The Positive Power of Instagram & Top Follows

A lot has been said about social media and especially about Instagram, the fastest growing social media platform at the moment, with a staggering 400 million monthly active users worldwide..As a visual person this is my favourite platform by far!

Some people think that Instagram is superficial, fake, all about appearances and looks, and does not reflect the real world at all! I can certainly understand where this is coming from, as a lot of users handle and build their gallery that way. They mainly post selfies, duckfaces, tight sexy dresses and even butfies…:(

I however don’t follow such accounts and certainly don’t post pictures like those myself, with the small exception of a hatfie with nice background once in a while, cause I have to admit I love my hats:)



For me Instagram is mainly about meeting likeminded people all around the world, to inspire and be inspired! My inspiration and passion is travel, architecture, nature and just pretty lifestyle pics in general, so that is what you will find in my gallery. And those are the accounts that I will follow, to keep my feed inspirational and clean.

I do NOT follow for (un)follow and don’t use apps or paid tricks to grow my account. In my opinion Instagram is all about real engagement, why else would it be called SOCIAL media??

Instagram compilation

A compilation of some of my favourite personal IG pics

In a few weeks I will be celebrating Authentic Chica’s 1 year anniversary on Instagram and in the past year this account has reached more than 18,000 followers with almost 600 pictures shared so far (1-2 a day). I have to admit it has become a small addiction and daily piece of joy in my life…

A few reasons why Instagram is a very positive thing for me:

  • Looking at beautiful pictures daily, while waking up, during my coffee breaks at work and on the way home always brightens up my day
  • I have fun with the filters and possibilities of Instagram by editing my pictures to make them even more beautiful. I try to post only my best pics, beautiful travel memories and daily moments, so my gallery becomes an inspiration board to myself and others
  • Instagram inspires me to take more pictures and motivated me to take up a photography course which makes me look at the world differently and appreciate the beauty around me more
  • I have made several friends through Instagram, a few I met already in real life as well, and have become true friends with. But I also have friends around the whole world now to meet up with during my trips or even stay over if I want
  • I love to meet other bloggers through this platform, to share experiences and tips with, and sometimes even collaborate with and help each other grow
  • Collaborations with companies and brands are also possible through Instagram. Sometimes via DM (Direct Message) or even by receiving or posting a comment under a post. If you have a blog, website or just something good to offer and are serious and active, this will certainly be a possibility
  • Because of Instagram I will be traveling much more this year and will be doing more than 10 collaborations with several brands, hotels and destinations that I love. Because of this I will even be able to help companies with their online marketing campaigns and give away free hotel stays for my favourite hotels to my most loyal and engaging followers, how cool is that?
One of my favourite pics from Portugal last summer

One of my favourite pics from Portugal last summer

If you are happy with your account just being a gallery for yourself of course that is fine and you can definitely enjoy it on your own. But if you want your Instagram account to inspire others as well, meet likeminded people, engage and have the same positive effect for you as it has for me, I suggest you try to keep a few things in mind…

If you follow these tips I am convinced you will enjoy Instagram more and will also see your engagement and numbers grow at the same time:

  • Post more often and consistently to keep your followers engaged, they are following you because they want to see your pics, right?! Not a few weeks of nothing…
  • Engage more, a small comment or emoticon only takes a second but can make people smile, and it never hurts to be social!
  • Be open and react on comments under your posts, people like to connect and to get feedback on their comments
  • If people consistently like or comment your pics, try to give back once in a while and check their accounts more often, it is always nice if the feeling is mutual right?
  • Don’t forget to double tap and like everything that inspires you. Just think about it: it is nice to receive appreciation for your pics, so why wouldn’t you do the same for others, instead of only thinking it?
  • Be open to DM’s, of course you don’t want or have to do this with everybody, but sometimes this can lead to great business opportunities, collaborations or even friendships..

And most importantly, don’t play the follow for follow game, this will only lead to un-inspiring feeds, un-interested followers and low engagement!

