Instagram is simple, it’s visual and it creates a quick emotional impact! It’s also a great way to discover new places around the world. No wonder I’m always seeking the best Instagram travel accounts to follow!
Even though I despise the direction Instagram is going, with self-proclaimed influencers spreading like wildfire (beautypreneurs is a thing now…) I confess I do spend a significant amount of time there.
Sometimes double tapping cat videos. Sometimes stalking my friends. But I’m especially interested in new travel inspiration. And now I’m sharing them with you (the travel content, not the cats).
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For this list, I tried to avoid hollow influencers who only use travel as a way of getting new backdrops for their own photos. The world needs valuable content, interesting things to learn and see and especially people who truly love to travel.
With no particular order, these are my favorite Instagram travel bloggers to feed your wanderlust (list updated May 2019). They are travel bloggers, Youtube stars, journalists or simple amateurs sharing real, honest, and interesting content.
Let’s get inspired!
Paulo’s was one of the first accounts I followed in Instagram. He’s a Brazilian travel photographer, but mostly a storyteller. His amazing photos in the most varied landscapes inspired me to follow my own wanderlust dream.
Liz is one of my favorite travel bloggers out there and Young Adventuress is a BIG SUCCESS in the travel blog world. What I particularly enjoy about her is how down-to-earth and unpretentious she is.
Her gallery in Instagram has bits and bobs from everywhere in the world, but mostly from the awe-inspiring New Zealand outdoors.
What I like the most about Trey’s body of work is that he’s not afraid of color. In fact, he’s all about color!
You can sneak peek his travel photography blog, displaying more of his amazing pictures.
I’ve been a follower of Gareth’s videos on Tourist2Townie’s Youtube channel for quite some time. I’ve always been a fan of the very down-to-earth and humble way he approaches travel, still managing to be informative and truly helpful.
His his Instagram “is secondary” (his words, not mine), but still very much worth it if you ask me.
Daniel is a landscape photographer who shoots STUNNING pictures in remote places like Japan, Russia or Norway.
I have to confess I think this is one of the most inspiring Instagram accounts I’ve EVER come across. After all, 1M followers can’t be wrong.
I found Kristin’s Instagram very recently and made an impact on me. It’s one of those accounts you can’t stop scrolling down.
Once a former investment banker in the corporate world, Kristin is a now a travel writer exploring the world full-time. You can follow her on her blog too. Judging by her gallery, I’d say she chose the right path!
I’m going to be honest: I don’t know much about whoever is behind this account. In fact, I know nothing.
All I know is that the pictures here are breathtaking and make me want to go places. Apart from the visual element,there are also several inspiring descriptions. So Andy, whoever you are, you are awesome!
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Look up get up and don't ever give up. Really excited that we just launched a program for @feedbacknation called "The Limelight" where we will be featuring artists who submit their story/photos I'm currently taking over @canon_photos for my latest trip to New York. Thank you guys so much for this amazing opportunity.
A journalist with very itchy feet. Sarah did all of Central and South America by bus and she’s now focused on Europe.
On her blog she writes in Spanish mainly, but her pictures on Instagram speak by themselves!
What I like about Alex’s gallery is how impactful his pictures can be. A photographer keen on the more remote destinations, he is able to translate the wilderness of incredible nature landscapes directly into his shots.
Alex is one of my top favorite Instagrammers out there, so I strongly suggest take a peek at his account. His photos will surely wow you!
More than being just another National Geographic photographer, Krista has the amazing ability of telling a story. She’s in this list because of in-depth descriptions of her photos, which make the captures really come alive. With such an interesting gallery, she makes it so easy to travel along with her!
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It was so normal in Myanmar to pass groups of young monks or nuns on the street or in temples….I even got cut off in traffic by monks on motor scooters! On my last night in Mandalay, I had just left the Sandamuni Pagoda when I came across these young Buddhist nuns draped in pink. I climbed Mandalay Hill into the sunset and who knows where they ended up. It is amazing how such disparate lives can pass in a flash…and how we smile at each other in our shared humanity. Thank you, Myanmar, for being friendly, welcoming, beautiful, and mysterious. I’ll be back and I hope that whatever changes as the country is opened to the world, that it doesn’t take the joy from the spirit of the beautiful Myanmar people. // #FujifilmX_US @FujifilmX_US @bhphoto #mywinteraway #FujifilmXT1 #Fujifilm @NatGeoCreative @NatGeoTravel
Hugo and Cristina are a portuguese couple on a quest to explore the world’s best cultural and nature destinations. I’d say so far they are doing a great job!
