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from short trips to traveling the world & living abroad

Are you in need of some travel inspiration?

On my Instagram account @SpendLifeTraveling I’ve been sharing some of the best and most inspiring travel pictures to stimulate your wanderlust. From cities to deserts and remote island…

Close to 34,000 followers show me which travel pictures and beautiful or unique destinations are liked the most and what types of travel are favored. I love reading all the great comments and seeing what places people dream of visiting some day…

These Are 5 of the Most Popular Pictures for Some Great Travel Inspiration


1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Travel Inspiration: Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Picture by @timmckenna – travel inspiration from Instagram

Bora Bora, a destination many people dream about…

Bora Bora is a volcanic island in the Society Islands archipelago of French Polynesia.

Lush tropical slopes, valleys blossoming with hibiscus and white-sand beaches give way to emerald waters where colored fish animate the coral gardens as they greet the giant manta rays.

Bora Bora is paradise for romantics, where luxury resorts and spas dot the island with incredible overwater villas. Surrounded by sand-fringed motu (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, Bora Bora is also known for its incredible scuba diving.

Tip: If you love luxury resorts or incredible scuba diving also check out the Maldives

Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa

This picture was taken at the dreamy Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa. A once in a lifetime experience and loved by honeymooners.

The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa is located on 17 waterfront acres. Guest accommodations are in thatched-roof Polynesian-style bungalows scattered in lush tropical gardens and across the turquoise water.

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2. Ghent, Belgium

Travel Tip: Ghent, Belgium

Picture by @mikecleggphoto – travel inspiration

Ghent, most people haven’t even heard of this city but if you are ever in Belgium I highly recommend taking a day trip to Ghent!

Ghent is a port city in northwest Belgium, at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers. During the Middle Ages Ghent was a prominent city-state, today it’s a university town and cultural hub. Its pedestrianized center is known for medieval architecture such as 12th-century Gravensteen castle and the Graslei, a row of guildhalls beside the Leie river harbor.

Ghent is small enough to feel cozy but big enough to stay vibrant. Unlike many other European cities it hasn’t been overrun by tourists yet but with its beautiful canalside architecture, wealth of quirky bars and some good museums, this is a city you don’t want to miss on your trip to Belgium.

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3. Bali, Indonesia

If you are looking for some tropical travel inspiration Bali has probably already crossed your mind!

Bali is an island in Indonesia known for its volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, world-class surfing, great scuba diving, and numerous yoga and meditation retreats.

Bali has a rich and diverse culture, an extremely friendly population and a lot to offer its visitors. It is one of the most popular island destinations in the world and one which consistently wins travel awards.

Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young backpackers looking for a party destination right through to the super-rich in search for the best resorts.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

I was fortunate enough to visit this incredible resort when I was in Bali.

Nestled beside the Ayung River and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, this luxury resort just outside of Ubud offers 18 spacious suites and 42 private villas, all reflecting the island’s natural, serene beauty. Each suite and villa is appointed with a mix of contemporary and Balinese décor and several come with a private plunge pool.

It truly feels like a piece of paradise! And if staying at this resort is out of your budget, go there for dinner or a couple of cocktails and experience this beautiful place!

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4. Venice, Italy

Travel Inspiration: Venice, Italy

Picture by @jacob

Venice, the “City of Bridges”, favored by lovers, artists, and poets… If you haven’t been here yet this unique destination should definitely be on your bucket list!

The Italian city of Venice is built on more than 100 small islands, connected by over 400 bridges, in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Its walkways along winding canals lined with breathtakingly beautiful historic buildings let you explore the city and soak up its unique atmosphere.

Take a break at one of the many picturesque squares to enjoy a good cup of Italian coffee or a delicious gelato and go for an unforgettably romantic boat ride in one of the unique gondolas; the symbol of Venice worldwide.

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5. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Travel Tip: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Picture by @carmelisse – travel inspiration

Chiang Mai is a city in mountainous northern Thailand. It is home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples and its Old City area still shows remnants of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center.

Surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, Chiang Mai is much greener and quieter than Thailand’s capital city Bangkok. With its cosmopolitan air and significant expat population, it attracts many long-term travelers.

Chiang Mai is a place to relax after the chaos of Bangkok and recharge your batteries with delicious food and leisurely wandering.

Chiang Mai’s Elephant Nature Park

This picture was taken at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai.

The Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Chiang Mai. The park has been involved in dozens of rescues which have created a thriving elephant herd.

It provides a natural environment not only for elephants but also for several other animals. You can support the park with your visit or you can help out as a volunteer.

For More Information About Chiang Mai and the Elephant Nature Park:

Also Read: Things to Know Before Traveling to Thailand as a Woman and Ethical Elephant Tourism in Thailand

Follow Spend Life Traveling on Instagram

Want more travel inspiration? Check out the hundreds of inspiring travel pictures on my Instagram account, along with information about what makes each place into an interesting travel destination. Follow me here: @spendlifetraveling

I hope these five pictures and incredible destinations helped give you some travel inspiration for your next trip!

Also Read:

Travel Inspiration From Instagram: Where to Go Next

Author: Sanne Wesselman
A traveler, wanderer, digital nomad, and entrepreneur. Owner of marketing company A to Z Marketing.
I spend most of my time living and working abroad and use this website to share "the good, the bad and the ugly" of traveling and living abroad. Visit the About Me page for more info.

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