Just like Grindr (that dirty little app every gay guy has played around with) forced me to care more about my appearance, Instagram has forced me to care more about my photography. But it’s so much more than just a place for photos. Instagram has become my obsession. It’s my go-to app for, well, everything.

While I still use Twitter as a fun and friendly tool to connect with new people (and, uh, Grindr, too lol), Instagram does the same, but it’s as if I’m tripping on something psychedelic while doing so. I could sit and watch my Instagram feed all day. The picslips and sneak peeks into other people’s lives. The pretty photos and all the #gayselfies, the shoes and the nails and the YouTubers and the models. It’s all there, all the time. I love it.

#cloudporn on Instagram
Instagram and it’s famous love for #cloudporn

Instagram is my escape. I use it as much to share my own photos, my selfies, my adventures as I do to explore what others are doing or have done. When in a new city for the first time, I search Instagram for travel tips. I look for recommendations on where to go and what to do. And I always make sure to interact with local users on their feeds. Don’t be afraid to say hi to an Insta-stranger.

Instagram pro tip

Search hashtags related to where you’re going. Sometimes #loveCITY (for example, #loveBerlin) is a good tag to search for. Find someone who’s got the photos of things you like (be it boys, lattes, parks or t-shirts) and check their full feeds to find more of the same. The Instagram blog is also a good way to find locals for wherever you’re traveling.

Check it: blog.instagram.com

Berlininstagram
Berlinstagram by moi

A more passive way to meet Insta-strangers would be to just make sure to tag your photos to a place (ie, “check in”) when you upload them. Then click on the place name to see photos from other users who uploaded to the same geotagged location. Interact with those photos and users to find more cool places, suggestions or locals worth meeting.

Instagram gets me OUTSIDE

The thing about Instagram, though, is that it’s not only made me more social online, but more active offline. I know I wrote recently about how my blog has too often driven me to do more than I wanted, but Instagram has done something similar and I actually like it for it. Nowadays I make a special point to go for a walk through a new neighborhood, or to explore a new place just to be able to take a photo and to ‘gram it. I know that this can be a bad thing—there’s this “fear of missing out” that I’m probably exacerbating. But I don’t care. I like doing new things and Instagram gives me a little push to make sure I do it often enough. There are only so many bedroom selfies that I can take (until I buy new clothes….or get those abs in better shape!).

Instagram is one of those social mediums that offers way more than what you might first imagine. It’s not all silly selfies and photos. Once you get past all that, there’s a specialness to the app, and a community, that make it not just fun, but also useful, friendly and interesting for any type of traveler. You just might discover new places, new street art and even new people. It’s a great way to discover a city or to rediscover your home. It’s actually quite amazing the types of photos people share on Instagram. And so much more than just a photo app.

Instagram Berlin Street Art
Found this funny street art on a random walk through Berlin and just couldn’t help but share it on Instagram

And just for fun… I thought I’d share a few of my favorite travel Instagrammers you might not already know. They’ve all got a unique way of showing off their world that I can’t help but watch from afar.

Guys Who Travel – A Few Instagram Favorites

Who I’ve been following around on their adventures and why you should be too.

@_whiskeymouth

whiskeymouthHe’s cute. He’s from Toronto. And he’s got the fashion sense & style I wish I could master for myself. He seems to travel pretty often, and posts a lot of photos with his husband, @omgclassic.

@ryanfitzgibbon

ryanfitzgibbonThe editor of my favorite gay lifestyle mag (Hello Mr.), this gay bro seems to have mastered the internet. His photos from his travels (often exploring story ideas for his indie magazine) are fun to follow in real-time. And offer an incredible insight into the modern gay lifestyle.

@theemuki

david duran - theemukiMr. David Duran. This man! He travels in total and absolute luxury. His travels are to pretty much everywhere, and his Instagram photos are an awesome insight into luxury hotels, decadent meals and the jetsetting life.

@dalenapier

dalenapierAustralian photographer and designer, Dale’s got a great view of the world…and a great body. And somehow always finds himself surrounded by topless guys in exotic places around the world. So yeah, there’s that.

