We all know how traveling goes... pics or it didn't happen, am I right? Pictures are physical (or digital) memories that stick around for your entire lifetime. Don't waste your money on cheap trinkets at the airport that sit in your closet for decades collecting dust. Take pictures instead! One of the most important aspects of traveling is documenting the journey, so let's take a tour around the world and explore the best spots for Instagram worthy pictures.
1. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
I mean, how could you not document this luscious spa retreat? The black terrain of the lava plains contrasts perfectly with the pale glow of the blue water. You can see the mist slowly rise from the lagoon as you take a relaxing soak. Grab some clay from one of the booths on the edge of the lagoon and treat yourself to an all natural facial (don't forget to check out the bar too). And the best part? From May 21 until July 30, the sun doesn't set! You can get perfect photo light all day (and night) long.
Quick tip: Try not to put your hair in the water. The minerals in the water will make your hair stiff and difficult to manage once it's wet. Make sure you use the shampoo in the Blue Lagoon wash rooms to thoroughly get it out!
2. Louvre Museum, Paris
The Louvre Museum is definitely a sight for sore eyes. Not only does it pose as the perfect backdrop outside, but inside the museum as well. Experience the long, rich history of the Louvre, even before any artwork was hung on its walls. In fact, the glass pyramid was immensely criticized in 1985 as being an eye sore and a "gigantic, ruinous gadget" as proclaimed in the New York Times. However, the goal of the architect was to make the pyramid something that would not blend with the building, but actually contrast with it. He wanted for visitors to have the ability to look straight through the pyramid so the true colors of the building were still evidently clear. Since, this structure has become a photo hotspot, for tourists and visitors from all over the world.
3. Victoria Street, Edinburgh
Have you ever seen a more unique street? This street in Edinburgh, Scotland, famed for being the inspiration for JK Rowling's Diagon Alley, encompasses the bright, colorful joy of traveling to the UK. Pose in the street, at a café, or in front one of the breathtaking storefronts. This street is truly unlike something you may ever see, so be sure to stop for a picture (or two).
Need a place to stop and grab a bite to eat? A cute café to consider visiting is called Hula Juice Bar & Healthy Eatery where you can experience a tropical take on juices, smoothies and sandwiches. Another place to worth stopping at is a little pastry shop called La Barantine Victoria featuring beautiful French artisan food. Above the street on what's called "Victoria Terrace", where there are numerous bars and restaurants with outdoor seating overlooking the pastel street.
4. London Eye, England
As one of the symbols of London, this is a must when you visit England. Not only are the pictures superb while looking directly at the London Eye, but also when you're inside it! Reaching 443 feet in the air, you can enjoy views of the whole city from up above. The London Eye resides in the perfect location for the best 360 degree views. As it is right in the heart of central London, the scenery from the Eye includes the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, major landmarks in London's landscape. Snap a picture of yourself in the glass bubble on the London Eye, or pose in front on Westminster Bridge for the insta-perfect pic!
5. Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto
These astonishing orange and red gates stand tall in front of Kyoto's Higashiyama Mountains, one of the most perfectly photogenic locations in Japan. As a photographer, it's important to know the best time to visit, as you aim to capture pictures without the presence of large crowds in the way. Unfortunately, the only way to get these natural images is to visit at sunrise, before the crowds flood in. They recommend you arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to sunrise. This allows you to freely walk the gates and really take in the untouched beauty that they provide (and perfect for all your insta pics). If you're planning on taking portrait photographs it's important you avoid wearing colors like red, orange, and black so you don't blend into the features of the structure. Instead, opt for something white, yellow, or even dress up in a colorful kimono!
6. Soi Romanee, Phuket
This beautiful small town is home to enchanting streets, vibrant store fronts, and perfectly strung lanterns. The portuguese architecture is revamped and perfect for pictures. The charming town hosts a variety of boutique cafes, guesthouses, and restaurants. Not only that, but it's a favorite photo spot as well! Take a stroll through the street with a wide lens camera to capture the best shots. The streets are particularly beautiful at night as they light up the Chinese lanterns. Be sure to take portrait pictures during this time, the lanterns cast a flattering soft orange glow. With all the bright colors in the street, I recommend you wearing neutral colors that make you stand out. Try white, tan, or light greys for the perfect picture!
