How to Become an Instagram Celebrity in One Vacation
El Camino Travel is your booking agent, personal photographer, and cultural guru, wrapped up in one very cool package
We've all been there. You go on vacation, you do something perfectly instagrammable, you ask someone to get a picture of your jealousy-inducing activity—and it's a complete #fail. Or worse, a "professional photographer" captures the moment with a cheesy portrait marked by harsh lighting, hideous backdrops, and fake smiles. 'Gram that? We can't.
The women behind El Camino Travel feel our pain. Founded by Marianna Jamadi and Katalina Mayorga, the fledgling tourism company organizes culturally-focused getaways for small groups who'd rather explore off-the-beaten-path locales (think Guatemala and Nicaragua) than follow their parents' well-worn European travel itinerary. Jamadi and Mayorga scout destinations and work with local business owners to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, immersing travelers in the local culture and even donating a portion of their profits to a regional entrepreneur that's improving lives in the area. But in addition to the cultural lesson, a unique feature makes this kind of journey especially appealing to the social media-savvy set: it includes a personal photographer to document your adventure.
Each morning, said snapper emails group members 25 shareable, likable, and utterly pinnable images from the day before. You, contemplating the mysteries of life at the edge of a dock, looking into a vast sea of unknown possibilities? Check. You, stumbling upon the most beautiful fishing village anyone following your feed has ever seen? Check. You, humble bragging your way to a coveted spot on Instagram's suggested user list? Check. Check. Check.