Around the world, there are a series of wonderful places, but of course, the word wonderful can be interpreted in a series of different ways. So as we run through this list you're probably going to like some of the confusing locations and dislike some of the beautiful ones, but isn't that the best thing about the human mind? We think it is.
A lot of these locations are visually very stunning but at the same time, there are things that we find so bizarre about them. That isn't to say that they aren't all great in their own way, but there's a certain 'mystery' there that is always going to be both exciting and unsettling in equal measure.
In terms of the wider picture, we'd like to use the introduction to send a message that we feel is pretty important: travel. It may not be something that you've ever considered or even contemplated, but it broadens your horizons so much and that's just a fact. It allows you to see different culture to your own, and that can be a great thing to experience - especially if you're in need of a change in your life.
So regardless of which category some of these entries fall into, make sure you keep an open mind because it could be the key to unlocking some great possibilities for you. Obviously, that may sound completely ridiculous and over the top, but such is the nature of catching the travel bug. Sorry about that.
20 BEAUTIFUL: Cinque Terre, Italy - Breathtaking
The Italians are very blessed in more ways than one, from the things they're able to experience culturally to the great views across many of their towns and cities. With this entry, though, it's pretty common knowledge that Cinque Terre is one of the pinnacles when it comes to tourism across the nation.
The collection of small villages make for the ultimate getaway, especially if you want to enjoy the authentic 'Italian' lifestyle. If you spend a week or so there then you're likely going to forget all about your usual everyday life, at the expense of this fun-filled adventure.
19 CONFUSING: Area 51, United States - Unknown
Not everyone is into the idea of aliens or extraterrestrial beings, and we can appreciate that. A lot of the information that has been 'discovered' about the topic does seem farfetched and you'd need to suspend your disbelief in order to believe it, but then again, where's the fun in being a non-believer?
Area 51 is an example of what folklore can do for a location, with thousands upon thousands of people travelling to the destination each year in order to try and catch a glimpse of something, or someone, beyond our comprehension. It's a fascinating place, and it's a fascinating thing to consider.
18 BEAUTIFUL: Blue Lagoon, Iceland - Pamper yourself
Iceland is a gorgeous country from top to bottom, and you don't need us to tell you that. It serves as one of the most underrated nations when it comes to tourism, with many people believing that it's either too expensive or just too unrealistic to try and arrange a trip there.
One such reason for that is the Blue Lagoon, and while it may be a bit pricey, there's no amount of money in the world that we wouldn't pay in order to go here. Aside from potentially catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights, the actual resort is unlike anything you'll ever experience again.
17 CONFUSING: Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany - Underlying Mystery
Just take a quick look at the setting here and tell us that you aren't either creeped out or extremely interested in the backstory. This German castle is utterly remarkable to look at aesthetically, but when you really look at it, you can't help but be intrigued in more ways than one.
Millions upon millions of visitors come here just to catch a glimpse of it up close, and we can't say that we blame them. It feels like there's a hidden tale or two that has never been told to the public about this castle, and that will keep people coming back and talking about it for many years.
16 BEAUTIFUL: Taj Mahal, India - Iconic
It's the pinnacle of Asian tourism (perhaps aside from the Great Wall of China), it's a stunning destination, and it's a truly great landmark. What's not to love? The Taj Mahal showcases what is possible in the realms of architectural brilliance, and that reassures us that there are many more buildings to come that can replicate the Taj in that sense.
If you enjoy the art of symmetry then this will be extra special for you, too, because every single detail looks and feels perfect from the top to the bottom. Obviously, coming to see these wonders of the world isn't everyone's cup of tea, but try to avoid the stereotypes.
15 CONFUSING: Island of the Dolls, Mexico - Unsettling, to put it nicely
We aren't entirely comfortable about even talking you through what's going on here, and we can't imagine that you're having a great time looking at the above picture - so we're going to try and keep this short and sweet.
