… with less than 10k followers.
Should it be “travel Instagram accounts” or “Instagram travel accounts“? I feel like it should be the latter, but the first one rolls off the tongue way easier so that’s what I’m sticking to.
Please excuse me for sounding like a middle-aged mother of 3 trying to get down with the kids, but Instagram is my jam.
I love it.
I’ve mentioned before that the main reason I like it so much is because it’s the perfect platform to share my travel photos and stories without coming across as some self-obsessed, haha I’m on holiday and you’re not bragging type.
Stick a photo on FB of you sipping a cocktail on the beach in March and effing ‘ell, why you so selfish? Rubbing it in everyone’s faces like – who DO you think you are?!
But put the same photo on Instagram and the only people who see it are the ones who want to see it – who either follow you or who’ve searched for a hashtag you’ve used.
So yes, Instagram is my all-time fave.
And why less than 10k followers?
Well, because we all know the big guns and more often than not numbers don’t equate to quality. I mean, how often have you come across a flippin’ A****** Instagram/blog and then looked at their following and almost fallen off your chair in shock at how ‘low’ it is compared with that girl who keeps posting the same damn photos of her on a beach in a floppy hat?! Exactly my point.
Steph blogs about Newcastle and beyond over at StephanieFox.co.uk and her Instagram account is how I wish my dreams would look tbh. But they don’t, which is sad for me. At the moment she’s taking her followers on a virtual trip to Mexico through her Tulum pictures, which are absolutely gorgeous!
Natalie from Pastels and Passports adds a nice girly touch to my Instagram feed which is otherwise overrun by the green and blue hues typical of landscape shots. Every time I see a new photo of hers, I want to eat Love Hearts. She even somehow managed to make a seal look all pastel-y!
Jamie does that thing with Polaroids that I really really wanna do, but I don’t have a Polaroid camera nor any creativity so I guess I’ll have to live without. A Bite of Culture combines a love of food with a love of travel, and also took the best damn photo of spaghetti I’ve ever seen outside of a cookbook!
The only male fella to grace the list, James from Only By Land has visited an impressive 102 countries only by land. Okay, so maybe “mostly” by land, I don’t know. Anyway, his Instagram showcases some incredible shots he’s taken along the way, and they’re all very spherical (don’t know the technical photography term, but you know what I mean, right?!) which is super unique and looks amazing.
Believe it or not, the Caribbean has never been somewhere that’s called out to me to visit. It looks pretty, yes, but I’ve also always thought sitting on a beach all day isn’t much of a holiday. Then I came across Aisha’s blog – Island Girl in Transit – and Instagram, and my mind has been changed forever. Now I want nothing more than to go on a Caribbean cruise visiting all the islands.
Wayfarer Kate was (I think) one of the first ever blogs I followed back in the early days of my online life, and to this day it’s still one of my favourites. Kaitlyn recently finished up a few semesters teaching in South Korea and has just headed back to do it all over again. Her pictures – a lot of which involve a selfie stick – are kind of solo travel goals for me.
So this is a bit of a cheat seeing as Sarah is my actual friend in the real world as well as online, but even if she wasn’t I’d still think her Instagram is pretty darn awesome. Her and her lovely fella Bob are halfway through a year-long globe-trotting adventure and are currently in Hong Kong (I think!). They’ve recently started a blog to document their travels, which can be found here although it’s not quite up-to-date with them yet!
Natasha, the girl behind World Inside My Pocket is based in Lyon right now (for studies…I think?) and uses her Instagram to give a glimpse of everyday French life beyond the Eiffel Tower and Louvre, and oh my word I love it! The use of some sort of magic filter makes everything look so uniform and rustic, and makes what some may consider somewhat mundane scenes into something you want to sit and stare at for about an hour.
What I really, really like when it comes to blog-associated Instagram accounts is to be able to see the person behind the account every once in a while (says the girl who, like, never posts photos of herself). It’s hard to get the right balance, though. You don’t want to go on a selfie/portrait overload and make yourself seem egotistical but at the same time you don’t really want to emulate Nat Geo. Anyway, Charlotte from Lulu Escapes has hit the nail bang on the head! She also took a really nice photo of one of Sven’s longlost cousins.
Archana’s Instagram features not only breath-taking photos of a side of India most tourists don’t get to see, but also snaps from her travels around the world including Finland, Japan, Cambodia and more! Her captions are some of the most informative I’ve ever come across but if you still need more her blog can be found over at Travel See Write.
BONUS! @stteyaja aka ME!
I know, this is the biggest cheat of them all. BUT in my defence I’m currently in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been so if you’re not already following my Instagram, you probably should…