Have you ever taken a photo while traveling and thought, I can’t wait to show everyone back home! Some of our fondest memories happen on the road – whether we’re sharing daiquiris with loved ones in the Caribbean, trekking solo across the Swiss Alps or anywhere in between. Just make sure you do something special with those vacation photos and not just throw them on Facebook! Below, some of our favorite travel writers share their best photographs from around the world.

inam Galicia Spain playing with steel wool
Taken in Galicia, Spain: “Always looking out for eye candy and visual goodness, last year we started working with light painting and, more specifically, steel wool spinning to create unreal pics in some great spots. As it turned out, the results were pretty fancy after a couple of trials and so, willing to spread the word about this technique, we put together a tutorial on steel wool photography. Go check it out!” Inma and Jose run A World to Travel, a site focused in unique experiences around the world, photography, music festivals and the great outdoors.

myanmar temples with balloons by stefan
Hot air balloon sunrise in Bagan, Myanmar: “Bagan is an ancient town in central Myanmar with over 2,000 temples. The best moment is during sunrise when the mist starts to rise and all the hot air balloons start to take off.” Read more about Stefan and Sebastein’s adventures on Nomadic Boys.

jackson square new orelans
St. Louis Cathedral along Jackson Square: “The iconic image of the beautiful city of New Orleans. The history of this city, the wonderful weather, the vibrant colors, the lively music, the unique architecture and the lovely people make it a perfect travel destination any time of the year. We enjoyed our visit to this gorgeous place during Christmas and it looked even more amazing with all the decorations.” Check out Vasudha Aggarwal’s blog called Travel Defined.

Koh Lipe
Thailand: Welcome to paradise! Koh Lipe Thailand is a small Thai island many have never heard of, one of Thailands best-kept secrets. Koh Lipe is a little pain in the rear to get to, but worth the trip. Just look at the views! White sand beaches, turquoise waters, and the best Thai curry in the world. Read more from Hannah and Adam on Getting Stamped.

wadi rum desert with truck
Jordan: “Even if it is way less popular than the world-famous new wonder of the world Petra, Wadi Rum is a hidden gem in Jordan. Some bedouins live in this part of the Jordanian desert thanks to livestock and tourism. While there, don’t miss the tour of Wadi Rum on a jeep that will take you in the most amazing sites that offer opportunities for great photography. If you have time, stay in a bedouin tent for the night, it will be an amazing experience!”

asian girl standing near graffiti in ghent, belguim
Ghent, Belgium: “Only when I couchsurfed with a local did I learn about this hidden alley, the only place where graffiti is legalized around Ghent. It was in such a vivid, vibrant mess, I could not help but walk around it in exuberance! If you’re lucky, you can even spot inspiration quotes on the walls. I caught this one: ‘When I burned my shit list I found passion’.” See more of Isabel’s stories on Bel Around the World.

Charles Bridge, Prague: “Rare is a city that bares its stately grace without a hint of pretension. Rarer still is the city that is not outdated by its own antiquity, that presents its storied history without being lost in it. Rare is the city that embraces without consuming. Rare is Prague, one of our favorite cities in the entire world.” Read more from Michael on Just Pack.

Taj Mahal, India:  “It’s one of the seven wonders of the world; an ode to love and an example of beautiful architecture, attracting more than 7 million people each year. Every year, my plans of visiting Agra would fail and I was hell bent upon making this trip in 2015.This clearly was the best way I could have ended the year and my joy knew no bounds!Ask anyone who saw me jumping and dancing that day.” Check out more photos from Menorca on Europe Diaries.

Thailand: This picture was taken when I was on a holiday in Koh Chang, Thailand. Being able to capture the silhouette added to the beauty of the sunset that evening. Check out more at The Logical Traveler

Himalayas, India
India: Last month, I signed up for a weekend trek to Prashar lake, India. Though the climb was a bit long and tiring, sleeping under a full moon and waking up to this view was worth all the effort. That’s the thing about mountains. When you finally reach one, you want to touch another. Surrounded by chilly air and tranquil silence, it was one great morning. The kind I’ll never have in a city. See more on Swati’s Instagram.

travel writers share thier best photos