地球上的极乐世界 Elysium on Earth
Folegandros Island, Cyclades, Greece
Welcome to Folegandros, one of the Greek Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea. This picturesque island has changed hands several times during its long history. It is thought it was once home to the Dorians, one of the four major ethnic groups of classical Greece, but it was also ruled for centuries by the Republic of Venice and later the Ottoman Empire. Greece reclaimed it in 1828.
Chora, the island's modern capital, can be seen on our homepage, perched on the edge of a 656-foot cliff with sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding islands. Built by the Venetians in 1212, the town is now a popular tourist destination, with its charming squares and traditional whitewashed churches.
小屋生活 Where are these seaside cabins?
Svolvaer, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Norway's Lofoten Islands are a crossroads of traditional life and modern industry in the Arctic Circle. Svolvaer, where our homepage image was taken, was historically an important fishing village that was granted town status in 1918. People have lived in this area for more than 1,000 years and it still serves as a sanctuary for travelers looking for a peaceful getaway, welcoming up to 200,000 visitors a year. The traditional rorbu houses, built on poles over water, bring their own distinctive charm to the town. These cabins were once made for traveling fishermen and have now been refurbished to meet contemporary tastes.
从深海到天空 From the depths to the skies!
Teide National Park, Tenerife
The majestic peak of Teide, at 3,715 meters above sea level, rises in the Canary archipelago. This volcano rises an impressive 7,500 meters from the ocean floor, making it the highest peak in Spain and the third-highest volcano in the world from the seabed.
This diverse location has served as the backdrop for several notable film productions, including "The Fast and The Furious" (2001), "Rambo V: Last Blood" (2018), and "Clash of the Titans" (2010). Teide National Park covers an area of 189.90 square kilometers and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also home to a rich biodiversity of native flora and fauna. Therefore, if you plan to visit this amazing place, be sure to wear suitable footwear and prepare a delicious snack to make the most of the experience.
圣灵群岛之旅 Whitsunday wanderlust
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Australia
sand, and sea come together to create the stunning beaches of the
Whitsunday Islands, made up of 74 islands off the coast of Queensland,
Australia. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park surrounds and protects the
islands, once home to the Ngaro people of Australia, an Aboriginal
group known as the 'canoe people' due to their seafaring lifestyle.
Today, the island's primary visitors are travelers, divers, campers, and
adventure seekers. So, pack your sunscreen and explore the pristine
white sand beaches on your next vacation down under!
美丽的蓝色岛屿 A blue-tiful island
San Blas Islands, Panama
Nestled off the northern coast of Panama, the San Blas Islands are an archipelago of more than 360 islands in the Caribbean Sea. Known for their clean, calm waters, they are the perfect place for adventure sports such as snorkeling, surfing, and diving. Staghorn and pillar coral are among the species found in coral reefs surrounding the islands, which teem with marine life. The islands are inhabited primarily by Gunas—people indigenous to Guna Yala—who preserve their way of living with vibrant, traditional clothing, thatched-roof huts known as 'bohíos,' and intricate, handcrafted mola textiles.
赞美热带 Celebrating the tropics
International Day of the Tropics
On the International Day of the Tropics, we are in the Banyak Islands of Indonesia, a group of more than 70 islands, most of which are uninhabited and unnamed. The Banyak Islands offer miles of pristine sandy beaches, lush green trees, and clear waters as far as the eyes can see. This tropical paradise also boasts some great surfing and snorkeling spots and draws millions of visitors a year.
But the tropics, roughly defined as the area above and below the equator between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, face various challenges including climate change, urbanization, and high levels of poverty. They also make up approximately one-third of the Earth’s landmass and are home to about 40% of the world’s population. On June 29, International Day of the Tropics celebrates the uniqueness and biodiversity of the tropics, while highlighting their challenges and progress made to address them.
墨西哥的隐秘海滩 Secluded sands in Mexico
Playa del Amor, Marietas Islands, Mexico
This gorgeous shot was taken at Playa del Amor—aka Hidden Beach—a remote destination off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, known for its pristine beauty. To get to it, visitors need to take a boat toward the mouth of Banderas Bay at the base of the Marietas Islands. Once there, they swim through a tunnel at low tide to reach the beach. The walls hide a sandy cove, where the turquoise waters contrast with flora-laden cliffs that perfectly frame the blue sky overhead. Playa del Amor (Lovers' Beach) is popular among tourists, but the number of visitors is limited to preserve its natural beauty and ecosystem.
人间天堂 A veritable little paradise
童话照进现实 Straight out of a fairy tale
Saksun, Faroe Islands, Denmark
Nestled in a picturesque valley next to a lagoon flanked by mountains, Saksun is a small, remote village famous for its stunning vistas. It is situated on the coast of Streymoy in the remote Faroe Islands, which sit about halfway between Iceland and Scotland in the North Atlantic. Home to these iconic houses with turf roofs and a tiny population—estimates vary between 8 and 30—it is said that there are more waterfalls in Saksun, than houses.
There's something to be said about the beauty of Saksun and its power to hypnotize visitors with its peaceful atmosphere. It is a far cry from the relatively bustling streets of Tórshavn, the capital of the islands. With greenery as far as the eye can see, Saksun provides an almost otherworldly sense of solitude.