A compilation of some of my favourite personal IG pics

A compilation of some of my favourite personal IG pics

Instead, just follow people whose account you really love and whose pics you really like, to you keep your daily feed inspiring and to be able to make real connections. Here’s some of my favourite suggestions to follow:

From my homeland the Netherlands I follow a few really beautiful people, both on the inside as out. I look up their pictures daily and have even met and have become friends with them in real life. I am happy to have found them through social media! And besides that they just have really great pics, which everybody should see, just click on the pics to go to their Instagram account and don’t forget to tap the follow button:

  1. Sigrid is a girl addicted to travel, with a huge heart for Asia, animals, nature and adventure. I just love to see her daily pics and enjoy her Dutch blog, which you can also find in her Instagram bio.

Don't know what is more beautiful sunrise at Bagan or this…sunset 😍😍😍 Can you see the birds flying? #myanmar #bagan #southeastasia

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  1. Marieke is a real globetrotter and has visited 58 countries already! I really enjoy her Asia inspired pictures, but am loving her current pictures from Iran as well. She also writes for a Dutch blog, which you can find in her bio.


  1. Daphne has a beautiful website for which she interviews world travelers about their experiences and writes on her Dutch blog about her personal food hotspots and travel favourites all around the world. Her daily pics are always different and show the beauty of Holland as well.


  1. Kasia has been a blogger friend of mine since the beginning and always inspires me with her luxurious travel accommodations, collaborations and breath taking pics! She has just been to Asia for 3 months and her Instagram gallery and bi-lingual blog are filled with desirable pics of it. Check the link in her bio for the most luxurious hotspot hotels!


  1. Priscilla’s pictures are all stunning! She has a great eye for composition and is always on point. I love to follow her travels and short trips around the world and really like her as a person.


Outside the Netherlands there are some awesome girls which I have great contact with on IG, I haven’t met them in real life yet, but hopefully will soon! These are the girls who’s pics rock, inspire me and I just know I can travel the world with based on our mutual passion, spirit and personality! I can’t wait to see their pics every day and so should you:

  1. Liberty is a British beauty who has traveled to some of the most extraordinary places in the world and has many awesome pics of it, and a wonderful blog filled with them. Check out her gallery and the link in her bio for daily inspiration.

Happy Friday people! 🙌🏻 Spending my day dreaming of far away places. 💭😍 Where's your wanderlust bug taking you next? 🌍

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  1. Mirja’s from Finland and has a real eye for beauty. Her pictures are always pretty, inspiring and calming! She loves nature and exactly knows how to capture the moment, during her travels, but also in her beautiful homeland.


  1. Marina is a blond beauty from Barcelona, who seems to be traveling 24/7 next to her dayjob, visiting new destinations every week. Her pics are spectacular, taken from the best viewpoints and from the most exciting perspectives. She’s definitely a huge inspiration to me!


  1. Tuni is the cutest German-Vietnamese expat student living in Denmark and rocking the Copenhagen lifestyle. We have been friends on IG for a long time and I just love her spirit, cityscapes and inspiring website with self-designed interior posters. Her pics from around the world and Copenhagen are to die for!


  1. Arzo, is a German teacher with a responsible mind and a huge passion for traveling. With her colorful pics and beautiful perspectives she brightens up my day every time! Her wonderful blog is definitely worth a visit as well, just follow the link in her bio.

While many praised Earth yesterday and promised to do good to Mother Nature, I didn't. I know I harm the environment. I travel, I drive a car, I use more more products than needed, I do not only eat organic food, and I still eat/drink some milk products. All above points destroy our earth, so I don't want to say I promise to save the earth but I have started with changing some habbits: I don't eat meat anymore (farm animals cause more greenhouse emissions that planes), I reduced diary products to a minimum (though I never was a fan of it) I hardly drink water from bottles (drink more tap water and just refill), I get my coffee to go in my own thermos mug (which my nephew just smashed but I will get a new one), I buy less clothes (less but more high-quality), I always carry cotton bags with me and I try to stop using any kind of plastic. I try to leave my car and take the bus more often. It is still a long way to go, so I cannot say I honor the environment, but I try to change day by day… Only the travel is what I cannot change currently 🙄 – – #earthday #sheexplores#igglobalwomenclub#openmyworld#doyoutravel#natgeotravel#bbctravel#girlsborntotravel#oftd#fashion#lonelytravel#travegram#outbounderlife#myfavtourlina#passionspassport#beautifulexplores#worldtravelbook#dametraveler#germanblogger#bucketlist#pretty#cablecar#view

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But I have at least 10 more favourites, as my Instagram addiction and the inspiration on there is insatiable. I promise another top 10 will follow soon, so stay tuned!

