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Our Favorite Travel Photos of 2022 (Part 1)

As the world reopens to travel, one thing that hasn’t changed is the ability of our Instagram community to inspire and captivate us. Here are 7 images that stood out.

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By Ellen Hall

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1 Jul 2022 - 4 Minute Read

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As more and more countries reopened their borders, travelers ventured back out into the world and found it as beautiful and fascinating as ever. Our World Nomads community captured the rituals and traditions, landscapes, color, history, and architecture that make exploration so worthwhile. Here are some of our favorite travel images that we shared on our #WorldNomads Instagram feed between January 1 and June 30 of 2022.

Tibet
@wiwa_b
Tibet

“I really like yaks. What's your favorite animal?” – @wiwa_b

Can Tho, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
@sebahanke
Can Tho, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

“Vietnamese lady selling hot Phở early in the morning.

Unlike the floating markets close to Bangkok, the main purpose of which is to attract tourists, the floating markets in Vietnam's Mekong Delta are still an essential way of life for locals. Every morning, hundreds of vendors meet at the canals of the Hâu river to trade fresh goods and food.

To date, this is one of my favorite photos I've taken during my travels.” – @sebahanke

Beirut, Lebanon
@unchartedbackpacker
Beirut, Lebanon

“Despite the power shortages, financial crisis, and wars this nation is prevailing. In Lebanon I have found intriguing history, delicious food, stunning landscapes, and I can say without a doubt, the nicest people I have ever met.

This is a shot of some of the funky architecture you can see in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.” – @unchartedbackpacker

Luxor Temple, Egypt
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Luxor Temple, Egypt

“The Luxor Temple was always a worship site, most famously having the Opet festival during flood season that marked rebirth, fertility, and marriage.

Opet included a procession from Karnak which is connected to Luxor Temple by a path with around 700 sphinxes carved out of stone, recently restored.

But the most famous fact about Luxor Temple is that France took one obelisk from Luxor, located in Place de la Concorde, and in exchange gave the Egyptian people a clock… that never worked.” – @pedro_f_nunes

Gerewol Festival 2021, Niger
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Gerewol Festival 2021, Niger

“Once a year at the end of the rainy season (late September to early October) in a random location out in the middle of Niger's desert from Agadez, the wodaabe people gather for a courtship ritual called Gerewol festival. A competition amongst young men dressed up in elaborate ornaments with faces painted while singing and waving their hands in the hope of getting a young bride.

Some people would compare this ritual to a live Tinder (a dating website/app), but this ritual has been around way before the Internet.

This ritual is authentic. At first, I thought it was a show put on for the few tourists that were attending the ritual, but we were the only spectators along with the wodaabe people.

This Gerewol ritual is also unique in the sense that the young bride gets to choose her prospective partner from a lineup of young men, each vying for her attention after having been well dressed up, face painted, making sure their teeth and eyes are white to show good health. In the end she will choose or not choose, the decision is up to her.” – @travelingtheworldwithromaine

Greek Orthodox monasteries atop rock pillars in Meteora, Greece.
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Greek Orthodox monasteries atop rock pillars in Meteora, Greece.

“Meteora, Greece.” – @stelios_tsirogiannis

Chefchaouen, The Blue Pearl of Morocco
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Chefchaouen, The Blue Pearl of Morocco

“It’s the detailed simplicity and humble imperfections that make me love this place so much. Despite much of the town being the same colour (which is a beautifully simple detail in itself), every window, every door, every staircase seems to have its own distinct personality. It’s hard not to love that.” – @taralowryphotography

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