2016 has been a great year. Considering that the blog is now just about a year old (a baby), it has come a long way already with paid press trips, sponsored stays, media invites, social marketing deals and a ton more. It has been an exciting ride, to say the least and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.
With the blog garnering eyeballs in its first few months itself, I decided it was time to up my Instagram game as well. Spending hours at end on Instagram paid off as I got immense response and jumped from 1000 to 18000 followers this year.
As I work hard on honing my photography skills, its encouraging to know that my Insta handle got a whooping 62000 likes in 2016. Here are the pictures which got the most likes and the stories behind each shot.
Table of Content
- My Top Instagram Clicks of 2016
- #1 – Butterfly Garden, Changi Airport, Singapore
- #2 – Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
- #3 – Pink Beach, Komodo Island, Indonesia
- #4 – Padar island, Indonesia
- #5 – Bintan beach, Indonesia
- #6 – Bintan, Indonesia
- #7 – Giethoorn, The Netherlands
- #8 – Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
- #9 – Matterhorn, Switzerland
- #10 – Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Chiang Mai, Thailand
My Top Instagram Clicks of 2016
#1 – Butterfly Garden, Changi Airport, Singapore
It was my second long layover at Changi airport and this time, I was prepared to make the most of it. Armed with my trusted Canon, I went around all the free airport attractions clicking pictures left, right and center. The butterfly garden is my favorite spot for taking shots at the airport. This pretty little thing stood still for exactly 10 seconds which gave me ample time to click away to my heart’s desire. The awesome red backdrop made the picture pop and its no wonder this beauty bagged the most likes for me in 2016.
#2 – Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
I visited Plitvice lakes in Croatia over 4 years ago. Since I just started my travel blog, Instagram was never my focus. I got around to posting this shot in November 2016 (Finally!) and I am glad I did. As you can see it got a tremendous response from my followers and everyone loved this click, taken from a view point inside the park.
#3 – Pink Beach, Komodo Island, Indonesia
Even though I spent 11 months in Indonesia in 2015, I only got to visit Komodo island during my #TripofWonders in August 2016. It was one of the best trips ever, courtesy Indonesian tourism board, and the pictures clicked during this tour made the best impact on my Instagram. Not only did it skyrocket my following but also engagement through the roof. It was the single best thing that pushed my Insta to the next level in 2016 and the shots taken make up 50% of my top 10 shots of 2016 – which is a huge deal in itself.
This shot was clicked by the amazing @bchastity as I was strolling along, admiring the pink sands of this stunning beach.
#4 – Padar island, Indonesia
This was one of my first shots using my GoPro and I think it turned out especially well. This shot won me a photography award from a fellow blogger and a lot of kudos from followers across all channels. It was taken on a secluded spot I found on a hike up Padar Island. It took a lot of work to get up there on the edge of the cliff, all alone with my GoPro and I could just soak in the view, relax and take shots at leisure. Out of maybe 50 odd shots I clicked while enjoying “me time” in my spot, I simply loved this one of the setting sun making for this awe-inspiring view. Till date, it is one of my favorite travel moments.
#5 – Bintan beach, Indonesia
Bintan island has some of the best sunsets ever. If you don’t believe me check out these next two shots which made it to my top 10. Sunset chasing is a lot of fun and capturing it with a group of like minded bloggers and photographers gave me an opportunity to learn and enhance my skills too. These two shots are some of the best sunsets I have ever seen.
#6 – Bintan, Indonesia
#7 – Giethoorn, The Netherlands
Another shot from my old Euro trip, this was in one of the most beautiful villages I have ever seen. My Dutch friend and I, cycled around Giethoorn for over 40 kms and came across many such lovely cottages. They made for perfect photo opportunities and inspirational house goals.
#8 – Labuan Bajo, Indonesia
Labuan Bajo (Komodo island) was my favorite place during the #TripofWonders in Indonesia. With lovely blue green waters, breathtaking views and of course the mighty Komodos, this island makes for an ideal destination. This shot was clicked from the airplane as I simply could not get enough of this view and took several shots and videos to save my memories and showcase the beauty of this island – to the world! You simply have to see it to believe it.
#9 – Matterhorn, Switzerland
Switzerland has some of the best landscapes I have ever seen. Matterhorn was high on my bucketlist and I was so happy when I finally saw the snow covered Swiss Alps. One of the highlights of my euro trip and I am definitely up for a revisit.
#10 – Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Chiang Mai, Thailand
My short trip to North Thailand introduced me to so many new adventures and experiences. One amazing place I found was this cactus display at Queen sirikit botanical garden. I was so impressed by the display that I simply had to get myself clicked here. There are so many places to see in Chiang Mai so it can get overwhelming if you aren’t staying for long but I covered a lot of ground, thanks to the Thailand authority of tourism who planned it perfectly.
Follow me on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/wanderwithjo, to stay updated on my 2017 escapades as I travel to Vietnam, China, Malaysia and beyond with my handy GoPro and trusted Canon by my side. Let’s see which pictures make it to the top in 2017.