Take Your Kids Everywhere
I joined Instagram two years ago and quickly realized how great it was for not just travel inspiration, but family travel inspiration. I love seeing the adventurous places that people take their kids, and even booked a trip to Indonesia’s Borobudur Temple in August with my 10-year-old because of an Instagram photo.
So in the spirit of giving back, here are 25 Instagram accounts that inspire me. Some are the accounts of people I’ve met while traveling. Some I’ve stumbled across. Some I’ve found because people engaged with me on my photos. And some got my attention by using my #takeyourkidseverywhere hashtag.
My specific criteria:
- At least 1/3 of the photos have kids in them. There’s nothing wrong with accounts focused on lifestyle or great photography, and I acknowledge that my photos sans kids can get better engagement than my kid shots, but those accounts aren’t necessarily inspirational to me from a family travel perspective. This knocked a lot of otherwise excellent accounts off this list.
- The photography is excellent.
- Kids are in the photos without being the photos. It’s fine if you have up-close snapshots of your child eating ice cream, but I’m a lot more inspired by a shot of a kid eating ice cream overlooking an amazing vista.
- The accounts have at least 100 photos.
- The engagement is between 1% and 4% (for larger accounts). I don’t want to highlight accounts that appear to be buying followers or likes or otherwise playing games. And yes, it’s usually easy to spot.
- There aren’t too many quotes, collages, cartoon characters, large watermarks, borders, selfies, food photos or Snapchat filters. I looked through hundreds of galleries and those were the things that distracted me the most.
If there are accounts that inspire you that meet these criteria and that aren’t listed below, please let me know about them in the comments. And it it’s your account, that’s great, but follow me and interact with me on Instagram too. It’s social media, and it’s far more fun when it’s truly social. I’ve met up with people throughout the world because of conversations that started on Instagram, but never because of a terse “follow my account” posting.
The Worldwide Webers
They took their daughter to 30 countries before the age of one and documented it all. And they’re still going.
Travel Photo Bloggers
Perfect photography in stunning locations.
Famous colorful huts of Muizenberg beach 💙💚💛💜This photo is from our second day in Cape Town, when we were taken on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, visiting Camps Bay, Llandudno, Hout Bay, Boulders beach penguin colony, Cape of Good Hope, and Muizenberg. This is a day to remember, all the main highlights in one day! #travelphotobloggers_southafrica
Simply Beautiful Life
Lots of kid photos from a very cool nomadic adventure.
An Aussie family traveling to gorgeous places throughout Asia.
(NEW POST) On our blog today we share will you all the things we adored about Gili Trawagan Island (Indonesia). Two of which is the ocean swings and those sunsets 😍😍😍. Hop over to our blog to have a read! (LINK IN PROFILE) ✌🏻️ . . . . . #ontheblognow #travelblogging #ontheblogtoday #linkinprofile #clickthelinkinmybio #dreamjob #newpost #travelbloggers #gili #gilitrawangan #timeout #exploreindonesia #indovidgram #wonderfulindonesia #indotravellers #pesonaindonesia #indonesia_photography #indozone
Our Travel Edventures
The travels of a family of four with an emphasis on education.
Over the next few days I'll be sharing some of my favorite photos and interesting facts we learned at the Sea Turtle Release Program we participated in. Did you know these little ladies will return to the same beach in about 15 years to lay their own clutch of eggs? Amazing!! . . . #ouredventures #familyadventure #seaturtle #seaturtleconservation
Strollering the Globe
Great photography, cool destinations, and their kids are in virtually all of their photos.
Mom in Zurich
Great photography from a Switzerland-based traveling mom.
Simple Family Travel
Very good photography from throughout Europe, but this photo locked in their inclusion!
World of Travels with Kids
An excellent family travel gallery, more about the places than their kids.
the most popular way to get to Machu Picchu is by train… but few people get to the end of the line at the Hidroelectric station… it has a real frontier feel about it and i love that to get onto the train you still need to walk over the tracks. Thinking of heading to Peru with kids? Planning info up on blog. Link.in.Bio
I still haven’t met Caz and Craig, but between their newsletters and Instagram account I feel like I know them. Always great photography.
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order." – John Burroughs I love everything my daughters and their friend Jack are learning in this moment as they absorb a #Kakadu sunset. – connection to nature, to self, to spirit, and to each other. This is why we #travelwithkids. We met Jack and his family travelling around Australia and are still friends.
A fun assortment of outdoorsy destinations.
Meraki Family Travel
Wanderlust at its best. Some gorgeous photos.
