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I still remember the first time I saw the movie “Koyaanisqatsi” back in the 80′s. It was my first introduction to time-lapse film, and I found the combination of sped-up images and music to be moving in a way few things are.

Today time-lapse video is more common, and a quick search through YouTube turns up videos of flowers growing, children aging and buildings developing. But my favorite videos are those that show mountains, lakes, monuments or cities over the course of a day or week in just a minute’s worth of time.

Forget flipping through a picture book — I never want more to travel than after watching a day unfold somewhere in the world I haven’t yet been.

Here are a few time-lapse travel videos that will inspire you to travel.

Speeding Around The World in Under 5 Minutes

This time-lapse video spans 17 countries visited over the course of 343 days. Among the countries highlighted are England, France, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand and Uruguay.



New York City
A great time-lapse glimpse at the city that never sleeps.



Around Paris
Some of Paris’ most iconic sights zip through time in this video.



Enjoyed these? Check out Get Inspired: Around the World in Eight Amazing Videos.

– written by Dori Saltzman

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