Let’s face it, Instagram pretty much rules all when it comes to travel inspiration. With millions of photos and videos shared daily from selfies to professional drone footage and everything in between, there’s no doubt that getting that perfect shot for the ‘gram has taken over how we travel (in a good way). From Norway to Turkey or Morocco, there is no shortage of inspiration. So get those filters ready, for the most Instagrammable destinations in the world!
If Norway isn’t already on your bucket list, it should be. Home to over 1,00 grand fjords, Norway is filled with so many stunning sights, it might just break your camera. While you’re there, you can explore Oslo. Visit Tromso. Head to the Heddal Stave Church. Marvel at Jotunheimen National Park. How you spend your time is totally up to you.
Note: If you’re hoping to catch the northern lights in Norway, make sure you are aware that this phenomenon only occurs over winter. So if you’re travelling in June or July, don’t expect to see the dancing spectacle.
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From the mighty River Nile to the breathtaking Pyramids of Giza, there are plenty of things to see and do. Just as one might expect, Egypt is a living and breathing Instagram feed. Point your camera towards the Abu Simbel Temple or the colourful walls of the traditional Nubian Villages. Trek to the top of Mount Sinai and watch the sunrise for serious views. Capture the excitement and magic of Alexandria for a taste of European elegance. Make sure your camera is on close standby.
3. Sri Lanka
Are you dreaming of Sri Lanka? We sure are. Here, you can find a sea of green forests and tea plantations to the vibrant blue waters along the coastline including the likes of Mirissa beach.
The locals have so much respect for nature and wildlife. Sri Lanka was one of the greenest places I have ever visited and one of my favorite experiences was visiting the national parks and getting up close to so many families of elephants.
The best way to see everything Sri Lanka has to offer is to move around and stay in different regions, because each area is unique. Do no not miss visiting Kandy for the tea plantations, rainforests and temples along with the South of Sri Lanka for the beaches and wildlife. – Asdghik, The Jet Setter Diaries
4. Costa Rica
For adventure enthusiasts, Costa Rica is a dream come true. If you’re an adventure enthusiast, make sure your camera is equipped with a waterproof case – because you’ll need it. From white-water rafting to snorkelling to deep sea adventures, Costa Rica is not for travellers who like to stay indoors.
5. New York City (NYC)
With an energy that is unlike anywhere else in the world, is there a greater city than NYC? You’ll need your camera at the ready. Set your sights on all of the icons you’ve come to know and love including Central Park, The Brooklyn Bridge or the Flat Iron building for starters. Make sure you have extra batteries packed or a portable charger because you’re bound to burn through power as you snap away here.
The thing I enjoy the most about NYC is the city’s diversity – in people, in culture, in food, and especially in what to do! One of my favorite neighborhoods is Manhattan’s Chinatown – as long as you avoid the shops selling knock-off purses, trinkets, and perfumes, you’ll find an incredibly exotic part of the city. I love exploring the dumpling shops, bakeries, and tea houses – one of the best hidden gems is Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Doyers Street. And right in the heart of Chinatown is Columbus Park, one of Manhattan’s busiest public parks – there’s plenty of incredible people-watching plus FREE Tai Chi and dance classes in the mornings.
New York City is made up of highly localized neighborhoods. To tourists, the city can feel overwhelming, but if you take the time to really discover one area, you can usually find everything you need within a 1-block radius (a stellar coffee shop, an ethnic restaurant, a dive bar, a park, a corner deli, etc.). And each neighborhood truly has its own character. When visiting NYC, definitely check out the major attractions, but also be sure to pick one or two neighborhoods and explore their intricacies. The East Village is my home, and I find something new there every day! – Mickela, Bare Feet
One thing’s for sure – Japan is filled with history and beauty. Embarking on an adventure here is easily one of the most rewarding experiences for any photographer as the country offers such diverse opportunities to shoot a variety of different things. Despite its small size, there is so much to see and do, so you’ll need to dedicate a substantial amount of time if you want to experience it all!
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“Havana, oh na na,” is where you need to be this year. Even for the most seasoned traveller, this Caribbean nation is sure to impress. In a country where vintage cars, Cuban cigars and live music rule the streets, and you have endless pastel walls for backgrounds, this country is the stuff of Instagram-worthy dreams.
From the Big 5 to other creatures in the savannah plains in Kenya, your camera is sure to get a workout. There’s no better place t0 dig out that super-zoom you’ve always wanted to use as you travel through the many panoramic national parks and stumble past world-class wildlife encounters.
Get lost in a flurry of souks or sashay across the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Or, you could visit the enchanting kasbahs, relax at a rooftop riad and sit down for a feast of couscous and tagine.
For one of the most Instagrammable destinations, from the Hagia Sophia to the markets galore, go to Turkey. Just think about it. The great Bosphorus to the Blue Mosque is just the beginning – we haven’t even left Istanbul. In Cappadocia, you can experience the dramatic landscape as you rise above in a hot air balloon.
Those sunsets…Need we say more? Greece sparkles unlike anywhere else in the world. There are the sunsets of Santorini. The crumbling ruins of the Acropolis of Athens. The list goes on, and you can capture it all.
Aside from the obvious reasons for visiting (pizza and pasta, of course) Italy is an Instagrammer’s dream come true. No matter what time of the year you travel, Italy will provide you with plenty things to fill your Insta-feed with, from the Colosseum to Lake Garda and Florence or the colourful villages along the Amalfi Coast.
Find your zen in Indonesia, then Instagram the memories later! If you’re searching for a blissful vacation, it’s hard to look past Indonesia where Buddhist temples, volcanos and beach resorts stand side by side. We’re calling it now – you might never want to leave.
Ditch the major cities in Colombia and escape to Instagram heaven in the luscious mountainside.
Two words: northern lights. But, there is way more to this island that will enthral you. Even a day spent in the capital will keep you busy snapping and ‘gramming your way past the many graffitied walls, the Hallgrimskirkja Church or the Harpa Concert Hall along with the colourful houses that line the streets.
Barcelona itself is a total work of art, which of course, calls to be Instagrammed. Before we even start to think about other parts of this colourful country, we need to talk about the Gaudí experience which is nothing short of breathtaking. The Sagrada Família, Park Güell, Casa Milà and the Casa Batlló are the standouts.
Sweeping desert plains and vibrant blue skies are just the beginning of your Instagram adventure in Namibia.
18. New Zealand
New Zealand was made for hikers, explorers and Instagram-lovers. With sky-high mountain ranges and kilometres of coastline to keep you entertained, we bet you won’t put your camera down for a moment as there is simply too much to see.
Featuring a sturdy mix of both old and new, London is filled with sights and experiences that you need to make time for. With years of history under its belt, you could spend a lifetime in London exploring and Instagramming to your heart’s content. And when you’re done with all of the sight-seeing, make sure you sit down and enjoy a pint of beer (at an authentic London pub, of course).
The majestic Taj Mahal is one of the many sights that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. While you’re in India, make sure you leave time for the many majestic temples and treat your eyes to architectural feats across the country. If you’re after one of the most colourful (and spiritual) experiences of them all, make sure you travel during the Holi Festival and throw handfuls of colourful powder in the air.
Humble desert landscapes are just the beginning of your Californian Instagram adventure. Make your way from the glistening beaches of Los Angeles to wind-battered cities that eventually give way to wide open spaces where mountains, impressive monoliths, and endless plains.
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