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Some of the most memorable moments of our lives or during our travels are fleeting โ€” a locked gaze with a stranger, the lightening of a brooding storm burned into our vision, the smell of a food cart wafting down an alleyway โ€” just the experience of one second can stay with us for years to come. @chloe_bh recounts one such passing moment when she locked eyes with a young Sri Lankan boy while wandering along the train tracks on the outskirts of a city. "Like clockwork, the morning tropical downpour came โ€” we took shelter at one of the train stations and waited for the skies to clear. Off in the distance, you could hear a train approaching the station. We waited with anticipation until the train went past us, locals stared at us with curiosity, and I could not help but look back. The train and the boy disappeared within seconds." Moments can flash by in an instant; which ones have stayed vividly in your memory? (๐Ÿ“ท: @chloebarryhang ๐Ÿ“: Sri Lanka)


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Hot air balloons rise from the rocky earth of Cappadocia in Turkey each morning โ€” speckling the baby-blue sky with a rainbow sea of vibrant hues and patterns. While the site is famed for its uniquely jagged terrain and colorful array of airborne vessels, it also contains numerous churches embedded in the honeycomb-like rocks. Travel tip: After exploring the breathtaking, aerial views, stop by the Goreme Open-Air Museum โ€” it's just a 15-minute walk away from the Goreme Village center and is filled with beautiful frescos and churches dating back to the 10th, 11th, and 12th centuries. Beauty and history in one spot! (๐Ÿ“ท: @matiasderada ๐Ÿ“: Cappadocia/Turkey)


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As the sun sets over Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque elegantly carves itself into the peached-hued sky โ€” a scene and moment seemingly built for making memories and for capturing in photos like this one. A city both modern and ancient, lively and peaceful, its sights and sounds will transport you to another time; to another state of mind. Have you experienced the beauty of Abu Dhabi?
During this yearโ€™s #AbuDhabiGP, @beautifuldestinations and @visitabudhabi are giving four lucky winners the chance to win a key to this inspiring city โ€” to be immersed in its rich culture and to unlock some of the incredible experiences it has to offer. Visit the link in our bio for more details on the contest and how to enter.


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The word "paradise" conjures an image of beauty and contentment โ€” and for many, soaking up the Hawaiian sun on one of its pristine beaches may very well be the first scene that comes to mind. However, with the rate of plastic pollution in the world's oceans on the rise โ€” over 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year โ€” it's entirely possible that these idyllic locales will someday be a distant memory.
Kamilo Beach, located on the southeastern coast of Big Island in Hawaii, is not immune to this threat. The #BDTeam is on the island with @SustainableCoastlinesHawaii โ€” a local nonprofit with a mission to inspire the community to care for the coastline through beach cleanups โ€” to learn more about how we can help preserve real-life paradises like this one for travelers and locals alike.
What are some ways you do your part when it comes to preserving the natural beauty of the world? Share in the comments! (๐Ÿ“ท: @captainpotter ๐Ÿ“:Kamilo Beach, Hawaii)


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The Milky Way paints an ethereal spray of pastel blush across the night sky in Chile, as scattered stars explode and fall, burning bright tears through the night in their midst. โ€œThe Atacama Desert has arguably one of the darkest skies in the world,โ€ explains Beautiful Destinationsโ€™ content creator, @storyofsage, who took this stunning shot. He chose to visit during a new moon to the capture the Perseid Meteor Shower in the desert's extreme darkness โ€” alongside the fact that the desert has over 300 cloudless days a year, the conditions set the stage for the perfect shot. โ€œIt was by far the clearest I have ever been able to see the Milky Way โ€” it seemed to pulsate in the sky! Truly a magical experience.โ€ It's a wonderful paradox, for the desert reminds that sometimes, even in the seemingly darkest places and moments, can we find the most clarity. Would you venture down here during the next meteor shower to recapture this splendid scene? (๐Ÿ“ท: @storyofsage ๐Ÿ“: Laguna Baltinache)


