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Signposts that Direct You Around the World

A signpost–or multi direction sign–tells you both the direction and the distance to another place.  I’ve always been fascinated by them but waited way too long to start photographing them.  I start this photo gallery with my own signpost encounters, but for the enjoyment of both you and me, I am fleshing out this collection by including additional contributions from travel writers, photographers, and bloggers who have culled entries from their archives.

1. This signpost points to various wineries in California’s Gold Rush Country, mostly in the tiny burg of Plymouth
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

signpost in Plymouth, California; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
signpost in Plymouth, California; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

2. This signpost was spotted in the infamous and lovely Wrynose Pass in England’s Lake District, on the way to Muncaster Castle.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

signpost in Wrynose Pass in England's Lake District; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
signpost in Wrynose Pass in England’s Lake District;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

3. A filming break during the scary slasher movie “The Hitcher” explains this gory scene outside the El Durado Cafe, near Santa Fe and Taos in New Mexico.  
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

signpost near Taos, New Mexico; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
signpost near Taos, New Mexico; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

4. I think I’ll go to Pele’s Other Garden.  Spotted at Lanai City on Lanai island in Hawaii.  
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

signpost in Lanai City on Lanai in Hawaii; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
signpost in Lanai City on Lanai in Hawaii;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

5. The families in Penglipuran Village in Bali, Indonesia open their traditional houses to visitors every day in exchange for government payment.  It is a great chance for visitors to step through gates and get inside fences to see how local people really live.  
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

signpost in Penglipuran on Bali in Indonesia; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
signpost in Penglipuran on Bali in Indonesia; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

6. But what you really want to know on Komodo Island in Indonesia is which way is the nearest Komodo dragon? 
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

signpost on Komodo Island in Indonesia; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
signpost on Komodo Island in Indonesia; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

7. Signpost spotted in Nazareth, Israel.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

signpost in Nazareth, Israel; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
signpost in Nazareth, Israel; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

8. This essential signpost guides people around the gigantic Taiwan Lantern Festival that is held annually in Taoyuan, Taiwan.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

signpost at Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taoyuan, Taiwan; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
signpost at Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taoyuan, Taiwan;
image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

9. It’s hard to believe there are so many things to see on the tiny Jiangxin Islet located in the middle of the Ou River, just a short ferry ride from the city center of bustling Wenzhou, China.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

signpost on Jiangxin Islet in Wenzhou, China; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
signpost on Jiangxin Islet in Wenzhou, China; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

10. This rustic sign does just fine guiding visitors around Lingshang, a tiny 400-year-old mountain village near Wenzhou, China.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersTravels with Carole

signpost in Lingshang village in Wenzhou, China; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
signpost in Lingshang village in Wenzhou, China; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers

11. This pic was taken from the most gorgeous vista at the southern tip of South Africa, in Cape Town.
Photographed by Dave MeyersDaveMeyers.com

signpost in Cape Town, South Africa; image c Dave Meyers
signpost in Cape Town, South Africa; image c Dave Meyers

12. The Plains is a quaint small town in the midst of horse country Virginia. Very near this sign, my wife and I ordered glasses of champagne for our anniversary while sitting on the porch of the fancy cafe on the corner. Lo and behold a car pulled up next to us, two cowboy boots slid onto the sidewalk, and Robert Duvall unfurled himself from the vehicle. Just another day in The Plains.
Photographed by Charles McCoolMcCool Travel

signpost in The Plains, Virginia; image c Charles McCool
signpost in The Plains, Virginia; image c Charles McCool

13. You can find these signs all over Hong Kong, pointing to the main tourist sites. These are the result of the Hong Kong Government’s ‘Visitor Signage Improvement Scheme’ that was implemented in 2001 to help make Hong Kong a visitor friendly destination. This one is in Mongkok, known for its busy street markets and points to both the Bird Market and the Flower Market.
Photographed by Marianne RogersonMum on the Move

signpost in Hong Kong; image c Marianne Rogerson
signpost in Hong Kong; image c Marianne Rogerson

14. Here’s a signpost from Burton Island State Park in northern Vermont. This is one of our favorite state parks in Vermont. You can only get there by boat, and in the summer, you feel like you’ve gone tropical!
Photographed by Tara SchatzBackroad Ramblers

signpost in Burton Island State Park in Vermont; image c Tara Schatz
signpost in Burton Island State Park in Vermont; image c Tara Schatz

15. I saw this signpost in Ushuaia, Argentina.  Ushuaia is located in Patagonia and is known as the Southernmost city in the world. There is even a sign in the city, which tells that you are at the end of the world, exaggerating, like Argentineans do quite often. Ushuaia will be always a great memory for us, since it was the first stop in our 17-month-long round-the-world trip.
Photographed by Gabor KovacsSurfing the Planet

signpost in Ushuaia, Argentina; image c Gabor Kovacs
signpost in Ushuaia, Argentina; image c Gabor Kovacs

