How To Improve Your Instagram While Traveling

As a blogger, being on my phone is part of the job. I spend a lot of time in my room with a white poster board and miscellaneous products trying to get the right shot for my Instagram.

take better instagram pictures when traveling

I think traveling causes most of us to shake in our boots worrying about the cost of going “off the grid”. I love taking time on vacation to unplug and just make memories without feeling it necessary to update my Facebook page with every outing, but I’ve also realized that traveling can really help you to step up your Instagram game.

Today, I’ll be sharing my tips for how to up your following on Instagram and how to improve your Instagram feed when you’re away from your normal surroundings. This can be a quick roadtrip or a couple weeks abroad!

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Embrace new scenery

If I take too many Instagram pictures in the same spot – it drives me crazy! I feel like my followers are like, “Yes, your desk looks the exact same as it did in the last 75 pictures, can we see something else?” Sometimes, I’ll go for a walk just for the sake of fresh air and something new to snap pictures of. Traveling is a chance to take beautiful Instagram pictures of things you’ve never featured on your feed before. A perfect window sill in Boston or a coconut on your beach destination vacay will be perfect to improve your Instagram feed!

Use travel hashtags

Typically, I use the same 15 hashtags for every picture, and then I add a few depending on the image. If it’s one of the million pictures of my desk, I can add the hashtag #desk or #mydeskfromabove. Same goes for travel pictures! Try some great Instagram travel hashtags like the ones below. This will help get your Instagram noticed!








+ be sure to hashtag the city you’re in! (Ex: #Charleston)

  best travel instagram hashtags

Take a ton of pictures to save for later

This is my favorite. When I’m chilling in my house for weeks on end, the pictures I post are taken about 10 minutes before they’re posted. However, when I’m on vacation, I’m constantly snapping pictures of anything pretty, and it helps me out in two ways: 1. I have some pictures to remember my travels by and 2. I can edit the pictures later and upload them for Instagram on a rainy day!

Sometimes on a trip I only post one or two pictures while I’m there because I want to spend time off social media and in the moment. But when I get back, I can edit and upload to my heart’s content! Totally a great option if you want to unplug on vacation, but still work to increase your Instagram engagement.

Gain more authentic followers

I love following other bloggers and social media influencers from places that I visit! I think it’s great to have Instagram friends in other states, so that when you visit, you have a friendly face to meet for coffee and someone to get recommendations from on what to see, do, and eat! Use those location hashtags to find people in the area you can follow! Surely, they’ll have some local places featured on their Instagram that you can check out.

how to take better instagram photos when traveling

Improve your Instagram theme

Sometimes all your Instagram needs for a little boost is a few gorgeous pictures! Sometimes the same-old, same-old can make my feed look tired and too dry. Traveling to a new spot – whether it be a farmer’s market on the weekend or a destination vacation – can really help me get some bright and fun images to spruce up my theme. Right now I’m trying to switch to a warm Instagram theme with fall approaching, so I’m excited to get some pictures to match that while on a secret getaway this weekend! (Follow me on snap to see where I’m headed! Cristina.snaps)

Create better Instagram engagement

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….it’s all about engagement. Often times, the photos that get the best engagement for me are those total #wanderlust photos of places I’ve visited! It’s easier for someone to like and comment on a gorgeous coffee shop or a lovely sunset picture than just another picture of me in a graphic tee – haha! My favorite thing chatting with people in my Instagram comments. While traveling, I can give more info about my destinations, get food recommendations, and make new friends that might live nearby!

I’m curious – what’s your favorite place you’ve traveled to? Follow me on Instagram for fun travel pictures coming soon! 



  • Great tips! I love being able to take lots of photos to save for later. I go on walks sometimes, just like you, just to take some new photos! Travel instas are my favorite. They really speak to my sense of wanderlust!

  • These are such great tips! One of my favorite parts of traveling is taking advantage of all photos I can take for Instagram purposes. Travel hashtags are also a must!