7. Rue Cremieux, France
This cobble stone street is truly something out of a disney movie. The mix of the floral greenery along the street and the brightly colored buildings painted alongside of them makes for the most perfect pictures. If you choose to go as the sun is setting, you'll be greeted by the warmest glow in the city. The sun sets right through the street making for some of the coolest pictures. Wear a lightly colored outfit to make sure to stand out against the buildings. If you're planning on taking a photoshoot of portraits, I recommend using a wide lens to make sure the whole street is in the shot. Move the camera down below to get the most perfect candid.
8. Sella Del Diavolo, Italy
I mean have you looked at that water... There's something about crystal clear water that just makes for the most perfect pictures. Whether you're taking a landscape shot, or portrait, these views will never disappoint. Sella Del Diavolo is known for their breathtaking water and historic ruins. In my eyes, this is the perfect place to take pictures with friends and loved ones. Step beside the ruins and snap a picture in front of the glorious water. Italy is a place offering immense exploration opportunities and activities every traveler is sure to love. So crack open your favorite bottle of wine, hit the beach, and take all your best Instagram photos in the water and out!
9. Churchill Arms, United Kingdom
This little Pub in England is one of the most Instagrammed spots in the world. The Pub's inevitable charm is sure to catch every passer's eye. The famous Pub is known for the enchanting array of flowers outside the building, covering the sides as far as the eye can see. The intriguing collection began with only a few hanging plants on the outside walls and has bloomed into 100 tubs, 42 baskets, and over 48 window boxes covering the entire building. The colorful contents of the flowers are even spilling all the way up into the chimney. Experience the beautiful history of this pub and be sure to marvel over the floral arrangements outside. The most popular Instagram pictures are taken just outside the building, however, the beauty is inside as well!
10. Positano, Italy
Did someone say... girls trip? Now, we've seen the best places in the world for pictures, but this Amalfi Coast oasis is the perfect place for a gal pal getaway. Grab your friends, your favorite bottle(s) of wine from Delicatessen, and post up at the Spiaggia Grande. This beach is the perfect place to take pictures with your friends, whether you're lounging on the sand or enjoying the temperate waters. The pastel tones on the coast and the warm sunlight make for one of my favorite Insta-worthy landscapes. If the beach isn't for you, take a stroll through town, where there are plenty of photo ops! Be sure to drink the spectacular array of Italian wines, and enjoy all the best foods of Southern Italy.
There are amazing restaurants all over the Amalfi Coast that pose for the most perfect of pictures. Make sure to check out our 5-Day Itinerary to the Amalfi Coast for more Positano travel tips!
11. Pisa, Italy
Home of the Leaning Tower, Pisa Italy is one of the most photographed areas in the world. The small city of Pisa hosts about 90,000 people and is located 51 miles west of Florence. The tower is well within range if you're looking for a quick day visit, even easily through the use of public transportation. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous structured in the world and for many, is the sole reason for visiting the city of Pisa. The tower is located in the Piazza dei Miracoli, just north of the city's center. Although the Leaning Tower is typically the star of the show, it is just one part of the Cathedral complex at Piazza dei Miracoli. The other significant attraction is the Cathedral, a perfect complex to take the most beautiful pictures in front of. Also part of the area is the Baptistery, the Monumental Cemetery, the Opera del Duomo Museum and the Sinopie Museum for which you can buy integrated tickets.
12. Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang in Karangasem, Bali
Pura Luhur Lempuyang is one of Bali’s oldest and most highly regarded temples.
On the slopes of Mount Lempuyang sits Pura Lempuyang Luhur, otherwise known as Lempuyang Temple. This is one of the most famous temples on the island of Bali where you can visit the Gateway of Heaven, a well-known Instagram picture location. The Gateway grants spectacular sunset views at dusk and is posted atop a high mountain slope. There are two sections to the temple, a lower and upper level. The climb is worth it due to the extraordinary views once you reach the top. The best times to visit the Gateway are at sunrise, to beat the crowds, and right before sunset to get pictures with the most beautiful glowing view.
Looking for more Instagram inspiration for the temples in Bali? Check out @thebaliguideline on Instagram for more beautiful posing inspo.
Now that you have some location options for your photoshoot, let me walk you through the key elements of a good Instagram picture. Especially if it's just you, your friend, and an iphone.
Use natural light
Don't overexpose your pictures
Shoot at the right time- golden hour is always best
Create balance in your images
Consider your viewpoint- not everything looks great at eye level
Add space around your focal point
Draw in the viewer's eye- leading lines
Be creative!- stay away from cliché pics
Incorporate color and pattern- make sure your outfit matches!