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BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS

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Beloved American author John Steinbeck once wrote, "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?" In the early hours of a frosty morning, at a temperature of negative 20 degrees Celcius, @zeppaio found some sweetness in the quiet winter wonderland of Sweden. (📷: @zeppaio 📍: Arvidsjaur)

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As the rising sun peaks over the urban giants of Dubai, pastel skies begin to surround the bustling city, signifying the start of a new day. The Burj Khalifa — the world's tallest building that's also known for numerous other groundbreaking feats — climbs further and further upward, eventually piercing the cloud cover above. The #BDTeam's @loganstrongarms shares how he was captivated by the sprawling skyline and the history behind it. "The city is incredibly innovative when it comes to technology and architecture, but understanding how deep its history, traditions, and cultural roots are is really the only way to understand how well rounded the city is." Travel tip: Once your feet are tired from a day of exploring this Middle Eastern metropolis, head to one of the city’s most lauded pockets of nature, Burj Park, located near the Burj Khalifa. This 30,000 square-meter island rests in Burj Lake and makes for the perfect picnic spot — or the perfect respite for whenever you feel like swapping a concrete jungle for a sea of greenery. Check out our story for more exciting locations in Dubai! ( @visit.dubai 📸: @loganstrongarms & @cshep25 📍: @burjkhalifa , Dubai)

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@TomJauncey showcasing one of his signature shoe selfies high above the Empire State Building in New York City. “This was shot during sunrise as the light started to break over #Manhattan. There’s something incredibly special about seeing New York from above. On the ground, you experience the city’s hustle and bustle, but from the air, there’s a beautiful, peaceful calm. Moments like this make the 3:30 am wake up call so worth it!” (🎥: @TomJauncey 🎶: “The Fear” by our friend @IamFakeBlood 📍 #NewYork)

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry — French author of the beloved book, "The Little Prince" — once wrote, "All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others, they are no more than little lights in the sky." On a clear night, @tothewonderblog found himself, guided under the iridescent shimmer of the Milky Way, to a place wonderfully far from home. Where is your favorite place to see the stars in the world? (📷: @tothewonderblog 📍Allee des Baobabs)

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If you are looking for a remote, winter getaway, this may just be it. The village of Bettmeralp sits at an elevation of over 2,000 meters and is only accessible by car cableway. The quaint Swiss town is dotted with chalets and provides the perfect snowy backdrop to ski, snowshoe, and scale some of the nearby glaciers. Tag who you would take on an adventure here. (🎥: @sennarelax📍: Bettmeralp, Swizterland)

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Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park is experiencing "firefall” ! The phenomenon, which is only expected to last a few more days, happens in late February when the conditions line up perfectly — i.e., enough flowing water from snowfall, clear skies, and the sun setting at a specific angle — all of which illuminate the waterfall with a beautiful orange glow. Photographer @erubes1 describes his experience while capturing the event, "Yesterday was a day I’ll never forget. We played in the park all day and then watched in awe as Horsetail Fall became illuminated by the last of the day's sunlight. Firefall definitely lived up to its name." (📷: @erubes1 📍: #Firefall, Yosemite National Park)

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@visualsofjulius draws us into his hauntingly beautiful visuals with this wonderfully moody scene of a lake at night in Japan. Mist hangs in low wisps above the rippled waters, as candles drift in orbs of floating light underneath the temple archway above. What do you think of this mesmerizing 3D edit? (🎥: @visualsofjulius 📍: Japan)

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"Finally getting to see this place in person was a surreal experience. No matter how many photos you see of somewhere, nothing compares to actually being there to witness it for yourself." @mjowenhughes explains of his experience when he finally made the trip to see this sleepy town, tucked into the forested-belly of a Swiss mountain range. Where is a place you've visited that has struck you like this? (📷: @mjowenhughes 📍: Switzerland)

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@pangea captured a snow-dusted morning in Germany, as one of its villages became painted in shades of grey underneath the foggy sky. What do you prefer to do on cold days — stay indoors with a book and coffee or adventure outside to wander in the snow? (🎥: @pangea 🎶: @flitzsuppe 📍: Germany)

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Sunlight streams in regal threads through the cloud cover above, as this sprawling British capital begins to stir with the dawn. @tmnikonian snagged this shot of the London Eye — a cantilevered observation wheel, and the largest in Europe — in the early hours of the morning. Travel tip: Tickets to ride the Eye start at 25 British Pounds, (around $33 U.S. dollars), and can be purchased online. (📷: @tmnikonian 📍: London, United Kingdom)

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#BDteam creator @loganlambert shares this moment from a trip to Northern Vietnam. "I didn’t know a single thing about Ha Giang before going. It’s the most northern and poorest providence in Vietnam, due to its mountainous topography. It was also the last area in the country to be opened to tourists, meaning it's still relatively under the radar — and it has some of the most untouched and gorgeous terrains I've ever seen. If you find yourself in Vietnam, this place needs to be on your list." Tag someone who needs to add this to their bucket list. (📷: @loganlambert 📍: Ha Giang Vietnam)

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@kyrenian captured this charming shot of Hallstatt looking like a real-life snowglobe this winter. The tiny Austrian village is home to under 800 residents and sits on the Western shore of Lake Hallstatt, at the forefront of the forested, alpine region of Salzkammergut. It is undoubtedly one of Austria's hidden gems and most picturesque destinations. Would you spend the holidays here next year? (🎥: @kyrenian 🎶: "You and Me" by @shalloumusic 📍: Hallstatt, Austria)

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