Instagram is one of our favorite social media channels for travel inspiration. We could spend hours getting lost in the millions of beautiful, evocative images that users post every day in destinations around the world. (And we often do!)
To celebrate all things Instagram, we’ve rounded up our favorite shots from some of the best travel photographers out there. These globe-trotting Instagrammers inspire us on a daily basis with their pictures of places near and far—from the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia to the skies of Iceland dancing with the northern lights. Take a spin through and we’re certain you’ll be inspired too!
Foster Hunting travels the world in a van, surfing, camping, and taking photos. Follow him on Instagram @fosterhunting.
Hiroaki Fukuda is a travel photographer from Tokyo whose photos are serene and minimalist. Follow him on Instagram @hirozzzz.
Nicole Franzen is a food, lifestyle, and travel photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Follow her on Instagram @nicole_franzen.
Zak Shelhamer wants his photos to “inspire people to get out and do more fun things with their lives.” Follow him on Instagram @zakshelhamer.
Molly Steele is inspired by nature, and she posts beautiful images of her adventures around the world. Follow her on Instagram @moristeele.
Cole Rise takes awe-inspiring landscape shots that leave us filled with wanderlust. Follow him on Instagram @colerise.
Liz Carlson wanders, eats, and photographs her way around the world. Follow her on Instagram @youngadventuress.
Finn Beales is an award-winning travel and lifestyle photographer. Follow him on Instagram @finn.
Jodi Ettenberg is a former lawyer now making her way around the world, one country at a time. Follow her on Instagram @legalnomads.
Rishad Daroo is a street photographer from Vancouver. Follow him on Instagram @freerishad.
Michelle Yam is a food, travel, and lifestyle photographer based in Southern California. Follow her on Instagram @michelleyam.
Sam Horine loves to explore forgotten, abandoned and underappreciated places. Follow him on Instagram @samhorine.
Maurice Li, a Hong Kong-born photographer, takes larger-than-life landscape photos of his travels. Follow him on Instagram @maurice.
Kevin Russ is a fearless travel photographer who shoots everything on his iPhone. Follow him on Instagram @kevinruss.
Jill and Kylie gave up their jobs to travel the world in an RV because they were “born to run.” Follow them on Instagram @ourwildabandon.
by Julianne Lowell, SmarterTravel Staff