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Instagram is the perfect place for discovering inspiring travel images.
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Recharge Your Wanderlust with These Top Travel Instagram Accounts

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Instagram is the perfect place for discovering inspiring travel images. Millions of people share their lives from locations around the globe, posting photos that rival those found in magazines.

While some users are indeed professional photographers and brands, most just have a passion for visual storytelling and travel. Besides inspiring you to travel to the far corners of the world, travel Instagrams can also urge you to learn how to take better photos of your own travels.

So where do you start to discover the best travel Instagram accounts to follow? Check out our list and prepare to be swept away by lives well-traveled.

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet has been providing travel advice for over 40 years in the form of guidebooks, travel products and a magazine. Their Instagram is full of gorgeous landscapes and cityscapes in addition to their colorful guidebooks.

All photos are taken by their staff as they travel, or pulled from submissions to their weekly #lpfanphoto feature. Perfect inspiration for figuring out your next travel destination.

Young Adventuress

Liz Carlson is a self-proclaimed wanderer currently based in New Zealand. Her travels have taken her to over 40 countries where she has captured incredibly beautiful photos of her experiences.

In addition to landscapes and impeccably styled food, Liz often puts herself in her images, making her followers feel like they are right there with her. She has recently partnered with other travel bloggers/instagrammers for a Travel Bootcamp intended to help others follow their dream of traveling the world.

Lauren Bath

Although she had a successful career as a chef, Lauren Bath was bored and wanted to travel. An interest in photography soon exploded as she joined Instagram and became Australia’s first professional Instagrammer.

Lauren’s softly lit photos of Australia’s cultural landscape have inspired thousands to visit and take similarly breathtaking images. Her witty commentary and travel tips make her account a must for aspiring travel photographers and citizens of the world.

Expert Vagabond

Matthew Karsten’s Instagram is a treasure trove of photographs from some of the most sought after destinations in the world. Always on an adventure, Matthew’s photos are full of fun and the vibrancy of life and are certain to inspire wanderlust.

Cruising Isla #Holbox looking for flamingos… 🌴 🚁 . @djiglobal Phantom 4 #SkyPixel

A photo posted by Matthew Karsten (@expertvagabond) on

From surfing in South Africa to horseback riding in Cuba, Matthew’s feed is an amazing reminder to enjoy your life and all Mother Nature has to offer.

Murad Osmann

This Russian photographer’s Instagram will leave you wanting to both re-create his images with your special someone and visit each location he so expertly photographs. Murad Osmann’s images of his girlfriend (now wife) holding his hand and leading him to famous tourist destinations around the world, have become iconic.

His photo in front of the Taj Mahal made the cover of National Geographic and he now has a book of his images called Follow Me To.

David Guttenfelder

A National Geographic photographer, David Guttenfelder photographs his travels in a documentary style, solely with his smartphone. After 20 years of traveling the world, David now focuses on exploring the United States and what it means to be an American.

His photos capture both the essence of a location and the people who live there. Prepare to get inspired to embark on an adventure and discover the secrets of your own neighborhood.

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Girl Eat World

If the prospect of trying new foods while traveling or, eating in general excites you, Girl Eat World is the Instagram of your dreams. Based in Singapore, Melissa Hie has been eating her way through Asia, Europe and beyond.

Guys!! I dunno where my head has been but I’ve totally missed @girleatworld’s 2nd year anniversary! It was supposed to be a week ago on May 11. Here’s the very first photo I uploaded to this account 2 years ago. This photo was actually taken almost a year before @girleatworld was created, on the first day of my Europe solo backpacking trip in the summer of 2013. Back then, I used to just upload the images to my personal Facebook and my instagram. I received positive responses from my friends, so I kept going and collected about 15 images before I finally decided to go for it and create a dedicated instagram for all the food pictures – And that is how @girleatworld was born! This gelato 🍦 was taken on a hot summer day in a small Bavarian town in Germany 🇩🇪 called Rothenburg ob de Tauber, known for its well-preserved medieval walls and traditional colorful half-timbered German houses which you can see on the background. Looking back, I realized I have learned a ton about photography in the past two years thanks to @girleatworld. My composition is horrendous in this picture, but I still remember the feeling of awe and wonder as I wandered down the street of Rothenburg ODT. ❤️

A photo posted by ❤️ Mel’s Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) on

Her photos are cute, colorful and memorable, photographing her food in front of the location she’s currently in. A perfect bite-sized way to experience a location. You’ll never want to photograph your food on a table again!

One Mile at a Time

Ben Schlappig aka Lucky, is a full-time travel blogger obsessed with airline miles and credit card travel points. Since the age of 14, he has been utilizing frequent flyer miles to travel business and first-class around the world.

Gorgeous sunset from a plane for the second night in a row! #toomanyredeyes

A photo posted by Ben Schlappig (@onemileatatime) on

Like a mini vacation in itself, Ben’s Instagram is full of window seat views, first-class cabins and luxury resorts. Escape the ordinary and live vicariously through his privileged travel career.

Ravi Vora

A director and photographer based in Los Angeles, Ravi Vora posts haunting, breathtaking images of the scenery he encounters through his work. Many of his photos also feature female models, and are often accompanied by a poetic description.


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Ravi’s unique eye for natural beauty will inspire you to step up your own Instagram game.

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