Their website and Instagram are packed with useful tips and inspiring experiences. The Iceland collection is my favorite!
Mark Wiens travels with a purpose: to eat food. Sounds like a great life purpose to me. Based in Bangkok, he combines his travels with indulging in the local foods and ingredients. The result is a colorful and yummy Instagram feed: a delight for foodies.
I have a problem with this guy’s feed though. I always get hungry!
Kiersten Rich is another example of a well-succeeded corporate woman who left everything for travel. And she really means it: she’s already got more than 40 countries ticked off her bucket list.
Her Instagram account is not all about travel, it’s also packed with lifestyle tips and experiences. The recent photos she took in Indonesia are quite awesome!
Another heavy weights of the travel blogosphere. Dave and Deb have travelled to more than 100 countries in all 7 continents and Planet D is an authentic bible of the best travel advice and tips all around the world.
Their Instagram account is filled with incredible pictures taken in a huge variety of places. This one in Canada is one of my favorites.
I love everything about this profile. The concept, the name, the composition of the photos, and specially the tagline Eating my way around the world.
Originally from Hong Kong, Melissa Hie started this project because she felt awkward asking strangers to take pictures of her. So she started taking food selfies! On her Instagram you can find a bag of dutch fries in Amsterdam a corn bread in Indonesia, or this koulouri in Greece. I’m hooked!
Jackson is the real deal. During his gap year in England, he started a documentary series in YouTube about his personal life and travels. This series eventually made him famous in the online world: he’s got a website and literally MILLIONS of followers on his Instagram account.
Apart from being a filmmaker and producer, he’s now a climate change activist and a very interesting personality to follow.
Jonathan is a professional travel photographer, who used to be part of the National Geographic staff. In 2016, he was on a quest to visit all of the 59 U.S. National Parks during the centennial of the National Park Service.
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Starry, starry night. We setup our @rei tent on a cold, clear evening in the Smokies and watched the stars roll by. Even though it was just past a full moon, the stars were brilliant. On to the next park ! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (7 of 59) Shot with FUJIFILM X-T1 and XF16mm F1.4 lens #59in52 #onassignment #findyourpark @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @fujifilmUS @fujifilmx_us #fujifilmx_us #myfujifilm #myinstax #X-T1 @instax @usinterior @nationalparkservice @airstream_inc @goparks @reallyrightstuff #ad
Vancouver-based Callum Snape is the photographer I aim to be one day. Stunning landscapes, elegant editing, unexpected results. Follow especially if you’re into dreamy arctic backgrounds.
Despite the daunting name, don’t worry, this account is only about love and travel.
The list of places featured in this gallery is huge, each one more beautiful than the other. I love how he enriches his already-stunning pictures with inspiring lyrics in his descriptions.
Uncornered Market is a travel project founded by Daniel and Audrey, a relentless couple who have visited more than 90 countries.
Besides their top-notch travel photography and insights into theyr daily wanderlust, I love how they describe themselves: a “husband-and-wife storytelling team”.
Mostly known for his Vox’s videos – including my all-time favorite Vox Borders project – Johnny Harris is a self-made videographer with huge skills.
On his Instagram account he shares some extras of the fantastic content he’s able to create.
EXTRA: ME! (@bruno_mb)
In a shameful act of self-promotion, I had to squeeze myself in! It feels damn good to even be featured in the same list as these amazing list of Instagrammers!
My account is still a little fish in a world of travel sharks out there. My first photos in Instagram were taken in 2012 with a crappy camera phone (#throwbackshame). I like to think that I’ve improved by now. And I hope I can continue to get better every shutter at a time!
Other inspiring Instagram travel accounts to follow:
- Beautiful Destinations
- BBC Travel
- Lonely Planet Traveller
- National Geographic
- National Geographic Travel
Impossible not to feel spirited after scrolling such beautiful pictures, right?
If you are on Instagram let’s connect and make sure you follow these amazing bunch of travellers too!
What are the best Instagram travel accounts out there?