It’s no secret that we’re addicted to scrolling through our Instagram feeds daily, especially the Explore tab. If you’re like me, you’re constantly double-tapping exotic locales, scenic destinations and other wanderlust escapes that you’d like to visit one day. As the app has become one of the most popular on the market, travelers have begun looking to it as a source for helping them find their next adventure. We scoured the social media realm to find the Best Instagram Travel Accounts that have inspired us to grab our suitcases and venture into the great abyss. These eight Instagramers boast over 500k followers and it's easy to see why.
A photo posted by Jessica Stein (@tuulavintage) on Dec 16, 2015 at 2:46am PST
There’s no denying Jessica Stein’s superstar power in the Instagram world. With over 2.1M followers, the Australian beauty is a one of the most influential bloggers in the industry. Combining her fashionable style with images that are always bright, happy and chic, she’ll make you a believer in no time.
A photo posted by ChrisBurkard (@chrisburkard) on Nov 10, 2015 at 5:00pm PST
You’d be hard-pressed to find any list of top travel Instagram accounts that doesn’t feature Chris Burkard. The photographer, speaker, director and author travels the earth in search of breathtaking landscapes while participating in many outdoor activities and extreme sports. Like any true Californian, his surfboard is also always nearby and you can find him surfing in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
A photo posted by VuTheara Kham (@vutheara) on Dec 31, 2015 at 4:01am PST
VuTheara Kham’s photos are just cool, plain and simple. His eye for the interesting is spot on and he uses light and color to capture his subjects in new ways. Kham’s shots are more than just striking landscapes, he tells the story of his location through its people, architecture and everyday happenings.
A photo posted by Alex Strohl (@alexstrohl) on Nov 17, 2015 at 9:27pm PST
In 2014, Alex Strohl made Forbes’ Best of Instagram list for landscape photography. Last year he continued to gain even more followers and attention by producing consistently high-quality images. There’s a deep sense of serenity while browsing his images, which makes them so appealing; it’s a stark contrast to our ever-buzzing lives.
A photo posted by Foster Huntington (@fosterhunting) on May 12, 2015 at 9:06am PDT
Having given up his New York office job in 2011, Foster Huntington set out to explore the world while living in a van. Giving hope to thousands of wanderlusters around the globe, Huntington offers us another reason to consider giving up the 9 to 5 to pursue our real passions. The nomadic wanderer also has two books under his belt which are composed of photos, drawings and sketchings from his years on the road.
A photo posted by Cole Rise (@colerise) on Aug 9, 2015 at 11:02am PDT
You know how you look really great with that soft, glowing “Rise” filter on Instagram? You have Cole Rise to thank for that. Yup, the travel photographer was one of the app’s first 100 users and helped them iron out their kinks. Based on his photos, you can understand why they would trust his eye. Rise captures the world in such a stunning way, and has said he never plans his shots. Whatever he’s doing, it’s totally working.
A photo posted by nathparis (@nathparis) on Nov 3, 2015 at 4:11am PST
Nathalie Geffroy has an eye for angles, lines and symmetry which makes her shots all the more captivating. The Paris native, Artistic Director and 30-something photographer has a love for her hometown which is the subject of many of her posts. When she’s not in the French city, she’s whisking off to other countries to shoot what she considers “the kind of daily moments [you] rarely pay attention to.”
A photo posted by Jared Chambers (@jaredchambers) on Nov 26, 2015 at 8:41pm PST
Before Jared Chambers had 561k followers, he was just another user who signed up for Instagram in 2012 prior to his road trip. Four years later, the Los Angeles photographer is considered one of the most influential users on the app, which has advertisers dying to work with him. Chambers’ photos aren’t flashy or filled with bright colors, instead they are light, dream-like and capture the quiet energy of exploration. Which might just be the secret to his success.