Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 22, 2017 at 04:26AM

“I love seeing my city from new perspectives. I’d seen Calgary from some of the tall buildings and while flying in from other cities, but this was the first time I saw it from a helicopter. I was surprised by how different yet familiar it looked from above. I was still able to identify the roads I took most often and even spotted my house. It was so fun to be able to see so much all at the same time.”
📷@middayglow 📍Calgary, Canada
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 21, 2017 at 05:53PM

Do you know which city is considered the Athens of the North? It’s an ancient place has been described by author Alexander McCall Smith as “a city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.” From the cobblestones of the Royal Mile to the view from Calton Hill, the streets of New Town, and shores of Leith, Edinburgh is sure to capture your heart.

See all the Scottish capital has to offer in our newest location guide on PassionPassport.com!
📷s by: @simonjuho, @devarshi, @beautifuledinburgh, @kylepters and @laretour
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 21, 2017 at 03:01PM

What are you #PPGratefulFor?

Maybe it’s a bucket-list trip you crossed off your list this year or someone you traveled with. Head to “Events” on PassionPassport.com — link in bio — to share for this week’s challenge theme!
📷@dansflavor 📍Big Sur, California, USA
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 21, 2017 at 04:27AM

“It was an early morning in Isfahan, and I rose to capture the morning light on the famous Abbasi Mosque and the surrounding square. The morning prayer was still resonating through the city, adding an intimate touch to the scene. I took this photo hoping to capture the contrast of the colors, which are as striking as the kindness and hospitality of the Iranian people.”
📷@pash.c 📍Isfahan, Iran
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 21, 2017 at 03:00AM

Congratulations to our #PPStairs Instagram challenge winner @ikeng who captured this scene at the newly built Lego House in Billund, Denmark.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge, and to our guest judges @kiks_way, @inayali and @veeceecheng for joining us!

Stay tuned for this week’s theme announcement coming a little later today.
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 20, 2017 at 04:20PM

This week’s #PPStairs Instagram challenge saw the Passion Passport community sharing the stairs they’ve come across on their travels from all over the world. For many, it’s a different perspective we seek, that ultimately reveals a new, playful and sometimes surreal reality. Congratulations to this week’s honorable mentions: @nlsteven, @samishome, @loewe7, @insynced, @seathebreezee, @angelomendo, @flori_anz_enk, @dylaraby and @junjie.jpeg!
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 20, 2017 at 04:36AM

“Yosemite evokes a sense of pure wonder and awe. As you’re surrounded by towering trees, granite walls, and waterfalls in every direction, you feel so insignificant. The weekend I visited, I experienced snow, fog, rain, clouds, and clear skies; it was a photographer’s dream.”
📷@bay.photography 📍Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park, USA

Tell us about a moment your surroundings and travels made you feel insignificant and tag #passionpassport to share!
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 19, 2017 at 05:02AM

“I wish capturing a vibrant sunset or a single subject in an empty museum was as easy as it seems. A lot of people see my photos and ask what gear I use, but the real questions I want to pose in return are: how badly do you want it? How early are you willing to wake up for sunrise? How long are you willing to stand in the street to wait for that perfect moment? How many times are you willing to revisit the same location until you get the right conditions? The funny thing is, even when you’ve captured the moment you’ve been waiting for, it’s never how you expected it to be. Usually, it’s even better.”
📷@kevinwonka 📍Natural History Museum, London, UK
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There are still a few hours before this week’s #PPStairs challenge (link in bio) closes, so hurry to enter! You can also check out Kevin’s recent London feature on our site.
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 18, 2017 at 12:14PM

“It was just past 7 a.m. when I arrived at Hatshepsut Temple in the desert outskirts of Luxor, and already my clothes clung to me from the heat. I walked through the temple entrance, rounded a corner, and stumbled across an unassuming middle-aged man who sat pensively, leaning against one of the many columns. I asked him if I could take his photo. With a slight nod, he approved and unknowingly gifted me a token of this place to keep forever.”
📷 @shaylyn.marie 📍Hatshepsut Temple, Egypt
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 18, 2017 at 05:11AM

Every journey begins with a step — whether figurative or literal. This week’s challenge is #PPStairs, and guest judges @inayali, @kiks_way, as well as @veeceecheng want to see you get creative!

