Out of This World Holiday Destinations for 2018

January 2, 2018

This is the perfect time to plan your trips for 2018 and if you’re stuck on destinations, then we have some brilliant places that will blow your mind away. TripAdvisor presented a list of ten attractions of supernatural beauty that can be found on our little old planet.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
With more than 10,000 square kilometres Salar de Uyuni is known as the largest saltpan on earth – Fans of the popular space saga will have it on their radar from mid-December: The salt desert will be featured as scene of the newly discovered planet Crait, which will play a particularly important role in this part of the trilogy. The salt crust was formed over 10,000 years ago by the dehydration of the Palaeoose Tauca. Travelers rave about the supernatural atmosphere. Especially magical is the mood at sunrise, when the reflection reflects in the morning light rays.

Wadi Rum, Jordan
More than just a desert – thanks to its extraordinary landscape, this place has been featured many times for popular science fiction films. It also became a pilgrim destination after serving as the filming location for the moon Jedha. On a full-day Jeep tour with a local guide, visitors will pass natural rock formations, ancient rock inscriptions and the Lawrence waterfall. Other options such as the visit of a Bedouin tent can be booked.

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, New Zealand
In New Zealand’s largest geothermal area, visitors will find countless hot springs as well as pools and ponds that have an intense odour due to sulphur fumes and create a special atmosphere. In addition, they are coloured differently by minerals and thus look like bizarre landscapes: such as the poison-green Devil’s Bath. There are several trails through the park, including the self-guided hiking and climbing tour in Waimangu.

Skaftafell National Park, Iceland
Iceland’s unique nature has been featured in films of the space saga Star Wars, for example as setting for the planet Lah’mu. The contrasting landscape of the Skaftafell National Park in Iceland also puts visitors in an unreal world of ice formations and craggy ridges, creating an impressive and bizarre experience with the sight of the volcanoes. If you want to immerse yourself in the national park, you can do so with a guided glacier hike on the ice wall.

Pink Lake, Australia
Its unusual pink coloration makes this lake on the West coast of Australia a spectacular backdrop. The colour of the lake comes from beta-carotene, which is produced by algae and gives this place a magical atmosphere. Extra-terrestrial beautiful views of the pink lake in its natural surroundings near Geraldton get visitors on a 30-minute flight.

Valley of Fire, USA
Deep red sand, unique rock formations and ancient Native American rock art can be experienced in Nevada’s oldest state park. Just an hour’s drive from Las Vegas, adventurers will find a landscape as if from another planet, with breath-taking views. Those who are not confident about hiking on their own should aim for a guided hike with a guide, which lasts about four to five hours.

Painted Desert, USA
What bizarre wonders nature brings to life is shown by the sight of the Painted Desert in Arizona, whose sight transports visitors to another world. Especially intense is the play of colours in the Painted Desert on a tour at sunset.

The Pinnacles, Australia
Extra-terrestrial appear the up to four meters high limestone columns that give the National Park its name. Emerged on a moving dune, these strange formations dominate the picture of the surrounding area. To experience the fascinating, bizarre desert landscape, travellers can book a day trip that starts from Perth and in which they can try out in sandboarding.

El Lago Verde and Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
On the route of the volcanoes in the Timanfaya National Park, visitors pass spectacular lava formations, rugged grottos and an emerald-green lagoon reminiscent of alien worlds. A day trip through the south of the island combines all these experiences, and in addition, visitors can witness exciting geothermal experiments on this tour.

Valle de la Luna, Chile
The supernatural landscape of the Valle de la Luna is one of the driest places on earth. The valley is a strip of dunes, caves, mountain peaks and natural depressions that create a moon-like atmosphere and thus a fascinating experience for visitors. The Valley of the Moon can also be visited on a day trip, from San Pedro.

Le Sentier des Ocres, France
For an experience of the supernatural kind, travellers from Europe do not always have to go to the other end of the world. The Ochre Trail in France, with its peculiar rock formations, also promises foreign visitors alien impressions. On a four-hour private tour of Provence, travellers will come by this natural spectacle as well as castles, vineyards and the lavender museum.

Zhangye Danxia Geopark, China
The rock formations and hills of this landscape consist mainly of red sandstone containing various minerals. Over time, erosion, wind and weather created a variety of shapes, discolorations and patterns that give this place a spectacular sight. At the sight of the “Rainbow Mountains”, travellers report a scene “not of this world”. The best way to admire the view is in sunny weather.

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