While we can't go out and explore the world ourselves right now, we can still plan our next trip for the day when it's safe to travel. To help you plan, we've gathered 7 interesting facts from around the world - things that are strange and unknown that will likely inspire your inner Desire to explore.
1.Granada, Spain is known as the "cave capital" of Europe
Granada's Sacromonte and Guadix caves are home to communities that still enjoy the ancient Spanish cave-dwelling lifestyle, dating back to the 15th century. 2,000 underground houses are nestled in rock formations, cleverly carved into the stone. In the past, these caves were places where people escaped religious and racial persecution. Today they continue to provide shelter for those who do not live on the mainland, just as they did centuries ago.
2.The Bahamas is home to the world's largest underwater sculpture
Although the water is crystal clear, there is a dazzling array of places to see in New Providence. Hidden beneath the ocean's surface is the world's largest underwater sculpture (weighing 60 tons and standing 18 feet tall), called "Ocean Atlas". The artist behind it, Jason deCaires Taylor, has created an assortment of underwater sculptures that often draw colorful marine life back to the once barren ocean floor.
3.Galesniak, Croatia, is the most perfect heart-shaped island
Although there are many heart-shaped islands in the world, Galesniak in Croatia is crowned as the most perfect of them all. It was once uninhabited, but now it is trying to make it an unforgettable romantic getaway and will soon become a place for weddings and honeymoon trips.
4.Denmark is the cleanest country in the world
Charm, culture and coffee; Denmark has many reasons to visit. Today it is a global environmental pioneer, having been named the cleanest country in the world by the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2021. Denmark's forward-thinking environmental attitude has become part of everyday life there - take the city's state-of-the-art CopenHill building, a waste-to-energy plant that converts the city's waste into heat and electricity, topped off with a dry ski slope.
5.A Turkish village still uses "bird language" in its daily life
The village of Kuşköy in Turkey uses a rare whistling language called "bird language". Despite its name, the language is not used to communicate with birds, but with villagers scattered across the steep hills of Kuşköy. Messages can be as complex as human language, and the high pitch is a wonderful way to communicate over long distances. This centuries-old practice is also on UNESCO's 2017 Intangible Cultural Heritage List, so one day we may be lucky enough to hear the whistle echoing through the canopy for ourselves.
6.New York's Central Park is the most photographed location in the world
Central Park is a refuge for New Yorkers to escape the hustle and bustle around Manhattan's parks. It was the first park in the United States to feature meadows, monuments, sculptures, endless bridges, migratory birds and even a zoo, offering endless options for the savvy scene picker.
7.You can travel through Liechtenstein in less than a day
If exploring the city in one weekend sounds like a tempting challenge, try walking through the entire country in a few hours. The small but beautiful country of Liechtenstein is only 25 kilometers from north to south and 4 kilometers from east to west, so you can hike in either direction to cross the country in just a few hours. The only caveat is that you will encounter some steep slopes along the way as you pass through the heart of the Alps.