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Best Travel Hashtags for Instagram

Travel-blog-raphy 101: The use of travel hashtags

UPDATED 1.18.2015: Ever wonder what are the best travel hashtags to use on Instagram while traveling on vacation? Which hashtags will produce the most likes and organic followers? I thought I had this all dialed in, but around the new year my likes plummeted. No bueno! So I took a break from adding pointless and random hashtags and decided to come up with a new plan. Guess what? Yep, my Instagram likes and followers are steady on the rise again!

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Do not use hashtags in your description. I repeat: DO NOT use hashtags in your descriptions. The life of the tag is only a few minutes if not seconds. By simply cutting and pasting these travel hashtags into the section of your Instagram comments, you increase your chances of more likes from organic Instagram followers and not bots. You will also gain  followers genuinely interested in your content if you are consistent.

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As I mentioned, from experience, these have proven to be the best travel hashtags for Instagram. However, do not “fib” and include say, #luxurytravel, if your photo does not capture luxury travel. If a hashtag does not fit, do not use it! You know who you are. Instagram will allow you to have 29 hashtags, so I’ve compiled the best of the best. Katja Presnal, Editor-in-Chief of Skimbaco Lifestyle, and host of the weekly #InstagramTravelThursday campaign, touched based on this in a great articled titled: Be an Instgrammer with Integrity. Learn it. Live it. Love it. 


New moon on Monday.

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The BEST travel hashtags for Instagram:

You do not need to over-use hashtags. Three is OK, one hashtag is fantastic. But this post was written for those looking to fish for likes and that’s OK. So I’ve decided to help you by collection all the ones you need in one swoop.

#jetsetfam #travelbreak #skimbaco #travel #instatravel #travelgram #tourist #tourism #vacation #getaway #traveling #trip #vacation #getaway #ilovetravel #jetsetter #visit #view #traveling #visiting #instago #holiday #fun #instatraveling #igtravel #travelling #travelpics #passportready #travelblogger #instavacation #wanderlust

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And remember those old faithfuls? The #instagood #instamood #instadaily #bestoftheday #iphoneonly #nofilter #igdaily #instalove #igaddict #webstagram #instagramhub #follow #igers #picoftheday #iphonesia #photooftheday hashtags that made really beautiful Instagrams look desperate with graffitied hashtags? (Please, I’ve done tried it also!) Well you can forget about them because our lovely friends at Instagram has finally flagged them. Yep, one or two bots will slip by and like your photos or follow you, but that’s it. I’m actually really happy Instagram took action on this. 

How are you using travel hashtags? Which travel hashtag works the best for you? Make sure to leave your Instagram URL in the comments!

Another fantastic Travel-blog-raphy Instagram Tip is breathe new life into old IG’s. Sunday nights are a great time to scroll through some old travel Instagram photos and add a few hashtags. I’ve noticed an influx in activity during this time and some old IG’s that original went unnoticed, have instantly become resuscitated.

The BEST Travel Hashtags to use with Instagram to gain likes and organic followers.

Photo credits: Nicole Standley

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Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley a.k.a. JetSet Mom, is a lifestylist + curator covering luxury travel and fine-dining with a sprinkle of fashion & pop culture. Follow her latest travels, escapades and behind-the-scenes antics on Instagram and CBS LA.



  • reeta @houseofanais April 3, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Great posts, I think hashtags are important so that people can find your content, especially for travel destinations. I also agree that overdoing it with tens of tags is a bit of a turn-off. Sorry to hear about your account being hacked – I hope you get it fixed soon!


  • Katja of skimbaco April 3, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I hope you will get your account sorted out soon! Both my Twitter and Instagram were also hacked last week, but got them in order now.


    • JetSet Mom April 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

      I did! Thank you. I changed my password, and that seemed to work so far, but I can’t figure out how to delete all these phantom followers. It’s going to take a lot of time. Thank you for stopping by!


    • JetSet Mom April 3, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear this happened to you, but I’m so relieved I’m not the only one. I changed my password and it looks like all is good. Apparently, just like Twitter, a bot attached itself to my account and tons of phantom followers started to follow my account out of nowhere. Anyway, they seem to have stopped! Fingers crossed.


  • Yashy Murphy (@YashYanthi) April 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

    cripes! Hope your account gets sorted soon!! Great list of hashtags… I find myself experimenting a lot with them and trying to weed out the ones that are dead!


  • Satu VW / Destination Unknown April 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Oh no, I hope your account is up and running with no major damage soon!

    I have to admit, I’ve pretty much given up using hashtags and it hasn’t really affected the number of likes I get… Of course I use the #IGTravelThursday one at least on Thursdays, and sometimes I add others, usually later, but not very often anymore.

    Maybe I should start experimenting again… :)


    • JetSet Mom April 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Hello! Thank you for your kind words. I went back and forth with the hashtags. Sometimes I’ll go back and add them to old photos. I also like trying to “figure out social media” and see how things tick, so this became a game to me.

      The biggest combo of likes came back when I used:

      #jetsetfam #skimbaco #travel #instatravel #travelgram #tourist #tourism #vacation #getaway #traveling #trip #vacation #getaway #ilovetravel #jetsetter #visit #view #traveling #visiting #instago #holiday #fun #instatraveling #igtravel #travelling #travelpics #passportready #travelblogger #instavacation


  • stefanie April 3, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Love this! Thanks for sharing this golden nugget of information.


  • Lindsay May 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I’m terrible with hashtags, because the recommended ones seem to change so often! These are helpful though!


  • Stephanie June 19, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Great tips! I’ll try to keep this info in mind as I travel. If anyone cares to follow, I am currently in Europe for the next 6 weeks so feel free to follow my adventures. I’ll be in a few different countries :)

    Instagram: Stephy624


  • Pete July 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Its hard to not get caught up in the excitement sometimes. I find a few good quality hashtags, tagging relevant users and writing a humourous or thought provoking comment is always a good mix!


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  • WendyKate October 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    What a great post. Now if you could write one for “best hashtags to use for a blog/instagram/facebook account that is about totally random things” that would be awesome. Because that’s my blog. ;0)


  • Jeska October 2, 2014 at 8:30 am

    These are great! There are some new ones that are obvious but I’ve never used so I’ll have to give them a shot! ;)


  • Patty Gale October 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Great tips, thank you! As someone who is new to travel blogging, these will definitely come in handy.


  • Martina October 30, 2014 at 4:27 am

    These seem like some great tips :-) I’m going to try adding Hahaha in the comments to some older pics, see what happens… Thanks!


  • Saint Lucia Vacation December 1, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Thanks for the article on the best travel hashtags to use!


  • Luiz February 10, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Awesome ! Thanks a lot for the tips, its good to learn more to bring a better content to the views. For the good of a better internet and social media. Great tips!


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