Boasting an instagram following of over 260k, Antonis is a keen enthusiast on making the most of life. He’s also a master in the art of travel influencing.
After graduating from the Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Antonis fell in love with Digital Creation.
Antonis Leivadiotis (@antonis_leiv) has mastered the art of making his Instagram profile look like a work of art.
His account showcases hundreds of photos of his adventures in dreamy destinations. What make Antonis’ travel photos so captivating are the unique angles at which he captures his images, and his vivid use of colour.
The Lifestyle Times chief editor Despina sat down with Antonis to talk about all things travel and life.
Thank you for your time Antonis, tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m from Greece, so I often had to make my own fun. That’s how I got into traveling, which started as a hobby but has grown into a full-time passion. I was really lucky to have great friends in high school who helped enter me into local contests, and it was a real boost to win trips around the world. I enjoy both organizing and traveling in my free time. I just picked up my baggage , and it’s a lot of fun learning about a new civilization. It’s also really fun to record video of my adventure for my Youtube channel, where I’ve been a counsellor for the past two summers.
Talk about your childhood, did it shape your desire for travel?
Travel is a great mode for self-discovery. Travel experiences highlight the different aspects of one’s own personality. We learn about the way we function and how easily we adapt to the different scenarios of life.
The earliest memory I have of travelling that is actually clear in my mind is probably from when I was 11 and my family went for a vacation in Santorini. I remember being excited because I got to go off from school a couple of days earlier from when the term break was supposed to start. And when we went to Santorini, it was chilly and I got a rock from the volcano.
What piqued your interest in instagram? How did you grow your following?
The first step that will be the base of your influencer career is figuring out your niche and defining your target audience based on that. You have probably seen it pretty much anywhere, and it may sound like another “drink a lot of water to be healthier” that you also hear from everyone, but it actually is really important and will help you out a lot. The niche could be related to fashion, DIY, motherhood, fitness, cooking, and so on. It would also be a smart idea to niche down at first, meaning, if you want to make fashion-related content, narrow it down to a concrete style: it could be street fashion, second-hand clothing, vintage, etc. Doing that will help you reach followers who actually care about your content and are excited about your new posts because they are interested in the exact theme that you are posting about.
Do you have any tips for beginners to social media who want to grow a following?
There’s no step-by-step guide for Instagram growth. But there are best practices that will help you reach a wider audience and win over new followers. Here are 3 easy ways to get more followers on Instagram.
1. Optimize your bio
2. Find your best time to post on Instagram
3. Post consistently
What motivates you in life?
Some people are motivated by power, influence, and fame. They want to become powerful and a leader, such as politicians. They want to take charge and achieve great power. For me, the most important is to have great time every day.
Tell us about a recent travel the collaboration you did?
My last travel collaboration was with the Tourism Organization of Serbia. It was amazing. I had an amazing trip in Serbia, I tried delicious Serbian food and also, I had new experiences.
What’s your favourite place to visit in the world?
I loved New York. I loved the vibes of the city. But, i believe my favorite place is always the next destination that i am traveling
When’s the best month to visit Greece?
I strongly believe it is better to visit in summer.
The best weather in Greece is from late April to early November when there is lots of sunshine and little rain. The best months for swimming and sunbathing on the Greek Islands is from June to September. July and August are the busiest and most expensive months but are also the best for nightlife and beach parties. Sightseeing is fine from March to November.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I am driven to be the best at what I do and I want to have collaborations somewhere where I’ll have opportunities to develop my skills, take on interesting projects, and work with people I can really learn from. Some of the most innovative thinkers in the industry of tourism and that’s a big reason why I would love to travel around the world.