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.

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.

Starlight Williams is a research editor and writer at National Geographic. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.