There's an island in Mexico full of dismembered and otherwise unsettling dolls, most of which are hung up in a series of trees. Yes, Mexico has always been an unconventional nation with some odd techniques in drawing numbers for tourism, but are we that outrageous to suggest that this is one step too far? Either way, we won't be sending any Christmas cards with this image on the front.
14 BEAUTIFUL: Machu Picchu, Peru - Hidden
What is left to say about Machu Picchu that hasn't already been said? Sometimes, instead of reading words or listening to a dialogue of any kind, you just need to take a step back, look up, and really take in what's in front of you - and this is certainly one of those times.
Machu Picchu makes you feel like you're in your own little bubble, in a country that otherwise feels like any other Latin nation in regards to the 'hustle and bustle' nature of things. We absolutely love it there, and it'd be hard for anyone not to concur with that statement.
13 CONFUSING: Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan - Don't Fall in
Have you ever seen those TV shows or movies that end with someone falling into a deep, fiery abyss? Well, we're fairly certain that this is what those scenes were based on.
This gas crater is known as the 'Doors to Hell' and, well, the picture speaks for itself. On one hand it'd be a great place to try and dispose of any lingering enemies you may have, but on the other hand, just getting within a few hundred feet of it would be utterly intimidating.
It feels as if a huge volcanic eruption is just waiting to burst out at any given moment, and that's not something we want to be a part of. Nature is great, as we all know, but it can also be very, very scary.
12 BEAUTIFUL: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam - Simply Gorgeous
Vietnam was long since considered to be somewhere that isn't a tourist hotspot, but over the years, more and more people and travellers have been working hard to prove that isn't the case - and that, in fact, it's one of the more breathtaking countries you could visit.
A big point in their favour would be Ha Long Bay, which is made up of a series of limestone karsts that you can move in and out of at will. As a world heritage site, it's viewed as a pretty big deal, and we're pretty confident in suggesting that the history behind it is one of the primary reasons or that.
11 CONFUSING: Bermuda Triangle, North Atlantic - An Unsolved Mystery
It sounds a little bit weird, but it almost feels disrespectful to even talk about the Bermuda Triangle, purely because of the mystery that still surrounds it. For those of you who don't know there have been a series of 'disappearances' from planes and boats alike in this region, and while many 'theories' have been debunked, it's still an interesting phenomenon.
A world without mystery would be a very dull and uninteresting place in our eyes, and we're pretty sure that goes for most other people too. Of course, we understand that there are problems with some of the logic at hand with the Bermuda Triangle, but we should always be searching for more answers.
10 BEAUTIFUL: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia - Endless Earth
If you ever want to feel like you're stepping out onto the edge, then go and visit any given salt flat near you. If you want to look around and feel like all life around you no longer exists, then the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia could be right up your street.
As the biggest salt flat in the world, you could quite literally feel like you're the only person left on Earth, and that's a very powerful emotion. If you're ever able to achieve any kind of feeling of 'peace' or serenity then you should cease that with both hands, and that's what this place provides you with.
9 CONFUSING: Magnetic Hill, Canada - Well That's Just Odd
There are a series of Magnetic Hills around the globe, but this one in Moncton, Canada just looks even more creepy than the others put together. Essentially, the Magnetic Hill allows you to put your car in neutral before it 'magnetically' is pulled up a hill without you having to actually do anything.
It's an odd sensation and it's something that has drawn in many, many tourists over the years, but that doesn't make it any less baffling. It doesn't say much about Moncton that this is one of the main reasons that people go there, but still, it must be a pretty interesting thing to endure.
8 BEAUTIFUL: Eden Project, England - Stunning
Located in the beautiful county of Cornwall in the south of England, the Eden Project is tucked away in the corner of the world. With two stunning biomes and a series of other fun activities to enjoy, there really is no end to what you can explore here.
