Instagrammable Travel Destinations

The rise of the Instagrammer, particularly those who feature travel and destination photography has seen a definite shift in our holiday choices. We are no longer just tempted by the brochure, or word of mouth from friends when we are choosing where to visit, but no also have the added temptation of stunning places that feature on the Instagram feed of our favourite accounts. After all, caring is sharing, so in our current climate it we like to share the wonderful places we have visited and the super experiences we have enjoyed there.

Instagram has made places like Mauritius, with its white sandy unspoilt beaches, clear blue seas and genuine look of paradise, a highly attractive destination, particularly with honeymooners who want the beauty and romance without the crowds. You can find great deals for Indian Ocean breaks in Mauritius through https://www.destination2.co.uk/destinations/indian-ocean/mauritius including wonderful honeymoon and wedding breaks.

So what makes a place instagrammable?

Culture and Heritage

Places that are rich in history and heritage are always a fabulous draw for instagrammers. These are the sort of places that are filled with fantastic, interesting buildings just crying out to be photographed.

One such place is Paphos in Cyprus, which is the site of fascinating archeological ruins that are incredible in their preservation, and perfect for photo opps.

But history and Culture doesn’t have to be limited to the ancient past, in Limassol I was excited to see Art Deco buildings from the 1930s, another photo opportunity.

Similarly, the beautiful tiled buildings of Portugal may not be hundreds of years old, but they are still highly photogenic and definitely worth a snap or two.

Coastliine and Blue Seas

When you travel on holiday, the chances are you are looking forward to spending some time lazing on a beautiful beach, starring at the ocean, and hoping you never have to come home.  Glorious coastlines, rugged cliffs and white sandy beaches all show off nature at her very best, and prove to be totally instagrammable. Of course, some people also put themselves in the shot (those famous sausage legs photos are often on a sun lounger on some beach or another, but the best shots are the ones where you can totally imagine yourself there.

Other Instagram Favourites

Other Instagram favourites from seasoned travellers include gorgeous colourful sunsets, local wildlife and flora and fauna and interesting shopping including local markets and artisan products. Cocktails and food are also popular, and even photographs taken out of the aeroplane window, all these add to your picture of a place, and help to sell it to others.

 

 

 

 

 

Jessops Open New Concept Store in Sainsburys Oldbury

It is a sad time when it comes to photographs. The days when we ran to have our holiday snaps developed, clutching that treasured roll of film have long since passed, with photographs now destined to live in cyber space, on Instagram and Facebook, no longer placed in albums to be looked at and enjoyed by our and future generations. But photography giants Jessops are aiming to change all this, using their new concept stores to help us fall in love with our photographs all over again.

I was invited to the opening of the new concept store which is based in the Sainsburys supermarket in Oldbury town centre (it will always be Sava centre to me!). The idea of the new store is that it gives you lots of different ways to love and print your images, from fast development of photos from cameras and mobile phones, to prints that appear on canvas, cushions, mugs and photobooks. Many services can be done in the time it takes you to do your shopping, making it both quick and convenient. In addition, the stores have a range of photo albums, scrap booking ideas and interesting and beautiful picture frames to purchase that will showcase your images to perfection.

The store is pretty gorgeous, with all the machines very easy to use, and photographs that can be ready in as little as 25 minutes. I like that the staff are both friendly and knowledgeable, and can give you advice about the options for your photographs, for instance, I wanted to print a photograph onto a canvas¬† but the res wasn’t really good enough. I was given advice for better options and shown exactly how they would look so I could make an informed decision.

With a great range of Instax instant cameras that will appeal to those who love Instagram, and beautiful displays that show just what you can do with your photographic memories, I think the Jessops concept stores are going to be a great success and help us to once again fall in love with our prints.

 

Sharing Those Winter Wonderful Memories With Truprint

Everyone has a favourite season, and for many people this has to be Winter. Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and with the added attraction that we might just get a Winter Wonderland, Winter is definitely a great season for making memories that will last forever.

Truprint have many fabulous ways for you to preserve those memories for posterity, including canvas prints, photo book, personalised calendars and prints of all sizes that can then be framed. These make wonderful gifts for loved ones – can you think of a better Christmas gift than a shared memory, but also make a lovely treat for yourself too.

I have been thinking about some of my own favourite Winter memories, the days that linger in the mind and bring a smile to my face, and I’m going to share a few of them here. I would love to hear about your fave ‘Winter Wonderful’ memories too.

Snowdays

We don’t get that many snow days in the Midlands, but, when we do, it is the perfect excuse to get wrapped up and get into the garden. Making snowmen, throwing snowballs and playing on a sledge, so many perfect photograph moments as you make happy memories.

Joe’s Birthday

Joe is a Christmas baby, so that makes our December doubly special. We always have a special birthday celebration to get it separate from Christmas. This has included a Santa sleepover at Legoland, and last year we took 30 adults and children to The Hawthorns to watch West Brom V Manchester Utd. A really special day for all concerned.

Christmas

Christmas is the time for making special memories, and as a complete Christmas lover, it is a time that is a carousel of panto’s, Christmas Markets and visits to Santa. My camera is constantly out at Christmas, as I snap away at those memories, ready to relive them at a later date.

How do you preserve your photographic Winter Wonderful memories?