1. Snap Miami’s sun-kissed scene
The pastel colors and stylized ornamentation of Miami and South Beach’s famous Art Deco buildings will give your images on Instagram an authentic retro look… and all bathed in that sunny glow. Your followers will swoon over your posts of Miami’s Art Deco buildings such as The Carlyle and The Webster. Explore the Design District to soak up more creative inspiration during the day, take a Segway tour on South Beach or try a fun buggy tour of the Wynward Arts District to snap even more colorful pics of modern street art.
2. Catch some colorful culture in Cape Town
While Cape Town is most famous for photogenic Table Mountain, the historic Bo-Kaap area in the Mother City provides the perfect backdrop for incredible vacation images. Take a walking tour or biking tour to find out more about this traditional neighborhood with its brightly painted houses dating back to the 1850s — it’s also best to tour the Bo-Kaap with a guide who knows the best, and safest, areas to visit. This vibrant ‘hood with its steep cobbled streets is home to the local Cape Malay community — try a cooking class to learn more about the traditional spicy food. For a modern take on art, the newly opened Zeitz MOCAA not only has a fascinating collection, but the building itself is an incredible architectural feat. Selfies from the rooftop sculpture garden will have your Instagram followers swooning.
3. Fall in love with Hoi An’s lanterns
The Vietnamese city of Hoi An is synonymous with bright lanterns: you’ll find them dangling on just about every street and alleyway in the old town. Introduced by Japanese settlers in the 16th century, the lanterns soon became a popular feature, not only for their beauty but also as a symbol for good luck. Fast forward to today, and you’ll be amazed at the variety of shapes and colors the lanterns come in. During the evening, the twinkling lanterns create a fairytale feeling. Best of all, they make a fabulous souvenir, too. A tour through the Old Town with its bridges and canals, which is also a UNESCO site, will provide myriad Insta-snapping opportunities and you can enjoy delicious local food while you’re there.
4. Capture Berlin’s gritty beauty
Germany’s capital city provides a heady mix of history and cool urban culture — favorite Instagram themes, for sure. Berlin has become synonymous with street art, so much so, that there’s even a museum dedicated to it, called Urban Nation. Stroll along the famous East Side Gallery, previously part of the dividing wall between East and West, and capture iconic street art for your Instagram feed. On a street art walking tour, you’ll learn about up-and-coming artists on the scene, and maybe even get to create your own tag. Exploring the alternative neighborhoods of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain will give you a new perspective on this city. If you’re visiting in October, be sure to check out the annual Festival of Lights, where buildings around the city are illuminated with colorful, animated art — likes guaranteed!
5. Live la vida La Boca
Taking inspiration from the Italian settlers who came from the colorful city of Genoa, La Boca in Buenos Aires provides a smattering of colors for that perfect shot. Bike tours are a popular way to visit this area. The main drag pulses with life and artists selling their wares, and it’s advised to stick to the busier areas for safety. Buildings here are painted in an array of bright primary colors, so no filter needed — your pics will shine on your Instagram feed. Buenos Aires also has a booming street art scene that’s worth exploring on a tour through the Palermo district.
6. Shoot the scene in Melbourne
There are so many brilliant things to experience in Melbourne, from visiting the surrounding wineries to chilling on its beaches. But if it’s Instagrammable cool street art you’re after, you’re in the best place in the southern hemisphere. Take a tour of the city’s famous laneways that provide a canvas for colorful and fascinating street art. Hosier Lane is the central spot to start your exploration. Posing in front of the famous Keith Haring mural at Johnston Street makes for the perfect profile picture. When you’re done posting your pics, head to some of the city’s famous street markets or check out a hidden bar or three.
7. Beat the blues in Morocco
If you’re a fan of blue hues, then Chefchaouen in Morocco will fill your feed with the most mesmerizing images imaginable. If you’re planning on taking striking selfies, dress in white or a bright contrasting color (think yellow or hot pink) to really make a statement. A day trip from Fez is the ideal way to see this city nestled in high in the Rif Mountains. Explore the medina on a food tour to taste Moroccan delicacies and visit local markets before capturing your next round of snaps for Instagram as the sun goes down.