Walking the Line with @smaracuja

Follow Nina’s travels on her account @smaracuja on Instagram.

As a travel blogger, Instagrammer Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk (@smaracuja) is never short of great places to take photos.

"My goal is to inspire people to travel more and to see all these beautiful places the world has to offer–to get them excited about places they might never have thought about going before," she says.

With a background in graphic design, Nina looks for straight lines, planes and brutalist architecture with a little pop of color for her feed. As she herself admits, she’s very picky when it comes to her photos.

"I only shoot in daylight, I try to match my shots to the other photos in my gallery (regarding color or look and feel) and I try to vary in subjects and scenes as much as I can so it doesn’t get boring."

Based in Berlin, Nina also takes great inspiration from her surroundings, sharing photos of her local neighborhood and creating a community through the #igersneukollen hashtag: “I came to Berlin three years ago and it is definitely still my favorite place to shoot. Neukölln is so vibrant and versatile, and you never really walk the same street twice because it’s always changing, whether it’s a new store, new graffiti or a pretty car #soloparking I haven’t seen around before.”

Nina recently travelled to Iceland but she found it difficult to stick to her own rules–although there’s one line she never crosses: “Phone photos only, because I believe that is what Instagram is all about: real time mobile.” Her next trip takes her to Australia over Christmas and New Year so be sure to follow her on Instagram.