Instagram continues to be a major source of travel inspiration. Feed your sense of adventure and wanderlust by following these 17 travel Instagram accounts in 2017. You’ll discover new destinations and maybe even get ideas to plan your next getaway. And until then, who couldn’t use a virtual vacation? Here are some of my favorite travel Instagram accounts:
1. The TSA
The TSA Instagram account often combines humor with helpful tips to make sure your bags are packed according to TSA regulations. Not sure if you can fly with a pie? This is just one of the many pressing concerns they’ll address for passengers!
Click on the link in our profile to read a blog post on this subject. ***UPDATE*** After watching a YouTube video posted by the traveler, we’ve learned that he’s a popular YouTuber and this was a stunt to see if he could get the giant bear on the plane. He even made up a backstory that the bear was a gift for his girlfriend. The bear did not belong to a child. The passenger had actually bought a ticket for the bear. After the airline and TSA decided the bear was too large, the airline offered to refund the ticket and the traveler was given the option of checking the bear as checked baggage. The traveler opted not to check the bear and left it behind.*** Why does this gigantic teddy bear look so sad? He was abandoned by his owners at LAX after the airline and TSA determined that he was just too big to be screened as a carry-on and taken on the plane. It’s a good idea to check with your airline prior to traveling with overly large items as cary-ons. If you see this wayward bear strolling the streets of LA, please feel free to feed him. #TSATravelTips
2. Lauren Bath
Lauren hails from Australia and combines her keen eye for photography with her exotic travels to create a travel Instagram account that’s truly inspirational.
Good morning!! I didn't touch social media yesterday and I wasn't even hungover. That's a true sign of maturity. 😂😂 I hope everyone had a fabulous New Year! I'm still posting my fave Olympus shots from 2016 and down to the last 5! This was taken in the Dana Nature Reserve on the 40-150 lens. I'd been shooting some wide angle landscapes but the scene was too cluttered, lots of rocks and scrubs. As soon as I got the telephoto lens on I did start to get some shots I loved. 🌞 This was on the tripod, not hand held, and my settings were ISO 100, f 16 and 1/2 second. @Olympus_Au #OlympusInspired
3. Greg Sideris
Greg shoots incredible photos of his travels around the world but his pictures of his hometown of Vienna are incredible.
4. Kimi Juan
Pastel skies, calm oceans and lots of aspirational travel ideas here!
5. Paul Nicklen
Paul Nicklen is a photojournalist for National Geographic Magazine and, as you might expect, his photos are spectacular, especially the ones up close and personal with all kinds of beautiful animals from around the world.
These brown king penguin chicks are also known as oakum boys, a term coined by sailors because of the chicks' resemblance to oakum fibres used to seal the gaps between timbers on wooden ships. As these chicks mature they will shed their fluffy brown feathers revealing beautiful adult plumage, which is adapted to survive the frigid temperatures of the Antarctic Ocean. Myself and the @sealegacy team are very thankful for your generous donations and we are now over 50% of the way to our fundraising goal so we can continue our work bringing awareness to marine conservation. #art #conservation #penguin #nature #naturelovers #mother #love #climate
6. National Geographic Travel
It’s no surprise that 14.5 million people follow the National Geographic Travel Instagram account. You’ll get to see the world through the lens of some of the world’s most talented photographers.
by @babaktafreshi, The World at Night. The last new moon of 2016 on Dec 30, in a colorful dusk above #Boston skyline and the Atlantic Ocean. The elegant crescent was accompanied by the gentle glow of Earthshine -the Earth illumination on the dark night side of the moon. @natgeo @natgeocreative #moon #newengland
7. Frans Lanting
Frans Lanting is another National Geographic photographer; just take a look at his travel Instagram photos and you’ll see why he’s a must-follow on my list. His landscapes and animal photos are out of this world!
@FransLanting “The Ivory Game” I’m on my way to the Southern Ocean and we'll share more about the amazing wildlife we'll encounter there, but today we want to draw your attention to an important new documentary that is available to view now on Netflix. “ The Ivory Game,” produced by @LeonardoDiCaprio, is a hard-hitting exposé that goes inside the illegal ivory trade to put Africa’s elephant poaching crisis back on the global agenda. Right now, the fate of Africa's elephants depends too much on the efforts of courageous individuals and small embattled groups scattered across the globe. They can’t do it without more support. We all have to raise our voices and get engaged. Organizations that support the elephant cause in a big way include the World Wildlife Fund, Wild Aid, and Save The Elephants. Please check their websites, check out the DiCaprio film and spread the word. I made this elephant image in Botswana, which is one of the few countries in the world where elephants have found a safe haven and are doing well, thanks to the leadership of the Botswana government. Stay tuned for more images and stories from us. @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @LeonardoDiCaprio #TheIvoryGame #Elephants #Botswana #PoachingCrisis #Ivory #SaveTheElephants #wild_net #WorldWildlife #WildAid
8. Travel Babbo
One day I hope to be able to travel with my son the way Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo travels with his kids. He’s a real inspiration … not to mention a talented photographer.
9. Mary Quincy
Paris-based photographer Mary Quincy brings an ethereal beauty to all the destinations she visits. You’ll definitely get some serious wanderlust looking at her photos.
10. Steffen Fossbakk
If a trip to Norway isn’t in the cards right now, you can at least enjoy a virtual vacation by following Steffen Fossbakk’s Instagram account, which shows off the natural beauty and vivid colors of Norway, one of the most beautiful places on earth.
11. Johan Lolos
The Instagram account of Johan Lolos, also known as Le Backpacker, is visually beautiful and will take you on the trip of a lifetime. One day you’ll be in Iceland with him, the next, Mont Tremblant in Quebec, then New York City!
12. Clint Johnston
Drone photography has taken many travel Instagram accounts to the next level and Clint Johnston’s account is no exception. Also known as TripHackr, Johnston’s photos offer an incredible birds-eye view of some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
Follow @triphackr for more aerial and drone photography from around the world. This is one of my favorite shots from the Caribbean on @triphackr ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Guadeloupe is part of the French West Indies and made up of 5 islands. I didn't know what to expect before arriving but so far I'm really enjoying it. I've only visited 2/5 islands so far but plan to see visit the others this week as well as nearby neighbors Dominica and Martinique. The ferry schedule here makes it a great home base to explore the Lesser Antilles. If you have any recommendations let me know! Follow me on my personal @clintcam for more pics!
13. Eric Rubens
Eric Rubens is a Southern California based photographer who also shares some amazing drone photography as well as lots of crystal clear oceans, fluffy clouds and candy-colored sunsets.
14. Jeremy Jauncey
Jeremy is the founder of Beautiful Destinations but his personal account is pretty cool too.
It's been an amazing time in the South Pacific and this picture sums up how beautiful the island of Mo'orea is with it's translucent blue water, golden sand beaches and mountainous jungles 😎🌴☀ The awesome overwater bungalows @hiltonmoorea @hiltonhotels have been home for a week but now it's time to move on to a place that has been on my bucket list for years and is kinda crazy that I've never been….. Bali! Flying out tonight via Sydney and then will be in Bali for the next week so please get in touch if you're there, can recommend any places to go and shoot or just want to hang out 😊👍
15. Jason Charles Hill
Jason Charles Hill is a self-taught photographer who has a passion for wild and off-beat destinations. His love of the outdoors and nature really shines through in each and every photo.
I might be biased about the last two but my wife, Natalie DiScala, takes great travel Instagram photos so you should give her a follow. And don’t forget about me!
16. Natalie DiScala
17. Johnny Jet
What are some of your favorite travel Instagram accounts? Let me know which ones you would add to this list in the comments below!