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 a new Instagram Travel Thursday linkup, where we’ll post some of our own Instagram photos and link to some of the other participants. You can follow us on Instagram, too, where our user name is, you guessed it, alloverthemap.

For my first entry, I pulled together some photos from our time in Cambodia, which we really enjoyed. The landscape was beautiful, the people were warm and welcoming, the history and culture incredibly rich.

Hotel Circa 51's welcome ginger tea

A welcome (very welcome) ginger drink at Hotel Circa 51 in Phnom Penh, after an, um, interesting trip from the border involving a high speed chase.

Street-side grilled clams

A most delicious street seafood dinner. Lemongrass is magic. And $6 for dinner and beers even more so.

 

The fantastic decor of the Siem Reap to Phnom Penh bus, with a view of the traffic .

The fantastic decor of the Siem Reap to Phnom Penh bus, with a view of the traffic

We just had to dodge this water buffalo on the way into Ta Prohm, a famously overgrown temple in the Angkor complex.

We just had to dodge this water buffalo on the way into Ta Prohm, a famously overgrown temple in the Angkor complex.

Just a few of the hundreds of smiling Buddhas at Bayon Temple.

Just a few of the hundreds of smiling Buddhas at Bayon Temple.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

My flowers are wilted! This is what eight hours of temples in 100 degree heat will do.

My flowers are wilted! This is what eight hours of temples in 100 degree heat will do.

Does it strike anyone, especially my IP-minded friends, that the two major beers in Phnom Penh are Angkor and Anchor, and their logos use the same colors?

Does it strike anyone, especially my IP-minded friends, that the two major beers in Phnom Penh are Angkor and Anchor, and their logos use the same colors?

 

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We have been traveling for 10 months now, and we’re heading home in just a few weeks. One question people often ask me is “Where are you going NEXT?” Usually, I sigh and roll my eyes and mumble something about how we’ll probably have to stay close to home for the foreseeable future, since we’ve sort of blown our travel budget for a while. But in my head I’m already thinking. And the top two places on the list are two places we didn’t go on this trip: Ireland and Italy. The photos of Cortina, Italy posted by Elena Sonnino of Live.Do.Grow are tilting the balance toward Italy today.

Stay tuned next Thursday when I’ll give a recap of our round-the-world trip via Instagram.