Travel Tuesday: Instagrammable locations for your travel bucket list
I’ve got a pretty big trip coming up next year, which I’ll be sharing more about in the next few weeks, and planning it has made me think about my travel bucket list. All of the amazing places I’ve already ticked off, and the places I’m yet to see.
I did a trawl through my old grams to see some of the prettiest places I visited on my last trip and I thought I’d share some of them here. Maybe they’ll inspire your own travel bucket lists? Be warned, these are from 2015 so there are some fairly heavy borders and Insta-filters going on.?#RIPvalencia
Thailand is the perfect country for any travel bucket list, there’s a reason why it’s been backpacker central for decades now. It’s beautiful, colourful and exotic, with tropical jungles and white sandy beaches, not to mention stunning temples everywhere. Here are some of the beautiful shots I took whilst there in 2015.
All of these photos are of the stunning Wat Arun temple in Bangkok. It’s covered in the most beautiful intricate tile work and carvings. It’s right on the river and we got there by boat which offered incredible views as we approach. There are so many beautiful temples in Thailand, and Bangkok itself, but this was definitely one of my faves.
Heading South now, these stunning colourful wooden fishing boats are a common site. If any of you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I’m pretty addicted to colour, so these were a pleasure to see.
And these shots are taken on the infamous Railay Beach, it’s so idyllic. Accessed via a trip in a wooden long boat and surrounded by lush jungle and mountains, it’s the quintessential Thai beach – just like you’ve imagined.
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Cambodia was an unexpected dream location for me, I went there on a tour without knowing much about the country or what to expect and I immediately fell in love. It’s truly one of my favourite countries on Earth and I can’t wait to go back.
These photos are from Ta Prohm temple in Angkor Wat. The ruined temple has trees growing through it and is famous for being a location in one of the Tomb Raider movies. Walking through the ruins was a real bucket list item for me, I used to have an image of this temple as my desktop background when I was a kid ha!
I spent 6 weeks in India, travelling through Mumbai, Goa and then the Golden Triangle in Rajasthan before ending up in Delhi. Here are some of my favourite places.
Never can pass up a photo in front of a pretty door. Oh, and I died my hair dark for travelling.
Jodhpur, the blue city, in Rajasthan was a highlight for me. If like me, you have a love for pretty doors and walls then you’ll be in heaven. The city itself is beautiful and there’s the incredible Mehrangarh Fort that looms over the city which is well worth a tour. It looks so impressive lit up at night, best viewed from one of the many roof terrace restaurants.
I was so impressed with this incredible street art, and I love the well-placed motorbikes.
One of Pushkar’s many temples.
These pictures are from Pushkar in Rajasthan. Pushkar borders the Thar Desert, we did an overnight camel trek and camp in the desert which was an incredible (although bug-ridden) experience. The town surrounds a lake, which is sacred to Hindus and a place where many pilgrims come to bathe so the whole town is considered a holy place, with a huge variety of temples. The above image is of a barbershop, I loved the colour and typography on his signs.
More beautiful signage, this time in Varanasi. Varanasi is considered the holiest city in India. It’s located on the banks of the Ganges and has 88 Ghats or steps into the water which are used for different spiritual purposes, including ritual bathing and burning of the dead. It’s an incredible city, full of colour and noise, as well as multitudes of holy cows wandering through the narrow sidestreets – don’t be surprised if you have to make an unexpected detour if your path is blocked by a disgruntled bovine!
Here you can see how colourful the Ghats are, with painted wooden fishing boats, flags and strings of flowers which are used as offerings.
My colourful door addiction was going strong even back then.
The Taj Mahal, Agra
I couldn’t do a post about Instagrammable locations around the world and not include the Taj Mahal could I? It’s surreal to see something that you’ve seen on TV so many times before up-close in real life. Like everyone says about infamous monuments, it’s smaller than expected but that doesn’t make it any less impressive.
I personally love close up shots of architectural details, luckily beautiful details like this are on so many buildings throughout the country.
So these are some of the most instagrammable locations I’ve visited, there are so many more but this post is already a bit of a beast. I’ve still got a travel bucket list as long as my arm of places I can’t wait to see. How about you? What destinations are top of your ‘must see’ list? Will you be adding any of these ones to your travel bucket list?
Love, Sarah x
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