I’ve been Instagram-ing (surely it’s time for that to be a verb?) for over a year now and even before I embarked on long term travel I loved capturing special, funny, precious, weird and wonderful moments on my iPhone. Having a collection of colourful photographs from the places I’ve been during my ongoing travels has only increased my love of the Instagram app. Here are my favourite photos from the last five countries I travelled through…

1) Barcelona, Spain

I recently returned from Barcelona, a city I’ve never visited before and yet had heard so many wonderful things about. To say I turned into a snap happy chappy is an understatement but I am already loving looking back on the memories thanks to Instagram.

As well as all the fascinating Gaudi architecture and Parc Guell, I loved photographing more random sights like this street art, which I literally stumbled upon down a side street.

2) St Anton, Austria

When we were planning our RTW trip last year there was one thing and one thing only influencing our return date: snowboarding. It was of utmost importance that we returned to Europe in time to catch the end of the snowboarding season, which we did in St Anton, Austria a few weeks ago.

I love how these Instagrams contrast with the warm colours of my other photos from the Southern Hemisphere.

3) New Zealand

How do you capture the breath-taking beauty of New Zealand on a battered but much loved iPhone?

I’m not sure I answered this question but I sure had fun finding out as I snapped away during a two week road trip around both the North and South Islands in a campervan with my best girl pal Betty.

I know I’ll look back on these Instagrams with the fondest of memories for years to come.

4) Australia

Australia was “kinda a big deal” for me seeing as it involved meeting my Aussie boyfriend’s mother for the first time. It was also my first big road trip as we drove down a big chunk of the east coast.

It was therefore very important to capture friends and family time as well as all the amazing things I was seeing, eating and experiencing.

I’m happy to say I’ve since loved sharing my Australian Instagrams with the boyfriend’s mother, which I hope means I passed the test.

5) Thailand


Thailand captured my heart and kept a firm grip on it. So firm that we changed our return travel plans to enjoy more of the country’s sun, food and cheap accommodation on our way home.

When I look back on my Thailand Instagrams I sometimes feel like they pull me back there and I can smell coconut milk and fresh mango and I’m back on the rickety bike I hired one day on Koh Yao Noi island where we nearly bumped into a huge water buffalo…

Though it’s not the real thing, Instagram is one of the best ways to recall and relive your travels, far and wide.


This post was written by Frankie Thompson who was a Travelette from 2012 – 2015. Originally from London, UK, Frankie was nomadic for several years before settling in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she lives with her Australian partner and baby boy. She spends her time buying vintage dresses, riding a rusty old bike around the canals and writing books inspired by her travels. Frankie blogs about travel, writing and motherhood at As the Bird flies blog.