Travel Tips From NYC’s Best Instagrammer

By James Joiner | March 17, 2017

Photographer Sam Horine lives the kind of life most travel junkies dream about, constantly jet-setting around the globe in search of his next adventure. With half a million Instagram fans excitedly awaiting his dispatches, such as sunset strolls through Venice, stray cats and cliff jumping in Greece, or just his perspective on his home city of New York, and clients that range from Volvo, American Express and Delta Airlines to National Geographic and Leica, he’s one of the most in-demand photographers out there. One look at his documentary-style photos, which recently garnered him the Village Voice’s honor of Best Instagram in New York, will have you understanding why.

We caught up with him to find out how he manages to maintain his trademark calm and cool vibes while racking up so many airline miles.

🌬🕊 over the ocean // soaring through the sky in the seaside town of Zapallar #visitchile @chiletravel

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How did you get to be a globe-trotting photographer?

Ain’t it funny how it happens?

What’s the one thing everyone should know to make their travel pics better?


Favorite place you’ve ever been to, and why?

Santorini – we lived in a cave, drank wine all night, and floated in the sea all day.

Blink and you'll miss it 🙈

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Least favorite?

No such thing! Make your own fun.

Plane, train, or automobile?

Whatever it takes.

Where haven’t you been that you’d love to?


another world

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Window or isle seat?

Always window!

If you only have 24 hours in a new place, what’s the one thing you make sure to do?

Meet up with a local.


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Besides a camera, what’s the one thing you can’t travel without?


What’s one faux pax you see travelers make all the time that they could easily avoid?


As a pizza lover, who does it best in the world, in your professional opinion?

Haven’t been there yet, but I’m excited for Emmy Squared.

Give us one insider tip or travel hack for making long transit times easier…

The lounge is always your friend. One of my favorites is the Delta lounge at JFK that features an outdoor deck to enjoy champagne with a takeoff.