Photos That Will Make You Want To Travel Immediately

Published On: July 25th, 2019Categories: Self CareTags: , , , , 4.6 min read

You know by now that I love to travel. Over the years, I’ve explored all but one of the continents. (yes, it is crazy that I’ve been to Antarctica but not yet Australia!) And taking travel photos is one of my favorite things to do while I’m on a trip.

I don’t expect National Geographic to come calling anytime soon, but it’s not uncommon for me to take hundreds of photos a day when I’m traveling.

If you’re thinking about where you should take your next trip, here’s a sampling of some travel photos I’ve taken along the way that may give you some ideas!


Deck overlooking ocean in French Polynesia

I could (and did!) spend every day lounging on our private deck at our first stop in French Polynesia. It’s truly heaven on earth.

If we weren’t on our private deck, we were at the pool or the beach – drinks in hand.

The green in Ireland really is different than anywhere else in the world. The Cliffs of Moher are simply stunning – and a little hair-raising if you get queasy at high heights!

If you’re planning a trip to London, a visit to the Warner Bros.’ Leavesden Studio just outside the city is well worth it. You will see more Harry Potter sets and props than you could ever imagine.

cobblestone street lined with trees and grave markers

I wrote a post a few months ago about why you must go to Père Lachaise. It’s still streets and beautiful gravestones are haunting – in the best possible way.

This is the view from the Masada in Israel. It’s not only a magnificent view of the desert and the Dead Sea but has huge historical significance. (if you’re interested, The Dovekeeper is a fantastic novel about it)

Bethany Beyond the Jordan is a UNESCO site believed to be the location where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist. It was one of the most peaceful spots I’ve ever entered.

A trip to Jordan is not complete without seeing Petra, especially the iconic Treasury.

Japan temple

Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto is literally covered in gold, making it one of Japan’s most famous.

On a slightly colder trip to Antarctica, I loved photographing the wildlife. This lonely penguin held my attention for a while as I watched him make his way up the ice.

a seal in Antarctica

And this flirty seal was one of my favorite animal watching experiences while there.

Sunrise in Dominican Republic

You can never go wrong with a beach vacation. I took this at sunrise in the Dominican Republic.


If you haven’t been to the nation’s capital, it’s a must. And if you can get to the reflecting pool as the sun comes up, it’s magnificent. I took this photo during the peak of cherry blossom season (although you can’t see the pink blooms, I promise they’re there).

Washington has lots of stunning views. I took this one from the top of the dome of the U.S. Capitol. The Mall is a must when you’re in town.

The Constantino Brumidi fresco draws your eyes upward when you’re in the Capitol Rotunda.

And if you enjoy the outdoors, just outside of DC is Great Falls, which features (you guessed it) lots of rapids, but also some great hiking.

The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia is known for its classicly southern resort decor. And its relaxing surroundings in the Shenandoah Valley offer lots of opportunities for fishing, hiking, and exploring.

Hot Springs, Arkansas

The baths in Hot Springs, Arkansas are a really interesting respite from summer weather.

Beverly Hills Hotel

If you’re going to be in Los Angeles, you must check out the Beverly Hills Hotel – starting with its red carpet entrance, it’s a legend.

If the mountains are more your speed, you cannot go wrong with a trip to the Tetons in Wyoming.

Or a trip to Colorado. I took this on a hike near Maroon Bells, just outside of Aspen.

Or Utah. This was an amazing overlook near St. George.

Whether it’s in your backyard, across the country, or around the world, there are so many beautiful places begging to be explored. I hope these travel photos inspired you, even a little, to get out there and go on an adventure!!



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  1. Leyla July 26, 2019 at 7:52 am - Reply

    How are you able to find your travels?

    • cgnormand July 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      It’s a lot of online research once I decide on a destination. But I love planning – looking forward to an amazing trip is half the fun!

  2. MELLISA July 26, 2019 at 8:13 am - Reply

    We visited the Cliffs last May and let me tell you…GORGEOUS!

    • cgnormand July 26, 2019 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      They really are, aren’t they??

  3. Helen Pickle July 26, 2019 at 8:26 am - Reply

    I didn’t get this one for some reason. So, I am resubscribing!

    • cgnormand July 26, 2019 at 1:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Helen!! The posts are no longer going out in full when they’re published – I’m sending them out in a newsletter every Friday – so I’m glad you’re subscribed so you can receive!! 🙂

  4. Emily Adams July 26, 2019 at 8:45 am - Reply

    You have some wonderful destinations on here! I would love to visit Jordan and Israel someday along with Japan. Focusing on exploring more in the US and Canada this summer

    • cgnormand July 26, 2019 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Emily! There are plenty of amazing destinations in the US and Canada, so I know you’ll have a wonderful summer exploring!

  5. Jenny Bhatia July 26, 2019 at 8:50 am - Reply

    OK. I am convinced. Gorgeous, inspiring images. I love traveling, too. But, I am not even close to the ground you have covered. Life is so full of fun and adventure. Continue to embrace!

    • cgnormand July 26, 2019 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Jenny!!

  6. Lora July 26, 2019 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos, definitely make me want to get out , travel, and take some photos myself.

    • cgnormand July 26, 2019 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Lora!!

  7. Laura July 26, 2019 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Your DC pictures definitely want to make me go back. I’ve been there twice, but there’s still more that I want to explore there. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • cgnormand July 26, 2019 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much!! Yes, you’ll have lots to explore in DC!!

  8. Crickette, Former DramaQueen July 27, 2019 at 12:01 am - Reply

    If I could choose a life… like literally I have nothing to worry about, I would be travelling. I am a part-time missionary and sometimes I fantasize about doing it full time, but then life…

    But I make it a point to travel. It’s good for the soul. Whether for leisure or to serve, I love exploring the world.

    • cgnormand August 1, 2019 at 2:29 am - Reply

      I totally agree – it is so good for the soul!!

  9. Cara | Zenspired Lifestyle July 31, 2019 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I hope to one day have the freedom to travel around to spectacular places and see the world. French Polynesia looks like my kind of place, for sure!

    • cgnormand August 1, 2019 at 2:30 am - Reply

      It’s amazing – I hope you get there!!

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