We may be living in the year 2018, soon to be 2019, but we all know that the future is where the intrigue lies for many of us. Even if we're doing the most exciting thing imaginable with our lives in the present day, there are few things that compare to the thrill of knowing that there are exciting times to come ahead.

Of course, the sad truth is that while many of us will live to see the next 5-50 years at the very least, none of us (unless time travel becomes a thing) will be able to see what the world looks like in the year 3000. We already know that it's going to be an exceptionally different place to what it looks like now, as we can imagine the year 1000 was in comparison to when we rung in the new millennium less than two decades ago.

That probably sounds a little bit scary to some people and more thrilling than ever to others, but either way, the possibilities are endless. As it turns out, though, there are actually some destinations that already exist on Earth that make us feel like we've been teleported to the year 3000 already (any Busted fans out there will love the reference).

The word 'futuristic' can mean a lot of different things as you probably already know, which is why there are going to be some pretty unique entries. From the sky to the tracks to the many stunning buildings around the world, it's time for a comprehensive look.

24 Singapore - Welcome To The Future

A few short decades ago the idea of Singapore being on this list would’ve been ridiculous. As it is, though, as time has gone on, the city/state/country (whatever you want to call it) has transformed into one of the most remarkable places on the planet.

That’s not an understatement, either, and it genuinely feels like one of the most forward-thinking locations we’ve ever seen. From the magnificent airport to the Marina Bay Sands to the outstanding skyline and beyond, it’s not exactly a shock to learn that many expats are looking towards Singapore as a possible place to live.

23 Eden Project - Something Different

The Eden Project, in short, is stunning. Located in the beautiful English country of Cornwall, you can clearly see that there are two huge domes that house thousands upon thousands of different plants of all different species. One is Mediterranean themed and one resembles a rainforest, and it makes you feel like you’re in a whole new world.

It almost feels as if you’ve been taken to a futuristic version of Jurassic Park, as ridiculous as that may sound. It’s got a family friendly atmosphere, there’s plenty to do, and it’s just so unique.

Oh, and the zipwire is incredible.

22 The Atomium - It Just Looks Great

This place was finished way back in 1958. Isn’t that just a little bit crazy?

The Atomium in Brussels, Belgium is a prime contender for the ‘Places That Belong In The Year 3000’ award, and rightly so. The stainless steel spheres are quite literally magnificent, and you’re able to explore every single one of them courtesy of an escalator.

They’re all habitable and they all offer up something different, whether it be an exhibition hall or some kind of museum. Brussels as a whole is a city attempting to pave the way for the future, courtesy of the European Union, but the Atomium really does sum that vibe up more so than anything else possibly could.

21 'AT' Design Office - Floating City Design

You know that you’re ambitious when you’re developing concepts for floating cities.

In truth we kind of love the initial idea of this, and to be even more truthful, it makes us feel like Aquaman is coming to life.

This city proposal features underwater roads, with the AT Design Office coming up with the initial plans. It’ll be four square miles long with hexagonal modules with underwater tunnels, roads and walkways, with electric vehicles being used for transport.

It certainly feels like the people involved in designing this were born a thousand years too early, because you can just imagine this being revealed on January 1st, 3000.

20 Apple Park - Just incredible

It shouldn’t, and probably won’t, come as a surprise to many that Apple Park is an absolutely extraordinary facility. The headquarters of Apple, located in Cupertino, California, is home to more than 2,000 employees and is nicknamed the spaceship.

You know it’s built for the future purely based on the fact that the Architectural design of the place is under the category of ‘Neo-futurism’.

80% of the space is green with trees and plants littered around the area, as well as an artificial pond. It’s the brainchild of Steve Jobs who wanted to look ahead to an even brighter tomorrow, and we think he did a pretty good job.

19 Petronas Towers - Looking Ahead

For some reason there’s this stereotype that a lot of places in the future will probably be ‘duplicated’ in some way, although we can understand how bizarre that may initially sound.

As such, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur often leave people rubbing their eyes together in order to double check that they aren’t seeing double.

It’s a magnificent building and they were the tallest buildings in the world for a period of six years, and to this day they still serve as the official ‘landmark’ of the city – and some would argue Malaysia as a whole, which we certainly wouldn’t debate.

18 Dubai - A Whole New World

The key word in that sentence is ‘new’, because as we noted in the introduction, certain places live for looking ahead to the future – and Dubai is one of those places. From the insane skyline to the man-made island that they’ve created, it’s the kind of destination you need to visit while it’s still in ‘development’ so to speak.

That’ll really give you a taste of how hard they’re working, and yet, it’ll also tell you how much further they’ve got left to go. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either, because all good things come to those who wait.

17 Tokyo - The Technology Hub

We’ve called it the technology hub, and simply put, that’s because it is.

Japan as a country live and breathe for the development of new projects that are just waiting to break out into the mainstream. It’s one of the things that we absolutely adore about the city, and to be perfectly honest, it’s kind of intimidating to us.

Tokyo as a city is only just starting to scratch the surface on what they can do for the world of technology, and there are pros and cons that come with that. Either way, though, if we could jump to anywhere in the world in the year 3000, it’d be here.

16 Venice - A City On Water?!

Isn’t this just weird?

Venice may not be everyone’s cup of tea but even if that’s the case, there’s no denying that it’s a special place. A city that is quite literally living on water seems and feels like it shouldn’t exist for another thousand of years or so, and yet, here we are.

It’s got that kind of atmosphere, too, as if you’re in a film and you’ve woken up in a completely different universe. If you look too far into what it’s actually like then you may be disappointed, but in many ways, it’s actually all about the visuals.

15 NASA - One Small Step

They travel to space on a regular basis.

