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19 Travel Photographers to Follow on Instagram

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The theme of travel is infectious on Instagram, given the more than 100 million posts boasting a “#travel” hashtag. And things get decidedly more complicated from there, since the American spelling of traveler/traveling, and the British spelling with double l’s yield similarly stratospheric figures. Not to mention numbers for synonyms such as #adventure, #voyage, and #wanderlust.

Given such volume, compiling a list of top Instagram travel shooters is a task not to be taken lightly. This current selection melds my personal tastes with tips from colleagues, research on other top pick lists and, most enjoyably, a direct recommendation from each feed featured.

During my search, visual themes prompted me to segment feeds into female, male, and duo practitioners. A fourth segment features authentic-style image feeds initiated by the project “Everyday Africa” and select examples of other “Everyday” communities inspired by this concept.

We hope you’ll enjoy this alphabetized list of traveling women, men, couples and communities. Finally, with all the travel talent out there, we’re certain there are undiscovered treasures to be found, so please share your favorite (or your own) Instagram travel feeds in our comments section.

Female travelers

Alison Turner learned early on that freedom consists of long road trips and camping with her family. To this day, she still has a love for the open road and wide open spaces. Most of her time is spent photographing and traveling in her van, “Campy” with her rescue dog, Max. Click to view Turner’s website.

Travel tag: Turner says, “I really like posts from she_explores, a collection of women travelers I find very inspiring.”

Ami Vitale's journey has taken her to more than 90 countries, where she has witnessed civil unrest and violence, but also surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. A Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer now based in Montana, Vitale continues to make films and stories of the planet's most pressing issues. She frequently lectures and gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. Click to view Vitale’s website.

Travel tag: Vitale gives a nod to the Instagram feed of the TSA (as in Transportation Security Administration). “It’s incredibly entertaining,” she says.

Krista Rossow is a Pacific Northwest-based travel and culture photographer. Inspired by seven years as a photo editor at National Geographic Traveler magazine, Rossow creates images that strive to show the essence of a place and its people. She photographs, photo-edits, and teaches photography in destinations across the globe. Click to view Rossow’s website.

Travel tag: Rossow recommends hellokrisdavidson, noting, “These bright, beautiful travel images make me want to take out my passport and meet the world.”

Alyssa Ramos is a self-made, full-time travel blogger specializing in solo adventure travel, with the goal of helping and inspiring others to travel. She's been to 41 countries so far, mostly on her own, and aims to share useful tips on her blog, amazing photos on Instagram, and a raw, honest insight about what really goes on during her trips on her SnapChat (@mylifesamovie.c). Her favorite things to do while traveling include chasing waterfalls, zipping around local areas on a motorbike, drinking wine, and discovering new adventures. Click to read Ramos’s blog.

Travel tag: For another Instagram travel feed, Ramos recommends traveltomtom.

Marta Gaska explores the world as a passion. Originally from Poland, yet living the past decade in London, her most recent trips include Namibia and South Africa. Next on the list is Morocco. While traveling, she always tries to find the best viewpoints and unusual locations off the beaten path. Click to view Gaska’s website.

Travel tag: Gaska says, “I really adore Noel.alva.”

Male travelers

Chase Guttman is an award-winning travel photographer, drone photography expert (watch for his forthcoming book!) and three-time winner of Young Travel Photographer of the Year, among many other accolades. He has travelled to 50+ countries and every U.S. state. Click to view Guttman’s website.

Travel tag: Guttman notes, “I’m a big fan of Steve McCurry.”

Chris Burkard is a self-taught photographer and artist, based in Central Coast California, whose work is layered by surf, outdoor, lifestyle, and travel subjects and punctuated by energized landscapes and moments of bliss. With the ocean as his main muse, Burkard consistently captures this subject in timeless and expansive photographic impressions, utilizing the tool of surfing to approach the ocean’s intricate personality and extending out to the human personalities that draw meaning from this same source. Click to view Burkard’s website.

 Travel tag: Burkard recommends Alex Strohl, saying “He's got some really great stuff!”

Daniel Kordan has been fascinated by the possibilities of photography since early childhood. Growing up in a lake region near Moscow, he spent most of his free time in nature. After graduating from art school, he studied physics and also gained experience in mountain climbing and hiking. A Nikon Ambassador, Kordan’s photographs have been widely published in magazines and featured by commercial clients. When not traveling, he splits his time between Norway’s Lofoten Islands and villa Gaia in Tuscany, teaching photo workshops and guiding groups from Europe, the UK, US, Asia and Russia. Click to view Kordan’s website.

Travel tag: Kordan says “I just met with the amazing astrophotographer yuribeletsky.”

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed pro travel photographer, videographer, writer, public speaker, and educator, spending his life shooting some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. He and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling the globe since March 2012. Throughout the journey, he teaches photography and post-processing workshops and develops and leads unique photographic tours worldwide. Click to view Locardi’s website.

