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These 21 Instagram Travel accounts will give you FOMO

Some of us will soon be thinking about where next year will take us – specifically where it will take us on our travels.

So are you already dreaming of a vacation that features white sand, crystal clear waters, palm trees and hammocks? Or do you envision yourself in a pristine, lush rainforest swimming under waterfalls?

Wherever it is, these adventurous influencers are the go-to experts on where to eat, sleep and play around the globe. So live vicariously through these jetsetters first, before you plan your own globetrotting adventures.

Scrolling through Instagram gives us real wanderlust envy, when we see the gorgeous destinations these travel aficionados are showing us through the IG universe.

So if you need some travel inspiration, check out some of the most wanderlust-inducing, motivating and influential travel Instagram accounts on the planet that you need to follow now – like – RIGHT NOW.

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This gorgeous IG account gives you the perfect kickoff to exploring South America and start planning your adventures. From favelas to waterfalls, this Instagram is awesome travelling inspiration and can point you in the direction of the must-see sights of this amazing continent. We suggest staring at the sunset at the world’s largest salt flats in Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia – just WOW!

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As a traveller, photographer and filmmaker based in São Paulo & Rio, Paulo De Valle considers Rio one of the most beautiful places in the world. He’s grown from using an iPhone with just a few followers to taking photos professionally, now sharing them with 360K people on his Instagram account. His capture of the Dona Marta Viewpoint for sunrise gives us wanderlust.

His account has breath taking pictures from across the globe. His amazing grams are very precisely described making it easy for the followers to learn about the place and add it to their bucket list.

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Briarne ⚡️Her Wanderlust Guide

Briarne is a solo female traveller from Australia. She has spent considerable time in Latin America exploring its landscape and immersing herself in its culture. Her grams are perfectly captured at times with wacky images and an honest narrative.

She is high on fashion statements and has some swoon worthy modelling pictures. She also has a travel blog where she blogs and documents her world travels.

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Based in Argentina, Agustin Gotlib gives us a cooler view into South America with shots of mountains, snow and icy lakes. It’s hard not to be mesmerized by vast landscapes, misty mornings and eerily empty roads.

His pictures show Latin America from a local’s perspective. His frames are very vivid, expressive and clear and he uses minimalist descriptions for most of his posts.

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Also based in São Paulo is Danny Zappa who steers away from typically touristy shots and instead reveals an urban, artsy look into the Latin lifestyle. If you want to discover charming doorways, quirky architecture and lots and lots of windows, you need to tap follow on this Instagram.

He is a photographer and visual content creator by profession and this is evident in his pictures, where he ‘frames’ objects perfectly.

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This Instagram is all about color and Brazil is full of it! Anna Leti Cohen features the brightest side of Brazil; from graffiti walls to magical skies her account reflects the vibrant and colorful culture of South America. We have fallen in love with her shot of favela girls who beautifully capture the spirit of Brazil!

While her pictures are well edited and wacky, she is a girl of few words. She documents her travels in just minimalist detail, however puts Brazil is a really colorful light.

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Be prepared to be envious of Nathalia’s beach life! Her Instagram account Nextrip is full of adventures, showcasing coastal scenery and waterfall wonders that will have you packing your bags immediately. Her picture perfect shots show her adventurous, athletic side whilst always maintaining her on-point fashion wins.

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Unlike many of the other Latinxs on this list, France-based Rosibelle travels with her son and posts the cutest Instagram photos of their adventures along the way. Mixed in and amongst some interesting photography angles, are some good old-fashioned Instagram selfies too. Proving that motherhood is far from the end of your travel dreams, Rosibelle’s feed is one for anyone who was ever told they couldn’t.

Rosibelle runs a blog post wherein she documents her travels in great detail and talks about fashion and lifestyle. She is quite a fashionista and this is pretty evident from her pictures.

Quote from Rosibelle: “Seeing a diverse group of Latinas in mainstream travel media, inspires girls like me to see the beauty this world has to offer, learn about other cultures, and positively represent who we are across the globe. It gives us more visibility and encourages the younger generation to feel like traveling and exploring is accessible to them. Many will say to themselves, “If she can do it, so can I”, and being able to have a positive influence like that is pretty amazing.”

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The dominating aesthetic of Xo’s Instagram is vibrancy — richly saturated colors, tons of iconic backdrops, and amazing attention to detail, overtake every photo. Be warned, you’ll be left clamoring to get out of the country after scrolling through her brilliantly put-together, feast for the eyes, of an IG feed.

While some accounts are about high fashion and being picture perfect, her account is all about the girl next door charm. Her posts are charming and beautiful, and at the same time simple and relatable.

Quote From Xo: “My Instagram gives me the opportunity to represent a minority and to break cultural stereotypes. I’m proud to show people the world through my eyes and that I always carry my Latin spirit no matter where I go.”

