May 27, 2018

Top Instagrammable Destinations in the World for Your Colorful Feed

Does taking cute pictures excite you and make the trip more fun? Do you wonder if you don’t snap something on the road, were you really there? Taking touristy picture is a very human way to say “I’m here.” Or here’s your case, you get annoyed when seeing Instagrammers pile up and do cringe-worthy poses and put on unrelated caption.
While some people don’t care too much about Instagram, there are people who are crazily obsessed with building their “personal brand”. It’s amazing to see how people would just love getting their photo taken at their most glorious time. And it seems like it’s not just about showing off your good time anymore, you gotta keep your feed cohesive to achieve the consistent aesthetic of the vibe that you’re going for. Even the social media queen Kim Kardashian had to delete photos and re-upload the same ones but filtered just to keep it consistent. Aren’t we all guilty for making Instagram more about staged, perfect moments?
Are you into color? While having a colorful feed is harder to maintain the consistent aesthetic, you can always throw on the same filter across your pictures or adorn all the photos with the same border to make your feed cohesive. Regardless what’s your relationship with Instagram, they say travel does the heart good, here are some gorgeous colorful destinations we recommend. It’s time to make your travel list longer.

Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre literally means “Five Lands”, and it’s famous for the dramatic coastal view that makes everyone fall in love. If you try to book hotels under “Cinque Terre”, you won’t get it done because here’s the most common mistake - Cinque Terre is not “one place”, it’s an area that comprises of these five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Coeniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. And these beautiful, ingeniously constructed fishing villages are located in the Liguria region of Italy.
To start off, you gotta know where you will be staying first. Vernazza, one of the five however is the most popular option. It’s a one-street town with a church built on the water. Cinque Terre is very famous for its walking paths, and guess what? Cars are not allowed in here, that just tells us why this beauty is preserved so well. Put on your sneakers and make sure you walk a ton to deserve the delicious Italian pasta!

Havana, Cuba
Havana oh na-na. Half of my heart is in Havana, ooh-na-na. Camila just made Cuba capital, Havana, popular than ever. What comes to your mind when you think of Havana? Cigar, rum, socialism, Hemingway, vintage car and old town? That’s hot. It’s such a rebellious, romantic, historical city. Come visit Cuba during November to April. It’s the dryer season, and for sure the most pleasant one to visit. People say don’t come here with a long list of questions. Just arrive with an open mind and prepare for a long, slow seduction. Wow.
Are you attracted to Havana’s history? Then you must come to Plaza Vieja. Plaza Vieja literally means “Old square”, while it was originally called “New Square.” It’s one of the biggest plaza in the world, as big as 72,000 square meters. It’s also where many national celebrations and big parades is held. Fiedel Castro also had many important speeches to more than one million people here. There’s also a huge Jose Marti Memorial in the plaza that’s 109 meters high. Many tourists will go into the building across the memorial, where the famous Che Guevara’s painting is, and it goes the famous quote “Hasta la Victoria Siempre” which means “Ever onward to victory”. Very inspirational, huh?

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with rich culture, well-known architecture and a world-class drinking and dining scene. And it is such a popular tourist destination, that more than 80 percent of the tourists come back and re-visit. Although Spanish people would tell you they don’t get the hype of Barcelona, it looks just other Spanish cities. But for us, we all fall hard for its charm. And needless to say, when it comes to being colorful and Instagram-friendly, you can’t rule out Gaudi’s inimitable work: Casa Batllo, Sagrada Familia, Park Guell… He’s so full of life and creativity, he just made the wonderful Barcelona even better.
For your vibrant Instagram photo, Park Guell is our number one choice. It’s a big park located in Gracia on the mountain. It was planned to be residential but became a flop project. The building conditions were highly restrictive, as only one-sixth of the plot could be built upon and the height and placement of the houses was ordained so that they could not block the view of the sea nor deprive neighbors of sunlight.
You’ll find the super popular lizard in Park Guell at the entrance. The entrance to the park alone will leave you astounded. Be sure to visit Park Güell once the park opens to ensure that there are less crowds to take better pictures. Many tourists decide to visit the park for sunset which on a clear day can be very attractive.

Braunschweig, Germany
Yes. These incredible buildings are in real life, not cartoons. I am sure whoever in Brunswick, Germany had reason to be amazed when they saw their home town have the wackiest building ever built - Happy Rizzi House.
Happy Rizzi House is made by American artist, James Rizzi, architect Konrad Kloster and painting collector, Olaf Jaeschke. It took them two years to finish these insane-energy buildings. Even though the building does not conform to the usual standards, it’s ecologic, trees have been planted wherever was possible and the parking lot is filled with bicycles.
Nobody actually lives here, and you may ask what the buildings are being used for. The answer is office. Imagine these crazy graphics put on a smile while people going in to work. As years passed the building became a tourist attraction and several entrepreneurs are trying to replicate the project in the center of the city.

