Turn your Instagram into something to envy with a trip to any one of these wondrous destinations.
If you want to journey somewhere truly spectacular – and get some stellar Instagram shots at the same time – the number of choices can be overwhelming. But depending on what you’d like to see, there are some travel destinations you’d be remiss to overlook. You might have a bit of a green thumb and a love for all things flora, or you may want to marvel at magnificent architecture. If you’re an easily enthusiastic and excitable person, you’d look to celebrate your love of the brighter things in life by heading to the most colourful places on Earth. Wherever your aesthetic interests lie, there’s a place to suit:
For the nature lover
Hidden Beach (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
(Image via Miguel Naranjo)
If you’re a fan of crawling through caves or basking on beaches, you’re in luck. Find both in Mexico, off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, in this hidden secret – a secluded little beach, accessible only by boat, which is gorgeously lit by a large hole in the cave’s roof.
Railay Beach (Krabi, Thailand)
(Image via Sher She Goes)
What makes this into more than just another beach are the breathtaking limestone cliffs bordering the beach. You can double up on the beauty by taking time to enjoy both the beauty of the coast and the wild wonders of rock-climbing up those formidable cliffs.
Salar de Uyuni (Potosí, Bolivia)
(Image via The Sweetest Way)
This salt lake makes for the most magnificent photos, given that at the right moments, the lake perfectly reflects the sky and makes it seem as though you’re walking in the clouds. Even if the conditions aren’t ideal, the salt lake is still an expanse of gorgeous white.
For the urban explorer
Marina Bay Sands Hotel (Singapore)
(Image via Marina Bay Sands Hotel)
Arguably one of the most famous hotels in the world, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel is known for the stunning views of Singapore visible from the edge of its infinity pool. Both are well worth the trip and the cost of a night’s stay – just be careful not to get vertigo when swimming towards the edge.
Hosier Lane (Melbourne, Australia)
(Image via Josie Hayden)
Many cities around the world are able to display the work of graffiti artists, but few have embraced it quite as well as Melbourne. Hosier Lane boasts a vibrant collection of murals and tags that are constantly changing, so there’s something new every time you go.
Old City Hall Station (New York)
(Image via New York Transit Museum)
Step back into the past by visiting the very first subway station left from City Hall station. Although you’ll have to book a tour in advance, the feeling of walking through the ornate and archaic subway station will give you an experience – and photos – like no other.
For the architecture enthusiast
Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre (Aviles, Spain)
(Image (c) Iñigo Bujedo-Aguirre)
Designed by a key player in the development of modern architecture, the cultural centre looks like something plucked out of a dystopian novel with its overwhelming lightness, interspersed with blocks of primary reds and yellows.
The Dancing House (Prague, Czech Republic)
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Prague’s Nationale-Nederlanden building lives up to its nickname of ‘Dancing House’ with gently sloping lines and glass windows, giving off the appearance of movement. The building was set on the site of a house bombed in the U.S. bombing of Prague in 1945, becoming the ultimate example of beauty in the face of destruction.
The Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève (Paris, France)
The circular arches of this Parisian library might seem at once both dizzying and eccentric, but there’s no mistaking the majesty of the space. As a public and university library, the library contains around 2 million documents, and takes its name from its inherited collection of the Abbey of St Genevieve.
For the colour crazy
Escadaria Selarón (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Any photos taken on these fabulously colourful steps are sure to be a masterpiece, given the vibrant and almost unreal look of the place. Renovated by an artist through sheer determination, the colours are a tribute to the Brazilian flag.
Stadion Station (Stockholm, Sweden)
(Image via Kevin Cho (Kee Pil Cho) CC BY-SA 4.0)
If you’re ever heading to Scandinavia and stop off in Sweden, take a moment to marvel at the bright arch of blue and rainbow that forms part of the metro station near Stockholm’s Olympic Stadium.
Manarola (Liguria, Italy)
(Image via Peter K Travels)
The town of Manarola might be one of the smallest of the fabled Cinque Terre towns, but it more than makes up for its size by boasting a gobsmacking array of coloured houses. All the houses are clustered on a single coastal cliff, making for magical photos day and night.