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As the name suggests, @atwbeauty brings together the dual passions of its curator — MUA Stephanie Flor — combining travel and beauty in one effortlessly beautiful Instagram feed. Whether she’s doing makeup in Morocco, browsing for perfume in Florence, or admiring masterpieces in France, every photo will have you longing to hop on a plane.

This is a one of its kind insta account, where her appetite for beauty, fashion and travel are all equally and lovingly created and documented. In addition to her IG account she has a blog wherein she creates even more travel and beauty content for readers.

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Afro-Latinx travel blogger and Instagrammer Olivia Christine shares more than just her travels on her account @ochristine. In fact, she posts about everything from tacos to teepees and even her recent engagement, which happened overlooking Donner Lake in California. Showing her followers how to balance travel and wellness (as she lives with lupus), along the way.

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While some Instagrammers shy away from sharing their face and stealing the shot, Crystal is not about that life. Whether she’s hanging out with Christmas trees that look straight out of Home Alone, posing in front of geode-inspired street art, or taking moody shots of New York cityscapes, her feed is always inspirational and visually interesting.

Quote From Crystal: “It’s important to show the Latinx community that traveling is obtainable. Through our travels, we get to experience different cultures and lifestyles. It shows us to grow a deeper appreciation for the things we have in our lives. Traveling nurtures one’s soul. We need to continue to strengthen and encourage diversity across all social media platforms like Instagram.”

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Think street scenes, street art and a little bit of edge surrounded by some glamor shots of this incredible continent. Mainly in Spanish and Portuguese language, but who cares when you are looking at these stunning shots right? At the time of writing these guys have 36.5k followers.

These guys also have a very colorful well maintained travel blog which talks in detail about their Latin American travel escapades.

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We think this IG account is going places, gorgeous images from across the continent with great destination information and colorful and intriguing insights. At present a tick over 5k followers, but we think it’s definitely one to watch. In addition to the insta account, these globetrotters also have a website focused on unique Latin American experiences.

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Meet Tessa & Dillon – Cruising the Americas in our ’75 VW Bus ???? Rita

We love these guys! What happens when a guy and a girl decide to drive their Volkswagen kombi from Alaska to Argentina and back? Find out from this unique IG account, with their incredible images, adventures and stories, in one of the world’s most iconic vehicles.

Their website talks about their travel story and it is an impressive one to read.

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Guinness Record for – The Longest Road Trip

Greg Cayea doesn’t have a lot of followers on his Instagram account, which makes him a hidden treasure. He is currently the Guinness world record holder for the longest road trip and he just returned from a largely unplanned trip across South America. He knows travel. He is also brash and totally open, and that means his travel photos come with long, oversharing tales of things like skinny dipping with random women from Canada and Belgium.

As a writer published in places like Playboy and Elle, it’s clear Cayea can spin a yarn, and his Instagram is just another vehicle for his amazing travel writing, as well as his drawings. Seriously, we love him and get giddy every time he posts.

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Following along Karl Watson’s adventures is always a delight. Watson’s main gig is his Youtube channel where he hosts a very informative, fun, and enticing travel show, Karl Watson: Travel Documentaries. Each episode is a deep dive into a location that’s sure to light a fire under anyone thinking of hitting the road.

Karl’s Instagram feed serves as a great teaser for upcoming episodes of his show, as Watson trots around the globe. He takes serious travel and makes it fun and more importantly, accessible. He’s less about showing you how cool he is — although we all know he’s pretty cool — and more about showing you that you, too, can travel this big world of ours, and see all these wonderful sites for yourself.

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Lauren Bullen, or Gypsea Lust, is a powerhouse of social media. Her feed is the high-water mark of what you can achieve in the world of travel and Instagram.  Lauren has set the algorithm that so many have attempted to replicate for Insta-fame and success: runway ready body + high-quality photographer + postcard-perfect locales.

Lauren’s feed is the siren on the rocks calling Odysseus and his crew. It’s a fantasy for sure, although it’s a fantasy we all want to get lost in.

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Aubrie Bell created an entire travel lifestyle brand, Globetrotting Ginger Travel, around her fiery red hair. Now, she travels the hippest destinations around the world and offers a glimpse into the higher end of travel.

Reducing Aubrie’s brand to just the color of her hair would be a mistake. She also promotes solo female travel all over the world through empowerment and inspiration. Her feed is about opening up to the world and exploring every corner and her posts are featured around travel, fashion and lifestyle.

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Christian LeBlanc @lostleblanc says he escaped the 9-to-5 and now travels vlogging and filmmaking around the world. He’s currently in Bangkok, Thailand. His IG account is testament to how picture perfect travel in exotic locations is done.

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Jack Morris behind the blog “Do you Travel” and his girlfriend Lauren Bullen @gypsealust have caused a media frenzy with many of their wanderlust-inducing Instagram shots. And it’s not hard to see why, just scrolling their feed makes us want to drop everything and book that plane ticket. Serious FOMO!

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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