06/19/2015 12:03 EDT | Updated 06/19/2015 12:59 EDT

Meet Local Wanderer: Two Travelers Who Want To Find Hidden Gems


Canada's Instagrammers do a great job capturing this country's natural beauty and diversity. Each week we feature one of the country's best Instagrammers.

This week we introduce you to @localwanderer. These two friends from B.C. have been travelling up and down the west coast and sharing travel tips and photos. Here they are in their own words:

We’re Taylor & Elaine of @localwanderer, and we want to make it easier for you to discover beautiful and local places when you're travelling. Our travel blog and city guides connect you with spots that are part of a community, so you can make new friends and try new things! We visit every single place ourselves and we only recommend things we enjoy doing. Localism, not tourism — it's kind of our thing.

What do you love taking photos of?

Our two favourite things are coffee shops and the Californian desert. Maybe because it’s so different than our home and native land of Vancouver, but we just find ourselves so inspired when there’s nothing but blue skies, dusty rocks, and cacti! When it comes to coffee shops, we’re always sure to find a community of creatives there to become friends with.

What’s your favourite photo/instagram tip? Did you take a photo that demonstrates this?

Don’t try too hard! Be creative, and don’t blend in to what everyone else is doing. If you see something you love, just try and capture it the best you can. As far as captions go, don’t forget about them! We always try to tell a story with our photo, and always use emoji! Everyone loves emoji .

Can you share an outtake or a photo from the cutting-room floor? For example, a picture you took but didn’t decide to use. Tell us the story behind this photo?

We take soooo many photos everywhere we go! It’s always hard to choose just one or two to post on Instagram, but we really try to curate our feed to show you a variety. That’s why we love having our blog, so we can share the stories of the places we visit along with a ton of photos. For this shoot up at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, B.C. we decided to go for an angle that was actually on the bridge, instead of showcasing the bridge. But you really can’t beat this view!

Throwback Thursday! Pick a photo you love from your archive. Tell us about it.

This was from our very first road trip, where we travelled from Vancouver to the Mexican border and back, all without using Google Maps! This one particular day may look beautiful, but was actually pretty stressful. We found these rollerskates at a thrift store, but Taylor was terrified to actually wear them and was holding on to the pillar for dear life!

Follow Friday. Which Instagrammers do you love? Who inspires you to take better photos? Tell us about them.

We love following our friends! We have made so many amazing friends through the @instagram community, and have a built-in network of friends for every city we follow. Some of our favourite friends to go on trips with are @jessemorrow, @santiagodehoyos, @thebryandale, @elizabethgilmore, and our fellow travellers @getlostwith! — @localwanderer

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