Btw, are you following me already? If you do, I will try to inspire you on a daily basis and will always reply on all your comments, I promise:)

xxx Naomi (aka Authentic Chica)

Queen of the stupa 👸 for a day…Gotta ♡ Ayuttayah @instagram

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You can also get to know me better through these previous blogposts: Welcome to my traveling experiences or Get to know me through the Liebster award.

Or find me on:

Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Bloglovin and Stumbleupon.

Do you have the same positive experiences with Instagram or social media in general and what’s your favourite platform? Love to hear your thoughts on this!

About Authentic Chica

Traveler, wanderer and explorer from the Netherlands, with a special love for authenticity, while keeping it chic. With a passion for traveling, lust for exploring, heart for holidays and an eye for beautiful things. Find out about my tips on how to find the perfect traveling combination of authentic chicness.
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33 Responses to The Positive Power of Instagram & Top Follows

  1. Nice blog post! I love that you don’t do the follow for follow thingy. I’m a big fan of real connections and meeting like minded people as well. I also love love some of the accounts you mentioned and will check out all the others 😉


  2. rovingjo says:

    I hate the follow for follow game. I also detest the I follow you and when you follow back I then unfollow you because I am just using you to grow my account – blah! And paying for follows – that is just ridiculous. It is a social platform and I love that you can get to be social, get to know people. I like engaging with others, liking and commenting on posts. Like you seeing the feeds make me happy, give me a mental break and provide inspiration. I hope I am doing the same with mine. Yes I am growing (maybe not as fast as others) but that is OK. I rather have a smaller group of engaged followers than a big group of nothing. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts both here and on Instagram. Happy Roving!!!


    • Thanx girl,
      Happy to hear you can relate and got my point, I feel exactly the same! Would be great if people could keep the platform authentic…but yeah an ideal world is impossible..Just do what feels right for your self and positivity will come! Curious about your account, what’s you IG?


  3. Jenny - says:

    I didn’t know all the accounts you recommend, but they are worth to be followed. Thanks for sharing 😉


  4. Jessica says:

    Love the positive vibe you’re sharing Naomi! I don’t do follow for follow, but if I really like an account I will give them a comment or some likes. Like you said: to give them some appreciation back. 🙂 What I don’t really get is why some really blurry (aka horrible) photos gets tons of likes and some really amazing accounts with beautiful pictures have 25 likes… It’s hard to find a balance between promotion and spamming I guess :p


    • Thnx Jessica, happy to hear u like my post and that u can feel the positive vibe!! And u are right, some things are quite strange and unequal on IG, I guess people using special apps and hacks will influence the numbers that way…unfortunately there will always be cheaters in this world. Just keep on posting yr pretty pics and spreading yr great vibe and u will attract the same! Love yr website and pics👍 xxx


  5. Chelsea Ann says:

    I love your tips about growing your Instagram account and also keeping it authentic!


    • Thnx Chelsea, happy u like it, as I wanted yo give some tips but not especially focusing on growth but more on engagement and then the rest should follow naturally;) great that u recognize that and appreciate it👌👍


  6. Love your perspective!! This is what I’ve been focusing on with Instagram, and have even stopped using other platforms like Twitter and Pinterest so I can focus on my favorite community in my now more limited time (full-time work = less time for scrolling lol). And it’s what I aspire to inspire with the #globalcreator community. I really love how you show such continued support for other accounts, and have definitely found some awesome bloggers through your round-up posts. Thanks for always spreading the love so fully!!


    • Wow Amy Lynne, what a nice thing to say and really happy to hear that from u! I fully agree with u and love yr #globalcreator initiative! Happy to connect and to be able yo inspire each other from across the globe💋


  7. dstexan says:

    Wonderful article! It is a great reminder of the best parts of IG….and a fun way to share some of your favorite IG accounts!


