Places You’d Rather Be: Summer Edition
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.
Palm Springs, CA
That time we found dinosaurs in the desert. #roadtrip
Can't get enough of this #sunrise.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Reminiscing big time. #bluelagoon
Chugach Mountains, AK
Alaskan rainforest—half hour drive from Girdwood: picturesque and serene. #travelbug
Sunshine Sunday. #colombiauncovered
Elliott Key, FL
It's that kind of day at the #sandbar.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Midnight sunset! White nights in St. Petersburg.
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
Encounters at the Cod Hole!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Soccer on the beach in Ipanema.
A couple of sheep amongst thousands.
Praia Dona Ana, Portugal
Our side of the Atlantic got cheated. #Lagos
Laguna Beach, CA
New York City
Sunset near the Met. #lincolncenter #opera
The calm before the afternoon storm.
Western Wall, Israel
Naka Island, Phuket, Thailand
Lefkada Island, Greece
Porto Katsiki #love #paradise
Hills of #Positano #thesunwasjustperfectatthatmoment
Maya Bay, Thailand
Stunning and breathtaking. Tip: go early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Cathedral in Zagreb.
South Ari Atoll, Maldives
The Burren, Ireland
We walked in the pasture with this beauty. #offthebeatentrack
Life is short, jump off a cliff.