A travel photography challenge when you can’t actually travel

Instagram travel photo challenge

Earlier this month my friend Donna, from Retirement Reflections, tagged me in a post on Instagram, inviting me to participate in a 10 day travel photo challenge sharing favourite travel photos. This was aimed at ‘virtual travelling’ looking and sharing past photos, to keep the memories alive, as none of us can travel too far these days.

It was far more fun than I imagined it to be! And not as depressing as I first thought 🙂

As we can’t actually travel outside of Australia at the moment it’s been lovely to look back through my photos of past trips and smile at the memories they brought alive. It was quite hard picking favourites but these 10 made the cut.

Day 1/10

This is me dancing under an Icelandic waterfall – as you do!

Chasing waterfalls in Iceland
Chasing waterfalls in Iceland

Day 2/10

A favourite trip with my parents, we went on a 10 day Bike and Barge trip from Paris to Bruges.

Sunset from the barge
Sunset from the barge

Day 3/10

Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand’s South Island – a surprise find and almost alien like.

Moeraki Boulders New Zealand
Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand

Day 4/10

So many of our trips have involved cycling! This one was from our Sailing and Cycling trip around the Southern Dalmatian Islands.

Day 5/10

The magnificent sight of Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre – in our own backyard!!

Uluru
Uluru

Day 6/10

Standing on top of Australia’s Mt Kosciuszko! Doesn’t get much better 🙂 This made me laugh as it was mentioned in the video I shared on my #ShoutoutSaturday post – the spread eagle summit shot. You can view the funny Travelling Under the Social Influence New Zealand ad here

Mt Kosciuszko, Australia, walk, hike, me
On top of Australia

Day 7/10

A moody beach in Queensland – capturing the photographer in action.

beach photographer
beach photographer captured

Day 8/10

How spectacular are the views from the top of Cheddar Gorge? A natural wonder and well worth the hike up to the top. I consider Cheddar my second home and always enjoy a walk around the gorge area.

Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gorge

Day 9/10

Budapest at night – what a special time we had with our Rotary Exchange Student when we visited her family in Hungary!

Budapest at night
Budapest at night

Day 10/10

As it was the Mathematician’s birthday over the weekend I had to use a photo of the both of us doing what we do best – cycling holidays! This one was in the Netherlands, cycling up and out of Amsterdam. It was an amazing trip.

Cycling tour in Amsterdam
Cycling tour in Amsterdam

Where will you travel to when you can travel again?

Although it will be a while before we can travel internationally again, it’s a good reminder that we can travel anywhere by looking back at old photos. And there’s so much to see in our own backyard! Hopefully domestic travel will be the winner from these unusual times.

Have you taken a trip lately? Where will you go when you can travel again I wonder?

Which of these photos is your favourite?

Have a great week ahead and thanks Denyse, Terri and Becky for great prompts. I hope you’ve all enjoyed travelling with me 🙂

Thanks to Donna for the inspiration and for the lovely encouraging comments on my Insta posts!

Being bold is fun!

Deb xx


Notes about this post:

Terri’s Sunday Stills has the prompt Your Favourite Landscape, so I thought I’d (sort of) cheat and share this post, which does include some landscapes and these are all my favourites 🙂 You can see more landscapes by going to Terri’s post here. Next week’s Sunday Stills prompt is Fallen

Becky winds up her month of Squares today, and as some of my photos are indeed squares, I am linking up with her. The theme has been ‘up‘ and my post has been quite uplifting! It’s been wonderful to see how her readers have used the word ‘up‘ throughout the month, with their square photos showing real creativity. Squares will be back in April.

#LifethisWeek with Denyse, has the prompt of Share Your Snaps


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66 Replies to “A travel photography challenge when you can’t actually travel”

  1. Hi Deb, I have been following your Instagram adventure and have loved seeing what you guys come up with each day. My favorite from above is ‘Boulders in New Zealand.’ As far as future travels, we have booked a house in the Cotswolds and a few nights in London for November 2021. I am optimistic that it will happen. I’m also dreaming of a cruise from New York to Iceland. We have so much catching up to do. Thanks for sharing your adventures.