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To act on a shared passion for diversity, inclusivity, and equality, we partnered with @aircanada, @startindia, and local artist @sajidwajidshaikh to revive a positive space in the Mumbai, India community. Back in 1943, a group of young college boys pooled their own money and even convinced a local road contractor to help them build a basketball court at a low cost. After years of wear and tear, the court wasn't in the best shape โ€” so we turned it into a work of art that can be seen from the sky. Adorned with spirited murals by Sajid, the court now serves as a positive space where people of all ages, races, and genders can come together to play sport and to be inspired to make their own mark on the world. How will you make yours? #FlyTheFlag


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This past weekend, Beautiful Destinations teamed up with @aircanada in Mumbai, India to reveal a passion project months in the making โ€” an abandoned basketball court that we entirely rebuilt and refurbished with the goal of revitalizing a positive space for the local community of India's largest city. We partnered with the ST+ART India Foundation and local Mumbai artist Sajid Wajid Shaikh to create not only a court to encourage sport, but a court to inspire creativity. After the big reveal, we hosted a community basketball clinic for youth in the area while working with the Dribble Academy to discover more ways to use basketball as a platform for channeling positive energy. To hear and see more about the initiative, check out our latest Instagram Story on @beautifuldestinations. #FlyTheFlag (Special thanks to @startindia, @sajidwajidshaikh, and @asianpaints for their huge part in the creation of the court's artwork.)


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As winter thaws in Alberta, Canada glaciers melt and flow into the waters of Moraine Lake โ€” painting the landscape in turquoise hues. As the surrounding temperatures rise and the snow melts, visitors are greeted by the proud, charcoal and heather-colored peaks that surround the lake, overlooking the dense evergreen fur of the forests below. @jesssomewhere stands adorned in all white, like a beacon of light against the surrounding scenery, reveling in awe as she overlooks the magnificent landscape. One part of our roles in being responsible travelers is just being able to exist in a space and open our eyes โ€” to take in the vividness of our surroundings and appreciate them. It's then, just then, that we can we emit our own light into the world to open up the darkness. (๐Ÿ“ท: @jessomewhere ๐Ÿ“: Moraine Lake, Alberta Canada)


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There is a serenity in the still pond water of Court of Myrtles. The sun reflects on the glass-like surface of the water, which mirrors the symmetry of the fortress above and the emptiness of a clear, blue sky. @thelovelyescapist says that having the courtyard all to themselves in the early morning was well worth the wait. Being able to practice patience can provide us with a sense of calm; and for the creator, it meant the reward of capturing a quiet moment in this beautiful space. (๐Ÿ“ท: @thelovelyescapist ๐Ÿ“: Alhambra - Granada, Spain)


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Sunlight floods into the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, casting a natural spotlight on the classic Islamic architecture. Built on a platform that rests nine meters above ground level, the mosque is the largest in the United Arab Emirates and can hold a total capacity of 40,000 worshippers. A team of architects from around the world came together to design and source the precious materials for the 12-year build, gathering inspiration from their own and other cultures to create what many consider to be a modern masterpiece. (๐Ÿ“ท: @sezyilmaz ๐Ÿ“: Sheikh Zayed Mosque - Abu Dhabi)


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As resident locals of Cape Hillsborough Beach, Eastern grey kangaroos regularly get the luxury of witnessing the area's stunning sherbet-hued sunrises. A widely-loved symbol of the continent, kangaroos also play a considerable role in sustaining the environment in Australia. With the power of their strong hind legs, they help to rejuvenate and re-grow various types of grass native to the area by pushing seeds into the soil as they bound around โ€” making them both cute and environmentally-conscious creatures. (๐Ÿ“ท: @wanderreds ๐Ÿ“: Cape Hillsborough Beach - Queensland, Australia)


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Nestled between Santorini and Mykonos, Ios is known for offering a more relaxed and low-key Greek island experience. Effortlessly as lovely as the famed cliff-top villages of Santorini, Ios's beautiful churches, shrines, sky-blue doorways, and lack of crowds make the town feel more lived-in and authentic โ€” and though there's no local airport, the island is still easily accessible via its ever-popular neighbors. (๐Ÿ“ท: @haylsa ๐Ÿ“: Ios, Greece)


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