Travel tag: Locardi recommends Susan Portnoy.

Ken Kaminesky is a commercial travel photographer, writer, consultant, and entrepreneur. His work has been featured by numerous publications, including the on cover of National Geographic magazine. He communicates his passion for travel, landscapes, and the people he meets along the way, through his blog, on social media, and during photo tours in places as far-flung as Jordan, Italy, Vietnam, Iceland, and more. Click to view Kaminesky’s website.

Travel tag: Kaminesky names Patrick Di Fruscia.

Michael Bonocore first picked up a camera nine years ago, which coincided with his first travel adventure. Almost a decade later, Bonocore heads up Resource Travel, travel division of the well-respected publication, Resource Magazine. He also leads photography workshops with The Giving Lens, where photography teams work with NGOs around the world. Click to view Bonocore’s website.

Travel tag: Bonocore recommends the Resource Travel Instagram feed saying, “We highlight awesome, up-and-coming travel photographers and filmmakers there, so it's very inspirational.”

Traveling duos

The Planet D: Dave Bouskill and Deb Corbeil are well-known travel personalities in both online and mainstream media. Their highly acclaimed travel blog has won back-to-back gold medals by the Society of American Travel Writers and multiple photography awards. They've travelled to 100 countries on all seven continents and are still going strong. Click to view their website.

Travel tag: Bouskill and Corbeil recommend MissJetsetter, saying, “We really like her style and think more people should see her stuff.”

Sarahirenemurphy graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in textile design. This background has thoroughly influenced the way she views texture and color, which strongly translates into her photography. When she’s not creating prints, she’s out gathering inspiration during her travels around the world, with partner Stefaan DuPont. Click to view Murphy’s website.

Travel tag: Sara Murphy says, “Lately I really love the work of @dantom.”

uncornered_market: Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott are the husband-and-wife storytelling team behind the travel blog, Uncornered Market. They live at the intersection of deeper travel experiences and caring for our planet and its people. With Instagram, they highlight unusual destinations and stories that often go untold. Click to view their website.

Travel tag: uncornered_market also taps the feed of Steve McCurry, saying, “We think McCurry deserves the two mentions.” Another favorite is David Guttenfelder.

The Adventures of Us is a creative journal and personal travel guide curated by partners in life and love, Sarah-Louise Marks and Christopher Phelps. United by a passion for photography, art, travel, food and drink, music and culture, they invite viewers to discover a collection of the memories and experiences they cherish from adventures across the globe. Click to view their website.

Travel Tag: the_adventuresofus says, “Travel page wise, we love @doyoutravel.”

Everyday global travel communities

Everyday Africa, founded in 2012 by Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill, is a broad network of photographers dedicated to localized storytelling through a collection of mobile photography striving to rise above media-driven stereotypes depicting Africa primarily as a place overrun by conflict, disease, and poverty. Widely followed and globally featured by media outlets, Everyday Africa’s related education initiative has been used by more than 2,500 students since 2014.

This project has also inspired dozens of other “Everyday” feeds (only a few of which we had room for below), with a goal of promoting local norms and global commonalities, and a collective audience of more than 1 million.

Travel tag: DiCampo recommends dcoreraphotography, saying, “I love seeing Mauritania from a local perspective.”

Everyday Egypt is a collective of photographers in Egypt working together to show images of everyday life, providing a greater context to the headlines and all the negative news coming from Egypt and the Middle East. Founded by Belgian/American documentary photographer Tinne Van Loon (@tinnevl), this feed aims to provide a more accurate view of the country, breaking stereotypes along the way. 

Travel tag: Everyday Egypt recommends ali_zar3y.

Everyday Middle East is an Instagram-based photography project featuring images by 20 contributing photographers living in the Middle East and North Africa. Founded by photojournalist Lindsay Mackenzie (@lindsay_mackenzie) in March 2014, the project’s aim is to share images of everyday life, unfiltered, without an editor or an agenda, in hopes of working against the stereotypes and visual tropes that are so prevalent in mainstream media coverage of the region.

Travel tag: Everyday Middle East says, “rawiyacollective are great.”

Everyday Vietnam is a collective of photographers (both Vietnamese and expats) working in different parts of Vietnam, with diversity in styles and photographic practice. “With this mix, we seek a more in-depth look into contemporary Vietnam than the stereotyped images presented by most Western media. Through the feed and its curation, we encourage people, especially local youngsters, to take part in a photographic community.”

Travel tag: Everyday Vietnam recommends chencocot, “a tour guide in the beach town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, who happens to be an awesome photographer.”

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What a great post - we love all these 'grammers! 

Hopefully we can make it onto the next list with The Common Wanderer - we've just passed one year on the road, snapping away with our Sony A7R2 and Canon 70D! 

https://www.instagram.com/thecommonwanderer/

Hi TCW, thanks for the compliment on the blog post and kudos on all your intrepid travels and the great website. I'll definitely keep you in mind if we ever do another story on instagram travellers. Happy trails and thanks for reading Explora!

