Our favorite travel photos of 2019 so far

CNN staffUpdated 29th March 2019
(CNN) — A group of revelers throw colorful powders over each other during celebrations for the ancient Hindu festival of Holi in Mathura, India.
The Chicago River flows green after being dyed for St. Patrick's Day festivities in Chicago, Illinois.
Hordes of visitors take park in the "inaugural walk" for the Vessel, a new landmark in Hudson Yards, New York.
A murmuration of starlings gather in the skies of Brighton, England.
It's a big and amazing world out there, full of spectacular destinations. And with the ongoing revolution in camera technology, there's never been a better time to soak it all in than right now.
At its best, travel photography inspires, intrigues and informs. It sets us on armchair adventures. It can spur us to actually plan a dream trip we've long sought to take. Or pictures can reveal a possible new journey that captures our imagination.
These photos not only show the natural and human-made beauty of our world, but they can also give us a glimpse of other people and cultures and the beauty within the human race.
Thousands and thousands of amazing images cross our computer screens each year, and in this space we share some stunners from 2019 so far.
The gallery above is updated periodically. So when you're ready to see another gorgeous part of the world -- the tallest Buddha statue in Vietnam, Dresden's famous Theater Square during twilight, and huge rock formations jutting out of the desert in Egypt -- return here for inspiration.