21 Real-Life Fairy Tale Worlds That'll Have You Lunging For Your Passport

You won't believe your eyes.

You're older, wiser, and you know now that witches' broomsticks and flying carpets just aren't the reliable modes of transport that the books of your childhood promised they'd be. But that doesn't mean you're not still in need of adventure.

You love the promise of the unknown and the feel of your passport beneath your fingertips. On humdrum days, it helps to know that you're only a pinch of bravery and a plane ticket away from somewhere entirely, magically new. 

One day you'll take that leap of faith. And when you do, these are the fairy tale-ready places that should be first up on your itinerary.


21. The mirror-like salt flat of Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni.

20. The tulip fields in Skagit Valley, Washington that never seem to end.

19. The surreal curvature of Wave Rock in Australia.

18. Fly Geyser, Nevada's impossible beauty.

17. The clandestine stalactites of Mexico's Rio Secreto.

16. The trailing romance of Wisteria Tunnel in Kitakyushu, Japan.

15. The Wave, Utah, and all of its banded slopes.

14. The "liquid rainbow" of Meta, Colombia.

13. The too-perfect-to-be-true bridge of Berry Head Arch in Newfoundland, Canada.

12. The charred-looking remnants of the "Dead Marsh" in Namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia.

11. The way the ice caves of Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska inspire soul-searching.

10. How the rocks in Yehliu Geopark, Taiwan make you wonder if you've slipped into another world.

9. The almost supernatural magnificence of Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Spring.

8. The thickly clustered branches of Socrotra Island, Yemen.

7. The not-quite-people-sized steps at Giant's Causeway in Bushmills, Northern Ireland.

6. The seemingly bottomless chasm of Belize City's Great Blue Hole.

5. The wistful, water-filled sand dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil.

4. The between-your-toes coolness of Glass Beach, California.

3. Every hand clasped beneath Klevan, Ukraine's Tunnel Of Love.

2. The utter bliss of Pamukkale, Turkey's thermal pools.

1. The glowworms of New Zealand's Waitomo Caves, drawing you forward with their light.


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