While Paris, London, New York will always be people’s all-time-go-to, these 5 cities mentioned-above will for sure make your Instagram photos stand out. These colorful destinations are not just pretty, they have been linked to happiness and excitement because all the bright colors evoke the sun and summer time.
Travel is the healthiest addiction. Adventure awaits, have a happy, safe trip!


The World’s Most Photogenic Tourist Destinations

Life is short and the world is wide. While travel being the healthiest addiction, here are some the world’s most photogenic tourist destinations that we recommend. Are you a city type? Are you an outdoorsy? We’ve got you covered.

Beautiful Moraine Lake, Alberta surrounded by snowy mountains
The spectacular turquoise water in Moraine Lake will take your breath away. To see this beautiful lake, you have to hike a little bit. The road to the lake is closed during winter time. Moraine Lake is a glacial lake locates in Banff National Park in Canada. For that the lake sits at a high elevation of 1883 meters, so it’s mostly frozen throughout the year. The best time to visit would be late June or early July when the temperature is higher and that would be the time that intense vivid blue water shines bright like a diamond. There are several hiking trails around the lake, it can take 3 to 4 hours or if you would like to do a round trip, it can take up to eight hours.

The Tomb Raider adventurous scenery at Angkor ruins, Siem Reap
Angkor ruins in Cambodia along with Great Wall in China, Taj mahal and Borobudur in India are so called the four wonders of the East. This ancient old town was covered and disguised by the jungle for almost five hundred years until Henri Mouhout, a French explorer in the 19th century first found Angkor and he wrote “It is grander than anything left to us by Greece or Rome and presents a sad contrast to the state of barbarism in which the nation is now plunged.” Today, Angkor Wat is not only a symbol of Cambodia. His magnificent architecture and rich culture attract more than ten million of travelers a year from all over the world! (Well, Chinese people contribute a lot of course.)

The Wave, Arizona for wavy kind of sand dunes
The wave is located in the very north of Arizona state, and it’s in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. There is a continuous sand dune with a wavy pattern on its surface, making the wave one of the world's leading photographic hot spots. However, even though many photographs have been circulated on the Internet, this hill has always maintained a deep sense of mystery because it is not completely open to the outside world. There are only 20 lucky people who can have a glimpse of spectacular rock every day. To get a permit, you have to apply it online on the 1st of the month, plus four months pripr to your trip. Good luck!

The perfect landmark, London Eye
It’s said to take seven years and the skills of hundreds of people from five countries to make the London Eye a reality. Being the highest paid tourist attraction in England, private capsule is extremely popular as well. Judge by most of the reviews, people are pretty satisfied with the exclusiveness despite the high price. Do you know there are over 5000 couples have proposed on the London Eye since its opening in March 2000? Regarding the visibility, as long as it’s given good weather, the view from London eye is great from all angles.

The beauty of the bustling New York City
New York City screams insane energy! We are probably all very familiar with the extreme enthusiasm for New York. Like the master builder, Robert Moses once said "Every true New Yorker believes with all his heart that when a New Yorker is tired of New York, he is tired of life." Yeah, a bit dramatic.
It is a city of dreams (despite being so smelly) after all, and several sources have ranked New York the most photographed city in the world. Hot spots for photography? Time square, the flatiron building, the Brooklyn Bridge, grand central terminal, Broadway, MOMA … … you name it.

Pure white spirit of Syeikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque, also known as the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque, was built in honor of Sheikh Zayed, the first president of the United Arab Emirates. It is one of the few mosques open to non-Muslims. The mosque is known for its luxury and is very grand. The exterior walls of the mosque are all constructed of white marble imported from Greece, and shells and precious stones are embedded into the marble for decorative purposes. In addition, the entire mosque has been decorated with tons of gold, and there are gorgeous crystal lamps of 800,000 US dollars each. It is said that the construction of the entire mosque costs US$5.5 billion. WOW.

Canal and waterway house of Amsterdam Netherlands
Watching Amsterdam from the river can be the best way to experience the beauty of the city, especially when night’s approaching and the moonlights start shining through.
There are three main canals in Amsterdam: the Herengracht, the Keizersgracht, and the Prinsengracht. In 1612, the canal-building-plan got approved by the government, these three canals were built around the same time and got finished under 50 years. Since then Amsterdam has had the world's most convenient and complex waterway system. Visitors can take private boats to enjoy the canal. It’s the perfect way to explore this historic city, the narrowest houses, and the Skinny Bridges.

Bamboo backdrops at the Arashiyama, Kyoto
I am sure you’ve seen pictures of this beautiful bamboo backdrops. This is the famous bamboo forest. Seeing bamboo extends straight into the sky, with a gentle breeze from time to time, doesn’t it just make you feel like you’re in a different space and everything you worry in life just disappear? This is located in Kyoto, Japan. Have you traveled to the east? Kyoto would be a great destination to start with and it won’t disappoint you for sure! Arashiyama is an important part of the sightseeing in Kyoto, famous for maple during autumn and sakura in the spring. It’s a district filled with beautiful greenery, super-zen temples and shrines, and great hiking trails. 


