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Planet Earth has a circumference of 24,901 miles and a diameter of 7,926 miles. There are up to 11 major biomes that can be found around the globe and millions of different species inhabiting the planet. So no matter how much of the world we think we’re familiar with, there’s always going to be more out there to explore.

Below, you’ll find photos of fascinating locations around the world that you might have never heard of before, as well as some unique perspectives of famous places. From gorgeous cliffs in Ireland to aerial photos of tulips in Holland, enjoy scrolling through these hidden gems, and keep reading to find a conversation with Travel Writer and Content Creator King Siu!

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Chicago Skyline Visible From Nearly 50 Miles Away In Indiana Dunes Sunset

Chicago Skyline Visible From Nearly 50 Miles Away In Indiana Dunes Sunset

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To learn more about exploring off the beaten path from an expert, we reached out to Travel Writer and Content Creator King Siu, who was kind enough to have a chat with Bored Panda about some of the most unique places he’s ever traveled to.

“I've always been fascinated by Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza, especially because of all the mystery that surrounds them, so those are famous unique destinations that I've been lucky enough to visit that still give me chills when I think about them,” King shared.

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The View From The Istanbul University Library

The View From The Istanbul University Library

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A Roman Sea Side Swimming Pool

A Roman Sea Side Swimming Pool

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“More recently, I visited the underground city of Kaymakli in the Cappadocia region of Turkiye,” he continued. “If you're not familiar with it, it's an underground city that once had a population of about 5,000 and consists of many levels of natural and excavated cave networks. It was so surreal to be there exploring miles of underground caves where people lived out their entire lives many centuries before.”

“The forests in New Zealand also took my breath away, and anyone who has seen the Lord of the Rings movies will know what I'm talking about,” King added.

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The Golden Rays Of The Sunset Entered The Cave At Just The Right Angle To Light Up This Section Of Ice, Making It Look Like Amber

The Golden Rays Of The Sunset Entered The Cave At Just The Right Angle To Light Up This Section Of Ice, Making It Look Like Amber

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Say Hello To America's Newest National Park, New River Gorge National Park, WV!

Say Hello To America's Newest National Park, New River Gorge National Park, WV!

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ladies and gentlemen, fellow pandas, I give you…my home. A fifteen minute drive from where I sit and type, you can cross this beautiful gorge and visit this wonderful national park. Finally, a point of pride as presented on BP.

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An Aerial View On Tulip Fields, Netherlands

An Aerial View On Tulip Fields, Netherlands

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The travel expert also shared that years ago he had the unique opportunity to stay in a hostel in a favela in Rio de Janeiro. “Favelas are shanty towns that have a reputation for being very dangerous, as they are usually controlled by drug cartels, and this reputation is well deserved as it's not unusual for residents to be openly carrying assault rifles, or for shootouts to occur on the streets,” King explained. 

“Let's just say that my stay there was a week I'll never forget. I don't advise it unless you know what you're doing or are with someone who does, which was the case for me and why I'm alive to tell this tale,” the traveler noted. “I can't imagine many guides advising you to stay in a favela (did I mention they're really dangerous?), and I only went on my adventure because a Brazilian friend had recommended and arranged this adventure. I definitely thought I was going to die in the first 24 hours, but I'm so glad I got to experience it, and not dying was good too.”

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This Pool Full Of Crystals In Nettlebed Cave, New Zealand. It’s Hundreds Of Metres Below The Ground, Far Beyond Where Natural Light Has Ever Penetrated

This Pool Full Of Crystals In Nettlebed Cave, New Zealand. It’s Hundreds Of Metres Below The Ground, Far Beyond Where Natural Light Has Ever Penetrated

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A Magnificent View Of Cliffs Of Moher, Ireland

A Magnificent View Of Cliffs Of Moher, Ireland

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Great View Of The Great Pyramid

Great View Of The Great Pyramid

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow - the work this person went to in order to get the sunrise at the perfect point for this shot! That's some dedication!

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King also noted that unique spots don't always have to be larger than life or historical, they can be anything that you find interesting. “Harry Potter fans might want to visit Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station in London,” he told Bored Panda. “I visited the narrowest street in the world - Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche - in Paris and found it a fun experience because I made it my own with a silly photo shoot. My love of McDonald's drew me to the largest McDonald's in the world in Orlando, Florida, and I had a delicious time.”

But King still hasn’t seen everything he would like to. “A couple of places that are high on my list to visit someday are Chernobyl, which many may know as the site of the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history or a recent HBO series; and a destination that'll interest anyone who has a desire to be creeped out during their travels - La Isla de las Muñecas or The Island of the Dolls,” he shared. “This island just south of Mexico City is just that, an island full of abandoned dolls. I'll leave it to you to Google it and creep yourself out.”

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Vilnius Has Put Up A Statue That Offers A “Portal” To The Polish City Of Lublin, Allowing People To See Each Other In Real Time

Vilnius Has Put Up A Statue That Offers A “Portal” To The Polish City Of Lublin, Allowing People To See Each Other In Real Time

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Needs more random lights around it to make it look nice and magical. I’m thinking doctor strange portal esque

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Italian Town Of Portofino

Italian Town Of Portofino

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The whole coast in Liguria is amazing. Of course the Cinque Terre are famous. And rightly so. Portofino is very pretty as well. Quite small and compact, but charming. Even though prices in restaurants are - for Italy - really high. Driving (and parking) there is at times pretty difficult, because it's so popular. We mostly visit it as a daytrip - coming from nearby Santa Margherita with the small ferry. Just a 15min ride. It's a very pretty part of Italy. The region is also famous for very good Crudo di Mare (raw seafood). Can't wait to be back in April.

