Atlas Obscura

With the advent of massive amounts of information at our fingertips and sites like TripAdvisor, exploring our planet has never been easier. But their angle isn’t always quite right. Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders packs over 600 of the most interesting places, structures, and things to see in the world between its two covers, made not for the shopping-obsessed, snap-happy tourist but for the deeply curious explorer. Put together by the folks behind the website, the tome’s 480 odd pages tell of a baobab tree so large it hosts a pub inside, the Gates of Hell in Turmekistan (a gas field that’s been alight for 45 years), Spain’s Baby Jumping Festival, and many more oddities that’ll make you want to get up and get out more.

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