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Calling All Experienced and Adventurous Backpackers!

Do you think that you've seen just about all there is: "œbeen there, seen it, done it and bought the t-shirt?"  Well, believe it or not there are plenty of places left to explore.  Many of which are in countries you are probably already considering travelling to. As backpacker travel insurance specialists, we wanted to bring together some of the more unusual places our customers have travelled to.

We hope this will give you a taster of what is out there, if you stray from the path just a little...

Iceland - Gullfoss

As you approach the "œGolden Falls" it appears that a great river simply vanishes into the earth. A popular attraction in South Iceland, the Gullfoss is a 2-tiered waterfall with a total height of 32m (105ft) and forms part of the Hvé­tá river.

The falls are fed by a glacier approx 70 miles east of Reykjavik (Iceland's capital) and fall into the ravine at a 90 degree angle. There have been attempts at using the falls to generate electricity, fortunately these have been unsuccessful and the waterfall is now protected.

Croatia - Zlatni Rat

Those of you who think all beaches are the same can think again.

Welcome to Zlanti Rat (known as The Golden Horn), an amazing beach on an island off the coast of Croatia. It juts out into the water at Bol on the island of Brac, the large island opposite Makarska.

The beach has a unique shape the end of which changes shape and position, depending on the wind! How does this tip of beach "œmove"?" The Golden Horn is a "œspit", a narrow coastal land formation tied to the coast at one end.  The end of the spit can often become hooked when the wind direction changes, sometimes leading to daily changes with short-term wind movements (Dr. Nenad Domijan - Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia).

Australia - Wave Rock

Australia is well known for its great surf and its lifestyle, but did you know that there is another type of surfing wave that can be found at Hyden Rock, (east of Perth) in Hyden, Western Australia.

The colours of the rock are from the rain washing chemical deposits down the face, forming vertical stripes of grays, reds and yellows.  The "œwave" is approximately 46ft high (14m). There is also a similar "œwave" in Arizona, USA, where there are swirls and U shaped troughs eroded into Navajo Sandstone of the Jurassic age.

We hope we have given you a little inspiration for your next trip.  Don't forget to take out travel insurance!

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