Tori Hyland

About Tori Hyland

Tori is a 21-year-old travel Instagrammer living in Melbourne, Australia. Born in South Australia, she moved east to study, and to find a place where the supermarket was open past 9pm. She showcases her adventures in Melbourne, and around the world. You’ll catch her posting everything from street art to dog sledding; all whilst keeping it real, and offering followers ideas on how to spend their weekends!

Approx Reading Time-11We spoke with Tori, the wandering eyes behind @WhereIsTori, a cavalcade of travel imagery, and the shenanigans that walk with it.




TBS: Hello, Tori! Your Instagram pics are fabulous. If for whatever reason you could only save three, which three would you save?

Tori: Why thank you! That’s a tough choice, but I think these ones:

Sweden, you were fabulous! My first solo trip, and it took me to places I’d never imagined possible to find.

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One of my best shots. This was in a tiny town in Sweden called Porsi, however, I was staying in Vuollerim. I ended up there on my solo trip because I wanted to attend the Jokkmokk Winter Market – the reindeer racing was enough to convince me. Long story short, I met an Australian there (who would have thought) who owned sled dogs, and asked if I wanted to join her! I have so many great memories of this place as it was so vastly different to where I live, and am dying to go back!


The party doesn’t start until someone jumps off the roof 🕺

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This was taken on a group trip with a bunch of people from my uni, and we all got to jump off the roof of the boat as well as swim with dolphins. I absolutely love the energy in this shot.


Exploring. @suzanvasica69

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This was taken when my friend and I drove through the Yarra Valley – it’s called Black Spur Drive, and I believe it’s rated as one of the best drives in Victoria. I like the mood it sets, and the idea that it could be from another country.


Can you please tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how your Instagram came to be?

I’m Tori, I’m 21 years old, and I was born in South Australia but moved to Melbourne last year by myself. I’m in my final year of university studying a Bachelor of Arts – Music Industry degree, and despite what everyone thinks, I do work a retail job on the side of all this. I am a huge fan of travel, and have been to fortunate to have had the opportunities to go to a variety of countries overseas during my years, however, right now am enjoying what Australia has to offer me. I had been running my music photography Instagram called @ToriHylandCreative for a couple years, and really wanted a place to share my travel images separate to music. This is how @WhereIsTori was born!


What do you think is the main driver to people coming to @WhereIsTori daily and following you?

My images and stories help give people ideas on what to see and do when in Melbourne, as well as remind people that you don’t have to spend a lot of money or go super far to explore – looking for street art remains one of my favourite activities. I believe that people see me as real and understand that I am a normal person doing things that nearly everyone can achieve. Plus I am consistent in my posting which always helps.


What is the main story you like to tell through your images?

I wanted to share with everyone what the world has to offer, but more specifically what Melbourne has to offer. I try to keep my Instagram as authentic, and as real as possible. There’s a notion that you have to look and be a certain way to be the ideal Insta type, which I wanted to break, and more Instagrammers are. A lot of social media is fake, so I wanted to be as honest with people about my position. At the moment, I’m not traveling internationally because I am trying to finish my degree. However, just because you’re in between places, that doesn’t mean that you can’t travel and enjoy life. Often, we neglect what our own city/town/state/country has to offer us.


What is the worst way for someone to try and get your attention on Instagram, and what is the best way?

Sending me creepy messages, nasty messages or demanding that I give a shout out or share their profile. Those people are blocked or declined pretty fast – I don’t need that negativity around me. Fortunately, I don’t get too many of those. Generally, I receive messages asking questions which I love! I love when people engage with me, and ask questions! I always try my best to respond but if you want to chat I do recommend sending me a personal message as I tend to miss comments occasionally.


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