Organising travel has changed so much over the last decade, heck it’s changed so much in the last 12 months. We have gone from being completely dependent on travel agents to organise and advise us to having a fountain of knowledge at our finger tips. Nearly 80% of the planning I have done for our trip has come straight from blogs, instagram and twitter because I love and respect personal recommendations. It is easy for a cafe or hotel to sell itself online but personal photos and comments from consumers are much more meaningful.
Over the next couple of weeks I thought I would share where I get a lot of my travel inspiration from. I am also going to create bucket lists for different locations (for example cafes I want to try in Melbourne). so that I have a personal record of places I want to go but also so that if you are off somewhere you can turn to the list for ideas on where to go.
Instagram is my first love when it comes to searching out travel inspiration and often leaves me in a state of complete wanderlust. Above I have shared nine of my favourite instagram accounts for travel inspiration and also the predominate locations they post on. Alot of the travel accounts I like also incorporate style and food.
Often when it comes to these accounts some of the best gems are in the comments. Users (especially locals) see that their favourite bloggers/instagrammers are in their city or somewhere they have been recently and leave all their tips for where to eat, shop and sight see, seriously it is a fountain of knowledge.
If you want to see an instagrammers photos of a certain location go into their instagram photo map which is the little geotag button under their profile. This is an excellent resource because if the person went to Spain two years ago and you don’t want to have to go through their whole profile to get to the specific photos you can go straight to them through the photo map. I am hopeful that we will soon be able to search instagram by geotag. For example if I want to see all photos geo-tagged at the Eiffel Tower I can search Eiffel Tower. As far as I am aware this is not a feature of the app yet.
Of course the other option is to search the hashtags but I find this a lot more difficult as people tag their photo with #paris even if it has nothing to do with Paris as they know it is a popular searched hashtag.
I would love if you share your favourite travel instagram accounts with me – I am always looking for new ways to procrastinate.