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Great Escape: The Best Travel Instagrams Of The Week [17.08.16]

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1 of 20|Jerash, Jordan| | By @aljvd - LINK
2 of 20|San Teodoro, Sardinia, Italy| | By @simonearmanni - LINK
3 of 20|Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA| | By @RalphLeeHopkins - LINK
4 of 20|Bruges, Belgium| - LINK
5 of 20|Point Reyes National Seashore, California, USA| | By @christianannschaffer - LINK
6 of 20|Riva del Garda, Italy| | By @geoffgulevich - LINK
7 of 20|Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada| - LINK
8 of 20|Van Life| - LINK
9 of 20|Morocco | | By @jodymcdonaldphoto - LINK
10 of 20|Yosemite National Park, California, USA| | By @_jonathanmitchell_ - LINK
11 of 20|Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland| - LINK
12 of 20|Sunset Through The Sewer, San Diego, California, USA| - LINK
13 of 20|Lagoa do Paraiso, Jericoacoara, Brazil| - LINK
14 of 20|Chongqing, China| | By @nikk_la - LINK
15 of 20|Viñales, Cuba| - LINK
16 of 20|Balaa Gorge Waterfall, Tannourine, Lebanon| | By @moedm - LINK
17 of 20|Dachstein Glacier, Ramsau am Dachstein, Austria| | By @o_ibragimova_ - LINK
18 of 20|Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada| | By @jedweingarten - LINK
19 of 20|Homer, Alaska, USA| - LINK
20 of 20|Machu Picchu, Peru| | By @agustrips - LINK

Hear that? That’s your passport calling. With mid-week restlessness in full force, it’s time to take a digital tour through the travel Instagrams currently captivating social media.

This week offered plenty of old-world charm. A figure in red explores the mighty ruins of Jerash, Jordan‘s second-most popular tourist attraction after Petra. An ancient building in Chongqing reminds of a China gone by. The quaint medieval town of Bruges is as beautiful as ever – stunningly serene without Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson running amok through its streets, as they did in the darkly humorous film In Bruges.

As always, our Instagram feeds were flooded with adventure. Two National Geographic photographers had a close encounter with a Spirit Bear in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest. Travis Burke gave up sedentary life for 28 months in a van – no rent, 360-degree views, and all the backyard Mother Nature sees fit to offer. A brave GoPro-er risked life and limb to scale a ship’s mast for an epic perspective.

And speaking of perspective, this week’s top images weren’t afraid to play. Geoff Gulevich strapped a camera to his bike on a ride in Italy. Jody McDonald captured an aquatic elephant ride from above and below. Eric Rubens braved the San Diego sewer for an unusual sunset shot. A Yosemite visitor snapped the view between two trees.

But the place that’s most on our bucket lists? That would be the Balaa Gorge Waterfall. “The waterfall drops 255 metres into the Baatara Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone located on the Lebanon Mountain Trail,” writes user moedm. “During the spring melt, a 90–100-metre cascade falls behind the three bridges and then down into the 240-metre chasm.”


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