Sometimes we find ourselves mindlessly scrolling through Instagram for inspiration. Whether for the latest celebrity fashion trends, the most photogenic cafes, or exotic destinations for travel inspiration, the social networking app is a treasure trove of beautifully curated content.
If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path destinations to discover on your next vacation, we’ve got you covered. There are no better examples to look to when planning a getaway, than the curators behind these travel Instagram accounts. These (lucky) globetrotters make a living by jetting off to far-flung, exotic locales and sharing them with the world via beautifully taken images. It is no surprise then, that they also know of the best underrated places to visit instead of the usual tourist spots. These may range from beachside cafes in the Bahamas, to hidden waterfalls in Southeast Asia and obscure boutiques selling indie clothing.
The next time you’re searching for travel ideas, check out these jet-setters who wake up to a different view each day. From a picture-perfect pair that are the very embodiment of #couplegoals — thanks to their good looks and romantic getaways to stunning locales — to a wolfdog that probably travels more than the average human being, these 8 travel Instagram accounts will spark your wanderlust.
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Kiersten Rich left her high-flying career in corporate finance in favour of travelling around the world to suss out beautiful destinations. Now a well-known travel writer, the Californian native traverses the globe solo, with her Instagram account showcasing her trips to exotic destinations. The self-professed adventure enthusiast has explored the streets of Marrakesh, the safaris of Africa, and pristine beaches of Mozambique.
Instagram account: @theblondeabroad
In a world full of minimalist Instagram feeds with deliberately washed out tones, Jacob Riglin’s photos are a breath of fresh air. The British photographer and blogger curates an Instagram feed that portrays popular destinations and attractions such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Eiffel Tower in a different light — with bright, colourful hues dominating his photos.
Riglin landed his dream job as director of content for Beautiful Destinations after his breathtaking shots of England’s capital, London, gained traction — and he has been travelling the globe since then.
Instagram account: @jacob
Lauren Bullen’s photos easily induce envy amongst all of us desk-bound workers. The Australian, who is now based in Bali, travels the world with her photographer boyfriend, Jack Morris — whom she met in Fiji.
Bullen’s meticulously-curated images have caught the eye of tourism boards and hotels such as Tahiti Tourism Board and Tourism Northern Territory of Australia — leading her to places such as Bora Bora Islands, Alice Springs, and even Singapore.
Instagram account: @gypsea_lust
Jack Morris is a self-taught photographer who quit his job as a carpet cleaner in England and bought a one-way ticket to Asia — and hasn’t stopped traversing the globe ever since.
Morris travelled the world solo to Southeast Asian destinations such as Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam; and lived out of his backpack for four years before meeting his girlfriend, Lauren Bullen. The couple, who now live in Bali, are the definition of #relationshipgoals.
Instagram account: @doyoutravel
What strikes us more than Toni Mahfud’s piercing eyes are his edgy, sharp images of the cities he travels to — which stand out from the usual washed out pastel images or brightly coloured pictures that dominate the Instagram landscape. His unique take on destinations includes shots of him hanging from a skyscraper in Dubai, casually (and flawlessly) sitting on top of a car in Lake Como, and driving a race car in Spain.
The versatile German photographer is also an artist, model and lifestyle blogger who specialises in menswear.
Instagram account: @tonimahfud
If there’s something that could make you question your life’s purpose, it would be a dog who travels more than you. Loki, a malamute and husky hybrid, has his own Instagram account — which garnered 50,000 followers within a year.
He has even collaborated with brands such as Toyota and GoPro. The wolfdog is often photographed exploring the wilderness in states such as Oregon and California thanks to his own social media manager and Denver-based owner Kelly Lund.
Instagram account: @loki_the_wolfdog
One of the more influential travel bloggers around (with 1.1 million followers), Leonie Hanne is a former strategy consultant from Germany. The self-proclaimed globetrotter’s Instagram feed is filled with pretty pastels, florals, and awe-inspiring destinations such as Capri, Sicily and Marrakesh.
If you’re also looking for inspiration on how to look stylish while travelling the world, Hanne is your go-to account.
Instagram account: @ohhcouture
The creative genius behind all of the popular #followmeto photos, Murad Osmann is a Russian photographer who gained a sizeable online following by taking photos of his girlfriend leading him around the world by hand.
We love how the beautiful dresses she wears complement the destinations — such as the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar and Havana in Cuba — perfectly, resulting in fairytale-like photos. Naysayers who say one can’t travel the world glamorously obviously haven’t discovered Osmann’s Instagram account.
Instagram account: @muradosmann