Travel’s on hold, but we can still admire gorgeous places in the world right now on Instagram. Here are some of the most highly posted Instagram destinations around the globe.
#1. Phuket, Thailand
9.7 million hashtags
Well known to Expat Living readers for its great beaches, fab resorts and fun off-shore day trips, this lively Thai island is super popular with sunseekers near and far. In fact, almost ten million people have used it in their Insta hashtags. We’re not surprised!
#2. The Maldives
8.3 million hashtags
For an indulgent and romantic getaway, the Maldives simply has to be on everyone’s list. Travellers flock here to bask in its famous blue waters, and to enjoy sublime diving and dining experiences. It’s a personal EL favourite too.
#3. Tulum, Mexico
5.9 million hashtags
Yep, it’s another spot with beautiful beaches! But the Mexican town of Tulum is also rich in history – it was built as a Mayan seaside fortress. If you can peel yourself away from the sand, check out the cenotes (underwater caves).
#4. Ubud, Bali
4.8 million hashtags
The first non-seaside destination on the list (though Bali’s beaches aren’t far away), Ubud is located amongst paddy fields and rainforests. It’s a tranquil location that’s ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.
#5. Mykonos, Greece
4.3 million hashtags
Among the many highlights of a Greece vacation is Mykonos, an island with picturesque villages and beautiful beaches to explore, delicious food to try and, of course, a famed party scene.
#6. Siem Reap, Cambodia
2.2 million hashtags
Home to stunning Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a favourite Southeast Asian location, with tourists flocking here to marvel at its ancient temples. Besides that, there’s also great shopping, food and cultural activities.
#7. Langkawi, Malaysia
2 million hashtags
Known for its beautiful coastlines and interesting mangrove ecosystems, this Malaysian getaway is a 99-island archipelago in the Andaman Sea. It’s only a short flight from Singapore, so it’s a great spot for a weekend jaunt.
#8. Sedona, Arizona
1.7 million hashtags
You’ll be wowed by the canyons and red rock formations around this town in the Arizona desert. Beside its natural beauty, the destination is also known for its arts and culture scene, with over 80 galleries to explore.
#9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
1.6 million hashtags
This beautiful South Pacific island is another spot you’ll want to add to your travel wishlist. Located northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia, it has pristine white beaches and water that’s a stunning shade of turquoise.
#10. Nha Trang, Vietnam
1.4 million hashtags
Located in the south of the country, Nha Trang is a seaside town that’s famous for its beaches. Aside from chilling by the water, travellers also enjoy getting their fill of fresh seafood here.
Top 3 most Instagrammable continents
32.6 million hashtags
Featuring half of the entries mentioned in the top ten, above, Asia easily tops the list of continents that attract the most hashtags.
11.3 million hashtags
Aside from Sedona and Tulum, Canada’s Banff National Park (960,000) and Lake Louise (918,000), and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado (574,000) are popular on Insta.
5.4 million hashtags
In addition to Mykonos, Lake Bled, Slovenia (290,000), Provence, France (145,000), Seljalandsfoss, Iceland (137,000) and Snowdonia National Park, UK (149,000) all feature heavily on social media.
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