The 16 Most Dangerous and Beautiful Places on Earth

For most people, vacations are about relaxation, but for some it’s all about adventure. If you’d like your holiday to come with a side of danger, here are 16 risky but incredible places you can visit.

Bárðarbunga Volcano, Iceland

Iceland is home to beautiful barren landscapes, but is situated on top of two tectonic plates and a mountain of molten lava, making it home to around 30 volcanoes. The second largest of them, Bárðarbunga, began erupting again in August of 2014, attracting danger-seeking travelers from across the globe. Don’t get too close, though: Volcanoes are obviously unpredictable and can emit poisonous gases.

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Mount Everest, Nepal

The tallest peak on earth has been attracting mountaineers ever since Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa Tenzing Norgay first climbed it in 1953. But since that first expedition, almost 250 people have died trying to do the same and more are likely to follow; between 100-200 brave souls attempt the climb each year. If joining the ranks of the top adventurers in the world isn’t reward enough, successful climbers also get to take in the spectacular view from the top.

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Danakil Desert, Ethiopia

Known as “The Cruelest Place on Earth,” the Danakil Desert is home to barren, salty soil and unfathomable temperatures that hover around 120°F. But the otherworldly, multi-colored landscape still attracts tourists despite the heat and the high crime rates in the nearby regions of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

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American City Guide: New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has a reputation as the most vibrant and thrilling vacation destination on the continent. It’s the home of New York Fashion Week, the United Nations, Broadway, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. Its fast pace inspired the phrase “New York minute” and even if you only have $5 per day to spend, you can still enjoy every aspect of this incredible metropolis.

Extravagant Hotel Pools You Need to See

For a lot of us, the pool is the holiday and the holiday is the pool. The success or failure of a getaway in the sun is determined by just how good the pool is. Knowing this, many hotels have some truly absurd swimming pools. Absurd for their grandeur and extravagance, these pools alone would make an unforgettable holiday.

Total Relaxation: 10 Best Wellness Retreats

Depending on what kind of relaxation you are looking for, a wellness retreat can offer an extraordinary vacay away from daily distractions of life, while enjoying incredible cuisine, along with fun activities to keep your body moving. Whether you love the idea of some hiking, yoga, meditation, or massages, there are a variety of wellness retreats all across the globe that help you relax, find your inner self, and feel rejuvenated.