20 Awesome Instagram Travel Photographers You Need To Follow

Instagram Travelers

Best Instagram Travel Photographers


Need some travel inspiration? Follow my favorite Instagram travel photographers as they capture beautiful images of people, landscapes, and animals from around the world.

Checking in on my favorite travel Instagramers has become an almost daily routine. They provide me with a little snapshot into their lives. A compact digital postcard from very different parts of the world.

There are plenty of great brand-powered accounts out there too. My favorites include Lonely Planet, GoPro, National Geographic, G Adventures, and Arc’teryx. However for this breakdown I wanted to feature personal ones.

Keep in mind my list here is completely subjective. Some of these accounts are more personality driven, while others create a steady stream of incredible and diverse images.

Check em’ out, and get inspired by some really great travel photos!

Best Instagram Travel Accounts (2014)

Michael Christopher Brown

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Instagram Travel Photographer Michael Christopher Brown

Michael is a proper photojournalist covering news on assignment in places like China, Libya, the Congo. He produces very powerful images.
Follow Michael on Instagram Here

Kirsten Alana

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Instagram Travel Photographer Kirsten Alana

Not only does Kirsten shoot great photos, her updates are mini blog posts full of information about the area she’s visiting.
Follow Kirsten on Instagram Here

Where’s Andrew

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Instagram Travel Photographer Andrew Evans

Andrew is National Geographic’s digital nomad, wandering the planet sharing stories and images in real time from the road.
Follow Andrew on Instagram Here

Young Adventuress

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Instagram Travel Photographer Liz Carlson

I always enjoy Liz’s photo updates as she hikes, flies, and swims her way through Europe, the Middle East, and currently New Zealand.
Follow Liz on Instagram Here

Brendan van Son

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Instagram Travel Photographer Brendan van Son

Brendan regularly shares amazing photos from all corners of the world. Watch his feed for people, landscapes, and plenty of animals.
Follow Brendan on Instagram Here

Legal Nomads

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Instagram Travel Photographer Jodi Ettenberg

As the reigning Queen of Soup, Jodi captures mouth-watering images of food on her travels. Plus a funny cat or two from time to time.
Follow Jodi on Instagram Here

Foster Hunting

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Instagram Travel Photographer Foster Hunting

Foster gave up his desk job to explore North America living from his van and surfing along the way. Plus he shoots some mighty fine images.
Follow Foster on Instagram Here

Alex in Wanderland

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Instagram Travel Photographer Alexandra Baackes

Always on the move, Alex’s Instagram photos will take you to South America, Central America, and Asia as she embarks on new experiences.
Follow Alex on Instagram Here

Theodore Kaye

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Instagram Travel Photographer Theodore Kaye

Another photojournalist and documentary photographer, Theodore’s incredible images will take you on a journey through remote parts of Central Asia.
Follow Theodore on Instagram Here

The Planet D

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Instagram Travel Photographer Dave Bouskill

Probably my favorite travel personalities online, Dave & Deb share their adventures around the planet with beautiful images and a little humor.
Follow Dave & Deb on Instagram Here

The Blonde Abroad

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Instagram Travel Photographer Kiersten Rich

Kiersten’s stream contains fun photos of food and festivals on her frequent travels. All the super sexy bikini shots certainly don’t hurt either!
Follow Kiersten on Instagram Here

Trey Ratcliff

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Instagram Travel Photographer Trey Ratcliff

Trey’s photography is full of vibrant color and some of the world’s most inspiring landscapes. His images from Burning Man are some of my favorites.
Follow Trey on Instagram Here

Uncornered Market

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Instagram Travel Photographer Daniel Noll

Dan & Audrey’s travels through Europe, Asia, and Africa are shared using some fascinating photos on their feed. I always look forward to their updates.
Follow Dan & Audrey on Instagram Here

Adventurous Kate

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Instagram Travel Photographer Kate McCulley

Kate gives you a peek into her travel lifestyle with photos of beaches, sunsets, food, and culture from the many countries she visits.
Follow Kate on Instagram Here

Everything Everywhere

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Instagram Travel Photographer Gary Arndt

Gary’s award-winning photography takes you on a virtual tour through some of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites he visits from around the world.
Follow Gary on Instagram Here

Pause the Moment

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Instagram Travel Photographer Ryan Gargiulo

Ryan & Liz spend a lot of time in tropical places, sharing images of their exercise routines and daily life in the countries they move to.
Follow Ryan & Liz on Instagram Here

Canvas of Light

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Instagram Travel Photographer Daniel Nahabedian

The detailed and colorful images in Dan’s feed are works of art, with plenty of spectacular sunsets, clouds, and architecture from his travels.
Follow Dan on Instagram Here

Just Travelous

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Instagram Travel Photographer Yvonne Zagermann

Yvonne’s simple, faded shots from her journeys will bring you to pristine beaches around Southeast Asia and through the streets of Germany.
Follow Yvonne on Instagram Here

Earth Explorer

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Instagram Travel Photographer JD Andrews

You’ll never get bored browsing JD’s images of landscapes and animals as he explores the planet. His feed is updated often too.
Follow JD on Instagram Here

Cole Rise

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Instagram Travel Photographer Cole Rise

Cole has some of the most beautiful photography on Instagram. Fly around the world with him and get inspired to visit the same places one day.
Follow Cole on Instagram Here

BONUS! Expert Vagabond

Instagram Travel Photographer Matthew Karsten

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I’ll bring you along with me to search for new travel adventures around the world! From hitchhiking the United States, swimming with sharks, trekking in Turkey, and more. I’m currently surfing my way through South Africa.

