If the Christmas comedown and endless talk of snow has left you craving the summer months, then you’re not alone.
Monday 21 January 2019 has been dubbed ‘Blue Monday‘, with claims that it’s set to be the most depressing day of the year so far.
But there’s no need to fear, as we’ve found the perfect excuse to add some must-see spots to your 2019 wanderlust list. And, in keeping with the day’s theme, they’re all blue.
From the world-famous Blue Lagoon in Iceland to gram-worthy tiles in Porto, feast your eyes on some of the most awe-inspiring spots across the globe.
Hands up, who else is already reaching for their passport?
Have we missed your favourite blue spot? Let us know in the comments below.
1. Chefchaouen, Morocco
For those dreaming of an other-worldy escape this winter, Chefchaouen in Morocco – aptly-dubbed the ‘Blue City’ – deserves to be at the top of your bucket list. With ocean-dipped buildings and winding cobbled streets, look no further for the most gram-worthy of locations. [Photo: Getty]
2. Exuma Cays, The Bahamas
There are so many shades of blue in the seas that surround The Bahamas, you’ll run out of words to describe them. The island located in the spectacular Exuma Cays of The Bahamas is particularly stunning – should you be after a remote getaway destination. [Photo: Getty]
3. Júzcar, Spain
A small village located in the scenic Valle del Genal in the Serrania de Ronda, shot to fame after being painted blue in 2011 as part of a publicity stunt by Sony Pictures to promote ‘The Smurfs 3D’ movie. In 2017, the village hit headlines for being banned from calling itself the home of the Smurfs.
4. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Planning a winter escape? Iceland is the perfect getaway courtesy of its wind-beaten landscapes, natural waterfalls and roaming horses. But the Blue Lagoon is arguably the ultimate hot spot with tourists flocking from far and wide to see what all the fuss is about. [Photo: Getty]
5. Santorini, Greece
Greece is undoubtedly a firm favourite with families come the summer holidays but Santorini deserves a special mention courtesy of its incomparible views and plethora of picturesque tavernas. [Photo: Getty]
6. Porto, Portugal
It’s impossible not to mention the azulejo tiles of Porto when rounding up the world’s bluest spots. Imported from Seville in Spain during the 15th century, they continue to impress tourists from across the globe. [Photo: Getty]
7. Yves Saint Laurent garden, Marrakech
Name a blogger who hasn’t posted a selfie in the Yves Saint Laurent garden. We’re waiting… [Photo: Getty]
8. The Great Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef, Belize
After researching the world’s most beautifully blue spots, we found ourselves falling for The Great Blue Hole which is sure to come first place on your must-visit list. [Photo: Getty]
9. Grotto Azzurra, Capri
If you ever have the chance to visit Capri, make sure to make the Grotto Azzura a priority. The sea cave is lit up by blue light and can be visited via boat. [Photo: Getty]
10. Jodhpur, India
The Blue City of Jodhpur is famed for its bustling bazaars and labyrinth of streets – the perfect place to get lost for the afternoon. [Photo: Getty]
11. Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
If you look at this mountain range from Sydney, they do indeed appear blue. They’re covered in gum trees, which, under the sun’s glare, release a fine oil that refracts in the light – making them seem blue. [Photo: Getty]
12. Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Turkey’s famous Sultan Ahmed mosque is nicknamed the ‘blue mosque’ thanks to its picturesque blue tiles. It’s one of the country’s most iconic landmarks – and visually spectacular. [Photo: Getty]
Of course the first place we think of when daydreaming at our desk is the Maldives. The tropical paradise is like something from the pages of a travel guide with palm-fringed beaches galore. [Photo: Getty]