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Our Favorite Travel Photos of 2021 (Part 2)

Through these last, topsy-turvy months, our Instagram community continued to inspire us with their images and stories. Here are 9 that got us longing to wander.

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By Ellen Hall

Editorial Producer

5 Jan 2022 - 4 Minute Read

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As travel doors opened and closed these last months, some travelers visited far-off places in person, and others through their memories. While we dreamed and planned, the World Nomads community continued to be an endless source of inspiration, celebrating the everyday as well as the spectacular. Here are some of our favorite travel images that we shared on our Instagram feed between July 1 and December 31 of 2021.

Myra Demre, Antalya, Turkey
@beekaystravels
Myra Demre, Antalya, Turkey

“The capital of the Roman province of Lycia, Myra was one of the six most important cities of ancient Lycia. However, it is believed to date back much further, as an outer defensive wall has been dated to the 5th century BC. The ruins consist of an impressive necropolis including tombs of rulers and family members and an adjacent large Roman amphitheater with 35 consecutive rows of seats.” – @beekaystravels

Kathmandu, Nepal
@withishaan
Kathmandu, Nepal

“One of my favorite and probably the best portrait I’ve taken, happy to finally share it with you.” – @withishaan

Ban Gioc waterfall, Cao Bang, Vietnam
@shipped_away
Ban Gioc waterfall, Cao Bang, Vietnam

“I have been dreaming of visiting the Ban Gioc Waterfall ever since I saw photos of it a few years ago. At that time, I still didn’t know much about Vietnam, but I knew it was home to this majestic waterfall, similar to Plitvice Lakes in my home country of Croatia.

I’ll never forget this experience. First, I heard its powerful sound, and then when I finally saw it, I was in awe. I won’t lie, I was overwhelmed and even shed a few tears. It was so powerful, and I can still feel the water droplets softly landing on my face – pure happiness.

The whole area around Ban Gioc is pure and untouched, and I promised myself that I would return to explore more of it.” – @shipped_away Read the full post here

Madrid, Spain
@dustandbone_
Madrid, Spain

“Is there anything more fulfilling than stepping in to olives, tortilla, and sangria after a long day adventuring?! Exquisitely adorned and warmed by the joyous laughter of those who’ve visited, this nook in Madrid is irresistible for any wandering soul.” – @dustandbone_

Etosha National Park, Namibia
@away_with_ema
Etosha National Park, Namibia

“Here’s one of Etosha's most-seen animals, our friend the zebra. We used to call it Zebra Paradise. Aren’t they perfection?” – @away_with_ema

Red cypress tree, Taiwan
@downtoexplore
Red cypress tree, Taiwan

“Taiwan has some incredible forests to hike in. This red cypress tree is likely over a thousand years old. Imagine that for a second. Imagine the animals that have taken refuge here over that span of time. Imagine the people who may have passed by, worshipped, taken rest under its limbs.

It’s easy to get lost in your thoughts when passing by ancient giants like these.” – @downtoexplore

Labrang Monastery, Tibet
@sophoebelous
Labrang Monastery, Tibet

"The Tibetan culture has 52 linguistically distinct languages. Although from the same ethnicity, people from widely separated regions sometimes struggle communicating with each other.⁣

Tibetan itself is not actually a single language – it has three major branches, which locals call “dialects”.

These three languages share a common written script but their spoken pronunciations, vocabularies, and grammars are different. These differences may have emerged due to geographical isolation.” – @sophoebelous Read the full post here

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
@kyh87
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

“The famous volcanic trio (out of five) of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, an iconic sight that has become so synonymous with Indonesia's awe-inspiring landscapes: the dormant Mt. Batok, the ash-billowing Mt. Bromo, and the towering Mt. Semeru, Java Island's highest mountain.” – @kyh87

City Palace, Jaipur
@puneetyadav
City Palace, Jaipur

“One of the most visited monuments in the Pink City. This used to be the ceremonial and administrative seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur.” – @puneetyadav

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