I mean come on, can you get much more futuristic than that? The entire premise of most space-based television shows and movies stems from the idea that it’s based in the future, and it’s not exactly hard to understand why. The galaxy around us holds an endless stream of possibilities and that’s no exaggeration, and NASA is at the forefront of all that.

We probably don’t even know the full extent of what they’re up to most of the time, which is both exhilarating and intimidating in equal measure to be perfectly honest.

14 The Bird’s Nest - What A Stadium

Did you watch the 2008 Summer Olympics? If the answer is yes, then you’re probably well aware of The Bird’s Nest. They first broke ground on the stadium way back in 2003, and it was unveiled just a few months prior to the Games themselves.

The thing we love isn’t how it can change colours and it isn’t how you can fit more than 80,000 people in there – it’s just how different it is. There isn’t a design like this on the face of the planet, and it feels like the kind of stadium that could hold double the amount of people it actually does.

13 Spaceport America - The Bunker

From the appearance alone this is the kind of place that resembles an underground bunker, or perhaps a scene from Star Wars. Upon further examination, however, it’s the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport that is home to launch aerospace vehicles. Pretty incredible, right?

It’s located in New Mexico and is currently home to UP Aerospace, Armadillo Aerospace and Virgin Galactic.

The idea that these companies are all doing the same kind of revolutionary work, pretty much in the same space, is kind of incredible to us. Sure, there are things that need to be fixed, but that’ll come with time.

12 Doha - Controversial But Futuristic

Just look at it.

The ambition of the city of Doha, and the country of Qatar as a whole, is remarkable. They’re taking strides towards some seriously big things in the next few decades, regardless of whether or not you agree with that.

Of course, a lot of people who just look at the pretty skylines on the internet won’t really care about that – and if we’re looking at it purely from that perspective, we can kind of understand. What they’re trying to do is nothing short of incredible and they’ve already made great progress (in certain areas, that is).

The upcoming World Cup may be in 2022, but it feels more like 3022.

11 Masdar City - Big Plans

Isn’t it weird to consider that there are still cities that have yet to be built?

Well, that’s the situation we find ourselves in with Masdar City, which is a planned project over in Abu Dhabi. From the pictures alone it’s clear to see that there are major plans for this city, but we just can’t get our head around the concept.

It’s the definition of building something from scratch and while that may be seen as a good thing in some cultures, it’s also quite worrying. Will the city have a personality or a known purpose behind looking pretty? We’ll have to wait and see in the next few years.

10 Silicon Valley - Just Spectacular

If we zoom out of Apple Park just a little, we’ll arrive at Silicon Valley. Some refer to it as a physical location and others think it serves as more of a metaphor for the Bay Area, but either way, Silicon Valley is known for being the home of major social media and technology-based companies.

From Samsung to Google to Apple and beyond, this is where it’s at if you’re trying to create a new startup business (as long as you’ve got a unique idea). It’s a marvellous place if you’re into this kind of thing, and it feels like this could be the hub for quite literally everything important in the United States of America by the time 3000 rolls around.

9 TGV POS Train - 357.2mph

The TGV POS is a train that is used on France’s high-speed rail network, and for all of you train lovers out there, you’ll likely already be well aware of its capabilities. While it may be a nifty train to look at and ride, though, it’s also taking steps towards the future – and in fact, it was doing so eleven years ago.

In April 2007 a TGV POS train set a new world record for train travel on conventional rails, hitting an astonishing 357.2mph. That is an utterly ridiculous speed for any vehicle (that isn’t a plane) to be moving at, and it kind of defies logic to us.

If you saw it in action, you’d quite literally be left thinking that you were watching something out of Back to the Future.

8 Incheon - Forward Thinking

The country of South Korea is pretty forward thinking as a whole, but that especially goes for the city of Incheon. It has been developing at an insanely fast rate courtesy of the fact that it’s not only a coastal city, but that it’s also pretty close to the capital of the country.

It’s an international port which is always going to serve as a bonus for such a prospering city, and there’s a lovely blend of styles and periods that makes it really accessible and fun for us. On the one hand, you’ve got the history of a city which dates back hundreds of years, and on the other, you’ve got a tremendous skyline and a series of businesses that are making huge strides in the world of technology.

7 Burj Khalifa - How Tall?

Standing at 2,722 ft aka 829.8 m tall, the Burj Khalifa is currently considered to be the tallest skyscraper in the world. It’s so incredibly tall that it kind of defies all forms of logic, and we’re just begging to see some form of CGI which places Godzilla or King Kong at the top of it.

It just towers above anything that looks, well, normal, and we use that term in the nicest way possible. The Burj Khalifa is an important part of history now, and we can only imagine how big structures are going to be once we hit the year 3000.

6 Toronto - Diversity Is Here

The one element of Toronto that is more futuristic than anything else, and arguably anywhere else on this list, is its diversity.

It is considered to be the most diverse city in the world with ethnic neighbourhoods such as Greektown, Chinatown, Corso Italia, Koreatown, Little India, Little Portugal, Roncesvalles and many more.

They welcome people of all different shapes and sizes, and that just kind of warms our hearts. When you consider the divide in the United States right now, it’s nice to see and hear that Canada seems have bucked up their ideas in a big way in recent years.

5 Grand Hyatt Shanghai - Up And Up

It’s all about the atrium, guys.

This 548-room hotel is just utterly spectacular, and is still considered to be one of the tallest hotels in the world. There’s a 33-story atrium when you walk through the door that will quite literally blow your socks off, and it’s not hard to see why.

It’s almost like something you’d see in Star Wars (yes we’re mentioning it again) or Harry Potter, because it’s just so out of this world. It looks like it’d never end, and we can picture this kind of destination being where a major United Nations meeting is held in a thousand years time.