When packing your bags for an epic adventure, a camera is the most vital accessory.
Don't believe us? Take a look at the Travel category for the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
Though the overall winners of the competition won't be announced until April 21, the recently announced shortlist includes gorgeous photos from categories like Architecture, Nature & Wildlife, Candid and more. But no category captures the combination of adventure, natural beauty and culture quite like Travel.
Below, a selection of travel images with captions from photographers who submitted their work to the Sony World Photography Awards. They show a world just begging to be explored.