25 Awesome Instagram Travel Photographers You Need To Follow

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Need travel inspiration? Follow my favorite Instagram travel photographers as they capture beautiful images of people, landscapes, and animals 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, and Arc’teryx. However for this breakdown I wanted to feature personal ones.

Keep in mind my list here is completely subjective. We all enjoy different kinds of photography. Some of these accounts are more personality driven, while others create a steady stream of incredible & diverse travel images from across the planet.

I update this list with my favorite Instagram travel photographers every year, so it’s always changing.

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

IMPORTANT: There’s no doubt that Instagram has transformed the travel experience. But not all of it has been positive. Please read my follow-up: Is Social Media Ruining Travel?

Best Instagram Travelers (2018)

Expert Vagabond

Travel with Matt on Instagram

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@ExpertVagabond

Yeah, that’s me! Before I share my favorite Instagram travel photographers, I wanted to introduce you to my account first. Shameless self-promotion.

Do you love epic landscapes & adventure photography?

Then you’ll love my account! I’ve been a professional travel photographer & blogger for the past 7 years — sharing crazy adventures like hitchhiking across the United States, scuba diving with sharks in South Africa, backpacking in Afghanistan, chasing Iceland’s northern lights, and more.

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Ever Changing Horizon

Travel with Quin on Instagram

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@EverChangingHorizon

Quin shares adventure photos featuring incredibly colorful places. From mountains to lakes he always manages to capture the most perfect moments. He’s also good at capturing skies full of stars.

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Kirsten Alana

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Instagram Travel Photographer Kirsten Alana

@kirstenalana

Not only does Kirsten shoot awesome travel photos, but her updates are like mini blog posts full of information about the area she’s visiting. I could definitely use some of her storytelling tips.

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Daniel Kordan

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Instagram Travel Photographer Daniel Kordan

@danielkordan

Daniel shoots breathtaking landscape photography from places like Norway, Russia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, and more. I’m always inspired by his feed. He’s surely passionate about ice and frozen things.

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Travis Burke

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Instagram Travel Photographer Travis Burke

@travisburkephotography

Travis is a US based photographer, who together with his girlfriend (below), capture the beauty of national parks: lakes, mountains, beaches and more. If you’re a fan of camping you’ll surely enjoy his account.

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Chelsea Kauai

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Instagram Travel Photographer Chelsea Kauai

@chelseakauai

Chelsea is a definition of an outdoor adventure girl. Although from sunny Hawaii, you can find her camping in the snow, feeding wild squirrels or enjoying the waters of incredible lakes around the US.

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Be My Travel Muse

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Instagram Travel Photographer Kristin Addis

@bemytravelmuse

Kristin is a former investment banker who got fed up with corporate life, and now travels the world seeking off-the-beaten-path adventures. On her account you can see captures from some of the best hikes around the world.

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Chris Burkard

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Instagram Travel Photographer Chris Burkard

@chrisburkard

Chris is one of the most famous surf and adventure photographers on Instagram, featuring remote landscapes and wilderness locations that are far off the beaten path. He seems to frequently enjoy swimming in icy arctic water too…

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Lauren Bath

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Instagram Travel Photographer Lauren Bath

@laurenepbath

Known as Australia’s first professional Instagrammer, Lauren has been capturing beautiful photos of her travels and sharing them for the rest of us. Her shots are both colorful and dreamy.

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Young Adventuress

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Instagram Travel Photographer Liz Carlson

@youngadventuress

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

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Le Backpacker

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Instagram Travel Photographer Johan Lolos

@lebackpacker

Johan is a world explorer with a passion for the outdoors and the wilderness, photographing places like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. He says that he’s ‘a person who notices beauty in the world’ and it does show in his photos.

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El Jackson

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Instagram Travel Photographer Sam Taipale

@eljackson

Sam is a Finnish photographer who currently resides in Norway, with his wife @hilvees. Through both of their photos you can see a passion for the outdoor adventures as they capture stunning landscapes of Scandinavia and beyond.

