10 Most Popular Instagram Photos of 2015

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10 Most Popular Instagram Photos of 2015

If 2015 was dominated by one social media network for me, it’s definitely Instagram. What used to be a place for blurry night out photos is now a highly curated gallery of my best travel snaps! 

I’m not quite sure how or why, but around June this year I fell in love with Instagram and it’s completely changed how I live my life. I seek out Instagrammable restaurants. I order Instagrammable food. I wear Instagrammable shoes. I spend hours every day staring at a tiny screen, engaging with fellow Instagrammers and editing photos.

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A few centuries ago I would have been accused of witchcraft and burnt at the stake, but in the 21st century this form of madness is deemed normal so let’s not worry about me just yet. Instead let’s focus on the fact amazing new people I’ve met through Instagram and the 18.5k superstars who now follow me (are you following me yet?).

That’s why I thought it might be fun to trawl through the archives and find the photos that got the most love. In descending order these are my most popular Instagram photos of 2015…

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]10. Oban, Scotland[/custom_headline]

This photo was snapped in the window of McCaig’s Tower in Oban – an impressive structure inspired by the Roman Colosseum. Are you surprised this harbour town made my list of the most magical places in the Scottish Highlands? Neither am I.

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]9. Sand dunes, Gran Canaria[/custom_headline]

Gran Canaria is home to an impressive 400-hectare stretch of sand dunes which are a magical place to get lost – although please don’t actually get lost unless you’re bringing lots of water and a parasol. Don’t forget your camera because this place is seriously Instagrammable… You can find out all about this island in my spa guide to Gran Canaria.

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]8. Maulbronn Monastery, Germany[/custom_headline]

The Maulbronn Monastery is home to one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in Europe and was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. It’s surrounded by lush fields and the Black Forest (Schwarzwald), so it’s a perfect place to do a little hiking! And yes, it’s not too bad to look at either.

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]7. Mediterranean Steps, Gibraltar[/custom_headline]

The Mediterranean Steps are possibly the most beautiful nature trail in Gibraltar. The path was originally built by the British military and it links the town to the top of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. Once you enter the reserve you can expect lots of lush greenery and wild macaque monkeys who might even pose for a photo. Luckily for me, the view seems to have been enough!

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]6. Jasper, Canada[/custom_headline]

Alberta is one of the most photogenic places I’ve ever been to. The crystal clear lakes, the ginormous mountains, the tall trees – of course it made the top ten! Do I get brownie points for those superhero leggings and excitable jumping?

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[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]5. Singen, Germany[/custom_headline]

At first sight the industrial city of Singen might not seem that charming, but it’s all about the beautiful nature around it. Nestled at the foot of the extinct volcano of Hohentwiel and a short drive from the impossibly blue waters of Lake Constance, its surroundings beg to be explored and photographed. How beautiful is this sunset?

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]4. Edinburgh, Scotland[/custom_headline]

Edinburgh is a beaut. It’s got so many beautiful castles (like Edinburgh Castle in this photo) and spectacular views that it almost feels like it’s bragging. But it’s impossible not to love this Scottish city, especially when you realise that every corner is an Instagram shot waiting to happen. Have you read my spooky guide to Edinburgh yet?

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]3. Oberdingen, Germany[/custom_headline]

Oberdingen is in the middle of the wine-growing region of Stromberg-Heckengäu, which makes it a great place to stay in overnight and enjoy all the local delicacies… or just run through the vineyards in a summer dress like I did. It even made my list of seven cutest German towns you’ve probably never heard of!

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]2. London, UK[/custom_headline]

I often find Instagram quite unpredictable – I never thought this photo of Neal’s Yard would be particularly popular yet here it is, smugly holding its silver medal. But I suppose it’s not too shocking because this little colourful oasis really stands out among London’s fifty shades of grey.

[custom_headline type=”left, center, right” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”true”]1. London, UK[/custom_headline]

My most popular Instagram of all time is a snap of me posing in front of the Houses of Parliament in London in a feathery skirt and high heels. I love that, because I feel like it captures the essence of ‘Girl vs Globe’ – travel, fashion and adventure.

It may not seem daring from where you’re standing but you should have seen the huge drop behind me… Oh, Instagram. The things I do to make you love me.

What do you think of my most popular Instagram photos of 2015? Which is your favourite? Do you have a travel Instagram you’d like to share? Feel free to leave a link in the comments below!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 05:45h, 08 December

    What beautiful photos! I really like how each and every photo you have a different and unique pose. You’re so lucky to be able to travel around the world and experience different cultures like that! Makes me so jealous, I want to visit these places one day

    ~Andrea Tiffany~

    • Sabina
      Posted at 13:25h, 08 December

      Thanks so much Andrea, I’m really glad you enjoy my photos!! 🙂 Definitely never say never – visiting the world is not as difficult as it sounds if you set your heart to it. I’ll be writing more posts about how I afford to travel so much in 2016 so stay tuned for that <3

  • Arianna
    Posted at 12:31h, 08 December

    I LOVE the picture of you jumping!!! Overall those pictures are all so great and so full of life!!


    • Sabina
      Posted at 13:23h, 08 December

      Thanks so much Arianna! That’s exactly what I like to show through my social media – fun and joy 😀 xxx

  • BeyondBlighty
    Posted at 15:03h, 08 December

    All gorgeous! I need to get back involved with Instagram! We had a fall out but I think it’s time to make up 🙂

    • Sabina
      Posted at 17:42h, 08 December

      I know what you mean.. I used to hate Instagram. Not sure what made me finally warm up to it but I’m totally hooked now! And I’ve seen so many lovely photos from your travels on Facebook, you’ll have lots of stuff to post on IG! 🙂

  • RoarLoud
    Posted at 15:18h, 08 December

    I love the sand dune pic! Great blog idea- it made me go through your Instagram more:) I of course followed all ready!

    • Sabina
      Posted at 17:41h, 08 December

      Thanks so much for following!! 🙂 I LOVED the sand dunes, so much fun 😀

  • Kia Traviness
    Posted at 16:40h, 08 December

    Lovely, so many pictrures from Germany <3

    • Sabina
      Posted at 17:41h, 08 December

      Yeah the photos from Germany did so well! Must be the lovely architecture and nature 🙂

  • Zita @ It's time...
    Posted at 22:55h, 08 December

    Gorgeous pics!

    I am often surprised by which photos of mine get the most likes and then the ones that I think are great don’t get many likes at all..

  • Camila @ AdventitiousViolet
    Posted at 09:50h, 09 December

    Some absolutely gorgeous photos in there! Look at you, cutie! And some amazing destinations in there 🙂

  • Frey de Fleur
    Posted at 10:13h, 09 December

    The photo on instagram is my favourite! Such a gorgeous location x


  • Heather Carlson
    Posted at 03:18h, 12 December

    Love seeing your top photos of the year- and I love all the color! <3 I adore IG too, I'm @merryfeast.