Great and INSPIRATIONAL list!
Mine mainly covers Europe and north Africa www.instagram.com/travelingmondo

To say this collection of artist's work is inspiring is an understatement. Truly humbling. This is making me rethink the direction of my work in my third decade as a professional photographer. [IG - @shootwithchris]

Wow, what a heartwarming comment Chris. It's humbling to hear that you've found this collection of photographers so inspiring! Thanks for your comment, as well as for including your Instagram feed. Wonderful small business portraits! Keep up the good work and thanks again for reading the blog.

Such a great list of peole that really inspire the indusry, and propel us forwards! Thanks for making such a coll collection. I'd really love to make this list one day :)

Thanks so much for the compliment on this list, Jamie Fulbrook. I'm hoping to be able to write more articles like this in the future, and will check out your feed if this comes to pass. Happy travels and thanks again for reading Explora!

Who took the photo which was used in the lead in to this article? It's awesome but I don't see a credit for it.

Hi Joanna, thanks so much for asking this question. The lead image was shot by the inimitable Chris Burkhard, isn't it a beauty?!? Thanks again for writing in and for reading Explora!

Thanks so much for sharing these Instagram accounts.  I follow many of them already.  Its great to see them get the recognition they deserve.  My account is @LarryMarshallPhotography if you care to check it out.  Again, great work.

Larry

Hi Larry, thanks for writing in and adding your Instagram feed to the mix. You have some beautiful images there ... keep up the good work and thanks again for reading Explora!

Thanks for sharing! Great list :)
I'm over at https://www.instagram.com/_jessnewell/, and I'm also loving https://www.instagram.com/kcajack/

Thank YOU, Jess, for sharing your feed and recommending a favorite. It's so much fun to peruse so many visual facets of the world all in one place. Thanks as well for reading the Explora blog!

Great collection!  Follow me too! https://www.instagram.com/pointsandtravel/

Hi Cacinda, thanks for chiming in and sharing your feed. I've also just checked out your website and find it quite fascinating. Congratulations on your career reinvention, happy travels, and thanks for reading the Explora blog!

Thanks for the great list. Please consider @worldphotocreations

Hi Scot, thanks for chiming in and sharing your feed. Looks like you do get around ... happy travels to you and thanks for reading the Explora blog!

Great selection, nice work. I really enjoyed going through the profiles. 

U shoul also check out this guy; great selection of photographs: www.instagram.com/moelbar

Thanks for this recommendation Boris, the sunset and evening views in this feed are fabulous! Thanks as well for reading the Explora blog!

Great galleries... congrats.. Follow me on https://www.instagram.com/ruicostafreirephotography/

Thanks for reading Explora and sharing a link to your feed Rui Costa Freire!

Really amazing profiles..

You can take a look at our profile too: @fabionodariphoto https://www.instagram.com/fabionodariphoto/

Hi Fabio, thanks for your comment and for adding your feed to the mix. My, you do get around ... Happy travels!

Awesome list! Hope we make into that next list with Salt in our Hair

Hi Salt in our Hair, thanks for reading and chiming in. How about I just add your instagram feed here? 

https://www.instagram.com/saltinourhair/

Your catchy moniker just gave me an idea for a future article on the most engaging Instagram handles!

Cool! Thank you! Let us known when that article is done! :) 

I'll try to do that Salt in our Hair, but there's a big difference between coming up with an idea and getting it approved to be able to write!

Awesome instagrams profiles!! 
You can take a look at our profile, it is more mixed (travel, animal, landscape ...) but we love travel photography.
@acalu https://www.instagram.com/acalu/

Thanks for sharing your Instagram feed acalu, I love your mix of travel/landscape and creatures. Thanks for reading the Explora blog and keep up the great work!

Amazing account! Check out mine too: https://www.instagram.com/fabionodariphoto/

Great galleries. More travel pictures on instagram : @lbsphotography

Hi Loïc, thanks for chiming in on the blog and sharing your feed. Beautiful pictures... making me long for the deep blue sea! Happy travels and thanks again for reading Explora.

Why no everyday India , Special every day KUTCH THE PHOTOGENIC !

Thanks for your comment Kantilal Doobal. Indeed, #everydayindia was in my list of Everyday Global communities to consider for this article. Many of these did not make the final shortlist due to space constraints, however I'm listing them all below in this comment for our readers' ongoing enjoyment. If I've missed anyone, please add to the list in a seperate comment!

#everydayindia, #everydaymumbai, #everydayiran, #everydaytehran, #everydaycairo, #everydayphilippines, #everydayasia, #everydaysoutheastasia, #everydayjapan, #everydayiceland, #everydaylatinamerica, #everydayusa, #everydaybronx

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