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EmiToms

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Instagram Travel Photographer Emily Thomas

@emitoms

Emily will take you for an adventure among the mountains and show you the best sunsets in the US. If you’re a fan of lakes you’ll enjoy her account even more.

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Tiff Penguin

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Instagram Travel Photographer Tiffany Nguyen

@tiffpenguin

Tiffany works as a dentist in California, but loves to travel with a camera in her spare time. Her photos are full of colorful adventures in the mountains, national parks and camping spots. She uses small subjects to better demonstrate the immense scale of natural wonders.

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The Planet D

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Instagram Travel Photographer Dave Bouskill

@theplanetd

Dave & Deb share their adventures around the planet with both beautiful images and humor. Their motto is that adventure is for everyone, at any age. From the arctic to the desert, they travel to photogenic places and are willing to try it all. Kayaking, rock climbing, cycling, and more.

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The Blonde Abroad

Travel with Kiersten on Instagram

Instagram Travel Photographer Kiersten Rich

@theblondeabroad

Kiersten’s stream contains fun photos of beautiful places and festivals around the world, with a bit of fashion thrown in. I’m always amazed how her outfits seem to match the backdrop of her shots. She’s a scuba diver too!

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In A Faraway Land

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Instagram Travel Photographer Marta Kulesza

@InFarAwayLand

Marta is an outdoor lover, who spends a really long time in each destination, getting to know it well and capturing its beauty in a unique way. She seems to have a particularly fondness for the wilderness of New Zealand, Iceland, and Canada.

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Girl Eat World

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Instagram Travel Photographer Mel

@girleatworld

Imagine the #FollowMeTo photo series with food – this would be Mel’s account. She’s showing her favorite local foods in each destination she visits, creating an incredible photo series that gives you a mix of both delicious food and beautiful backdrops.

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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 and National Parks he visits from around the world.

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Adventures Of Lil Nicki

Travel with Nicole on Instagram

Instagram Travel Photographer Nicole Smoot

@adventuresoflilnicki

Nicole travels more off the path than on the path. She always managed to find beautiful places everywhere and captures them perfectly. She’s just returning from Antarctica so tune in for some penguin shots!

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Fun For Louis

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Instagram Travel Photographer Louis Cole

@FunForLouis

Louis shouldn’t need an introduction. He’s a crazy daily vlogger who also happens to be a great photographer too. His shots are natural, often with friends, showcasing the beauty of spontaneous adventure. He’s constantly going on awesome road trips around the world.

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Brendan Van Son

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Instagram Travel Photographer Brendan Van Son

@BrendanVanSon

Brendan is a Canadian photographer who’s been on the road for a while, it seems he’s always moving. Whether in the city, or out exploring the wilderness, he makes his shots look dreamy and inviting. His photos showcase his love for long-exposure photography.

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Alex Strohl

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Instagram Travel Photographer Alex Strohl

@AlexStrohl

Alex is one of the first photographers I followed on Instagram. His epic landscape and adventure images will inspire you to break out your gear and head into the mountains. He spends a lot of time in each destination, which helps him really capture its magic.

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Anna Everywhere

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Instagram Travel Photographer Anna Everywhere

@Anna.Everywhere

Anna has been exploring the world for over 10 years now, from climbing active volcanoes to touring Europe’s best castles. She’s at home in both the desert and the city, capturing awesome Instagram photos from her diverse experiences to inspire you along the way.

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I hope you enjoyed my choices for some of the best Instagram travel photographers to follow! Feel free to share your favorites in the comments, and remember to check out my feed: Instagram.com/expertvagabond

Thanks so much, and happy travels! ★

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205 Comments

  1. I confess that I don’t really get it. The vast majority of these photos are clones of each other with virtually nothing original. I think I will go a bit nuts if I see one more ‘back of girl’s head as she looks over the landscape’, ‘land-rover parked in lonely space’, or ‘girl walks off on path’…… Why are these repeat acts so celebrated? Genuine question. And added to that they only seem to provoke comments of ‘so what but please look at my pictures’. Few thoughtful reflections on what does or doesn’t make them great….