My three little tussle heads at sunrise in the Grand Canyon 🌅 It's tough having a mum that drags you out of bed at all hours to take photos 😂 Sorry all trip photos are out of whack. I'm editing in spare moments and our internet is a little haphazard. We are currently in Monument Valley gazing out of our cabin in Gouldings Lodge at such an amazing view! Life is good people! 😘
Mum Pack Travel
Great photos from very cool adventures
I'm going through photos to share with the Morning Show on Channel 7 for our chat next Tuesday eeeek! We can do this! It's exciting, and Emmie will be there to control the action 😂😂. This is the pic I mentioned when I posted the kangaroo selfie a while ago – Emmie showing the roo and getting her approval before sharing the selfie on social media. 💕😉💙 Good manners Emmie! . . . . . . . . #sydney #australia #kangaroo #roo #ilovesydney #symbio #nature #wanderlust #kangarooselfie #lovesydney #explorerkids #wildling #traveldiaries #wildlife #wanderlust #mytinyatlas #funtimes #friends #happydays #bestdays #escapetravel #holidayswithkids #wearetravelmums #familyjaunts #traveltheworld #instanature #mygirl #loveher
Really cool travels around the world and nicely documented.
This is the best treetop walk at @planckendael which is a huge zoo / animal park just outside of Mechelen in Belgium. We've spent the whole morning and early afternoon here and thought it was fantastic. This walkway was brilliant – it has lots of different layers, some you have to swing through and others climb across. Really good fun and a really nice animal park too, split up into continents and with lots of space for the animals. A great family day out! @visitmechelen #visitmechelen
Great photos and use of light. Always fun to see where they’re going.
One of my favourite travel moments so far was when we got to stop from the hustle and bustle of our travels in Jordan and watch the sun set fire to the valleys of Wadi Rum. We found a perfect ledge to admire the few and just stopped and watched in awe as the rocks turned a brilliant red. Our second set of tips for planning Amazing Family Vacations is to get your documents organized. Make sure your passports are renewed, you know of any visas you may require and you let your credit card companies know where you're going. You can check out more of our tips on our latest article. Link in bio. #Jordan #VisitJordan #MyJordanJourney #MiddleEast #Familytravel #Travel #Travelwithkids #Takeyourkidseverywhere #Travelwithchildren #mysomewhere #littlepassports #travelbug #bringthekids #familyjaunts #WadiRum #getoutside #exploreeverything #tbin
Family Adventure Break
Always excellent photography. This account makes me want to take my kids outside more! The only exception to my 100-photo rule, but they’re close.
A beautiful Instagram gallery.
Pint Size Pilot
I love following Tara’s travels, and even met up with her this summer in Iceland.
Little Bali Love
This account does a great job of highlighting kid-friendly Bali – one of our favorite places.
Crazy Family Adventure
Traveling around the US in an RV with four kids full-time? Definitely crazy! Very well documented though.
Crawling through the tall grass with the mountain and lakes behind them playing Wild Kratts! Another great time at Lake Bowman in Glacier National Park! Stopped for sticky buns, fresh fruit, and huckleberry bear claws at the PoleBridge Mercantile on the way there. Yum!!@wildkrattsofficial #crazyfamilyadventure #glaciermt #glaciernps #visitmontana
Little Polar Explorers
So different from every other account. And so cool!
Tsju Tsju … Tristan and Nanook found their soulmates in the Sajan mountains.- the Dukha people #thereindeerriders Their way of living is impressiv. So adventurous to travel by reindeer. It definitely inspired us for new adventures in the future. Wintertime arrived here in the mountains. Today we will move southwards. Posting more pics soon. #onourwaytoulaanbator #taiga #sajan #amazing
No Back Home
One of the only other parents crazy enough to let her child choose anywhere in the world to go! Always fun photography.
The Blonde Nomads
An adventurous Aussie family with perfect photography. I love their underwater shots.
We are so stoked to have our article about our recent Cook Islands adventure in the latest @holidayswithkids magazine!! We are also featured as one of their 'favorite family travel instagrammers'!! – thanks guys 😊. Read all about our tropical getaway and more in this Spring issue available from any newsagent – it has santa on the cover 🎅!! Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
These guys always look like they’re having fun!
We went sandboarding today for the first time, so fun! 3 things we learned… Walking up sand dunes all day is no joke! 😅💪🏼 This particular dune is almost 500 ft high (making it the tallest single sand dune in North America!), our legs were on FIRE after climbing to the top! Second, next time we will remember masks! Let's just say we did plenty of "eating it!" 🙊😂 And lastly, sandboarding is harder than snowboarding! The sand is heavier than snow making it more difficult to turn or keep your board from sinking! But we like challenges and trying new things so we will call it a successful day! 🙌🏼 . . . . . . . . #bruneausanddunes #idaho #familytime #goeverywhere #takethekids #beautifuldestinations #adventureculture #amazingplaces #goatworthy #nakedplanet #awesomeearth #ventureout #theoutbound #wildernessculture #earthpics #staywild #briskoutdoors #modernoutdoors #natgeo #simplyadventure #ourcamplife #optoutside #welivetoexplore #thegreatoutdoors #earthfocus #wearethewild #idahogram #visitidaho
Some really creative shots. A fun gallery.
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