A recent study revealed that British adults between the ages of 18 and 33 are most likely to choose their next holiday destination based on how Instagrammable it is. Millennials, apparently, are more concerned with whether a location looks beautiful than whether it offers them the opportunity to try local cuisine, go sightseeing or experience ‘personal development’.
Of course, surveys such as these have to be taken with a pinch of salt. Trend researchers might love investigating what makes those mysterious millennials tick, but it’s not exactly accurate to suggest that we only want to visit beautiful places so we can post about it on social media. Think about it: it’s not as if baby boomers are regularly taking their analogue cameras along to holidays on rubbish tips, is it?
All that aside, there are certain places that it’s almost impossible not to Instagram. The Cut has asked the photo-sharing platform to reveal which holiday destinations get Instagrammed more than any others – and the results are basically our ultimate travel bucket list.
Scroll through to see how many you’ve already posted…
9. Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
Recreate your own Miranda-and-Steve-reunite-in-SATC moment on the famous bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan.
8. Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles
Right next to the original Muscle Beach, this old-school wooden pier boasts very Instagrammable fairground rides (including a neon-lit Ferris wheel).
7. Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas
Make sure to post lots of ’grams if you go to Vegas. It’s the only way you’ll remember half of it.
6. Louvre Museum, Paris
Paris’s second-most famous tourist destination boasts a striking glass sculpture outside and lots of art inside. Look all cultured online.
5. Eiffel Tower, Paris
Taking a photo of yourself in front of the Eiffel Tower is a bit like posting a picture of your mum online on Mother’s Day. You know it’s a cliché, you know everyone does it, but you just can’t resist. (Nil points for an Instagram of your partner proposing there, though.)
4. Times Square, New York City
NEW YORK, CONCRETE JUNGLE WHERE DREAMS ARE MAAAAAADE OF.
3. Central Park, New York City
Pose for a photo by the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, pretend you’re in Gossip Girl, etc etc.
2. Universal Studios Theme Parks (California, Florida, Japan and Singapore)
OK, so given that there are four huge destinations around the world, these film-inspired theme parks have a bit of an advantage over their competitors.
1. Disney Theme Parks (California, Florida, Tokyo, Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong)
You know what they say: you don’t mess with the mouse.
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