Everyone has thought about ditching their 9-to-5 to travel around the world, right? Some intrepid souls have actually done it, and they've been chronicling it all on blogs and social media, of course. Whether traveling solo, as a couple, or as a family, these nomads are hitting exotic and photogenic spots ranging from the tropical beaches of the Maldives to the temples of Cambodia. Here are some of the best travel Instagram accounts to follow and live vicariously through.
Instagram handle: @honeytrek
When Anne and Mike Howard started to plan their honeymoon in 2012, the trip turned into an around-the-world adventure that, five years later, is still going on! The pair, who've been to more than 50 countries, run the HoneyTrek blog, and they recently published their first book, Ultimate Journeys for Two. A few of their recent wanderings include seeing penguins in Antarctica and attending the Gedong Mask Festival in Tibet.
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Instagram handle: @gypsea_lust
Instagram star Lauren Bullen — she of the blonde hair and effortless style — has a following of 2.1 million who eat up the Australian-born twentysomething's dreamy photos of lounging on a beach in the Cook Islands, walking on sand dunes in Dubai, and standing in front of the Taj Mahal in India (usually with her beau Jack Morris). She also runs a blog of the same name where you can read up on her trips.
Instagram handle: @xpatmatt
Adventure travel writer and photographer Matt Gibson chronicles his nomadic life on his blog XpatMatt. Recent travels have taken the Canadian-born blogger to Kazakhstan, where he trekked in the Tien Shan Mountains, to Borneo, where he hung out with orangutans, and to Cambodia, where he toured and snapped photos of the Angkor Wat temple complex — posting beautiful photos along the way, of course.
Instagram handle: @chelseakauai
Dreamy snaps of Kauai and other stunning spots around the globe (think Bali, Belize, and French Polynesia) are what you'll find on Chelsea Yamase's Instagram feed. Based in Hawaii, Yamase runs The Adventurers Collective blog, where she writes about her latest adventures, such as freediving in Indonesia or horseback riding in northern Idaho.
Instagram handle: @ytravelblog
While many fantasize about chucking work to travel, that possibility gets harder when young kids are involved, but that hasn't stopped Caz and Craig Makepeace, who started their yTravel Blog in 2010. The Australian couple and their two kids are currently traveling around the U.S. and posting photos of their all-American adventures, ranging from walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to rollercoaster rides in Universal.
Instagram handle: @theblondeabroad
One of the travel world's most visible — and well traveled — bloggers is Kiersten Rich, a financier-turned-full-time solo travel blogger who goes by the moniker The Blonde Abroad. The California-born blogger has been to more than 50 countries, posting stories about her adventures and gorgeous pics from places like Morocco, Peru, Iceland, and Big Sur — and her almost 514,000 Instagram followers can't get enough.
Instagram handle: @kenkaminesky
If you truly want to lose yourself in some seriously gorgeous travel photography, check out Ken Kaminesky's blog and Instagram feed. The photographer, who has shot commercial lifestyle images for agencies such as Getty and Corbis, now focuses exclusively on travel. Some recent standout images from his global travels include a terraced rice paddy in Vietnam and a rugged coastal scene in Norway.
Instagram handle: @ichabunni
If you love food and travel, then checking out Girl Eat World's Instagram account is a no-brainer. American Melissa Hie, who runs the blog of the same name, is a self-confessed foodie who now lives in Singapore and travels the world in search of exciting destinations and tasty treats. Some recently posted photos included shots of green tea soft serve in Osaka and grilled corn on a beach in Bali.
Instagram handle: @dametraveler
Nastasia Yakoub, who according to her bio, grew up in a strict Middle Eastern family, took her own path, which led to a nursing career in Chicago. After a solo volunteer trip to South Africa, she caught the travel bug and has now visited more than 50 countries. She documents her global experiences — recent trips have included Cuba and Senegal — on her Dame Traveler blog and through colorful and creative photos.
Instagram handle: @gettingstamped
When traveling to exotic locales, it's nice to have a significant other to share and document the experience, which is what Wisconsin-based Hannah and Adam Lukaszewicz have been doing for the last 5 years. The couple posts photos, videos, and travelogues of their wanderings on their Getting Stamped blog, which have taken them to 75 countries, including the Philippines, Namibia, and the Maldives.
Instagram handle: @coupleofmen
The Couple of Men blog chronicles the adventures of Karl and Daan, a German-Dutch couple based in Amsterdam. The pair have visited more than 50 countries, including Iceland, where they hiked on a glacier, and the U.S., where they cruised aboard the Maid of the Mist boat in Niagara Falls. Their mission is to collect and share "authentic and gay-friendly proofed travel info."
Instagram handle: @juliahengel
Fashion blogger Julia Engel runs Gal Meets Glam from her Charleston, South Carolina base, and when she's not posting stories and Instagram shots of her uber stylish outfits in her adopted city, she can be found in glamorous spots like the South of France, New York City, and Mérida, Mexico. She's recently launched her own dress line, Gal Meets Glam Collection, that's sold on her site.
Instagram handle: @oneikatraveller
Oneika Raymond, who speaks fluent French and Spanish, considers herself a travel junkie. The Canadian-born, NYC-based blogger, journalist, and media personality has visited more than 100 countries, including Guatemala, Ghana, Malta, and Oman, which you can read about on her blog Oneika the Traveller. According to her bio, her travel blog is dedicated to "inspiring, encouraging, and empowering women of color to see the world."
Instagram handle: @food_feels
Though only started in 2014 by Australian influencer James Thompson, this Instagram account, which chronicles his love of food and travel, already has a cult following. Just of few of the scenic spots that Thompson, who now calls London home, has been to include Spain, where he feasted on paella, and China, where he posted photos of dishes like Sichuan hot pot.
Instagram handle: @heartmybackpack
After traveling to 80 countries as a full-time nomad, Massachusetts-born Silvia Lawrence decided to put down roots and live in the mountains of Norway, which she writes about in her blog Heart My Backpack. While she posts beautiful shots of the Norwegian countryside, she still travels to dreamy destinations like the Comoro Islands, Mallorca, Spain, and Essaouira, Morocco.