The TTWS Best Photos of 2016 + A Big Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Wherever you are in the world, I hope your Christmas is absolutely wonderful. I am spending my Christmas working back to back night shifts, and though that might sound horrible, in fact, it’s actually not a terrible way to celebrate – I would love to deliver a Christmas baby!

2016 has been a good year in travel for me, but 2017 is looking like it will be even better!

So, to celebrate closing the door on 2016, I am going to share 25 of my absolute favourite travel pictures from this year. Enjoy, and please link me to your own fave travel pics from 2016 – I would love to see them!

1. Adelaide River, Northern Territory

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Nothing like a big ass saltie to make you never want to go swimming again!

2. Miniloc Island, Philippines

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This sunrise was definitely worth the 5am wake up!

3. El Nido, Philippines

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I love how this little Nemo is just peeking out to see what is going on!

4. Small Lagoon, El Nido, Philippines

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Hot tip: Visit this lagoon as soon as the sun rises to have it all to yourself.

5. Puerto Princesa Underground River, Philippines

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This underground river is amazing, but getting in can take hours of waiting. Bring snacks.

6. Maalifushi by COMO, Maldives

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If you dream of the Maldives, this is the kinda place you want to be staying!

7. Maalifushi by COMO, Maldives

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What a bloody ripper of a sunset

8. Thaa Atoll, Maldives

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Hanging with Mister Turtle

9. Reethi Beach Resort, Maldives

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Monsoon Status: Imminent

10. Atauro Island, Timor-Leste

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Jungle huts on the beach with not a single other traveller in sight, not bad, not bad at all!

11. Atauro Island, Timor-Leste

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How cute is this Timorese bubba? ❤

12. Darwin, Northern Territory

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Darwin may be stupidly humid in the wet season, but by god do the storms look amazing as they roll in.

13. Edith Falls, Northern Territory

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Located near Katherine, these falls are a stunning part of Nitmiluk National Park.

14. Bitter Springs, Northern Territory

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A few days after this picture was taken a 2 metre saltie was spotted in these springs 😐

15. Berry Springs, Northern Territory

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Another fave for crocs, it is only safe to swim here in the dry season.

16. Tanah Lot Temple, Indonesia

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Maybe a Bintang would have been more appropriate?

17. East Bali, Indonesia

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These shamrock green rice fields might not be as big as the ones in Ubud, but that just makes me like them all the more.

18. Fushimi Inari, Japan

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5000 Torii Gates can’t be wrong…

19. Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand

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The epitome of luxury

20. Tokyo, Japan

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Photo courtesy of Kaisha Bullen

21. Tokyo, Japan

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Do hedgehogs get much cuter than this?

22. Hiroshima, Japan

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The only way to get a decent shot of this water temple was to cut out the left side where constructions were underway!

23. Okunoshima, Japan

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If you are a bunny lover, add Okunoshima to your bucket list.

24. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan

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Another one for the bucket list. Japan is the gift that just keeps on giving.

25. Kyoto, Japan

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Lastly, another Japanese gem.

Underwater pictures captured with a Nikon Coolpix S31, all other pictures captured with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 lens.

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20-something year old Australian backpacker writing her way around the world.

49 thoughts on “The TTWS Best Photos of 2016 + A Big Merry Christmas

  1. Wow I’m so Jealous of you. I would love to see all the places you visit in person but you have amazing photos. Indonesia I think would be my favorite photos. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Tim H. mymoney2916

    On Dec 23, 2016 9:44 AM, “TRAVELLING THE WORLD SOLO” wrote:

    > wwellend posted: “Merry Christmas! Wherever you are in the world, I hope > your Christmas is absolutely wonderful. I am spending my Christmas working > back to back night shifts, and though that might sound horrible, in fact, > it’s actually not a terrible way to celebrate – I ” >

    1. Thank you so much! It is always lovely to hear that people like my pictures 🙂 Indonesia is such a beautiful country! I hope you get to see it for yourself in the near future!

    1. Thank you so much! I always look forward to your lovely and thoughtful comments 🙂 I hope one day we do cross paths! I look forward to bringing you along on my adventures in 2017!

  2. I love seeing the places you have been too, mainly because they are so different from mine. I have only left America once and am more of a woods over ocean kind of gal. That being said, I love all of your photographs of clear green waters, they don’t seem real because they are unlike anything I have ever experienced (I spent my childhood going to Lake Erie). All of your photos seem like they are from worlds away, worlds I am longing to travel to. Thank you for always sharing. At the beginning of this post, you asked for links to our travels and so here is one of mine https://kaitlynjosmith.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/we-were-free/ I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed your blog this year. Merry Christmas!

  3. Exceptional photography! Can’t wait to see WITW you’ll pop up next –
    Merry Christmas and keep on truckin’…
    Oh BTW, swimming in water (salt or fresh) in Australia needs to come off your “to-do” list. Your salties beat my gators any day!
    Chris ^.^

  4. From all of the great photos I have seen it must have been hard to narrow them down to just these. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope you get that Christmas Baby.

    1. It really was – I could have chosen a few hundred! The culling process was fun though, was a nice chance to go through all my captures 🙂

      As for the Christmas baby – I got one on the 24th but not the 25th! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  5. You finally got down to your rabbit photo. As soon as you said you were listing your best photo of the year I immediately thought of the one of you sat amongst the rabbits. It is a bit magical-looking, a bit Alice in Wonderland, and with your arms pulled in you’re like a human pyramid with bunnies clambering up you…if you know what I mean.

    You always take good photos with animals. I hope you have a good Christmas and I wish you all the best for your travelling in 2017.

    1. I never thought of Alice in Wonderland… but I love that you did! Such a cool thing to remind someone of! Thanks so much for following all my adventures this year, I cannot wait to share even more with you in 2017!

  6. And a very Happy Christmas to you also dear Ellen, may your ventures in 2017 be just as memorable and enjoyable, I read you are going back to study – take time to sleep hey ?? Love Vicki

      1. Ellen! As I have shared enough of my feminine secrets with you and your job kinda relates to women’s health. Would you recommend pads or tampons?

  7. Once again I’ve spent a peaceful moment with you reading your words and enjoying all my favourite photos. I hope you and yours have the happiest of holidays. Cheers and happy travels in 2017!

  8. Happy Christmas to you too…hope you get your baby! 😄 Decided to travel on Christmas Day this year to Gisborne and the only place open for food in the evening was McDonald’s! For Christmas dinner…it was really nice for a change. 😊

  9. These are just stunning photos. Would you be willing to let me use one to accompany a poem on my blog? Of course I would credit you and link back to your blog. This is just a thought. Let me know if you are interested. Happy New Year. I look forward to following your travels this year.

  10. Ellen,
    My apologies, I know it’s slightly off topic but I was thinking of starting up a travel magazine featuring guest authors. Obviously it is in its infancy, but you’re someone I respect and admire when it comes to travel blogging and to have you as a contributor would be an honour. This is just a query into interest, there’s still a lot to be done.

    Best of luck with your adventures

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