06/24/2013 08:18 am ET

GPS Guide: 11 Stunning Spots Around The World For When You Need A Mental Getaway (PHOTOS)

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and tranquility.

Is the brick building view from your office window not inspiring any creativity? We understand.

We could all benefit from taking a break from our stressful days. And sometimes, a change of scenery will do the trick. But since jetting off to North Africa on a work-day afternoon is probably not in the cards, we've compiled a series of images to take you on a mental getaway.

Below, 11 dreamy spots across the globe that look utterly pristine. Who says fantasizing about adventure can't be as wonderful as the adventure itself?

11 Mental Getaways

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