You know those insanely idyllic locations you spot on the perfectly curated Instagram feeds of influencers everywhere that seemingly promise fun, adventure, whimsy, and a general sense of FOMO?
Of course you’ve seen them. And, even though it might not seem like these postcards destinations are actually accessible to the everyman, they totally are. You just need to start a blog.
Kind of. Because a blog could definitely help you get there…
1. Santorini, Greece
Greece. Greece. Greece. What’s not to love? Putting aside the fact that it’s probably my #1 travel destination because I’m obsessed with Greek cuisine and Santorini is my color scheme to a tee, bloggers are flocking to the Mediterranean locale faster than you can say “gyro.” In recent years, the Greek economy has been on the fritz, so tourism has become one of their most lucrative income streams. Santorini in particular, the small island known for its white buildings and blue domed roofs, was arguably built to exist as a living postcard. In every picture, the water looks like it goes on for days and everyone on the island looks happy as a clam.
[Images via John Philp & Unlimited Santorini]
2. Giraffe Manor, Kenya
A friend of mine actually just ventured to Kenya for work and as soon as I saw the pictures on Instagram of him taking lodge in Giraffe Manor, I nearly lost my mind. I knew someone at Giraffe Manor! Safari lovers revel in this locale in particular because they can totally eat their meals with giraffes – which is just whimsical enough to forego the notion of contracting some kind of rare, African ailment. Germophobes need not apply.
[Image via Adam Gallagher]
Shit is popping OFF in the Maldives. A recent Barstool Sports article reported that a myriad of hotels in the Maldives have to basically route requests of twenty-two year old sorority girls who claim to be “influencers” straight to their trash folder.
“People say, I want to come to the Maldives for 10 days and will do two posts on Instagram to like 2,000 followers,” Kate Jones, a a resort employees in the Maldives, said.
But I mean, you gotta admire the effort, right? And who could blame the aforementioned influencer wannabes? The Maldives are arguably the most beautiful place on Earth.
[Images via Mike Homsy & Traveler Destinations]
4. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
This arctic destination has been popping on up blogger travel guides for some time now, and it looks absolutely divine. Showering naked beforehand is mandatory (don’t worry, the lagoon has stalls in which to do so if you neglected your morning scrub), but after that, the Geo Thermal spa is yours to explore. Harmonize with nature, journey through a spa of volcanic earth, and snap a bevy of pics to make your Instagram followers jealous.
[Image via The Blonde Abroad]
5. Eiffel Tower, France
Nothing, and I mean NOTHING says romance like Paris. Sure, it’s cliché, but for someone who loves love as much as I do (for more on that, read The Kyle Chronicles), Paris imbues that hopeless European romanticism better than other other city. Every time I spot a photo of the Eiffel Tower, I want to grab a baguette, brie, and pour myself a glass of champagne on a picnic blanket. One day…
[Image via Tany Moskalenko]
6. Positano, Italy
Positano first popped up on my radar when I watched the movie that depicts the actual embodiment of Hamptons to Hollywood’s casual luxury mission statement (ie: the way in which I wish I could live every day), The Talented Mr. Ripley. Sure there’s murder, deception, and dangerous love affairs, but it’s set against the most visually appealing backdrop: the Amalfi Coast. Just get me there on a sailboat with a pair of swim trunks and I’ll be made in the shade.
[Image via Jenn Ibe]
7. Bali, Indonesia
The final place all bloggers MUST visit in order to call themselves bloggers, is Bali. Thanks to the opus of self-discovery that is Eat Pray Love, aka one of the most transformative pieces of literature I have ever experienced, I came across the wondrous island nation of Bali. Ripe with tropical foliage, crystal clear, aquamarine waters, and charm that is impossible to escape, the landscape alone would make for a captivating blog post. However, its ancient mysticism, coupled with its dynamic secular architecture that runs through much of the island, it’s a Blogger’s Wonder of the World because it’s tied to something more powerful than any other weapon in a blogger’s toolkit. Yes, even more powerful than Instagram. That is, spirituality.
[Images via Rita Nassiri & Mint Footprints]
And just in case you forgot what the OG 7 Wonders of the World are, here ya go:
1. the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt.
2. the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
3. the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece.
4. the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.
5. the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
6. the Colossus of Rhodes.
7. the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt
[Hero Image via @eat.shop.travel