Head to the link in our bio or follow the steps below to join:
1. Post a photo/video according to the theme;
2. Tag @passionpassport and #PPStairs in the caption; and lastly
3. Take us into the moment with you and tell a story.

What wonderful stairs have you come across on your travels? Share with us!
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 17, 2017 at 10:14AM

Join guest judges @inayali, @kiks_way, and @veeceecheng for this week’s #PPStairs challenge by posting the memorable stairs you’ve come across on your travels!

The deadline is 11:59am ET Sun. 11/19. To enter:
1. Post to your feed according to the theme.
2. Tag @passionpassport and #PPStairs in the caption.
3. Tell us what you found fun/wacky/unique about these stairs.

Head to “Events” on our site — link in bio — for full details.
📷: @juless.joy 📍Porto, Portugal
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 17, 2017 at 10:11AM

The filmmakers behind @morethanjustparks often refer to Zion National Park as the Yosemite of the desert. Jim and Will Pattiz explored the area during the autumn months, and describe their experience as stepping into “The Land Before Time.” This film is the result of their adventure in the steep, red cliffs of Zion National Park.
Check out passionpassport.com to see the full Zion video feature.
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 17, 2017 at 03:58AM

“Puru Ulun Danu Batur is a temple nestled on the edge of a lake in northern Bali about a three-hour scooter ride from anything resembling Western civilization. During my time living in Indonesia, I visited this place several times. Although it is normally overcrowded with tourists, you can go before sunrise and, not only will it be empty, but you might witness one of the most beautiful sunrises you’ll ever see.”
📷@kendallmartin 📍Bali, Indonesia
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 16, 2017 at 11:26AM

From winding spirals to simple ladders, #PPStairs come in all shapes and sizes.

Join this week’s challenge fun with guest judges @inayali, @kiks_ways, and @veeceecheng by posting the memorable stairs you’ve come across on your travels! Head to “Events” on our site — link in bio — for full details.
📷 @quintner 📍Sable Sands, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 16, 2017 at 06:12AM

This week we’re ‘Exploring Home’ for our #passionpassport twitter chat with co-hosts @anitahendrieka, @iamvagabonddotcom, and @phoebersmith in 2 hours (2pm ET)! Click the link in our bio and explore with us.
📷 @marselvanoosten 📍Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana, USA
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 16, 2017 at 04:00AM

“The South Sawyer Glacier calved (pieces fell off and formed icebergs) twice while we stopped nearby. The waves were massive, and it really put into perspective just how big the glacier and icebergs are. It’s breathtaking to see and hear an act of nature of such magnitude, but bittersweet when you remember the reason for it.”
📷 @thehmstravels 📍South Sawyer Glacier, Alaska, USA
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 15, 2017 at 04:14AM

“Cuba seemed like a country stuck in a time, and I wanted to see it with my own eyes. In some ways, my original expectation was true, but in others, it was not. For example, I thought that there were only classic cars in Cuba, but there are newer cars driving around the city, too. This trip taught me to never forget to see things with my own eyes.”
📷@vic_nkt 📍Havana, Cuba
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 14, 2017 at 11:17AM

Every journey begins with a step — whether figurative or literal. This week’s challenge is #PPStairs, and guest judges @kiks_way as well as @veeceecheng want to see you get creative!

Head to the link in our bio or follow the steps below to join:
1. Post a photo/video according to the theme;
2. Tag @passionpassport and #PPStairs in the caption; and lastly
3. Take us into the moment with you and tell a story.