Further Reading:

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Why You Shouldn’t Ride Elephants in Thailand” – Expert Vagabond

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  • Tim & Nat ✈

    Good round up Matthew, of course yours would make our favourites list :)

  • http://www.pausethemoment.com/ Ryan Gargiulo

    Thanks for the mention Matt! I love reading these types of lists because they always mention a few people I have yet to discover on IG. I’m looking forward to following Michael Christopher Brown, Foster Hunting, etc.

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

      No problem Ryan. Those two guys give me all kinds of new ideas for shots.

  • Michael Hodson

    Really great list Matthew. Looking forward to hopefully seeing you soon.

  • June

    Beautiful pictures and great inspiration. Thanks!!!

  • http://www.canvas-of-light.com/ Daniel Nahabedian

    Thanks for the mention Matt :) I’m in good company.

  • Katie

    I actually don’t use instagram but this convinced me that maybe I should :)

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

      Do it! Great way to pass the time and get inspired to visit a new place.

  • http://traveljunkette.com/ Susan Shain

    Starting to use Instagram more, and these are some superb recommendations. Thanks, Matthew!

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

      No problem Susan, it’s a fun way to see the world.

  • Trusted Traveller

    I am obsessed with Instagram and try to post a snap from my travels every day as well as follow helps of great photographers. I follow most of your list above already but will definately be adding the ones I don’t already. If I had to pick a favourite it would be Brendan van Son and Young Adventuress. Both have incredible photos that inspire me to be a better photographer.

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

      I agree, those two take some great shots.

  • http://www.thearcaeproject.com/ Sergio Camalich Morales

    Really nice recommendations! I haven’t seen some of these.

  • Tamara Lowe

    Oh, I haven’t seen some of these before. I also love Becki’s (i.e. Backpacker Becki’s photos).

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

      Another favorite.

  • Catia Sinto

    I love @fabioruivo Instagram. His travel photos are always great.

  • http://www.wild-about-travel.com/ Simon

    great list here, matthew. and a few people I didn’t know and which I added in my list!

  • Marie-Eve Vallières

    Such a great list. Of course, there’s one amazing account missing (MINE) but I forgive you :-) I love Kirsten Alana, Daniel Nahabedian as well as Dan & Audrey’s accounts.

  • Kiersten Rich

    Thanks for the feature! Not gonna apologize for the occasional bikini shot ;)

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

      No apology necessary Kiersten. Keep them coming along with all the other great photos! :-)

  • Liz Carlson

    Woot woot thanks for thinking of me Matt :) Some great ones listed on here

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

      No problem Liz. Love your shots.

  • HippieInHeels

    I follow quite a few of those people, but need to add some more :) great list! My two favorites are Liz and Alex. (PS I i have an instagram @hippieinheelsblog) Thanks for sharing!

  • Helen Davies

    Great list! Just been through and followed the ones I hadn’t already! :)

  • Angel and Michelle

    Hey Matt, I recently found your blog and inspired me to start blogging about short trips that I’ve done with my girlfriend. Anyway thanks for the inspiration on instagram.

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

      Great to hear Angel, glad it’s inspired you. That’s my mission!

  • Robin Thicke

    I love @dkelleghan and @grantlegan!

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

      Going to check them out now!

  • http://www.amberdegrace.com Amber DeGrace

    Great list! Many of my favorites are on here and a few I don’t yet follow.

  • http://www.247Cityairporttransfer.co.uk/ Julie Danes

    Great recommendations. You’re the best, as usual. ;) Cheers!

  • Brandon Quittem

    a giant pile of inspiration!

  • Nomad is Beautiful

    Cool inspiring list! Thanks a lot for putting this together!

  • Sam -Travelling King

    Great list Matt! Instagram!

  • http://phellps.com André Phellps

    @visitbrasil on instagram.

  • http://www.aviatorsandacamera.com/ Kirsten Alana

    I really thought I’d logged in and thanked you for featuring me, Matt. But belated thanks!! It always means a lot to me when people connect with my Instagram account since that’s my favorite social media channel of them all ;) And it’s always nice to be featured alongside some of my personal favorites (like @WheresAndrew!)

    Hope you’re doing well wherever you are in the world currently!!

  • Alexandra Baackes

    Thank you for this, there were plenty new ones in here for me… oh, and muchas gracias for including me :-)

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

      No problem Alex! Love following your adventures on Instagram.

  • http://thefocusedtraveler.com/ Roger Paige

    Very cool article full of cool people. Thanks Matt.

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

      No problem Roger. Some great Instagramers in there.

  • henry

    Also @worldwanderlust is a great one!

  • Dan

    Great list! Heaps if inspiration. @luke_della is another good one

  • http://www.thetravolution.com/ Cristina

    Some nice accounts here and certainly talented photographers I follow myself, but forgive my honesty, these round up lists that pop up around the net from time to time seem to always list the same groups. It’s really nothing new and perhaps featuring new people could keep things fresh and support a growing set of new, up-and-coming talent. Just my two cents.

  • Chris

    I’ve been following GENBCGETSAROUND on Instagram. Her travel photography is breathtaking.

  • Jessica

    Thanks for this list! Another great one: @missjessrose

  • clmmbn

    I’m just starting to create one myself @Travel_Ginger

    These accounts are amazing and insipiring, thanks Matt!

  • Tom Mansfield

    These are amazing! Check out @wetravelpics also, it’s my favorite insta-travel blog right now.