Best Instagram Travel Accounts
Last year I did a quick blog post on my favorite Instagram accounts and wanted to update it with some of the accounts that I’m now following and really enjoying.
This time I put more time into developing this list. I’ve looked through over 800 galleries to see which accounts were the most inspiring from a travel perspective. Of course that’s subjective, but the accounts that jumped out at me had the following in common:
- They include people. Travel is about destinations, experiences and people. Looking through some beautiful accounts, you would think that these photographers didn’t see a single individual in any of their travels. Put yourself in your shots to add perspective to the scenery. Photograph the people you find, whether up-close or in context. But don’t avoid photographing people. Travel’s not like that.
- But there aren’t too many up-close shots of their faces or their kids’ faces. Personality-driven accounts are fine, but I don’t find them as inspiring from a travel perspective. And I think it’s slightly creepy to like photos of other people’s kids – photos that are more about showing the kids than the activity or destination. It makes it harder for me to picture myself or my kids in that same location.
- They include the place names when they post.
- They have their real names on their accounts. Instagram is social. When I’m commenting or writing back and forth with people, it’s nice to know who those people are. There are a couple of accounts that I really like that I didn’t include on this list because I don’t know who the person behind them is. Be proud of your photography! Tell me who you are.
- There are no more than 2-3 photos a day. Nothing makes me unfollow an account faster than seeing several photos back to back in my live feed.
- There are no quotes. Great photos from amazing destinations inspire me. Cheesy quotes about why people travel don’t.
- There are no reposts. I like original content.
- The galleries are consistent regarding their use of blank space.
- There aren’t too many ads or product placements. It’s distracting looking through a great travel account and then seeing several close-up photos of a watch.
These accounts all meet these criteria, with maybe a sporadic exception. They’re all smaller accounts (under 50,000 followers at the time I posted this) and have over 100 photos posted. There are several accounts with only a few photos that have the potential to be great, so I’m watching those for next time. And I’m not including the accounts that I had on my first list, although I still like and follow all of those. In no particular order, my favorite travel accounts as of right now:
A consistently beautiful account featuring life in Thailand.
Juliana is one of my favorite people. I like her mix of destinations and personal photos, and she always travels deeper – her interviews with locals (on her website) are excellent.
A slight exception to my rule of including names on accounts, except that I’ve met Rob and Natalie so I know the people behind the account. A couple of very adventurous Brazilians in very cool places.
Life is quite stressful in the Thai Islands…#sarcasm . . #traveldeeper #letsgosomewhere #tlpicks #bbctravel #athomeintheworld #beautifuldestinations #letsgoeverywhere #vscogoodshot #forbestravelguide #huffpostgram #acolorstory #worldnomads #thailandluxe #Thailand #thaiislands #igerth #igersthailand #goasean #travel #rbbviagem #viagemeturismo #travelbloggers
An excellent account run by two moms who travel with their kids more than I do! The photos are rarely about the kids – rather, I can picture my kids in those locations. And I haven’t taken my kids to Cuba yet so I’m jealous!
A designer and photographer in Berlin. I love the consistent feel of her gallery – a great use of light and a distinctive style.
I met Anne last year in line at a food truck in Spain. I love following her travels, and she’s one of the best travel writers I know.
I almost didn’t include this account since I don’t know who’s behind it (c’mon people, use your names!) but I love the photography and the mix of destinations. Consistent travel inspiration.
I met Dave and Lina while hiking in the Spanish Pyrenees. A very cool couple with excellent photography who go to adventurous destinations.
“Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” – Neil Gaiman Photo location: Fes, Morocco Want to take your own photos like this? Join us in Morocco for a Photography Tour & Workshop, September 3-17, 2016. Information can be found by clicking the link in our bio. #morocco #visitmorocco #african_portraits#Expedia#Orbitz#Priceline#TripIt#Travelzoo#Tripadvisor#WorldNomads#BeautifulDestinations#Matador#AfarMedia#G Adventures#Nat Geo
I like Lori’s gallery a lot, and I always love when her photos pop up in my feed. And I wish I had taken this one!
Thinking a lot about Italy for various reasons. There’s always a good reason for #Italy, don’t you think?? It's time to head back ❤️. 📷 Photo: #Sorrento in the rain. Nothing better to do than find a quiet back alley and eat! #tbt #ig_italy #travel #travelgram #Mangia #Italian #italianfood #wine #ristorante #viaggio #viaggiare #naples #campania #ig_campania #streetscene #pizzeria
Alex and I travel together at least once a year to photograph and I’m consistently impressed by his ability to photograph people. Check out his entire gallery – it’s amazing!
The Drum Towers of Zhaoxing (Guizhou, China) As the sun set over the main gate, firecrackers exploded in the streets, celebrating the purchase of a new car, or the grand opening of a restaurant. Sweepers promptly cleanup the aftermath while children played in the streets, against the backdrop of one of the village’s 5 drum towers, which serve as the embodiment of the Dong people's exquisite building skills and technology. Zhaoxing has a long history as Dong ancestors settled here some 840 years ago! #traveldeeper #yahootravelexplorers #areyouawake #nomadphotoexpeditions #dong #leicam240 #zhaoxing #ethnictribes #guizhou #china #natgeocreative #natgeotravel #exploringtheglobe #photoblipoint #beautifuldestinations #lensculture #thephotosociety #resourcemag
Excellent, inspiring destination photography, and Lavi puts herself in the photos just enough so that you have a feel for her fun personality.
