20 Awesome Instagram Travel Photographers You Need To Follow

Instagram Travelers

Best Instagram Travel Photographers

Inspiration

Need some travel inspiration? Follow some of 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 (2015)

Michael Christopher Brown

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Instagram Travel Photographer Michael Christopher Brown

@michaelchristopherbrown
Michael is a proper photojournalist covering news on assignment in places like China, Libya, the Congo. He produces very powerful images. The portraits he creates are especially impressive.


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Kirsten Alana

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Instagram Travel Photographer Kirsten Alana

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


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Where’s Andrew

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Instagram Travel Photographer Andrew Evans

@wheresandrew
Andrew is National Geographic’s digital nomad, wandering the planet sharing stories and images in real time from the road.


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Young Adventuress

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Instagram Travel Photographer Liz Carlson

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


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Brendan van Son

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Instagram Travel Photographer Brendan van Son

@brendanvanson
Brendan regularly shares amazing photos from all corners of the world. Watch his feed for people, landscapes, and plenty of animals.


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Legal Nomads

Travel with Jodi on Instagram

Instagram Travel Photographer Jodi Ettenberg

@legalnomads
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.


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Foster Hunting

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Instagram Travel Photographer Foster Hunting

@fosterhunting
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.


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Alex In Wanderland

Travel with Alex on Instagram

Instagram Travel Photographer Alexandra Baackes

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


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Theodore Kaye

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Instagram Travel Photographer Theodore Kaye

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


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The Planet D

Travel with Dave on Instagram

Instagram Travel Photographer Dave Bouskill

@theplanetd
Probably my favorite travel personalities online, Dave & Deb share their adventures around the planet with both beautiful images and humor. Their motto is that adventure is for everyone!


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The Blonde Abroad

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Instagram Travel Photographer Kiersten Rich

@theblondeabroad
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!


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Trey Ratcliff

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Instagram Travel Photographer Trey Ratcliff

@treyratcliff
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.


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Uncornered Market

Travel with Dan on Instagram

Instagram Travel Photographer Daniel Noll

@uncornered_market
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.


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Adventurous Kate

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Instagram Travel Photographer Kate McCulley

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


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Everything Everywhere

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Instagram Travel Photographer Gary Arndt

@everythingeverywhere
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.


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Pause the Moment

Travel with Ryan on Instagram

Instagram Travel Photographer Ryan Gargiulo

@pausethemoment
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.


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Canvas of Light

Travel with Dan on Instagram

Instagram Travel Photographer Daniel Nahabedian

@canvasoflight
The detailed and colorful images in Dan’s feed are works of art, with plenty of spectacular sunsets, clouds, and architecture from his travels. Always good stuff here.


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Just Travelous

Travel with Yvonne on Instagram

Instagram Travel Photographer Yvonne Zagermann

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


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Earth Explorer

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Instagram Travel Photographer JD Andrews

@earthxplorer
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 »


Cole Rise

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Instagram Travel Photographer Cole Rise

@colerise
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 »


BONUS! Expert Vagabond

Instagram Travel Photographer Matthew Karsten

Follow Expert Vagabond on Instagram

@expertvagabond
Did you enjoy these Instagram accounts? Then check out mine too!

Join me around the world on the search for wild travel adventures! From hitchhiking the United States, swimming with sharks, trekking in Turkey, and more. I’m currently surfing my way through South Africa. ★


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Comments & Questions

85 Comments

  1. Dejeanne
    April 21, 2015

    This is a great list. I am following most of these photographers already. The images are very inspiring.
    @dejeanne_photography

    Reply
  2. Marissa
    April 17, 2015

    Hi! Are there any Instagrams you would recommend that are specifically traveling Europe? I am living in Spain next year and would love a little daily inspiration of where to travel! Thanks :)

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  3. FollowJodie
    April 16, 2015

    Beautiful pictures
    Recent Post: TRAVEL PREP – PART 1. (The Suitcase vs. The Backpack)

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  4. TravelTall
    April 15, 2015

    I’m traveling the world by bus and boat, I post one awesome picture each day from the road, check it out on Instagram @Traveltall and let me know what you think!

