33 Photos That Will Inspire YOU to Jump Out of Your Chair and Travel the World!

Traveling is not just about visiting the famous sites; it’s about interacting with people, tasting delicacies, and learning about daily life through cultural travel.  2.5 years of Migrationology has brought me to each and every one of these locations. I hope this will inspire YOU to jump out of your chair and begin traveling around this multifaceted world that is waiting to be explored!

1. Magic on the Coast of Tanzania

Tanzanian Coast - Indian Ocean

Coast of Tanzania

2. View from Coron Island – Philippines

Palawan Island

Coron Island, Palawan, Philippines

3. Power of Iguazu Falls – Argentina

Iguazu Falls - Argentina

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

4. Makapu’u Point – Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu Coastline

Makapu'u Point, Oahu, Hawaii

5. Aladdin-like Experience at Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque – Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei

6. Greeted by Children at School – Northern Philippines

Kids in the Philippines

Saying Goodbye in the Philippines

7. Ethiopian Food: A Passion

Ethiopian Food

Ethiopian Food in Nairobi, Kenya

8. Traditional Dhow Sailboat – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Dhow Sailboat in Tanzania

Dhow Sailboat, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

9. Amphitheater of Rice Terraces – Batad, Philippines

Batad Rice Terraces, Philippines

Batad Rice Terraces, Philippines

10. 90 Years of Harvesting Rice – Mayoyao, Philippines

Mayoyao, Philippines

Mayoyao, Philippines

11. Divine Tastes of Nasi Campur in Malaysia

Nasi Campur, Divine Malaysian Food

Divine Cuisine in Malaysia

12. Awestruck by Perito Moreno Glacier – Patagonia, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina

13. Clinging to a Zanzibar Door – Stone Town, Zanzibar

Zanzibar Door

Zanzibar Door, Stone Town, Zanzibar

14. Serving Fried Chicken: 1 Day Old – Manila, Philippines

1 Day Old Chicken, Manila

1 Day Old Chicken, Manila, Philippines

15. Energetic Fish Market – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar Es Salaam Fish Market

Fish Market, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

16. Balinese Friend – Bali, Indonesia

Indonesian Man

Balinese Friend, Bali, Indonesia

17. Traversing the Dunes – Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Siwa Oasis Desert Safari

Siwa Oasis, Egypt

18. Freshly Roasted Nyama Choma (Meat) – Nairobi, Kenya

Nyama Choma Nairobi

Nyama Choma, Nairobi, Kenya

19. Glistening Shwedagon Pagoda – Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda - Yangon, Burma

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma

20. Tranquility of Lake Toba – Sumatra, Indonesia

Lake Toba Indonesia

Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia

21. Trekking Torres Del Paine – Patagonia, Chile

Torres Del Paine, Chile

Torres Del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

22. Unbelievable Turquoise Lake – Krabi, Thailand

Turquoise Lake - Krabi, Thailand

Turquoise Lake, Krabi, Thailand

23. Som Tam: A Wonder of Thailand – Anywhere, Thailand

Som Tam Thai

Som Tam Salad, Thailand

24. Falafel: A Dish for the Pharaohs – Luxor, Egypt

Falafel, Egypt

Falafel, Luxor, Egypt

25. The Great Pyramids – Giza, Egypt

Camel and Pyramid

The Great Pyramids, Giza, Egypt

26. African Elephants – Mikumi, Tanzania

Tanzania Elephants

African Elephants, Mikumi, Tanzania

27. Orangutan on the Move – Sumatra, Indonesia

Sumatran Orangutan

Orangutan, Sumatra, Indonesia

28. Mesmerized in Hong Kong – Hong Kong

Hong Kong Traffic

Lights on Hong Kong

29. Heavenly Plate of Zanzibari Biryani – Zanzibar, Tanzania

Zanzibar Biryani

Biryani, Zanzibar

30. Overgrown Temple – Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Jungle Temple, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

31. Bun Cha: A Revolution of Taste – Hanoi, Vietnam

Bun Cha - Vietnam

Bun Cha, Vietnam

32. An Inspiring Evening – Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Sunset in Kota Kinabalu

Sunset, Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia

33. Unadulterated Sunset Over the Rufiji River – Selous, Tanzania

Rufiji River, Selous Sunset

Sunset at Rufiji River, Selous, Tanzania

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  1. says

    These are stunning! I particularly love the photo of Coron Island in the Philippines and the school kids in the Philippines. I also love the photo of Makapu’u Point on Oahu. I used to love that area when I lived on Oahu.

  2. dan says

    Great photos! But not everyone finds food as fascinating – especially on a travel expose! less food photos, more places :)

  3. Michael Figueiredo says

    You got that right—I want to jump out of my chair right now and go traveling to these places! I’ve only been to 3 of them (Maui, Iguazu Falls, and Hong Kong) and want to see the rest for sure :)

  4. Emy says

    Amazing pictures Mark! I love that you share your experiences with us..! keep it up! take care! :) and keep uploading :)

  5. jill- Jack and Jill Travel The World says

    Beautiful shots. The one on Nasi Campus makes me hungry. I miss Indonesian food so much.

