There are 2 ways to travel.
You can book a ticket to your favorite destination and actually leave. I know how hard it can be, especially if you're worried about spending a fortune on that ticket.
The alternative is to travel from your couch.
Bear with me:
As much as I love to travel, I need to settle down from time to time, mostly because my body needs a break.
But my mind is always looking for the next best place to travel to, dreaming about another ideal destination.
That's when the best travel Instagram accounts come in.
Browsing through the feeds of these 15 dreamy Instagram profiles always makes me want to pack and leave again.
If all it takes for you to travel is some inspiration, check them out.
If you need new ideas for your future destination, check them out.
If traveling is like breathing for you, check them out.
In any case, you want to take a look, I swear it's worth it!
Murad & Nataly Osmann (@muradosmann)
Have you noticed all these pictures on Instagram with a woman or man pulling someone by the hand, leading them into a dreamy setting?
Murad and Nataly Osmann are the travelers behind the #FollowMeTo trend that took over Instagram. While many followed in their footsteps, no one matches the pioneers' talent to make you wish it were your hand that was being pulled.
If you're dying to know more about what's behind the scenes of those inspiring pictures, check out the FollowMeTo YouTube channel!
Kiersten is traveling for a living and visits some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Her Instagram is an inspiration for women afraid of traveling alone.
The Blonde Abroad is full of tips for female travelers willing to undertake their own adventure: Kiersten has even been named as #2 of the Top Travel Influencers by Forbes!
Now based in South Africa, the traveler entrepreneur has put together a Photography Tour to explore the country. Guys are not invited though: it's only for women!
Source: The Blonde Abroad
Dave & Deb (@theplanetd)
Among Forbes' Top 10 Travel Influencers in 2017, Dave & Deb not only provide useful tips on their travel blog, The Planet D, they also have an Instagram that will make you pack and leave. Now.
They are determined to inspire you to become a real adventurer. The main things you need for that are the motivation and desire! Deb and Dave founded ThePlanetD after cycling the continent of Africa. Since then they’ve been inspiring adventure in everyone through 106 countries on 7 continents. As they say:
"Adventure is for Everyone." - The Planet D
Expect an Instagram feed rich in diversity, with majestic animals, imposing monuments, and breathtaking sights, all of them illustrated with a beautiful color palette. They didn't win photography awards for nothing!
Staring down the king of the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania (source: The Planet D)
Looking for even more inspiration to travel? Don't worry, as Quin puts it, "it's never too late to feel a little more alive."
His Instagram transports you to mountain peaks, hidden lakes, and includes videos that will make you want to push back your own limits (think: slacklining in China or views of a waterfall from a drone).
And for those of you who can't get enough of his pictures, go check out some more on his website.
Do you think that because you have a full-time job you can't travel to your dream destinations?
Alvaro is here to prove you wrong (sorry). Although he is still working a 9 to 5 job, the traveler intends to visit all the countries in the world. Last count: 88!
"A lot of people say they didn’t think it was possible that a normal person like me could travel the world. But I did." - Alvaro
If you're wondering what was his favorite trip, read the interview he gave to Passion Passport.
Chelsea Yamase (@chelseakauai)
Chelsea is the kind of woman that makes you wonder what you're waiting for to go out there and embark on an adventure.
Her Instagram profile is filled with sunsets on heaven-like beaches, clear blue waters explored during a dive or fantastic viewpoints reached after a climb.
The Hawaii-based adventurer also advocates for responsible travel and writes about her experiences on her blog, The Adventurers Collective.
Kristin Addis (@bemytravelmuse)
Kristin has been solo traveling for close to 5 years now. Her blog, Be My Travel Muse has some great tips for those still unsure if they are up for it. Especially for solo female travelers in becoming!
And for more travel inspiration, her Instagram is a gold mine. The Californian is obviously in love with the great outdoors and dedicated to showing what they look like to the rest of the world.
From Alaska to Tanzania and (way) more, you're sure to travel, even if only from your couch! But if you're ready to go out and live the real thing, she's there to help you. Whether you'd like to get into trekking, scuba-diving or other adrenaline-fueled activities, you'll find her blog extremely useful.
