Best Travel Hashtags To Use On Instagram

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Instagram is one of the best tools for sharing photos with your social media networks while traveling. Hashtags allow each photo to be seen be. I am not an Instagram expert by any means, but I am trying to use it more effectively during travel to luxury resorts. Based on my research, here are the best travel hashtags for Instagram along with how and when to use them. I’ve included the number of photos per hashtag in parenthesis to demonstrate how popular they are.

Hashtag Your Destination

First and foremost, your followers definitely want to know where you are! I used #kauai during our last trip and found that I received likes from people that lived or were also traveling on the island. Other examples include:

  • #mexico  (4,507,146)
  • #lajolla  (58,601)
  • #nyc  (4,816,355)
  • #sandiego  (837,177)

You get the picture. Or, break it down by region. If you happen to be in Hong Kong, you could use #asia #china #hong kong, for example.

Go to the Instagram search box and type in the city you are visiting. Popular hashtags other people in the city are using will show for your reference. I never would have thought to hashtag #sandiegozoo, but apparently, it’s popular.

Instagram Travel Hashtags City


Hashtag What’s Around You

What are you capturing? A sunny beach day? A sunset over the ocean? Hashtag what features prominently in the photo. According to the Huffington Post, these are some of the most popular hashtags on Instagram anyway:

  • #sky  (21,738,656)
  • #clouds  (6,866,142)
  • #beach  (15,317,635)
  • #food  (35,655,060)
  • #nature  (14,649,917)
  • #sunset  (9,439,925)
  • #night  (14,538,238)

Describe The Moment

Was the food you ate delicious? Is the lei you just received in Hawaii pretty? These hashtags are extremely popular:

  • #love  (163,571,931)
  • #pretty  (26,082,472)
  • #funny  (19,980,198)
  • #amazing  (28,834,220)
  • #awesome  (13,774,573)
  • #yum  (10,245,535)
  • #cute  (69,402,996)
  • #luxury  (1,830,919)

Hashtag What  You’re Doing

Were you running on the beach or hiking in a National Park? Have  a look at these numbers:

  • #running  (3,053,736)
  • #hiking  (1,705,378)
  • #flying  (1,063,591)
  • #swimming  (3,497,584)
  • #relaxing  (3,863,829)
  • #spa  (621,662)

General Travel Hashtags

For those who are travel writers or just love to travel in general, using these travel hashtags yield better odds of finding like-minded followers.

  • #travel  (3,655,041)
  • #instatravel  (1,021,163)
  • #travelgram  ( 1,444,710)
  • #tourist  (877,896)
  • #tourism  (694,111)
  • #vacation  (3,475,528)
  • #traveling  (1,056,936)
  • #trip  (4,771,289) – I feel like this hashtag is also used in a “that’s a trip” kind of way and that it’s too cluttered.

Though the #travel hashtag is enormous with quite a bit of clutter, I use it anyway because that’s what I’m doing. The hashtag #familytravel, sadly, only has 3155 posts so I’m not sure it’s of value, but it’s growing!

Basic Instagram Hashtags

Because the number of photos in Instagram-related hashtags is so great, it definitely makes sense to include one of more of these on your travel photo.

  • #instagood  (90,388,971)
  • #instamood  (42,977,571)
  • #instadaily  (53,010,838)
  • #bestoftheday  (39,439,406)
  • #iphoneonly  (32,212,228)
  • #nofilter  (26,330,553) – For when you aren’t using an Instagram or other filter on your photo.
  • #igdaily  (17,410,543)
  • #instalove  (14,879,080)
  • #igaddict  (5,272,528)

How Many Likes Your Photo Has

I am not wild about this method at all, however, it works. Once your photo receives 10 likes, use hashtag #10likes. As the photo receives more likes, use the comment section to add in #20likes, #30likes, #40likes, #50likes and so forth.

Aviation Travel Hashtags

Obviously, the photo must have something to do with aviation. See the best aviation travel Instagram hashtags for more details.

  • #instaplane  (65,255)
  • #planegeek  (1,739)
  • #planes  (178,224)
  • #aviation  (312,164)
  • #planespotting  (19,754)
  • #planeporn  (77,582)
  • #landing  (90,644)
  • #takeoff  (110,179)
  • #airlines  (86,552)
  • #airplanes  (126,623)
  • #avgeek  (145,922)

I’ve also seen people hashtag the airline, make and model. For example, #deltaairlines #boeing737 #737.

Because I have a thing for airplanes and love to Instagram airplane food, I’ve recently been using the hashtag #avgeek, which stands for aviation geek. Though it only has 145,922 posts, they are laser targeted and easy to thumb through. I find I get the most interaction from users outside my network when I use this travel hashtag.

How Many Instagram Hashtags Should I Use?

I think the answer is however many you are comfortable with. I’ve seen popular food Instagrammers use as many as 50. Remember, you can always add more hashtags in the comment section should you remember one later or want to use them sporadically.

How Do I Remember Which Instagram Hashtags To Use?

There are a few apps out there that will automatically identify hashtags to use in certain categories like food, plants, travel and more. Load the app, copy the hashtags, open Instagram and paste the hashtags into your photo. I find that these app are too limiting and that I often delete suggested hashtags because they aren’t relevant.

You may also copy hashtags you like into the notes section of your phone and refer to it as you’re Instagramming. I know people who have pre-designated hashtags listed by category in their notes that they cut and paste into Instagram as necessary.