    1. Because having a human element draws people into the image, and allows them to imagine themselves there. The same types of images are used for marketing products — this type does very well for outdoors products. While “fashion” photos (think beautiful woman with a European backdrop, probably Paris or Milan) works great for marketing clothing and jewelry.

      It’s been proven to work well at drawing attention — and people follow trends. If it’s working for others, why would you try something else that isn’t? That’s my take at least. People see other succeeding with these kinds of images, so they try to copy the same success. However, feels like it’s starting to get overdone. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the next trend will be?

  2. hello dear friends I really love you all i hope you all fine
    please check out my page I love portrait and travel photography
    @niel_nitin_photographer

  3. Hello, I’m Eric Criswell from Memphis, Tennessee and just ran across your post on the top Instagram accounts to follow. I wanted to say great job on those selections. I found some new photographers I was unaware of and appreciate your work on the list. Keep it up!

    Eric Criswell
    @ecriswell

  4. Thank you for your suggestions and tips.
    Some igers are really masters… by some of them I get so inspired! Especially those with an original style. I hope to get in touch with travelphoto grams. Please, take a look and any feedback is appreciated! @stehanet65

  5. Great Accounts! So much Inspiration! I stareted to Share my pictures as well in Instagram, would be Great to Hear some Feedback from you. My Account: worldtravel.stories Keep up the Great work!

  6. Fantastic selection of photographers. Daniel Kordan is one of my favourites. His edits are just incredible. I also follow many of your other suggestions.

  7. Found a lot of inspiration in these grams, mastered years after years, those photos are taking it to a whole other level, wish one day will be as good as these guys !

    Thanks for sharing with us
    @unsettled.wanderer

  8. Great collection! Maybe you like my account too 😇 would be nice if you are having a look on it ❣️Instagram: worldtravel.stories

  9. Added value. I think lots of pictures are about “selling” a life, rather than communicating thoughts and add value to the whole community. It is in the ideas we find purpose.
    Thanks,
    @untizon

  10. I think I’m following everyone!
    I just made myself an instagram-account with my very own pictures.
    Take a look at @travelerinspo

  11. Nistce list some of these accounts are good, but too many of them use such photoshopped pictures they look totally fake .. it would be nice if people could just share info and pics without all trying to be “influencers” and wannabe travelers

    @jason_the_traveler

  12. hi everyone, i follow all of them because I love travelling. as i am new on IG, i request you to please have a look of my account, feedback is totally appreciated. my username is @justshoot_it_

  13. Have you checked out The Rolling Home? Calum Creasey and Lauren Smith speaking at Times Literary Festival on 8th October 2017.

  14. Hi guys, big fan of the expert vagabond and others on this blog post…so inspired by them I have recently moved to the States and am trying to add interesting content each week…my Instagram is conorwalsh1995…please take a look and any feedback is appreciated! Looking to get connected with fellow travellers!

  15. I’ve been following most of them all the time as I love traveling as well and posting only travel photography on my IG. They all have unique and amazing style in their feed.

  16. I’ve just followed all of these photographers on Instagram :) Can’t wait to see what they post. If anybody fancies checking out my account, its @rivieragoldenglamour

  17. Awesome list and nice blog! I will be sure to follow these accounts. If you have a minute or two please check out my account.. @earthpano and let me know what you think!

