Four Seasons, Bora Bora, All Photos via The Cool Hunter

Albert Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Coming from a guy who had some serious knowledge that is a powerful statement.

One of the things that stimulates imagination is, of course, travel. The unknown lands that lie in wait. People, landscapes, colors, architecture, the ever-present but never-the-same-sunset (so popular among the blossoming photographers…), the promise of change and the joy of coming back home. As someone who travels for a living (Im running around today preparing for a trip off the coast of Brazil with my friend Mike Horn tomorrow – standby for more on that), I can say that my love for the journey and curiosity of what is around the next bend remain undiminished. And while the travel photograph can be a cliche, it is undeniable that a great image of an undiscovered destination can transport you to a new experience – and light up your imagination. Click through the images above, but be warned, you might empty out your savings account and be on booking your next jaunt after viewing some of these. Some of these places are totally foreign to me, some Ive been lucky enough to visit at some point, but all of them have been captured in an exquisite way that inspire my imagination.


If you like these, there are lots more as part of the series, Amazing Places to Experience Around the Globe featured on The Cool Hunter.

The Cool Hunter reports that there will be a book coming out in late 2012. Might make a good Holiday gift for your loved ones who are long (or short!) on imagination.