16. This sign, which points to nowhere in particular, fits in nicely with the low-key vibe of Clyde, a small town in Central Otago, New Zealand. It’s located in the compact old town, which features several buildings dating back to the gold boom of the late 1800s.
Photographed by Jon AlgieSee the South Island

signpost in Clyde, New Zealand; image c Jon Algie
signpost in Clyde, New Zealand; image c Jon Algie

17. I came across this signpost when I was walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. There were several signposts similar to this one along the route, but this was the prettiest and most rustic of them all. It is located in an eerie little mountain village called Manjarín which is totally abandoned except for a pilgrims’ hostel with no running water managed by one man, making it one of the strangest but most beautiful stops on the Camino.
Photographed by Michelle ZammitCheeky Passports

signpost on Camino de Santiago in Spain; image c Michelle Zammit
signpost on Camino de Santiago in Spain; image c Michelle Zammit

18. We spotted this signpost when we stopped to view the Viñales National Park of western Cuba, an area we’d just hiked. The region is also known as Las Terrazas, because in the ’60s the heavily eroded countryside was terraced to reestablish forests, tobacco, and other crops.
Photographed by Kris and TomTravel Past 50

signpost in Vinales, Cuba; image c Kristin and Tom Henning
signpost in Vinales, Cuba; image c Kristin and Tom Henning

19. We were driving as much of Historic Route 66 as we could, heading east to west. Of course we had to stop at the official mid-point: Adrien, Texas. This blink-and-you-miss-it town is 1,139 miles from either end of the “mother road.” We found this signpost in front of the retro Midpoint Café. We just had to get a photo!
Photographed by Steve Collins, post by Billie Frank and Steve CollinsSanta Fe Travelers

signpost on Route 66 in Adrien, Texas; image c Steve Collins
signpost on Route 66 in Adrien, Texas; image c Steve Collins

20. Just a few days ago, it was a clear and sunny Saturday. I went prepared and excited in going into my job. But I found out that  it was Chinese New Year! I completely forgot that it was the first day of the year of the Rooster. A holiday–in short no work. Even so, I did not return back home but instead I took it as an opportunity to travel on the nearby tourist spots in Subic Bay, Philippines. I walked and walked until I found some good spots on the road and a seashore. While walking, I found this signpost that was very unique compared to other signposts in the entire area. The words were written in English and a  script that looks like Chinese or Japanese. Considering that other signposts are very old and weary, maybe the local government are improving the entire zone.
Photographed by Captain JoeBest of World Travel

signpost in Subic Bay, Philippines; image c Captain Joe
signpost in Subic Bay, Philippines; image c Captain Joe

21. New Zealand is the land of signposts. I went through my pictures and found about ten pictures of signposts, so it was hard to choose just one. I chose this picture because this is from the most southern point of New Zealand. This place is located in Stirling Point, in Bluff, and the signpost is a must thing to see if you are in the area.
Photographed by Gabriela MullerGabriela Here and There

signpost in Bluff, New Zealand; image c Gabriela Muller
signpost in Bluff, New Zealand; image c Gabriela Muller

22. The lighthouse at Cape Reinga is the northern tip of New Zealand’s North Island. Here the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet in a sometimes violent kiss. It is a spiritual place for the country’s indigenous Maori, as it is the location where their spirits leave this world. It’s also one of my favourite spots to take visitors with a few days to travel.
Photographed by Rhonda AlbomAlbom Adventures

signpost at Cape Reinga, New Zealand; image c. Rhonda Alborn
signpost at Cape Reinga, New Zealand; image c. Rhonda Alborn

23. While travelling the beautiful country that is Peru, don’t miss Lake Titicaca! The highest navigable lake in the world is home to many islands, some of which are actually man made and floating, crazy huh! This sign was found on a natural island–not a floating one–called Taquile Island. After walking a short distance steeply uphill, we came across it in the island’s small main square. When visiting this area, it is certainly worth a look not only for the sign but to learn about the unique cultures that exist on the islands within Lake Titicaca.
Photographed by Lauren OwenThe Traveller’s Guide

signpost on Taquile Island in Peru; image c Lauren Owen
signpost on Taquile Island in Peru; image c Lauren Owen

24. I was surprised to discover how many sister cities San Francisco has. This signpost is located near the downtown cable car turnaround.
Photographed by Carole Terwilliger MeyersWeekend Adventures Update

signpost in San Francisco, California; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers
signpost in San Francisco, California; image c Carole Terwilliger Meyers