  8. Hey Chica! I love discovering these new accounts. I get so tired of bad IG pics (why, oh why, in the world do these people think we want to see some of this garbage???) so I’m thrilled to add some pretty new travel accounts to my feed. Thanks for introducing me to your friends! 😉


  9. Hey Chica! Thanks for introducing us to these wonderful accounts! I too scratch my head sometimes wondering ‘what in the world were they thinking?’ when I see some of the garbage that gets posted in IG these days…. So I am thrilled to have some new blood running through my feed! Thank you for these discoveries!


    • Yes Lee, I feel the same sometimes but choose to focus on the positive aspects😉 I found so many great accounts and people on IG, happy you agree and will follow them too now👌


  10. Great post Naomi, I’ve been meaning to read it for awhile and glad finally did! Totally agree with all your points. Instagram is so inspiring when you follow the right account. It certainly give me inspiration for my photography and travel. I love connecting with talented people around the world. 😘😘


    • Happy to hear that and to have found u through Instagram, your pics inspire me a lot too, and you’re def one of my favourites as well! This and making new friends all over the world through IG makes me so happy!

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  11. Mellisa - Grenzeloosreizen says:

    Wow you’re doing a great job on IG! I love Instagram, but sometimes I have a feeling about some pics that’s it’s not IG worthy… I want to get rid of that feeling, because I just want to post pictures which I like. But oh well, maybe I should just post them 😉 You recommend great accounts, will take a look at them.


    • Thanx Mellisa, happy to hear u like my post and the top 10 accounts, they inspire me a lot!
      I understand what you are saying, I sometimes feel the same, but postiong only your best quality pics will definitely help your account, but these can still be the pics you like, regardless the amount of likes they get, it is YOUR account. I however do post non-travel related pics mostly on my private IG account, as I think they don’t fit the AuthenticChica concept…could that maybe be an idea for you too? Happy posting! xx


  12. Tim @tatnasworldtour says:

    Wow…. What an amazing flower you and your talents have blossomed into over the last few years. This post is an “authentic” and transparent insight/reminder of IG’s true value and beauty and how IG I am sure was intended to be used to impact and add value to everyone who’s path we may cross in life and on the wild web.
    Fantastic job, we all look forward to watching you flourish and grow in the coming months/years of adventure.

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  13. Hannah T. says:

    Great post. I love your Instagram!


  14. Cristina says:

    I LOVE Instagram too :). On a more serious note, I agree that it is definitely THE platform to inspire and be inspired. Great post and lovely photos.


    • Hi Christina, so nice to connect with you on Instagram and thanx for reading my blog post, great to hear you appreciate it and love the support! BTW I adore your pics too:), xxx


  15. _amazingtravelparadises_ says:

    Hi Naomi, Thanks for sharing this on your blog. Sigrid (mytravelsecret) pointed out your website and Instagram account to me. I love to travel as well and since a year I am on Instagram. It is getting quite addictive :)The pictures of others I follow inspire me and also make me decide where to go next. Keep up posting nice pictures. Cheers Cecilia


    • Hi Cecilia, thanx for you lovely comment and so nice that you found me through Sigrid, I love her blog too! Happy u liked me blog, do find me on IG too, love to connect and IG is my favourite platform by far!! xx Naomi


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    • Thanx so much, always happy to hear that!
      And do check out my other Instagram tips posts under the page social media tips if you are interested in reading more!
      Hope you can benefit from them!
      xx Naomi


  17. Maya says:

    Another great post Naomi – I totally agree that Instagram can be positive and people need to stop hating on Social Media if they use it correctly! I love it and I also wrote a post about being happy on social if you want to check it out 🙂 hope you like it!

    Maya I @caribbeansnowflake


    • Hi Maya,
      Thanx for the feedback happy you like my posts! I def think that social media can work positively for you, but it is indeed up to you how you handle it though…I’m off to Morocco soon for holiday and the blog but will happily check out your article soon when I have more time:) xx


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