How to Find Travel Destinations on Instagram

Guest post by Katja Presnal, the author of “Instagram as your Guide to the World”.

Travel Guide Instagram BookImagine if you could get connected with almost any travel location in the world before visiting and you could chat with someone who is the expert on the local area when you are planning your trip and see exactly how it looks in the destination right now – and not just a few years ago, when the latest brochure pictures were taken.

Good news for you: you can get this and much more on Instagram. In the past year I have traveled in 15 different countries using different methods of Instagram search to discover new places to visit. The past few months I did more research and wrote a book about the topic. The bad news is that you have to be creative when searching Instagram and it’s not as easy as searching on search engines, but once you get the tricks down, it will be easy!

I would like to share simple tips how to get started by searching specific instagram users.

When you search users, tap on the “Users” on the Instagram search screen. This is easy if you already know of the travel destinations, tourism boards, travel experts or even cities, hotels or restaurants posting photos on Instagram. All you have to do is type their username and find their account and you will immediately find all of their photos.

It takes time to find the people you want to follow, and sometimes your best source for local travel tips can be a small local business owner, instead of a large chain hotel or even tourism board on Instagram. Sometimes even the national tourism board Instagram accounts don’t tell the story of how amazing the country, but luckily many local tourism boards and Convention and Visitors Bureaus are already on Instagram, like VisitRaleigh.

If you are planning on a trip to a certain location, you can often find a local tourism board with a username {visit}+{location name} for example VisitMexico, VisitCalifornia and so on.

However, all local tourism boards are not on Instagram yet, and other local experts might be much better help for you. Sometimes finding the best people is almost impossible by searching based on usernames unless you have a magical ability to guess the usernames. This is why I wrote the book with several additional ways how you can find the experts on almost any location in the world.

Travel Guide Instagram Book photo

EDIT: This is just a very short start how to use Instagram as your travel guide, I hope you join me in the Twitter party on Monday 27th May at 9PM EST to talk more with #IGTravelbook or get my book, Instagram as your Guide to the World – How, What and Who to Search and Follow on Instagram to Help You Travel the World., which is now available for the introductory price of $4.99 on And above all – I hope you join me at Instagram and share YOUR travels, I’m Skimbaco at Instagram.

Guest post by Katja Presnal. Katja Presnal is the owner of the online magazine with a mission to inspire you to live life to the fullest. She has partnered with TV networks in the past, featured in New York Times, Forbes, Glamour, Woman’s Day and other national and international media and won Addy Awards for her work as a social media strategist. Her first ebook “Instagram as your Guide to the World – How, What and Who to Search and Follow on Instagram to Help You Travel the World” published in May 2013. Currently she holds a temporary residence in Sweden with her husband and three children.

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