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.”