By Kira Turnbull
February 24, 2015
"Swimmers and Diver, Scindia Ghat" by Raghubir Singh, Varanasi India, 1985.

Seeking inspiration for the next photography excursion? These upcoming photo exhibits will be all it takes to go from dreaming to plane boarding. Each explores the relationship between photography and the emergence of travel, particularly photography’s role in documenting new cultures. From the vanishing architecture of Burma and India in the 19th century to Paris in the ‘60s, the full low-down, below:

This exhibit features 60 images taken by Captain Linnaeus Tripe during his expeditions in Burma and India from 1852 to 1860. Despite the surrounding political unrest, Tripe was able to document the beautiful architecture and natural splendor of the region. One highlight: the 21-part panorama of the inscriptions of the Great Pagoda at Tajore.

The exhibit is at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art from Feb. 24 to May 25, and will then move to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum from June 24 to Oct. 11.

Paris’ Hotel de Ville is currently hosting the Paris Magnum exhibit, which presents 150 images of the city, spanning 1947 to the present. More than 30 Magnum photographers are featured (including iconic names like Cartier-Bresson, Riboud, and Parr), all of whom illustrate the cultural and political movements that trace the city’s 20th-century evolution .

The exhibit ends on March 28.

Over 100 pieces of Asian work spanning 500 years are on display in four galleries at the Smithsonian. For “The Traveler’s Eye,” the Smithsonian exhibits more than 100 pieces of travel media—prints, drawings, postcards, and contemporary photography—spanning 500 years of Asian history. Photographer Raghubir Singh’s vivid images from his road trips throughout India, which catapult viewers into the chaos of India’s landscapes and cities, are an indelible part of the show.

“The Traveler’s Eye” is on view until May 29.

Kira Turnbull is a photo assistant at Travel + Leisure.