If a picture is worth a thousand words, these travel Instagrams are practically screaming at us – screaming that we need to explore, to escape, to go on an adventure we’ll never forget. It’s prime time to be planning travel for 2017, so take a stroll through this gallery and get to work on your bucket list.
This week’s wanderlust comes in many guises. An aerial view of nighttime New York City, its web of lights twinkling down below, is exhilarating and inspiring. Bird’s eye views of Bondi Beach, snowy Saint Petersburg, and a shipwreck in the Maldives are similarly awe-inspiring.
Back on land, The Blonde Abroad made an unexpected friend in the Galapagos and Charlie Hamilton James captured dawn breaking over the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Arnold Exconde shared the beautiful foliage of Sweden in autumn. Henrik Koskelo and Konsta Punkka paddled towards winter in Finland – not your typical canoeing weather, but unexpectedly inviting when seen through their lenses.
Our explorations go even deeper this week – from the sky, to solid ground, to below the planet’s surface. Paul Nicklen took us along for the ride on a dive in one of Mexico’s underground rivers. “Occasionally, the Earth’s crust above these bodies of water collapses,” he wrote, “allowing gorgeous shafts of light to penetrate the underworld.” His underworld is significantly prettier than the one we imagined from Greek mythology.