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8 Amazing Travel Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow

If you’re anything like me you’ll spend your days scrolling through endless travel pictures of Instagram, dreaming of your next holiday. Since I started blogging I’ve discovered so many amazing bloggers with unbelievable Insta accounts so I thought I’d share my favourites. I dare you to not want to get on a plane after looking at them.

A Girl Who Travels

A Girl Who Travels

Follow: @a_girlwhotravels

Despite living in the hustle and bustle of London, Marta manages to find colour everywhere. Her bright and beautiful photos don’t just inspire you to travel, they also make you look for new adventures at home. 

World of Wanderlust

World of Wanderlust

Follow: @worldwanderlust

World of Wanderlust is one of the most successful travel blogs around and it boasts a pretty impressive Instagram to match. Follow Brooke on her on-going adventure if you’re ok with the never ending jealousy.

The Blonde AbroadBlonde AbroadFollow: @theblondeabroad

This possibly my favourite account of them all. I’d never been interested in beach style holidays until I saw Kiersten’s photos. She takes typical blogger photos of palm trees and bikinis to new, envy inducing levels.

Round the World GirlRound the World Girl

Follow: @roundtheworldgirl

Love outdoor adventures? This is the account for you. Think rock climbing, canoeing and trekking, all in breathtaking surroundings.

The Planet DThe Planet D

Follow: @theplanetd

This account is all about the scenery.Rather than most travel insta-bloggers who like to be the centre of attention, these professional photographers let the pictures speak for themselves.

Court Scott

Court Scott

Follow: @court_scott

Courtney Scott is best pals with The Blonde Abroad and shares in that picture perfect lifestyle. I just wish my tan could always be so perfect (or exist at all).

Anna EverywhereAnna Everywhere

Follow: @anna.everywhere

When she says everywhere, she means everywhere. I have no idea how she squeezes in so many trips but I’d definitely like her to tell me.

Pause the MomentPause the Moment

Follow: @pausethemoment

I have never seen more blue in an Insta feed, Sea, sun and sky are the order of the day for Ryan. Oh, and he seems to really enjoy doing handstands in front of things.


What are your favourite Instagrams for travel inspiration? Leave them in the comments below and be sure to check out my account here!

Katie x

 

5 Ways to Save in New York

There is no doubting the fact that New York is an expensive place but that’s doesn’t stop anyone and everyone dreaming of going there. Even once you’ve splashed out on flights and an overpriced hotel, some of the biggest landmarks and attractions in the world still come with a pretty hefty price tag. Don’t fear though, you can still have a pretty great holiday in NYC, just follow these tips.

Eat Away from the Landmarks

Times Square and the surrounding areas are full of restaurants and the location and ease of access seems appealing but restrain yourself! These places are so overpriced and are usually just mediocre chain restaurants that can afford the jacked up rent of tourist hot spots. Take a bit of extra time to hunt down local favourites in areas such as Tribeca or Soho and it’ll really pay off, in both price and quality. Also be sure to see which restaurants have pre-theatre offers and take advantage of them. It may mean eating a little earlier but then you have the whole night to explore!

Take the Staten Island Ferry

NYC

Official Statue of Liberty Tours are one of the biggest wastes of money in New York, and that’s really saying something. While some offer you the chance to get off the boat and climb to the top of the statue, others simply sail around the island for a bit and call it a tour. If getting up and close and personal with the statue is your idea of fun then you might have to splash out, just make sure you book well in advance as these tours can sell out fast. If you’re happy with just a look however, just hop on the free Staten Island Ferry which runs every 30 minutes. You get a good look at the statue and the view of the city as you return is just breathtaking.

Buy Theatre Tickets from TKTS Stands

Located in Times Square and near the South Street Seaport, TKTs overs discounted theatre tickets on the morning of each performance. The shows on offer as well as the price deduction varies daily but this is easily the best way to snap up some great deals. Make sure you get their early though as they can sell out fast and be prepared to wait in line.

Spend Time in Central Park

Central Park is one of New York’s biggest landmarks so it’d be silly not to take advantage. It doesn’t cost a thing to wander around the beautiful area so pack a picnic and head out for a day of exploring. Get lost in the woods, climb the rocks or eat on the banks of the lake. There’s so much to see here that you could walk all day and still have plenty more left to see.

