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5 unknown breathtaking spots around the world

We live in a big beautiful world, with its countless landscapes, mountains, and oceans. As much as one may love travelling, exploring and visiting touristic and world-known sites, there are hidden gems that go unnoticed with everything happening around us.

These next few breathtaking spots are definitely ones you should look out for and add to your 2020 travel list.

1. Szczecin Crooked Forest, Poland

A little bit outside of Western Poland, you will reach a forest with over 400 pine trees even more mesmerizing than those you see in movies. This is known as the crooked forest.

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This one of a kind forest has trees that bend at a 90 degree angle from the base and curve in a C-like form. To this day, it is still wondered what makes these trees bend. Some people believe that they underwent some kind of genetic mutation with the use of human tools, while others think that they bend north due to a gravitational pull found in the area.

3. Santa Maria dell’Isola Monastery, Italy

 

 

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Pack your bags and head to Italy for the perfect getaway!

You already know Italy for the Colosseum, Vatican Church and its one and only leaning tower of Pizza. Also, don’t get me started on its crystal-clear beaches in Sardinia, Amalfi Coast and others in the South. But you haven’t seen anything until you’ve been to Tropea, a small city home to a 12th century Norman Cathedral Franciscan Monastery.

Among Italians it’s a common secret vacation spot (shh, don’t let them know I spilled the beans). Enjoy your day with a marvelous view of the castle or take a stroll and enjoy the different artwork and interior designs relating to different historical periods, in a simple yet extraordinary interior.

 

3. Quinta de Regaleira, Portugal

 

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If you’re into gothic architecture and historical sites, then the Quinta de Regaleira in Portugal is the place for you. This beautiful house is over 5 floors, with gardens and hidden tunnels. What’s even cooler is that there is a well around 27 inches deep lined with stairs connecting all the tunnels through the residence. Some people name it the initiation well, but it isn’t much of a well because it never served as a water source. So, I’m going to call it the inverted tower, depending on the direction you choose to walk. 

 

4. Pingvallavatn Lake, Iceland

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“Fertile is the Water that runs under Lava”.  This is a popular Icelandic proverb and commonly used to describe Lake Pingvallavatn. Being the largest natural lake in Iceland, its watershed is covered in lava (yes, actual lava) and water flows through. Besides that, take a dip while snorkeling or scuba diving and you can see its volcanic origin. That’s not all, you can even be in 2 places at once. Yes, you read that right. It’s the exact place where the North American and Euroasian tectonic plates meet. Fancy a swim?

 

5. Natron Lake, Tanzania

African trips are all about safaris, cruising through the deserts, and seeing incredible wildlife. Well, that’s not all…ever heard about Lake Natron in Tanzania? This unusual spot is not your typical lake. This lake can turn any animal into stone. Can you imagine it? It has a high pH value which burns through the skin of any animals that might even think of taking a dip in it. So, I would skip the swim if I was you and just enjoy the view.

 

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So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and book your next trip and check out some of these strange places around the world.

P.S: I’d love to hear about some strange destinations you’ve visited, so send me a message and let me know about cool places I can add on my bucket-list and maybe get featured in my next blog!

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