If you’re lucky, right now you’re browsing our blog at an airport as you wait for your flight to a family summer vacation in Paris, or while experiencing a brief moment of downtime during a post-grad, wanderlust-inspired excursion to southeast Asia.
Sadly, it’s more likely you’re reading this from home or the confines of a work cubicle. We get it—everyday life can blow sometimes. Thankfully, we’re here to try to sprinkle a little joy in your day with another edition of wickedly amazing travel photos that will blissfully transport your mind to a far, far off place.
1. Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces | Location: Longsheng, China
Yeah, we know. When you think “extravagant travel photos,” you don’t think of rice fields. But this terraced land farmed high up amongst unbelievably lush Chinese countryside on the base of Longji “Dragon’s Backbone” Mountain totally does it for us. If we were to adopt an agrarian lifestyle, this is definitely how we’d go about it.
2. Tracy Arm Fjord | Location: Alaska
Located just south of Juneau, Tracy Arm is a 30-mile long fjord that has one-fifth of its area covered by ice. Created by ancient glaciers as they cut into mountain valleys during their move to the sea, this Alaskan treasure is home to Orcas (killer whales!), among other astounding wildlife.
3. Cinque Terre | Location: Liguria, Italy
Translated as “Five Lands,” Cinque Terre is a five village area scattered beautifully across the rocky coastal cliffs of the Italian Riviera. The coastline and villages are all part of Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Untouched by corporatism, the area cannot be reached by car—instead, you’ll have to catch a train, boat ride, or hoof it.
4. Atlantic Ocean Road | Location: Møre og Romsdal, Norway
Image Credit: Visit Norway
Forget Route 66… this is a kickass road. Built in the 1980s and stretching roughly 5 miles, the road is comprised of eight mildly anxiety-inducing bridges that serve to chain together several Norwegian islands. Now recognized as the country’s “National Tourist Route,” on fair days you can observe seals and whales.
5. Rainbow Mountains | Location: Zhangye Danxia, China
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you—that incredible pastel palette is real. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 and stretching across 200 friggin’ square miles, the Rainbow Mountains are a wonder of weathering and erosion. The reds, blues, greens, and yellows result from the sandstone’s trace minerals.