Me? I wing it and type in what comes to mind, but I will copy these hashtags into my notes section. Here they are for an easy cut and paste:

General Travel Hashtags:

#travel #instatravel #travelgram #tourist #tourism #vacation #traveling #trip


#instagood  #instamood  #instadaily #bestoftheday #iphoneonly #nofilter  #igdaily #instalove #igaddict


#instaplane #planegeek #planes #aviation #planespotting #planeporn #landing #takeoff #airlines #airplanes #avgeek

The Best Travel Hashtag Rule Of Thumb?

Here’s what I’m going to remember to do going forward: hashtag my location, a word to describe the moment and what I’m doing. Next, add in a few general Instagram hashtags. Of course, it all depends on the photo so judgement is needed.

Tip: I find myself on Instagram more these days so staying charged is a priority. This (Amazon) Jackery external charger has changed my life because it has a built in cord. And, I tend to forget cords at home and hate digging for them in my purse when I remember them. It’s fast-charging, too, and the best $27 I’ve spend in a while.

Which Instagram travel hashtags have you’ve experiences success with? How many hashtags do you use? If you enjoyed this post, please follow me on Instagram below!

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  1. me
    September 27, 2018 at 4:21 pm — Reply

    I’m doing a project and needed vacation hashtags. this was just the list i was looking for! #thankyou

  2. Alicia
    September 8, 2018 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the tips! I always feel stupid using hashtags and this gives me a little more confidence.

  3. April 4, 2018 at 9:32 am — Reply

    Cool list of hashtags! #picoftheday is also a great one.

  4. February 14, 2018 at 7:24 pm — Reply

    Thanks so much for these tips! I’m really trying to get more engagement on Instagram. I was doing really great until they started messing with the algorithms and such. Just gotta keep pushing! Thanks again!

  5. April 4, 2017 at 4:31 pm — Reply

    That´s a helpful information! Thanks!
    I´d like to share the hashtags, that work for me 🙂

    #WorldCaptures #LiveTravelFly #LoveTheWorld #BeautifulDestinations #PassionPassport #TravelStoke #TravelAwesome #WorldPlaces #MeetTheWorld #AweSupply

  6. Graysdir
    March 20, 2017 at 6:18 am — Reply

    Great article… you gave me a few new ideas to try!
    If you’re into really wild and adventurous travel, please chexk my feed (and by all means, send a DM if I use any hashtags incorrectly)
    Graysdir on Instagram

  7. December 13, 2016 at 4:34 am — Reply

    Thanks for this. Great help!

  8. October 20, 2016 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    This is so helpful! Just stumbled upon this post 🙂



  9. Simon Ostrovsky
    February 10, 2016 at 6:02 am — Reply

    thanks for this base, it’d be very useful. I’m a travelholic and these would help me. Btw, can anybody advise me perfect app with analytics for managing IG? I use for boosting followers, but i need smth for management. Any suggestions?

  10. December 28, 2015 at 12:03 am — Reply

    Thank you for this im sure to get new followers on instagram. I think wanderlust is also a great hashtag. Enjoy traveling the world. Please give me a shout out on instagram hope I can get new followers

  11. June 9, 2015 at 11:25 pm — Reply

    Nice and useful post you wrote here ! Thank you !

  12. June 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm — Reply

    This is such a detailed post, I love it. I’m *REALLY* trying to up my followers on IG and hopefully hashtagging is the way to go! Bookmarked for reference! <3

    xoxo Sara

  13. March 17, 2015 at 9:01 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the tips, I’ll surely apply these on my posts! 🙂

  14. Elizabeth Stuart Caldwell
    March 14, 2015 at 9:39 pm — Reply

    Wow, VERY helpful information! Thanks for boiling that down to basics, I often get overwhelmed by hashtags.

  15. March 5, 2015 at 7:12 pm — Reply

    Very helpful post – Instagram is all about the hashtags. Thanks for the insight

  16. March 5, 2015 at 7:12 pm — Reply

    Very helpful post – Instagram is all about the hashtags. Thanks for the insight

  17. February 20, 2015 at 9:47 am — Reply

    This was good info. Wish had some guidance for Facebook Hashtags as well.

  18. November 6, 2014 at 9:27 am — Reply

    Nice post idea! Just posting my travel pic on Instagram and that’s exactly what I needed 😀

  19. August 23, 2014 at 1:48 am — Reply

    Brilliant!!! Just the post I needed. 🙂

  20. June 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    Great post! Thanks for the tips Katie!!

  21. July 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    Great resource of information here. So nice to connect with you.

  22. Cathy
    July 7, 2013 at 12:02 am — Reply

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  23. July 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm — Reply

    What a fun post. I’m just getting back into Instagram. Slowly!

    Happy SITS Saturday. Have a great weekend!

  24. July 6, 2013 at 10:47 am — Reply

    thanks for the tips. Just returned from a vacation and have lots of pictures to post. Followed you from SITS. have a blessed day!

  25. Mandi Noel
    July 6, 2013 at 10:20 am — Reply

    I’m visiting you from the SITS Saturday Sharefest, and I am so glad I did! I am just starting to learn instagram, and I have lots of traveling coming up in the near future. I’m definitely pinning this! Thanks for the tips, and have a nice weekend!

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