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Instagram and Food: Travel Inspiration

Photos inspire travel.

Follow enough people on instagram and you’ll soon discover the “everyday” all over the world. Whether at home or on vacation instagram does exactly what it promises; it provides an instant image easily shared to anyone with an account (privacy settings aside).

Before instagram, I could “control” my inspiration. I could look at books or websites specific to places I knew I wanted to visit. Since I started using instagram a few months ago, I’ve noticed a shift in my own travel desires. I want to go everywhere. Yes, I’ve always wanted to do that, I know. But, now I REALLY want to go everywhere. Some places I never even knew existed have jumped on to my want to-do list.  I’ve reaffirmed the reasons many places were already on the list. And, oddly enough, I’m growing nostalgic for places I’ve already been.

By the way, these photos are also pretty educational. Because it’s so easy to share images people upload a lot. And you can’t help but learn more about a place after viewing a lot of everyday photos taken there.

Food inspires travel.

A common theme in instagram is definitely food. I’ve learned a lot about food all over the world by watching what the people I follow eat and instagram. And I’m not to0 embarrassed to admit that it’s because of these food photos that my “to see” list has shifted so much. (Really, it should be called a “to eat” list.)

When I was looking through my own photos, I noticed that I also take a lot of photos of food. Here are instagram food photos I’ve taken in Germany. In just these few photos I feel that I’ve already started to give a good representation of food in Germany – and that’s just one instagrammer!

(You will find the originals on my instagram account.)

Instagram Food

This typical German festival food: french fries with mayo! Would I have taken this photo if I didn’t have my phone on me? Probably not.

Instagram Food

Anywhere in Germany, you will find Currywurst (sliced sausage covered in a curry ketchup) with french fries. There’s even a currywurst museum in Berlin! Pizza is also a popular meal (of course), so why not combine the two? I wouldn’t have taken this picture without my phone because I was in such a hurry. And I had to upload it to IG because the box is a square. (By the way, I didn’t really like the pizza.)

Instagram Food

In high school our family went out for ice cream a lot. One of our favorites, spaghetti ice. It’s vanilla ice cream “spaghetti” and strawberry sauce with white chocolate “cheese”. In high school this was the only variety I ever saw, but these days you can get any combination of ice cream and topping for Spaghetti Eis.

And the reason I do it all. My favorite thing about using instagram is that it's so easy to capture my kids. As I mentioned when I uploaded this photo, I took this picture because in this moment my son looked so grown up to me. He sat there patiently with this cake in front of him. Before I had a chance to really think about it, I grabbed my phone out of my pocket and snapped a photo. My thought was that I would talk about the popular cake and coffee culture in Germany. However, within about 10 seconds of this photo, my son grabbed a fistful of cake and shoved it in his mouth.

And the reason I do it all. My favorite thing about using instagram is that it’s so easy to capture my kids. As I mentioned when I uploaded it, I took this picture because in this moment my son looked so grown up to me. He sat there patiently with this cake in front of him. I thought that he’s really embraced the coffee and cake culture in Germany. I grabbed my phone out of my pocket and snapped a photo. However, within about 10 seconds of this photo, my son grabbed a fistful of cake and shoved it in his mouth.

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Comments

  1. Like the chicken and the egg, hard to tell which comes first: food or travel. Both are delicious!

  2. Ann,

    It’s so nice to be introduced to your blog and Instagram account today. Thank you so much for joining us.

    I’ve only been to Germany once, and would love to go again. I really enjoyed the food there, and based on my own Instagram account, I apparently eat a lot, too.

    Leigh

  3. Such a great point about food and travel. honestly, exploring local food is one of the highlights of most trips…I am always sad if I cannot go to a local market or off the beaten path restaurant in a new destination.

    • It’s much harder to enjoy restaurants I used to like to visit before I had kids, so we’ve replaced that with a lot more street food. Still fun.

  4. That pizza looks…interesting. I take way too many pictures of my kids, and not enough of food 😉

    • Interesting is too kind. I’ve never actually had curry wurst here and if it’s like the pizza, I’m glad I’ve passed it up.

  5. I am so with you on food. I Instagram it constantly and it can make or break a destination for me!

  6. I’ve lived in Germany before and you really brought me back with your food grams 🙂 But currywurst pizza is a new thing for me too! I’m so happy I got to know you via this linky, and looking forward following more of your journey in Germany and around the world.

  7. I also think that food is important when selecting destinations, especially when travelling with children. I try to ask them to try everything new, but it’s good to know that there are safe backup options available too! I also like instragramming food.

    • While my son is more adventurous than I am, he is much less patient. It makes for an interesting combination come mealtime.

  8. I don’t know why, but I haven’t taken many food pictures on Instagram although I love looking at them! Most of my photos are from Norway at the moment and maybe the food here is just not inspiring to me anymore… 🙂 But I so agree what you said about controlling the inspiration, it is IMPOSSIBLE with Instagram! 🙂

    • I was actually shocked that I had so many food pictures just in Germany. I haven’t been on IG that long and I thought I didn’t take too many photos.

      My cousin lives in Norway and I’m hoping to visit her in the next year and see what I think of the food.

  9. We love Spaghetti Eis! My husband who spent lots of time over here as a child talked about this tons before we moved here. Now he always sneaks into town to get some!

  10. I can’t believe you tried currywurst pizza! And I had to crack up – only Germans would top it with pommes! Three things they love, all together in one meal.

    • It was really cheap frozen pizza, so I got it as a joke. Then one Sunday we didn’t have any food options and decided to eat it.

  11. That Curry wurst pizza had me. My cowboy hubby is German and Ukranian…I had to ask him if this would be appealing to him. He wouldn’t answer…lol. I’m dieing to know what it taste like now. And the Spaghetti Eis…..need to get some! Would love to find a recipe online to try and make it. Thanks for sharing all these fabulous eats

    • I bet it would be partially decent if it wasn’t frozen, or even if it was a good brand of frozen pizza. If it had the right crust or the quality sausage – but it had none of that.

  12. I’m not so sure about that curry wurst pizza…but I do know that food definitely inspires travel. There are so many different & inspiring taste experiences out there & it’s the main reason my husband & i travel to the places we do, TO EAT!!!

  13. OMG! That food is…uh…interesting 🙂

  14. I get grief sometimes for being one of ‘those people’ who has to take pictures of all her food when she’s travelling – but it feels like a much more interesting and personal way to share what I’m doing then taking 300 pictures of buildings. And I love to see all the interesting things my friends are eating!