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My Top 20 Favourite Travel Photos

Today’s post is going to be a quick one, because I just simply want to share my Top 20 Favourite Travel Photos.

I spend a lot of time looking through old photos.  They are beautiful, visual memories that can transport me right back to the moment that they were captured.  And, while I’m definitely not a photographer by any means, I am absolutely obsessed with taking pictures.  Anyone who has ever traveled with me (or even gone for a walk with me) can attest to that.

Some of the photos I chose are simple reminders of a good time, and some are much, much more than that.

They are in no particular order, and, unless otherwise credited, were all taken by me, probably on an iPhone.

I hope you enjoy them.


#1 Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Longtail boats on the beach at Viking Nature Resort on Koh Phi Phi.  This photo is printed on canvas and hanging in our home.  It was taken on an iPhone 4.


#2 Santa Monica, California USA

A sunset as seen from the pier in Santa Monica, California.  I took this photo on my last night in SM after completing a week-long course at the Vidal Sassoon Hairstyling Academy.


#3 Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Castle. This photo was taken on a cheap digital camera in 2008…I was 16 and on my first trip overseas.  I think it’s hilarious how crooked and pixel-y it is, but it’s still one of my favourites.


#4 Ubud, Bali Indonesia

This is the Baliwood Mansion pool in Ubud, Bali. I have never seen so many shades of green.



#5 Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

A completely candid and un-staged shot of my boyfriend, Sean, on Koh Phi Phi island.


#6 Palmarium, Madagascar

Sharing a moment with a Sifaka in Madagascar. Photo credit to the incredible Ernest Randriarimalala. You can check out more of his work here.


#7 Waterton, Alberta Canada

A haunting sunset in Waterton Lakes National Park in September of 2014.


#8 Playa Negra, Costa Rica

My friend Krystal and I after sharing a beautiful week together on my first solo trip to Peace Retreat, Costa Rica.  Photo credit to the third leg of our tripod, miss Lucy Grieve.


#9 La Jolla, California USA

A misty, moody morning of exploring in La Jolla


#10 Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan Canada

Sleeping under a summer solstice sky in Saskatchewan.


#11 Kananaskis, Alberta Canada

Sometimes, you just have to do it. Yes, it was cold.


#12 Ubud, Bali Indonesia

A Lotus blooming in front of Saraswati Temple in Ubud. There is a Starbucks just off to the right.


#13 Little Italy, San Diego, California USA

This photo is not particularly beautiful, but it made the cut because this is my favourite street, in my favourite neighbourhood, in my favourite city in the whole wide world.


#14 Ao Nang, Krabi Thailand

Sean took this photo on our first night in Southern Thailand. Ao Nang sunsets are no joke.


#15 Mazatlan, Mexico

Potato quality photo, because it was taken on a Blackberry in 2009. But my Dad took this photo. And it means a lot to me.


#16 Penestanan, Bali Indonesia

It had been weeks without rain in Bali. We all had heat rash and were cursing the sun. Then, this happened. So I did a rain dance and Sean captured it.


#17 Tsarafangitra, Madagascar

A beautiful Malagasy woman named Veronique, and her equally beautiful baby boy, inside their home in the tiny rural village of Tsarafangitra, Madagascar. So much beauty in one photo.


#18 Ixtapa, Mexico

A candid shot captured by Sean (on a smartphone for sure) on our first vacation together in 2012.


#19 Lake Louise, Alberta Canada

An incredible moment captured by the extremely talented Gregg Jaden. What I didn’t know in this moment is that, an hour later, I was going to receive a phone call telling me that my Dad had died. I think that’s why this photo means so much to me.  It was the last truly peaceful moment in my life for a very long time.


#20 Canal Des Pangalanes, Madagascar

After nearly 10 hours of travel through rural Madagascar on windy roads and rickety boats, we stopped for a few minutes to explore an abandoned train station. I became fixated on capturing the way the light was streaming through the windows and doors, and when I turned to leave, this beautiful girl was just sitting there, just like this, watching me. I asked her if it was ok for me to take her photo. She nodded. And this is my favourite photo that I’ve ever taken.


I’d love to see your favourite travel photos!  Tweet them to me, post them to the Facebook page, or tag me on Instagram!

Ashley Dempster is a twenty-something Canadian Travel and Adventure blogger based in Calgary, Canada. Her passions include good food, minimalist packing, running, music, and chasing down every opportunity for adventure.

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