Where to go to shoot the best photos for your Instagram
If you didn’t ‘gram it, did you even go?
Going on holiday is obviously super exciting – a week off work, a chance for some sunshine, opportunities to see, do, eat and drink new things…but of course, you can’t go unprepared.
We’re not talking suncream or insect repellent, but being in the know about those top Instagrammable locations that are guaranteed to make everyone at home wish they were living their best life alongside you.
So, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite spots where you’ll have an incredible time and get that perfect shot (or twelve) in the process.
Just a 30-minute ferry ride away from mainland Bali lies the island of Nusa Ceningan, a tiny paradise with stunningly clear waters and photo opportunities galore. Discover the secret beach; take a 10-metre leap off Mahana Point; and relax with a cocktail by the infinity pool at Driftwood Bar. You can enjoy a gorgeous, low-key getaway while making your followers insanely jealous à la Kardashian.
Iconic as the Eiffel Tower might be, a photo in front is just a little cliché now. For that smug Parisian weekend mini-break aesthetic why not head over to the Colonnes de Buren instead? This controversial yet incredibly stylish art installation within the Royal Palace is a dream for fans of monochrome, where you can snap away to your heart’s content while brushing up on your French history. Ooh la la!
Feel as though you're the only one for miles around by heading out into Dubai's breathtaking sandy dunes on a desert safari, where there certainly won't be any annoying tourists in the background of your shot. You might think there's not a lot to see in 900,000 miles of uninhabited land, but you can try sand skiing, eat dinner under the stars and even make a new mate in the form of a camel, though if you'd rather not get the hump then stick to the car like Zac Efron.
Imagine somewhere that looks like it’s been plucked straight out of Lord of the Rings, minus the 24-hour journey – welcome to Cappadocia, in central Turkey. Natural rocky structures known as fairy chimneys are dotted all over this mystical, semi-arid landscape, which you can explore from deep down in its caves all the way to the sky on a hot air balloon tour.
At 2,450 metres above sea level, the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu is a time-warp away from the hustle and bustle of modern-day Peru. Following in Katy Perry’s footsteps, you can trek through misty mountains for spectacular panoramic views and lose yourself in the enigmatic history of its temples, while – of course – snapping a selfie with a llama who might even be more photogenic than you are...
Take a leaf out of pretty much any celebrity’s book and head for the Maldives, home to boujee water bungalows and turquoise waters that would make anyone green with envy. Some hotels even have "Instagram butlers" to take photos of you! With activities like dolphin watching and paddle boarding available, it might be worth investing in a waterproof phone case. You can replenish your energy levels (and number of likes) with a Michelin-starred meal at 5.8, the world’s largest, all-glass undersea restaurant.
Often hailed as Greece’s most romantic destination, the volcanic island of Santorini is where ancient history meets modern luxury. Take in the sunset from one of Oia's charming restaurants; sample a selection of the finest wines at Venetsanos Winery; hike to the medieval fortress of Skaros Rock; enjoy the secluded beauty of the Eros Beach bar - do we need to go on? If only the Greek Gods had had Insta...
The world's most northern capital, Reykjavik, is a must for 'grammers seeking a (literally) cool and up-and-coming city vibe. But just like top model Karlie Kloss, it's Iceland's unique natural landscapes that you should be taking advantage of. After a night hopping around vodka bars, why not take the bus to the famous Blue Lagoon for some wholesome water therapy in its geothermal spa? Of course, don't forget the chance to catch the holy grail of IG opportunities the Northern Lights.
There aren't many things that are more Instagrammable than a waterfall, and Pai, Thailand, is the place to find them. The journey to these stunning locations via hike or bike is well worth it - just don't forget to wear your best swimsuit! If you're less of a nature lover, the city of Chiang Mai is a three-hour bus ride away and is home to some of the most beautifully ornate 14th and 15th-century Buddhist temples. When it gets too dark for sightseeing, barter yourself a bargain at the Chang Klan Road night bazaar.
Once you’ve taken the elevator to the swanky bar on the top floor of Hotel Hugo, turn right: a slightly dodgy-looking staircase will take you up to a lively rooftop with incredible 360-degree views, delicious and well-decorated cocktails, salsa dancing and even movie nights. If you're further uptown, don't worry rooftop bars are everywhere in NYC, but it's worth doing your research for the ones with cool decor and actual views that aren't just of the skyscraper next door. Make sure to
By Becky Schofield