What wonderful stairs have you come across on your travels? Share with us!
📷 @veeceecheng 📍Hong Kong
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 14, 2017 at 04:02AM

“Exploring and photographing Iran in below freezing weather was a challenge I’ll never forget, but the scenes I encountered were worth it. This photo is of a former bridge; the river below it dried up, so it’s since become a meeting place for the entire community.”
📷 @adlyaizad 📍Esfahan, Iran
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 13, 2017 at 05:41PM

Congratulations to our #PPOpenSpaces2 Instagram challenge winner @jrcatalo who takes us on his adventure to Cappadocia, Turkey. “It was my first time riding a Hot Air balloon, and I vividly remember how surreal it felt in that moment witnessing this majestic view. Every second up there was amazing; it was difficult to contain the happiness I felt.”
Thank you to everyone who shared their experiences, and to our guest judges @karimiliya and @brandonexplores!
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 13, 2017 at 04:00PM

Judging by this week’s #PPOpenSpaces2 Instagram challenge honorable mentions, it’s no question that many of us love the expanse that Mother Nature offers us to explore. Congratulations to: @g.q, @markolfzimmer, @pash.c, @simexposure, @allophile_, @jeffparkesphoto, @madstravelson, @suddenlyswiss and @foxsbackpack! Curious to see what open space this week’s winner takes us to? Stay tuned!
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 13, 2017 at 12:58PM

Though it may be known for its foggy days, London shines as the capital of the United Kingdom. It’s a city full of life, so magnetic that it has attracted visitors for centuries and continues to do so today. With world-class museums, markets with everything imaginable, lively neighborhoods, and famous landmarks, and so much more, there is something in London for everyone.
Visit beautiful Londontown with our brand new guide (link in our bio)!
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 13, 2017 at 04:16AM

While exploring Chefchaouene, Morocco, with her husband, @wanderlustruby was hesitant to take photos of other people. But upon seeing this man wandering down the main streets, she couldn’t resist: “I felt moved by what I was seeing. The lifestyle, the customs…everything is so different to what I am used to. I wanted to caputre this moment to save it for a long time to come.”
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 12, 2017 at 05:10AM

“Everyone was so kind to me in Canada, and the day I took this photo was no exception. The temperature was almost below freezing, so we didn’t know if we could stand to jump in the lake for a photo because we had no towels and no other clothes to wear. We did it anyway, to the surprise of the 30 people who were watching and all started cheering and clapping. It was a chilly experience, but one I’ll never forget!”
📷@carloslazarini 📍Joffre Lakes, British Columbia, Canada
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And make sure to enter our #PPOpenSpaces2 challenge (rules in bio) before 11:59am ET today, if you haven’t already!
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 11, 2017 at 10:38AM

“Two years ago, I came across this oddly colorful corner on a very candid stroll through London. And I stumbled upon it again a year later as an expat on the way to my first Notting Hill Carnival. But it took seeing it for a third time for me to finally take a photo of it. It was the perfect shot because as I traveled down to the exact corner, I let my eyes wander and take in my surroundings, fully. It felt like this part of London was a museum, and I was the only customer allowed in its exclusive exhibition.”
📷 @menskr 📍London, England
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 11, 2017 at 04:58AM

There are just over 24 hours left to enter our #PPOpenSpaces2 challenge (link in bio)!
Where do you feel most open and carefree? Maybe it’s a floating in the ocean or maybe it’s a national park. Whatever it is, guest judges @brandonexplores and @karimiliya are waiting to see your answers!
All you have to do is:
1. Post a photo/video according to the theme;
2. Tag @passionpassport and #PPOpenSpaces2 in the caption; and lastly
3. Take us into the moment with you and tell a story.
📷 @niklas.christl 📍Karijini National Park, Australia
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 10, 2017 at 09:11AM

What’s more open than the sky? This week’s challenge is #PPOpenSpaces2, and guest judges @brandonexplores as well as @karimiliya want to see you get creative!

