Tips for Totally Non Cheesy, Swoon Worthy Instagram Travel Pics (and some gorgeous examples!)




Ahh holiday photos. In the ‘olden days’ you may have come home from an amazing holiday, organised a slide night (OK, that was the really olden days) and showed your friends all of the cheesy favourites, holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, pinching the Eiffel Tower, kissing the Sphinx and millions of random landscapes showing no people at all. (Were you even there, really??)


With the rise of social media and Instagram in particular, you no longer have to wait until you get home for those you love to see your journey’s far and wide (or around your own neighbourhood for that matter!). So why not make them interesting!

Curating a gorgeous holiday Instagram is a little extra work, but totally worth it!



Now to the How:


Get a different perspective :  Why not show the world in a different way, mix it up. Put your spin on what you see, get a little closer rather than posting a wide angle shot, shoot a building from the bottom looking up. Be creative, don’t just point and shoot.


Crop a little :  Instagram pretty much does this for you, but it doesn’t always do it well. What is it from the scene that evokes a feeling, what will make people want to take a second look? Once you figure that out, you have your answer as to what not to crop!


Golden Hour  : That magical time in first thing in the morning, or last thing before the sun goes down. There is a reason that photographers love this time of day, it will help take your photos to the next level, it makes the atmosphere almost electric.


Capture Moments : Standing in front of something, not so exciting, interacting with the locals, soaking in the culture, much more exciting. Don’t be afraid.


Throw in some good quotes : I love a relevant quote for effect! If you find one, don’t be afraid to use it but ALWAYS credit the creator (See the insta quote below? That’s an Emma Kate Co!)


Editing Apps : Taking a little extra time to perfect your images via a smartphone app can take an image from so, so to freaking amazing. Some of my favs are Snapseed and VSCO CAM.


There are some amazing accounts on Instagram to seek inspiration from, those who do it really well, in my opinion, actually knock it out of the park! Some of my favourites are:


Emma Kate Co

Carly Stephan




Let them inspire you, but when it comes to YOUR travel pics and curating a gorgeous insta account, love your own perspective, soak up the world in a different way, follow the tips and have fun.



Is there something I missed? I would love to hear your Instagram tips in the comments below.



Much love, em x

*This post is a part of my entry the Virgin Australia, Problogger competition but has been totally fun to write!

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    August 12, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Love this!! Perfect for me as hubby and I are on a 6 month Europe holiday/working stint! I’m really trying to mix it up between quotes and quality photos – its a fine balance and I want to make sure I’m getting my branding write too. Definitely not there yet, but these tips have been super helpful! Thanks xx

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      August 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

      You are so welcome Rachel, I am quietly jealous of your 6 month European adventure! I will have to find your insta and live vicariously through you! xx

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    Chloe | One Infinite Life
    August 12, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Love these tips Em! I really want to get better at taking photos, so this was great, thank you. I was already following Emma and Carly (love their Instagram accounts) but I just started following the other two, and WOW incredible photos!

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