Who We're Following: Our Favorite Instagram Travel Bloggers/Photographers

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Who We're Following: Our Favorite Instagram Travel Bloggers/Photographers

Instagram is definitely the place to go if you're looking for an ongoing source of beautiful and inspiring lifestyle, nature, and travel photos. These nine Instagram accounts are some of our favorites when we have a few minutes to daydream about our next adventure.

Jess Dales – @jess.wandering

Based out of Seattle, Jess is a travel blogger whose adventures have taken her to Peru, Hawaii, Yosemite, Sedona, and more. Her Instagram feed makes you feel like you could go anywhere, and her winter photos are especially inspiring. 

Chris Burkard – @chrisburkard

Author, filmmaker, and photographer Chris Burkard is known for his work capturing arctic landscapes, skies, and cold water surfing. His Instagram feed includes magnificent photos of beaches, deserts, lakes, and rivers as well. Chris's recent film "Under an Arctic Sky" documents quite the adventure—winter surfing off a remote shore of Iceland. The film can currently be found on Netflix.

Elise Sterck – @roundtheworldgirl

Elise Sterck's photos showcase adventures of all kinds: rock climbing, kayaking, cliff jumping, hiking, and swimming. Her action-filled skiing shots truly show her passion for adventure and excitement. Elise has her private helicopter license and plans to become a professional helicopter pilot one day—such a terrific goal!

Matthew Karsten – @expertvagabond

Recently married and (somewhat) settled down, Matthew Karsten traveled the world from 2010 to 2017. His Instagram feed includes images from his time in places like Cuba, Afghanistan, Morocco, and Ireland. Don't miss his blog—it's chock full of great posts about topics including traveling on a budget, road trips, and favorite books.

Emily Kaszton – @kaszphotocreative

Emily Kaszton is a talented photographer who specializes in aerial drone photography. Emily’s aerial photos include incredible images of ocean waves, beaches, and even humpback whales. She has photographed locations including Banff, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, California, and Zion National Park. 

Neill Drake – @neilldrake

Neill Drake’s Instagram feed tells the story of his adventures as he drives his rebuilt VW bus from Brazil to Alaska on the ultimate 30,000-mile road trip. Accompanied by his adorable dog, Hurley, Neill is sharing photos of mountains, beaches, forests, people, penguins, and more on his inspiring journey. 

John O’Nelio – @johnonelio

John O’Nelio is a San Diego-based photographer who specializes in lifestyle, adventure, and aerial photography. His Instagram photos show magnificent beach, sunset, and ocean views, along with enchanting forest and winter scenes as well. Keep an eye out for the occasional good dog pic too!

Peter Yan – @Yantastic

Peter Yan’s photos, many of them aerial photos with a grand perspective, evoke feelings of peace and awe. Peter lives in Australia where he photographs beaches, the ocean, mountains, winding roads, and the list goes on. Peter travels extensively and features photos of Iceland and New Zealand on his Instagram feed.

Kelsey Williamson—@kelsealoha

Kelsey’s love for Hawaiian adventures comes through loud and clear on her gorgeous Instagram feed. Her photos illustrate the joy in an active life at the beach, in the mountains, and more (I didn’t know there were sunflower fields in Hawaii!) Kelsey’s travels have also taken her to the Oregon coast, Yosemite, Alberta, and Bali.

Did we leave out any of your favorite travel and adventure Instagram accounts? Let us know in the comments so we can take a look!


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