With so many gorgeous sights around the world, we are torn between snapping with our cameras (or smartphones), or putting the gadgets away and living in the moment! Fret not, as we have gathered those picture perfect spots you REALLY need to snap, and for the others, you should really try and enjoy the journey gadget-free.
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#1 Bali Swings in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
There are five Bali Swings from 5 metres to 78 metres high and you will need to pay at least 150k IDR (about USD 10) for a half hour go, while your travel buddy clicks madly away on their iPhone camera. You can choose to swing backwards facing the gorgeous paddy fields and river, or front, where you can add a nice, big grin in your shot. Here are a few tips for you: do wear something flowy and bright coloured so that you will stand out against the backdrop, and don’t forget to point your toes!
#2 Le Riad Yasmine’s Pool in Marrakech, Morocco
The world’s most photogenic pool is in a small hotel run by a French couple, Gabriel Paris and Alice Tassery. The hotel found fame when Paris and Tassery decided to invite social media influencers to stay, and it worked, because more than 80% of guests credit social media to their booking decision. According to Tassery, the Amazigh symbol inside the pool means free man, the land and the language. There are only seven rooms here, so you will definitely need to book ahead and be waiting for a little while before you get your reservations confirmed. Looking for more tips? Here’s a Marrakech guide on where to go and when.
#3 Molokini Clear Canoes at Baros Maldives in the Maldives
Choose anything, anything you have in striking contrast and you will get that instagram-worthy photo as you sit on one of those clear canoes against the famously turquoise waters of the Maldives. The shallow waters of the Maldivian sea allow you to easily capture corals, fishes and even reef sharks swim right beneath your canoe. This piece of heaven on earth means you can snap any shot and it will still beautiful. These rides are not too pricey, at USD 30 for an hour for a mx of two people, or USD 50 for two hours.
#4 Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya
This hotel has the privilege of sharing the estate with some of the most beautiful, endangered animals: eight Rothschild giraffes. In the mornings, the giraffes casually stroll the grounds and peek their heads in the second-floor window as guests enjoy breakfast. A night here can cost you at least USD 500 per person but part of the proceeds supports a breeding programme that helps the survival of the giraffe’s kind. Travel and charity, the best way to live!
#4 Kawasan Falls in Cebu, Philippines
The Philippines is undeniably one of (if not the) most stunning places in the world and these waterfalls are a rite of passage for any traveller in Cebu. The trip takes you on a hike through the jungle and along the way, you pass a little village, home to some of the friendliest people of the world. Travellers say the journey getting to all three of the falls and the Kawasan river is the best part but for us, it it the experience of living like a local that seals the deal. Amongst the picturesque backdrop, you will be entertained by the local children playing in the water and colourful scenes of women doing laundry in the river. If you are lucky, some might just invite you in for a spot of local lunch!