The Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
This park on the Brazilian coast is famous for its windswept white sand dunes that trap rainwater and form reflective blue lakes during the rainy season. The best time to visit is between June and September, after the lakes have formed and rains are less frequent, and the sun isn’t as hot and blinding.
The second largest city in Hungary, Debrecen features a historic central square, numerous street festivals, museums, a lively nightclub scene, and even thermal baths. Nearby Hortobágy National Park covers 82,000 hectares and contains over 100 species of birds as well as herds of long-haired sheep, buffalo, and horses.
Lower Mustang Valley, Nepal
Once part of a kingdom called Lo, the Lower Mustang Valley in Nepal’s Himalayas is still culturally connected to Tibet and home to multiple monasteries. In addition to the Buddhist culture and dramatic landscape, the area also boasts geologic features including Jurassic-era fossils, and sandstone cliffs containing carved-out meditation caves.
Nicknamed the Golden City, Jaisalmer in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan is a former medieval trading center. Built almost entirely out of yellow sandstone, the city seems to gleam like gold in the desert sun. The city’s focal point is the Jaisalmer Fort, built in 1156. It’s the only living forth in the world and the last inhabited ancient fortress in India.
Hvar Island is characterized by beautiful coastline-including isolated coves on the southern shores-with crystal blue waters, and vineyards and lavender fields in the interior. Hvar Town on the western coast is a summer yachters’ destination featuring up-scale dining as well as beach bars and a 13th century fort that offers amazing views of the historic city.