10 Travel Photographers You Should Follow on Instagram

Sometimes, you can be inspired to travel by just looking at a picture. Fortunately for you, there are countless gifted photographers out there whose works provide endless travel inspiration to those who needed that little push to finally go on their dream vacation.
It is impossible not to feel down whenever I am on Instagram. Beautifully captured images of people, landscapes and food are all that crowd my feed. They could be of a place I’ve been to months ago, visualized more majestically than ever from angles I have regretfully missed, or they could be pictures taken at the other end of the world – somewhere far away in a continent I have yet to have the privilege to visit.

Listed below are 10 of my favorite travel photographers on Instagram that I think you need to follow today.

The Blonde Abroad

A blogger and an internet sensation, Californian Kiersten Rich enjoys posting pictures of herself enjoying the hell out of everything that comes her way. Her pictures are fun, colorful, and frankly, very addictive! And to make you feel even sadder about your life, Rich is paid to travel. *hands over tissue*

Do You Travel

Jack Morris has a whopping following of 1.3 million envious Instagrammers wishing (1) they could live his life, and (2) have him as a photographer boyfriend/traveling partner.

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Gypsea Lust

Travel and lifestyle blogger Lauren Bullen from Australia.

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Le Backpacker

Johan Lolos is a Belgian-born self-taught travel/adventure photographer currently based in Europe.

Jason Charles Hill

Jason Charles Hill is a Brisbane based adventure, travel & lifestyle photographer.

Alex Strohl

Alex Strohl is a French photographer born in Madrid.

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World Wanderlust

Brooke Saward is an Australian solo travel blogger who lives her life out of a suitcase and calls the entire world her home. Yes, this is where you get all jealous and sad about your life.

Polka Dot Passport

A travel photographer and blogger from Australia, Nicola Easterby never fails to capture elements of serenity within her still images.

Nastasia's Passport

Travel blogger and the founder of Dame Traveler, Nastasia inspires and empowers women from all around the world to travel more, do more, and be more.

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Rolling Grace

Having just over one million followers short compared to other travel photographers, Grace aims to shamelessly sell herself on her own site in return for a little publicity. Is this even working? No but seriously, check my feed out too while you're at it!

A photo posted by Grace Ng (@rollinggrace) on

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Female Solo Hiking Tips

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Female Solo Hiking Tips
Photo taken at Haba Snow Mountain, Yunnan

Growing up in Asia, being in a constant state of cautiousness is almost inevitable.
Family members have always cast a protective shell over me, isolating me from activities they deemed risky. Note: For Asians parents, anything could be dangerous - even if it is just crossing that damn road across the house.

Frankly, it really wasn't all that shocking that when I told my parents I'd be traveling to Indonesia for my first solo hiking adventure, it was acknowledged with two pairs of widened eyes and dropped jaws. My mother has always been overly concerned about my safety and well-being (which I appreciate wholeheartedly), and it took much persuasion to finally make it happen.

Personally, I prefer doing things on my own, and this includes hiking. There is something about being able to make the journey based entirely on my own efforts, and that when the hustle is over, I get to look back on every step I've taken from the very peak. While hiking solo is immensely rewarding, risks and dangers are at times unavoidable:

Dangers of Solo Hiking (Female or Otherwise)

Emergency - Having no one to help you when you're injured
Getting lost - Going onto the wrong trail
Lack of supplies - Water, food, maps etc
Mental state - Lack of moral support to go on/having someone to talk to

Female Solo Hiking Tips

Cast Away Negative Thoughts
Yes, you may have read countless horror stories about those who have met a tragic end while hiking. Keep in mind that unfortunate events take place around the world day-to-day - at the mountain, on a road, or even at someone's own house, and soaking yourself in such negative thoughts will not get you any further. Instead, pay attention to the beauty that surrounds you, such as immersing yourself in the blueness of the sky or by dipping your feet in the cold rattling stream at any given chance.

Prepare a First Aid Kit
If you are hiking alone, chances are that you will have to nurse yourself in the event of unforeseen injuries. Understanding how to use the items in a first-aid kit is as important as having them, so a thorough research is crucial. A few important items include bandages, tweezers (to remove splinters or debris), oral dehydration salt, hydrocortisone cream, pain relievers, etc.