If there is one account that not only makes me want to travel even more but also puts a big smile on my face, it's this one. It's also among the few that can make me go to the mountain rather than the sea!
To be clear, I'm a dog person - sorry to all cat lovers - and Loki is just the most beautiful husky! Don't be jealous that Kelly and his wolfdog travel to such beautiful places together: all they want is for you to do what they do and travel with your own four-legged friend!
As if you needed more to love them, know that Loki and Kelly give back by donating to organizations like Canine Support Teams. Learn more about them on their blog, Loki the Wolfdog.
Matthew Karsten (@expertvagabond)
The recently wedded <a href="https://expertvagabond.com/" target"_blank">Expert Vagabond has been one of my travel inspirations for some time. He's been traveling the world for over 7 years now and has some of the best tips when it comes to saving money and making the most of your trip.
Matt is also a skilled photographer who captures his adventures in a way that will make you dream of new experiences.
Don't expect breathtaking sights only though: Matt is an adrenaline junkie! His Instagram also shows him (sand-)surfing, snow-biking, stand-up-paddling and more!
Liz Carlson (@youngadventuress)
Liz is determined you show the beauty of New Zealand - and she's doing a great job. The country's landscapes are varied and gorgeous. Liz's Instagram perfectly captures this beauty in an invitation to join her.
She launched adventure tours in New Zealand, so you can literally join her!
What's even better?
In love with our beautiful planet, Liz pledged to ask for more sustainability in travel and educate the people she meets about the issues that irresponsible travel can raise. Be respectful of the amazing places you visit!
If you've read the post on my favorite travel & food blogs, you already know that I'm a big fan of Melissa's Instagram.
And I can guarantee that anyone inspired by food just as much as traveling will love it too. I like to call Melissa's account the "FollowMeTo of food": the pictures of what she eats in the places she visits invite you to travel there as well.
She also has great tips on what to eat in Asia and Middle-East on her blog if you decide to visit the regions!
Alyssa Ramos (@mylifesatravelmovie)
The full-time solo traveler is a master when it comes to taking remarkable selfies in the most scenic places.
When she's not searching for waterfalls and other amazing sights, she's on her way to becoming a pirate, exploring a desert or chasing the next adventure.
For the most enthusiastic of you, she has some great tips and tricks on her blog for your next travels! But don't think she was able to live this lifestyle with a snap of the finger. As she puts it:
"Dreams don't work unless you do." - Alyssa Ramos
Lee Abbamonte (@leeabbamonte)
In case you were still wondering if you could become the first man to ever visit all the countries in the world, well, I'm sorry to break it to you, but Lee was one step ahead of you.
The entrepreneur and sports fan visited them all (including the Poles!). All you have to do now to get a glimpse of what they look like is to check out his Instagram. I mean, not everyone can boast having emperor penguins from Antartica on their feed, right?
The travel expert has some advice for you on his blog, including for the less visited places on the planet, so make sure you stop by when you're planning your trip!
Johan Lolos (@lebackpacker)
I always say that I'm a sea person rather than a mountain guy. And yet, I'm always awestruck by Johan's obvious love for the highest peaks and the way he captures them.
His Instagram is extremely harmonious, with a soothing theme that gives a sort of magic to the mountains he transports us to. Seriously, you'll surprise yourself by being incapable to stop scrolling down!
Can't get enough? Check out his second account for some more.
Jack Morris (@doyoutravel) & Lauren Bullen (@gypsea_lust)
Surprise! This last travel Instagram account is actually made of 2 accounts! Why is that?
Jack and Lauren travel together and are both extremely talented at capturing the essence of their trips. One feed completes the other: they both go hand in hand.
Living on the road, they have the passionate life that you may be dreaming of and will undoubtedly inspire you to start your own adventure.
They can even help you give your own Instagram feed the same feel as theirs with their Lightroom presets: to make it simple, that's the filters that they use to make their shots even more remarkable. If that was Chinese for you, check out their other Instagram account and slide each picture to see the before and after preset effect!
So, when are you leaving?
I don't believe you if you tell me that these travel Instagram accounts don't make you want to pack and leave RIGHT NOW!
Since you have the inspiration, let me help you with the practical side: check out how to book cheap flight tickets and go on your own adventure!