A match made on Instagram
nstagram trends are often like a flash in a pan. But one thing endures: love. Last year’s most common hashtag, #love, was tagged almost one thousand million times. The most popular social network for young people has a thing for fancy tiles and adores travel couples, who rack up millions of followers.
Photographer Murad Osmann made his girlfriend go viral and proved that the rules of love have changed, at least on the internet. Social media has taken hold of the best stories. A summertime selfie on the beach with the sun setting in the background? Too mainstream. Nomad couples serve up pictures of their non-stop adventures. Quite often, these couples kissed their nine-to-five jobs goodbye and hit the road, hungry for an alternative lifestyle. The beach is their office and the world, the setting for their love story. Although living love through a lens doesn’t mean it will last forever. Alexis Ren and Jay Alvarrez, one of the most popular and well-loved couples on Instagram, caused a media storm a few months ago when they broke up and things started to get petty, all in plain view of their distraught followers. However, love still conquers Instagram. Check out these couples, who set life goals for travellers, lovers and anyone who simply loves to travel.
@doyoutravel – Lauren + Jack
They look straight out of a fashion shoot. Absolute Instagram royalty, these two have racked up more than 2 million followers. A photo they uploaded in the desert in Morocco got 80K likes in a couple of hours. Lauren and Jack, photographers and influencers, met in Fiji in 2016 and have been inseparable since. Their pictures are gorgeous. A white rock beach in Greece, vegan ice cream in Italy or an ‘infinity pool’ hanging from a tree in Bali. Their style is always on point and their skin is always tanned. From Capadocia to Santorini and from Marrakech to Kenya.
@therollinghome – Calum + Lauren
Calum and Lauren bought a Volkswagen T4 back in 2010. They founded their home, their relationship and their studio out of that van. Nearly 150,000 kilometres driving around Europe. This creative duo’s photos are all about vintage charm and boho spirit. Their book ‘The Rolling Home’ narrates their experiences on the road. “We want to show how easy and cheap it is to do what we have done, all you need is a map and a lot of imagination.”
@nomadicboys – Stefan + Sebastian
They’re been travelling together since 2014. Stefan and Sebastian packed up their London life and set off in search of adventure. This couple of foodies have travelled to Mongolia, Nepal, Chile and Argentina, among many other places. They write a blog and work with tourism offices giving conferences to provide information and activities for gay couples (focusing on countries where homosexuality is illegal).
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That moment you stop everything to have a good sniff of your boyfriend 😂 El Chaltén in Patagonia is known as the trekking capital of Argentina. The highlight is the view of Fitz Roy mountain behind us at the Laguna de los Tres. It's a 7 hours trek and boy did our legs feels it afterwards: intense but definitely ranks as one of our favourite treks in our travels.
@gettingstamped – Hannah + Adam
Hannah and Adam met at university. Like so many other couples, they lived the American dream until they saved enough money to start collecting stamps on their passports in 2013. They have visited 63 countries since then. Barbados, Cambodia, Belize, Cuba, Israel and the Maldives are just some of the destinations they offer tips on through their website. The perfect way to end the day: near the sea. Their next stop: Antarctica, the only continent they haven’t ticked off their list yet.
@HowFarFromHome – Stevo + Chanel
Stevo and Chanel met on a blind date in 2010. They worked at an ad agency and decided to leave Johannesburg, their hometown, in search of new challenges around the world. Their photos always include a sign with the number of kilometres they’ve travelled since they set off: over 200,000 to date. Trekking in Africa, lakes in Italy, a bamboo house in Bali or a husky farm in the Arctic Circle are some of the backdrops for their photos.
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154 533km // Landmannalaugar // Iceland Today's post is a dedication to @NotADayLessThanForever and our amazing friend Stefan, who married the girl of his dreams, Nina, this time last week. Stefan met Nina in the mountains last year, and instantly knew she was his 'one'. They've been touring Norway since they met, and share their travels on #Instagram. Their pose inspired today's shot, which we took at the magical colorful mountains at Landmannalaugar. Congrats again friends 👰🏼👱🏼 We can't wait to see you in a few weeks ✈️ ———————————————- Facebook📪 /thisishowfarfromhome YouTube 🎥 How Far From Home Snapchat 👻 How Far From Home Twitter 🐦 @HowFarFromHome ———————————————- #howfarfromhome #hffhiniceland #facetnation #facet50 #notadaylessthanforever #igersiceland #mystopover
@shinliart – Li Seok + Shin Danbi
Their photos celebrate long-distance relationships. Shin Danbi lives in New York and her boyfriend Li Seok lives in Seoul. Their project ‘Half & Half’ shows photos of them doing the same thing at the same time, edited together. Neither the 11,000 kilometre gap nor the 14 hour time difference stops them doing things together: like eating ice cream or celebrating their birthdays. Evocative and unconventional images that prove that love knows no borders.
#01 Meet, (SHINLIART,2015 / Digital Image / 5184 X 3456px / Blooklyn Bridge, NY & Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway, Seoul ) – Explanation : I stand before you after a walk. We gaze at each other and share the same feeling at the same time but from a different place. I miss you and I have met you. . . 01 : Meet / 만남 (2015 Brooklyn Bridge, NY / 서울 덕수궁 옆 돌담길) 길을 걷다가 그대를 마주합니다. 우리는 같은 시간 다른 공간에서 같은 마음으로 서로를 바라봅니다. 그대가 보고싶고 그대를 만났습니다. . . . #신단비이석예술 #SHINLIART – NewYork in @SHINDANBI_ Seoul in @LISEOK – Art Collaboration – Half&half PROJECT_Collage_2015
@lensbetweenus – Galova + Sedlacick
Another pair who use symmetry in their images. Australian creative couple, Zuzu Galova and Peter Sedlacik, take photos of each other, offering two takes on the same places: part portrait, part documentary. They act as a mirror and their IG account has an analogical, unique air. They have travelled the world, calling in at Chine, Slovakia, Budapest, Helsinki and Bali, among many other places.
@roamaroo – Scott + Collete
“We were tired of working for someone else’s dreams and decided that we wanted to work for our people.” Scott and Collete explain why they packed up their jobs in 2015 and became full time travellers. Adventure, nature and extreme sports, this couple is open to anything: they climbed Kilimanjaro and surfed on virgin beaches. They’ve also found the time to create their own website and tuck into a romantic meal in the Maldives.
@100worldkisses – Ignacio Lehmann + his camera
This account isn’t about one couple, it’s about hundreds. The traveller is Argentinean photographer Ignacio Lehmann, whose project ‘100 World Kisses’ shows photos of people kissing on the street around the world. Visiting 12 countries, his account shows anonymous couples expressing their love in the most universal way possible.