18 Photos of Dream Vacation Spots for the Armchair Traveler

Ready for a little armchair travel? Let these 18 photos of dream vacation spots transport you. There’s nothing like gorgeous travel photos to fuel your wanderlust and inspire dreams about new destinations. Although COVID-19 has had a drastic and immediate effect on short-term travel plans, we can still dream big about the places we’ll go to once life begins to normalize. With that in mind, we selected this collection of stunning photos from around the world to transport you to dream vacation spots.

From the sun-kissed safari lands of Africa to the emerald rainforests of Central America, let your imagination run wild these captivating images of dream destinations.


Africa: Botswana, Kenya, Morocco, and Tanzania

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1. Botswana’s Chobe River Botswana’s Chobe National Park is the third-largest protected area in the country, famous for its estimated 120,000 elephants. The elephants move seasonally up to 124 miles (200 kilometers) in a circuit from the Chobe and Linyanti rivers where they pass the dry season. If you’re looking for a fabulous safari spot, Chobe should rank among your dream travel destinations.


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2. Kenya’s Amboseli National Park Crowned by Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park is one of Kenya’s most popular wildlife destinations. The park is famed as one of the best places to get close to free-ranging elephants. Because of its sparse vegetation, it’s also an excellent spot to see African wildlife, including Cape buffalo, impalas, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, and lions.


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3. Morocco’s Ouzoud Falls About 100 miles northeast of Marrakech located high in the Atlas Mountains, you’ll find Ouzoud Falls. To reach the 360-foot-tall (110-meter-tall) falls, you’ll pass through pastoral Berber villages and stunning olive groves. The falls empty into the El-Abid River gorge and are the tallest in North Africa.


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4. Tanzania’s Serengeti Each year, Tanzania plays host to one of the oldest and largest wildlife migrations in the world. Nearly two million wildebeest and zebra travel across the vast plains of the Serengeti driven by rains and the availability of food sources


Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, and Japan

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5. Cambodia’s Ta Prohm Temple at Angkor Wat When it comes to dream destinations, Angkor Wat ranks near the top for many. Of course, this ancient religious complex is synonymous with Ta Prohm. Completed in 1186 CE at the behest of Jayavarman VII, this iconic temple remains an imposing structure whose picturesque union with the surrounding jungle proves breathtaking.


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6. Indonesia’s Borobudur Near the town of Muntilan in Central Java, you’ll find the 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple, Borobudur. The world’s largest Buddhist temple, it consists of nine stacked platforms topped by a central dome. Approximately 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues decorate the massive structure.


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7. Japan’s Mt. Fuji Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, stands 12,389 feet above sea level (3,776 meters). One of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains,” UNESCO recognizes it as a cultural site that has inspired poets, artists, and pilgrims for generations. This view from Fujinomiya shows the iconic volcano at sunset.


Central America: Costa Rica

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8. Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast Few travel destinations beat family-friendly Costa Rica. From its diverse ecosystems to its laidback “Pura Vida” philosophy (akin to “Hakuna Matata”), your family will fall in love with this Central American gem. The nation’s Osa Peninsula contains at least half of all species living in Costa Rica, which makes for a stunning concentration of pristine tropical beaches, cascading waterfalls, and verdant primary forests.


Europe: Portugal and Scotland

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9. Portugal’s Mosteiro dos Jerónimos Situated in western Lisbon, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery) showcases the intricate Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture. Constructed in 1502 on the site of a hermitage founded by Prince Henry the Navigator, it boasts historical ties to famous explorers. Vasco de Gama spent his last night here before journeying to the Far East, and later his tomb was relocated to the monastery.


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10. Scotland’s Isle of Skye Scotland is known for its many icons, from thistles to bagpipes, tartans to shortbread, and Highland cows. Suitably rugged and wild-looking creatures, Highland cows thrive on the rough grazing land available in the Highlands. Yet, despite their unkempt looks, these blond bovines prove thoroughly domestic and docile. They’re also a favorite subject of camera-wielding visitors.


Middle East: Jordan

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11. Jordan’s Treasury of Al Khazneh at Petra Archaeological evidence proves that people have inhabited the rugged desert mountain ranges and canyons near Petra since 7,000 BCE. Constructed by the Nabataeans, the city was half-built and half-carved into the rock. It remains one of the most famous ancient sites in the world and an excellent example of Hellenistic architecture.


North America: Mexico and USA

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12. Mexico’s Ria Celestún Biosphere Reserve The Ria Celestún Biosphere Reserve sits at the mouth of Yucatan’s biggest groundwater basin. To access this vast wetland corridor, travel by boat into the heart of the estuary and bordering mangrove forests. There, you’ll find spectacular flocks of pink American flamingos and dozens of other avian species.


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13. United States of America’s Bryce Canyon in Utah Natural Bridge is one of several arches located in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Sculpted from the reddest rock of the Claron Formation, which derives its vibrant hue from iron oxide minerals, the stone contrasts dramatically with the dark emerald Ponderosa forest below. Enjoy a virtual tour of Bryce Canyon and 24 other national parks.


Oceania: Australia

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14. Australia’s Uluru or Ayers Rock Uluru or Ayers Rock is a large sandstone formation located in the Australian outback. Sacred to the aboriginal people of the area, Uluru contains an abundance of waterholes, springs, rock caves, and ancient paintings. One of Australia’s most recognizable landmarks, it changes color depending on the time of day and season.


South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru

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15. Argentina and Brazil’s Iguazú Falls Located on the border between Argentina and Brazil, Iguazú or Iguaçu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River. The number of falls fluctuates between 150 and 300 depending on the water flow and time of year. As a corporate body, they comprise the largest waterfall in the world.


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16. Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest The Brazilian Amazon rainforest contains one in ten of the Earth’s known species, 4,100 miles of winding rivers, and 1.4 billion acres of dense forest. It covers 2.6 million square miles in the Amazon basin, comprising 40 percent of South America.


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17. Patagonia’s Perito Moreno Glacier Located at the southern tip of Argentina and Chile is the sparsely populated region of Patagonia. Bounded to the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, it contains unique wildlife and diverse landscapes. Situated on the Argentine side, Perito Moreno Glacier is part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the world’s third-largest reserve of freshwater.


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18. Peru’s Humantay Lake  The glacial lake of Humantay sits adjacent to the Salkantay Glacier and boasts one of the most spectacular natural colors you’ll find in nature. Located in the Vilcabamba Mountain range several hours from Cusco, it was considered sacred by the Inca. Today, shamans and pilgrims journey to commune at its shores. Travelers leave small offerings or apachetas at the edge of the lake for Pachamama (a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes).


Dream Vacation Spots

From the wildlife-rich Serengeti of Tanzania to the awe-inspiring waterfalls of Iguazu in Brazil and Argentina, there’s a big beautiful world out there just waiting for you and your family to explore. While travel has momentarily come to a halt, now’s the time to start dreaming about and planning your next overseas vacation. Bookmark this page so you can visit it anytime you feel like exploring dream vacation spots from the comfort of your armchair.

Global CommUnity offers luxury family vacations to 35 global destinations. Each customized itinerary comes in both 4- and 5-star price points. Your family will enjoy opportunities to interact with a destination’s culture and people in profound ways.

While traveling has come to a halt for the moment, the world will be back on track before we know it. Until then, let Global Community feed your family’s wanderlust through useful and inspiring stories. And when you’re ready to start planning future dream vacations, explore Global CommUnity’s itineraries to open the door to a compelling world of luxury family travel possibilities.

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