Another day, another scroll through Instagram. And, amidst the memes, brunch plates and engagement announcements are the single most envy-inducing type of post: the wanderlust travel snap. And, while we might love to hate travel influencers, there’s no denying they make for some beautiful distraction.
However, in an age where anyone with a smartphone considers themselves an amateur photographer, there is no shortage of would-be influencers armed with a VSCO filter and an all-inclusive trip to Malta looking for a free meal in the local taverna with their 643 followers. It can therefore be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff — so we’ve done the hard work for you and hand-picked the ultimate list of worthy jet setters.
For off-the-beaten track locations: @everchanginghorizon
Chronicling the travels of Quin Schrok, an adventure and lifestyle photographer based out of Southern California and Oahu. Head to this account for intrepid exploration of off-the-beaten track locations, with plenty of shots of sea and sky.
For style with a little more substance: @arnelle
Co-founder of ethical jewellery brand, Same Matter, Arenelle Lozada curates a travel Instagram with heart. Her photos take in an enviable array of locations and her grid features everything from wildlife to cityscapes to portraiture.
For good-looking people in good-looking places: @doyoutravel
We aren’t sure where the #couplegoals phenomenon originated from (and we’re not sure why it had to happen), but we have a feeling that it might have been inspired by the Instagram duo behind this account. Jack Morris takes photos with an eye expertly trained to make your 9-5 feel even more painful.
For design-led detailing: @anniset
Brilliantly clever and a feast for the artistic eye, this account features the work of Anna Devís and Daniel Rueda, based out of Valencia. The photos are imaginative and insightful, and largely span across Europe but also take you further afield.
For lust-worthy locations you can really stay at: @somewhereiwouldliketolive
Compiling the best of the best in luxury accommodation across the world, this account is the excuse you were looking for to quit the day job and catch a flight tomorrow. Head to this page if you’re more interested in seeing the spaces than the faces of Insta-travel.
For the ultimate aerial photography: @tommy.clarke
Tommy Clarke takes photos from the sky and looks effortlessly cool whilst he does it. His photos have graced the covers of the Evening Standard and Condé Nast Traveller, so you know he’s got an eye for the winning shot. Oh, and he also likes helicopters and motorbikes. A lot.
For something more conceptual (and lots of ocean): @gabscanu
This is a page designed for perfectly-curated indulgence. It’s a gallery cast in every hue of soothing blue; so deep you’ll want to dive straight into the page. And we won’t blame you.
For inspiration to get out and stay active: @roundtheworldgirl
Elise’s account chronicles her adventures as she skis, climbs and hikes across the globe. This account is refreshingly activity-focused and takes in some beautiful scenery. Scroll through her page for some inspiration to get out and moving in the world.
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