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This Amazing View In Cappadocia, Turkey

This Amazing View In Cappadocia, Turkey

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King says he’s a big supporter of “just going wherever your heart takes you and not worrying about whether it's a popular or desirable destination.”

“You probably already realized that earlier when I listed a trip to the world's biggest McDonald's as a highlight in my travels,” he added with a laugh.

“The biggest advantages of visiting less famous places is that you won't have to compete with crowds to enjoy your destination, it'll be more affordable, and it won't be so commercialized that it loses that thing that made it unique in the first place,” the expert noted.

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This Is What Sunset Looks Like From Space

This Is What Sunset Looks Like From Space

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Iceland View

Iceland View

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fell in love with Iceland when I went there last October. Amazing views, walks, sights at every corner. If you love nature, then this is one of the most impressive countries on the planet to visit. Was in Reykjavik as well, but it's the landscape that really blew my mind. Glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, black sand, coastline, craters, mountains, coastline...it just has it all.

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The Eruption Of The Fagradalsfjall Volcano, Iceland

The Eruption Of The Fagradalsfjall Volcano, Iceland

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However, King says travelers should keep in mind when visiting less popular spots that the destination may not be as organized or convenient. “There may not be restrooms, water, or food readily available,” he noted. “Transportation may not be easy to arrange, and it might not even be accessible by roads. The area may present dangers which can include people looking to harm you, structures being unsafe, or natural elements that might require extra care. Wherever you go, whether it's popular or not, do your research to ensure you enjoy it safely. That way, you can have fun when you're there instead of spending all your time scanning for signs of danger.”

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The View From The Top Of The World, Mount Everest

The View From The Top Of The World, Mount Everest

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The Place Where Julius Caesar Was Murdered Is Now A Sanctuary For Cats

The Place Where Julius Caesar Was Murdered Is Now A Sanctuary For Cats

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Mosaics Of A Roman Villa Were Found Under A Vineyard In Negrar, Italy

Mosaics Of A Roman Villa Were Found Under A Vineyard In Negrar, Italy

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If you’re searching for unique destinations to visit yourself, King recommends asking your more adventurous friends for suggestions and finding travelers with similar interests as you on social media to find inspiration. 

“Some of my favorite sites to look to for unique travel inspiration are: Atlas Obscura, Unusual Traveler, Untapped Cities, Spotted by Locals, and Hidden Europe. Of course, you can always turn to Google or ChatGPT for recommendations too,” King shared.

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Entrance To A Furniture Store My Dad And Stepmom Checked Out Today

Entrance To A Furniture Store My Dad And Stepmom Checked Out Today

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you get it home and realise it won't fit through the door

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No Idea That There Was Another Larger Mountain Behind The Sign

No Idea That There Was Another Larger Mountain Behind The Sign

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“For those who are more extraverted, don't be shy to ask the locals wherever you are for their recommendations, they're often all too happy to share,” the travel expert added. “If my friend and I hadn't done that during our visit to Rio de Janeiro, we would never have known to hike up to the mountain peak of Morro Dois Irmãos at dawn for one of the most spectacular sunrises I've ever seen!”

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A Literal Boulder House In Portugal

A Literal Boulder House In Portugal

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This Is A Real Picture Taken By Photographer Keinichi Ohno. It's A Single Photo Of A Bird Standing At The Edge Of Some Water With A Wall And Its Reflection Creating A Fascinating Optical Illusion

This Is A Real Picture Taken By Photographer Keinichi Ohno. It's A Single Photo Of A Bird Standing At The Edge Of Some Water With A Wall And Its Reflection Creating A Fascinating Optical Illusion

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This Breathtaking View In Granada, Spain

This Breathtaking View In Granada, Spain

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“Unique travel experiences don't have to happen in a faraway land. Travel can get expensive, so it's not always easy to get to the unique place of your dreams. That's why I encourage you to also look for unique experiences closer to home while you're planning your trips,” King shared. “Every city has something unique and amazing. Perhaps it's a building with a secret, an unusual tree, or maybe it's just a street with an unfortunate name. Sometimes unique spots are well documented, and sometimes they're just waiting for someone with a keen eye to discover them.”

If you’d like to hear more travel tips and inspiration for your next journey, be sure to visit King’s YouTube channel Travel, Eat, Drink!

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Bird's Eye View Of Venice

Bird's Eye View Of Venice

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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Despite being popular in high season and overrun by visitors, Venice still is one of the most charming cities I know. Visit it in October. Weather is still nice then, less people. And when it gets dark most of the daytrippers will be gone. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants just around the corner from all the popular spots. There's great food and it's fun to walk without a plan and just to get lost in the streets and alleys of Venice.

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The “Black Crack” Along Utah’s White Rim Trail, A Natural Fissure In The Rock A Few Feet Wide And Deep Enough To Kill You

The “Black Crack” Along Utah’s White Rim Trail, A Natural Fissure In The Rock A Few Feet Wide And Deep Enough To Kill You

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There’s Cities, There’s Metropolises, And Then There’s Tokyo

There’s Cities, There’s Metropolises, And Then There’s Tokyo

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Doesn't look like it but there is green everywhere on the ground. On every house wall on the footpath the people have potted plants and there are multiple parks and temples with green patches in walking distance everywhere I have been years ago in Tokyo

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We hope you’re enjoying scrolling through these photos, pandas. Whether you’ve never heard of some of these places or you’ve visited many of them in person, keep upvoting the pics that you find most fascinating. Then, if you’re interested in checking out another Bored Panda article featuring unique perspectives of well-known locations, look no further than right here!    

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A Strange Black House In The Middle Of The Town

A Strange Black House In The Middle Of The Town

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Photo Of A Residential Subdivision In Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Photo Of A Residential Subdivision In Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine getting lost HERE. I know alcohol isn't a thing over there but I don't need to get drunk to lose my sense of orientation

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