There are moments when I compare our current travels with the early days of our journey when we were constantly on the move, and I feel as though we've slowed down, just as we promised. So I'm surprised at the end of each year as I scroll through our Instagram feed — by both the breadth and the depth of what we've seen and experienced in just one year. Add to that the diversity of it all, no less the diversity and beauty of our planet, and I find myself a bit overwhelmed.
The latter point stands out more to me each year. By not always being on the road, our breaks feel something like a travel palate cleanser. When motion stops, our minds are allowed the time and space to better notice details, appreciate the contrasts, and keep the fires of our curiosity stoked.
I know that I'm biased, but I believe that Dan has an incredible eye. Through his photos and captions on Instagram, he's able to capture details, feelings and moments that are often overlooked. His photos have a way of bringing me back instantly to a place, filling me with gratitude for all of these moments. I hope they connect you to the experience by communicating atmosphere and essence.
So without any further ado, here they are — the best of Uncornered Market on Instagram in 2015!
1. Best Airplane Shot
Plane watching at Maho Bay, St. Maarten. Yes, this is entirely Photoshop free.
Up in the Air runner up: Up in the air, the Dolomites of northern Italy.
More Up in the Air photos: Photos from the Airplane Window
2. Matera, Italy
More Italy photos: Basilicata and Puglia photos
Colombia runner up: Streets of Cartagena
More Colombia photos: Colombia, Best of Photos
Switzerland runner up: All aboard the Bernina Express!
More Switzerland photos: Switzerland by Train
More reading: Exploring Switzerland by Train
5. Peaks of the Balkans Trek (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro)
Peaks of the Balkans runner up: The shepherd's son and his valley filled with sheep – Cerem, Albania
More Peaks of the Balkans photos: Peaks of the Balkans, Best of Photos
More reading: Peaks of the Balkans: A Beginner's Guide, Peaks of the Balkans, Day by Day: Trekking in Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo
6. Puglia, Italy
Rwanda runner up: Monopoli, Italy — a southern Adriatic seaside town.
More Puglia photos: Puglia, Best of Travel Photos
More reading: Puglia Road Trip: An Experiential Guide
7. Lost City Trek, Colombia
Lost City Trek runner up: Our Wiwa guide walks among the terraces of the Lost City (Teyuna)
More Lost City Trek photos: Lost City Trek, Best of Travel Photos
More reading: Lost City Trek, Colombia: A Beginner's Guide
8. Austria, Eurail Train Journey
Austria runner up: Austrian mountain landscape, Innsbruck to Verona by train.
More Austria photos: Austrian countryside
More reading: Austria travel stories
9. Berlin, Germany
Berlin runner up: Werder Baumblütenfest, or tree blossom festival, just outside of Berlin.
More Berlin photos: Berlin, Best Of Photos
More reading: Berlin Travel: A Beginner's Guide
10. Lyon, France
Lyon runner up: View of Lyon from Notre Dame de Fourvière Basilica
More France photos: Photos from throughout France
More reading: Travel stories from France
11. Balkan Road Trip: Macedonia
More Balkans photos: Travels through the Balkans
12. St. Maarten
St. Maarten runner up: One of the benefits of an early wake-up in St. Maarten: a Caribbean beach all to yourself. This is the view of our morning run path from Maho Bay to the edge of Cupecoy Bay.
More St. Maarten photos: Photos from St. Maarten, Caribbean
13. United States
United States runner up: A long paddle through the high grass backwaters of the Assateague Channel on the lookout for the wild ponies.
More photos from the United States: Americana
More reading: Stories form the United States
14. Best Beach Shot
More beach photos: Beaches around the world
15. Favorite Doorway
Doorway runner up: Outer neighborhoods of Bogota. We're back in Latin America, the land of colorful doors and stoops.
More doorway photos: Doorways from around the world
So we're curious: where will 2016 take you?