Capturing special moments with loved ones while enjoying a break from all the humdrum of daily life and routine is a simple pleasure that we may not always appreciate at the time, but are without fail ever grateful for years down the line.
So, next time your well-meaning aunt tags you in a gazillion hideous beach photos on Facebook, chin up! Here's a little universal truth: Look at them in a few months' time and you'll think you actually looked pretty okay.
Now, as a tribute to the good old holiday photo album, we've collected a few cool snaps that popped up in our Instagram feed over the past month or so. Some are from influential travel bloggers, some from Instagram heroes, and some from the super cool everyday travellers, like you, on the ground.
If you have epic/sweet/funny/happy pics from the holidays, we'd love to see them! Share them with us by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag traveller24_sa on Instagram.
Natalie Roos from Tails of a Mermaid shares a colourful beach picnic moment.
Spent the morning walking the market in Saint-Pierre. Where fresh fruit, vegetables, olives, preserves, chicken, bunny, clothes, craft, T-shirts and woven goods are sold. Anything you may want actually. All local. Money was spent, litchis and annanas eaten. Chats were had. And it's right on the sea! My kind of shopping experience. #Gotoreunion @reuniontourisme #market
Dawn Jorgenson from the Incidental Tourist got to spend some time on Reunion Island, lucky lady!
The Tazz Family checked out the newly launched West Coast Way.
My #momentessentials for exploring. It's been amazing being the guest curator this week for @moment_lens, these are the things I always have with me. Shot from a rooftop overlooking an abandoned building in the city. I try to always travel light and comfy whenever I'm out shooting. Nikkormat Film Camera + 35mm 2.0 Spare film Business Cards (you never know when you'll need) Galaxy S5 Moment 60mm & 18mm Oh, The Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss Galaxy KZOOM Samsung NX30 Nike Air Max Sneakers #fromwhereistand #spotthegprocket #Johannesburg #lovejozi #thisissouthafrica
Instagram legend, Gareth Pon, spent some time exploring his own backyard.
How romantic does this setting look? Shared by Linda and Mike Markovina from Moving Sushi
Meruschka Govender aka Mzansi Girl jumping for joy at the prospect of a cruise!
Our friends at Die Reismier were here and there and everywhere. This shot just makes us want to jump in and cool off!