When Elisa Detrez, one-half of @bestjobers, says hers is the best job in the world, she means it literally. Description? Stargazing in Jordan, swinging in hammocks over sugar-white sand in the Bahamas, exploring the Technicolor markets of India, heli-skiing in a Swiss snow globe. Requirements? “Being curious, open-minded and adaptable,” says Elisa, a 32-year-old former web marketer from France, who snagged the job of her dreams in a 2013 contest. Out of the thousands of applicants competing for one of seven “Best Jobs in the World” with Tourism Australia, Elisa won — she and her partner Max Coquard were assigned to live and travel around Queensland and write a blog for six months. When the adventure ended, neither wanted to go home. “Everyone kept asking us how we could possibly return to a ‘normal life,’” says Elisa, who today with Max, shares tips and details from travels around the globe. “We realized this could be our new life.” 🌏 Photo by @bestjobers
Slowly but surely, greenery takes back control in Artem Rozhnov’s (@artemi) #WHPnaturalbeauty submission. 🌿 Photo by @artemi
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The highly anticipated matchups between soccer clubs Real Madrid (@realmadrid) and FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona) are so hotly contested, they are given their own name: El Clásico. Watch our Instagram story now to see how the Real Madrid players get ready for the big game. ⚽️
Golden braids match golden cornfields in Veracruz, Mexico 🌽 #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @luzzy_luu
Photographer Ragnhild Vaaler Furulund (@ragnhildsvisuelledesign) found the perfect curtain to filter the morning light in Norway. #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @ragnhildsvisuelledesign
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPnaturalbeauty Our planet is a timeless source of discovery, wonder and inspiration. This weekend, let’s celebrate Earth’s beauty. Here are a few tips to get you started: Spend time in a majestic landscape. Mountains, beaches, plains, forests — our land is diverse and grand, and it would take lifetimes to experience it all. How much can you capture within the frame of one photograph or video? Look for action and movement within the larger scene. Focus on the smaller details. Our planet may be vast, but there are millions of tiny, beautiful moments playing out in front of us every day: a blooming flower pushing through the cracks in the sidewalk, a trickle of water feeding a small pool in the forest or a tree swaying gently in the breeze. Keep an eye out for how nature weaves its way into man-made scenes. City and country alike have their own elements of natural beauty. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPnaturalbeauty hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week. Featured photo by @livingitrural
At 16 years old, Morgan Hipworth (@bistromorgan) has dreamed up over 2,000 doughnut flavors and opened his own shop, Bistro Morgan, in Windsor, Australia. Unlike most entrepreneurs dealing with the demands of their first business, Morgan is also a full-time high school student. “One of the biggest challenges is time management, managing my time inside of school and getting as much homework as I can done,” he says. “I’m always working around that.” But seeing people take a big bite or shoot one of Morgan’s signature syringes of filling — a concept he created to stand out — is worth the energy and effort. “Food plays such an active part in people’s lives,” says Morgan. “It can determine their mood or how their day is going. I love being a part of that.” #MadeToCreate Watch Morgan make some of his signature creations right now on our Instagram story! Photo by @bistromorgan
Hello, world! It's time for a hair-raising edition of #WeeklyFluff. Apparently, one cat’s trash is Ryo Yamazaki’s (@rojiman) treasure. Maru (pictured) is one of the three felines whose shed fur is recycled and carefully crafted into hats for cats. Follow @rojiman to keep up with this creative haberdasher’s designs.
There’s a chance underwater athlete Sofía Gómez Uribe (@sofigomezu) is part mermaid. “I feel so at peace and just happy to feel the freedom of being under the sea,” says the 25-year-old from Medellín, Colombia, who holds three Pan-American records in competitive apnea (also known as free diving) — a sport where she descends deep into the ocean, without an oxygen tank. “It’s what I like to do and what makes me get up in the morning,” says Sofía. “Apnea has taught me to get to know myself, to explore my weaknesses and strengths. Every day, I improve. I’ve learned to make progress and surpass my own limits.” Discover more stories from the Spanish-speaking community on @instagrames. Video by @sofigomezu
As often as he can, Behzad Rahmani Poor (@_bezzad) spends the morning with residents at a local homeless shelter in Shiraz, Iran. “The teakettles never stop boiling,” he says. “Drinking tea is the most pleasurable thing they have.” #WHPgoodmorning Photo by @_bezzad
Seven years and seven seasons later, actress Shay Mitchell (@shaymitchell) and the cast of the American TV drama “Pretty Little Liars” (@prettylittleliars) are better friends than ever. “To be able to say that we still all love each other after that long is amazing,” says Shay. “Work doesn’t feel like work when you are with friends and family every day!” As the final season premieres tonight, Shay reflects on her experience playing Emily, the athletic member of the core cast: “I love that she is a loyal, caring friend. I’ll miss watching her grow and try to navigate life.” Watch our story to hang out with Shay leading up to the debut of the final season.
Coffee just tastes better when you drink it outside — especially in the early morning light of Valencia, Spain. ☕️ #WHPgoodmorning Photo by @andrescarrionbaz
Starting this week, you can save posts into private collections. Tap and hold the bookmark icon underneath any post to save it directly to a collection. You can create and name a new collection when you save a post, or you can add it to one you’ve already created. You can also create a collection out of your existing saved posts. Tap the plus icon in the top right corner, give your collection a name and select the saved posts you’d like to add. You can find your collections on the saved posts tab on your profile. Just like all saved posts, your collections are private — only you can see them. Since we introduced the ability to save posts last December, 46 percent of Instagrammers have saved at least one post. Whether you want to plan your next day trip, revisit your favorite artists’ illustrations or always have some animal videos on hand, collections can help you keep track of the posts you want to remember. To learn more about save collections, check out help.instagram.com. This update is available for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play as part of Instagram version 10.16.
In the world of R&B, 21-year-old singer Kehlani (@kehlani) is an artist making moves to the front of the pack. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Kehlani is fresh off the release of a new album and is kicking off a North American tour at @coachella. “I attended the festival two years ago, but this is my first time performing!” says Kehlani, who’s in the lineup with artists like Lady Gaga, Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar. She’s most excited for Kendrick’s performance, but Kehlani is also looking forward to checking out artists she’s never seen before. “I know I’ll discover some great ones here,” she says, pictured here with Khalid (@thegr8khalid). Explore the sights and sounds of Coachella with Kehlani right now on our Instagram story.
Food lovers from around the world flock to @coachella for a reason. The annual music and arts celebration pays careful attention to their curation of food, bringing together a list of vendors ranging from Los Angeles’ finest gourmet chefs to food truck favorites who give a festival twist to their signature dishes — think fruit-filled acai bowls, Peruvian-Mexican burritos and fresh ceviche topped with uni. Afters Ice Cream (@aftersicecream) is one vendor scooping flavorful cones this weekend. “We use local ingredients when possible, and we do everything by hand, in house,” says Joshua Stevens, who manages festivals and catering for the small-batch ice cream company. Founded in Fountain Valley, California, Afters’ flavors range from Vietnamese-influenced jasmine milk to a play on the traditional cookies and cream – a vibrant blue-colored ice cream with Oreo chunks called Cookie Monster. “Whether you’re 6 months old or 99 years old, everyone loves that flavor. The color really sticks out.” Photo of @aftersicecream by @jnsilva
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