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There are two stories as to how Turks and Caicos — a vast and diverse archipelago of 40 islands in the Atlantic — got its name. 'Turks' is believed to be derived from the indigenous Turk’s Head ‘fez’ cactus, a small stubby cactus with a top resembling a Turkish Fez, while 'Caicos' comes from the Lucayan term ‘caya hico’ meaning ‘string of islands.’ Spend your time on the islands whale-watching in Salt Cay, scuba diving over the 14-mile barrier reef off Providenciales’s shore, or romancing at Grace Bay Beach. (🎥: @waterproject 📍: Turks and Caicos Islands 🎶: "Line of Sight" by @odesza )
There are two stories as to how Turks and Caicos — a vast and diverse archipelago of 40 islands in the Atlantic — got its name. 'Turks' is believed to be derived from the indigenous Turk’s Head ‘fez’ cactus, a small stubby cactus with a top resembling a Turkish Fez, while 'Caicos' comes from the Lucayan term ‘caya hico’ meaning ‘string of islands.’ Spend your time on the islands whale-watching in Salt Cay, scuba diving over the 14-mile barrier reef off Providenciales’s shore, or romancing at Grace Bay Beach. (🎥: @waterproject 📍: Turks and Caicos Islands 🎶: "Line of Sight" by @odesza )
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Every year, an estimated 7 to 8 million people make the journey to Agra, India to take in the Taj Mahal’s grand architecture and sacred history. The ivory white-marbled mausoleum was first commissioned as a place of rest for the favorite wife of the 17th century’s Mughal emperor. Now, the stately property has been deemed one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. (📷: @harimaolee📍: Taj Mahal, India)
Every year, an estimated 7 to 8 million people make the journey to Agra, India to take in the Taj Mahal’s grand architecture and sacred history. The ivory white-marbled mausoleum was first commissioned as a place of rest for the favorite wife of the 17th century’s Mughal emperor. Now, the stately property has been deemed one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. (📷: @harimaolee📍: Taj Mahal, India)
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Whether scuba diving into Lake Plansee or canoeing on its crystal clear waters, the lake pulls you into a romantic of Austrian landscapes. A quick peek over the side of your canoe quickly showcases why the lake’s water quality is award-winning — everything from rainbow trout to whitefish visibly swim below the surface. A more profound appreciation for what is the second largest lake in Tyrol settles in once you learn that it's is also used to generate electricity. (📷: @bokehm0n 📍: Plansee, Tirol, Austria)
Whether scuba diving into Lake Plansee or canoeing on its crystal clear waters, the lake pulls you into a romantic of Austrian landscapes. A quick peek over the side of your canoe quickly showcases why the lake’s water quality is award-winning — everything from rainbow trout to whitefish visibly swim below the surface. A more profound appreciation for what is the second largest lake in Tyrol settles in once you learn that it's is also used to generate electricity. (📷: @bokehm0n 📍: Plansee, Tirol, Austria)
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Puerto Rico is known for its unique and picturesque beaches — from Mosquito Bay to Flamenco Beach, the island's shores are widely recognized as some of the best in the Caribbean. Whether you prefer sunrises or sunsets, you'll always find solace in a long walk on its coast, or by engaging with the natural wildlife, like large fish and sea turtles, that live off its famed shores. Follow @DiscoverPuertoRico to learn more about Puerto Rico’s pristine beaches. #🇵🇷 #discoverpuertorico
Puerto Rico is known for its unique and picturesque beaches — from Mosquito Bay to Flamenco Beach, the island's shores are widely recognized as some of the best in the Caribbean. Whether you prefer sunrises or sunsets, you'll always find solace in a long walk on its coast, or by engaging with the natural wildlife, like large fish and sea turtles, that live off its famed shores. Follow @DiscoverPuertoRico to learn more about Puerto Rico’s pristine beaches. #🇵🇷 #discoverpuertorico
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Smooth rocks and deep blue waters will surround you when meandering through this horseshoe-shaped Greek island. Built around a volcanic caldera and known as the birthplace of the Louvre’s "Venus de Milo" statue, Milos should be more than a pitstop on anyone’s Grecian adventure. (📷: @alliemtaylor📍: Mílos, Kikladhes, Greece)
Smooth rocks and deep blue waters will surround you when meandering through this horseshoe-shaped Greek island. Built around a volcanic caldera and known as the birthplace of the Louvre’s "Venus de Milo" statue, Milos should be more than a pitstop on anyone’s Grecian adventure. (📷: @alliemtaylor📍: Mílos, Kikladhes, Greece)
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The highest mountain in Germany is suddenly surrounded by lush greenery when reflected on the surface of the pristine Eibsee lake in Bavaria. Reminiscent of watercolor strokes, this view has inspired as many abstract nature paintings as it has Instagram likes. After a bit of daydreaming as you look out on the water, venture up Zugspitze mountain to find one of the three glaciers that call the mountain home. (📷: @bantko 📍: Eibsee, Bayern, Germany)
The highest mountain in Germany is suddenly surrounded by lush greenery when reflected on the surface of the pristine Eibsee lake in Bavaria. Reminiscent of watercolor strokes, this view has inspired as many abstract nature paintings as it has Instagram likes. After a bit of daydreaming as you look out on the water, venture up Zugspitze mountain to find one of the three glaciers that call the mountain home. (📷: @bantko 📍: Eibsee, Bayern, Germany)
