Instagram is the perfect place to go for travel inspiration, but we often tend to follow fellow travellers from our own country or region as opposed to local people, who usually have much greater insight into the best places to go and show a more nuanced view of the local culture. Follow these 7 Instagrammers who share beautiful photographs and local perspectives on the countries where they live and document their adventures.
These non-native Arabic-speaking vloggers show life and culture in the region through a unique lens - both local and foreign, and also not quite either. If you’re looking for Arabic resources on social media or perhaps just a bit of inspiration to remind of what you can achieve when you commit to learning Arabic, you need to follow these guys now!
These five awe-inspiring change-makers are using their platforms - along with their vision, passion and determination - to empower communities and shape culture in the Middle East and beyond, and we’re so excited to share them with you!
The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is a magnet for Instagrammers. But when did travelling become more about getting likes on Instagram than about exploring beautiful places, meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures, and informing our understanding of the world?
Happy World Environment Day! To celebrate, today we’re sharing these 6 photos that showcase the incredible natural beauty and geographical diversity of the Middle East & North Africa. 1. The Sahara desert, Morocco The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world with an area of 9.2 million square kilometres - comparable to … Continue reading 6 photos showcasing the stunning natural beauty of the Middle East & North Africa
With its fresh, delicious and varied cuisine, Lebanon has earned a reputation as the food capital of the Middle East. Lebanese restaurants all over the world serve hummus, falafel and tabbouleh, while international chefs put their own, trendy spin on classic dishes. But undoubtedly the best place enjoy Lebanese food is in Lebanon itself, where … Continue reading 6 Lebanese foodies you need to follow
1. Everyday Middle East @everydaymiddleeast Everyday Middle East is one of a series of ‘Everyday’ accounts that aims to capture the culture of the region through candid photographs of the day to day lives of its people. It features the work of various photographers based in the region, from North Africa to the Gulf. 2. … Continue reading 5 Instagram accounts that capture the culture of the Middle East
Earlier this month, National Geographic released an article entitled ‘The Changing Face of Saudi Women’, celebrating the achievements of young Saudi women who are increasingly entering the work force and “redefining the boundaries of public life”. The idea of women’s empowerment in such a deeply conservative country is surely cause for celebration, but it cannot … Continue reading The Changing Face of Saudi Women?
@jonathankingston Jonathan Kingston is an American photographer working for Nat Geo Travel and National Geographic Creative. He specialises in storytelling through his photos, and his Instagram provides a collection of his “stories” from all over the world. @osbakir Ömer Serkan Bakir is a Turkish photographer and Editor in Chief of Fotograf magazine, based in Istanbul. … Continue reading 5 Instagram Accounts to Satisfy Your Wanderlust