    Reply
  5. Christina
    April 8, 2015

    Hi!! I love this article, I follow all of these amazing bloggers :) was hoping you’d give me the opportunity to be featured on your site? @jetsetchristina :)

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  6. Leda
    April 1, 2015

    Thank you for the amazing list you suggest, an amazing inspiration for all the traveller/dreamer. I also trying to post photos of my travels check me out @ledazz

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  7. Shahn bingham
    March 27, 2015

    Hey guys, I’m a travel blogger from Melbourne Australia! im looking for some advise on places to travel in Europe and new followers who are willing to give me some advise on my Instagram.
    My Instagram name is @spiritualtraveller

    Xoxo

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  8. Jimbo
    March 17, 2015

    Wow. I am now following all of these travel grammers! Such inspiring stuff. One not mentioned that is WELL worth a look is @world.in.hd
    Recent Post: 9 Natural Wonders Of South America You Must See Before You Die

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  9. Mark
    February 4, 2015

    I absolutely love the pics that @elevatorappdev has – def worth a look

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  10. Myoki
    January 27, 2015

    Follow myoki_in_wanderland to see some of the coolest stories from travels around India!

    Reply
  11. Victoria
    January 10, 2015

    Awesome list. Thanks Matt! It’s my mission to get on one of these lists this year :) Instagram is by far my favourite social media.
    Recent Post: 2014: A Year in Review

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  12. Mark Lennie
    January 6, 2015

    It’s a new Instagram-account i found a few days ago, @oscarsphotofeed, really creative and high quality images.

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  13. Tenzing Thinley
    December 26, 2014

    Thanks for sharing. Yours is nice too, I’m following you on Instagram. We are a Tibetan family of 4 traveling globally, you can check us out @thinlet1.

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  14. Anouk
    December 19, 2014

    Hi Matthew, thank a lot for putting together this list. Definitely found some new people to follow!

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  15. Krysta Alexa
    December 16, 2014

    Hey Matthew, thanks for the great post! It is so hard to find the right instagrammers to follow an you got them all in one spot! I’m new to travel photography (just launched my first travel blog) and am so excited to learn more. These photos are so incredibly inspiring, thanks for such a great list of photographers!

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    • Matthew Karsten
      December 18, 2014

      No problem Krysta, glad you found some new travel photographers on Instagram to follow.

      Reply
  16. Sharon Zahra
    December 15, 2014

    Follow me @szahra!

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  17. Gaetan
    December 14, 2014

    Since there are lots of recommendation on more people to follow, here is another one on IG : TheLandOfSnows
    This guy has worked 13 years in Tibet and has the most amazing pictures about the Himalayan Kingdom.

    Reply
  18. Kryziz
    December 14, 2014

    Mine :D @kryziz

    Reply
  19. eM
    December 14, 2014

    Great. But only English
    try from Poland: http://instagram.com/wedrownymotyl
    thanks :)

    Reply
  20. ksenija
    December 14, 2014

    Great list, please add Travelista73.

    Reply
  21. Marcus Michaels
    December 14, 2014

    Such an awesome list. Thanks for compiling it!

    Reply
  22. Lara
    December 14, 2014

    great galleries!
    feel free to follow me and my travel diary on instagram, too:

    laracrump_

    Reply
  23. alex
    December 14, 2014

    Great list! You should check out one of my favorites @highsocietyhobo. It’s a newer account but a beautiful feed.

    Reply
  24. Richard Colman
    December 14, 2014

    check out my instagram all about travel in a wheelchair and life of an athlete
    @Richcolman84

    Reply
  25. Rob Kavalek
    December 13, 2014

    Great sites! I’d love to hear what you think of my IG profile. Thanks!

    Cheers!

    Reply
  26. James
    December 7, 2014

    Thanks! Flowed several of these guys! Great pics. Be interested if to hear what you think of my work? @wanderlustaddiction

    Reply
  27. Rose
    December 5, 2014

    Great list! I’d add @laflaneusemtl

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  28. Alvaro
    December 1, 2014

    What a great list! Was following some of these accounts already, but some of the new ones are incredible! You are a great source of inspiration, all of you. Check out my travel account @joeredtravel ! Muchas gracias :)

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  29. Hillary Rose
    November 26, 2014

    Great accounts! Check out some of my travels through cities and more wild places @wanderonrose

    Reply
  30. barış
    October 31, 2014

    Great list, i have added a few. Thanks

    Reply
  31. Alphy Lozada
    October 30, 2014

    Trying to catch up to you guys. Some truly amazing photographs. Hope to run into anyone of you on our journeys.

