The latest travel Instagram sensation to inspire our serious wanderlust is... a mere latex orb filled with helium. Indeed, The Balloon Diary feed shows the remarkable story of one very sweet-looking pink balloon on a tremendous journey around the world.
Picture a bobbing pink spectacle in Bali, Dubai, London, Australia, and most recently Greece.
The traveler behind the feed, Aussie Anna Dawson, told Jet Set how she came up with the simple idea to snap her travel photos with a pink balloon.
“Being on the other side of the world, I decided to create the Balloon Diary to share my life in Paris with friends and family back home in Australia," she said. She also has a lifestyle blog, The Balloon Diary, where she writes travel tips. She'd spent her twenties as an event planner — an unfulfilling role that only made her feel restless.
With just a feeling in her heart, she quit her job, sold her belongings, and took off to Paris.
“As simple as [the idea] sounds, when you walk down a busy street in Paris with a pink balloon, people smile. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak the same language, or if you have nothing in common with them at all — there’s still that moment where you share the joy of this tiny little thing that’s just a bit out of the ordinary," she said. "For me, the pink balloon represents joy and love."
Anna tells us that she and her husband (who’s also Insta-famous) take photos for each other.
With all the incredible images on her feed, Anna told us her favorite is the one that shows the moment when her husband proposed.
“We were in the middle of a shooting at Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in front of the Louvre and Julien pulled out the ring and held it up in front of the camera as I was posing for a shot and proposed!” (Dying!)
"Just the idea of not knowing where i’ll end up in Paris or what i’ll find is what makes it so exciting and never repetitive," she said. Anna's motto for The Balloon Diary is getting lost in the right direction. She tells us, “I never know where I’m going... and I still don’t!”
Outside of Paris, the balloon continues on its travels, for instance, to Dubai... just like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!
Anna said she was surprised when it grew so quickly. She told Jet Set, “I think Paris is the most beautiful city in the world and many people also share the same feeling and love to see it captured in a positive and inspiring light.”
It's true: pink balloons + Paris + hot wardrobe + hot girl = Insta-gold.
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