Best Travel Influencers to Follow on Instagram
Experienced travelers do more than than just provide travel inspiration. Because of their globetrotting ways, they have a wealth of information and now many of them share this knowledge on Instagram.
These are Instagram's best travel influencers, and their insights range from smart travel tips to general advice that can be applied to your life. Take in the wisdom and enjoy some amazing travel photos.
Note: Rankings are ordered from least to most Instagram followers.
15. Scratch Your Mapa
Full name: Danni and Fede
Focus: Couples travel
Insight: "What almost nobody knows is that flight attendants don't get paid until the plane is in the air. This means that while the flight is delayed they are working FOR FREE, so technically their time is also being wasted. So next time you have the bad luck of having a delayed flight, offer them a smile and be polite, as they're probably as mad as you about it."
Why You Should Follow Scratch Your Mapa
If you want inspiration for traveling with your significant other that is approachable and seems actually doable, follow this American and Argentinian couple.
You’ll see some colorful romantic shots of them traveling around the Americas, as well as other destinations.
They also do a very handy Travel Tip Tuesday.
14. Nomadic Mom
Full name: Corinne Rice
Focus: Solo mom travel
Insight: "All I want is to make people laugh, eat at amazing restaurants, soak in hot springs, get massages and travel the world. What's your ideal life?”
Why You Should Follow Nomadic Mom
Being a single mother doesn’t stop Corinne Rice from traveling the world with her son. Corinne uses her photography skills to document her adventures in often dream-like pictures.
Oh, she also used to be Zoe Zaldana’s personal chef, so you know she’s a cool person.
13. Fahad Fuad
Full name: Fahad Fuad
Focus: Wildlife photography, cultural travel
Insight: "Get time and explore the unexplored part of Tanzania in Mafia."
Why You Should Follow Fahad Fuad
This Tanzania-based travel photographer brings you a local perspective on the country’s wildlife and national parks.
He also gives tips for going to overlooked parts of the country and does not shy away from humor.
12. Oneika the Traveller
Full name: Oneika Raymond
Focus: Family travel, solo female travel, people of color travel
Insight: "Be flexible with your dates and destination. The last three weeks in January and the beginning of February are known as dead zones for travel, so flights and accommodation tend to be cheaper to attract much needed business. Off season travel yields the best discounts."
Why You Should Follow: Oneika the Traveller
This Canadian-Jamaican TV Host, influencer and travel journalist captures her worldwide travels with colorful pictures and informative captions.
Oneika does not shy away from discussing wider issues within the travel industry and the world at large, always keeping it real.
She also has some great travel photography tips.
11. Carmen Huter
Full name: Carmen Huter
Focus: Solo female travel
Insight: "It’s become a tradition of mine to always enjoy the sunrise on the first day of the year. I’ve done this all across the world, from China to Chile. No make up, bed hair, comfy clothes - just me and a hopeful, curious heart."
Why You Should Follow: Carmen Huter
Carmen’s feed is dominated by blue tones, which gives her travel pictures an ethereal feeling.
She is often standing in front of grand landscapes that usually feature water.
Her account will induce the best kind of travel envy.
10. The Catch Me If You Can
Full name: Jessica Nabongo
Focus: Luxury travel
Insight: "CELEBRATE YOUR WINS!!!"
Why You Should Follow The Catch Me If You Can
Jessica Nabongo is a Ugandan-American influencer who gained worldwide recognition for becoming the first black woman to visit every country in the world.
Given that she has literally been everywhere, you already know how amazing her feed is. She specializes in luxury travel but does not shy away from remote and unexpected places, which makes for a surprising and informative account.
9. Byfield Travel
Full name: Christian Byfield
Focus: Adventure travel, cultural travel
Insight: "We all smile in the same language, no matter where we are or who we meet, that’s the best way to connect!"
Why You Should Follow Byfield Travel
This Colombian travel influencer falls into the trope of businessman-turned-barefoot-hippie — and we love it!
He comically captions his wildlife encounters as his "important meetings of the day" and is regularly seen getting groups of people all over the world to join him to dance.
