Slow Travels Instagrammed: A Snapshot of Our Nomadic Life through Retro Filters

Above: Auvergne and Aquitaine Regions in France. Instagrammed July and August 2012.

Above: Burgos City and Province in Spain. Instagrammed September 2012 to April 2013.

Above: Centre and Aquitaine Regions in France. Instagrammed April 2013.

Above: Hertfordshire and the Lake District in England, plus Edinburgh, Fife and Angus in Scotland. Instagrammed May to July 2013.


Mufidah Kassalias Mufidah Kassalias is a writer, photographer and slow traveller. A digital nomad, she’s also co-founder of Creative Thunder, helping creative individuals and small businesses to fire up their online presence and prowess. To get a free copy of the inspiring Creative Thunder Manifesto, click here.

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    • Thanks, David. The Vespa photo is also one of my favourites. I took quite a few Vespa shots in Burgos — like many European cities a lot of people have bikes and scooters so they can zip around the city quickly.

  1. Great great pictures! I love Instagram, if only because it lets people relax and take pictures they might be curious about without the “stigma” of a big DSLR. Cool door? Snap a picture. Neat street corner? Grab a shot. You’ve captured some really beautiful things here! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Yes, the scooter’s one of my faves too. The signal box is a recent image and I was really pleased with how it turned out, given the limitations of an iPhone 4 combined with it being a night shot. And, as I said to Melissa, I’m very happy to have been Freshly Pressed and to be able to fly the flag! :-)

  2. You make me so jealous. I am an aspiring photographer, but I am having a really hard time capturing images that truly scream “ME!” You have done an admirable job of doing just that, so I commend you on it. Excellent work.

    • Thank you, Sam. The best thing to do is to take as many photographs as you can. And that’s what’s so brilliant about digital photography, we don’t need to worry about how much film we’re using. So take yourself out to some place you find inspiring. Go alone and spend the entire day wandering around taking photographs. If you’ve got more than one camera, including your phone, take two and spend time using each one, feeling the difference in how you interact with your camera and subject. Keep doing this and you’ll find your individual style will develop — rather like a 35mm film photograph being processed! :-)

  3. Beautiful photos – I especially love the shot of Plaza Mayor in Burgos. I love Instagram, and it’s always so inspiring to see how others use it to capture their travels.

  4. Are you really a nomad? If so, you are surely strong to visit all of those countries but if not, your pictures are still good. I like it when you captured from higher ground to take a wide scenery. Keep up the good work.

    • Yes, I am a nomad! At least for now. My partner and I have been slow travelling since May 2012 and intend to continue for quite some time. Good to hear you like the wider shots. Thank you, Anwar.

    • Thank you, Jose. And for saying which are your favourite images. The Fiat Dino was a surprising find in the middle of a small French town. I shot it from a bunch of angles, but this was my favourite.

    • Thank you. :-) Good to know you liked the Spain and UK images the most. I have hundreds from our time in Spain, so many that we’re putting a book together, a mix of both Sean’s and my Instagram photos. Whenever we do eventually get to Turkey, I imagine we’ll have a wonderful time photographing Istanbul, to name the most obvious place!

      • oh yes, Turkey will be wonderful…when a non-photographer like me has so many pics on it (that I could blog a bit on it ) am sure, you will embellish it even more with your clicks.
        look forward to seeing that soon. Thanks.

  5. Your photos are fantastic! I definitely enjoyed them. I myself have been considering a nomadic lifestyle once I graduate college, and your blog just makes it seem that much more attainable. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Thanks, Madison. Do more than consider it, do it! Travelling for a year or more after graduation is an ideal time to start, and if you enjoy it and can figure out how to keep going you can then choose to make it your way of life. We’re doing things slowly, spending extended periods of time in one place rather than hopping from one destination to another, and find it incredibly inspiring, so I can absolutely recommend it. :-)

      • That sounds fabulous! I’ve been researching it A LOT and am pretty set on starting as soon as I graduate. Looking at your blog is making me so anxious!! (:

  6. I love Sean standing in the water. So peaceful and beautiful, and interesting, almost abstract, the patterns of light and dark. Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures.

  7. These are really beautiful snap shots you took! Orleans Cathedral, Signal House and Burgos cityscape are really nice capture. In particular “Lerma, Burgos Province” stands out in terms of composition and texture! Would love to see more!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comments. I was especially happy with Signal House as I was shooting on an iPhone 4 at night. Glad you like the Lerma photograph, too. I have fond memories of walking up that street. :-)

    • Thank you Green Elephant Person / Singing Panda Writer! No matter where you go I’m sure you’ll find awsomeness — it really is everywhere once you start looking. :-)

  8. Beautiful snaps dear :) The scooter is already my wallpaper now.

    Keep looking for more.

  9. Instagrams are new territory to me. Seems I may learn something. Thank you. Will have a look at the manifesto while visiting. Best wishes, Gerry

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