Of course, travelling is not all about the pictures. It’s about the adventures you live, the people you meet and the cultures you get to know. Focusing just on how picturesque a destination may or may not be would, without a doubt, be very superficial. But frankly, if we get to choose between a quite ugly and a very beautiful hotel, we wouldn’t think twice. Of course we go with the Instagram-proof one. We’re only human, after all, and a little bit of attention to aesthetics never killed anyone, right?
However, there are a lot of different ways to determine the beauty of something. While some of us prefer a nostalgic look, others always go for the contemporary options. Some look at the sunlight hitting the bed in the late afternoon, others judge a room by whether or not a bathroom light is flattering. And if some pay more attention to the view than to the actual room itself, others concentrate on all the little interior details, from light switches to bed linen. Are we a species? Yes.
Social media approval
And as if we ourselves weren’t picky enough yet, we also tend to take into account the opinion of others. These days, the majority of people are pretty active on social media and there’s nothing like a good old envious holiday picture. That feeling of being on holiday while others go to work? We’re not sure if there’s anything better and certainly when you can flaunt that fact before their eyes. But then, of course, you want your picture to look as good as possible and to be able to do so, you need a picturesque location.
Finding one, however, isn’t exactly a piece of cake. Often, when we find ourselves on Booking.com or Airbnb, it seems like all we see are run-down accommodations, with a lack of taste, sunlight and outdoor space. Not exactly the perfect hotel we dreamt of. Yet, there are in fact picture perfect hotels out there and to make your search a little easier, photo printing firm Infiki went on a quest to find the most beautiful. In order to do so, they first selected the world’s most popular destinations and then they cross-referenced those with Instagram location hashtags. The result? A very Instagram-proof hotel top ten.