, nearby tourist attractions and the countries with which it does business.’ Cool.
Travel is a faithful reminder that natural, unadulterated magnificence exists everywhere.
National Geographic is a master in the art of travel photography. From every corner of the earth, each shot is taken at the perfect moment. These untouched, exquisite photographs are here to make you smile. Click me to see the rest Nat Geo’s gallery Sense of Place.
When I was in college, I constantly daydreamed about travel. I would search for beautiful images of places I’d never been and collect them into a folder. Just the prospect of going, and the possibility of having a life where I could travel was enough to help me bang out those papers. I suppose this obsession with beauty and adventuring led to my career as a travel writer.
I remember buying a poster very similar to the photo above and every time I would get bummed out or bored with school, I’d think about: Vacation. Relaxation. Exploration…just about all of the ‘ations’ I aspired to integrate into my everyday life. These photos (via Interior Design Magazine) are stunning, striking, unbelievably incredible combinations of nature and man-made beauty. They make me feel better, and I hope they make you feel better too.
So, if you’re in the mood to daydream or you’re having a bad day, picture yourself here.
A grand display of God’s art in Zion National Park, Utah
Fatali and his ‘old-fashioned’ camera in just another gorgeous USA location
To see some incredible photography of special and sacred spaces in the Southwest, take a look at photographer Michael Fatali – he calls himself a “light recording artist.” I stumbled into his gallery, Earthscapes, while I was Park City, Utah. I spent a few hours in there staring at the photographs, each one more colorful, vibrant and spectacular than the last. Fatali is a national treasure, capturing the best of the American Southwest for over 25 years. His camera is absolutely enormous…but hey, I guess everyone has their thing.;) Click here to see Fatali’s ingenious work.
Botanical gardens from all over the globe, via Condé Nast Traveler. They left out Singapore Botanical Gardens (my favorite…the most divine place on earth) and the immaculate Bahai Gardens in Israel, but the rest of the roundup is beautiful. Click me to see the gallery.
Lofoten Islands, Arctic Norway. Via ‘God’s Light Show’, NYT
While I have traveled all over Norway, I was there in the summertime, so I never saw the Northern Lights. This photograph is from a particularly beautiful essay about a traveler’s first time seeing Aurora Borealis. Read it here.
The flowers on baobab trees emit a sweet watermelon scent that attracts mouse lemurs, the world’s smallest primate. Mouse lemurs feed on the aromatic nectar, which helps to pollinate the flowers. Some of the trees in the Baobab Alley are over 800 years old. Phenomenal.