9 Instagram Photos to Boost Your Wanderlust

9 Popular Instagram Photos That Will Boost Your Wanderlust [Jan. 2017]

If you’re a passionate traveler, I bet that like me you do as best you can to boost your wanderlust and find inspiration for your next trips.

Luckily, we’re all different and rely on different sources to gather ideas on where to go next, it doesn’t matter if an exotic destination or discovering more of one’s own backyard.

I follow, of course, like-minded travel bloggers, and read the stories of their journeys. However, I am a much visually driven person, and I soon found out that what feeds my travel inspiration are images. That’s why I am so passionate about photography.

It’s thus not surprising that my favorite social network happens to be Instagram. That’s the place where I find a lot of ideas for future trips, and it’s also a great source to look at different photography styles and (hopefully) improve my skills.

In January I shared pictures from places where I actually stayed, as well as photos from the recent past. Here are the 9 most popular instagram pics that will

Boost your wanderlust!

Snow Capped Bern

I spent about three weeks in Bern, between the end of 2016 at the beginning of 2017, house-sitting and taking care of a lovely cat. During my stay, I experienced an unexpected variety of weather, from sunny and warm (considered the season), to foggy and cold and eventually the snow arrived.

Bern Snow Capped

Snow capped Bern looked very different from the green and colorful Summer version, but not less charming.

A dreamy walk in the forest covered in white frost

Bern medieval old town is beautiful, but the city is quite small so it doesn’t take much time to visit it. It is, however, surrounded by hills and forest, and had many lovely walks in the woods, careless of the biting cold.

I had one of the most unforgettable hikes the day when a white blanket of frost wrapped the forest. It was pure winter magic.

Switzerland - Frost in the Forest

Switzerland White Winter

Memories of sunny and warm days

I’m quite sensitive to weather conditions and a gloomy day makes my mood dull. That’s when I look back at the time I spent in lovely places during sunny and warm days, and fantasize over next destinations.

Last year, I had a few wonderful days on Lake Como where I discovered a few charming towns I had never visited before. I also went back to Bellagio which, although touristy, is too pretty not to love it.

Italy - Bellagio

Italy - Bellagio Alleys

Contrasts: city and mountains

Living in Milan, I’ve seen Piazza del Duomo (the Cathedral Square) thousands of times. Nonetheless, I marvel time and again.

However, it’s in the mountains that I feel totally happy, and last year I treated myself to a day trip to Kandersteg, a lovely town in the Swiss Canton of Valais, where I hiked to the wonderful blue Oeschinensee.

Milan Piazza del Duomo

Switzerland - Kandersteg

Venice and Camogli: better off-season


As much as possible I try to avoid the crowds and travel off-season. I had a wonderful time in Venice in late autumn, often walking in deserted alleys and strolling in the delightful small squares. I discovered how beautiful Venice can be when wrapped into a thick fog that gives it an air of mystery.

Venice Bridge of Sighs

Italy - Camogli

Although I have a deep love for mountains and glaciers, I also like the sea, but not in Summer.

The climate on the coast of Liguria is milder in winter and often blessed with the sun, blue sky, and a very pleasant temperature. That’s the time of the year when I love going to Camogli, one of the prettiest towns on the coast, sitting on the terrace of a cafè overlooking the sea, and work while listening to the sound of the waves and the cries of the seagulls.

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  • Jamie
    Posted at 17:23h, 11 April Reply

    WOW. Unbelievably stunning, and so different from my Florida landscape! Great photos!

    • Simon
      Posted at 17:57h, 13 April Reply

      Thank you, Jamie. Haven’t visited Florida but yes, from all the pictures I’ve seen I’d say it’s rather different 🙂

  • Evan Kristine
    Posted at 02:58h, 03 August Reply

    Stunning photos! I love seeing those forest covered with snow and the mountains, so majestic!

    • Simon
      Posted at 10:10h, 16 August Reply

      Thank you, Evan. I like the winter pics as well. That’s why I’m not so much into tropical countries. I love seasons too much.

  • Zoe Dawes
    Posted at 10:51h, 15 July Reply

    Beautiful photography Simon – you really do inspire us to travel more and see things differently.

  • Trees Rotteveel
    Posted at 22:13h, 31 March Reply

    Really beautiful photos!

  • Travel Myanmar
    Posted at 03:45h, 17 March Reply

    The photos are so beautiful, it makes me want to go to these places

  • Travel Myanmar
    Posted at 07:58h, 10 March Reply

    I love all the photos!

    • Simon
      Posted at 12:39h, 13 March Reply

      Thank you!

  • Irfan
    Posted at 13:56h, 21 February Reply

    Really amazing pic, as like as its title.

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