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By Rich Fogarty
July 04, 2011
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By Rich Fogarty
July 04, 2011
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Technology has changed the way we travel, and as the world gets smaller it's becoming an increasingly complex place to navigate. Where once we relied on the endorsements of friends and family to help shape our plans, we now treat the opinions of total strangers on TripAdvisor, Expedia and Stayz as gospel.

As Lonely Planet roll out their trusty guide books in every digital format imaginable, niche publishers like Wallpaper and le cool are getting in on the act by creating city guides for people seeking experiences that complement their new Paul Smith socks. And what's more, social networking sites FacebookPath and Google+, paired with photography apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic, let us share things as they happen and make us look like we actually know how to use our SLRs.

But what generally lies at the heart of a traveller's wishlist is not the desire to micromanage every detail of their holiday, but to witness something truly beautiful. What these new technologies provide us with is rapid access to the places and people that capture the imagination.

Here are 21 locations from around the world that do just that.

Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA

Preikestolen, Norway

Paterswoldsemeer, Netherlands

Blue Caves, Zakynthos, Greece

Petra, Jordan

Huangshan, China

Skaftafell, Iceland

Ebenalp, Switzerland

Kawasan Falls, Philippines

Anse Lazio, Seychelles

Yi Peng Festival, Thailand

Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan

Santorini, Greece

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

Soufriere, St Lucia

Capilano Suspension Bridge, British Columbia, Canada

Siminopetra, Greece

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

[Images via Coolhunter]

Published on July 04, 2011 by Rich Fogarty

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