Last week, we called our round-up of travel Instagrams a welcome escape from the anxiety of election day in the United States. This week, a lot of us need that escape more than ever.
Our mental getaway starts in China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. The park’s distinctive pillar-like formations seem like something from another planet. One has even been named “Avatar Hallelujah Mountain” in honour of James Cameron’s film. According to park officials, photographs from Zhangjiajie inspired the floating Hallelujah Mountains seen in Avatar.
From China we jump to a fairytale pub in London and a wild scene in Botswana worthy of narration by David Attenborough. In Madagascar we’re treated to trees out of The Little Prince. In Jordan, Allan Edward Hinton offers a rarely seen perspective on an ancient wonder. And in Thailand, we turn to Soneva Kiri Resort for a treepod dining experience swiped straight from our imaginations.
But this is real life – not imagination, not a fairytale, not a classic French novella or a Hollywood blockbuster – so we also checked in on the US this week. To the west we saw Oahu and to the east, New York. We dropped in on Sequoia National Park for a peek at its towering trees, and Death Valley for an extraterrestrial desert landscape. We also stopped by the surreal terrain of The Wave in Arizona and Utah‘s Delicate Arch.
The good news: regardless of how you’re feeling about the election’s outcome, there’s still plenty of beauty to be found on our planet.