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A memorably pink sunset in Ipanema intensifies this view of the Dois IrmΓ£os (Two Brothers) mountains in the distance. @howfarfromhome, who took the photo, relayed that the setting sun was so stunning, "Even the surfers sat on their boards and took it all in." With a sky like this, we would all, undoubtedly, give our hearts gladly to Ipanema. (πŸ“·: @howfarfromhome πŸ“: Ipanema β€” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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An abundance of footprints in the sand and nobody around β€” a bona fide miracle on this island off of Bali. According to @alec_basanec, this particular spot is a strenuous climb to get down to, but worth it for the empty beaches. (πŸ“·: @alec_basanec πŸ“: Indonesia)

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A fantastic moving polaroid of Hamilton Island, in the Whitsunday archipelago, where you can experience Australia's exceptional biodiversity. Not only can you visit the Great Barrier Reef, but you can also spend time cuddling with koalas at @wildlifehamiltonisland, or hike up to Passage Peak to look out over surrounding islands. (πŸŽ₯: @asenseofhuber πŸ“: Hamilton Island)

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Greece's coastline is almost 14,000 kilometers long, and its shores are world-famous, known for crystal waters and diverse ecology and culture. Sea-lovers will find solace here exploring sheltered bays and coves, golden sand dunes, pebble beaches, and coastal caves with dark sand typical of volcanic soil. (πŸ“·: @philngyn πŸ“: Greece)

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To get to the emerald-green Lake Bled's little island, you'll hop on a "plenta," the same kind of boat taken to the island for centuries. When you arrive, climb the 99 steps to the church and up to the famous bell (made in the 16th century and allegedly a gift from the Pope), and ring it to have a wish come true. (πŸ“·: @manuela_palmberger πŸ“: Slovenia)

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Rafting in Bosnia and Herzegovina isn't just for tourists β€” locals are really into the sport, and some favorite rivers to raft down include Neretva, Una, and Tara. (πŸŽ₯: @sennarelax πŸ“: Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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Boston is a walking city, and not just because visitors find it so hard to navigate traffic. Take a leisurely stroll in the Commonwealth Avenue Mall or along Newbury Street, stopping into little boutiques or shifting your gaze up to the brownstones lining the streets. Who knows, you could be walking where any number of famous Bostonians β€” Julia Child, Benjamin Franklin, Donna Summers, Sylvia Plath β€” have been. (πŸ“·: @yanan.aurora πŸ“: Boston, Massachusetts)

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Sailing in Salcombe's waters is such a hallowed tradition that there is even a two-hundred-year-old boat named after them β€” the Salcombe Dinghy. (πŸ“·: @tommy.clarke πŸ“: Salcombe)

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A pod of majestic koholā (humpback whales) swims under Hobie boarders off the south shore of Kauai β€” a truly grand and once-in-a-lifetime experience. In the Kumulipo, the 18th-century Hawaiian creation chant, palaoa (whales) are introduced in the 16th verse in the time of po (darkness) and help to usher in the time of ao (light), when humanity was created. The chant goes, β€œHanau ka palaoa noho i kai," meaning: "Born is the whale living in the ocean." Plan your trip to Hawaii during peak humpback whale season, from January to March, to catch a glimpse of the gentle giants. (πŸŽ₯: @uheheu πŸ“: Hawaii 🎢: β€œRunning in Slow Motion” by Good News Tunes)

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The sunset lingers over the Duomo di Milano, the second largest church in Italy after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the third largest Catholic church in the world. The massive Gothic cathedral took nearly 600 years to finish β€” Napolean Bonaparte ordered the creation of the faΓ§ade just before being crowned King of Italy inside. Construction on final spires, statues, and gates was complete in 1965. (πŸ“·: @takemyhearteverywhere πŸ“: Duomo di Milano)

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The Northern Lights paint themselves across the Arctic sky in Finland, where they are visible roughly 200 days per year β€” in Lapland, particularly. Traditionally, those wanting to see the Aurorae turn to winter sports like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sled dog touring, all of which allow visitors to get somewhere they can spend a night gazing at the dark sky. (πŸ“·: @daniel_ernst πŸ“: Finland)

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Dedicated paragliders and first-timers alike can chase their adrenaline high over the crystal waters of Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia, Greece. Wind conditions in the area are consistently ideal for the sport. (πŸŽ₯: @thiago.lopez πŸ“: Kefalonia Island - Greece)

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