Get Into Shape
It is wise to make sure that you are physically well prepared, especially if you are taking on longer trails. Dragging out your time due to exhaustion might leave you out on the trail alone when the sky gets dark.

Don't Outdo Yourself
Feeling tired? Take a break. Sprained an ankle? Get help and put your journey on hold until you fully recover. No good comes from pushing yourself too hard.

Gather Enough Experience First
Hike in a group and familiarize yourself with hiking do's and don'ts before attempting it solo will greatly reduce the risks involved.

Elevate Your Experience
If you enjoy painting, bring along a sketchbook and spend some time by the waterfall to let your creativity flow. If you have a knack for photography, bring along a camera with as much memory it could hold. It is a breeze to make your hiking experience a more memorable one!

Hiking solo is the most rewarding thing a female can do. It teaches us to have unstinting courage, independence, wisdom, unreserved perseverance and unconditional commitment.  Happy hiking!

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A special shout-out to Mantas, who have taught me to be a little crazier and to do everything my mother has warned me against. More importantly, thanks for teaching me to never stop exploring. Be safe wherever you are!

Auchentoshan Bar Takeover at W.I.P, Bangsar

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Auchentoshan 12 Years, 18 Years, 21 Years, American Oak & Three Wood

While pop-up bars are a bygone trend in European pubs, it remains much of a mystery in Malaysia. Fortunately for local whiskey enthusiasts, Auchentoshan is here to make a difference starting from the 21st of July with a swanky bar takeover at W.I.P Bangsar.

The triple-distilled Glaswegian scotch offers a distinctive range of expressions – in the form of cocktails or neat – served accompanied with detailed explanation by brand ambassador and mixology specialist Jamey Merkel.

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Auchentoshan brand ambassador and mixology specialist Jamey Merkel

Introduced publicly as ‘The New Malt Order’, this week-long event allows patrons to learn extensively about whiskey, while discovering inventive ways for food pairing. An additional pop-up taste experiment bar gives interested patrons the rare opportunity to customize individual cocktail creations under the watchful eyes of in-house mixologists, opportunely allowing them to bone up on the versatility of this single malt whiskey for a truly Auchentoshan experience.

Also featured in the event is guest chef Christopher Yee who will be preparing delicious bite-size treats in the form of canapés and finger food to wow patrons during after-work hours.

Enjoy introductory prices for Auchentoshan Three Wood and 12 Year Old for a limited time only.

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Auchentoshan Bar Takeover at W.I.P, Bangsar Shopping Centre

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Enjoying a glass of neat Auchentoshan 12-year-old single malt scotch whiskey

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Auchentoshan Bar Takeover
W.I.P, Bangsar Shopping Centre
July 21-30, 2016

Complete Guide to Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge

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Complete Guide to Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge

It was 4 a.m.

With watery eyes and a long yawn, I dutifully loaded my backpack into a van that would be transferring hikers’ luggage to the end point of the trail I was embarking on. Along with the lightest knapsack I could assemble, I boarded a separate shuttle to get to a mountain located two hours away from town. I flashed a faint smile as my eyes met those of the strangers onboard – about 20 of them – who were my destined fellow hikers that very day.

The journey begun as I gradually fell into a partial sleep. My head bobbed with every bump of the rugged road, but it did not take long before I was resurrected by the sight of majestic pinnacles atop an unbroken stretch of forest. It felt just like a movie, except it was happening right before my eyes.

Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge

The van stopped at the foot of the mountain as several uniformed officers entered for passport checks. Hikers were then required to pay  ¥65 for an open-ended ticket to the trail (¥32.50 for hikers below the age of 25 with a student card).

Then on, it is an adventure waiting to be unfold.