  18. Nice list!! I already follow a lot af them, I think my favourite of your selection is @anna.everywhere
    I started my own instagram, you can have a look ;) @abovethemap

  19. Just found this post. Great info.! Just wondering your opinion on the wave of follow-unfollowers on Instagram. I’m getting a bit irritated with the trend as I’m posting my travel pics. How does one even grow anymore with something like this happening? [email protected]

  20. Most of these accounts I already follow, but I did find some cool new ones, thanks! If you like the north, you might like my account too it’s: @Fenne.be

  21. Awesome list! Thank you for posting this, I’ve followed all the recommendations and it really brightened up my feed!! A couple of my other favorites are @jacob (amazing, colorful shots), @travel_inhershoes (female solo traveller) and @vitaladventure (nomads on a small sailboat). All are truly inspiring!

  22. Interesting article. Some figures have already changed. I am also trying to promote my page, though it is really small, comparing to this instastars :) my page is travel_and_share

  23. Great article! I personally love the @cleverdever Instagram account. She has a great eye and I love how she shares her passion of travelling…

  24. Hi Matthew,

    I stumbled on this old (well, updated) post, looking for something completely different.
    Firstly thanks, there are some, that I have not seen before.

    But I’m kind of dissapointed, that you have only pointed the big shots, and have not shouted out any of the “beginners”, with considerably smaller follower count (few thoulsands for example), but still with fantastic content. There literally thoulsands of accounts, some of theme even with better content than few here, no offence to anybody. :)

    I understand, your list is subjective, but still :) Thanks.

  25. Wow, this article has truly inspired me. I indeed followed your page, and the list of the others were simply magical. I felt like I embarked on a mini trip of my own in their lenses. I am an aspiring newbie.. so I would hope one day to leave a mark on the world such as all you talented people do. I have my Personal account @Liononyourgirl on IG and my new travel page @rytravels that I hope can soon take off and start the journey of my own. I would love to hear feedback from all who read this, and I will certainly follow you guys and love to see what you have to show :)

  26. Hey really great post, im also into travelling myself, im from Argentina and would be Happy if anybody want to follow me @manolec95

    1. Awesome! Argentina is beautiful! I most definitely Am following you!! :)I am new to photography and wish to take it with me on my travels as well.

  27. Great list! I follow a lot of them and they provide quality content.
    Always fun to go through their feed and get some inspiration to create beautiful travel pictures for my account @pj_decoster

  28. Great website and Instagram! Very inspiring. Every time I stumble across a new blogger means I have more education of the world and all its beauty!

  29. Great post! Just followed a great deal of those featured in the article and from the comment section. I’d also like to add @craighowes – a personal favorite.

  30. Thanks for sharing this post, there are so many great photos we don’t know where to begin with the compliments!!

    Reading about your exciting travels has inspired us to create our very own site, which we have named The Secret Lodge. We hope to share posts as amazing as yours in due time. For now, you’re more than welcome to follow us on Instagram @thesecretlodge

  31. We are just starting out with our Instagram account but we have some great pics to share from all our recent and past travels! We would love you to check us out and if you like what you see please follow us @lastminutedetours

  32. A great list, I would like to be in the places of those photos. because you have to live it to understand well the photos. if they wish can visit me on instagram with @iletours

  33. I follow smaller ones like @kunzum

    They post some of the interesting videos and photos about travel. Have been following other travel photographers too, but this one is very different. They are a travel magazine and blog too, and their posts provide unique information on the places visited.

  34. Hey there! Great list but I would certainly add smaller accounts…I feel more engaged! I’ve recently discovered a very inspiring travel girl @marinacomes She replies to everybody who leaves a comment!!

  35. Really good list! I had been following most of these already, just added you to my list!!
    Just wanted to add that next to the ‘big’ travel Instagram accounts I really enjoy smaller ones as well such as: mauria14, gipsytraveller1 and sojoti
    Or anyone under 5000 followers with good posts… With the small ones I feel really involved for some reason :)

  36. Great list! Check out Josh’s work when you have a chance. He just passed 20k followers and I may be a little bias, but I think his shots are amazing!

    @travelwithbender

  37. Thank you for this amazing and inspirational post! Please follow me @pollinpauline for amazing travel ideas for USA, Israel, and Europe!