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Posted on Jul 2, 2013 | 15 comments

Photo Essay: Travel Bloggers Share Their Favorite Place Around the World

Photo Essay: Travel Bloggers Share Their Favorite Place Around the World

What’s your favorite place around the world? Big question, we know. We proposed this question to a few of our travel bloggers. This photo essay is a result of those travel bloggers favorite place around the world.

Kimmy & Drew of AfterGlobe

Favorite Places Around the World

Maui, Hawaii

It should be no surprise to any of you, who have been following our journey, that Maui is our favorite place around the world. Well, at least for now. We have traveled to so few places, we know that as we travel to see more of the world, this may change. But, even if it does, Maui will always hold a very special place in our hearts.

Kimmy- To me, Maui is not only beautiful, but peaceful. The second I step off the place, I feel at ease and everything is right in the world. The feel of the sunshine, the smell in the air and the aloha of the people all make Maui incredibly welcoming.

There are so many places we love on Maui from Paia to Hana to Kihei. Each of them we have had incredible experiences in. Each of them we always talk about wanting to go back to. I just can’t imagine ever getting tired of this amazing paradise.

Drew- One of my favorite things to do is eat and Maui has an abundance of the foods I enjoy eating the most. I was amazed by the selection of great local foods at Costco. Of course I love Hawaiian food and in Maui there are many places it can be had from plate lunch grindz to subs and succulent shrimp. The other thing I love about Maui is the beautiful tropical plants growing large and lush everywhere you go. I can’t forget to mention the colorful and varied beaches on Maui being white, red, and black in different areas and the breezy 85 degree temperatures most of the year. Ahhhh….can’t get back there soon enough!

Danielle & Wayne of Trek Snappy

Favorite Place Around the World

Suzhou, China

Having spent 3 months in China on our RTW trip, one of the major highlights was our week long stay in the city of Suzhou, located in the Jiangsu Province in Eastern China. Suzhou is famous for its beautiful classical gardens which have become UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is also known as ‘the Venice of the East’ due to the vast system of canals that run through the city. Both of these make it a popular tourist spot, but in comparison with other Chinese cities you really can get away from the hustle & bustle of it all & immerse yourself in all that is wonderful about China.

It does not seem like a city at all, more like a quaint little village, especially as we stayed in the 800 year old Pingjiang Street, where we enjoyed people watching and chatting with locals going about their daily business. Whilst exploring, we felt privileged to see some young Chinese couples in traditional dress having pre-wedding photographs taken amidst the backdrop of the beautiful gardens & canals and this is a wonderful memory we have taken away with us.

Our chosen picture of Suzhou, taken at dusk, shows a typical canal street which we passed during an early evening stroll. We particularly like how the light bathes the buildings in a pink glow. Suzhou is definitely a place to add to your bucket list!

Meg from Where in the World is Megan Claire?!

Favorite Place Around the World

Florida, USA

There is a reason why Florida sees 40 million plus visitors annually – dubbed the sunshine state, Florida is the perfect vacation spot for any traveler, and my favorite place in the world! Having recently emigrated from Australia, I’m not finding it overly difficult settling into a place which has yearlong sunshine and some of the finest white sand beaches in the world!

Additionally, there is always the chance of finding treasure! The waters off Florida have seen thousands of shipwrecks over the last few hundred years, many which sunk during horrible storms. Because Florida was once very heavily populated by the Spanish, some of the greatest finds have been cargo and gold from Spanish treasure ships! Amateur treasure hunters frequently find coins with metal detectors on many of Florida’s beaches!

Florida’s amazing mix of sun, sea and sand makes it hard to tear yourself away from the beaches, however great rewards are waiting for those who put their beach towels aside to go exploring! Regardless of your location, you’re never far away from wild areas such as the Everglades – an amazing reminder of what old Florida was like when the State was completely inhospitable and overgrown!

Feel free to come and visit me in Florida – I won’t be leaving any time soon!

Jenna & Micah of Wander the Map

Favorite Place Around the World

South Coast, Iceland

The South Coast of Iceland is one of our favorite places in the world. We love the breathtaking beauty of the landscapes made up of glaciers, beaches, volcanoes, waterfalls and mountains. Everywhere you turn, you see another picture perfect landscape, one more beautiful than the last. Towns are few and far between and sometimes you can drive over 30 minutes without even seeing another car–it makes you feel like you have the entire coast to yourself. There are many adventure activities as well, which is always a plus in our book; glacier hiking and ice climbing in Vatnajökull National Park was our favorite part of our South Coast adventure. You can also hike a volcano, search for natural hot springs, walk behind waterfalls, stroll along black sand beaches searching for puffins, watch icebergs float out to sea at Jökulsárlón, the glacier lagoon, and so much more. Renting a car and taking a road trip is the best way to experience this area–it allows you to see a vast amount of different landscapes and explore at your own pace.

Bret of Green Global Travel

Favorite Place Around the World

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Everyone talks about how amazing the Galapagos Islands are, but you rarely hear about the beauty of the waters off the islands’ coast. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of aquatic wonders you’ll find in Galapagos waters, where wildlife that seems awkward on land takes on a whole new life. Fernandina Island’s flightless cormorants were like feathered rockets, using webbed feet to dive down in search of small prey. Galapagos penguins dashed and darted amongst the waves of Tagus Cove. Marine iguanas looked like miniature Godzillas, wiggling their way to the ocean’s depths in search of algae. Sea turtles feasted on vast schools of medusa jellyfish. Fish representing every color in the spectrum provided a rich visual feast. But it was the Galapagos Sea Lions that stole my heart, their curiosity transforming them from elegant underwater ballet dancers into playful, bubble-blowing clowns at a moment’s notice. After a memorable week snorkeling in the Galapagos, I found myself regretting my need to come up for air.

