From secret cobblestone alleyways to mouthwatering delicacies, here are some of our most liked Experiences on Instagram in 2018. There is nothing quite like a beautifully shot photograph of a destination to make Instagram scrolling come to a screeching halt. It’s even more captivating when the photographs are of something you might not expect: a traveler walking down a secret cobblestone alleyway that most visitors might just walk past, another hiking Runyon Canyon with none other than a wolf by their side, or someone else not showing their plate of food at a restaurant, but crafting the most decadent tapas themselves next to a local. It’s these rare glimpses of the authentic side of a place that our hosts provide through Airbnb Experiences, and so happen to be our most liked Experiences on Instagram so far in 2018.*
Photos of jaw-dropping trail run vistas, unseen corners and little known views of some of the world’s largest cities, and even fishing for plastic to help keep Amsterdam’s riverways clean have proven most popular on Airbnb’s Instagram account, all taken by guests.
To get your own glimpse of this sampling of the most popular Experiences on Instagram and learn more about the photos, see below:
Airbnb’s Most Liked Experiences on Instagram:
Explore the City’s unseen Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand
Henry captured this shot on a hidden backroad during a tour of Bangkok’s less seen Chinatown, exposing guests to another culture through hidden temples and tucked away shops central to the Thai-Chinese immigrant community.
○ Instagram link: https://instagram.com/p/BeJmpAthsVY/
Travel Back to Porto’s Roots, Porto, Portugal
The most liked Experience on Airbnb’s Instagram account so far in 2018 was taken on a walk through Porto’s history with a historian born and raised in the city of Carlota. After dedicating her life to heritage preservation of the city, Carlota now shares Porto’s unknown story with guests from around the world.
- Instagram link: https://instagram.com/p/BgR6UwvhVO3/
London Paddleboard Tour & SUP Yoga, London, UK
Many say there is no better way to see a city than to view it from its waters. Host Jennifer has been teaching SUP yoga before the trend caught fire, with her pug Clyde along for the ride no less.
○ Instagram link: https://instagram.com/p/Bh2vk3QBQZK/
Plastic Fishing, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Deep sea fishing photos are typical vacation photos on social media, but what about fishing for plastic? This image with a mission made waves on Instagram this year with a group helping make the canals of Amsterdam plastic-free.
- Instagram link: https://instagram.com/p/BYv-bWGArkO/
Lynn Canyon Hiking and Photography, Vancouver, CA
Taking her photography skills to new heights, Pat captured this gorgeous shot on the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge in Vancouver. Host Nafees takes guests on a nature photography hike while giving tips to make everything from your Instagram to a DSLR shot look spectacular.
○ Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfBjltnhIEx/
Chinatown Shop & Food Walk, Milan, Italy
Via Sarpi is the heart of Milan’s Chinatown, and host Antonella’s Experience. Join her in unearthing this unusual melting pot of Eastern and Occidental culture by having a taste of “Chinese ravioli” and visiting her favorite boutique hatmaker.
○ Instagram link: https://instagram.com/p/Bao05CxBb-n/
Hidden Hike in Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The East Tabur trail feels otherworldly, and eons away from civilization, but is just mere miles from bustling Kuala Lumpur. Guests get to view both Mother Nature’s verdant creations and the city skyline from the summit of this prominent hill.
○ Instagram link: https://instagram.com/p/BgxJ2zvBHO_/
Sail to Historic Landmarks, New York City, NY
Taking in one of the world’s most vibrant metropolises from the water proves to be inspiring Instagram material. Host Matt feels that same inspiration and wonder each time he sets sail on NYC’s waterways, something he’s been doing for two decades.
○ Instagram link: https://instagram.com/p/BZoiKOuBH8Z/
A Classic Ride, Lisbon, Portugal
It’s hard to think of a better way to get your bearings in a new city than by cruising the streets with a local in their vintage car. Miguel bestows what not to miss, what to skip and local tips before making a pit stop at his favorite local bakery with a toast to his guests’ journeys through Lisbon.
○ Instagram link: https://instagram.com/p/Bca7DQfB9rc/
Tapas Picnic, Barcelona, Spain
This is a photo of a group venturing to create and devour Spanish tapas like locals. Host Suzan takes her guests into the heart of the El Born district of Barcelona to get an authentic taste of the specialties of the city from charcuterie, to olives to conserves.
○ Instagram link: https://instagram.com/p/BWxsSk-Aj_U/
*This list is comprised of Instagram posts featuring Airbnb Experiences that were posted from the @Airbnb Instagram handle from Sept. 2017– April 2018 and received the most “Likes” as of June 2018.
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