If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound? Probably. If you climb the top of Mount Everest, but never took a selfie, did it really happen? Questionable.
As a jet setter, it’s your unwritten duty to document your travels and share your incredible experiences with friends and followers. And here are the absolute best places on earth to do it.
1. Rainbow Mountain
Photo: Domingo Atao-Ayni Peru
Known locally as Vinicunca, Peru’s Rainbow Mountain is a sight to be seen. The incredible stripes of reds, yellows, blues, and purples are thought to be caused by the erosion of sedimentary stone of different mineral composition. Access is limited by horseback or foot, so leave the stilettos at home and pack your comfy walking shoes, because you’re in for an overnight hike.
2. Machu Picchu
Obviously this one's a bucket lister. Take a Lares Adventure tour in the Sacred Valley. The five- or seven-day itinerary gives you a mix of hiking, horseback riding, yoga, and plenty of time for selfies all day. You’ll end each day in cozy lodges where you’ll enjoy hot showers, gourmet meals and wines, goose-down bedding, and outdoor jacuzzis. Obviously this is the best type of "roughing it" that there is.
3. The Pitons
The twin peaks of The Pitons in St. Lucia are one of the Caribbean’s most famous landmarks. Rising nearly 3,000 feet above sea level, the hike up Gros Piton is not for the faint hearted, but its snaking, jungle-covered trail reveals some of the most breathtaking views of the island.
4. Wormsloe Plantation
This 822-acre historic site near Savannah is lined with 1.5 miles of live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. It is one of the most photographed places in Georgia and when you see it in person, you’ll understand why. You might also find it looks familiar because Miley Cyrus filmed part of the movie The Last Song here. And, if you look really, really far in the distance, you’ll see NeNe Leakes nibbling on a peach.
5. Bryce Canyon
The hoodoos around the vast Utah canyon are 40-million-years-old and range from five feet to 150 feet tall. They’re primarily formed by a process known as frost wedging. The melting snow seeps into the cracks and freezes at night, prying them open. This in turn molds and shapes the alien-looking formations. You can take a selfie on Bryce Canyon’s rim that overlooks the whole amphitheater of hoodoos or hike down for a closeup.
6. Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
The Switzerland hotel’s Bergoase Spa is a unique creation by architect Mario Botta. It pokes through the natural landscape of the Graubunden mountains like the sails of a boat reflecting the colors of the galaxy. For jet setters with a focus on wellness who seek the most enviable selfies, this spa is a one-of-a-kind, selfie-secret that requires no filter.
7. Montauk Lighthouse
Climb the 137 iron steps to the top of Montauk Lighthouse on Long Island and turn your back to the east. All that’s behind you is 3,200 miles of ocean. Next stop: Portugal! Affectionately known as "The End," Montauk is the most eastern spot in New York State. Historically, the lighthouse is the oldest in the United States, authorized by President George Washington in 1792 and completed in 1796. It still serves as an aid to navigation.
8. The Cayman Islands
>One of the most popular spots for diving in the Western hemisphere, the crystal-clear water provides a perfect opportunity to explore Grand Cayman’s pristine reefs, sandbars, shipwrecks, and dramatic wall dives. With easy access from the Westin Grand Cayman, explore the island’s underwater world and take a selfie to prove that you did.
9. Swarovski Crystal Worlds
The crowning piece of this Austrian gem is the Crystal Cloud. The monumental and inspiring installation surfaces 15,000 square feet and consists of 800,000 hand-mounted Swarovski crystals. Visitors follow a path to the Mirror Pool where the crystals’ light is captured like stars in the sky — even in broad daylight.
10. San Giovanni Fortress in Kotor, Montenegro
Historically, this fortress has been here since the Illyrians ruled the sea, but its name comes as a result of Venetians conquering the town in the year 1420. This walk takes you up 1,350 steps of old military trail up to the top of San Giovanni Fortress, overlooking Kotor Old Town. The stunning view boats fortress walls and the Bay of Kotor. Warning: The walk is very steep and not easy, so if you make it to the top, you’ve earned both bragging and selfie rights.
11. Bora Bora
Widely recognized as among the most romantic destinations in the world, Bora Bora is a renowned bucket list item. At luxe properties like the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, a must-take selfie is a jump off the overwater bungalow deck into the famous turquoise lagoon. Hold onto your Hermes!
12. The Blue Hole
In the country of Malta, 60 miles south of Sicily in the Mediterranean, on the island of Gozo, there is a beautiful destination called “The Azure Window.” There, you’ll find a natural swimming pool on the edge of the land and the ocean called “The Blue Hole.” The area is in danger of being ruined due to natural winds, so hurry up and go grab that selfie while it still exists in its current form.
13. Pikes Peak
If heights don’t make you weak in the knees, take a walk across Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in North America. Measuring 956 feet above the Arkansas River, check out the stunning beauty and snap a selfie. The bridge also boasts the country’s highest zip line.
14. Blue Ridge Mountains
You would be remiss not to experience foliage in the 1,400 acres of foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Plan your serene getaway sans technology (sans for that selfie, of course) and find solace in the tranquility of hiking, swimming, boating, and straight-up relaxing. High Hampton Inn is a classically rustic stone-and-wood mountain in that overlooks North Carolina’s spectacular mountainous scenery.
15. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
As astonishing as the name indicates, Jökulsárlón is a large lagoon of water on the south coast of Iceland, full of floating icebergs that are traveling from the glaciers out to the sea. Dubbed “Crystal Beach,” this stunning background is the coolest (get it?) place to take a selfie!
Photo: Acacia Africa
This African country known as the “mountain kingdom in the sky,” is the only country in the world that has all of its land lying at altitude in excess of 5,000 feet above sea level. Picture yourself atop a pony used by the local Basotho herdsmen and trekking across Malelea’s hair-raising trails. With all the spectacular mountain scenery in the background, this is the ultimate location for snapping those selfies.
The energy and magic of Myanmar (also known as Burma) makes it a destination that can’t be missed while traveling through Asia. The untouched landscapes and awe-inspiring temples make it a truly Insta-worthy destination. And the food? It’s as photogenic as the landscape, bursting with the flavor and colors from fresh local spices. Topdeck, a group travel company that specializes in fully planned trips for millennials, offers a trip to Mynamar that ensure you won’t miss any of the insta-worthy destination.
Famous for more than just its party scene, Ibiza offers something for everyone with its rich history, whitewashed villages, sun-kissed beaches and surprisingly peaceful north coast. This glittering island off the coast of Spain gives the perfect balance of fun and relaxation, all surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea.
19. Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a 151-mile stretch of road along the beautiful southeastern coast of Australia. It’s home to multiple natural wonders including the limestone cliffs of the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, multiple natural waterfalls, and more — making it impossible to leave without a full camera roll.
20. Imperial Sand Dunes
Just west of Yuma, Arizona is 159,000 acres of rolling hills of sand in the Sonoran Desert, right off Interstate 8. Once a filming location for the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi sarlacc scene, this is a great place to stop and take a selfie against the otherworldly backdrop.
21. Navagio Beach
#NoFilter needed for the selfie you’ll be taking on the Greek Island of Zakynthos. Perch on the edge of the dramatic rocky cliff and enjoy a bird's eye view of a surreal cerulean sea lapping onto a sandy shore. This place of magic is not something you’ll find anywhere else.
22. Victoria Falls
On the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world and a social media favorite. It is the world’s largest waterfall. The world's. That’s a pretty big deal. So get here and get to snapping!
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