Let the daydreaming commence! Who says we can’t travel in our minds? During this time of staying-put, we can stock up on our travel daydreams and rely on them to transport us around the world until we can actually plan to go at a later date. Here are 25 inspiring images from around the world to spark our travel plans for the future, and keep us going in the meantime.
There’s no better place to start than the storybook village of Hallstatt. It’s an easy choice for transporting your mind to a fairytale-esque locale. A postcard-perfect village framed with mountain giants and a lake to complete the scene is just what we need right about now. Consider your Monday afternoon daydream slot filled.
Let’s head to Italy now, shall we? The Dolomites region of northern Italy is thedaydream for mountain lovers. With the summer season offering hiking trails galore and the winter beckoning skiing enthusiasts, you might think it can’t get any better for an outdoor destination. Add in quaint villages and authentic Italian fare? Mic drop.
If wildlife viewing is your thing, Sri Lanka is your under the radar safari destination. Head out on a sunrise boat safari in Gal Oya National Park and you might just witness an elephant partake in its morning routine. Or, search for the elusive leopard in Yala National Park. And that’s just in the morning…you can explore lush tea fields or surf at the beach by the afternoon. No matter what, you’ll be checking bucket lists left and right.
Ah, the Mediterranean. When we think of Greece, most of us picture the island of Santorini; an idyllic destination…and feta cheese, that too. The well-known village of Oia at the top of the island is the gathering place for sunset-watchers nightly. The combination of white-washed buildings, blue sea and mountain backdrop is the escape we need right now. You can almost feel the sun on your face.
Step back in time with your travel fantasy in Havana, Cuba where the rum flows and the old-timey cars abound. Here, you’ll get the trifecta of beach, city and good food and drink. Oh and music, that too. Sip a daiquiri like Hemingway did at the famous pink bar, La Floridita, because is it even a fantasy without a frozen cocktail?
Craving that cinematic island escape? Enter El Nido and it’s surrounding islands and lagoons for your daydreaming needs. The island of Palawan is where you’ll find El Nido, your base for this venture through turquoise blue waters, hidden lagoons and limestone cliffs towering out of the sea. Head out on a traditional boat to picnic in the sun, snorkel amongst fish and discover untouched beaches.
Fancy a castle fantasy? Look no further than the Scottish Highlands where history is paired with spectacular beauty. The iconic Eilean Donan Castle, perched lochside upon an island near Dornie, dates back to the 13th century. Its location is the gateway to the Isle of Skye, a region rich enough to keep the castle fantasy going strong.
For a daydream closer to home, why not go big with the grandest of canyons: the Grand Canyon. A sunset from the south rim will wash warm rays over the many layers of the deep canyon walls, leaving you awestruck. Head out on a hike via one of the trails, spot wildlife or just gaze for as long as you very well please. Daydream complete.
For Taco Tuesday centric travel thoughts, enter San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This vibrant city filled with history and culture has delicious food and amazing music to eat it to as well. The cobblestone streets and lively historic squares are all part of the allure of this central Mexican city. It’ll be easy to get caught up in this daydream, and so it’s quite alright if you find yourself dancing in your living room, craving barbacoa and guac.
Wilderness lovers are likely very familiar with this scene from the Lofoten Islands; a true arctic paradise. The traditional fishing village of Hamnoy serves as a picturesque base for outdoor adventurers looking to hike, kayak, fish and find serenity. Slumber in a fishing cabin to bring the experience full-circle and the beaches will rival the Caribbean—seriously.
The mid-week daydream of daydreams: Bali. An island destination worthy of conjuring several times a week until you can actually go. Rice terraces, waterfalls, temples and friendly locals await. Just watch out for those cheeky monkeys (they can’t find you at home).
Imagining vast spaces and desert endeavors? Israel has your back, and plenty of delicious hummus to boot. Transport yourself to an adrenaline-inducing ATV ride through sandy landscape, exploring caves on foot, enjoying an authentic Bedouin meal or being entertained by hilarious camels.