8. Girl Eat World
Full name: Melissa Hie
Focus: Foodie travel
Insight: "Taiyaki is one of my favorite snacks from Japan. It's a fish-shaped cake filled with red bean paste, commonly found around Japan especially in the food stalls at a festival. Despite the shape, it doesn't actually contain fish."
Why You Should Follow Girl Eat World
Melissa Hie rose to Insta-fame with an incredibly simple yet appealing aesthetic. Her entire feed consists of her placing a tasty-looking snack in front of iconic landmarks around the world.
But rather than be repetitive and boring, her pictures are absolutely wonderful and have made her into one of the most recognized food travel influencers.
7. Le Backpacker
Full name: Johan Lolos
Focus: Wildlife and landscape photography
Insight: "New adventures await."
Why You Should Follow Le Backpacker
Follow this Belgian influencer for the astonishing pictures that have gotten him published in the likes of National Geographic.
You’ll get landscapes, portraits and adventure shots that will induce some serious wanderlust.
6. The Blonde Abroad
Full name: Kiersten Rich
Focus: Female travel, travel with pets
Insight: "Conservation of vulnerable wildlife, Earth’s amazing places, and our planet is so important, especially in the current climate."
Why You Should Follow The Blonde Abroad
Kiersten Rich was a travel blogger since before Instagram influencers were a thing, so you can be assured of great pictures and deep insight.
She exudes a California surfer vibe and can go from camping to luxury travel in the space of two posts.
5. Olivier Wong
Full name: Olivier Wong
Focus: Street photography, France
Insight: "This might be my favorite bridge of Paris, the Alexander III Bridge as it offers amazing view on the Invalides, the Iron Lady and the Seine ! I think I go to this bridge once a month to take some new pictures and it never disappoints!"
Why You Should Follow Olivier Wong
Olivier Wong has done something that is almost impossible: establish himself as a Parisian photographer.
Visited by millions of people each year, Paris is also one of the most photographed cities in the world. Wong, however, has managed to catch people’s eyes with his original angles and making puddles to manipulate reflections.
He shares photography tricks and tips on his channel.
4. Chelsea Kauai
Full name: Chelsea Yamase
Followers: 1.1 million
Focus: Nature/adventure travel
Insight: "Camping tip: If you’re like me and prone to blisters always bring extra socks and put moleskin or tape BEFORE you get the blister. Tape works well in a pinch. Hiking with wet socks = no fun."
Why You Should Follow Chelsea Kauai
Based in Hawaii, Chelsea Yamase brings us beautiful, beautiful images of the water and the mountains.
Though she is a top influencer and a model, she exudes down-to-earth vibes that make you feel like you’d have a lot of fun traveling with her.
3. Alex Strohl
Full name: Alex Strohl
Followers: 2 million
Focus: Landscape photography, adventure travel, vanlife
Insight: "My favorite thing to do when travelling is meeting people and it’s taken me years to understand that. I used to think that the new sights alone would make for an interesting trip but I couldn’t have been further from the truth."
Why You Should Follow Alex Strohl
Photographer, filmmaker and influencer Alex Strohl has had his landscape photography published in Vanity Fair, Forbes and other top-tier publications.
You’ll see dramatic shots of some of the world’s most fascinating natural wonders.
Full name: Jennifer Tuffen
Followers: 2.9 million
Focus: Solo female travel, luxury travel
Insight: "@lapisinnhotel roof terrace [is] the perfect place for dinner or drinks & the ideal location just a stones [sic] throw away from the Blue Mosque & The Hagia Sofia [in Istanbul]."
Why You Should Follow Izkiz
One of Britain’s most popular travel influencers, Jennifer Tuffen shares gorgeously colorful pictures of herself globe trotting around beautiful places in flowy dresses.
Has the aesthetic been done before? Yes, but the quality of her images has places her as one of the most famous influencers in the industry.
1. Chris Burkard
Full name: Chris Burkard
Followers: 3.6 million
Focus: Aerial photography, adventure travel
Insight: "Truth be told, real life can be so much more beautiful than fantasy."
Why You Should Follow Chris Burkard
Follow Chris Burkard for incredible action shots of volcanoes erupting, the northern lights mid-dance and majestic landscapes.
He also specializes in aerial photography, meaning he can get a perspective that most travel influencers simply don’t have.