It’s a big and amazing world out there, full of spectacular destinations. And with the ongoing revolution in camera technology, there’s never been a better time to soak it all in than right now.
At its best, travel photography inspires, intrigues and informs. It sets us on armchair adventures. It can spur us to actually plan a dream trip we’ve long sought to take. Or pictures can reveal a possible new journey that captures our imagination.
These photos not only show the natural and man-made beauty of our world, but they can also give us a glimpse of other people and cultures and the beauty within the human race.
Thousands and thousands of amazing images cross our computer screens each year, and in this space we share some stunners from 2018.
Seljalandsfoss, Iceland: Iceland’s Seljalandsfoss waterfall features a 60-meter drop (197 feet) and is part of the Seljalands River. Visitors here are able to walk behind the falls and explore the cave behind.
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Pucón, Chile: Villarrica — seen here from the town of Pucón — is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes. Its last major eruption was in 2015.
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Phimai, Thailand: One of the largest Khmer temples in Thailand, the centerpiece of Phimai Historical Park is the restored ruins of the Prasat Phimai sanctuary.
Rotterdam, the Netherlands: This is the Cube House in Rotterdam — 38 cube-shaped pile dwellings and 13 business cubes. The Cube House was designed by architect Piet Blom.
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Zakynthos, Greece: The Blue Caves in the Bay of Skinari on the Greek island of Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea are one of the island’s top tourist attractions. The water’s incredible color comes from special light reflections.
Stuttgart, Germany: Revelers ride a chain carousel at the 173rd Cannstatter Volksfest, a three-week long beer festival and fair. Stuttgart is in southwestern Germany, about a two-hour drive from the French border.
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Xinjiang, China: Red peppers are aired following the fall harvest in northwest China’s Xinjiang Province.
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Paris: The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and is home to around 38,000 exhibits. It receives more than eight million visitors a year.
Dhaka, Bangladesh: In Bangladesh, Hindu devotees sit together on a temple floor to observe Rakher Upobash celebrations.
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Munich, Germany: “Never Again,” a work by artist Walter Kuhn to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, fills Munich’s Königsplatz. Click through the gallery for more amazing travel photos from 2018:
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