The Single Best Travel Destination for Each Continent

Have you always wanted to travel the whole wide world? But it seems too overwhelming to realize? How about one destination for each continent at a time? Divide this big dream into bite-sized pieces and make it come true.

Asia - Bangkok, Thailand

With Asia, there are too many awesome places to visit but if we have to pick one place, Bangkok would be the one! This oriental city is so well praised and it has both very rich traditional and modern sides to offer. Thailand is a Buddhism country; Thai people are known for being friendly and smiley. But just like every touristy city, there are a lot of scammy things happening. Be sure to acknowledge the standard price to avoid being scammed and fully enjoy the super cheap awesome massages, cocktails and five-star-quality Thai cuisine. 

If you have enough time, we recommend Phi-phi island for its transparent water, white beaches and boats. This is where the Hollywood movie “The Beach” was filmed. To get there, you can take domestic plane from Bangkok to Krabi or Phuket and then take speedy boat to the island.

Africa - Sahara Desert, Morocco

Ever blown away just by seeing pictures of Sahara Desert? It’s a must on any man’s bucket list. To visit Sahara, you can stay in Merzouga as your base. Merzouga is a small Moroccan town in the Sahara Desert, near the Algerian border. Spending a night under the stars in the Sahara Desert is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you’re unlikely to experience anywhere else in the world. Don’t just do a one-day trip there! (It’s not very possible anyway.)
Argan oil, beautiful carpets, crazy artistic tiles, pottery and Moroccan leather? Do these things turn you on a bit? There are so many unique must-buys in Morocco. Especially the leather in Morocco, it’s highly unique and tanned in a medieval way that hasn't changed in centuries!

North America - New York

Sorry for the cliché. But how can a person not love New York! That’s where everything happens. To me, it’s art that makes New York the best place possible. The Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim are just the beginning of a dizzying list of art-world icons. You’ll find museums devoted to everything from fin de siècle Vienna to immigrant life in the Lower East Side, and sprawling galleries filled with Japanese sculpture, postmodern American painting, Himalayan textiles and New York City lore.

When the sun sinks slowly beyond the Hudson and luminous skyscrapers light up the night, New York transforms into one grand stage. Well-known actors take to the legendary theaters of Broadway and world-class soloists, dancers and musicians perform at venues large and small across town. Whether high culture or low, New York embraces it all!

South America - Machu Picchu, Peru

Nine tourists out of ten are visiting Peru for Machu Picchu. It literally means “ancient mountains” in Inca. It set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Inca Empire only exited for about three hundred years. It expanded very quickly and once became the biggest empire in South America once. This “City in the Sky” was built in the 15th century and later abandoned. The exact purpose of building the city remains a mystery. And for that it attracts almost one million people to see the mysterious Machu Picchu every year!

Europe – Iceland
You probably have heard of Iceland’s natural beauty, but Iceland is not just about that. It is so culturally different. There are only three hundred thousand people in Iceland. The crime rate is extremely low, therefore cops in Iceland have the most chilled work life ever that makes everyone jealous. 

Another great reason to visit Iceland has going to be the chance of seeing aurora! To see aurora, Iceland is being debated whether it’s a good destination. Because usually if you want to have a higher chance seeing it then you have to be in the middle of nowhere. But it usually takes less than 10 days to travel the whole island. So if you happen to see aurora while you’re traveling the island then you are lucky. Sweet.

Australia – Cairns

What’s in Cairns? Great Barrier Reef it is. There are a lot of water activities to offer. Backpackers flock around there as well. One of the most exciting things in Cairns would be its rich coffee culture. And those seeking a caffeine hit will find many trendy cafes on Grafton Street and Spence Street. Not only will you get a strong cup of freshly-ground coffee, you’ll also be spoilt with the breakfast and brunch options across the city!
Visit Rusty’s market during Friday to Sunday with the locals. Go enjoy the fresh fruits, milk and seafood with more than 180 stands.

Lastly, Antarctica! It’s Earth's southernmost continent. No country owns it. And because it’s so frozen and windswept, there’s no permanent inhabitant lives there. But during warmer time (October to March), there would be up to 5000 researchers from all the round the world doing research there. Fun fact: Tinder works just fine in Antarctica. It’s just the boy to girl ratio is 9:1. 

So how to travel to Antarctica exactly? Usually people get there by boats mostly from Argentina. There are ports available from Australia and Chile as well. And what kind of boats matter a lot because you’re going to spend most of your time on the boat. Antarctica tours are mostly for educational purposes. Even to see penguins you have to see them from very far. You get to land and walk around a bit for about three to five-hour maximum, but mostly you eat, you sleep, you do everything on the boat.
It’s very expensive and not easy at all to travel there, but if you did manage to go, it sure will be a great story to tell.

So these are the places that we recommend for each continent. (While Antarctica is just fun to add on.) Did it inspire you to go travel further? Where do you want to travel next?

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