This will be a short yet insightful post for most people. As most of my readers know by now, finding the most ‘instagrammable’ places is always on my check list when I travel to Europe. But how do I do it? Using Instagram of course! Here’s how I plan a trip to Europe using Instagram.
Why I use Instagram
If you want to find the most instagrammable places, then using Instagram is a great start. One thing that really draws me to using Instagram is the creative element. There are loads of content creators and creatives on Instagram uploading content from all over the world.
I like to think of the curated photos I see on Instagram as a representation of what could be. In other words, It’s the best way for me to get a picture in my head of how my photos would turn out, should I decide to visit Cafe Whatever. Why is that so? Because with Instagram, I’m literally looking through hundreds of other creative people’s photos; people who are photographers just like me.
This is exactly why I don’t like using Yelp or TripAdvisor to plan out my content through instagrammable places. Those things are great for review-based visits, but the photos are always god awful on those websites. There would be no way to get an accurate representation of the potential of a place.
So hopefully it makes a bit more sense now why I choose Instagram.
How I use Instagram
I use Collections. You were probably hoping for some huge secret, but nope! I freaking adore the collections feature on Instagram. It is seriously the best way to curate instagrammable places via Instagram. The organization function is incredible (though hopefully Instagram improves upon it one day). For now, it works!
Here’s what some of my Collections currently look like. This includes places I want to visit, and places I visit often:
As you can see, I have them all labeled by city or by country. For my upcoming day in London, I started a Shoreditch Collection as that’s where I’ll be staying, and I’ve been able to find sooo many goodies there! It’s quite easy to break them out this way. Hopefully soon Instagram will allow you to create folders inside a Collection.
Here’s the quick step-by-step process of how I curate instagrammable places:
- I start curating photos about 2-3 months out from my leave date.
- First, I create a Collection on Instagram and name it accordingly.
- Then, I search hashtags of interest, like #london or #londoncoffee. Once I see the results, I pay close attention to what the top nine photos are. If I like any of them, I go to their feed.
- Next, I repeat this step with places (e.g. London, Shoreditch, etc.). If I don’t like what I see in the top nine photos, then I’ll start scrolling through the rest.
- I save any instagrammable places I come across to my Collection. Once I come across a place I love, I search for it by itself, and then that leads me to more excellent photos!
- During all of this, I am also discovering popular instagrammers in that area. I usually give them a follow, so then for the next few months I’m able to see where they go and what they post.
Cool, right? And super simple! Instagram is definitely the most underrated search engine. The Collections feature is fairly new, so I assume you’re wondering what I did before that? SCREENSHOTS. Lots and lots of screenshots. Hopefully this post gave you a little glimpse of how I operate and how I find amazing places when I travel to Europe. And I hope you use this method on your next trip!
Do you use Collections?
Already organized as f*ck, and want to know how to take excellent photos instead? Try this post.