For the past year, we have spent every Saturday celebrating the remarkable places around the world with our Saturdays Around the World series!

What was originally going to be a series that lasted only a month has become a staple in our Ever Widening Circles schedule. So after a year of going to places far and wide around the planet (from the comfort of our own computers), what have we learned?

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Saturdays Around the World we are going highlight the top 10 remarkable places around the world we’ve explored!

This was one of the hardest lists I’ve ever had to make! There are so many other amazing places we’ve explored so make sure you check out our other Saturdays Around the World articles too!

So, let’s head to some remarkable places around the world…

Dive into Jellyfish Lake

By far the most popular Saturday Around the World Article ever, go on a breathtaking adventure to one of the planet’s most magical places to swim with millions of jellyfish. This is one of my favorite articles as well, I could watch the videos here endlessly, they are so mesmerizing and remarkably beautiful!

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Jellyfish Lake: An Otherworldly Place

On this Saturday Around the World, we take you to one of the most incredible underwater places in the world: Jellyfish Lake! Home to millions of beautiful, virtually stingless Golden Jellyfish, this is quite the aquatic marvel.

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The Cheese Rolling Festival

If there’s one thing worth laughing at on this planet it’s how crazy humans can be! On this edition, we checked out the Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Festival. This annual celebration of falls and folly sends people running (or faceplanting) down a hill after a wheel of cheese. Yes, really.

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To Chase a Cheese

The Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling Festival might be one of the strangest annual events in the world. This is what happens when thousands of people cram onto a hillside to watch brave souls chase a wheel of cheese down an almost vertical incline...

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Say hello to the Birds-of-Paradise

This was one of our most viewed articles on record! I love this article because it gets you up close with some of the planet’s most beautiful birds.

(Fun fact, I wrote the majority of this article on my phone after knee surgery! Now that is dedication to proving it’s still an amazing world!)

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The Unbelievable World of the Birds-of-Paradise

Deep in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea are some of the most unique birds in the world. Check out the expedition that set out to photograph and study them all!

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How to Survive a Rhino Charge

This was our first Saturdays Around the World piece to be written by a guest writer! This amazing article, written by National Geographic photographer Theo Allofs, takes a fascinating look at what really happens behind the scenes to get the “perfect shot.” It’s also a great look at the important conservation efforts we need in order to save the planet’s rhinos! Theo helped us write another article about his incredible aerial photography, so make sure you check that out too!

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How to Survive a Rhino Charge

Have you ever wondered, "How did they get that photograph?!" Today we introduce you to a professional nature photographer who will tell us a fantastic tale and share some of his breathtaking images.

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The Ice Music Festival

What happens when you send musicians up to the frozen North and give them a chunk of ice? This incredible festival hosted in Norway is a remarkable example of human ingenuity! This is still one of my favorite articles and one of EWC’s hidden gems.

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Incredible Ice Music Festival

Once a year, under the first full moon, in a frozen town in Norway, musicians come together to create incredible music on instruments made entirely of ice. The world the festival creates is an incredible and unique aural experience.

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Climbing China’s Stone Towers

Have you ever wondered what being an explorer really looks like? This article features a great interview with a National Geographic climbing and photography team that climbed some of China’s most beautiful and beloved rock formations. From drone mishaps to untouched cliff faces, this article has it all!

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Climbing China’s Remarkable Rocks

What would it be like to head out on an expedition with National Geographic? These are the remarkable stories and images from an incredible adventure to climb some of China's most amazing rock formations...

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Celebrating Places in Your Own Backyard

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to experience the wonders of the planet. This article about a town in Illinois that is nuts for a population of albino squirrels seemed to really strike a chord in our EWC readers. I think that must have been, in part, because it celebrates the little wonders that we all have in our own backyard to celebrate!

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Celebrating the Little Wonders!

What if we took more time to celebrate the quirky wonders in our own backyard? Olney, Illinois is home to a beloved population of albino squirrels, and their passion for this piece of local heritage reminds us to reflect on what makes our culture unique!

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Giants that are Saving the World

I have to say, this article features a video that is one of the most beautiful films we have featured on EWC. This beautiful piece speaks to the conservationist in us all and is truly a masterful piece of cinematography and environmentalism.

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The Giants That Can Help Save the World

After a near-death experience, arborist David Milarch embarked on a mission to use some of the planet's oldest and most resilient trees to solve one of our future's greatest problems. This is his remarkable story.

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 Exploring the Underground Rainforest

This video takes us to a place well below the ground we walk on, and yet it is both familiar and alien. Will their be beautiful and remarkable twist like this on other planets, once we get there? This is like exploring a new world.

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Exploring the Underground Rain Forest

Did you know there is an underground rainforest in the world's largest cave? Join us as we explore Hang Son Doong cave in central Vietnam!

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The Croatian Sea Organ

This was our first Saturdays Around the World Article! We took you to Zadar, Croatia and heard a marvelous piece of public architecture, an organ powered by the sea!

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Just Listen: The Croatian Sea Organ

How does sound effect our sense of place? The Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia is using sea and structure to transform public space by making us listen.

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Get exploring!

Whether you get out there in person or visit remarkable places around the world from the comfort of your own living room, there is an amazing world out there to learn about and explore!

I hope you enjoyed this article and get a chance to dive into every one of these.

Like I mentioned up top, these are just a few of the many places we wrote about over the past year, so make sure you check out all the other in the category by clicking the button below!

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If you know of any places we haven’t mentioned yet make sure to tell us via our Submit an Article page! All we need is a link to get us started in the right direction!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV