Whether it's the glowing heat or the barefoot vibe, summer days feel more vibrant—and that's before getting creative with Instagram filters.
We asked Travel + Leisure's Instagram followers to share places they wish they could be right now (during the fleeting summer season), and here are the results: a collection of gorgeous photos, along with some fond recollections. @carleyscamera, for instance, posted a shot of a kitschy attraction in Palm Springs, CA: “That time we found dinosaurs in the desert.”
Other Instagram submissions suggest that present-day animals have played a big part in the T+L community's adventures, from diving in Queensland's Cod Hole with colossal potato cods to walking among grazing sheep in Ireland’s lush pastures to spotting adorable baby lions in South Africa.
Of course, it wouldn't be summertime without travelers' thoughts turning to the beach. One T+L follower posted an Instagram shot of diving off a cliff into the turquoise waters of Bali, while another captured an action shot of soccer on the sands of Rio de Janeiro.