Want to learn how to build your following and fan base, and take even better travel snaps? Just like all writers have to be well read, all great travel bloggers should aim to be inspired by the adventures of others. While it’s ideal to bookmark and browse your own favorite blogs, sometimes scrolling through a visual feast such as Instagram can be enough to spark a new idea or get a better understanding of what makes a great photo.
There are thousands of travel bloggers, professional adventurers, tourism operators and travel-based brands currently engaging and inspiring via the world’s favorite photo-driven app and social network. We’ve picked ten of the best that you can learn a thing or two from, by browsing their digital postcards from around the globe.
National Geographic: 48.1m followers
National Geographic has been the leading source of armchair travel inspiration for more than a century, so it’s little surprise their Instagram feed has been expertly developed as a digital extension of their popular print magazine. Wander the world through the eyes of the National Geographic photographers, and get a feel for how the experts shoot life through a lens: @natgeo.
Go Pro: 8.6m followers
The Go Pro brand motto is “Wear it. Mount it. Love it”, and their feed is jam packed with images from users capturing moments around the world. Though not explicitly a travel-related account, it features snaps from all over the world and is a great follow if you’re looking for inspiration on capturing movement and energy in your own travel images: @gopro.
Chris Burkard: 1.6m followers
Want to be inspired by the best? Chris Burkard is a California-based self-taught photographer and artist, specializing in energetic imagery capturing surf, the great outdoors, and travel subjects: @chrisburkard.
Lonely Planet: 735k followers
As one of the biggest tourism brands across the globe, you’d expect Lonely Planet to provide a pretty kickass offering on Instagram – and the travel giant does not disappoint. Check out their feed for photos from Lonely Planet writers and staff as they travel the globe: @lonelyplanet.
Lauren Bath: 454k followers
Lauren Bath is a chef turned photographer turned social media influencer – having quit her job in 2013 to become Australia’s first professional Instagrammer. Check out her feed to understand how one person can leverage a social following to build a travel-based career: @laurenepbath.
World of Wanderlust: 419k followers
Brooke Saward created World of Wanderlust back in 2012 as a way to share her travel experiences with family and friends. Nowadays she’s living the dream and blogging for a living, with a readership of more than 5 million each year. View her candid and colorful shots to learn how to successfully put yourself into your shots and build a rapport with your fans: @worldwanderlust.
Daniel Kordan: 316k followers
Russian-born professional photographer and part-time mountain-climber, Daniel Kordan specializes in breathtaking landscape photography. Follow his work via Instagram to understand how lighting, color and composition can work together to create the perfect shot and bring landscapes to life: @danielkordan.
Kirsten Alana: 192k followers
Based in NYC, Kirsten is a full time photographer specializing in travel and lifestyle subject matter, having turned her lens to travel after spending a decade as a professional portrait and wedding photographer. Follow her to get a feel for great composition: @kirstenalana.
Expert Vagabond: 63.2k followers
Adventure travel blogger and photographer Matthew Karsten has been exploring the world for more than five years. Check out his vivid use of color and glean ideas to make your own images truly pop: @expertvagabond.
Be My Travel Muse: 54k followers
Kristin Addis is a 20-something Southern California native who has been adventuring around the globe nonstop since 2012. Her blog is all about helping and inspiring fellow travellers and outdoor enthusiasts, and her Instagram account offers a great visual extension of that mantra. View her incredible landscapes and travel snaps – complete with comprehensive descriptions that are almost mini-posts in themselves: @bemytravelmuse.