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Best of the #IGTravelChallenge

Best of the #IGTravelChallenge

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you the best of the #IGTravelChallenge! If you’ve been following a Cajun in Cali on Instagram for a while, then you’ve probably already heard of the hashtag I’m about to mention. If not, let me tell you about some of the most fun I’ve had in a while!

In March 2016 I was honored to co-host the first ever #IGTravelChallenge, an Instagram-based travel photography challenge. Toward the end of the challenge my travel blog friends, Tricia @ The Adventure List and Hannah @ Traveller Hannah, and I agreed that a best of the #IGTravelChallenge post was necessary to showcase some of the amazing photos submitted during the challenge.

I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure what kind of response we’d get from the travel community on Instagram when I was first approached by Tricia to help co-host the challenge. But word about the challenge spread quickly! I realized early in the month when hundreds of submissions came rolling in each day that I may have misjudged the power of the Instagram community. In the end, I was blown away by the reception of the community and the amazing connections forged over the course of the 31-day photo challenge.

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Bring Spring

It’s Still Winter Here

Best Sunset

Day 19 of the #igtravelchallenge = “best sunset”. For the past five or six years, I’ve spent the first week of my summer break with a bunch of friends (and fellow teachers) down on the Sassafras River in Maryland. When we’re down there, it feels like time slows down. We spend our days hanging out on the beach, swimming, taking the boat out and tubing or water skiing, and riding the golf carts everywhere. We take turns cooking meals for each other and drink more than we should, celebrating the end of another school year and our friendship with each other. And every night after dinner, we head down to the pier to watch the sunset. Some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen have been viewed from that pier with some of the best people a girl could ever have in her life.

A photo posted by Sara (@aweekmaybetwo) on

First Ever

Most Colorful Places


Canon EOS Rebel T6i at Samy's Camera

Adrenaline Junky

Give Me a Beach

Favorite Local Food

At One with Nature

Crawling through the desert ???? #atonewithnature #saudiarabia #IGtravelchallenge #flt_saudisunday #globetotting

A photo posted by Frequent Little Traveller (@frequentlittletraveller) on

Enjoying Public Transportation

Bluest Water

Gifts for Dads and Grads


Home #igtravelchallenge wherever these two and my other favourite person in the whole world are… ❤️

A photo posted by Globe Trotting Mama (@kirstylarmour) on

Favorite Travel Memory

Favorite Travel Meal

Favorite Local Market

Where in the World Are You?

I hope you enjoyed my favorites from the best of the #IGTravelChallenge, and I hope you follow each and every one of my new IG friends listed here. They are all IG rockstars and deserve your support. Be sure to follow a Cajun in Cali while your at it 🙂

Thanks again to all who participated in the #IGTravelChallenge in March 2016! It was a blast sharing and engaging with you!

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Happy wandering!




  • Reply
    Tarah and Tip Vongbouthdy
    April 11, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Definitely some amazing shots! Love the idea of the hashtag!

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      aCajuninCali blog
      April 13, 2016 at 6:34 am

      I agree @tarahvongbouthdy:disqus! The hashtag was a super fun and easy way to follow everyone’s submissions. Join in the fun!

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    claudia nonsolo
    April 12, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Really great pictures!!!

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      aCajuninCali blog
      April 13, 2016 at 6:33 am

      I’d love to take credit for them but I can’t! Be sure to follow some of these folks! Their photos are consistently great.

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    April 12, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Sounds like a fun link up, I hope to do it this month!

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    April 12, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Really fun read! Sorry I missed the contest

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      aCajuninCali blog
      April 13, 2016 at 6:31 am

      Aw, thanks @dailyadventuresofme:disqus! I’m sorry, too. What’s your IG handle? I’d like to make sure I’m following you.

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    Vyjay Rao
    April 12, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    What a great selection of photos and indeed a novel concept.

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      aCajuninCali blog
      April 13, 2016 at 6:30 am

      Thanks so much @vyjayrao:disqus! I couldn’t agree more about the photos. There were soooo many great ones to choose from and everyone was so engaged. I’m sure everyone would have loved to see some of your great photos 🙂

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        Vyjay Rao
        April 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm

        I missed it, well next time…. 🙂

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    April 13, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Such different travelers! It’s funny to compare my own pics in some of those same places and see how differently I experienced them. …and now I need fish ‘n chip REALLLLLY bad.

    • Reply
      aCajuninCali blog
      April 13, 2016 at 6:30 am

      Isn’t that the funnest part @2traveldads:disqus! And you are so right about fish&chips!!!! NOW!

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    Ami Bhat
    April 13, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Nice compilation. I seemed to have missed this one 😀 Maybe next time.

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      aCajuninCali blog
      April 13, 2016 at 6:29 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words @amibhat:disqus! I couldn’t agree more 🙂 I hope you do join in the fun in the coming months!

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    April 14, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Some really great pictures! Love the one of white water rafting…it’s so fun!

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