The top choice is certainly extreme. Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression is one of the hottest and driest places on earth and, at 123 metres below sea level, is also one of the lowest, making it one of the most difficult places on earth for life to flourish. These factors, however, have created a fascinating, otherworldly landscape. Speaking to Lonely Planet about the choices, the society’s co-founder Samuel Joynson called it “one of the most exciting places in world travel.”

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This part of Ethiopia has one of the most extreme climates in the world but still topped the ranks. Photo by Michael Runke