Found on the South Island of New Zealand, the Routeburn Track is 33 miles of unadulterated natural beauty. Rolling hills laced with fog and the occasional massive lake-filled valley make it a prime candidate for where I’d build my print studio / motorcycle workshop.

The trail is a favorite for hikers and has several shelters along the way to re-energize for the next leg. Did I mention they have an annual race?

Lookatit.

Both time and locationally dependent but never the less:
Grenta, Scotland in the fall where the starlings form murmurations in the fall. Scientists don’t know why they do it or even their acrobatics they perform without colliding with each other or predators in these flocks.
Check this one out as well - nature is so cool. 

So you’ve got yourself set on snow yeah? What about throwing in some color for good measure?

You literally can not find a photo of Jiuzhaigou Valley that isn’t oozing with saturation. Located at the foot of the Himalayans in northern Sichuan, China, this nature reserve is littered with waterfalls and some ridiculously colorful lakes. If scouting around this sort of terrain or hiding away in a little lake is your bag, this place is jumping a few spaces up your list. Did I mention the waterfalls freeze in the winter? And the Wolong Panda Reserve a little ways away?

Seriously.

Is it bad that a snow bar, ice chapel, smokey sauna and a vacation just above the Arctic Circle sounds romantic to me?

Hope not, because the Lapland igloo village in Kakslauttanen, Finland has easily soared to the top of my list of places to go. Besides, even though the lows can reach -40 Celsius in the winter, the cold isn’t biting since it’s so dry…
And with Urho Kekkonen National Park just right outside…I’m bringing snow shoes.

I love fog. Literally one of the most amazing phenomenons to me and provides some of the coolest photographic opportunities.
So with it’s location on Washington’s coast, a name like Cape Disappointment and the promise of 2552 hours of fog a year (106 days) I’m definitely first on the sign up sheet. 

Above is the North Head of the Cape.

Kraternaya Bay, Yankich Island, the Kuril Islands

The Kuril Islands are a long string of volcanically active islands north of Japan but under Russian control. Most of the islands have subarctic weather, lots of seabirds and little else but grass and flowers. But damn, just look at them.

Highlights include the thermal acid lake of the Ebeko Volcano on Paramushir Island, the northernmost volcanic island of Atlasov, and a whole lotta sea lions.

Though seemingly inhospitable, they were once home to the Ainu people of Japan and Russia. Their descendents still live on the islands.

Unalaska, Alaska.
Unalaska is an island off the coast of Alaska’s mainland with a subpolar climate (mean temp around 40.5 degrees.) It’s also one of the rainiest places in the world with over 250 days of rain a year. It also has it’s own airport but because of weather conditions 1/5 of it’s flights are routinely cancelled. 
The Unalaska and Dutch Harbor port is the main port for the Bering Seas King Crab fisheries (you may have seen the crabbing fleet on Deadliest Catch.) This is terrifying to me, but I mean, I’m tryin’ to catch one of these suckers. 

Above are the wild horses of Summer’s Bay. C’mon even if you don’t like horses that much.

Still got my eye on Cold Spring and the surrounding Hudson Highlands for this October.

Just an hour train ride outside of New York City and you’ll find yourself surrounded by this. If it ends up being a little too quaint, there are plenty of mountains to top in the area (and they’re all relatively small, it’s the lowest mountain range in all the Appalachians.)

Not over the sinking islands of Maldives yet.
Even their president is a superstar when he held an UNDERWATER CABINET MEETING.

The islands are anywhere from about 3-6 feet above sea level and in the next century (with all this ‘global warming’ wah wah wah) they’ll be gone. A company has been hired to construct floating structures for the islands and they plans are for them to look something like this

If we find ourselves in Sao Paulo why not head down to Buenos Aires for a week or two? This capital of Argentina is one mammoth city (second in size only to Sao Paulo in South America).

Incredibly European, the birthplace of the tango, unparalleled architecture (look at the National Library) and active public art scene.

Might take more than a week or two…


Oh and did I mention this is right around the corner?