    Godspeed and safe travels!

    Reply
  32. paper boat sailor
    October 29, 2014

    Oh what a treat this is! Instagram is the most wonderful social medium out there. Would love to connect @paper.boats.

    Reply
  33. Dorian
    October 19, 2014

    I do a little bit of traveling. Feel free to check out my Instagram gallery.

    Boat_shoe

    Reply
  34. Josh H.
    September 30, 2014

    Check out @tallcupofchocolatemilk

    Reply
  35. dieter
    September 3, 2014

    Great compilation,

    dont forget @stony89 and @kevinruss

    Reply
  36. martin
    August 22, 2014

    great article! follow me @martinferrando !!

    Reply
  37. Tom Mansfield
    July 29, 2014

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

    Reply
  38. clmmbn
    June 17, 2014

    I’m just starting to create one myself @Travel_Ginger

    These accounts are amazing and insipiring, thanks Matt!

    Reply
  39. Jessica
    June 5, 2014

    Thanks for this list! Another great one: @missjessrose

    Reply
  40. Chris
    June 2, 2014

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

    Reply
  41. Cristina
    May 13, 2014

    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.

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  42. Dan
    May 12, 2014

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

    Reply
  43. henry
    April 1, 2014

    Also @worldwanderlust is a great one!

    Reply
  44. Roger Paige
    March 28, 2014

    Very cool article full of cool people. Thanks Matt.

    Reply
  45. Alexandra Baackes
    March 28, 2014

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

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    • Matthew Karsten
      March 29, 2014

      No problem Alex! Love following your adventures on Instagram.

      Reply
  46. Kirsten Alana
    March 22, 2014

    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!!

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  47. André Phellps
    March 20, 2014

    @visitbrasil on instagram.

    Reply
  48. Sam -Travelling King
    March 18, 2014

    Great list Matt! Instagram!

    Reply
  49. Nomad is Beautiful
    March 10, 2014

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

    Reply
  50. Brandon Quittem
    March 10, 2014

    a giant pile of inspiration!

    Reply
  51. Julie Danes
    March 6, 2014

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

    Reply
  52. Amber DeGrace
    March 4, 2014

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

    Reply
  53. Robin Thicke
    March 1, 2014

    I love @dkelleghan and @grantlegan!

    Reply
  54. Angel and Michelle
    February 28, 2014

    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.

    Reply
    • Matthew Karsten
      March 6, 2014

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

      Reply
  55. Helen Davies
    February 27, 2014

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

    Reply
  56. HippieInHeels
    February 27, 2014

    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!

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  57. Liz Carlson
    February 26, 2014

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

    Reply
  58. Kiersten Rich
    February 26, 2014

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

    Reply
    • Matthew Karsten
      February 27, 2014

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

      Reply
  59. Marie-Eve Vallières
    February 26, 2014

    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.

    Reply
  60. Simon
    February 26, 2014

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

    Reply
  61. Catia Sinto
    February 25, 2014

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

    Reply
  62. Tamara Lowe
    February 25, 2014

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

    Reply
  63. Sergio Camalich Morales
    February 25, 2014

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

    Reply
  64. Trusted Traveller
    February 25, 2014

    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.

    Reply
  65. Susan Shain
    February 25, 2014

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

    Reply
  66. Katie
    February 25, 2014

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

    Reply
    • Matthew Karsten
      March 8, 2014

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

      Reply
  67. Daniel Nahabedian
    February 25, 2014

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

    Reply
  68. June
    February 25, 2014

    Beautiful pictures and great inspiration. Thanks!!!

    Reply
  69. Michael Hodson
    February 25, 2014

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

    Reply
  70. Ryan Gargiulo
    February 25, 2014

    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.

    Reply
    • Matthew Karsten
      March 8, 2014

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

      Reply
  71. Tim & Nat ✈
    February 25, 2014

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

    Reply

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