Top 50 Travel Instagrammers of 2015

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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 are 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.


50. Rachelle Lucas

Rachelle is the founder of The Travel Bite, a food and travel blog. As you can imagine, food features heavily in her Instagram feed.


49. Jack Bolshaw

Jack is an English photographer who is currently traveling through Australia.


48. Susan Portnoy

Susan’s photos have appeared in The Huffington Post, New York Times and many other large publications. She is also a full-time contributor to Yahoo! Travel.


47. Caspar Diederik

Caspar is the cofounder of Story Travelers, a site dedicated to creating stories through travel photography.


46. Ryan Gargiulo

Ryan is a travel blogger who has been on the road since 2010. You can read more about his adventures on his blog, Pause the Moment.


45. Clint Johnston

Clint is a travel blogger and photographer from Boston. We like his ‘feet-first’ perspective.


44. Gareth Leonard

Gareth is the blogger behind Tourist 2 Townie who left his high-paying job to travel the world.


43. Dave & Lina

Dave and Lina have been traveling since 2001. Their journeys are documented through their blog Divergent Travelers.


42. Olivia Mair

Olivia (aka Wiwi) caught our eye with her use of vibrant colors. She’s also visited all 7 continents.


41. Marta

Marta is the digital nomad behind A Girl Who Travels. She’s been living the life of travel since 2010.


40. Jason Charles Hill

Jason is an Aussie traveler and photographer with a primary focus on the great outdoors.


39. Adam Senatori

Adam is a pilot who also happens to be an amazing photographer. If you like planes, you’ll like Adam’s page.


38. Marta Kulesza

Marta is the face of the blog In a Far Away Land. We’ve featured her photos previously so she’s obviously awesome.


37. Allan Edward Hinton

Allan is another guy who quit his job to travel the world… there’s a theme here. He also takes great pics.


36. JP Swing

JP’s photo’s make you want to pack your bags and book a flight to the Philippines right away.


35. Tiffany Nguyen

Take one look at Tiffany’s photography and you’ll get lost for hours. Landscapes, waterfalls, and nature abound.


34. Kash Bhattacharya

Kash is the man behind Budget Traveller, a blog for discovering luxury hostels, some of which feature on his Instagram.


33. Daniel Noll

Daniel and his wife Audrey are well-known among travel bloggers. Daniel’s photos invite you into their life on the road.


32. Mike Seehagel

Mike’s photography captures the essence of outdoor life. We love his use of light.


31. Gabriela

A mix of travel and art. Gabriela takes you on a journey with her wonderful photos.


30. Johan Lolos

Johan set off from Belgium in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. After making his way to New Zealand, he landed a gig with Lake Wanaka Tourism.


29. Shane Black

Shane caught our eye with some of his night photography. If you like the Milky Way, check him out.


28. Trey Ratcliff

We met Trey a couple of years ago while he was shooting at Burning Man. A nice guy and truly amazing photographer.


27. Matthew Karsten

Matthew (aka the Expert Vagabond) lives an action-packed life even James Bond would envy. Definitely worth following along.


26. Paulo del Valle

Paulo calls himself a professional Instagrammer, and we can see why. With over 200k followers, doors are certainly opening for his career.


25. Oleg Artemyev

Oleg is not your typical Instagrammer. He is a Russian cosmonaut so his photos are unlike any other – taken from space.


24. Sylvia

Hailing from Berlin, Sylvia has been tearing up Instagram for the last 4 years, growing her following to over 200k.


23. Jeff Bartlett

Jeff is a Canadian adventure photographer who shares his passion for adventure and the outdoors through his images.


22. Zak Shelhamer

Zak has been ranked among the top Instagrammers by the likes of Forbes, Huffington Post and Lifestyle Mirror.


21. Conor MacNeil

Conor is a travel and destination photographer from Belfast who has traveled to over 50 countries amassing a stellar portfolio.


20. Dave & Deb

These guys need no introduction. Dave & Deb are constantly topping lists for travel blogging and photography.


19. Víctor Gómez

Víctor is a relatively undiscovered travel photographer based in Gijon, Spain. While not as famous, his photos are up there with the best.


18. Kiersten Rich

Not just a pretty face, Kierstan from the Blonde Abroad, has made a name for herself by capturing the fun of her travel lifestyle.


17. Sean Ensch

Sean is a travel photographer with a focus on landscapes and underwater photography. An avid freediver, he feels at home beneath the surface.


16. Gary Arndt

Since setting off in 2007, Gary has visited over 170 countries and territories and been named Travel Photographer of the year!


15. Jordan Herschel

Jordan is somewhat of an Instagram celebrity, royalty you might even say. No wonder though when you see his photos.


14. Thomas Peschak

Another National Geographic Photographer, they really pump them out don’t they? Thomas’ photos will transport you to a life in the sea.


13. Michael Christopher Brown

While not strictly a travel photographer, Michael’s photojournalism provides a glimpse into the people of the world.


12. Elise

Take a look through Elise’s Instagram feed and you’ll think you’ve landed in a North Face ad.


11. Stefano Unterthiner

Stefano is a National Geographic wildlife photographer with a keen interest in wildlife conservation. No zoo required!

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 been 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, filmmaker, 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 rock-solid but he has a way of storytelling through his images. A worthy addition 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 carved a nice niche with his unique view of 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 Instagrammer.

1. Chris Burkard



Welcome to the millionaire club. Chris Burkard is a 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 go 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!


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Michael Glass

Michael is the founder of Backpacker Travel. He also runs walking tours in San Francisco and is a freelance travel writer. Michael is extremely passionate about travel and loves to explore festivals around the world.

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14 comments on “Top 50 Travel Instagrammers of 2015”

  1. What a list! So much inspiration!
    My account @the_wanderinglens focuses on seeing the world from the water and beautiful places for photographers to capture their adventures!

  2. Love this list and always looking for more Instagrammers. Would love you to check out our Instagram @travelwithbender My husband takes all the photos and he's award winning as well. Look forward to following you now too! :)

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