2016 has come and gone, and wow…what a year. It’s one that we bet many people, all around the world, will never forget. Nationalism raised its sometimes ugly head, as did terrorism far too often. We witnessed the outbreak of pandemics, from Pokemon to Zika. We saw Michael Phelps break more records, and the Cubs win the World Series, proving that, even in tumultuous times, miracles do happen. From earthshaking political events to the passing of entertainment legends, from our favorite Viral Video (#PPAP) to exploding phones and toys, 2016 has left us with both scars and blessings.
As always, there are “2016 Top” lists for everything under the sun! Top sports moments, top movies, top songs…and don’t forget about our collaboration with several top bloggers, The 12 Best Countries to Visit in 2017 with @philandgarth! (#shamelessplug)
In the spirit and tradition of New Years posts, we present A Tale of Two Nines: Our Nine Best and Nine Favorite Instagrams of 2016. You might be surprised to learn these are not the same thing. There is a fun on-line app that will show you the Best Nine, your nine most popular Instagrams of the year. Later, we’ll share ours and show you how to get yours. But first, here are our personal Nine Favorite @TravelLatte Instagrams of 2016!
#9: 23rd Street Artists’ Market Mural, Austin, Texas
#8: Shade Worshippers visiting Chichen Itza, Quintana Roo, Mexico
The Mayans revered Kinich Ahau, the Sun God. Today's visitors at Chichen Itza are more likely looking for the Shade God. Seriously impressive ruins, but also seriously hot for anyone not used to tropic heat and humidity. Bring an umbrella for shade, and some water, because you can't sacrifice someone to please the gods. Just doesn't work that way anymore. 😉
#7: Dinner and a show! Mai-Kai Restaurant & Polynesian Revue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
#6: Saunders Hall at dusk, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
#5: Melisandre in the Jardin Botanique d’Eze, from our #FallInFrance
Lady with a View! In the hilltop Jardin Botanique d'Èze, a collection of Earth Goddesses by sculptor Jean-Philippe Richard mingle among the gardens and ruins. Mélisandre stands at the summit, gazing out at the sea. Wistful? Mournful? Envious of Mermaids, the sea goddesses likely gazing back at the land? . . . #FallinFrance #EzeFrance #ezevillage #gardens #sculpture #cotedazurnow #beautifulplaces #wanderlustwednesday
#4: The Broadway Overlook in historic Stillwater, Minnesota
#3: Promenade du Paillon, Nice, France
#2: Le Trocadero as seen from Tour Eiffel, Paris, France
#1: Our favorite Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C.
The TravelLatte Best Nine
Here's our #2016bestnine! Although some are the same, our list of favorites is a little different. You can see them both on TravelLatte.net. We want to see your Best Nine! In the comments, let us know if you've gone to 2016bestnine.com to generate yours. Meanwhile, thanks for all of the Likes this year, and Happy New Year!!
Not surprisingly, a few of our favorites are among out most popular. Or maybe it should be surprising that more of our favorites didn’t make the list! Of course, our favorites reflect our tastes and memories of those trips. It’s always interesting to see how your favorites compare to what others like best.
On to the good stuff: How to get your Instagram Best Nine! It’s a very simple, two-step process:
- On your smartphone, open a browser and go to https://2016bestnine.com
- Enter your Instagram user ID, and press GO!
You are rewarded with an Instagram-friendly collage of your nine most popular photos of the year, and a summary of your likes. Nice! Oddly, the app makes it easy to share on Facebook and Twitter, but not so much on Instagram. Clicking the handy IG logo opens the app with a search of #2016bestnine instead of uploading your Best Nine. We resorted to saving the image, and posting it ourselves. #firstworldproblems.
Whether it’s one of our favorites or one of yours, we thank you for taking the time this year to check out our blog and Social Media, to leave us a comment and give us a Like. Literally, we could not do this without you!
Happy New Year from everyone at TravelLatte.net!
Have you posted your Best Nine? We want to see it! Leave us a comment with a link, or with your New Year’s plans, or your favorite New Year Cocktail recipe, or…whatever!
Travel Blog Linkups
If you’re like us, you love reading about travel almost as much as the actual traveling! We participate with other bloggers in the “Link Ups” below. That means we share our posts, and get to read great travel stories by other bloggers who Link Up. Please visit the host bloggers today, or search for the hashtags on Twitter. If you follow us on Twitter, watch for Tweet about our favorites, too. And don’t forget to comment – bloggers love comments and that’s how we build a community of like-minded travel lovers!
- #WeekendWanderlust is a blog hop and travel community on Facebook, with lots of great travelers and bloggers sharing their stories, photos, and adventures.
- Feet Do Travel’s #FollowMeFriday is another Facebook blog hop and travel community with a great bunch of travelers and bloggers sharing stories, advice, and pictures.