Top 50 Travel Instagrammers of 2015

Instagram has quickly become the favorite social network for travel lovers and very recently for us. We were late to join, focussing heavily on Facebook instead, but now see the true value it brings.

Like any large social network, you need to cut through the noise to find the best quality content – and believe me, there’s a lot of terrible photos on there too. So, we scoured through thousands of profiles and searched a multitude of hashtags, to bring you the Top 50 Travel Instagrammers that you should be following.

Of course, we’d like to think our Instagram profile is up there too so be sure to follow us at @getbackpacking if you’re not already.

Without further adieu, here are our Top 50 Travel Instagrammers of 2015.

thetravelbite

50. Rachelle Lucas

@thetravelbite
Rachelle is the founder of The Travel Bite, a food and travel blog. As you can imagine, food features heavily in her Instagram feed.

jackbolshaw

49. Jack Bolshaw

@jack_bolshaw
Jack is an English photographer who is currently traveling through Australia.

insatiabletraveler

48. Susan Portnoy

@insatiabletraveler
Susan’s photos have appeared in The Huffington Post, New York Times and many other large publications. She is also a full-time contributor to Yahoo! Travel.

storytravelers

47. Caspar Diederik

@storytravelers
Caspar is the cofounder of Story Travelers, a site dedicated to creating stories through travel photography.

pausethemoment

46. Ryan Gargiulo

@pausethemoment
Ryan is a travel blogger who has been on the road since 2010. You can read more about his adventures on his blog, Pause the Moment.

triphackr

45. Clint Johnston

@triphackr
Clint is a travel blogger and photographer from Boston. We like his ‘feet-first’ perspective.

tourist2townie

44. Gareth Leonard

@tourist2townie
Gareth is the blogger behind Tourist 2 Townie who left his high-paying job to travel the world.

divergenttravellers

43. Dave & Lina

@divergenttravelers
Dave and Lina have been traveling since 2001. Their journeys are documented through their blog Divergent Travelers.

whereswiwi

42. Olivia Mair

@whereswiwi
Olivia (aka Wiwi) caught our eye with her use of vibrant colors. She’s also visited all 7 continents.

a_girlwhotravels

41. Marta

@a_girlwhotravels
Marta is the digital nomad behind A Girl Who Travels. She’s been living the life of travel since 2010.

jasoncharleshill

40. Jason Charles Hill

@jasoncharleshill
Jason is an Aussie traveler and photographer with a primary focus on the great outdoors.

adamsenatori

39. Adam Senatori

@adamsenatori
Adam is a pilot who also happens to be an amazing photographer. If you like planes, you’ll like Adam’s page.

infarawayland

38. Marta Kulesza

@infarawayland
Marta is the face of the blog In a Far Away Land. We’ve featured her photos previous so she’s obviously awesome.

chaiwalla

37. Allan Edward Hinton

@chaiwalla
Allan is another guy who quit his job to travel the world… there’s a theme here. He also takes great pics.

jaypeeswing

36. JP Swing

@jaypeeswing
JP’s photo’s make you want to pack your bags and book a flight to the Philippines right away.

tiffpenguin

35. Tiffany Nguyen

@tiffpenguin
Take one look at Tiffany’s photography and you’ll get lost for hours. Landscapes, waterfalls, and nature abound.

budgettraveller

34. Kash Bhattacharya

@budgettraveller
Kash is the man behind Budget Traveller, a blog for discovering luxury hostels, some of which feature on his Instagram.

uncornered_market

33. Daniel Noll

@uncornered_market
Daniel and his wife Audrey are well-known among travel bloggers. Daniel’s photos invite you into their life on the road.

mikeseehagel

32. Mike Seehagel

@mikeseehagel
Mike’s photography captures the essence of the outdoor life. We love his use of light.

gmateus

31. Gabriela

@gmateus
A mix of travel and art. Gabriela takes you on a journey with her wonderful photos.

lebackpacker

30. Johan Lolos

@lebackpacker
Johan set off from Belgium in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. After making his way to New Zealand, he landed a gig with Lake Wanaka Tourism.

shanemichaelblack

29. Shane Black

@shanemichaelblack
Shane caught our eye with some of his night photography. If you like the Milky Way, check him out.

treyratcliff

28. Trey Ratcliff

@treyratcliff
We met Trey a couple of years ago while he was shooting at Burning Man. A nice guy and truly amazing photographer.

expertvagabond

27. Matthew Karsten

@expertvagabond
Matthew (aka the Expert Vagabond) lives an action-packed life even James Bond would envy. Definitely worth following along.

paulodelvalle

26. Paulo del Valle

@paulodelvalle
Paulo calls himself a professional Instagrammer, and we can see why. With over 200k followers, doors are certainly opening for his career.

olegmks

25. Oleg Artemyev

@olegmks
Oleg is not your typical Instagrammer. He is a Russian cosmonaut so his photos are unlike any other – taken from space.

goldie_berlin

24. Sylvia

@goldie_berlin
Hailing from Berlin, Sylvia has been tearing up Instagram for the last 4 years, growing her following to over 200k.

photojbartlett

23. Jeff Bartlett

@photojbartlett
Jeff is a Canadian adventure photographer who shares his passion for adventure and the outdoors through his images.

zakshelhamer

22. Zak Shelhamer

@zakshelhamer
Zak has been ranked among the top Instagrammers by the likes of Forbes, Huffington Post and Lifestyle Mirror.

thefella

21. Conor MacNeil

@thefella
Conor is a travel and destination photographer from Belfast who has traveled to over 50 countries amassing a stellar portfolio.

theplanetd

20. Dave & Deb

@theplanetd
These guys need no introduction. Dave & Deb are constantly topping lists for travel blogging and photography.

machbel

19. Víctor Gómez

@machbel
Víctor is a relatively undiscovered travel photographer based in Gijon, Spain. While not as famous, his photos are up there with the best.

theblondeabroad

18. Kiersten Rich

@theblondeabroad
Not just a pretty face, Kierstan from the Blonde Abroad, has made a name for herself by capturing the fun of her travel lifestyle.

