In honor of hump day and recognizing the likely mid-week drudgery you’re experiencing at whatever full or part-time job you may be pulling, here’s a visual feast—a veritable tour de force of jaw-dropping photos of some of this world’s most unbelievable locales.
We guarantee the following: After only a quick scroll through the dynamite destinations below, your wanderlust will be at an all-time high.
OK, you can’t pronounce it and neither can we. Whatever. The important thing is, this place looks absolutely baller. Fairy tale-esque, even.
And that’s because it is, in fact, connected to children’s stories. Neuschwanstein Castle (translated as “New Swanstone Castle” in English) is the actual inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Not surprisingly, roughly 1.3 million peeps visit this 19th-century Romanesque Revival Palace annually.
We go straight from castles to temples on this wild ride. Enter: Thailand’s Wat Phra Dhammakaya Buddhist temple. Nestled within the Khlong Luang District of a province just north of Bangkok, this temple was founded in 1970 and is the fastest-growing temple representing the Dhammakaya Movement. As of 2006, there were more than a thousand monks living at the temple.
Fancy a dip? Well, look, but don’t touch. The Champagne Pool is a natural hot spring that literally erupted into being via a hydrothermal eruption 900 years ago. Mineral deposits give it its unique color, and its name is derived from the carbon dioxide flow that creates a bubbling that really isn’t unlike champagne. The name and look are cool, but the temps are not—the water sits at about 163 degrees Fahrenheit.
This fantastic forest dreamscape is sequestered away on the outskirts of Kyoto. Time to make your travel plans in earnest!