My Travel Year in Instagram Photos

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My Travel Year in Instagram Photos

The year is coming to a close, and I’ve been reflecting on my 2013 year in travel. During these twelve months, I visited sixteen countries on three different continents. This was definitely my best year for travel thus far.

In looking through my Instagram account, I relived many wonderful memories. I also was able to detect several themes in my photography. Here’s a look at my favorite travel photos from my 2013 Instagram stream.

Blooms

“The earth laughs in flowers.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Tropical flower on Maui

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Flowers blooming at Petra in Jordan

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Spring flowers in London

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In Hong Kong’s Flower Market

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Four Seasons Gresham Palace’s lobby in Budapest

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Flower poking through the Roman ruins in Jerash, Jordan

Peak Season

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” –John Muir

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Sunset at Allred’s in Telluride, Colorado

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The vastness of Wadi Rum in Jordan

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Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

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Ma’In Spa in Jordan

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Verbier St-Bernard in Switzerland

The Lone Star State

“You can all go to hell. I will go to Texas.” –Davy Crockett

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Sunset near Marfa, Texas

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View of Lady Bird Lake from the Four Seasons Austin

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The Colorado River near Columbus, Texas

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Texas gate near Tobyville in the Hill Country

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The Austin skyline from Lady Bird Lake

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Lookout over the Hill Country near Jonestown, Texas

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Sweetberry Farm near Marble Falls, Texas

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Sunset from my dad’s backyard near Marble Falls, Texas

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I10 near Ft. Stockton, Texas

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Discovery Green in Houston, Texas

It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere

“Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the Bible says to love your enemy.”—Frank Sinatra

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 Champagne with a view from the Four Seasons Canary Wharf Presidential Suite in London

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 Gold Rush Champagne cocktail at Four Seasons Park Lane in London, England

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 Watermelon Crawl at the Four Seasons Austin

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 Fresh mint and pear cocktail in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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 Build your own cocktail in Maui, Hawaii

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 Weininger wine cellar in Vienna, Austria

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Modelo beer in Mexico

Chow Down

“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.”–Anna Thomas

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Chips, guacamole, and pico de gallo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Coco puffs at Liliha Bakery on O’ahu, Hawaii

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Puto maya and sikwati at the Shangri-La Mactan in The Philippines

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Fruit stand working on the honor system on Maui, Hawaii

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Escargot from Cafe Delmas in Paris, France

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Cos’ Chili by Dean Fearing at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival on O’ahu

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Meats, cheeses, and bread in Verbier, Switzerland

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Aligot at Au Pere Louis in Paris, France

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Brisket, sausage, and chicken fried steak from Hickory Hollow in Houston

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Steak at the Four Seasons Canary Wharf in London

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Sardines in Costa Brava, Spain

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Spam and eggs on O’ahu, Hawaii

Get Out of Town

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” –Dr. Seuss

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Cruising in an Indy car in Indianapolis, Indiana

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American flight from Newark, New Jersey

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Air China from Beijing to Manila

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Hanging 10 on O’ahu, Hawaii

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Train station in Prague, Czech Republic

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Paddington Station in London, England

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On a traditional Catalan fishing boat in Costa Brava, Spain

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Waiting for the train near London

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Parasailing on Maui, Hawaii

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Leaving Toronto, Canada

Maritime

“My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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From the pool to the ocean at Shangri-La Boracay in The Philippines

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The boats at Lahaina, Maui

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The beautiful Red Sea near Aqaba, Jordan

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The famous White Beach of Boracay, The Philippines from the air

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Turquoise water at Shangri-La Mactan in The Philippines

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The Mediterranean Sea in Cadeques, Spain

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The beach near the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain

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Floating in the Dead Sea in Jordan

Dusk or Dawn

“Every sunset gives us one day less to live, but every sunrise gives us one day more to hope.”–Ritu Ghatourey

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Sunset near Marfa, Texas

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Catching the last bit of sun on Waikiki Beach on O’ahu, Hawaii

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The sun dips behind the hills of Vienna, Austria from the top of the Ritz Carlton

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Another beautiful sunset on Maui, Hawaii

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An English countryside sunset at the Four Seasons Hampshire

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Summer sunset in the Texas Hill Country

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Sunrise on Cebu, The Philippines

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A dusty sunset in Jordan

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A Costa Brava sunset from a Medieval castle window in Spain

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My favorite sunset ever comes from Boracay, The Philippines

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Sunrise on Maui, Hawaii

Creature Features

“Animals don’t hate, and we’re supposed to be better than them.”—Elvis Presley

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Lamb and pig saying hello

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Polar bear at Salvador Dali’s home in Cadeques, Spain

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Horse farm between Houston and Galveston, Texas

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Miniature horse at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines near Austin, Texas

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Reunited with my dogs after a month in Europe

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Gorgeous longhorn grazes near Marble Falls, Texas

Me, Myself, and I

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”—Isabelle Eberhardt

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Loving my time in another beautiful home by Charming Villa Catalonia

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Taking a break from the sun in Jerash, Jordan

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Just a little windy in Jordan

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My first night in Maui celebrated with a mojito

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Setting sail on the Red Sea in Jordan

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Sandy beaches on Maui

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Waiting for Super Typhoon Haiyan to hit Boracay, The Philippines

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Seattle’s Travels caught my leap off the top of a yacht into the Red Sea

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Fun south of the border in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Sailing and snorkeling in Maui, Hawaii

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Checking out one of the best views in Budapest, Hungary

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My glimpse of the Dead Sea in Jordan was breathtaking.

I’m excited about what’s to come for 2014, but I can’t help but be in awe at all the amazing places I visited and things I saw in 2013. The world is a spectacular place, and I can’t wait to explore more through not only my travels, but yours as well. Are you on Instagram? If so, feel free to leave your Instagram handle in the comments.

Find me on Instagram as LeahTravels.

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