We’ve all felt inspired at some point to snap a photo of the landscape below as our plane takes off or touches down. Our favourite places always seem to look especially thrilling when viewed from above. Photographer Chia Joel treats us to a sky-high view of cities across the globe – without the through-the-plane-window glare – in this jaw-dropping drone photography series.

Whether it’s finding beauty above a highway in Athens or offering insight into how cities like Barcelona or New York were shaped over the centuries, Joel’s aerial shots bring us a fresh and striking perspective on some of our favourite getaways around the world, and also inspire us to add a few new destinations to our bucket list.