12 Instagram Ideas For Your Solo Trip Abroad

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1. Airport or plane shoefies

Let’s be honest—if you’re catching a 5 a.m. flight, you pretty much can’t be bothered to do your makeup. So what do you do if you feel like you don’t look human and you want to mark the start of your journey? You snap a shoefie in the airport!

Pro tip for girls who want more double taps: Use hashtags like #kicksonaplane right before take-off!

2. Wallspirations

Alternatively, take an OOTD against a nice wall. Tripods and Bluetooth remote controls for your phone will be your best buds for the prettiest shots, but a sturdy surface, your handbag, and your phone’s timer can be the last resort if you need to improvise.

NC Cube, Incheon, South Korea

Lotte Mart, Seoul Station, South Korea

3. Stunning sights

When you’re about to land or you’ve finally landed, and you’re not ready to take that #OOTD yet, show your friends and followers just how amazing the foreign land you’re in! The more it looks like a postcard, the better!

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Great Wall of China

Venice, Italy

Gyeongbokgung Palace, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

4. #OOTDs

Of course, there’s no shame in making the sights your backdrop, too! When the tourist spot or landscape is too pretty to pass up, don’t hesitate to ask your tour guide or maybe one of the site’s personnel to snap your picture.

Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia

Brussels, Belgium


Gyeongbokgung Palace, South Korea

5. Blending in

But if the usual #OOTDs aren’t for you, “do as the Romans do,” and dress up like a local or someone from that place’s bygone era!

Mizunami, Gifu, Japan


Bukchon Hanok Village, South Korea

6. #FromWhereIStand or #floorspiration photos

As you’re trotting around during a city tour or maybe exploring one of the country’s national landmarks, look for tiled doorways, uniquely designed surfaces, graffiti-strewn roads, or even pretty manhole covers that bear emblems, city names, and other artistic engravings to mark all the places you’ve been. Show off your new or fave pair of kicks (and a peek of your outfit and other accessories), too!

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Everland Resort and Theme Park, South Korea

7. Hilarious finds and signs

If you’re a fan of Spot.ph’s 10 Random Photos to Start Your Week, you definitely can’t resist spreading a bit of good vibes and laughter through spelling or grammar fails, funny posters, and #hugot-filled objects.

N Seoul Tower, South Korea

8. Fake a buddy!

If you visit studios, exhibits, or even some shopping districts, you’re bound to come across life-size cutouts and wax figures of celebrities. You’re alone anyway—who cares if you look silly? Don’t be shy, and pretend you’re having a dinner with Audrey Hepburn or finally snag that date with Song Joong Ki!

Madame Tussauds, Hong Kong

 KBS, South Korea

9. Style spotting

How about snapping a pic or two of the fashionable clothes you just wish you could wear in the PH? You could also get a picture of actual style inspo—maybe base your shopping list on what fellow tourists are wearing or make them pegs for future outfits.

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Bukchon Hanok Village, South Korea

10. Foodstagram

While some people who come across your drool-worthy post in the middle of the night might hate you, there’s no denying that foodstagrams are always foolproof in getting the most number of likes. Get creative with those #flatlays, and show off your pretty manicure or the nice sceneries around you.



Bangkok, Thailand


Ho Chí Minh, Vietnam


11. Shoot a video

Don’t limit yourself to snapshots! Let your friends see how different (or the same) the transportation systems are, or maybe take a super cute Boomerang video.

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Everland Resort and Theme Park, South Korea

12. The #Blessed Selfie

Feeling incredibly lucky and exhilarated about your experience—in short, #blessed? Don’t be afraid to snap a selfie with a huge grin on your face! P.S. Make your caption simple and speak from the heart. And yeah, hold off on using the hashtag #blessed, so people won’t mistake you for humblebragging. 

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Angkor Wat, Siam Reap, Cambodia

Yeouido Hangang Park, Seoul, South Korea

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