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Utah is made for hikers. Strike out into its big wilderness and you’ll be floored by red-rock mesas thrusting above mighty rivers, vertiginous treks teetering along knife-edge ridges, and tracks leading ever deeper into skinny slot canyons that have been carved out by elemental forces since dinosaurs roamed the earth.

On the trail in Utah: best hikes of the Southwest’s rock star

Descending Angels Landing with the Virgin River below © Andy Christiani / Lonely Planet

Botswana may have a reputation as the most exclusive safari destination in Africa, but it does offer an incredibly tempting alternative to the fly-in, upmarket-tented-camp experience: the more budget-friendly self-drive safari. Botswana is made for road (and road-less) trips – it is big-sky country, a land of flood plains, deserts and eternal horizons.

Botswana: the rewards of self-drive safaris

Self-drivers camping beneath the southern sky, Botswana. Image by Edwin Remsberg / Getty Images

Cure to anything: more of this in my life.

Do not wear jewelry sparkling. This will prevent you from becoming a target for thieves and pickpockets.

Natureland — lifeisverybeautiful:   Spectrum of Bagan by...

~~Spectrum of Bagan ~ Mandalay Region, Burma by Pakpoom Tirachittanuwattna~~ Color inspiration.

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