Young eagle hunters prepare to compete in the Golden Eagle Festival in Bayan-Ölgii, Mongolia. “While I will always be an outsider, coming back to a place often has felt the most satisfying way to travel for me, instead of seeing a new country all the time,” says photographer Hannah Reyes Morales. “Coming back again and again has meant that I can make deeper connections and [have] more understanding.” (Related: Learn about life among Mongolia’s nomadic herders.)

Bayan-Ölgii, Mongolia

Young eagle hunters prepare to compete in the Golden Eagle Festival in Bayan-Ölgii, Mongolia. “While I will always be an outsider, coming back to a place often has felt the most satisfying way to travel for me, instead of seeing a new country all the time,” says photographer Hannah Reyes Morales. “Coming back again and again has meant that I can make deeper connections and [have] more understanding.” (Related: Learn about life among Mongolia’s nomadic herders.)
Photograph by Hannah Reyes Morales

18 timeless photos that remind us why we miss traveling

Explore the world with these awe-inspiring images from our contributors.

COVID-19 may have complicated our ability to travel this year, but the pandemic did not diminish our passion for exploration.

As we eagerly anticipate our return to travel, we asked a few of our favorite photographers to share where they long to visit again once the pandemic ends. We hope these images will inspire your future itineraries and remind you of the breathtaking scenes the world has to offer.

(Related: Discover these destinations on the rise for 2021.)

A powerful travel image not only has the power to tell a story, but also to remind us that extraordinary beauty and meaningful moments of everyday life can be found anywhere at any time. Whether your next trip is a journey to a far-flung destination or an exploration of your own backyard, we hope these photographs will inspire adventurous New Year’s resolutions.

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