    Rachel /

    • cristina

      Thanks, Rach!! Yeah I get so excited to travel because I’m like “yay! More pics for insta!” Haha 🙂

  • This is all SO TRUE. Whenever I’m back in the city, I take a billion ‘stock’ photos and save them for later! It’s such a struggle when you have nothing to post but with that you’re never at a loss! I need to try these hashtags as well!

    Thanks for sharing xo
    Shelby //

    • cristina

      Having extra photos to post on a rainy day is so helpful! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • These are such great tips. Stocking up on insta worthy photos are a must, Now I just need to book another vacation! 🙂

  • Such great tips. I’m leaving for Vermont on Sunday so the timing of this seriously could not have been much better!


  • This is perfect!! I love stocking up on pics during vacation. This is all so true!

    Sara Kate Styling

  • These are all fabulous tips, Cristina! Thank you for sharing those tags, I’ll be sure to use them in tonight’s post!
    -Anna |

  • Followers love seeing posts from trips! Especially when most places are so beautiful!

  • Shane

    Solid tips! I post my travel pics to coordinate with my new posts, sometimes several months later

  • Amy

    These are great tips, Cristina!! I love traveling to new places and having photos to give my theme a little scenery change. Also, like you said, it’s also nice to have a ton of stock photos handy for a rainy day! I hope you enjoy your trip!

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Ashley

    These are great tips!! Can’t wait to give those hashtags a try!!

    xo Ashley

  • Love these tips! I’m going to Greece in a few months and am already thinking of ways to up my game while I’m there!

  • michelle mink

    I always save pictures for later so I rarely post the day of. I like to time my instagram pics with new posts

  • Great trips! I always take photos before a trip but I end up always posting more from my trip with different scenery. Those in the moment pics always seem to get more engagement than those that were preplanned!


  • Ooooh you shared some new travel hashtags that I haven’t used before!! Love finding new tags. I have some trips coming up soon so I’ll be trying these out 😉

    xoxo A

  • These are such great tips! I always stress will traveling, so I’ll keep this post handy!

  • Such great tips. It can be challenging to post tons of pictures while on vacation, plus you won’t be able to fully enjoy the destination.But taking pictures for later is a great solution to keep growing your Insta engagement and to enjoy the vacation. Loved the article. I will try these hashtags as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • Great tips! I’ll be doing a mini vacation in two weeks and can’t wait to put your tips to good use 😉 xo, sharon

  • These are great tips! Traveling provides such great opportunities for Insta photos!

  • Great tips!!! Love the picture of the window with the flower box!

    • cristina

      Thanks Rach! Took it in Boston when I came to visit ya 🙂

  • Elana

    I need to get better about hashags. These are such great tips!

  • Love this Cristina! I am always stocking up on cute photos while I travel to share! I would definitely say hashtag hashtag hashtag! I always do a little research on popular hashtags for the places I’m visiting so I have a leg up and can blend in with locals pics!
    So far, my favorite US city would have to be San Francisco! We saw and did so much! I’d totally recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure filled trip!

  • This couldn’t have come at a better time! I’m currently on vacate and slacking on my Insta!

    How 2 Wear It []

  • These are great tips! I am adding those hashtags to my list!

    The Blush Blonde

  • Those are such great tips! I’m heading to Toronto soon with some friends and I’ll definitely take that opportunity to snap plenty of pictures to post on Instagram!

  • Great tips! I’m so bad at remembering to stay on top of social media while I’m traveling.
    XO Amanda |

  • These are great tips! I have a ton of photos that I save for later, great idea!

  • All good tips girlfriend! Engaging with local followers wherever you’re headed is clutch!

    Coming Up Roses

  • These are all great tips, especially the one of taking a bunch of pictures to post later! I definitely need to work on taking more pictures every day.

  • Love these tips. I’ve always found that when I travel my photos come out better in general because I don’t feel as rushed and I’m always looking at cooler things than just my desk. I’m going to try to remember some of these hashtags for the trip I’m currently going on. Thanks for sharing!