Do you even Insta bro?
First things first: you are going to need to perfect your hashtags, because if you’re going to be an Instagram travel blogger, or start racking up those coveted likes on your feed, you’re gonna need to get your hastags right.
Make sure you add ‘explore’ ‘travel’ and ‘wander’ in there, and ‘insta’ and ‘gram’ and just portmanteau those words like it’s your day job, i.e. #TravelBali #TravelTips #InstaTravel #InstaExplore #InstaExploreGramExpialidocious – you get the #idea.
Because nowadays, if a traveller goes to a waterfall and doesn’t Instagram it to all of their followers (and that one annoyingly successful ex), did it even happen? So without further ado, here are our top Instagram friendly travel destinations you have to check out.
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
Oh Iceland, you have graced a million feeds, and still you could never bore us. The Blue Lagoon is a must for your Insta-reel collection, but Iceland’s landscape is so remarkable that you’ll find yourself running out of data space before you run out of places to photograph. Think dramatic cliffs, stark black beaches, rainbow producing waterfalls, and an otherworldly night sky lit by the Aurora Borealis.
2. Queenstown, New Zealand
There’s plenty of wild landscapes to choose from in New Zealand, especially when it comes to the country’s largely untouched South Island, but we think you should hit up Queenstown for that perfect travel pic. Go to the Fjordland for Jurassic Park inspired posts, or to Glenorchy for Lord of the Rings inspired ones. Or simply explore the trails along the Remarkables for a chance at capturing the pure alpine beauty of this region.
3. Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Isle of Skye has been frequently voted one of the most beautiful islands in the world, and with its pristine beaches, soaring mountains, gentle fields of machair, serene lochs, and the unusual rock formations– we’re looking at you, Old Man of Storr–this is a stunning part of the world to photograph.
4. Lake Baikal, Russia
Okay, this is for the more adventurous, but winter or summer the largest freshwater lake in the world provides some of the most incredible scenery you’re likely to come across. It’s likely you’ll have to book flights to Moscow, and then head out to Irkutsk to reach this natural marvel in the heart of Siberia, but look at this way: you’ll have some serious travel cred to bandy about the next time there’s a #humbletravelbrag opportunity.
5. Annapurna Trail, Nepal
This is not for the faint of heart, as perfect photos come with a price tag of some proper hiking, but believe us: it’s worth it. The snowcapped Himalayas hide lush valleys and dells that’ll make you feel like you’ve truly stumbled across Shangri La.
6. Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Central Asia holds a whole host of ancient treasures thanks to the impact of the old Silk Road, and Samarkand is one of its most startling stops. The whole town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can take some seriously beautiful shots of the Registan public square, the Gur-e-Amir mausoleum, and the Bibi-Khanym Mosque.
7. Giza and Luxor, Egypt
Every Instagram traveller worth their salt will make space for Egypt, and come on, do we even need to write about why? Stand before the ancient monoliths of Egypt’s pyramids, wander through the Valley of the Kings and Queens, and sail down the Nile for some excellent bucket list snaps.
8. Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, USA
Sure, everyone knows Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, and they are worth the flights to the USA, believe us, but there is something truly extraordinary about Grand Teton and Yellowstone, which run into one another, forming one of the most arresting landscapes in the country. Visit Yellowstone for the thermal pools, waterfalls and geysers, such as Old Faithful, and Grand Teton for the rivers and mountains. Just keep an eye out for grizzlies, wolves, and mountain lions!
9. Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi can claim rights to a ridiculous number of perfect beaches, most of which harbour more monkeys than people. Explore the lush jungle of the island, go snorkelling off the shore, or spend your days sunbathing on this glorious island.
10. Machu Picchu, Peru
You’ll have to hike your way to Machu Picchu in order to capture its charms on Instagram (note to self, if you’re gonna selfie it after a crazy climb, you have our permission to filter those photos like your life depends on it), but seeing the otherworldly settlement reveal itself amongst the rising peaks of Peru will make you feel so tiny, and so exhilarated all at the same time.
11. Kyoto, Japan
Sure, Osaka and Tokyo claim the vertical flashing signs and the cloud-reflecting skyscrapers, but Kyoto will claim your camera. Make time for Arashiyama, and its bamboo forest, or the city’s famous stunning Golden Pavilion. Then walk from the striking hill-top temple of Kiyomizu-dera to the traditional streets of Gion in the late afternoon, and you will see wooden shuttered houses flanked by swinging red lanterns, and, if you are very lucky, you may just spot a Geisha walking to her evening appointment. Fly to Tokyo and take the bullet train for these snaps.
12. Guilin, China
It’s easy to want to head straight to Beijing to get those hallowed Instagram travel shots of the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City, but we recommend you head south instead and fly to Guilin. The rising limestone peaks in the middle of a city are truly strange and wonderful, and nearby you’ll find Yangshuo. This town about an hour outside Guilin is where you can glimpse Old World China. See the glorious karst mountains, winding rivers, and stepped rice terraces where traditional villages still reside.
13. Nadi, Fiji
Oceania is right on our doorstep, and it seems mad not to take to its shores and make the whole world jealous with your Instagram travel shots of the beaches, waterfalls, and verdant forests. Seaside photos are pretty much mandatory, and you are allowed to include at least one hotdog leg photo in there for posterity.
14. Uluru, Australia
We popped a domestic destination on here, because no one ever visits their own backyard, but when our backyard is home to some of the most astounding natural sites in the world, it’s a little criminal. Uluru, along with being iconic to the image of Australia, is also home to some powerful indigenous history, and not to brag or anything, but our indigenous culture is the bomb. Native Australians managed to carve out a way of life in one of the harshest environments on earth, and you can experience just a little of that raw wilderness by visiting Uluru. And if you don’t come away impressed, we’re not sure anything will do it. Worth every second you are here, and every snap you take.
15. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Imagine a snowcapped volcanic mountain peaking above the Serengeti, dotted with wildlife like leopards, buffalo, and elephants and you’ll have an idea of what awaits you here.
The raw power of this place will blow you away, and best of all? It’ll give you an excuse to blast Toto’s Africa on repeat for at least 10 days straight. NO REGRETS!
Inspired? Book your flights, hotels, and even car hire on our website, or through our easy-to-use app, and we’ll find you everything you need for your next Instagram travel trip.