15 Instagram Travel Accounts to Inspire Your Wanderlust

  • Are you as addicted to Instagram as I am? When I’m not on the road myself I can (and do) spend hours scrolling through stunning images to sate my wanderlust and get ideas for where I’d like to go next. With thousands of travel accounts out there I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you guys. I’m not including any mega-accounts because 1) you’re probably already following them and 2) there are some really fantastic smaller accounts out there that deserve a bit more love. Each account I’ve featured has a little something different that draws me eye; vivid images, compelling storytelling and personalities that leap from the screen keep me coming back for more. In no particular order, here are 15 Instagram travel accounts to inspire your next trip.

Kristin Luna @lunaticatlarge

Kristin is the force behind the popular travel blog Camels and Chocolate and her joie de vivre splashes across her Instagram feed. Whether she’s exploring her hometown of Nashville or jetting across the globe this girl knows how to have fun.

Eric Stoen @travelbabbo

Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo aims to show there is far more to family travel than theme parks and beaches. He takes his kids on a one-on-one trip each year where each child gets to pick the destination and whether they are dining with giraffes in Kenya, wandering the streets of Paris or splashing through the turquoise waters of Tahiti Eric shows that you can #takeyourkidseverywhere .

Sherry Ott @ottsworld

One of the first travel bloggers I started following Sherry Ott of Ottsworld has been traveling the world non-stop since 2006. Her stunning travel photos are some of the best out there.

Juliana Dever @cleverdever

I had the pleasure of meeting Juliana a few years ago in  Boston and I’ve loved following her adventures ever since. Her cheerful personality shines through in her feed and if she looks a bit familiar you may know her better as her alter ego Jenny Ryan from the TV show Castle.

Tamara Elliot @globeguide

Tamara and I first met at Quebec’s Winter Carnival over maple taffy and ice cider and her Instagram feed really shows Canada at its best. Heli-hiking in British Columbia anyone?

Keryn Means of @walkingontravels

Keryn and I bonded over steamed crabs and chardonnay on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and whether she’s jetting to Europe with her two kids in tow or living it up at a posh Caribbean resort her feed will give you major trip envy.

Pola Henderson of @jetting.around

Pola is a recent transplant to Paris and her images as she explores her new home always keep me coming back for more.

Happiness is… being in a place you love. Where’s yours?

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Matt Long of @Landlopers

Matt Long of Landlopers may be the best travel story teller on Instagram. His Instagram feed is packed with beautiful images from around the world with detail descriptions that read like mini blog posts.

Today I’m continuing my end of the year series by highlighting another favorite travel experience, as well as my most recent, Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Sailing with Windstar Cruises for a week, I visited a variety of islands around the Society Islands, but I think Bora Bora was my favorite due in large part to the night I spent at Le Meridien Bora Bora. I have ALWAYS wanted to stay in an overwater bungalow and when I saw that the ship overnighted in Bora Bora, I knew that my chance had finally come. I was a little skeptical before my stay, when experiences look too good to be true they usually are, but I’m happy to say that in this instance my expectations were quickly surpassed. The luxury bungalow was my happy place. I can still feel that sensation of total happiness; of contentment on a level I rarely enjoy to be honest. Part of it had to do with the environment. For decades I’ve wanted to visit Bora Bora, and to be in a bungalow with amazing views of the island’s most famous mountain was almost too much for my brain to take. Add in luxury comforts and I am struggling to think of another resort where I’ve been so happy. There’s a special magic here and I would do anything to recapture it if only for a few days.

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Noel Morata @ Noel_Morata

I’ve been following Noel’s blog Travel Photo Discovery for a few years and I know when one of his images comes across my feed it’s going to be something good. Whether he’s showing off his home state of Hawaii or hitting the road his pictures are always beautiful.

The Grand Canyon is turning all shades of green lately

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Cory Lee @curbfreecorylee

Cory is a personal friend and blogger who writes about accessible travel. As a wheelchair traveler Cory has visited far flung destinations throughout the globe including Iceland, South Africa and Israel.