    • says

      There’s is nothing like getting a huge pile of Nasi Campur and just devouring it with your hands, all those incredible tastes and combination’s go so well together! Glad to know you are also a fan!

  6. Tams says

    mmmmm SomTam! chan kit teung MAK! Hope alls good with you Mark, in Bangkok? Great photos and reminders of wonderful world, fantastic food! X

  7. Lezly says

    One of my favorite parts about traveling is the food! The food itself is an adventure:)

    Love all your pictures!

  8. salome riingen says

    Great photos Mark! Traveling is really fun! I have learned from natives in one island that “pearl culture” is their main source of income. It’s amazing when they show how they do it in an actual pearl farm.

  9. Joyce Klemm says

    Wow, Mark. Gorgeous photos and such a wide variety. Thanks for sharing pictures of your travels with the rest of us.

  10. says

    Ok, I need to jump on a plane right now. These are amazing shots! I especially like the one of Coron in the Philippines. I loved it there so much I’ve been twice!

    Thanks for sharing these!

    • says

      Thanks Nick! We just followed the path and all of a sudden in the midst of brush and entangled water shrubs the turquoise pool appeared, it was amazing!

  11. Christy @ Technosyncratic says

    Wow, these are PHENOMENAL! I particularly love 8 and 9 — that sailboat is so neat and your photo of the rice terraces is perfectly captured.

  12. Lorna - the roamantics says

    YOU! you inspire me to travel! to all those places on my list that you take such incredible photos of :) stunning- all of them. the orangutan is beyond amazing and i just think with all of them, you’ve done such an beautiful job of marrying style to subject. promise to never stay put. you’re not allowed :)

  13. Bette says

    There is only one thing better than shopping in Hong Kong, and that’s eating. From small noodle joints to upscale French restaurant, you will locate all sorts of restaurant, eating hall and snack stall on earth in Hong Kong. This is definitely a good choice before I have $ for another trip.

  14. says

    Amazing pictures. They are so amazing (except those with meat in it, a semi-vegetarian myself) Love the rice terraces and african elephants!

  15. says

    Mark, those pictures are jaw-dropping!!! great shots…
    By the way, at #18 looks like you took that picture while having dinner. A few days ago I read a friend of mine’s blog who says that going out after 7 pm in Nairobi is extremely dangerous due to rampant robbery. In other countries which he visited (Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda) robbers do exist, but they only use knife. But in Nairobi they use guns (even AK-47). Is that right?

    • says

      Hey Bama, thanks for the comment.
      There is always a danger to going out at night in Nairobi, it depends on where you are going and how you go about going out.

      When I lived in Nairobi, I lived with my family in the neighborhood outskirts of the city. If I wanted to go out at night, I would normally stay with my friend who lived closer into the city, so I would not have to journey out to the neighborhoods where things are dark and have more of a potential for crime.

      This being said, yes, there is a fare amount of crime, but sometimes I guess we just must take some risks (but try to avoid them).

  16. Rebecca says

    I don’t need to be inspired to travel, but these photos are just gorgeous and are definitely giving me itchy feet! Lucky I’m about to jump on a plane this week 😉

  17. says

    Amazing pictures!!!! I literally loved all the pictures. The pictures of the food made me hungry now…. the closer food i could get is Ethiopian… i will go for it!!! Thanks!!!!

  18. says

    Those are simply some wonderful photos! Love the Ethiopian food especially since this is where my wife is from. You have been to some wonderful places thanks for the photos.

  19. says

    Incredible selection – congratulations!

    I like to travel, to discover new places, to find out new and interesting things about touristic objectives, countries, to taste some traditional foods.

  20. Idelish (Jeremy & Shirlene) says

    What an amazing set of pictures! We have yet to set foot in Africa and your pictures just inspired us more than ever!

    • says

      Thanks so much Jeremy and Shirlene!
      Hope you guys can make it to Africa sometime, the photos you guys would take there, would be unbelievable. By the way, I was browsing through your photos this afternoon, simply breathtaking, you guys are truly talented photographers.

  21. says

    Breathtaking, especially number 2. Just ridiculously beautiful. It’s amazing the power photos have in inspiring travel. There’s a picture I had of a church in Santorini overlooking the sea that I kept my entire life. I made a point of finding it on my first trip to Greece, and did.

    • says

      Thanks Nico!
      Yah, pictures are so powerful, and it’s so incredible that we can see a photo of a place that we really want to go, and if we have the will, we will see it for our own eyes.

  22. says

    Hey dude

    Whats most amazng about these stunning images is youve been there..

    Great stuff I particularly liked the “(0 years of rice farming” and the landscape images in the phillipines.

    Ive seen tomany street photos of the phillipines and not enough of the country side. Thanks for sharing

    • says

      Hey Pedometer,
      Thanks for stopping by and checking out these photos – I really appreciate it! The Philippines is one of my favorite destinations.