Head to the link in our bio or follow the steps below to join:
1. Post a photo/video according to the theme;
2. Tag @passionpassport and #PPOpenSpaces2 in the caption; and lastly
3. Take us into the moment with you and tell a story.

The deadline is 11:59am US-ET Sun. 11/12, so keep an “open” mind and get moving!
📷 @girlwanderlist 📍Cappadocia, Turkey
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 10, 2017 at 04:01AM

“Instagrammers love taking photos in the rice terraces of Bali — and it’s no wonder why. The views are magnificent from dawn to dusk, and there are so many different shades of green and angles from which to snap a picture. We decided to take a drone shot to show a unique perspective. It’s also my hope that photos like this one encourage people to appreciate and respect nature more.” 📷@iamnazirul 📍Bali, Indonesia

Tag your travel moments #passionpassport and tell us your story!
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 09, 2017 at 07:34AM

What’s the most hair-raising encounter you’ve ever had at a national park? 🐻

Our #passionpassport twitter chat on “U.S. National Parks” starts 2pm US-ET! Click the link in our bio to find us on twitter and join the conversation with our co-hosts @shivya, @zachtheleon, and @allietheleon!
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 09, 2017 at 04:03AM

Known for its cablecars and its unrivaled view of the city below, Sugarloaf Mountian in Rio de Janeiro is best visited at sunset. The pastel colors on the city of Rio de Janeiro below created one of the most beautiful vistas @maayconnunes has ever seen.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 08, 2017 at 03:15PM

From Denali to the Everglades, America’s 59 National Parks preserve the nation’s most breathtaking areas: the mountains, valleys, and wide open spaces that best encapsulate the nation’s spirit of freedom. They’ve been called America’s best idea — and for good reason.

Take advantage of the adventures waiting in your own backyard and check out our new U.S. National Parks guide (linked in bio) for more information. And of course join in our current #PPOpenSpaces2 challenge running until Sunday!
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 08, 2017 at 04:08AM

“Santa Maria Del Mar, the awe-inspiring Cathedral located in Barcelona’s gothic quarter, is a popular photographic spot for tourists. But it is confined by the narrow streets of the Ribera, making it difficult to get a clear view. I used its location to my advantage to get a completely different perspective.”
@jacbcn Barcelona, Spain
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 07, 2017 at 02:01PM

The theme is #PPOpenSpaces2 for this week’s Instagram challenge!

Check the link in bio for details and follow these steps:
1. Post a photo/video according to the theme;
2. Tag @passionpassport and #PPOpenSpaces2 in the caption; and lastly
3. Take us into the moment with you and tell a story.

We recently launched our Location Guide for U.S. National Parks and want to see the meadows, plains, and sprawling vistas from your travels across the globe. Here @brandonexplores takes us to Zion National Park, USA, his first time canyoneering: “There was a something so satisfying about standing on the side of a canyon wall, surrounded by the light bouncing off said walls, and taking in the moment all around you.”
Join Brandon and fellow guest judges @karimiliya in this week’s challenge fun!
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 07, 2017 at 04:24AM

“This image didn’t jump out at me when I took it, but four years later, it’s become one of my favorites from my trip to Laos. It conjures up the smell of old teak houses wet with jungle heat and the ‘pop-pop-pop’ of a rattan ball being kicked back and forth by bare, dirt-caked feet.”
@mcallisterjeff Luang Prabang, Laos
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Passion Passport: Travel Tips, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 07, 2017 at 03:17AM

Congratulations to our #PPShadows Instagram challenge winner, @joshuafooo who captured this scene in Phuket.
“Sunsets or sunrises are my favourite times to shoot, as they create very long shadows. Shadows give a very natural contrast and tone to a photo, and these trees and pockets of sunlight was a perfect set up!”
Thank you to everyone who participated, and a special thanks to our guest judge @etchd! Stay tuned for this week’s theme announcement later today!
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