It feels like some kind of Jurassic Park alternate dimension, and that feeling of 'escape' can be really important sometimes. The photo doesn't do justice to just how big it is, either, and you can even have a go on England's longest and fastest zipline if you're feeling a little bit rebellious.
7 CONFUSING: Pamukkale, Turkey - Bizarre
Nature is a wonderful thing, and the most interesting part of this entry, in many ways, is where it is. Located in Turkey, a country that is seemingly notorious for having a bad reputation, this is something that's both gorgeous and mysterious in equal measure.
The confusing thing about this is why it doesn't have more visitors, in truth, and while we can understand the hesitancy behind visiting Turkey as a nation, Pamukkale seems like it'd be a pretty enjoyable place to try out. That might just be us thinking that, but it doesn't seem like an utterly outrageous thing to suggest.
6 BEAUTIFUL: Lake Louise, Canada - Oh so Tranquil
Canada has been blessed as a nation that many think is not only superior to the United States of America in a number of ways, but also equally as beautiful. Case in point: Lake Louise. If you're ever having a bad day at work or you just want to get away for a few hours, head to Banff National Park - you won't regret it.
You could literally just sit there looking out at the lake for hours on end, and you probably wouldn't get bored. You'd have to wrap up pretty warm, but in many ways, that's one of the main appeals of going somewhere like this.
5 CONFUSING: Bodmin Jail, England - A little too Paranormal
This former jail down in the English county of Cornwall is known for being one of the biggest and best 'former jail' attractions in Europe, and unfortunately, there are plans to turn it into some kind of luxury hotel which has left many locals with a sour taste in their mouths.
Alas, while the jail itself may not 'seem' that odd, the fact that they conduct tours in reference to paranormal activity should tell you all that you need to know. We don't necessarily think that the place is spooked, but if you're a believer, then this is a place for you.
4 BEAUTIFUL: Lake Zurich, Switzerland - Picture Perfect
Many different cities around Europe and the other continents on Planet Earth can claim to be pretty beautiful in many different ways. Still, none can quite compare to Zurich in Switzerland, if only because of just how stunning the lake really is - and what it represents.
It's rare that you'll come across somewhere that has a great city atmosphere as well as a mountain-side view that will take your breath away. That's the great thing about Zurich, and while it may be expensive once you get there, it costs nothing to walk along and marvel at the sights and sounds.
3 CONFUSING: Mano del Desierto, Chile - But... Why?
Right. So, what you can see before you is a sculpture of a giant hand coming out of the ground in a Chilean desert. There are no two ways about it - that's what we're witnessing before our very eyes, and isn't that just a little bit odd?
We can appreciate that it's been put together fantastically well and that it's a significant structure in many ways, but that doesn't make it any less confusing to those of us who aren't familiar with the back story.
Still, once you get past the initial shock of it, there's a certain intrigue that keeps us wanting to know more.
2 BEAUTIFUL: Niagara Falls, Canada - A Peaceful Escape
The Niagara Falls are a staple of tourism both for the USA and Canada, with the neighbouring connection that they share being one of the only things they can probably agree on. Still, what the Falls lack in variety, they more than make up for in beauty.
If you're ever privileged enough to go there in person, just sit and listen to the waterfall for a while. It's a type of therapy that we can't explain, and it's one that we don't want to. Trust us, this is something that needs to be seen and heard in order to be appreciated.
1 CONFUSING: Blood Falls, Antarctica - Well that's just Weird
This just doesn't make sense to us. Sure, there are actual 'logical' reasons as to why there is a distinctive red liquid gushing out here, but the visual is just too much to handle.
If it was anywhere else in the world then it might not be quite as spooky, but this is Antarctica that we're talking about here. There's still so much that we don't know and haven't even begun to discover about the continent, and the Blood Falls represent that (in a roundabout way).
This might not confuse or even interest you in the slightest, but just imagine if there was an even deeper meaning to all of this*.
*Yes, we do love a good conspiracy. How could you tell?