Irene, my good friend in Kenya, always says the same thing to new visitors to her country: “Whatever you thought about Kenya,” she advises, “forget it! Forget all of your expectations right now!”

And it’s sage advice to anyone visiting or experiencing a new destination. When I travel, I try hard not to have expectations – to accept each new experience as it happens to me and appreciate it for what it is. In doing so, I find that I’m never disappointed and always pleasantly surprised. I didn’t have any expectations for my DTour beyond the thrill of experiencing new places and still, when I look on all of the photos that I’ve posted in the past week or so I can scarcely believe that I am the one experiencing this amazing adventure!

I’ve become that girl on social media that I love to hate – the one who is always posting about how incredible her life is. The one who you secretly resent as you click through her photos on your lunch break, with equal parts awe and envy.

Well, just to rub it in a bit more (and to show my mom what I’ve been up to,) here are my favorite Instagram shots from my DTour thus far:

Before flying in the Ultralight plane behind me.
Never ending sunset in Begur, Spain
Walking the docs in L’estartit, Spain
Learning siesta on the beach.
Diving at Medes Islands in Costa Brava
Touring a vineyard in Emporda.
Balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey
One happy DTourist!
Enjoying Turkish coffee from the balcony of a Fairy Chimney in Cappadocia
Cappadocia Panoramas
Posing with the Fairy Chimneys
Visiting Hagia Sofia in Istanbul
Admiring the Blue Mosque in Istanbul
Too pretty to eat: dessert in Istanbul
Touring Istanbul from the Bosphorus
Dinner cruise on the canals in Amsterdam
Shopping at Noordemarkt in Amsterdam
A sunny day in Holland
Sunset from my window in Amsterdam

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