Do you love vacationing with your family and preserving those happy moments as images on social media? Here are some incredible locations around the world that will also make for beautiful memories.
By Shashwathi Bhanukumar
Standing below the Eiffel Tower in Paris with your family for a perfect photo-op or clicking a group selfie with London's Big Ben in the background, can make for the perfect Instagram moment.
After all, a picture speaks a thousand words and social media these days is filled with stunning travel images that take your breath away. But journeys are not just about travelling to picture-perfect locations, they are also about unforgettable and life-changing experiences. And of course, there is no better way to preserve these amazing moments than through social media.
Here, we present a list of offbeat destinations across the world that will look stunning on your Instagram feed. Get set for some gorgeous pictures and great family fun!
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
The colourful capital is a goldmine of Instagram-worthy places. It is also rich in Viking history There are many gems here — the architectural marvel called Hallgrímskirkja Church, with its hexagonal basaltic columns made of slow-cooling lava is incredible. And don't forget to go see the mirrors and rectangular glass prisms that reflect and refract incoming sunlight casting eerie shadows around Harpa Concert Hall. The possibilities for those perfect shots are endless!
With the magnificent Swiss Alps as a backdrop and fascinating medieval architecture, can there be any place more stunning! Take a walk across Chapel Bridge, the world’s oldest covered wooden footbridge, and soak in the glory all around. Breathe in the fragrance of the colourful flowers growing on the structure and admire the reflection in the waters of the Reuss below. This is a scene that makes for pure poetry. Not too far away is The Needle Dam, which is a weir that maintains the water level and flows in the Reuss River by using thin pieces of wood called needles. Take in the colours and the grand architecture of this gorgeous place on foot. You are sure to get a lot of photo opportunities.
The countryside’s natural beauty coupled with grand wineries and breathtaking architecture makes this the perfect location for gorgeous Instagram photos. The Grape Crusher Statue is one of the first signs that tells you that you have reached a wine country. Make sure you visit the mesmerising Domaine Carneros or the wine chateau, with its patio wine tasting and unique gardens. Sip and savour the beauty all around, and snap away on Instagram!
Jerusalem might be one of the oldest cities in the world and among the holiest of sites. It is also extremely picturesque and quite unique. There is living history, culture and tradition everywhere you look — be it the ancient Wailing Wall or the strikingly beautiful Dome of the Rock. These also provide for great Instagram moments! For a more sensory experience, head to the market and lose yourself in the hues, sights, sounds and smells of fragrant food and gorgeous textiles. Make sure you and your family gain more insights into world history, from this place.
If Bali is known for beaches, venture farther, into Ubud, the cultural centre and heart. There are lush and strikingly green rice fields that make for great photos and memories. Do also visit the Tanah Lot Temple, which incredibly enough, stands atop a rock. Don't miss viewing a sunset from this temple, a truly spectacular experience that will also give you some amazing Instagram shots.
Be it the Fairy Pools, where you can see natural tidal pools or the Paronella Park, which is a beautiful rainforest, be it the wildlife sanctuaries of the Kuranda village or the big red dunes at Birdsville Simpson Desert — Queensland has vivid landscapes and stunning scenery for the discerning traveller. Not to forget the kangaroos! This is a place where photos are just waiting to be taken.
Move over Venice and 'hello' Cinque Terre. As the name suggests, five fishing communities make up this place along the Italian Riviera coastline. The colourful houses that dot the landscape of this destination, give it a picture-postcard look. A great way to explore Cinque Terre is to walk through the villages and explore their harbours and vineyards. The cobbled footpaths give an old world feel. This place will leave you speechless and your camera memory, full!
Welcome to Symi! This mountainous island is famed for its neoclassical mansions and a most picturesque harbour. Filled with pastel houses, tavernas and chic boutiques, this place also has a rich history and culture. Sample unspoiled island life here and frolic at several tucked-away beaches. Basically, Symi looks like a postcard and will make for picture-perfect moments, for you and your family.
The wondrous mountains of New Zealand, made globally known through the Lord of the Rings films, are popular. Dunedin is fast catching up, though. It is considered New Zealand's best-kept secret. With vibrant street art, abundant wildlife and heritage buildings, this gem of a city also has great cafes. Don't forget to check out the colourful Otago farmers' market or the magnificent Tunnel Beach — perfect spots for taking filter-free shots and getting thousands of likes on Instagram!
Well, Dubai is not just about deserts and sand, after all. Dubai Marina, Dubai Mall Waterfall, The Dancing Fountain, Madinat Jumeirah and the Burj Khalifa — each of these places is Instagram-worthy. The Venice-like canals, the sandy-hued buildings surrounded by palm trees, the seamless amalgamation of the ancient and the modern, it just doesn’t get better than this!
Meghalaya is in a part of India that continues to be off the beaten track. But this 'abode of the clouds' (which is what the name means) is one place that deserves to be explored with respect. Show your children what cleanliness and eco-friendly living means on an everyday basis, by taking them to Mawlynnong, a village voted the cleanest in Asia, not just India. Set against the backdrop of the East Khasi hills, it looks like a town right out of a fairy tale. At the Umngot River, the water is so clear that you can see your reflection in it. Now, wouldn’t that make for a great Instagram picture!
If the awe-inspiring landscape of Leh-Ladakh has not left you spellbound, head to Pangong lake for more inspiration. Called Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake, this is about five hours' drive from Leh. In Tibetan, it is known as 'long, narrow, enchanted lake' and is today, a favourite spot for every traveller and rightly so. The colour of the water is ever-changing from sparkling blue, green and purple to violet. Be prepared for some mind-blowing Instagram pictures!
A territory of Chile, this island is today known for the monumental statues with oversized heads called moai, created centuries ago. The giant heads are symbolic of this remote volcanic island in Polynesia and make it all the more Instagram-worthy. But Easter Island also has a mix of pristine beaches, volcanoes and more. One such spot is the crater of Rano Kau volcano because surrounding it, are almost 400 partially-finished and abandoned statues. Truly a sight to behold! The beach is a perfect concoction of white powder sand and turquoise waters. It remains at an ideal bathing temperature throughout the year. Time to pose for those postcard shots!
Travel is said to broaden the mind and enrich the soul. So, what are you waiting for? The above list of places might not have been on your radar but will definitely be now. Go on, explore and capture some amazing Instagram moments with your family!
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