Some of these destinations might surprise you…

In a year where international travel looks set to be seriously curtailed, armchair travel is where it’s at. To help sate (or spark) your wanderlust, Big 7 Travel has compiled a list of the 50 most Instagrammable places in the world.

To create the list, the global travel app used a scoring system that analysed the number of hashtags per destination, along with survey results from their social audience and input from their editorial team. And some of the rankings might surprise you.

Eminently photogenic Tokyo took out the top spot, followed by the lush Philippines, charming Paris, dynamic New York, and lively Istanbul at number five. Next, came Dubai, at a very respectable sixth place in world’s most Instagrammable place.

Dubai Instagrammable cities

Here’s what the Big 7 Travel team had to say about Dubai:

“Dubai was basically made for Instagram – take from that what you will. If you want an ultra-luxe aesthetic full of glamour and style, Dubai will be the insta-hub of your dreams. Home to one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, Burj Al Arab; the legendary underwater Atlantis, The Palm; in addition to one of the world’s most beautiful gardens, Dubai Miracle Garden, you’ll have plenty to keep you ‘gramming.” 

Win Dhs50,000 with your photos of Dubai

There’s still time to scoop up Dhs50,000 in the #WorldsCoolestWinterChallenge. Running until January 25, the competition is a chance to showcase your best photos and videos of the UAE.

To enter, all you need to do is take a photo or video (up to one minute in length) of your favourite tourist attraction, natural wonder or iconic landmark in the UAE, then share your creations on Instagram or Twitter, using the #WorldsCoolestWinterChallenge hashtag.

The 20 most Instagrammable places in the world

  1. Tokyo, Japan
  2. The Philippines
  3. Paris, France
  4. New York, US
  5. Istanbul, Turkey
  6. Dubai, UAE
  7. Havana, Cuba
  8. Sydney, Australia
  9. London, England
  10. Chicago, US
  11. Singapore
  12. Madrid, Spain
  13. Berlin, Germany
  14. Toronto, Canada
  15. Hong Kong
  16. Santorini, Greece
  17. Taiwan
  18. Milan, Italy
  19. Moscow, Russia
  20. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

For the full list of 50, visit

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