One of my favorite ways to discover new travel destinations is to look at beautiful travel photos, and Instagram is a great way to do it. We’re taking part in the Instagram Travel Thursday linkup, where we’ll post some of our own Instagram photos and link to some of the other participants.
This week, I’m posting one Instagram photo from each month of our trip.
We spent most of the first month of our trip in the Costa Brava region of Spain, exploring the land of Dalí and El Bullí. This photo of an olive tree was taken in the garden of our vacation rental home in Gariguella.
After a month in England, Scotland and France, we set off on our voyage across central and eastern Europe by rail. This is the family packed and ready for adventure as we left Paris.
We traveled by rail for 6 weeks, and had an amazing time Couchsurfing through Romania and Bulgaria. Though many parts of these countries are modern, sometimes the railway stations seemed like they hadn’t changed for decades.
A fruit cart in Malaysia, where we first spotted the durian fruit we’d been smelling all over town. And down below are mangosteen, longan, and rambutan.
In several temples in Thailand we found these adorable monk dolls in their orange robes. I really wanted to bring one home with me.
In three weeks of driving a camper van around New Zealand, this was not the only time we encountered a fuzzy traffic jam.
Some ladies counting their chickens at the market in Hoi An, Vietnam
The unbelievably quiet Tokyo subway. Obviously, this was not rush hour.
As winter arrived in Lima, so did the fog known as “La Garua,” which would hang over the city for months.
A young friend was captivated by this work in Buenos Aires’ Museo de Bellas Artes.
A view from Medellin’s MetroCable, part of the public transit system that links the city center to poor neighborhoods up the mountain, as well as several nature parks.
It has been fun looking through these photos to see all the places we’ve been. It has been an amazing 11 months, and I can’t believe we are heading home in less than a week. We intentionally slowed things down for our last few weeks, spending some time on the Caribbean coast of Colombia while we take care of all the logistics for moving back into our house and getting ready for school to start.
I’ve also been enjoying following the Hines Sight blog, which has been making me homesick for Virginia with posts about Richmond, and southern summer food. I’m so glad we get to spend a few weeks visiting family when we get back to the US. We’ve missed them so much!