For the vast majority of people today, their morning dose of caffeine comes with a side of checking updates on Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media channels. Instagram has become the social media channel of choice for many people, as its features make it the ideal platform for visual storytelling.
And, what better platform to showcase your love for globetrotting and photography than this creative medium? In this age of over-sharing, it is not surprising to find travel bloggers document their travel stories that leave their followers gasping and yearning for a similar adventurous experience.
In this blog we have curated 20 most awe-worthy travel bloggers whose globetrotting stories, told through their pictures, had our wanderlust senses go into an overdrive. Here is a round-up of the 20 most awesome Instagram travel bloggers.
1. Young Adventuress
Liz Carlson grew up in a small town in rural America and didn’t know anything except the cookie-cutter middle class suburbia until she went away to university. She counts herself lucky she was able to immerse herself into a diverse environment in college, a place filled with every race, religion, and social status. Thus, began her journey of real education of the world.
Continuing on her quest to discover the real world, Liz has traveled to places around the globe that would make any wanderlust soul go green with envy. From her adventures in her now home country of New Zealand to the Arctic, and everywhere in between, it is all documented through the captivating pictures on her account.
2. The Blonde Abroad
Ditching a high-flying career in finance, this California native decided to quit her job in lieu of traveling the world. Kiersten Rich quickly realized that corporate lifestyle didn’t fulfill her and set out to explore the world. Having traveled an array of exotic locations, she now advises guests on exciting places to visit.
A blog showcasing her sun-kissed skin, flowing blonde hair, and exotic locations, it is clear why this account commands a massive following. Seychelles, Galapagos, Bali, French Polynesia, Iceland are just some of the divine places Kiersten has traveled to. Her travel photos not only show her obvious love for travel, but also her expertise in photography, capturing the marvelous essence of every destination. Having traveled to 18 countries, clocking in 186,981 miles, this is one account you surely wouldn’t want to miss.
3. Expert Vagabond
Matthew Karsten is not only a famous travel blogger but also gifted with the ability to take stunning photographs no matter where his travels take him. As an avid traveler, his passion takes him everywhere from the Scottish highlands to the treacherous mountain ranges of Afghanistan. His traveling bug combined with his photography skills is what draws a large amount of followers to his account.
If you are an adventurous traveler, this account is right up your alley. From trekking to skiing and snowmobiling, you will discover new and interesting places for your next adventure story. Exploring caves, crocodile mission, wild camping, riding through snow-covered trees, or journeys deep into the mountains of Afghanistan, every adventure is marvelously captured through his skilled photography. Also, if you would like to know what goes behind capturing such stunning pictures apart from having the latest equipment, he covers all his favorite tips in his blog post.
A self-confessed travel and adventure blogger, his account definitely lives up to that image. Getting to meet new and exciting people is one of the main reasons he travels, and doesn’t shy away from traveling to any nook and corner of the world to experience the benefits of travel to the fullest. He believes travel is the best education and gives you experiences that are way out of your comfort zone and makes you feel alive.
Having traveled over 77 countries since 2012, this account will not leave you disappointed. As a solo traveler, he aims to inspire more and more people to experience the magic of traveling through his travel stories and brilliant photography. Volunteering with sea turtles in Costa Rica, camper van tour through New Zealand, road trip in South Africa, mountaineering in Bolivia, and many other adventures have been documented through his amazing photography skills, which serves as a treat to his large number of Instagram followers.
5. Captain and Charlie
Charlie Smith and his fiance, who goes by the name Captain, quit the rat race and followed their dreams of sailing around the world. With a huge love and respect for the ocean, they now call it home as they follow the wind, sail the Mediterranean, and live out their life on their boat. So far they have sailed through France, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, and the Balearic Islands.
Their account stands as a testament to the saying a picture is worth a thousand words. As they take off on exploring the countless destinations around the world, followers can hop aboard their floating home and follow their tales of trials and tribulations, with plenty of sailing, playing, exploring, and adventure. From pictures of magical locations, scrumptious cuisines to the calming oceans, they leave no stone unturned in their quest to explore the world.
Matt Long is your typical Gen-Xer and former cubicle dweller with a passion for all things travel. Unlike many other travel addicts, Matt is not a backpacker nor has he left everything behind to see the world. In fact, he has learned how to get the most out of his travel experiences.
His account is a reflection of the things he has seen and learned which is portrayed through his vivid photography of the location and his unique experiences. The blue and white cliff homes in Greece, a view of the paradise in Moorea, unusual architecture on Fogo Island, snowy streets of Estonia, the soaring mountain peaks of French Polynesia are just some of the countless stunning photographs he has captured and displayed through his Instagram.
7. Polkadot Passport
Nicola Easterby describes herself as an Aussie girl with a camera glued to her hands and adventure glued to her feet. Ever since her first solo trip to Europe at 19, she realized that staying in one place would no longer satisfy her itchy feet.
