On my Instagram account @SpendLifeTraveling I share some of the best and most inspiring travel pictures from incredible travel photographers to stimulate your wanderlust.
It is great to see how pictures can inspire people and help them choose their next travel destination. But, more than anything, it helps me realize how much more of the world I would like to see! 🙂
It has been so much fun to research all these different places to be able to include some information with each picture. And, as promised, from time to time I will dedicate an article to the most popular Instagram travel pictures.
Where to travel to next: the 5 most popular travel pictures so far
5. Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy
Bellagio is a small village at the tip of a long hilly promontory between the two southern branches of Lake Como. It is an elegant and long-established tourist resort, which still retains considerable charm despite the daily influx of trippers.
The historic village of Bellagio only has a population of around 200 (compared to 900 beds for tourists). The tiny town is an excellent place to while away an afternoon, to spend a relaxing romantic holiday or simply to base yourself for an exploration of Lake Como. Called the “Pearl of the Lake”, Bellagio’s world class hotels and restaurants provide the perfect place to soak up the lake’s famous panorama. The village is characterized by century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares.
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4. Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada
One of the purest and most beautiful lakes in the world is located in Canada’s world famous Banff National Park. Glacially-fed Moraine Lake, which features turquoise water and a mountainous surrounding, is hidden in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Many people will visit Moraine Lake to fish, hike, canoe or stay at the Moraine Lake Lodge. It is also well known for the multitude of grizzlies that inhabit the surrounding valley.
Fun Fact: It is nicknamed the lake with the twenty dollar view, because it was featured on the backside of the 1969 and 1979 issues of the Canadian Twenty Dollar bill.
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3. Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, built along a two-mile (3 km) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline. When the entire development is complete, it will accommodate more than 120,000 people in residential towers and villas.
It is built around the largest man-made marina in the world and contains a number of top restaurants as well as outdoor recreation and entertainment complexes. The towers and residences that house the expats who move here are some of the world’s tallest apartment buildings.
In a city that’s full of awe-striking buildings, Dubai Marina stands out as the home to some of Dubai’s newest and most fascinating buildings and attractions where visitors can relax in comfort and luxury along the waterfront.
One of the best ways to see Dubai Marina is simply to walk around it: the marina area has been built with several kilometres of walkways. Throughout the day and night, visitors flock to Dubai Marina for its outstanding selection of restaurants, cafes and shops or to hire a yacht to enjoy a cruise around the area.
Dubai Marina looks particularly impressive when illuminated at night.
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2. Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg has flavours of both France and Germany, and sits right on the border of the two countries. Geographically strategic, it was fought over for centuries between the French and Germans.
Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. This was the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre.
Home of the European Parliament, this often-overlooked and surprisingly cosmopolitan destination hosts France’s oldest Christmas market and features a stunning cathedral.
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1. St Pierre Island, Seychelles
One of several islands in the bay of Côte d’Or on Praslin, this tiny islet with its granite profile interspersed with coconut palms has come, over the years, to represent the quintessential Seychelles island, appearing in numerous advertisment campaigns, posters and photographs.
St. Pierre is a favourite with swimmers, snorkellers and yachtsmen. For them the island provides the ideal backdrop to a spectacular Seychelles sunset.
The island bears the name of one of Captain Dechemin’s ships, who visited the island on 6 June 1732. In former times, much of the island was covered with a Pisonia grandis forest, in which large numbers of seabirds nested. The coral rock was thus covered with guano. The guano, and since the 1950s also the rock and sand into which the phosphate had been leached, were mined away between 1906 and 1972 converting an island once densely forested to the current barren, pitted landscape.
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