I began my Great Escape on January 20, 2016. Over the course of the past 12 months, I traveled to 16 countries, two new states, and managed to take at least 32 GB memory cards of travel photos. One of which I still need to edit. I should probably get on that since most of my Europe photos are on that memory card.
I always have a tough time choosing my favorite travel photos, but here are my 16 best travel photos from 2016. Or, at least, I think they are my best. Feel free to share your opinions in the comments below.
My Best Travel Photos of 2016
Faith Over Antigua – Antigua, Guatemala
Cerro de la Cruz is a local hill overlooking the colorful colonial town of Antigua below. From the top of the hill, you have stunning views of the three volcanoes surrounding the town.
Macaw Chats – Copan Ruinas, Honduras
Copan Ruinas might be famous for its ancient ruins, but it has a few popular guests that will chat your ears off if you let them. The park is home to a small group of macaws that have been rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
Golden Hour Surfers – El Tunco, El Salvador
El Tunco, El Salvador is a quaint seaside village popular amongst the hippies, surfers, and San Salvador city folk. Some of El Salvador’s best surfers call this town home, and you can get a lesson and a rental board for under $20 a day.
Bill Murray or Joseph? – Barcelona, Spain
There are a lot of places in the world that I can spend hours in, but there are only a few that I could spend all day wandering around. The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is one of those places. There is something new around every corner. Like this statute of Joseph, that looks oddly like Bill Murray.
Knife’s Edge – Sahara Desert, Morocco
Morocco is a majestic and highly diverse country in the north of Africa. From the snowy high Atlas mountains to the hot Sahara Desert to the breezy Atlantic coast, it’s a beautiful and serene country.
Retired Fishing Boats – Essaouira, Morocco
Fishing is a way of life in the coastal towns of Morocco. The local fish market is a great place to explore the daily life of the locals. Plus, you’ll see some pretty cool fish and sea life.
Tower Views – London, England
The Tower of London has a long and dark history. It once housed Polar Bears and was where countless people, including Anne Boleyn, lost their lives. Despite its dark history, the Tower offers great views of the Thames River and the Tower Bridge.
The Landlocked Mermaid – Warsaw, Poland
The mermaid is the symbol of Warsaw, Poland. From a quick glance, that seems normal. The mermaid is the symbol of several major cities in Europe. But, then you realize that Warsaw is nowhere near the ocean.
Opulent Beauty – Abu Dhabi, UAE
And I thought the Sagrada Familia was impressive! The Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi is one of the most incredible architectural wonders of the world. If you’re ever in the UAE, you must visit it.
Crystal Glitter – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Each of the three chandeliers in the Main Prayer Hall was handmade in Germany and contain millions of Swarovski crystals.
Uluru on Fire – Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia
Uluru is impressive at any time of the day, but she literally lights the sky on fire during sunrise. Explore Uluru during the day and at sunset, but make sure you set your alarm for dawn’s early light.
Hungry, Hungry Croc – Corroboree Billabong, Northern Territory, Australia
I knew I was going to see crocodiles, but I had no idea I would see this massive 9+ meter salt water crocodile devour this poor thirsty kangaroo. Cue the “Circle of Life” song.
God’s Country – Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Are You Looking at Me? – Portland, Australia
Spotting koala bears in the wild was great fun! I especially loved finding this little guy during my super short stay in Portland, Australia. I drove over 100 kilometers out of my way to visit this small town with the same namesake as my hometown, Portland, Maine!
Vivid Opera House – Sydney, Australia
Every June, the city of Sydney lights up to celebrate the Vivid Festival. Every year it gets better and better. Next to the New Years fireworks, I would say this is the best event to see in Sydney.
Island Time – South Sea Island, Fiji
You can’t deny this beach view! Hello, relaxation. It’s island time.