July 26, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 completed its historic trip around the world Monday night, traveling 25,000 miles before returning to Abu Dhabi.

The solar-powered plane used no fuel to complete the journey, which made long travel times as the pilots avoided bad weather and strong winds between each leg. The purpose of the trip was to show the potential of fossil fuel-free energy.

We can't all spend months on a plane circling the globe, but this timelapse documenting the flight's progress isn't a bad substitute.

The filming stopped before they finished the last leg from Egypt to the United Arab Emirates, but fans of airplane window Instagrams and aerial city views will surely appreciate the compilation.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen. 

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