Planning itineraries for our travels has always been a task – a big fat one that we have no time or patience for. First, it’s the multiple Google searches and travel websites that have too much information that we’re literally scraping through every SEO-laced article. Then, it’s the ideas to plan out into a legit timeline that fits within your work-life balance scale and well, then come, friends, you want to blackmail into giving you their tips and tricks.
This year, it’s not about finding that smart travel agent, not about begging a friend on pass on their itineraries – we found you a new resource that will not only help plan a kickass trip but show you unknown, unheard of places in a jiffy. Fellow traveler, meet Instagram’s bookmark feature. Now, you can curate an exclusive vacation for yourself covering local experiences, offbeat places, and even, Insta-worthy options like millennial foods to try and cool people you can meet.
With geotags and hashtags available on posts and stories, it gets easier to explore different restaurants and locations and you can easily save your favorites in collections. But most importantly, you need to follow right accounts on your Instagram feed that is inspiring and helpful enough to get your plans ready for your next vacation. With that in focus, here are our favorite Indian Instagrammers – travel bloggers, photographers, and fashionistas, who will help put your travel style and plans in motion.
There’s a Japanese idiom, ichi-go ichi-e, which roughly means ‘never again’ or ‘just once in a lifetime’. It recognizes the importance of every encounter because EACH moment is unique and fleeting ☺️😊 This supremely quiet moment, in the midst of Singapore’s hustle bustle, sure felt like one of those precious moments 💫💫
With a beautiful curation of travel and fashion, Savi and Vid (@bruisedpassports) have made their Instagram feed a one-stop solution. You can find top getaways in India and around the world, budget experiences, off-the-hook locations plus some major style inspiration on their feed. But my favorite is their behind-the-scenes account (@bruisedpassports_bts) where you can find posts from their readers who have visited places on their suggestions or recreated their images or outfits.
Rabbit ears! The most recognisable feature at Auden’s Col top. Surrounded by massive snowfields and mountains in every direction, this puts me right in the middle of Uttarakhand’s monumental Himalayan landscape. A rare privilege granted to only few of us. Despite the initial hiccups and bad weather, what a fine day it has been! . This is what happens when mountain gods smile upon you. 😉 . P.S – Hope you’re following my stories for hourly updates on how this trek went last year. If not, this is your cue.
If you love mountains and trekking, then Abhinav Chandel (@abhiandnow) and Neelima Vallangi (@neelimav) need to be your go to the source. While Abhinav mesmerizes you with images of hills of the North and his poetry, Neelima explores the untouched terrains of India. If mountains are not your choice but you still love adventurous, thrill-seeking experiences, then go check Jyotsna Ramani’s feed (@wanderwithjo) for most unusual experiences around the world like hiking up to the Suicide Cliff in Hong Kong.
Soft, fluffy, delicious, vegan pancakes for breakfast? YES PLEASE. . . For 4 days on the gorgeous rural countryside of the Kansai region in Japan, I was reliant on avocados and my sweet Japanese host for some good but pretty basic meals. So when I finally got to a city, I was delighted to eat vegan pancakes for breakfast besides lavish vegan Japanese meals. . . These dessert pancakes are only one of four dishes on @ainsoph.ginza lunch menu – and a bit expensive, but with a side of fresh fruits, jams, soy whipped cream and 2 scoops of ice cream, they were incredibly fulfilling 😍 . . #nomadicvegan #veganjapan #veganfoodporn #veganpancakes #vegetarianjapan
With a true nomadic, vegan soul, Shivya Nath (@shivya) takes you through local cultures and experiences around the world whilst promoting sustainable travel. If you follow a vegan lifestyle and ever find it difficult to get food from any corner of the world, you can always check her feed or her food-focused account (@nomadicvegan) for more details.
☕️ Are you a tea or coffee person? I was a chai-lover till Charles weaned me off it, and got me to share his love of coffee. I still like to indulge in a good old masala chai when we travel in India, like this breakfast @talabgaon_castle Do you have a food habit that you indulge in only while travelling?? #Chai #tealover #tea #india #incredibleindia #rajasthan #colours_of_rajasthan #architecture #indiatravel #indiantravelblogger
Wanna know how the Hilton Giardini fares over Hotel Royale Villa in Paris? Ask the experts, Charles and Revathi (@Different Doors), who seem to know how things work in the luxury section of travel. Their adventures also talk about interesting travel accessories and the best services in the travel industry that you can avail.
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Streets of London – join me as I explore London with @airbnb for two days, with local experiences for luxury travellers! #shotoniphonex . . . . . Clothes @celioindia #london #londonfashion #londoner #airbnb #airbnbexperience #uk #england #streetstyle #streetwear #denim #mumbai #delhi #pune #bangalore #ahmedabad #hyderabad #colombo #indianblogger #india #indian #srilanka #mensfashion #mensfashionblogger
From flying in business class to staying in luxurious hotels, fine dining restaurants to cafes. You will find well-curated experiences for luxury travelers on Riaan George’s Instagram (@urbaneyebyrg). Not just that, he also makes sure that your style is on point when traveling, be it for business or leisure.
While your itinerary gets sorted, don’t forget to dig up some serious style inspiration, courtesy the likes of Sonam Babani (@fashioneiress) and Santoshi Shetty (@santoshishetty). They have your airport looks and street style game sorted with their easy yet high on sass looks. They also show you how to pick certain pieces from Indian brands or designers whenever traveling abroad to add local flavors to your outfits. Whenever talking about style, you can’t ignore Kapoor & Co. (Sonam & Rhea Kapoor, Kareena & Karisma Kapoor) who are currently serving major style and squad goals in London.
Karishma is a science nerd turned fashion and beauty writer who loves talking about trends as much as eating desserts. Gucci, salted caramel ice-cream, jewels, and Simba (her dog) make up four chambers of her heart. Like Karishma’s story? Drop her a line in the comments section below.