Most-Instagrammed #Vacation Destinations of 2014
Okay, admit it: When you’re on vacation, you just can’t help Instagramming your favorite sites. But have you ever wondered which locations inspire the most insta-sharing of all the world’s wondrous locales?
After scouring Instagram for nearly 100,000 images that contain the “#Vacation” hashtag during the past few months, we analyzed the results and geo-plotted each post on the interactive map below.
Simply drag your mouse over a given location, click the desired pinpoint, and see the Instagram photo that was taken there.
Unsurprisingly, there’s heavy density in major cities and coastal areas; take a look at all that dark purple in the midst of Europe and on the U.S. East Coast.
It’s also worth noting that because we searched for #Vacation and not for #Holiday or other variations of the word “vacation,” it’s safe to assume many of these posts were made by Americans. About two-thirds of the posted photos are located outside of the U.S., which is particularly interesting when you consider the previous point. In fact, six out of the Top 10 most popular cities are located in other countries.
Of these international destinations, Italy is understandably hot, coming in at No. 2 on the Top Country list with 5,910 pictures and two locations in the top 20 (Venice and Rome). And despite the picturesque shorelines in the Bahamas, there were only 128 photos. People must be too busy loving the beaches.
Top 5 Most Instagrammed Cities in the World
As for individual locations within those cities, NYC comes in strong with Times Square, Central Park, and the Empire State Building, and those visiting London loved to share their shots of Big Ben and the Tower of London. Interestingly, the top two cities on the list are currently the most expensive places to live in the world. Well, sure, it’s just easier to visit!
Iconic structures really seem to get the most attention. In addition to the Empire State Building and Big Ben, top-shared monuments include the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Coliseum in Rome. And, of course, if you’re in Orlando, you’re tossing up images of Universal Studios and the Magic Kingdom left and right.
Social media permits new visions of beauty from all corners of the world. Since most of us can’t travel to every country and city we would like to visit, Instagram helps us get a taste of locations we might be interested in travelling to next!