Head as far north as your daydreams will take you and end up in Greenland. The capital city of Nuuk is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding fjords, including the stunning iceberg lagoon. You’ll feel like a true pioneer in both your fantasy and real-life as you discover the unspoiled landscape of Greenland.
Craving a city break? The capital city of Ljubljana, known as one of Europe’s top “green” cities, is an ideal destination for history, culture and foodie lovers alike. The “lover’s bridge” or Butcher’s Bridge in the city center is a postcard-worthy scene to conjure up and fuel your romantic travel daydreams. Don’t forget to head to the central city market to eat your heart out too…yeah, it’s that kind of daydream.
New Zealand is a staple for any outdoor enthusiast’s reveries. Take your mind on a road trip around the South Island for ample stops that will blow your mind, like the famous Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach, on the east coast. They look like something out of a movie, making it an easy transition to daydream world. Might as well throw a sunrise in there too, because, obviously.
Because why wouldn’t we daydream about llamas? Head to the llama mecca in Peru to meet these humorous furry creatures, chillin’ in the stunning landscape and ready to make your day (or spit on you, either way). Machu Picchu might be high on every bucket-list, but the country has much more to offer by way of history, culture, food and outdoor experiences.
For a far-flung daze, the Faroe Islands will dish up the ultimate scenery. A group of 18 islands chock full of sheep and friendly locals, this destination will have your head in the clouds, quite literally. The famous Gasadalur waterfall, village of Saksun and seaside stunner Nordradalur are a great place to stop on your daydream venture.
Kauai is a shoo-in for any travel wishlist with its beaches, fresh seafood and fruit and Jurassic Park terrain. Oh, and a plethora of waterfalls too. Waimea Canyon, Hanalei and the newly opened Kalalau trail (you need a permit now!) are ready to knock your socks off. Throw in a spinner dolphin sighting on a sunset catamaran cruise to bring your Hawaiian daydream full circle, why don’t you.
How do hotsprings and amazing street food sound? Yeah, that’s what we thought. A travel transport to Taiwan gifts the best of the city (Taipei street food) and outdoor experiences (Wulai, a village about an hour outside of the city with hot springs) for a daydream dose of culture. You can almost taste the rice noodles and scallion pancakes.
Iceland is an easy destination for a constant flow of daydreams due to the ridiculous scenery in every square inch of the country. The south coast will have you stopping every five minutes to gawk at the numerous natural attractions like Seljalandsfoss, Dyrholaey and Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon.
Because, chocolate. For extra sweet travel daydreams, head to Bruges. Belgium is known for its top-notch chocolate and you’ll get quaint lanes and canals in Bruges as well. Prepare to drool over waffles, frites and signature hot chocolate in this pretty little city about an hour northwest of Brussels. And if you like beer, you might just be in heaven.
The wide-open road and the California coast…all the makings for an incredible travel vision and future trip down Highway 1 in Big Sur. As one of the most desired road trip routes in the USA, it’s solid daydream material. Picture the wind blowing in your hair as your cruise the winding road skirting the gorgeous coast past lovely beaches, adorable towns and iconic stops like Bixby Bridge and Point Sur Lighthouse.
If waterfalls are your thing, summon the Swiss village of Lauterbrunnen to your Thursday afternoon daydream sesh. With 72 gorgeous cascades, this striking destination fulfills your storybook inspired travel fantasies. If inspired to plan a future trip, make sure to take the cog train or hike up to the neighboring village of Wengen for more views like this one. Don’t forget to eat half your weight in fondue—it’s a rule, after all.
The lesser-known island of Vis in Croatia’s Dalmation Coast, dishes up some serious beach vibes to warm up your jet-setting fantasies all the way from the Adriatic Sea. Fresh seafood and pizza while overlooking the town square in Komiza after a full day of swimming in the azure waters is sure to leave you fully satisfied from this island daydream.
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