Travel brochures are out; Instagram is in.
Everyone’s favourite photographic social network has a unique ability to inspire wonder and wanderlust. Whether it’s a GoPro action shot or just an especially beautiful landscape, Instagram is a uniquely inspiring platform for jet-setting photographers. Every image is a digital postcard begging you to add just one more destination to your bucket list.
If said bucket list can handle the pressure, here are the 12 best travel Instagram accounts you should be following now.
Louis Cole is a British filmmaker and YouTuber who has spent more than four years documenting his globetrotting via daily vlogs. He also has a product line that bears his slogan, ‘Live The Adventure’, and in late 2017 plans to circumnavigate the globe in a light aircraft to shoot a film called Beyond Borders. You’ll find no shortage of inspiration for your bucket list on his vibrant Instagram feed.
Jordan Hammond describes himself as a “travel photographer and cheese enthusiast from the UK.” His passion for imagery blossomed during a stint living in China, and while you won’t see much manchego or Parmigiano-Reggiano on his Instagram, you will see plenty of stunning locations in Asia and elsewhere. His ultra-colourful style makes each one seem especially dreamy.
Stay & Wander boldly proclaims itself to be “a content powerhouse of world class visual creatives.” The team of talented photographers specialise in social-driven content and influencer-led advertising campaigns, collaborating with brands like Land Rover, Canon, and Arc’teryx. Their nature-heavy snaps will have you itching to pack your bags and ditch the metropolis for wilder landscapes.
Without the creation of the wetsuit… I honestly don’t think any of this would be possible. Jack O’Neill’s pioneering of the modern day wetsuit has enabled myself & so many other to purse their passions for riding waves in remote places. Yesterday we lost that legend but his legacy lives on. @a_gray & @joshmulcoy enjoy a chilly moment below one of the inactive volcanoes of the Aleutian island chain. . PS – this is one single image shot in camera. No photoshop, no alteration … just a lot of planning & a little luck.
Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Travelling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of the planet, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere. His work focuses on outdoor, travel, adventure, surf, and lifestyle subjects, typically punctuated by untamed, powerful landscapes.
No reins to guide the pack. That’s it. Allowing yourself to enjoy a path that you are not able to control anymore. You, for once in your life, have forgotten your schedules, your responsibilities, your “right” side, and have given the reins of this moment, your moment, to destiny. Snow inspires me to drop everything and let myself be. Just be. Free, independent, immature, fool, fun. Just be. For once, just be. @alfaromeoofficial #icemotions
Barcelona-born Oliver Vegas credits his love of nature to a childhood spent visiting Spain’s national parks with his parents. His wanderlust-worthy images have earned him more than 400k followers on Instagram, as well as campaigns with the likes of Nike and Coca-Cola. “I try to expose a different aspect of every place,” he told Impakter. “That is what every photographer has to do, portray the magic that we always seek in our trips.”
Jack Morris and his girlfriend, Lauren Bullen (better known to followers as @gypsea_lust), are Instagram’s reigning king and queen of couple’s travel. Together the perfectly-coiffed and impossibly tan pair “get wander-fully lost” around the world, exploring destinations like Bora Bora, Kenya, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey, India, and Morocco. You have 0 chance of making it through either of their feeds without experiencing at least one pang of jealousy.
Explorer, vlogger, professional videographer, and photographer Ben Brown is “all work, all play.” A former world champion kayaker now traversing the globe, Brown showcases his epic adventures via breathtaking and cinematic vlogs on his self-titled YouTube channel. A coordinating Instagram and blog provide further travel inspo via gorgeous photography and musings from the road.
Daniil Korzhonov – aka Daniel Kordan – is a Russian photographer whose ethereal landscape photography makes the planet’s remotest corners somehow seem closer. Light and colour, he says, “inspire people to live and open their hearts to the world” – and so his images feature plenty of both, creating worlds that look like paintings or settings from fairytales. Kordan’s photographs have been published extensively in a variety of media ranging from calendars, books, magazines, and advertising campaigns.
Johan Lolos is a Belgian-born, self-taught travel/adventure photographer with a passion for the outdoors. After graduating from college, he spent a year exploring Australia and showcasing the beauty of the country to his audience, mainly on Instagram. Things got serious when National Geographic, BuzzFeed, and the Daily Mail published images from the trip. Lolos became a full-time photographer and never looked back.
Alex Strohl eschews creating contrived scenes in favour of capturing authentic moments as they unfold before him, blurring the lines between work and life. Strohl’s photography has been featured in prestigious publications such as Forbes, Vanity Fair, and Gentleman’s Journal. He is now based in Montana, but spends the majority of his time on the road exploring remote reaches of the world with his partner, Andrea Dabene.
Quin Schrock is an adventure and lifestyle photographer based out of Southern California and Oahu. As a kid, Schrock spent his free time outside surfing, skating, and pushing the limit on acceptable back flip locations. The sense of wonder and freedom he found in nature as a child never went away, and there is still nothing he would rather do than play outside – except hnw he does it with a camera in tow, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers tracking his every move.
Travis Burke’s creative approach to wilderness photography stems from his own perspective on life. Accompanied by his custom-built adventure-mobile, Burke travels the globe and conquers anything thrown his way with a “no regrets” attitude. Whether it’s walking slacklines over canyons, backpacking all 210 miles of the John Muir Trail, or capturing the Milky Way in remote locations, Burke constantly pushes himself and the boundaries of his craft.