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.
10. Brooke Saward
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!