I met Natalie on the Bangkok Metro. Her feed has a lot of lifestyle-type photos, but she’s always traveling with her husband @johnnyjet so she’s in some very cool destinations. Her gallery is remarkably consistent, with her photos of flowers and food having the same feel as her beach or city photos. And I wish I had taken this photo! I may steal the idea…
I found Georgette’s website far before I got into travel writing – a perfect resource for what to do in Florence. Her photos every day take me back to my favorite city. Take a look at her gallery and tell me that you don’t want to book a trip tomorrow!
Perfect travel photography. I particularly like his Venice in Motion shots. His website (fabionodariphoto.com) is excellent as well.
One of the most amazing sunrises I have ever seen: #Etretat in #Normany, #France. More pics in the link on my bio. @yahootravel @cntraveler @travelandleisure @bbc_travel #uffpostgram #lonelyplanet #TLPicks #love #instagood #me #cute #photooftheday #doyoutravel #myweekendescape #topics #wonderful_places #triplookers #wiseguides #wildernessculture #expediapic #traveldeeper #lindaexplorer #beautifulthings #liveauthentic #tbt #jetsettering #jetsetterdotcom #mytinyatlas #travelstoke #passionpassport #doyoutravel #firstpost
Fun photos from a wide variety of (mainly close to the water) locations.
Seriously big #waterfall and me in a tiny #kayak paddling up to get a closer look. In America most think first of Niagara Falls though much lesser known or visited Shoshone Falls in my home state of #Idaho is actually taller by a full 45ft! Evel Knieval set up to do a motorcycle jump over the canyon even. Paddling this near creates serious ocean like conditions and a certain distance is needed for safety as strong undercurrents can pull one in. Stunning seven mile water route with a portage and great memory of home. #fearlessfemales #sheadventures #andshesdopetoo #beautifulexplorers #radgirlslife #sheexplores #thegreatoutdoors #adventureanywhere #girlswhotravel #ladiesgoneglobal #wearetravelgirls #clymblife #huffpostgram
I don’t know Chris at all, but all of his photos are perfect, and he doesn’t shy away from photographing people. He should have 50 times as many followers!
Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India (2015) #india #taj #tajmahal #agra #uttarpradesh #unesco #worldheritage #mughal #architecture #archdigest #wanderlust #travel #travelandleisure #bbctravel #natgeotravel #livetravelchannel #travelphotography #instatravel #newsevenwonders #marble #mausoleum #incredibleindia #india_gram #indiapictures #indiaclicks #india_clicks #indian #indiagram
I love Kristin’s gallery – travel meets fun. She brings more joy to her photos than anyone else I follow.
I love the colors in Jenny’s photography, and I love that the first photo in her gallery shows a stack of travel magazines. Then she’s off around the world.
Simply a perfect travel account. I love when Flora’s photos pop up in my feed.
I came thisclose to leaving Toccara and Sam off this list since I wish they had more people in their photos, but I hassled them about it when I met them in Bangkok, and want to do so again here! I love their gallery though.
An Aussie who has a gallery full of brilliant shots using early morning and late afternoon light. I’m guessing she’ll have a lot more followers than me next time I do one of these lists!
I really like their street photography – the colorful scenes they notice when walking around.
So this isn’t a travel account per se, but here’s why you should follow Tigran: I would put money on him being the Secretary of the Interior within 20 years. He’s only in 5th grade but he’s been to over 70 US National Parks, he’s met with members of Congress and the Secretary of the Interior, and he helped Michelle Obama plant the White House garden last year. Plus the National Park Service has turned him into a cartoon character! If you follow him now, you’ll be able to watch his progress towards overseeing all of the nation’s parks, and you’ll be able to tell people that you’ve followed him since he was a kid.
I am #shouting from the #mountaintops escape from the cities this weekend and head to #joshuatreenationalpark #santamonicamountainsnps #channelislandnationalpark or a #park near you! I had a great time #camping in #joshuatree #bouldering and visiting with #friends Thank you #Rangers Jeff Ohlfs and Karin Messaros #encuentatuparque #nps100 #findyourpark #juniorranger #juniorrangerday #nationalparkweek #nationalparkgeek #springbreak #nationalparktrust #everykidinapark #goparks #nps
Of course I want to mention my own gallery. I’ll be posting the rest of the year from Sri Lanka, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, the UK, France, Dubai, Oman, Bali, Sydney and Alaska. Follow along!
This morning in Zhaoxing, the sun broke through the clouds as I was walking back from photographing the rice fields. Perfect timing to capture this woman heading to work and her shadow! Note: I mistyped "woman heading" above and my iPhone changed it to "woman Jedi". That would have been cool too! #traveldeeper #china #guizhou
Who Did I Leave Out?
I learned about several of the above accounts because of comments on my last Instagram Travel Account post, so if you want me to check out your gallery and follow you, please comment below. And it’s entirely possible that I missed some accounts that I love just because they didn’t pop into my head when I was doing this, so I’ll try to get you next time.
And if you really want to kiss up, you can follow my son @ojaimoai and comment on his photos. He’s been to 34 countries now, is getting serious about photography and is addicted to Instagram. Just sayin…