Get your selfie stick ready! Social media has become an integral part of our lives, and that applies to our traveling tendencies, too. Over 80 percent of travelers in the planning process head to outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for inspiration, and for good reason -- just as many vacationers are posting their wanderlust-inducing photos to these sites. It seems you can't scroll through more than four or five Instagram posts before you land on a friend or celebrity's pic of their current locale. From London to Bangkok, these are the 10 most Instagrammed destinations in the world.
While the majority that make the list make perfect sense, you may be surprised by which popular spots don't get a ton of hashtag love...we thought everyone shared #nomnomnom #pasta pics from Rome! (It just misses the top 10, coming in at #12.) Where have you taken your favorite Instagram travel pics?
Though the devastating Erawan Shrine bomb attack this summer has already demonstrated it’s negative effect on Thailand’s tourism, Bangkok is nonetheless projected to be the second most-visited city in the world in 2015, with over 18 million international visitors. And with those millions of visitors comes millions of Instagram posts, putting the Asian capital in the tenth spot on the list. From modern monuments (like the one above) to ancient temples, the city is full of sites worthy of a shared pic.
Amsterdam is a small city, but it’s a beautiful city — which is why it lands on the top 10 list. Every cobblestone street, lined by quaint, historic townhouses and bustling with locals on bicycles, provides an ideal backdrop for a selfie. And, for better or worse, #Amsterdamweed is a hugely popular hashtag.
After Bangkok and Dubai, Singapore is the most visited destination in Asia. Travelers come to the city-state, with the world’s busiest port, to take in the awe-inducing juxtaposition of modern skyscrapers interspersed among traditional temples and gardens. The local culture is also a mix of influences, including nods to China, Malaysia, and India, and numerous high-energy (and highly photogenic) events take place throughout the year.
With over 13 million residents, and nearly five million international visitors annually, it’s no surprise that Tokyo claims a constant presence on our Instagram feeds. The skyscraper district, known as Shinjuku, is the city’s most visited area, and thus the most photographed. But beautiful photo ops can also be found at the capital’s zoo, temple district, and many museums.
The capital of Spain is a vibrant, multicultural city located right in the center of the country — and surrounded by picture-perfect parks, palaces, museums, churches, and squares. Although vehicular traffic can be a bit hectic at times, Madrid is nonetheless a highly walkable city, which makes it convenient for iPhone-toting tourists looking to selfie in front of famed sites.
Hashtags like #BerlinWall, #Berlino, and #BerlinInstagram land Germany’s capital city as the fifth most Instagrammed destination in the world. Despite major draws such as a thriving arts scene, delicious (hearty) cuisine, stunning architecture, and a lively nightlife, Berlin is also one of Europe’s most affordable getaways.
The massive capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is a melting pot of Indonesian culture, with influences from China, India, and Europe apparent as well. Though heavy traffic and often unhealthy levels of pollution are what it is often known for, the city provides plenty of Insta-worthy backdrops; visitors snap pics at the various theme parks, as well as the National Monument and Presidential Palace.
Just a few years ago, Moscow received a record number of visitors, but it still pales in comparison to the tourism stats of the other destinations on this list. Nonetheless, the 860-year-old capital city of Russia gets plenty of Instagram love, with about 11 million posts annually. Snap-happy landmarks include Red Square, the Kremlin, and St. Basil’s Cathedral.
The third most visited city in the world, and home to the sixth most Instagrammed landmark in the world (the Louvre), Paris lands at #2 on the list. It makes perfect sense, mais oui? From flakey croissants to haute-couture window displays, from gorgeous gardens to the iconic Eiffel Tower, the City of Light flashes with each iPhone snap that’s an Instagram post in the making.
Paris may come close, but London is the most Instagrammed travel destination in the world, with over 30 million posts — accompanied by hashtags such as #LondonEye and #LondonLife — annually. It is also the most visited destination in the world, attracting nearly 19 million international travelers annually. As the largest city in Western Europe, London remains a global capital of fashion, finance, politics, and trade.
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