My Travel Year in Instagram Photos for 2013

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

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.

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40 Comments
  • Laura
    December 23, 2013

    Wow, what a year! I just did a similar Instagram 2013 recap; it’s really the best way to reminisce about the past year! Great idea to organize your photos by theme, too. Love the pink toenails shot and I’m also a bit jealous at all the champagne drinking at Four Seasons hotels you’ve been doing!

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Four Seasons knows how to lure me in. The toes in the sand photo was on one of my last days in Jordan and I was in desperate need of a pedicure. 😉

  • Monica
    December 23, 2013

    Wow, what an incredible bunch of photos! It must be so lovely to see them all like that together and see what an amazing year you had. I especially like the sunset pictures – beautiful!

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      It was a bit overwhelming to edit the number down, which explains why there are so many. Thank you!

  • @mrsoaroundworld
    December 23, 2013

    Amazing pictures, what an year indeed!

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Glad you were around for some of those photos.

  • Tamara Elliott
    December 23, 2013

    My faves are the champagne photos. Gawd I love champagne 🙂 Great gallery!
    Instagram: @globeguide

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Hard to go wrong with Champagne. 😉

  • lola
    December 23, 2013

    clever categorizing of your year in photos.

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Thanks!

  • Jenna
    December 23, 2013

    What a year you had! I especially love your Jordan pics–it’s one place I would love to go someday. Looking forward to seeing what 2014 has in store for you. 🙂

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Jordan was epic. I’m so happy that I got a chance to visit. I’d absolutely recommend it.

  • Jennifer
    December 23, 2013

    What an amazing year you had! I love all those shots of cocktails. Drinks are the thing I find hardest to photograph and keep interesting with different angles and such. And I’ve got to get better at Instagraming. I just recently started posting more on Instagram.

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      I’d love to see a wrap-up of your 2013. My, you’re probably the only person that traveled more than me!

  • Henry | @fotoeins
    December 23, 2013

    Great summary post, Leah – what a bright beautiful active year! I enjoyed the themes, too, as well as reading your choice of accompanying quotes. The one photo that gets me the most is the quiet contemplative photo of you on the beach in Boracay, “waiting” for Haiyan to arrive. The final shot of you looking over the Dead Sea is fitting in a view ahead: here’s to another equally bright beautiful memorable year!

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      It’s been a year filled with highs and lows, but tons of great travel so that manages to make everything great. AmIRight?

  • Mellisa Turner
    December 24, 2013

    Wow ! Your post is really incredible and full of beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Thank you for stopping by.

  • Lani
    December 24, 2013

    Love your pics and quotes. Especially the photos of Texas! I don’t know why really, it feels the most familiar? But hey, big points for eggs and spam pic >>> from Hawaii girl 😉

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Can’t escape Spam and eggs. Actually parts of Maui looked a lot like the Hill Country of Texas, where most of these are taken. So, there you go!

  • Monica
    December 24, 2013

    Love this roundup! I’m currently in Maui for the holidays and just got back from Paris so it’s especially fun to see so many of those spots captured and curated so beautifully here. Happy holidays!

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Thank you, Monica. I hope you enjoyed Maui. I’m off to Paris in a week. 🙂

  • Vid
    December 25, 2013

    What a lovely and inspirational set of pictures. You have managed to see so many beautiful places in this year 🙂 I am sure you loved London the most 😉 Here’s to an even better 2014. Cheers!

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      I did adore London, but the most? Not so fast. 🙂

  • Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)
    December 26, 2013

    What a year you’ve had! I’ve followed all of your travels and still missed many of these photos. Glad you put them all in one place for me! 🙂 They’re gorgeous; I especially love the flower photos.

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      I’m a sucker for flower photos. They’re easy to photograph and make an iPhone even look great.

  • Traveling Ted
    December 26, 2013

    Stay Adventurous will love the sunset pictures. The one picture that is missing is you with a fanny pack from TBEX. Looks like your 2013 rocked.

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Damn! I should have included that fanny pack photo. It’s not a recap without it.

  • Erin at The World Wanderer
    December 28, 2013

    Love this recap! What a year you’ve had. I would love to do something similar to this, even if it’s just for myself. Crazy to think of all we’ve done in a year!

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Thank you, Erin. I’m sure your 2014 is going to be filled with marvelous adventures, and I’d love to see a recap in 2015.

  • Becky Padmore
    January 2, 2014

    So many great memories and so many beautiful photos! Can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store you for!

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Wonderful memories, indeed, Becky. Love to cross paths with you again in 2014.

  • Hogga
    January 2, 2014

    i like the sandy feet

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Always a good thing to have a little sand between one’s toes.

  • Jess
    January 2, 2014

    Beautiful photos! You certainly went to some lovely places this year.

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      Yes ma’am, I had a very fortunate travel year to which I’m very grateful for.

  • Jonathan Look, Jr.
    January 2, 2014

    Great Instagrams! You have inspired me to start doing more with Instagram and HOPEFULLY do a top list for 2013. FUn stuff!

    • Leah Walker
      January 17, 2014

      I adore Instagram, especially seeing what great photos others post.

  • Emyr Thomas (@BonVivantLiving)
    February 15, 2014

    What gorgeous photos! Love the one with your toes in the sand!

    Emyr

  • Nicole
    February 20, 2014

    Absolutely fantastic! You have traveled and sailed to places I could only dream of visiting.

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