@fredrdgz

frdrdgzFreddy moved to Berlin from NYC over the summer and hasn’t sat still since—he’s always on the move and always finding a new way of seeing a place, plus he’s got a kick-ass male fashion blog.

@dielamb

dielambA filmmaker and photographer, Matt Lambert has created more than a few contemporary projects based around sexuality & desire. His Instagram (which pushes the boundaries of SFW) is a nice reflection of that art and offers a peek into his travels & work around the world (mostly LA, London and Berlin).

@gastrogays

gastro gaysNot so much #GuysWhoTravel, these are #GuysWhoEat. A lot. And often. Based in London, their Instagram is full of foodie tips for one of the most delicious cities. And then they blog about it, too!

@rasterbit

rasterbitI don’t know if he’s a professional or something, but this Instagrammer shares the most amazing videos and photos of hula hooping. I just can’t get enough.

@breakawaybackpacker

breakaway backpackerThe only travel blogger I’m going to include here, I’m obsessed with Jaime’s view of the world. He’s currently on his second round-the-world trip and has this incredible attitude toward life full of positivity and kindness, his love for the world is infectious! And easy-to-see in his amazing Instagrams.

If you use Instagram as a way to share your unique experiences, share your username below so I can check out your feed. Follow me if you want, but no biggie: @travelsofadam

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  2. Frank Braun

    Wow… seriously just wow.You are AMAZING xx

    • Thanks Frank!

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  4. I agree that Instagram is not only about posting photos. It also motivates you to do something with your life to improve it. Btw, checked your Instagram. So many interesting photos.

    • Thanks Irina!

  5. John

    The only thing that annoys me about gay guys I follow on instagram is the hashtag #gayboyproblems. A guy I know used it for a bad haircut he got – this is a problem that everyone has faced – literally just a #problem!

    • Hahah, so true John. I think there are quite a few cool Instagram hashtags – people get really creative with them. But others are just a bit “meh”

  6. Yep – instagram has definitely pushed me to get out a bit more! It’s a daily habit not to let your life become…just a daily habit I suppose. Onwards and upwards!

    • Good point – Instagram is pretty much ingrained into my whole “social media generation” life, I guess.

    • You two are so much fun to follow on Instagram! Thanks for the great pics — and always making me hungry ;)

  7. Wow… seriously just wow. Thank you so much for including me on this list & for the kind words you said about me. I can so relate to you because yeah I’m addicted to Instagram & it’s seriously one my favorite apps ever. I love searching for hashtags of places I am going to visit to get ideas of what to expect and so on.

    • Instagram and hashtags can become a daily obsession of mine… And while I might want to be disconnected from social media, that doesn’t mean I still don’t enjoy using Instagram as much as I can!

  8. I totally agree with you! Instragram not only pushes to take better photos, but I love the community aspect. I could never get into Twitter, but I have so much fun browsing people’s feeds. And I even plan to travel with another woman I met via Instragram. Looking forward to following you. insta @emiko.hughes

    • Wow – love the real-life connections that Instagram makes possible, Emiko. Can’t wait to hear about that story!

      In the past, Twitter was my go-to social media for meeting people, but it’s increasingly transitioned over to Instagram. I think the community is a bit stronger over there.

  9. Krysta Alexa

    OMG this post is spot on. I’ve never been into photography, but then I moved to Norway and started using Instagram. It is so addicting! And #cloudporn – please! Probably my most used tag. I don’t have a lot of photos, but definitely trying to improve with each one I take. Photography is actually turning into a really exciting hobby, not to mention blogging. An escape is definitely the perfect word to describe Instagram, especially on these cold, dark, rainy Norwegian days when I’m not traveling.
    XX
    Krysta from http://nativeexpat.com insta @nativeexpat

    • Hi Krysta – Just checked out your photos from Norway – They’re BEAUTIFUL! I love how Instagram has had this affect making people think more about photography and a way to view the world. I believe it’s totally changed the way some people think.

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