Solo Hiking: Tiger Leaping Gorge

Hiking: Tiger Leaping Gorge

Located in the Yunnan province in southwest China, the trail to the Tiger Leaping Gorge starts at Qiaotou, a town at the foot of the Haba Snow Mountain. The trail takes a shortest time of 7 hours to complete. Otherwise, there are several inns along the way for those preferring to hike at a slower pace. Although considered one of the most popular hiking destination in China, the trail remains uncrowded and deserted on most days.


Legend has it that a tiger once leaped from Yulong Snow Mountain to Haba Snow Mountain by jumping on the huge rock in the centre of the river, among the rough rapids.

Tiger Leaping Gorge Features:

Trail distance: 30km (high path)
Duration: 7 hours to 3 days
Gorge depth: 3,790 meters (12,434 feet) from river to peak
Gorge length: 15 kilometres (9.3 mi)
Entrance fee: ¥65 (¥32.50 for students with valid IDs)
Accommodation: Halfway Guesthouse, Tea & Horse Guesthouse, Naxi Family Guesthouse, Come Inn, Five Fingers Mountain Guest House, Chateau de Woody, Tibet Guest House, Tina's Guesthouse

Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Getting In

Bus from Lijiang (¥40, 2 hours), drop off at Qiaotou (entrance to the high path).
Every 30 minutes from 7am to 12pm.

Getting Out

Bus to Shangri-la (¥55) from Tina's Guesthouse at 3.30pm.
Bus to Lijiang and Daju available.


  • Do not attempt to hike the trail during winter/rainy season as rockslide is common. The best time is said to be in May, October and November.
  • If you are hiking solo, note that the trail is usually empty and that the next town is located very far away so it will be challenging to find help should anything unfortunate happens.
  • You will constantly be harassed by locals for fees, especially at areas closest to the gorge. If the amount is small, look at it as a donation to give back to the community.
  • The most difficult part of the trail is located close to the starting point, known as the 28 Bends. It isn't really that difficult if you take it slow, but it is here that local men will pester you to take a ride on their donkeys or horses for a fee should you show the slightest sign of fatigue.

What to Bring

  • There are guesthouses along the way, so water and light snacks should suffice.
  • Sunscreen is always a good idea during summer.
  • Skid-resistant shoes is a must.
  • Cameras, with plenty of memory space.

Washroom at Halfway Guesthouse - voted the washroom with the best view in the world.

The river flowing through Tiger Leaping Gorge is between Yulong Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain

A woman selling marijuana and other essentials along the trail

Animals grazing freely along the trail

Map of Tiger Leaping Gorge (Click to enlarge)
Source: travelchinaguide

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Branding Association of Malaysia: Branding Gala 2016

The Branding Gala 2016 is an annual dinner hosted by the Branding Association of Malaysia. Presented by its anchor partner, CIMB, the event this year, themed Broadway, A Night at the Theatre, was prestigiously held at Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

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Branding Association of Malaysia Gala 2016: Broadway, A Night at the Theatre
Source: Malaysia Tatler

The Branding Association of Malaysia celebrates its 16th anniversary - a resplendent occasion graced by SPB Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah. Being the forefront of internationalism, this esteemed organization has inspired hundreds of SMEs in Malaysia in embracing branding  in their pursuit of entrepreneurship. Through its expansion into over 30 countries, the Branding Association of Malaysia has made it possible for members to easily gain access into the existing market.

Exclusive membership is strictly via invitation only, and those chosen represent the finest in their respective industries, including fashion, F&B, education, property management, finance, manufacturing and many others - all who make significant contribution to the Malaysian economy

In conjunction of the Branding Gala 2016, 25 new members have been formally inducted. Included in the list of distinguished entities are Health Lane, Keith Kee, Zacklim, Suriwong, and Wawasan Holdings.

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Branding Gala 2016 was graced by SPB Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah

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President Datuk Eric Chong presenting his speech
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Members of the Branding Association of Malaysia presenting a mock check to Yayasan Anak-Anak Yatim Sultanah Haminah (YAYSH)
Source: Malaysia Tatler

Branding Gala 2016 was attended by dignitaries from over 10 countries, government officials, CEOs, brand owners, leaders in business, and respected friends of Branding Association of Malaysia. The event additionally served as a networking platform besides providing an evening filled with splendid performances.