Through her endless adventures, captured through her pictures, she aims to inspire everyone to go out and explore this beautiful world. With an account filled with whimsical and magical photos, her travel stories are a proof that you don’t need a full-time career or an overflowing bank account to explore the world. White sand beaches of Tahiti, the myriad colors of India, wildlife reserves in Singapore, best of Europe’s Christmas market, beauty of Switzerland captured on train travel, and many more bucketlist-worthy experiences are what make this Instagram account worth the thousands of followers it commands.
8. My Life's A Travel Movie
A self-made travel blogger and social media influencer, Alyssa Ramos, put her stuff in storage and has been traveling solo full-time ever since then. An adventure junkie, she opts for challenges and pushing limits. As a solo female adventure traveler, she has been to 51 countries and 6 continents.
While traveling has been her passion, photography is a skill she picked up during her travels. With her signature back-of-head selfies, she has been using her learned talent to showcase the numerous destinations she visits and the adventures she experiences. Her followers are treated to treetop climbing in the Amazon rainforest, swimming pigs of the Bahamas, Sri Lanka’s scenic train route, river cruise from Normandy to Paris, and so much more.
9. Kirsten Alana
For Kirsten Alana travel spells nothing short of magic and freedom of finding oneself and actively being invested in your own life’s journey. Growing up in a family that loved traveling, she knew, even at a young age, that she would follow in the family footsteps and brave new worlds and travel to exotic places. She just didn’t know when or how.
Being a professional and passionate photographer, it is no wonder her account is full of top-notch travel pictures that is sure to give anybody the itchy feet. Her account is not dotted just with outstanding travel pictures, but she also gives description of each place which is akin to mini blog posts, so that the reader has a better insight about the place. From delectable foods, charming little corners, bustling metropolis, or the unique people and architecture, this account has everything to inspire you for your next travel adventure.
10. Girl Eat World
Growing up Melissa thought traveling required a lot of money until she moved to Singapore, after her university, which opened up a whole new world to her. Thanks to Singapore’s strategic location she was able to travel to nearby Asian countries where she discovered that traveling doesn’t cost a fortune. The year after that she traveled to Europe for the first time and the rest is history.
What could be better than combining travel and food? And, this account will not only cater to your wanderlust soul but also make your mouth salivate with all the scrumptious food pictures. Food, travel, and visual storytelling are her three passions, which is aptly portrayed through her impressive pictures. Along with each picture, there is a description of the food with its historical significance to that region. So, if you are as much a foodie as a traveler, this account is sure to bowl you over.
11. Moon Mountain Man
A self-taught freelance photographer, Jacob Moon knew since a young age that he had an insatiable curiosity for the natural world. And, this curiosity drove him to develop skills like rock and ice climbing, backpacking, packrafting, and back-country skiing that have helped him reach and experience wild remote places around the world.
With snow-capped mountains and lush green scenery, this account looks like a multitude of postcards put together. Each picture gives you a look into the frozen landscapes around the world, and his expeditions through climbing, trekking, skiing, snowboarding, or even just standing on the edge of a mountain and being totally lost in the surreal moment. As an adventurous traveler, who loves camping and everything outdoorsy, Jacob Moon’s account will leave you craving for more winter wonderland travels.
12. Travel Mad Mum
Karen Edwards, mum to Esmé and a bun in the oven, has spent her maternity leave traveling with Esmé and her dad since she was ten weeks old. Since finishing university, she has been on a mission to visit as many countries as possible. And, in the 8 years she has been traveling, she has visited more than 60 countries.
As new parents, if you think the world is off-limits, this account will prove you wrong. Their travel adventures involving backpacking with a baby, long road trips, ferry journeys, camping trips, and much more are beautifully documented through the pictures on Instagram. Apart from Esmé’s heart-melting face, you also get to enjoy the exotic locations and the various fun-filled activities you can indulge in with your spouse and kids. A definite account to follow if you are looking to travel with your little ones.
13. World of Wanderlust
With restless feet and a desire to see the world, Brooke Saward, created this space on the Internet as a hub for people who want to be inspired daily to travel and live a more adventurous life. On the day she graduated university she booked a one-way ticket to London and has hardly stopped traveling since.
This account will inspire you to live out of a suitcase and how to have fun while at it. It will take followers through a history of dog sledding in the North, close encounters with polar bears in the wild, a journey through the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu, the colors and sights of Positano, and so much more. The magic and charm of every destination captured through her brilliant photography is all the inspiration you need to create your own adventurous lifestyle.
14. Be My Travel Muse
Kristin Addis was a regular girl from Southern California who spent hours searching the weather and capital cities of far-off places just to imagine how it would feel to be there. Somewhere along the way she started to doubt her passions and settled for a stable career till she was burnt out and decided to make a change. Having sold her belongings and being armed only with a carry-on bag, she became a solo female traveler.
