We often dream of traveling the world to admire its beauty and natural splendour yet we are held back by the demands of our everyday life, be it our job or studies or other commitments. Most of us will probably never get to experience everything anyway, but don't let that stop you from appreciating all that the world has to offer from the comfort of your screen!
In the heartfelt words of St. Augustine, "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page".
Here are some photos (or 'pages') of incredible places around the world that we have carefully curated for your viewing pleasure, and that hopefully satisfies your wanderlust for the day.
Zillertal Alps, Italy
On the border of Austria and Italy, the Zillertal Alps have been the travel destination for ages for those seeking a relexed summer retreat into the alpines. Boasting impressive landscapes and offering a unique panorama, it is only too easy for one to get lost in the beauty of nature.
Twin Lakes of Sete Cidades, Portugal
Situated in the middle of a massive extinct volcanic crater spanning five kilometers, the twin lakes are often depicted in tourist postcard photos of the Azores. The two small, ecologically different lakes are connected by a bridge over a narrow strait. According to an old legend, the green and azure colors of the twin lakes stemmed from the tears of a shepherd and princess in a forbidden love relationship. Of course, the scientific explanation is due to the different colored algae found in each, but that's less fascinating isn't it?
Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
A masterpiece of nature, Durmitor's National Park is characterised by abundant forests, high peaks and glittering glacial lakes. One of the deepest river canyons in Europe and the world, the Canyon of Tara is 81 kilometers long and 1300 meters at its deepest point. Besides skiing, Durmitor is also a popular destination for hiking, rafting and other active pursuits in nature.
Hrensko, Czech Republic
A hidden gem nestled on the borders of Germany and the Czech Republic, the Hrensko municipality is the gateway to the Bohemian Switzerland National Park. The region is also dotted by a large number of castles built to safeguard the trade routes in the olden days before it was taken over and used as hideouts by medieval robber barons. The picturesque scenery as well as a natural stone bridge was also featured in the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
The Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is the largest and northmost of the major islands in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, with a rich history from dinosaur fossils, clan warfare, the infamous 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' and the Jacobite Rebellion. With an otherworldly charm that's bordering on the mystical, you will unmistakably be drawn in to this island to explore its magic.
San Quirico d'Orcia, Italy
Named in honor of Saint Quiricus, San Quirico d'Orcia is a small commune in the Italian region Tuscany with a breathtaking landscape all around. The cypress trees dotted around the rolling hills are not only the symbol of Tuscany but also one of the most photographed trees in the world!
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Arguably one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, the sight of the crystal-clear water of Lake Atitlan sparkling in the light while surrounded by blooming wildflowers is truly one to behold. Located in a massive volcanic crater in Guatemala's southwestern highlands with the busy town of Panajachel on its north shore, you have the choice to immerse yourself in Mayan culture with street vendors peddling traditional textiles or explore the Atitlan nature reserve with its hiking trails and butterfly garden.