Most wanted: Instagram travel photos
Instagram travel photos are one of the reasons I can no longer just go to sleep without scrolling through the latest updates on the app. There are some destinations that I want to visit simply because I have seen one amazing photo of a location on Instagram or Pinterest. I can only hope that my own photos will ever be as good as some of the ones I have seen and then favourited or added to my boards. Here are a couple of my own snaps trying to emulate some of the work I will detail further on in this post, for some reason I am always looking away from the camera this is not intentional and maybe it’s me subconsciously putting more emphasis on the location rather than myself.
Horse riding on the Beach, Ireland
The most pin-worthy photo I am desperate to have is one of myself horse-riding on the beach. I’ve actually rode on the beach a fair few times but the other half was concentrating too much on not falling off to take a good picture and a selfie just doesn’t cut it! So if I am was going to go for a truly Insta-worthy pic then it would be have be somewhere like the amazing image below, shot at the cliff caves in Ballybunio, County Kerry in Ireland.
I need to get a photo like this on my trip to Iceland! I have been trawling Pinterest, Instagram and Flicker for details on how to get the perfect shot of this infamous waterfall so I will just have to hope my travel companions will be able to click the shutter once I’ve got the settings right on the camera.
The vivid hues of blue and white make the Greek Island of Santorini insanely Instagram worthy. Throw in some gorgeous summer styling and you have an outstanding travel snap. I have a feeling that this picture by @lustforlife found on both Instagram and Pinterest was wholly thought through and planned or maybe it was just a randomly perfect moment.
Also known as Pulpit Rock, Kjeragbolten in Norway is the most daring of the insta-worthy photo locations in this post and one that would probably cause me the most of a problem; I am just a little bit scared of heights! Mind you if you fall off the boulder at least you’re falling into the fjord so it wouldn’t be too bad!
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Look at the colour of that water, the visibility of the reef next to the overwater bungalows and the perfectly blue sky, Bora Bora looks insanely appealing and I could easily see myself relaxing for a picture like this (even if I don’t look anywhere near as toned as the woman in this shot!)
Prague, Czech Republic
I love the drama of this shot, the silhouettes make the already impressive St.Charles Bridge look even more imposing. The contrast between the light and darkness just make the photo look all the more interesting and is a different take on a well photographed landmark which has given me some ideas for when I return to Bruges in December.
Sunset Swing in Viti Levu, Fiji
I love a sunset picture and this swing just makes the whole scene look even more dreamy than it already is. This picture would of course depend on getting the timing and light right but I think even without the sunset being as perfect as the one in this shot it would still be pretty awesome.
Machu Picchu, Peru
I’ve wanted to hike the Inca Trail ever since the very first time I picked up a Lonely Planet magazine and I saw a similar image to the one below. I really like that it’s not just one person in the shot and imagine that the three of them have become friends during the trek and are now just relaxing looking at the amazing view they’ve worked hard to get to which makes me want a shot like this all the more.
Palawan, The Philippines
My little sister went to the Phillipines earlier this year and after looking at her photos it made me desperate to visit. When this happens I head straight to Pinterest to gather as much information and travel porn as I can for future travel planning and almost every time I searched, the image below came up. It’s such a stunning image and immediately transports you right to the heart of it.
Salar de Uyuni (salt lake), Bolivia
And the final shot has to be one that looks like it could be taken on another planet. The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt lake in the world and where during the rainy season the dry salt reflects the sky and anything else on it making it appear that you could be in heaven, it also helps that you are naturally 3,650m above sea level.
I think we must all be inspired to visit somewhere based solely on an amazing image we’ve seen. But it’s not only that the photos that I take whilst away and spend hours antagonising the other half into taking the perfect shot of help me reminisce and look back on what an amazing time I have had. The other half summed it up perfectly recently when he said ‘I was looking at your Instagram the other day and it made me jealous because of all the amazing photos you have on there and how the places look incredible; and then I realised I was there!’ Numpty!