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17. Sean Ensch

@sean_ensch_images
Sean is a travel photographer with a focus on landscapes and underwater photography. An avid freediver, he feels at home beneath the surface.

garyarndt

16. Gary Arndt

@everythingeverywhere
Since setting off in 2007, Gary has visited over 170 countries and territories and been named Travel Photographer of the year!

jordanherschel

15. Jordan Herschel

@jordanherschel
Jordan is somewhat of an Instagram celebrity, royalty you might even say. No wonder though when you see his photos.

thomaspeschak

14. Thomas Peschak

@thomaspeschak
Another National Geographic Photographer, they really pump them out don’t they. Thomas’ photos will transport you to a life in the sea.

michaelchristopherbrown

13. Michael Christopher Brown

@michaelchristopherbrown
While not strictly a travel photographer, Michael’s photo journalism provides a glimpse into the people of the world.

roundtheworldgirl

12. Elise

@roundtheworldgirl
Take a look through Elise’s Instagram feed and you’ll think you’ve landed in a North Face ad.

stefanounterthiner

11. Stefano Unterthiner

@stefanounterthiner
Stefano is a National Geographic wildlife photographer with a keen interest in wildlife conservation. No zoo required!

10. Brooke Saward

@worldwanderlust

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Brooke Saward is an Australian travel blogger who has risen to stardom in the last 3 years. Her blog ,World of Wanderlust, now has over 4 million visits and 500k + social fans. It’s clear that exceptional photography has played a large role in the growth.

9. Ken Kaminesky

@kenkaminesky

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We came across Ken almost a year ago and have mesmerized by his photos ever since. This year, Ken co-founded Dream Photo Tours offering photograph-centric tours in Cambodia, Jordan, Myanmar, Iceland, Japan, Namibia, Vietnam and Italy.

8. Cory Richards

@coryrichards

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Cory Richards is a National Geographic Photographer, film maker and experienced climber. He was named the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. Get ready to be blown away by his captivating feed.

7. Brendan van Son

@brendanvanson

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Brendan’s reputation has been on the rise of late. His work has allowed him to travel extensively through Southern and Central America capturing the beauty of the locations and people he meets.

6. Cole Rise

@colerise

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With nearly 1 million followers, Cole must be doing something right! You better believe it. Not only are his photography skills are rock-solid but he has a way with story telling through his images. A worthy additional to the top of this list.

5. Liz Carlson

@youngadventuress

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Liz makes us want to get out there and start exploring. She is a master of composition and knows exactly how to draw your eye into the scene. Couple that with her thirst for adventure and you’ve got a winning combination.

4. Alex Strohl

@alexstrohl

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Another guy on the verge of breaking into the million follower club is Alex Strohl. This French photographer has been featured in Forbes and counts Apple, Google, Facebook and Canon among his clients. Needless to say his photos are unreal!

3. Oliver Vegas

@ovunno

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Oliver is a talented photographer from Barcelona, Spain. At the age of 17 he began traveling and has carved a nice niche with his unique view on the world. We just can’t get enough of his stunning photography.

2. Lauren Bath

@laurenepbath

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Lauren went from being a chef to Instagram fame. With nearly half a million followers she has turned her social fame into a flourishing photography career and Australia’s first professional Instragrammer.

1. Chris Burkard

@chrisburkard

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Welcome to the millionaire club. Chris Burkard is renowned surf photographer who is constantly seeking remote (mostly frozen) destinations to shoot. Chris has spoken for TED and worked with the world’s top brands, yet it is his passion for adventure and the unknown, coupled with his incredible photography skills that puts him on the top of our list.

A BIG congratulations goes out to everyone who made this list. You not only caught our eye but our imagination too. You inspire us to keep seeking the path less-traveled!

It took many hours of research to compile this list and our opinions are purely that. Of course, we’d love to discover more people like those featured above so if we’ve missed one of your favorites, post it in the comment section below.

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Be sure to follow us on Instagram too as we post the best images from our backpacking community. If you’d like to be featured, you can upload your best photos in our fan photo section. We post a new pic every day!

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14 thoughts on “Top 50 Travel Instagrammers of 2015

  1. Thanks for choosing me for the list! A great honour to be amongst such amazing photographers and a few of my good friends as well!

  2. Great and amazing selection!! Well done!! We would also like to show you our profile: @storiediritratti 🙂 Would be great if you could check it:)

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  3. Very nice list, a pleasure to be in the main photo 😀

  4. What a list! So much inspiration!
    My account @the_wanderinglens focuses on seeing the world from the water and beautiful places for photographers to capture their adventures!

  5. Love this list and always looking for more Instagrammers. Would love you to check out our Instagram @travelwithbender My husband takes all the photos and he’s award winning as well. Look forward to following you now too! 🙂

  6. Love this post because I have the opportunity to see new amazing account! If u want, this is my IG account @EziomrLifestyle Pic about Lifestyle, travel and Italy!

  7. Great list and some cool people who I haven’t yet come across with! Feel free to check out our Instagram too @bizarreglobehopper

  8. Great list, will have to start following some of them! Make sure to check us out on Instagram too @GettingStamped

  9. Great list! Feel free to check out my travel-inspired IG account, too – @dangerousbiz!

  10. Honored to be included in this list of spectacular Instagram accounts!! Lots of wanderlust going around from these accounts. Thanks again for the inclusion.