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    1. Those plans sound great Suzanne and fingers crossed it can happen for you. I enjoyed sharing these travel favourites and happy to hear others did too. Many thanks for following along 🙂

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  2. I am really glad you got to share these travel memories. Superb shots. I so hope international travel is back for people like you…family OS! That is so hard when your hearts are across the sea. Beauty in all you showed us and shared. Hope the Mathematician had a good birthday!

    Thank you for joining us this week for #lifethisweek. Next time, the optional prompt is 6/51 Decision. 8 Feb. and I hope to see your next blog post there too. Cheers, Denyse.

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  3. What amazing pics Deb, I couldn’t possibly pick one, they’re all standouts to me! I miss travelling so much. My first port of call will definitely be the UK to see my mum and fingers crossed, I’ll be hot footing it to Hawaii. Once the domestic borders are open and (hopefully) stay open we’d love to do a road trip to Queensland with Teddy Roosevelt in tow!

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    1. I’m with you Sammie, first port of call will be UK when it’s safe to do so, only to see my family, like you! It’s hard to plan even an interstate trip at the moment, given the state of Covid, but we are hoping to get to Qld later this month too. Hope you get a trip away with Teddy!

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    1. Yes I agree with you Sanch, the lack of planning is hard to take, you just don’t know what is going to happen next. we are hoping to get to Brisbane to see our daughter and grandson later this month – fingers crossed!

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  4. I am in the camp of loving the moody beach shot but all of the images are marvelous, Debbie! With our moving again, I took a step back from posting too much on SM in case wifi is disrupted. You took me on a wonderful, virtual tour and I loved the beauty of each image. Being new to Eastern Washington, there will be much to do and see within 100-mile radius that will surely keep us busy. We are a few miles from Idaho, and 2 hours from Canada. Australia and NZ are places I am dying to visit someday, so fingers crossed on successful vaccines and other ways to fool any future viruses. Hubby wants to go to Germany and Ireland ASAP, so that may be our first trip abroad! Always a pleasure to have you share your inspiring photography with Sunday Stills.

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  5. Lovely photos Deb – and great reminders of how widely you’ve travelled and the joy it’s brought into your life. I can’t say that I really miss travelling – I’m hopeful we’ll be able to do it again some time in the future though – it would be a strange world if we were locked at home forever!

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    1. Thanks Leanne, travel has definitely brought joy into our lives, especially as we have so many family and friends overseas. I hope we aren’t locked at home forever, that would be too sad!

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    1. Great question Deb – Yes the Cheddar one because that’s where our daughter and granddaughter live! I’m not sure when we will be able to see them again and that makes me sad.

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  6. I saw a few people on Instagram participating in this challenge. Everyone posts such lovely photos or so many different places across the globe. I was kind of glad I wasn’t nominated as my travel has not been as extensive! These are 10 fabulous photo’s Deb!

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  7. I like all your photos but I think the Cheddar Gorge one is my favourite. I have enjoyed looking at my old travel photos over the past year. I’m not as well travelled as you but I have happy memories of visits to the UK, China, Russia, Singapore and Hong Kong as well as cruising to New Zealand. I don’t think there is any more OS travel in my future but I would like to go to New Zealand again and cruise the South Island as well as travelling on New Zealand’s scenic railways.I’d love to visit the UK one more time too if I could.

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    1. We really enjoyed New Zealand and will definitely go there again. As we have a daughter living in UK and our granddaughter, we try to get over there every few years and then do trips away, using her as a base. It works well! Cheddar Gorge is a special place so I agree that’s one of my favourites too! Lovely to have you join in!

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  8. Fantastic post Deb and well done you with the challenge. I’m only up to day 6 and falling behind. I have had fun looking back at our travels because of the photo challenge but I’ve also discovered I’ve ‘lost’ some trips somewhere on my computer! I’ve made it again to #SundayStills this week. I think I’m on a roll! Have a great week! #lifethisweek

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  9. You look so happy in all of those! I think the waterfall and the mountaintop are my favorites. We don’t have enough time off to travel much, but we have been doing little weekend road trips and camping trips like we always have. The weather is usually nice here in Texas, so we are very lucky that outdoor road trips are an option for us!

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    1. Thanks for that lovely comment Bethany, I am generally pretty happy, especially when on holidays! Texas sounds a great place for trips away, we are lucky to be retired now so have a bit more time at our disposal although we get pretty busy with other things too!

