It is really easy to get misplaced in a fantasy world whereas studying a terrific novel or watching one thing like Recreation of Thrones. However the reality is, lots of these impossible-to-imagine settings do truly exist! Listed below are 12 locations that will appear fictional however are literally actual:
1 Cat Island
Cat Island is a small island in Mississippi that draws tourists every year because it's home to a colony of feral cats. The cats were left on the island by their owners, who moved away and left them behind. Since then, they've become wild and have no fear of humans—in fact, many people visit Cat Island just to meet these friendly felines!
The cats are not aggressive and are easy to approach. They roam freely around the island and even venture out onto land occasionally (though they stay near water). If you're ever in the area, we recommend stopping by Cat Island for some furry fun!
Socotra is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean, about 250 miles south of the Arabian Peninsula. It is one of Yemen’s most popular tourist destinations and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 because of its unique biodiversity. The island has been described as the “Galapagos Islands of Arabia” due to its rich flora and fauna, including many endemic species that are not found anywhere else on Earth.
The island is also home to some intriguing geological formations, such as Wadi Adhai with its giant sinkholes and sulfur springs. The limestone karst landscape here looks like something out of a sci-fi movie!
3 Zhangye Danxia
Zhangye Danxia is a collection of colorful hills in China. The natural phenomenon was formed over millions of years through the erosion of soft sandstone and red sandstone, creating outcrops that are almost entirely made up of large blocks of deep red, orange and yellow hues. The hills were named after Zhangye, a city located nearby. It is also known as Rainbow Mountains because from certain angles it looks like they have been splattered with paint by an artist using his fingers (the rock formations resemble giant fingers).
Zhangye Danxia became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016 and has since become one of the most popular tourist destinations in China.
4 Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat, located in southwest Bolivia. The salt flat covers an area of 10,582 square kilometers (4,077 sq mi), which makes it the world's largest mirror. It also happens to be the world's largest lake and natural reserve.
5 Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Japan
The Wisteria Flower Tunnel is a tunnel of wisteria flowers that is located in Japan. It is a popular tourist attraction that people travel from all over the world to see. The sight of these beautiful flowers growing on a steep hillside can be stunning, and it's no surprise that this place has been used for photo ops for many years now.
If you're looking for something different on your next vacation, consider heading to Japan and visiting this unique location!
6 Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
Glowworm caves are an underground cavern located in Waitomo, New Zealand. The cave is filled with millions of glowworms that light up the cave walls like stars in the night sky. Glowworm caves are formed by water erosion and have been used for centuries as a source of food and shelter for local Maori people. In recent times, they've become a popular tourist attraction with visitors coming from all over to see these remarkable creatures create their own natural light show.
In order to protect the glowworms inside their caves, it's illegal for anyone other than tour guides or experts on New Zealand's native flora and fauna to enter them without proper training and certification from the Department of Conservation!
7 Aogashima, South Pacific Ocean
Aogashima is a volcanic island that belongs to the Izu Islands, which are located in the Philippine Sea. It is Japan's northernmost inhabited island and one of its southern-most islands. The island has an area of about 3 square kilometers and a population of about 150 people who live on it year-round.
The island can only be reached by boat from Hachijo-jima or Kujuku-shima, both being other islands near Aogashima in Japan's Izu Archipelago.
8 Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt is a small village in Austria, with a population of less than 1000 people. It's located at the base of an alpine mountain range, and it's known for being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The salt mine at Hallstatt has been operating since prehistoric times, making it Europe's oldest salt mine.
The village itself is surrounded by mountains and lakes, so it can be difficult to get there if you don't have wheels (or wings).
9 Stone Forest, Madagascar
The stone forest is a geological formation on the west coast of Madagascar, located in the Masoala National Park. It is a unique ecosystem, with a large concentration of limestone needles up to 12 metres high.
The formation was created by erosion from water and wind that have shaped what looks like giant stone pillars or 'towers', forming various shapes such as cubes and pyramids. The biggest 'tower' measures about 24 meters high by 30 meters wide - that's about three stories tall!
10 White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand
The White Temple is located in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Its design was inspired by the famous Temple of Dawn in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). It was built by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a Thai artist who designed it as a replica of the Golden Temple in Malaysia.
The temple was built using over 10 million pieces of marble and concrete to create its white walls. Unfortunately, some people have been stealing parts of this temple because they believe they have magical powers!
11 Door to Hell, Derweze Village, Turkmenistan
The Door to Hell is a natural gas field in Derweze Village, Turkmenistan. It was set on fire as a result of Soviet scientists drilling the ground for research purposes. The fire has been burning ever since.
The flames are approximately 70 feet high and have been burning since they were first lit in 1971, after being accidentally ignited by a Soviet scientist who was attempting to burn off excess methane from an underground cavern by using an old tractor's engine.
12 Pamukkale Cotton Castle Turkey
Pamukkale Cotton Castle is a natural wonder in Denizli, Turkey. The name means "cotton castle" in Turkish and refers to the white travertines that form here. The area was known as Hierapolis until it was renamed Pamukkale (literally meaning cotton castle) by the Turkish Tourist Office to attract foreign tourists.
Pamukkale's warm waters and its therapeutic properties have been known since ancient times. In fact, this thermal water has been used for centuries by locals as a spa treatment for rheumatism, skin diseases and muscle stiffness caused by hard physical work or old age.
I hope that these amazing places will inspire you to explore the world and see what it has to offer. It’s important to take time off from work so that you can refresh yourself and recharge your energy levels.