9 Travel-Inspired Zoom Backgrounds for Your Next Meeting

A shot of the whole TripSavvy team on a zoom call each person with their own custom TripSavvy Zoom Background


If you’re anything like us, you’ve likely become pretty comfortable with Zoom, the robust video-conferencing software, over the last few weeks. While we’ve quickly learned about all of Zoom’s cool features, our favorite is the software’s ability to let participants select a virtual background—no more showing off that pile of unwashed dishes in the sink. Our team has used the cool feature to teleport to a Hawaiian beach, a shrine in Kyoto, and more.

Want to test it out for yourself? We’ve dug through our roving photographers’ archives and picked out nine unique images that will add a little “sense of place” to your next mundane conference call.

To download the backgrounds, click the heading title, then right-click to save the image to your computer. To add a Virtual Background to Zoom, navigate to Preferences > Virtual Background, and upload your image. Enjoy!

01 of 09

Cliffs of Big Sur

Cliffs of Big sur at sunset

TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre

The Central Coast of California has got the best of everything: mountains, ocean, and sunshine. It's my one true happy place! — Elizabeth Preske, associate editor

02 of 09

Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C.

Close up of Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.

TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre 

Washington, D.C.'s iconic cherry blossoms are such an inspiring harbinger of spring. I can't help but smile when I see them, making them the perfect backdrop for days filled with virtual meetings. — Laura Ratliff, editorial director

03 of 09

Snowy Cascade Mountains

Snowy Cascade Mountains

TripSavvy / Chris VR 

I love wintery and snowy landscapes, and this particular scene is of the Cascade Mountains, a place that's been on my bucket list to visit. — Jamie Hergenrader, senior editor

04 of 09

Penguins at Baldwin Beach

Penguins at Baldwin Beach

TripSavvy / Chris VR

South Africa is on my 2020 (fingers crossed!) bucket list, so this background is doing its part to keep that dream alive. Also, it looks like these guys are rallying around me like chilly little cheerleaders. It's the closest I'll get to a group setting while we're all social distancing. — Astrid Taran, senior audience editor

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05 of 09

Maui Fisherman

A man throwing a fishing net in the waters of Maui

TripSavvy / Todd Coleman

This soon-to-be Zoom background classic is the ultimate conversation starter—a fisherman’s net is about to drop on you. But more importantly, it reminds me of my visit to Maui’s Ka'anapali Beach Hotel (known as "Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel”) to learn the almost-lost art of throw-net fishing from Kent Keawehiku Apo. He used me as target practice! — Todd Coleman, creative content director

06 of 09

Palm Trees

A beach in the DR with two palm trees arching over the sand

TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre 

In an ideal world, I'd be lounging on a beach right now. These palm trees make me think of relaxing days and warm weather. Who doesn't want those good vibes on a Zoom call? — Sherri Gardner, assistant editor

07 of 09

Calming Beach

Looking out over the ocean with a Palm tree framing the view

TripSavvy / Taylor McIntyre

Who wouldn't want to be on a calming beach right now? Plus, I love the way the palm tree frames the view. — Taylor McIntyre, visual editor

08 of 09

Plaza Santa Cecilia in Tijuana, Mexico

The main plaza in Tijuana with colorful flags overhead

TripSavvy / Lizzy Myers

March is always my least favorite month—it sounds likes spring but never really delivers—and this year, it’s like March took steroids. So I added a dose of sunshine with this background of Tijuana’s cheerful Santa Cecilia Plaza. For anyone who hasn’t been to Tijuana in a while, the border town is undergoing a revival thanks in part to a thriving food and craft beer scene. Join me as I dream of my next taco and lager pairing! — Molly Fergus, VP and general manager

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09 of 09

Brooklyn Bridge

Looking up at the Brooklyn Bridge

TripSavvy / Winifred Lao

The Brooklyn Bridge is my favorite landmark in New York and the only touristy activity I enjoy doing. I love taking visiting friends and family there for a stroll across. — Emily Manchester, senior SEO analyst