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  10. I’ve booked a get away to Jasper National Park in the fall – 1 province away so it’s safe by then. Loved all your travel pictures and especially like that you enjoy bike trips like we do. Hoping to do a Netherlands one in the future but who knows when. I did the 10 photos over 10 days and enjoyed the memories.

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    1. Great to hear from you! The photo challenge was a fun way to reminisce wasn’t it? I do hope you manage to get away to Jasper national park, it sounds delightful and not too far away! We love riding our bikes on our travels and will continue doing so for as long as we can!

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  11. When crossing provincial borders was finally allowed , and the national parks were opened to overnight visitors we packed the caravan and headed to The Kruger National Park in November last year. It was awesome and easy to social distance in the wide open spaces.
    Looking at past photographs really stirs up memories – yours look amazing.

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  12. I love that you did this challenge all in one go rather than post one photo per day, Debbie. And haven’t you been to some great places. I love the one of the windmill. We have some in the UK, too. Those Moeraki Boulders look like bread rolls to me. Perhaps because I’m thinking is it too, late for lunch?
    Where will we be travelling this year? Not far. It all depends on vaccines, etc., if we travel, it’ll only be in the UK, probably early summer.

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    1. Yes I’m glad I did it one go too Hugh, I didn’t want to prolong the pain! I laughed at your bread roll comment, I thought at the time, that were alien eggs about to crack open. Yes travel will be limited for quite some time I’m thinking. Thanks for your comment.

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      1. I know what you mean, Debbie I found myself wanting to run for the hills when reading some of the posts covering a whole 10 days and then another 10 days telling us where each photo was taken. So it was refreshing to see you doing the whole challenge in one post. Thank you.

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        1. hugh and debbie – reading your comments just now was a bit of a gift because i was tagged for the travel challenge and wanted it – but the ten days is daunting and was looking for a modification – and this comment thread gave me an idea for my approach with my share — going to do it somewhat like this
          thanks and good day to you both !

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          1. That’s great to hear! This was a good way for me to share and I had fun putting it together. I hope you manage to get it done, whichever way suits you. Always good to read the comments of others isn’t it, we learn so much from each other.

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          2. So pleased to hear it. As far as I know, I’ve not been tagged for the challenge, but I don’t participate in tags in any case. Had I done, I would not have drawn out the challenge over 10 days, and then another 10 days to reveal where each photo was taken. I somehow think that many of my readers would have got rather bored by it all. However, we’re all different, so Debbie’s response makes perfect sense to me.

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  13. I did this challenge in my blog on a day by day basis, but I love that you’ve posted all ten together. I still haven’t decided, almost a year into the pandemic, whether it’s more fun or more painful to look back on past travels, but I’ve settled on focusing on the fun part 😀 As to where I will travel once I can, we’re making very tentative, cancellable plans for Paris later this year and Sri Lanka next. Let’s hope we can make them happen!

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    1. Yes I understand that dilemma, looking back at what we can’t currently do is hard at times. Oh Paris will be lovely and I’ve not been to Sri Lanka yet, hopefully you can make it happen.

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  14. I love travel and greatly miss it. 2020 saw cancellations of trips to Glacier National Park (US) and cruising Norway out of the UK. This year we are holding onto hope for the Canadian Rockies in Alberta and a Rick Steves tour through Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Then again, it’s possible none of that will happen. Cheers to the joy of travel!

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  15. oh these are gorgeous – I particularly love the boulders in NZ. I am so happy you have joined us more than once this month 😀 hope to see you back in April when hopefully we will all be able to start to a travel a little

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  16. Great photos Deb. I love Budapest an Night. I don’t have any huge travel wishes just now. Only that I would love to be able to get to Noosa to see my family. We are still in isolation so need to wait a little longer

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    1. Yes Budapest at night was a very special capture. I sincerely hope you can get to Noosa soon, the restrictions are lifting and things are looking brighter for interstate travel!

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  17. Hi, Deb – I so loved following your travel posts for this series. Your photography not only shows your immense creativity, it also reveals the soul of what you were trying to capture – and delightfully displays your joie de vivre (which is completely contagious). Thank you for joining in (and running with it) and for the shoutouts!

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    1. I might have to steal that comment as a testimonial to use on my blog! How good are you?? I love reading your comments and the admiration is a two way street my lovely friend. Thanks so much xx

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