  23. Lola Fefe says

    Thanks for featuring the Philippines alot! I’m a filipino and yet I haven’t been to the places that you have pictured here (well except Manila)

    Hope you get to come back to the Philippines and have more beautiful photos :)

  24. says

    Definitely very inspiring!! Great photos, not visited any of these places!
    Visited many parts of India, not featured here.
    Have a nice day Mark:)

  25. Maria Teresa Polo says

    Amazing shots Mark! You’re the man! I do love travelling too, and always go for the food and
    lovely beaches. I just came from Phuket, Thailand last week…hmmmm…Tom Yum!
    Keep it up Mark, share your experiences Mr. Ambassador. :)

  26. says

    Wow! Coron Island is really beautiful! But overall, all are breathtaking pictures! Well done, Mark! Thanks for sharing the beauty with us. This pictures are enticing for us to go, travel round the world and see the charm of it. High quality posts you’ve got here! Good luck :)

  27. says

    Hey, I’m from Malaysia! Isn’t Sabah gorgeous :)
    Great website, Mark! Some lovely photos here, I love the ones of Tanzania! Thanks for sharing :)

  28. AC Ninth says

    Amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing them! The Argentina shots are breath-taking! I have been seeing and hearing about it lately, and your shot of Brunei is the reason why it is on my top list.

    I also thought you would have something for Laos…..I’m so curious about that place, because it is under looked just like the Philippines. Speaking of that country, seems that you are very fond of the island? Funny, it was the last place I wanted to visit, but your images makes me want to re-discover…..

    • says

      Hey AC,
      Thanks for checking out my site and for looking through these photos. There are so many beautiful places in the world, that it can be difficult to decide where to go next. However, it’s important to remember that there are amazing places in every country around the world, so all of these photos are an inspiration to get out there and explore! Argentina is great, Brunei is interesting, Laos is beautiful and the Philippines is gorgeous as well!

  29. says

    Those are really great photos! but I think you missed a little bit more from South america! The Amazon both the jungle and river. Machu Picchu! The Caribbean beaches of Colombia! The amazing island of Galapagos and the crazy Salar de Uyuni!

  30. itchy feet says

    Hi Mark,

    enjoyed reading your blogs on SEA (South East Asia) nations and made me even more happy to find that several photos taken from different parts of my country Philippines is included above to inspire more people to come and visit Philippines. It’s one way of promoting tourism. I hope someday soon you will come back to see more of my country. Cebu, Bohol, Boracay and entire Palawan is a must see when you visit again.. I will share your blogs so that more people would be aware and be inspired to travel, BTW, I subscribed to your travelogue just a while ago.

    • says

      Thanks for the kind comment and for subscribing! Glad to hear that you’re fromt the Philippines – it’s probably the most beautiful country I’ve been to. I would love to return sometime to check out more of your country! Thanks again!

  31. says

    Man, I’m so inspired by your posts. It’s actually my birthday today and was contemplating on so many things when I bumped into your blog. My greatest dreams in life include traveling the world and learning and inspiring people along the way. I’m happy you have included the Philippines as one of your favorite destinations in the world, but still I believe it is an undiscovered gem in Southeast Asia. Thank you for this blog, your followers can have a glimpse on what the Philippines has to offer.

    So when are you coming back? I owe you a bottle of San Miguel or a freshly brewed Batangas coffee.


    PS: Your posts about Thailand makes me want to go back! It’s my home for three years! Cheers!

    • says

      Hey, thanks for stopping by Red and great to hear that you also enjoy traveling. Happy Birthday!
      I hope I can return to the Philippines sometimes soon for another trip, but right now nothing is planned, I’ll let you know! Thanks again for looking through my site and hope you have a great day!

  32. Rolf says

    The food pictures made me want to travel from the sofa to the kitchen to cook up a delicious green curry, a tom yum goong, and perhaps some flaffels.

  33. says

    As your headline promised, I’m inspired and itchin’ to head to the airport. So many amazing places to see, but particularly excited to get to Zanzibar.

  34. Laurance says

    Amaaaazing pictures! I also have been to Myanmar and Philippines and the people of those two countries inspired me a lot. Have you been to Camiguin Island in Mindanao, Phils.? It is out of this world, a stunning place with great people!

    By the way, your website is incredibly useful, thank you!

  35. SD says

    Nairobi!!!! Nyama choma & Ethi food – yummm & big time kudos to you for the mention & awesome pics!!

    addicted to your blog, btw!

  36. says

    Woah, an amazing set of images. I think most people would struggle to fight their inner travel bug after looking at these. Personally for me, image number 2 of the Philippines does it for me.

  37. says


    I am going to Seoul in about 3 weeks and really enjoyed your videos on YouTube. Because of you, I will definitely try and take 1trip overseas every year. Btw, where can I ask you a question about the Seoul?

    • says

      Hey Johann, good to hear that you’ll travel more, and thank you for watching my videos! I really don’t know too much about Seoul, but I visited for about 3 weeks. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  38. Tyara says

    hi there, this is my first time to visit your page and… I loooooovee it. Travel and food are the best combo as always.. say hi from Indonesia. 😀

  39. David says

    Hi Mark,
    I just want to say how amazing and inspiring your photos and videos are. I have done a bit of traveling around Asia and Europe and I regret not immersing myself as much as I could with the culture and food of the places I visit. But starting now, I promise to do so. Keep on living life!

    All the best,
    David from Manila


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