I’m slightly addicted to staring at incredible photos of far away places I’ve never been to (a rather tortuous hobby, yes.) And I’m not the only one who likes looking hopelessly at travel photos, which is why Instagram has become the ultimate platform to get lost in other people’s adventures around the world. And now one of the best things about travel accounts on Insta is you don’t have to be a professional photographer to have a cool one.
I’ve found a mix of 15 surfers, architects and various professional wanderers who travel around the world and beautifully document it all on Instagram. Yes, prepare to feel travel envy.
MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER BROWN
National Geographic photographer Michael Christopher Brown has an Instagram feed that’s more than just stunning travel photos. He travels to the fringes of the world to document current events, and the images he captures are beyond incredible.
Of course the guy who left his cozy New York job to travel the United States and build a ridiculous tree house has a great Instagram dedicated to travel. Foster Hunting is all about the open American road and minimalist travel, and his photos are so great they have been made into two books.
THE BLONDE ABROAD
Travel and style blogger Kiersten is the ultimate jet setter. The California native left her career in corporate finance to travel the world, and has since made it to 40 countries and beautifully documented it all on her award-winning blog The Blonde Abroad.
I’ve been following photographer Trey Ratcliff on Instagram for as long as I can remember. A couple scrolls through his Instagram feed and you’ll find yourself totally lost in his colorful images taken all over the world. And you must take a look at his Burning Man photos.
This has to be one of my favorite travel Instagram accounts that I’ve followed this year. Cole Rise is a California-based artist and photographer, who created a super popular photo app this year called Litely. Oh and yeah, he’s also the dude who created seven of Instagram’s built-in filters. Believe me, he’s worth a follow.
ALEX IN WANDERLAND
If you’re feeling bad about not knowing how to operate a DSLR camera, Alexandra Baackes will make you feel normal again. On the go since 2011, the travel writer takes all of her cool travel pics with her iPhone.
You’ll easily get lost in photographer Vaggelis Fragkakis’ Instagram page. Based in Greece, you’ll be somewhat transported to the Mediterranean with his sharp, saturated pics of the country.
Street style photography and forgotten, abandoned places are photographer Sam Horine’s specialty. The NY Magazine contributor is a highly skilled photographer, and his Instagram is addicting to scroll through.
ALLAN EDWARD HINTON
Nearly 18 months into traveling and already at 157,000 Instagram followers, Allan Edward Hinton quitting his London office job to travel obviously paid off. His page is a perfectly curated collage of dogs, candid photos and landscape shots.
If you’re into insanely cool landscape shots from around the world, give photographer Conor MacNeill a follow on Instagram. I literally spent 15 minutes trying to pick out one photo that was my favorite.
YouTuber and travel blogger Brooke Saward is the ultimate guide to navigating places you’ve never been to. Her popular site World of Wanderlust is a serious travel bible. And as you can expect, her Instagram is seriously badass.
Surfing and sailing in Turkey. Rock climbing in Norway. Skateboarding in Venice Beach. German adventurer Marc Baechtold does all the extreme travel things so you don’t have to, and of course, documents it all. His photos will convince you to buy a Gopro.
Professional athlete, video producer and photographer Collin Harrington has an Instagram feed you’ll want to be following. You’ll catch him riding waves, jumping out of planes and wakeboarding everyday.
Follow adventure photographer and writer Jeff Bartlett around the world on his Instagram page. Based in Canada, his landscape photos have even caught the eye of outerwear company Eddie Bauer because they are so damn good.