The colorful streets of Bo Kaap weren’t always this way. The facades were once mandated to be a drab, uniform color during Apartheid. After, the residents painted their homes every color of the rainbow to celebrate their freedom from oppression.
Brilliant blue corridors, golden-dawn balloon rides, jewel green basketball courts: Colors often streak a rainbow of experiences across traveler’s minds to leave lifelong memories. From ruby red powder used to celebrate in India, to a mustard yellow curtain in Bhutan, or historically significant paint in South Africa, colors mark time and place for locals and travelers alike.
As our editors comb through photos vying for the grand prize in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest, an array of scenes reminds us all of the colorful cultures, people, and places around the world. See which scenes brighten your day and spark your next travels. (Read: Colorful Destinations Around the World)