Jessica of A Passion and A Passport

Favorite Place Around the World

Santorini, Greece

Greece, specifically Santorini, is just one of those places. One of those places that once you go, you won’t understand what took you so long to get there. I returned home from a blissful few weeks less than a year ago, and I’m longing to go back. Tomorrow.

I may be biased since I spent my honeymoon there, but Santorini is most definitely my favorite place in the world thus far. Once the Santorini air had gotten into my lungs, there was no going back. I tried things I’d never even thought of doing before- I went scuba diving in the Aegean Sea, hiked up a mountain, and rode around town on the back of an ATV.

I ate the most delicious spinach pie and feta, and wandered around Oia and Imerovigli chasing the sun. I buried my feet in not only silky smooth white sand, but red and black sand as well. There is nothing quite like the beaches of Santorini.

There’s just something magical about this island, it’s hard to put into words. All of those adjectives people seem to throw around so easily (charming, gorgeous, one of a kind, etc), seem to fit the bill.

Not only is the food delicious, the beaches absolutely gorgeous, but the people. Oh the local people of Santorini. They are truly what make the island such a fabulous place to be.

Zofia of The Picktures

Favorite Place Around the World

Kari Lake, Armenia

Kari Lake is situated on the plateau between the peaks of Mount Aragats, the highest point in Armenia (4090 m high). I love the stony path up the hill, where you can feel the vastness of the universe around and hear your thoughts. Nothing else but wild, severe nature. Beauty made simple. Everything you need is there. A water basin, a high mountain and a bit of a wilderness. Sky is the limit.

I went there last summer in the end of my Armenian sojourn. I was depressed about leaving and already plotting my return. Tossing and turning. It was a very uneasy moment in my life. Fortunately I happened to spend my last Saturday at the foot of Aragats. They say that sometimes in the middle of nowhere you find yourself. That was this case. I sat there looking at the subtle stone pires and the shining surface of the lake. Life was way better.

Mary of Calculated Traveller

Favorite Place Around the World

Hong Kong, China

When I’m in Hong Kong I know that I’ll be eating the most incredible foods and experiencing my cultural heritage. With a freshly baked egg tart in hand, I think of my family history as I walk down some of the very streets that my parents and grandparents did when they were young – marvelling at the sights, sounds and dodging traffic!

Another reason why I love Hong Kong is that it’s international airport is a great starting point for other airlines that fly within Asia. So, a trip to Hong Kong for me always means a side trip to Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Bali etc…

Lew of Planet Lew

Favorite Place Around the World

Everest Base Camp

The photo is from Ama Dablam Base Camp. Set at 4,180m above sea level in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal. It was a hard day’s acclimatisation trek from Phortse to the base camp. One of the hardest on days of the 12 day trek. To get to this stunning blue lake we had to hike almost vertically in some points. But as we reached the crest of the hills, this sparkling lake appeared amongst the brown rocky landscape. So blue. So peaceful. So magical.

Meagan from Life Outside of Texas

Favorite Place Around the World

Bokcheon Burial Mounds in Busan, South Korea

This is my favorite place in South Korea. I set out an adventure one day to find the burial mounds and ended up getting lost for a few hours. It was one of my favorite experiences I’ve had so far in Korea. It was so rewarding when I finally found the mound. I saw some other really amazing things along the way and learned quite a bit about the city I lived in.

This photo was taken in early spring, but the burial mounds themselves are the most beautiful bright green color in summer. The mounds contain remains, as well as artifacts like pottery, weapons and jewelry. The thing I find so refreshing about being there is that I got this amazing experience of being at a place so historical right in the middle of a city of 3.6 million people. There’s also a museum, science park and fortress walls in the same area. It’s a perfect place to spend a few hours wandering around, taking photos or even having a picnic.

What’s your favorite place around the world?

 

All AfterGlobe photography by Kimmy Hayes and copyrighted under her name. All photos provided by contributors are property of their owners.

About Kimmy Hayes


Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.

15 Comments

  1. Wonderful photos! Each and every one is so different, and it was awesome hearing others’ stories! Thanks for featuring my photo and letting me be a part of this! :)

    And I am off to Maui tomorrow!!! So perfect that it’s your favorite place!
    Jessica – A Passion and A Passport recently posted…My Travel Bucket List: USA EditionMy Profile

  2. I’m so happy I could be a part of this photo essay! It’s amazing how diverse it is. I love it!
    zof recently posted…a walk through ZemunMy Profile

  3. Wow, these are amazing places that are part of everyone’s personal favorite, I would love to go visit the Galapagos and hopefully China soon. Thanks for sharing.
    noel recently posted…Hamakua estate and garden – a photo tourMy Profile

  4. It’d be difficult to identify just one place but I’m sure it’d be fun to try. Thanks for sharing these favorites!
    Marcia recently posted…Newcastle JamaicaMy Profile

    • Hi, Marcia. Thanks for stopping AfterGlobe. It was very hard to pick one place. For everyone.

  5. Loved this! Beautiful pictures and seeing these only makes me want to visit all these places now! Especially Galapagos for sure

    • Thanks, Samantha. Glad to have you join us. I agree, that post really makes me want to visit even more places.

  6. Great idea for a post! I’ve taken a few notes for my next RTW, thanks!

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