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BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS

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Author Mark Jenkins, once wrote: β€œAdventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it." In a remote province of northern Indonesia, avid traveler @josiahwg found himself face-to-face with this encounter of a charming kind. Where is somewhere you've been that was wonderfully different than you'd imagined? (πŸ“·: @josiahwg πŸ“: North Sumatra)

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Misty clouds flow past the snow-dusted peaks of Banff, Canada, rippling over the mountain town below in thin, billowing waves as the city lights up to greet the night β€” the clear sky starting to darken, as the first jeweled, glimmers of the stars emerge high above. (πŸŽ₯: @nick_fitzhardinge πŸ“: #Banff Canada 🎢: @the_kenaleon )

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As the world's largest, landlocked country β€” expanding across a terrain of over 2.7 million square kilometers β€” we couldn't think of a more suitable place to explore for a road trip. @jackharding grabbed this dusky, sunset shot of his trip late last year- journeying through some of the country's layered sandstone canyons and their snaking, dusty roadways. Where are you planning your next road trip? (πŸ“·: @jackharding πŸ“: Kazakhstan)

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"A view so bad, it's good. Otherworldly landscapes of sepia-toned spires, buttes, and pinnacles pierce the South Dakota skyline in @badlandsnps, just 90 minutes from one of the USA's most iconic sights β€” Mount Rushmore. #BDTeam creator @cory.s.martin captured the wild, wild whimsy of the national park that's a favorite for adventurers, and a common pitstop on the great American road trip. Planning yours? Follow @VisitTheUsa for inspiration, as they crisscross the country this year, sharing the #UnitedStories that make up its unique tapestry. (πŸŽ₯: @cory.s.martin and @cshep25 πŸ“: Badlands, South Dakota)

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β€œAnd then there is the most dangerous risk of all β€” the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” Wise words from entrepreneur, mentor, and author Randy Komisar. How is the start of your 2019 going so far? Are you taking those risks; making those exciting plans? Comment below and let us know what adventures you are planning this year. (πŸ“·: @iamarux πŸ“: Harz)

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Who's ready for that wondrous New York winter snow? #BDteam creator @loganstrongarms captured this motion-image shot of the city's Flatiron District, as the snow fell in heavy flurries like heavy, plush down. Travel tip: Looking for a place to warm up? Head around the corner to the Brooklyn Roasting Company β€” the checker-boarded floors and deep-wood colored interiors are welcome from the cold and provide the perfect spot to sip on a hot chocolate or dirty chai and watch the snow fall. (πŸŽ₯: @loganstrongarmsπŸ“: #NewYorkCity)

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American author John Green once wrote, "I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met." If there was ever a city or place that rings more true with that saying, undoubtedly many could agree, the towns of Cinque Terre always make their viewers instantly fall head over heels. Do you agree? (πŸ“·: @enchanted.forest πŸ“: Manarola)

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Watching the hot air balloons rise over sleepy mornings in Cappadocia is an experience that photos or videos simply don't do justice. #BeautifulDestinations creator @matiasderada described seeing over 150 balloons rising above the chalky, peaked terrain as β€œsurreal” and one for the bucket list. Has this Turkish destination made it on your list of travel to do’s? (πŸŽ₯: @matiasderada 🎢: β€œTo The Moon” @no1 πŸ“: #Cappadocia )

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@shaun_jeffers captures one of nature's most mesmerizing wonders β€” glow-worms β€” scattered across the walls in small blooms and bursts of teal light in a cave in Northland, New Zealand. Travel tip: If you are looking for a place to witness this wonder in person, New Zealand is home to numerous caves and locations that can offer you a glimpse into the lives of these little, natural glow-lamps β€” Lake Karapiro, Kawiti Caves, and the Waipu Caves are just a few. (πŸ“·: @shaun_jeffers πŸ“: Northland, New Zealand)

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The sun rises in a misty layered haze over this sprawling, Brazilian beach city. Known for its music, festivals, dance, beaches, and overall zest for life, the city of Rio de Janeiro has become an increasingly popular destination for travelers in recent years. Travel tip: Mix up your trip routine by swapping a day at the beach for a birdseye view of the city and some hiking instead. We recommend the "Dois Irmaos" β€” meaning the two brothers β€”trail. The hike to the taller of the two peaks lasts just under an hour and offers stunning views of the city, the Christ statue, and Sugarloaf Mountain. (πŸŽ₯: #BDTeam’s @TomJauncey 🎢: β€œI think I Like It” by @iamfakeblood πŸ“: #RioDeJaneiro)

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On the northern coast of France, the dawn blooms in shades of soft, iridescent gold, and quiet peach β€” caressing the edge where the grassy hills meet sand and sea. (πŸ“·: @twintheworld πŸ“: Γ‰tretat)

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An undertone of summer quietly thrives in a snow dusted Oregon - hidden in its mossy-carpeted peaks and tumbling waterfalls. How beautiful is this intersection of fall and winter-wonder? (πŸŽ₯: @braedin πŸ“: Oregon)

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