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Do you remember what is was like to travel in 2005? Think about it…paper maps and print outs were the norm, compasses were still a thing and and the Thomas Guide was a required passenger in every back seat! Visiting the world’s most awe inspiring places was no easy task and a journey few people could enjoy.

On February 9th, Google Maps turned 10 and Jenise Araujo wanted to share with us the far off places everyone can visit now–plane ticket not required–thanks to Google Street View. No security check-in lines, no lost baggage… just travel.

 

Arabian Desert

Arabian desert is a place located in the western Asia, taking almost the whole area of the Arabian Peninsula. Th center of this desert is located the Rub’al-Khali, one of the largest continuous bodies of sand in the world.

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat was first Hindu, now Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia. This is the largest religious monument in the world. It is located 5.5 km north of the modern town of Siem ReapAngkor_Wat-620x366.

 

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is a mausoleum which is located in Agra (north of India), it was built by the ruler of India at the time in order to commemorate the loss of his 38 year old wife who died in childbirth. The construction of Taj Mahal started on 1632AD and went on for more than 20 years with more than 20,000 workers. Taj Mahal literally means “crown of palaces”.

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Great Barrier Reef

Located in the Coral Sea near Australia, Great Barrier Reef stretches near the coast for 2,500 km. This is the largest reef in the world composed of 2900 individual reefs.

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Amazon Basin

Amazon Basin or Amazonia is an area consisting of  a tropical forest, jungle, that covers the most of the South America territory. This region is located around the biggest river in the world, the Amazon River. Amazonia is a area where can be found different kind of flora and fauna. The diversity of the life here is enormous. The placement of Amazonia over the equator and it’s tropical climate allows so different kind of plants to grow here.

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Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands located on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. These islands are famed for their vast number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires was established in 1580 on the coast of Rio de la Plata and is named after the patron of sailors. Around 300 years this city was underdeveloped colony, but its development begins in 1862. In 1880 Buenos Aires became the capital of Argentina and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater São Paulo.

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Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

Waikiki is a beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu, on the south shore of the island of O’ahu inHawaii. Waikiki Beach is the reason why this are is best known part of Honolulu, the white sand beach shoreline.

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Pyramids of Giza

Pyramids of Giza are located in the Giza Necropolis which is an archaeological site on the Giza Plateau. There are three Pyramids of Giza, that includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, yramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure.

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The South Pole

The South Pole is the southernmost point on the Earths surface. It is suited in the continent of Antarctica. In this place due to its exceptionally harsh climate, there are no native resident plants or animals.

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