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@markus1eder speeds down a mountainside in Hakuba in the northern Japan Alps — once part of a route called the Salt Road that was used to bring salt and other marine products from the coast at Itoigawa. Beyond spectacular winter recreation, you could spend your time in the region visiting snow monkeys or the Matsumoto castle, learning to Taiko drum, or taking a traditional Japanese cooking class. (🎥: @alex_meliss 📍: Hakuba, Japan)
@markus1eder speeds down a mountainside in Hakuba in the northern Japan Alps — once part of a route called the Salt Road that was used to bring salt and other marine products from the coast at Itoigawa. Beyond spectacular winter recreation, you could spend your time in the region visiting snow monkeys or the Matsumoto castle, learning to Taiko drum, or taking a traditional Japanese cooking class. (🎥: @alex_meliss 📍: Hakuba, Japan)
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Let’s go where the turf meets the surf, a la Bing Crosby, in San Diego. It’s actually illegal to swim in any of the lakes in the city, but that’s okay — the shoreline extends 70 miles and harnesses the unlimited potential for adventure. (📷: @alec_basanec 📍: San Diego, California)
Let’s go where the turf meets the surf, a la Bing Crosby, in San Diego. It’s actually illegal to swim in any of the lakes in the city, but that’s okay — the shoreline extends 70 miles and harnesses the unlimited potential for adventure. (📷: @alec_basanec 📍: San Diego, California)
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Cotton candy reflections in Ibiza, only a two-and-a-half-hour flight from London and one of the best places to rave and rejuvenate in the world. The settlers of Ibiza, pronounced ‘evissa,’ dedicated the island to Bez — the god of music and dance. Head there to dance until the sunrise reflects off the Mediterranean Sea. (📷: @dorpell 📍: Ibiza, Spain)
Cotton candy reflections in Ibiza, only a two-and-a-half-hour flight from London and one of the best places to rave and rejuvenate in the world. The settlers of Ibiza, pronounced ‘evissa,’ dedicated the island to Bez — the god of music and dance. Head there to dance until the sunrise reflects off the Mediterranean Sea. (📷: @dorpell 📍: Ibiza, Spain)
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The oldest settlement in the country, Old San Juan is the historical gem of Puerto Rico, boasting centuries-old forts, a romantic ambiance, old-world elegance, exquisite food, and a festive atmosphere. Connected to the main island by three bridges, it also offers excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean and Old San Juan Bay, a seven-block-long historic district with a charming mixture of landmarks, restaurants, museums, and shopping, as well as picturesque beaches. Don't you think it's time to escape to one of the most beloved port destinations in the Caribbean? Follow @DiscoverPuertoRico to learn more about the charm of Old San Juan. #🇵🇷 #discoverpuertorico
The oldest settlement in the country, Old San Juan is the historical gem of Puerto Rico, boasting centuries-old forts, a romantic ambiance, old-world elegance, exquisite food, and a festive atmosphere. Connected to the main island by three bridges, it also offers excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean and Old San Juan Bay, a seven-block-long historic district with a charming mixture of landmarks, restaurants, museums, and shopping, as well as picturesque beaches. Don't you think it's time to escape to one of the most beloved port destinations in the Caribbean? Follow @DiscoverPuertoRico to learn more about the charm of Old San Juan. #🇵🇷 #discoverpuertorico
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Elephants are incredible creatures — gentle, intelligent, emotive. @donalboyd spent some time in Zimbabwe with @actionifaw and @zen_wildislife documenting the rewilding of six rescued elephants from a nursery in the capital of Harare to the Panda Masuie Forest Reserve near Victoria Falls. “The actual move of these elephants involved a 16-hour journey from start to finish and was the culmination of hundreds of hours of planning by countless key players and wildlife professionals. These six elephants will now finally have the opportunity to interact with wild herds in this crucial conservation area, as they live alongside their handlers for support and protection until they’re ready to be fully independent.” (📷: @donalboyd📍: Zimbabwe)
Elephants are incredible creatures — gentle, intelligent, emotive. @donalboyd spent some time in Zimbabwe with @actionifaw and @zen_wildislife documenting the rewilding of six rescued elephants from a nursery in the capital of Harare to the Panda Masuie Forest Reserve near Victoria Falls. “The actual move of these elephants involved a 16-hour journey from start to finish and was the culmination of hundreds of hours of planning by countless key players and wildlife professionals. These six elephants will now finally have the opportunity to interact with wild herds in this crucial conservation area, as they live alongside their handlers for support and protection until they’re ready to be fully independent.” (📷: @donalboyd📍: Zimbabwe)
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An ethereal sunset at White Sands — the best time to see the sea of sand spread out through the Tularosa Basin. Don’t forget your sunglasses, as the sand really is dazzlingly white. (📷: @jamieout 📍: White Sands National Monument, New Mexico)
An ethereal sunset at White Sands — the best time to see the sea of sand spread out through the Tularosa Basin. Don’t forget your sunglasses, as the sand really is dazzlingly white. (📷: @jamieout 📍: White Sands National Monument, New Mexico)
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