Leah Walker @leahtravels

Leah is another expat in Paris as well as a top luxury travel blogger. I love her mix of everyday Paris street scenes and five star luxury.

Lori Sorrentino @travelinmad

Lori is one of my more recent Instagram follows but I immediately fell in love her feed, her food pictures are especially evocative.

Are you a #Balsamic lover like me? The good stuff that’s mellowed 25 years is smooth, sweet, and complex as you might expect after so long in a barrel. It’s a true labor of love ❤️ . We spent an amazing day in #Bologna with @italiandaysfoodexperience, a food tour that’ll both knock your socks off and change the way you think about some of #Italy’s iconic #food: #DOP #parmigianoreggiano, #balsamic, and #prosciutto. 🧀 . Check out the latest post on the blog for all the yummy details and photo tours of all three foods plus the #Italian feast we had for lunch! ✨ . @bolognawelcome #foodporn #foodiegram #authentic #foodie #yum #omnomnom #quality #travel #cityoffood #bolognayourdestination #italy #italianfood @turismoer #emiliaromagna #travelwriter #foodblogger #wanderlust #zipkickbloggers

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Alison Abbott @greenwithrenvy

A fellow Afar Local Expert, Alison shows that Instagram isn’t just a millennial’s game. Whether she is river cruising through China or island hopping in the Azores her feed gives me major wanderlust.

Esther Julee @estherjulee

No one on Instagram does a better job of making me feel like I’m in the picture than Esther Julee of Local Adventurer. Her stunning images will have you packing your bags immediately.

Brianna Simmons @casualtravelist

Now I can’t pass up this opportunity to mention my own gallery can I? I’d love to have you follow along my adventures in the coming year whether it’s highlighting to beauty of my home state of Virginia, quick weekend trips throughout the US or jet-setting across the globe.

Whose Instagram feed inspires your adventures? I’m always on the lookout for more travel inspiration and I’d love if you would share Instagrammers I should take a look at in the comments below.

Disclaimer: Images were taken from the galleries of the listed accounts and all ownership remains with the photographers. Images can be removed upon request.

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40 Comments on “15 Instagram Travel Accounts to Inspire Your Wanderlust

  1. Wow, thank you for the inclusion Brianna! Just followed the four that I wasn’t already following. Great list!

    • Thanks for stopping by Eric, you have one of my favorite Instagram feeds out there!

  2. trryan – intrepid traveler, 128 countries, has a way with a camera and words. seems to always be traveling. Content current. Has 70K followers.

  3. I am already following travelbabbo as he is my favorite but I love your other suggestions too.

  4. Oh my, do I EVER have an addiction to Instagram! Love being inspired by other people’s travels, and finding hidden gems! Great round up! I’ll have to start checking out some of the ones I’m not already following!
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  5. Thanks so much for including me Brianna, I’m honored to be in such fantastic company. I am indeed a Boomer on a mission when it comes to travel and sharing local globally!

  6. I actually already follow over half of these Instagrammers! Looks like we have similar taste, and you’ve picked some good ones to feature! I do love the longer commentary Matt (Landlopers) provides with his images. It’s more than just a pretty picture!

  7. I follow quite a few of these people so I’m well aware of the beautiful photos they post! What a great round-up post to help people discover more accounts to spark their travel lust!

  8. Thanks for the fantastic list! There are just too many great photographers out there inspiring me to go everywhere. My bank may end up taking Instagram away from me just so I stop planning so many trips.

  9. I’m more than a little obsessed with Instagram, too–I was only following a few of these accounts which I’ve immediately rectified. 🙂 Love your account, too!

  10. I love this list, especially because I found some new ones. Matt is one of my very favorites–he does an incredible job of mixing quality photography with details of the place and his experiences. I also love Kristen Alana and Josh of CA Thru My Lens.
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  11. Great list, Brianna, and thank you so much for including me in the lineup! I’m very honored – and always happy to inspire people to travel more. Your pics and stories always make me miss Virginia! 😀

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