Central Park

Buy a Subway Pass

Manhattan is a big place, and that’s even before you’ve considered heading to Brooklyn, and even if, like me, you love walking round new places, you’ll find yourself using the Subway more than you think. Getting an unlimited Subway pass for just a few days of your stay allows you to visit some of the less central attractions such as Coney Island, The Bronx Zoo and the Yankee Stadium without having to spend on a ticket each time. Just try and pack all of your Subway based activities into a couple of days and walk for the rest of your trip.

Are you planning a trip to New York? Have you been before? Tell me all about it below!

Katie x

24 Hours in New Orleans

I didn’t really know what to expect in New Orleans. I knew what I wanted. I wanted men with saxophones on every street corner and sassy old women serving homemade soul food. But I didn’t know what to actually expect. We went for two days but really all the best things could be done in 24 hours if you planned ahead and got out of bed at a reasonable time, so here’s a handy guide of what to do if you ever find yourself in this fine city, even just for a day.

Morning: Take a Tour of the Swamps Going on a swamp tour was a must for this Princess and the Frog fan. Just a short drive from the city centre, you can find multiple boat companies competing for your custom. As far as I could tell, all of them were pretty similar, offering a morning boat tour that takes in the swamps and all the wildlife that calls it home. Catch a glimpse of alligators, raccoons and wild pigs as you zoom through the beautiful scenery. Our guide was really knowledgeable and charismatic (some may say crazy) which made the whole experience all the more enjoyable. It’s really easy to get to and many hostels organise daily trips here for those less willing to put in the effort themselves.

Afternoon: Explore the French Quarter

The French Quarter is the perfect place to dive into New Orleans’ rich history or just take a leisurely stroll through it’s beautiful streets. Make sure you visit the cathedral in Jackson Square and give yourself plenty of time to stop buy some cafes and bars to listen to some local jazz. The street performers are pretty talented too if the fresh air is more your thing. Just grab an ice cream, find a bench and enjoy.

Evening: Steamboat Natchez

 There is no better way to experience NOLA history than on this amazing steamboat cruise. Opt to have dinner while you sail or just take in the amazing views whilst listening to the on board jazz band. Take this time to relax or explore the boat and even check out the fully functional steam engine room. If you’d rather a more educational trip then listen out for the audio tour which gives you an insight into the landmarks along the Mississippi coast line. 

Night: Bourbon Street

Unfortunately, I was only 20 when I visited and the very large bouncers deterred me from even trying to drink under-age, but I heard on the grapevine that Bourbon Street is the place to go for a jazz filled night out. The live music from the bars flows into the neon lit street at all hours of the day, so even if drinking isn’t for you, you should definitely head down to soak in the true Nola atmosphere.

For lunch and dinner recommendations, check out the best things I ate here and enjoy your trip to NOLA! I want to go back already!

Katie x

Katie Goes: The Grand Canyon

At 6am on a warm Las Vegas morning I’m rudely awoken by blinding light streaming into the hotel room. It’s Grand Canyon day, the day that me and mum were most looking forward to in Vegas (not the wedding, sorry Chris). And the best part was, we’d booked a helicopter tour to see it in style! We headed downstairs to get picked up by the limo, how fancy, and headed to the tiny airport. All checked in, we met our pilot, an ex RAF man who helps extinguish forest fires in his spare time. We were safe in his hands, but that didn’t stop mum squealing in the as we took off. As we were the lightest we got  to sit in the front and, with head sets on, we were ready for mum’s favourite part of the whole trip…the selfie. No I’m not kidding, I’ve never seen her as excited as when she asked me “do you know how to do a selfie?” and my answer was “errr well, yeah.” Look how happy she is!

IMG_4109We flew for about half an hour over beautiful desert, mountains and the Hoover Dam, all with our pilot giving us fun facts like a human encyclopaedia. We finally landed in the canyon and it was simply astonishing. I’ve been putting off writing this post because I just didn’t know what I could say about it that’d live up to the experience. Nothing. It truly is something you have to see for yourself. Even when you’re there it’s impossible to understand the scale of the place. It just goes on forever.

grand canyon

We had a quick breakfast inside the canyon and, despite it only being 7.30am, we headed off after about 40 minutes as the heat was too much, although we obviously had time to take a few pictures (complete with fetching name badge used for the flight). The ride back included a fly down the strip and I even got to help fly the helicopter before landing back at the base and getting the limo back to the hotel. I really could not recommend a helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon enough. A few people said to us that they weren’t going because it “wasted a day of fun in Vegas”, but really, you can drink and gamble for the rest of your trip, just make sure you see this once in a lifetime place. If you do the tour we did it only took 4 hours, and it was 4 hours we would have usually used for sleeping.

Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? Let me know all about it in the comments!

Katie x