Kristin aims to inspire other travelers to set out solo or otherwise without any inhibitions. And, her Instagram account does just that through her mesmerizing pictures that speak to the essence and culture of each place. These pictures will enlighten you about the lesser known places she discovers by speaking with locals and how to truly immerse yourself in a foreign culture. Whether you are on a short vacation or a long-term trip, her photos and stories will awaken your wanderlust.
15. Uncornered Market
Having left their secure jobs and comfortable lifestyle in Prague, Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott set out on a creative sabbatical that involved traveling the world and sharing stories of people from all walks of life. What was meant to be a 12-18 month creative sabbatical quickly turned into a lifestyle of exploring and sharing stories through their social media channels.
Their account is a true reflection of the variety of experiences they have had during their travels. It offers their followers a window into the rich cultures and the vast histories their footsteps followed like the streets of old towns in France, the Great Ocean Road or the sand dunes of Nambung National Park in Australia, the streets of old town Bordeaux after a break in the storm, and the sunset shores of the Chobe River in Botswana. Just like them, their followers will also be struck by the depth and breadth of the many magnificent places.
16. Ian Andrew Nelson
Ian and Sarah Nelson, childhood sweethearts, reside in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with their two children, and are avid travelers who love adventuring to far-off or nearby lands and enjoying new experiences together.
This account is filled with mesmerizing tales told through the marvelous photography, and inspirational quotes that are an apt fit with the pictures. From the beauty of the misty ocean, waterfalls nestled between lush green hills, dawn breaking through the forest trees, landscapes blanketed with snow to fairytale castles and the majestic wild animals in the wild, this account is a traveler and photographer’s dream. It will also inspire you to go out and explore more with your family, be it in your local town or a destination far away.
17. Getting Stamped
Hannah and Adam are just your average American couple who gave up the “American Dream” and set out in pursuit of their love for travel. Normalcy of life started getting scary for them. Hence, they came up with a solution to pack their bags and head out on an epic trip of a lifetime. They have been traveling non-stop since 2013 and gotten their passports stamped in 64 countries and still counting.
If you are looking to get blown away by amazing travel photography, this account will live up to your expectations. It could be a bustling center like Universal Orlando or bare trees in the middle of Namibia desert, or the vast stretch of the Monument Valley, every picture looks straight out of a postcard, giving the viewers an intimate glimpse into the destination and what makes it worth a visit. If you are a travel photographer novice, this account will help you polish your photography skills along with boosting your motivation to travel endlessly.
18. World Is Enough
Aga and Bekran, the nomadic couple from Poland and Turkey, have traveled to over 20 countries since they met a year and a half ago. In spite of their nomadic lifestyle, hopping from one country to the other, they manage to find time to pursue their law and medical degrees.
Along with all the stunning images brought to you from around the world, there is also a short description of the place to help fellow travelers learn more about it. Be it hot air ballooning adventures, boat ride through Venice, magical sunsets in the Philippines, glacial river lagoon in Iceland, discovering the gin paradise in Glasgow, Gardens by the Bay, symbolizing the future, in Singapore, or stepping into history while exploring the ancient fortification in Morocco, this account is sure to push you to fulfill your travel goals, solo or otherwise.
19. Best World Yet
Bryan and Andrea Leblang, digital nomads, left the United States on a one-way ticket in May 2015. Ever since then they have been circling the globe seeking unique events and unforgettable experiences to recommend to their followers, friends, and clients.
For those looking for luxury travel with a good amount of adventure thrown into the mix, this Instagram account will make them feel at home. Busting with colors and life, their travel photos are sure to give you all kinds of travel feels. The magic, the contrast, the luxury, everything that a destination has to offer has been depicted through their impressive photography. From recommendations and reviews to extraordinary destinations and experiences, this account is sure to leave you asking for more.
20. Sean Ensch
Growing up along the beaches in California, Sean Ensch developed a strong love for the ocean and its inhabitants. As an avid traveler with a strong connection to nature, and combining it with the love for visual storytelling, Sean is motivated to share images of the world through his travels. While showing off the natural beauty around the world, he also wishes to help preserve nature and ocean through his work.
This Instagram account is nothing short of profound and mesmerizing images that never fail to captivate the followers. Brilliant play of photography capturing dusk, dawn, mountain ranges, luscious greenery, deep oceans, cold, dark places, magical starry nights, the underwater creatures, and so much more can be found on Sean’s account. Every image has a deep story to tell, not to mention its mind-blowing visual qualities. From the Caribbean and Latin America to United States and Europe, this account will leave you enthralled at how much natural beauty there is to behold and experience.
The levels of engagement Instagram provides the bloggers, makes it one of the most preferred social media channel for travel bloggers. While traveling is about experiencing and living the moment, it also provides ample opportunities for the snap-happy souls to capture the best moments of their travel. And, thanks to Instagram, they can now let their followers get a sneak peek into their travel tales while inspiring them to write their own adventurous fairytales.