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These Are the 8 Best — and Worst — Types of Travelers on Instagram

Which one are you?

Did your vacation even happen if you didn't plaster it on Instagram? These days, it seems, not so much — and you can hardly be blamed for excitedly sharing the fun scenery with folks back home and around the world. Fair enough.

But not everyone's travel photos strike followers the same way: Some feeds inspire true joy, wonder, and wanderlust... while others just inspire a touch of that "unfollow" button.

Let's start with the best kinds of travel Instagrammers on the spectrum:

1.  The truly grateful ones

We love when someone shares earnest feelings and thoughts about their vacation. Instead of #FromWhereYoudRatherBe, these people are not braggy — but rather sincerely #grateful for these precious life experiences, like this stoked girl who got an upgrade to business class.

2.  The ones who show us things we've never seen before

We love the explorers of Instagram who take us somewhere we wouldn't have thought to go — or even perhaps wouldn't even have thought to research. Mongolia anyone?

3.  The ones who teach about culture

Sometimes the most beautiful moments in life aren't classically Instagram-worthy in terms of stunning visuals — but rather cultural experiences that expand our brains. And we love Instagrammers who expose us to these fresh perspectives. Learning is fun, right!?

Still posting over on the @palmshotelmiami feed, check it out! Danté & I spent most of yesterday just editing Cuba photos like this one by the pool at The Palms and the more I look back at and edit photos, the more I love the country. But I think an important part of the story that's so often left out is the fact that as gorgeous a place as it is to photograph, it is still such a hard place for the people. Sure, it's getting better. And it may get much better with improved relations between Cuba and the USA. But it might not. A lot of the improvement focuses on things tourists "need." Much of the change we saw even while there last week was surface level. Meanwhile, average Cubans asked if we had even 25 cents to spare, or if we could leave them any new clothes. Take the facade in this photo for a sort of example, sure it's colorful and makes for a fun photo. But look at the details of all the houses here, they're in need of repair!! And these aren't even the worst we saw by a long stretch. And this just shows the outside. That's just surface level too. To be frank, I certainly don't know how to fix Cuba's problems. All I do know is, let's not forget the people. @dante.vincent and I packed half our suitcases with items to give away during our trip to Cuba which we then did through the best means we could. Could we have done more? Maybe. We did what we could at the time and I hope if you're planning to visit, inspired by our photos or by those of any other traveler who has recently been, I hope you will consider doing the same. I hope you will do research on what they need. I hope you will not forget the people.❤️🇨🇺💙 #ThoseCubaStreets

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4.  The ones who actually take good photos

It's a joy to follow actual photographers on Instagram: Some of the best travel accounts come from pro travel photogs who spend days in the same place waiting for the best lighting and best shots. Their art can be deeply inspiring — and a fantasy break from an ordinary day.

Do you see yourself in any of the above categories? (Uh-oh.) If not, consider that you might be one of the ones on the other list. Here are the travel Instagrammers who drive followers nuts:

1.  The shameless selfie-takers

Nothing wrong with a good selfie every once in a while, but when you go to the Maldives and we never see the sea because your mug (or boobs) are filling every frame... it's kind of a let down. When people spend their whole trip Instagramming and Snapchatting selfies, you have to wonder if they even had a single authentic experience.

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2.  The salespeople

We get it — and we respect it: Some people make money traveling for a living by blogging or promoting products. But when when every other shot is a sponsored #ad, how are fans to even know what your perspective really is?

Starting a new month with my favorite @greatwhitesuk 😁 getting my smile ready for vocation ✈️

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3.  The ones who break the rules for the shot

Remember when Vanessa Hudgens got caught carving into the rocks in a national park... or rather got herself caught by posting about it? This happens on Instagram more than you might guess. Sometimes it's not even a safe shot, and the risks aren't worth it.

4.  The copycats

Just like fashion poses or food pics, there are trends in travel photography on Instagram — the "look away back of the head shot", the "floppy hat shot," and the "breakfast in bed from above shot" are classics. Nothing wrong with giving those a go! But, when you literally copy someone else's entire trip photography, right down to the faming and the poses? Well, that's when things get really weird... and so not OK.

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