February 6th, 2019 by OYO Team

Pics or it didn’t happen!

Instagram. It’s become our window into friends’ (and occasionally strangers’) lives. So much so that there’s a whole new visual language sprung up around how we take photos, particularly those images we capture when travelling.

But which are classics every Instapage must have, and which are starting to look just a little bit tired?

What do you think?

  • The ‘Let me show you around’ photo

Originally made famous by Instacouple Murad Osmann and Natalia Zakharova the #FollowMeTo tag has become so ubiquitous it’s been picked up by the ad men and used in several campaigns.

That usually spells the end for any meme but this looks set to run and we still think it looks pretty cute.

  • The ‘See what I had for lunch’ photo

They say share your bread with your brethren and that should not stop just because you’re in a different city or country. Also, who doesn’t relish the thought of sparking a teensy bit of jealousy with photos of an exotic dish when mates at home are munching leftovers al desko. Share those pics at lunchtime for maximum “well jel” impact.

  • The ‘View is so good, watch it twice’ photo

Let’s be honest, a nicely captured photo of anything reflecting in water instantly looks like it’s come from a David Attenborough documentary. There’s something magical about that natural, optical illusion. If you’re city-bound, snapping twisted perspectives of your surroundings reflected in the glass of tall buildings also looks great.

  • The ‘Look where I stayed’ photo


Ah yes, the casual “I spend all my free time reading with my reading glasses on” kind of photo which was designed to look spontaneous,  but actually took 20 minutes to set up. Well at least the fresh white linens in your OYO room are looking sharp.

  • The ‘Definitive proof I travelled’ photo

Sci-Fi author Arthur C Clarke once said “Any technology that is sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic.” We reckon hurtling through the air at 30,000 feet sitting in a metal tube qualifies, why would you not want to take a picture out of the window? This one gets a bad rep but we still think a photo of the view while cruising above the clouds is worth a share.

At the end of the day, Instagram is a place to share life’s adventures so whether you fall in with the memes, or tread your own photographic path, don’t let the taking of the photos get in the way of enjoying the experience your capturing, wherever you are in the world.


Where’s your next adventure?


About OYO Team

We’re people who love to travel and it’s a pleasure to share our experiences from around the world with you here. You’ll see our favourite destinations, quirky stays and budget stay. Also the best wedding banquet halls and the most lit party destinations. You’ll also find insightful opinions about why we travel in the first place and what it’s really like out there. Enjoy the blog and please tell us what you think - feedback welcome!