Awesome photos like the ones taken by Colz Vidal (Colleen’s Happy Socks), inspire us to carry our bags, leave the front door, and explore the outside world. The deep blue sea, the massive greenish mountains, the tall glistening towers, or whatever tourist hot spot or place it may be, those vibrant pictures tend to ignite our brain. Our imagination starts to take over and we now dream of flying to that destination in an instant.
Has anyone felt this way? I’m sure I did.
Browsing through amazing photos in different social media platforms is my number one past-time, besides day dreaming of my next trip. The images I liked (or pinusuan) became the next thing I want to cross out from my bucket list.
I’ve been to about thirty countries and I want to share my portion of the pie to the millions and millions of awe-inspiring photographs out there.
These images will:
- make your feet itchy,
- tickle your wanderlust, and
- help you decide on your next travel destination.
So, without further ado, here is my list of ten instagrammable places around the world:
JOKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON – ICELAND
Iceland is my favorite country in the world. You can’t take that away from me. The island is just ridiculously incredible. It’s like you’re in another planet like Mars or a place called planet XIII.
From glaciers and waterfalls to mountains and hot springs, you could spend countless of hours by just taking snapshots. And if I were to choose one, I’d pick Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon.
What’s the best way to represent a country of ice? What else?! With ice bergs, of course!
FIRA – SANTORINI, GREECE
Greece is the second closest to my heart because of Santorini Island. It’s the number one honeymoon destination in my opinion – both magical and romantic. The view of the white-washed establishments along the caldera wall is just majestic. It’s so pleasing to the eyes that you don’t even want to go home.
Read more: www.wheresjason.com/santorini-travel-guide
ADAARAN PRESTIGE VADOO – MALDIVES
Why go to Maldvies? We have plenty of five-star resorts in the Philippines, right? We have Santorini-themed, Maldives-themed, and whatever-themed resorts you could think of. We take pride in resorts located in Batangas, Palawan, and Boracay. What’s the fuzz about Maldives?
Well… first of all, every country is unique – different food, different people, different language, and different experience. We do have overwater bungalows but the ambiance in Maldives will definitely be different.
From my personal experience, the marine life in Maldives is much wilder and richer than in the Philippines. You could even see baby sharks, swimming by the shores.
Read more: www.wheresjason.com/4-days-in-maldives
VERNAZZA – CINQUE TERRE, ITALY
Initially, I thought Italy would be boring. Boy, I was wrong! The structures, complemented by the cobbled-streets in Italy are mesmerizing. From the ancient colosseum in Rome, the St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the Leaning Tower in Pisa, to the floating city in Venice, Italy is just wonderful.
Imagine pizza, pasta and gelato, with the tastiest cheese, freshest tomato, and the most luscious ice cream you have ever tasted. You’d be drooling in no time. Italy’s aura plus authentic Italian cuisine equals to perfection. It’s LEGIT!
My go-to spot here is Cinque Terre. With its colorful houses, cool breeze, and relaxing vibe, one could never go wrong. Trust me, the place is Instagram-worthy.
Read more: www.wheresjason.com/one-week-in-italy
AMSTERDAM CANAL – NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam is synonymous with FREEDOM. It’s known for being one of the most liberated cities in the planet. I’m amazed by its legality with regards to its space cakes and the red light district. It’s not a site for kids but the architecture in Amsterdam is lit. The uniquely designed houses along the Amsterdam canal are gorgeous.
EIFFEL TOWER – PARIS, FRANCE
To be honest, I’m quite disappointed with Paris. It’s not the romantic city I’ve imagined. Maybe I was just expecting too much. But it is a must for every traveler to visit Paris and see the Eiffel tower in the flesh. It’s the epitome of architecture and arts, an engineering feat, and a masterpiece.
The mere fact of staring at the tower is a very spectacular experience, especially at night where the tower sparkles. It’s not only the iconic symbol of France, but the continent as well. You’ve never been to Europe if you haven’t been to Paris.
TOWER BRIDGE – LONDON, UK
“London Bridge is falling down, falling down…” I know you know how to sing this nursery rhyme. But the London Bridge isn’t fancy at all. It’s just an ordinary bridge. What you want to see for its glamour is the Tower Bridge. This bridge will lure you into its intricate design. You can’t miss it. It’s the iconic bridge of London, after all. Stop along the way and admire its beauty.
BURJ KHALIFA – DUBAI, UAE
I love nature – the forests, the mountains, and the beaches. But Dubai made me fall in love with man-made structures, buildings, and city sky scrapers. I call it the beast of the Middle East – arguably the best Muslim country to visit because of its modern and futuristic atmosphere. If you like high-end hotels, resorts, luxurious cars, gold, and the desert, I’d say visit Dubai. It’s more “open” or liberated as compared to its neighboring countries. And while you’re in Dubai, it’s a must to visit the tallest and mightiest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa.
THE HIMALAYAS – POKHARA, NEPAL
Nepal is an adventurer’s heaven. The list of outdoor activities ranges from bungee jumping, to zip lining, to paragliding, and so on. But the most popular one is hiking and it’s every hikers dream to climb or at least get a glimpse of the Mt. Everest.
However, if you’re not a serious trekker, you can do the alternative which is to ride an ultra-light plane to get an overlooking view of the Himalayas. Be warned that it’s too breathtaking. The moment you get close to the snow-capped mountains, your eyes will sparkle and your jaws will drop to the floor!
Read more: www.tripzilla.ph/nepal-5-days-itinerary/2029
TAJ MAHAL – AGRA, INDIA
The streets of Delhi are chaotic and dirty like Quiapo in a hot, bustling summer. But the Taj Mahal is the complete opposite. Do yourself a favor and book a ticket to India to see this magnificent mausoleum. It’s one of the new seven wonders of world for its elegance, ivory-white marble and posh-like garden at the front. You’ll never get tired just by looking at it.
In the end, photos are just photos. They are a very small portion of what the whole experience is. Despite being diminutive, these pictures represent the memoirs of the awesome adventures I’ve taken. When I browse through those captured moments, I could easily recall each and every journey. They’re good reminders to collect some more travel memories – the thing that makes me genuinely happy.
With these instagrammable places I’ve shared, I hope I’ve inspired you to visit them, to embark on your own journey, and to collect your own memories. 😉
Yes to adventures?
I’d definitely say yes to Colleen!