Our planet never ceases to amaze, and no publication (maybe besides National Geographic) harnesses Earth’s biggest and best better than the Guinness World Records.
In the 2016 edition, which is available for purchase now, some of the most record-breaking travel achievements are highlighted, including the deepest blue hole on Earth, the tallest hotel, the largest passenger-carrying plane in existence (it’s huge), and the longest-running beach on the planet — among many, many others.
If these don’t have you rushing to purchase a plane ticket, then we don’t know else what to tell you.
Guinness’ new list is guaranteed to spark your travel bug
The World's Tallest WaterfallAngel Falls (or Salto Angel) in Venezuela is absolutely breathtaking, and has an impressive, uninterrupted drop of 807 metres (2,648 ft).Getty Images
The World's Biggest Group of Underwater StatuesFound at the National Marine Park in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, The Silent Evolution installation is a group of 450 figures sitting eight metres below the water's surface. Made from sand, cement, silicone and fibreglass, the sculptures, made by Jason deClaires Taylor (pictured), help promote the recovery of natural reefs. Getty Images
The World's Highest GondolaTo be more specific, Whistler-Blackcomb's Peak-2-Peak gondola reaches the highest point above the ground of any gondola on Earth -- 436 metres (1,430 ft.) Trust us, don't look down. The trees are specks.Brad Pederson via Flickr
The World's Longest Passenger Aircraft (Currently in Service)This honour is bestowed upon Boeing's 747-8 Intercontinental, which is about 76 metres long (250 ft). It first appeared on runways in 2011, and its maximum takeoff weight is over 447,000 kg (987,000 lbs) and it typically shuttles 467 individuals.Getty Images
The World's Deepest Blue HoleNo joke, this natural wonder is called Dean's Blue Hole, and is located in Turtle Cove, Bahamas. Found at, or just below, sea level, blue holes are once-dry caves that have filled with seawater over time -- this one is a 76 metre-wide vertical shaft that sinks for 202 metres.Getty Images
The World's Largest Ice StructureEach year, the Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, is rebuilt from blocks of frozen ice from the River Torne. Covering an area of 5,500 square metres (59,200 square ft), the hotel is open seasonally, from December through to March. In 2015, the hotel celebrated its 25th anniversary, complete with an ice bar, ice church and themed bedrooms.Getty Images
The World's Tallest HotelThe J W Marriott Marquis Dubai, formerly known as Emirates Park Towers Hotel and Spa, stands over 355 metres (1,165 feet) from ground level to the top of its mast. The property consists of two 77-floor twin towers, the first of which opened on November 11, 2012. Needless to stay, the five-star hotels offer breathtaking views of the city.Getty Images
The World's Most Expensive Hotel RoomBehold, the Royal Penthouse Suite at Geneva's Hotel President Wilson. Bill Gates and Michael Douglas, among others, have paid around $100,000 CDN per night to stay in this opulent room. That'll get you 12 bedrooms and 12 marble bathrooms across 18,000 sq. ft.Hotel President Wilson
The World's Largest Standard Hotel RoomIf opulence isn't your thing and you don't have $100K kicking around, then stay at Las Vegas' Venetian hotel, where the standard suites are still huge, measuring 65 metres, or approximately 700 sq. ft.The Venetian Hotel
The World's Longest BeachYou could walk by the ocean for a very long time. Praia do Cassino is the southernmost beach of the Brazilian coast, and is the longest uninterrupted sandy seashore in the world, with various sources measuring it at 212 to 254 kms (approximately 158 mi) in length.Getty Images
The World's Most Expensive MealWhere else would this take place? Of course it was at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant, Petrus, in London, England. For this meal, six diners at the resto spent approximately $80,000 CDN ($61,941 USD). Again, on just one meal.Petrus Restaurant