The bags are packed, the money is traded, and the planes are boarded. Off on the Live FAST Summer Tour and eager to taste new horizons and sip Turkish coffees in cafe’s on streets we could have never dreamt up. The world is calling and we’ve answered. One of our most anticipated destinations is Istanbul, a city so rich in history, colors, food, and people we couldn’t possibly stay away. In the weeks leading up to our adventures we naturally went scouring through Instagram to search for first hand views from the locals that love their city. We were overwhelmed by the imagery we found lurking in the far corners of this place and have narrowed it down to eight of our favorite accounts. If these don’t make you want to join us, I don’t know what would. Follow us Instagram for the freshest updates of our days here and the rest of the tour.
1. @sezgiolgac 133k
Sezgi Olgaç is just as, if not more lovely, than her Instagram account. This brunette beauty is a writer, traveler, and jazz singer wandering around Turkey, and snapping gorgeous streetscape photographs. Her images are fresh and bright, bold blues and pink hues, of sandy beaches and cafes we could lose afternoons in.
2. @mujganozceylan 128k
Müjgan Afra Özceylan is a woman after my own heart. She is an analog photographer wandering the region snapping adorable images that make my heart flutter, window sills and pastel, foggy beaches and flora, old books and perfect cups of coffee. What more is there in life? Her feed belongs inside the crush worthy pages of Kinfolk, tied in twine and resting on my coffee table.
Alan Pea’s claim that he is “picturing imperfectly” is subject to challenge. One quick scroll through this feed and you will be entranced by the images he has collected. His attention to structure and detail gives his account more appeal than simple wanderlust. He sees the world in a dynamic way, follows a clear path of adventure, and then delivers it us with a perfect combination of old and new world. It’s inviting and intoxicating.
4. @koraycaner 13.4k
Koray Caner is a hunk of Istanbul man who also happens to have a killer feed that makes me hungry in more ways than one. This blogger, editor, fashion writer is making life look like nothing but a good time over there. His feed is full of delicious cocktails, perfectly simple meals, and adventures upon adventures. It seems everywhere this man goes a good time follows, and we do too.
5. @mustafaseven 1.2m
Mustafa Seven’s Instagram weighs in at a whopping 1.2 million followers and there is no wonder why. His eye for capturing the people that surround him in this incredible city is like none else. His images give a necessary perspective into the history of this place. He makes you truly understand how old these streets and architecture really are. And he’s got an eye for texture, tons of texture, and we love it.
6. @ezgibozkurt 11.4k
Ah, Istanbul looks good on you lady! This mega babe, model, designer & partner at 5th position swimwear is running all over this country and looking mighty fine while she does it. We love a boss lady and we also love this feed. Featuring herself in many of the images we get to not only see the incredible seascapes she lunges near but also the adorable suits 5th position is churning out on the regular. She is salty skin and wind swept hair and refreshing doesn’t seem a fresh enough word for this feed. We love it.
7. @cizenbayan 122k
Elif Tanverdi’s Instagram makes having a good time look like a full time job, and one that I want ASAP. Her feed is full of life, I don’t know how else to put it. She is so clearly in love with being on this earth that it is inspiring just to watch. She is a tall order– a blogger, traveler, yogi, and architect. A self proclaimed party girl and a damn fine photographer. When she isn’t running around this globe, her gorgeous mane of curls blowing in the wind, you can catch up with her in Istanbul for more treasured good times.
Gezici Günlük’s feed is working in the highest order of Instagram, it is an active collection, a “mobile diary” of this woman’s wandering lifestyle. A steady hand between open ocean, and the perfect lunch. They pop with colors so bright you can almost taste them from the other side of the globe. With an appreciation for all the little things the road bring her way we are let into a kaleidoscope world of her own curation. Keep on wandering woman, we love you for it, and hopefully we will cross paths sooner than later.