It’s not just a place to marvel at nail art, picture-perfect brunches, and FOMO-inducing beach photos. Did you know that Instagram can actually help you to figure out what to do and where to go on your next journey? Try these tips the next time you’re planning to hit the road for an even bigger, better adventure.
1. Find new locales
If you don’t have a destination in mind, Instagram is the perfect way to get some ideas and inspiration. Check out the accounts of top travel publications, like Travel and Leisure (@travelandleisure), Conde Nast Traveler (@cntraveler), and National Geographic (@natgeotravel). Some other popular ‘gramming globetrotters include @expertvagabond, @gmateus, @theblondeabroad, and @triphackr.
2. Search by location
Thanks to Instagram’s location search feature, you can discover fun spots simply by typing in the city that you’re heading to and browsing through ‘grams. You might stumble upon some hidden gems that aren’t necessarily listed in the guidebooks.
In addition, just about every state and major cities have a tourism Instagram account. They’ll always feature tourist must-sees and local favorites. Plus, they’re usually really responsive if you comment or message to ask questions or recommendations!
3. Do your research
You can even do a bit of reverse planning if you’ve already added some specific spots to your list. Just search your desired attraction, bar, or restaurant into the location search box, and get a little preview of the place by scrolling through the photos past visitors have taken. If you love what you see, it will just amp up your excitement, and if not, you’ve saved yourself a potentially less-than-ideal experience.
4. Find influencers and trendsetters
Where do the coolest kids in town hang out? Instagram makes it pretty easy to find out. A quick Google search for “Best Instagrams in [Insert City Here]” will give you a good idea of some of the most popular accounts to follow, and in turn, some of the best spots to go.
5. Be spontaneous
Once you’ve reached your destination, you also have the option to search for popular and recent posts around. Not only do you get the opportunity to scope out places to eat, drink, and shop, but you can also discover exciting events and happenings that you might have missed otherwise.
Just search for a location, then scroll below the Top Posts to Most Recent section. If you see something you like, tap on it to expand. Then, under the username, you’ll be able to tap on the location tagged in the photo and find out where it was taken.
Do you have a favorite travel Instagram to inspire your journey? Share it with us in the comments – and don’t forget to follow @HotelCoupons!