It seems that some of the most alluring destinations are those where humanity does not cluster. Perhaps we feel as though we can return home from such places with quiet memories tucked neatly into our pockets for when we need to escape our hectic realities. Mankind has continually sought to understand the mysterious places of the past. Because so many of us seek quieter existences, it is no surprise that we are drawn to the solace of these forgotten worlds. Here, we re-discover spots from around the world that were once loved and lived in, but have since been left behind. In the absence of humans, nature’s persistent tendrils have made these places even more wondrous — making our return inevitable.