Forget the Valencia filter; these far-flung destinations are already so easy on the eye that they’re Instagram-worthy all by themselves.
The red sand dunes of Sossusvlei | Namibia
Deep in the heart of the Namib-Naukluft Park is Namibia’s crowning jewel: Sossusvlei. These fiercely red dunes are the highest in the world, undulating in colossal peaks and troughs against the piercing heat of the desert sun. There’s an eerie sense of peace here, punctuated only by the skeletons of dead trees standing starkly against the skyline.
By nightfall, the wind erases every trace of life from the desert sands, as it has done every night for the last million years.Order your South African rand
The ice river of Perito Moreno | Argentina
The glittering jewel of Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia, the Perito Moreno glacier dazzles its way across nearly 100 square miles of pure beauty. A truly breathtaking sight, this imposing mass of ice is surrounded by emerald green trees and impossibly clear, silver skies.
Occasionally, large blocks of ice are detached with a thunderous roar as they fall down to the glacial waters below.Order your Argentinian pesos
The fairytale chimneys of Cappadocia | Turkey
A whimsical lunarscape unlike anywhere else on earth, the stones of Cappadocia have been sculpted to perfection by thousands of years of erosion. Caves tower and hills roll; rocks glisten and the sun shines. Here, you’re faced with the forces of nature at their very ultimate.
At sunrise, dozens of colourful hot air balloons take flight, giving a truly ethereal feel to this already magical daydream.Order your Turkish lira
The craggy peaks of Ha Long Bay | Vietnam
Sail on a Vietnamese junk boat through the rising mists of Ha Long Bay, among rocky limestone peaks that emerge mysteriously from deeply emerald waters.
Legend has it that the islets here were created by a dragon that gouged out the crevasses as it charged towards the coast. When it plunged into the sea, the bay overflowed with water, leaving only the ragged stone tops visible forever more.
Check out our Vietnam travel guide for more travel tips.Order your Vietnamese dong
The rainbow crater of Grand Prismatic Spring | United States
If you’ve always wanted to get close to a real life rainbow, you’re in for a treat at the Yellowstone National Park. Here you’ll find the mystical Grand Prismatic Spring, a volcanic crater illuminated in all the colours of the rainbow sky.
Sulphur and iron oxide tint this giant pot of yellow and red, whilst the microorganisms that thrive in its boiling waters add the rainbow touches of blue, brown and green.Order your US dollars