The founder and CEO of Insta-phenomenon @beautifuldestinations shares his best travel tips
With over 12.4 million followers, you’ve probably come across @beautifuldestinations on your Instagram feed at one point or another. The multiplatform business was created by 34-year-old entrepreneur Jeremy Jauncey in the early days of Instagram to share inspiring travel content from around the world and connect with talented storytellers.
The former rugby player, who is also a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) ambassador and now, Asia Tatler’s new travel editor-at-large, is constantly globetrotting and capturing his adventures along the way (as seen on his personal Instagram @jeremyjauncey).
Below, he shares his favourite trips, bucket list destinations and tips for travel photography with us in our latest edition of ‘How I Travel’:
Rwanda—one of my favourite countries in the world for its commitment to sustainable tourism, spectacular wildlife (gorillas) and warm people.
Amanpuri, Thailand for some long overdue rest and relaxation! I’ll be trying their new wellness and detox offering.
What’s on your bucket list?
So many places! Norway, funnily enough, springs to mind.
What do you love most about travelling?
Meeting people and experiencing different cultures. I believe so strongly that travel is a universal language that connects people regardless of age, background, income, etc. and I find that part of travelling the most rewarding.
Most memorable travel experience?
And the worst?
No comment 🙂
One place you’d visit over and over again?
Egypt. I fell in love with Cairo the first time I went and haven’t yet visited Siwa, Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor or Aswan—all of which I’ve heard are must-visit places. I love the Egyptian people and the culture has fascinated me since I was a child.
Three things you always travel with?
- iPhone: for work, to keep in touch and social media
- Master & Dynamic headphones: the only things I use to listen to music or relax on a flight
- Sneakers/gym kit: I love to work out when I travel, it’s the only thing that keeps me sane with so many different time zones
What do you normally read on the plane?
I love to read so I always travel with books—usually a hard book that will help me grow or develop a new skill (currently reading Principals by Ray Dalio) and a lighter book that is for enjoyment like a biography or histories of organised crime (currently reading Shoe Dog by Phil Knight). Having two books going at once keeps me interested.
Favourite travel companion?
Aisle or window seat?
Favourite travel app?
Instagram of course! It’s where I find most of my inspiration for where to travel and where to stay.
Your best travel tip?
Set your clocks, watches, phones and other devices to the timezone of the place you are going the day before you leave. This always helps me handle jet lag better.
What are the latest travel trends you’ve seen?
Sustainable tourism is an important trend I think we all must take part in—finding places to stay that respect the environment and the local people, train & develop local communities and protect the wildlife/environment that they inhabit.
Wellness tourism is also something I greatly enjoy and think people can benefit from, as they use travel time to become healthier and properly relax from their day-to-day lives.
Best tips for taking great travel photos?
Sunset and sunrise give the best light of the day so try to get up early to catch the sun!
Follow Jeremy on Instagram @jeremyjauncey
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