If you come across the Tahina spectabilis on Madagascar, snap a photo while you have a chance. This unique species of palm, which was discovered last year when a scientist stumbled upon photos posted on an Internet message board, grows to an astonishing 60-foot-high tower and then, after about 50 years, it self-destructs in a bizarre display of botanical suicide. Talk about deeply rooted issues. kew.org
We’re not close followers of ABC’s The Bachelor, but we can’t help but notice when the show visits an island we know well. If you want to give your honey the full Bachelor experience (or get to know your top three better), here’s a quick guide to all of the episodes' spectacular backdrops. — Zach Stovall
Confession: we can't get enough of the monkeys in this video. (Just watch.) Even cooler: This one-day road trip film is part of a project for videos that are going into Indonesia's taxis. Worth the ride? We think yes.
Grand Cayman is one nonstop flight from 14 U.S. cities (think about boarding a plane in Detroit or Philly or Dallas at 7 a.m. and landing here before lunch). All the major cruise lines also stop in Grand Cayman. Pass the tourist kiosks and follow us. This is how we do Cayman.