Have you been bitten by the Instagram bug? We have. And while we haven’t posted zillions of pics (we’re relative newbies, with just 122 travel Instagrams at the moment), we’re loving this visually creative way to share our travel experiences.
We also love playing around with the different filters and effects. In this way, Instagram is quite different from the usual traditional travel photography we’re used to seeing in magazines and newspapers (where realism is the goal). Our “go to” photo editing app is currently Snapseed. Shift is also great for creating individual color effects.
Browsing the travel moments captured by others is also inspiring. There are some amazing photographers and instagrammers out there – like Dave Bouskill and Deb Corbeil (thePlanetD), Liz Carlson (YoungAdventuress), Lauren Bath (Laurenepbath) and Gary Arndt (EverythingEverywhere).
Best travel instagrams
It’s hard to compete with their travel shots (and we’re not trying!). But here we’ve picked from our “SandInMySuitcase” Instagram account what we think are our 10 best travel Instagrams so far. Some are “insta” but others are “latergrams.” (Don’t you dig the Instagram lingo?)
Hope you like them…
1. It’s a crab’s life!
Doesn’t this crab look as if it’s clinging to the dock like its life depends on it?
We spotted the little creature in Bora Bora when catching the taxi boat to the Four Seasons Bora Bora (located on its own little private island in Bora Bora’s lagoon). We have very fond memories of sleeping in a deluxe overwater bungalow there!
2. Boat ride to heaven
Thailand is a country we can return to time and time again. And we have!
There are are so many exotic things you can do there. Hiking in the jungly rainforest outside Chiang Mai (maybe avoid the rainy season if you don’t like the idea of leeches clinging to your pants legs). Visiting the Hall of Opium in the Golden Triangle – who knew that Bayer, the aspirin maker, once advertised heroin as a safe drug for coughs!
But taking a longtail boat ride out into Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay also ranks high on our list. The limestone karsts jutting up out of the pea-green water really are quite spectacular! And as in our picture here, there’s always room for a “navigator” to sit at the front of the boat and enjoy the ride too :-).
3. Ancient city of love
With the sweet fragrance of wildflowers scenting the air, we walked through this ceremonial gate at the entrance to Aphrodisias.
Named after the goddess Aphrodite, Aphrodisias is not as well-known as Ephesus in Turkey, but the ancient marble city in Greece rivals Ephesus as one of the best preserved sites of the ancient world.
4. Vancouver – there’s no place like home
Have you visited our home city of Vancouver? No? Well, you really must.
We love traveling, but we also really love returning home to Vancouver. This is one of the water views of False Creek you’ll see when downtown. Not bad, eh?
5. Clip-clopping around Bagan, Myanmar
“A gilded city alive with tinkling bells and the swishing sounds of monks’ robes…” That’s how Marco Polo described Bagan.
We recently sailed from Yangon to Bagan on the “Belmond Orcaella” luxury river cruiser, and while you don’t see any monks in this picture, you can see how we explored Bagan’s ancient pagodas – by riding in a horsecart (fun!).
6. Elephant love
We have a thing for elephants. So we just had to include this “ellie” pic in our list of best travel Instagrams.
7. All is sunny on the Sunshine Coast
People who live on the Sunshine Coast – a 112-mile stretch of coastline northwest of Vancouver – swear they have sunnier weather than Vancouver’s. They’re probably right. Visit in the summer, and the weather gods will likely smile on you.
The Sunshine Coast is also one of B.C.’s best-kept secrets (the Gulf Islands probably attract more visitors). For us, it makes a great getaway, with swimming lakes, sea-kayaking coves, forest trails and funky villages. The ferry ride to the Sunshine Coast with B.C. Ferries is also very scenic. And when you get there, you’ll find plenty of pretty patios like this for summer sipping or reading…
8. Dream weaver
Baseket weaving thrives on the Indonesian island of Lombok. The hands of this villager were so quick and nimble as he worked on this basket!
We were quite taken by Lombok – its beaches are quieter than Bali’s and it offers some lovely, reasonably-priced, oceanfront boutique hotels (luxe for less? sign us up). If you plan to visit Bali, it’s worth tacking on time to visit Lombok too.
9. No monkeying around now!
They’re oh-so-cute, especially the tiny babies like the little thing watched over by her (his?) protective mother here.
But you do have to watch out for your jewelry and water bottles and cameras when visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud. If you’re not careful, these mischievous monkeys in Bali will grab them and scamper off with their loot in tow.
10. Stepping back in time at Ephesus
Speaking of Ephesus – just scroll back up to the Aphrodisias picture if you can’t remember (you’re forgiven if you don’t remember, because we probably should have put the following picture underneath the Aphrodisias picture if we really wanted you to remember, but we also wanted to give you a break from ruins, so we’re putting the Ephesus picture here).
Anyway, speaking of the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey, the facade of its famous Celsus Library never fails to be a photographic highlight.