They say that a picture can paint a thousand words, so what better way to record your travels than using the medium of photography? There’s only place on the internet where it’s worth being a photo blogger today and that’s Instagram.
So, we’ve rounded up the top 5 travel bloggers on Instagram so that you can appreciate their art and their travels without having to go looking for them yourselves. Of course, travel photography is a perfect profession for a digital nomad too.
While most of us are just goofing around at the age of 24, James Asquith was different. He was finishing up his journey to see the entire world. That’s right, James was the youngest person in history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, to visit every single country on the face of the planet.
He’s now writing a book about his experiences and when he’s not writing, James is updating his Instagram account with countless fascinating shots of the places he’s been and the people that he’s met with them. You can’t help but be inspired by this.
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Alan Edward Hinton is a photographer, content creator and world traveller. He also has one of the most incredible beards we’ve ever seen on a digital nomad. He used to be a Digital Marketing Manager working in London and then one day he woke up and decided he’d rather do something else and travel the world. He’s been doing that for three years now and his impact has been incredible.
Nearly 200,000 people follow Alan on Instagram and his photographs are considered to be among the greatest travel shots of his generation. He also has his own blog and if you’d like to emulate his success, you might want to try out this post “30 free ways to grow your Instagram followers” which he wrote in March 2017.
Proving that one silly idea can grow into something much more than its humble beginnings is @girleatworld. The idea came from the fact that Mel likes travelling alone but she hates taking selfies and she doesn’t like asking strangers to take her expensive camera phone to take her photo. Instead, she decided to take a shot of the food she was eating at the time of any visit to a place in front of something fascinating. So, in essence, this is a bit like @drinksintheair but with food and with only a single photographer taking part in the experiment.
How popular can that be? Very. More than 350,000 people tune into @girleatworld.
What better way to tell the world about where you are or where you have been than to capture the quintessential nature of that place in a single photograph? The people of @drinksintheair have realised that one way to do that is to capture a shot of the place and the drink that you are indulging in at that time. There is also run “food Inthe air” which does a remarkably similar thing with food.
It may or may not be traditional travel photography but it certainly has captured the public imagination and more than 60,000 people follow @drinksintheair and their regular updates.
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By far the most popular Instagram blogger on our list is Ben Shlappig. He has over 700,000 people following his antics as he moves from place-to-place.
Ben is quite famously one of the most nomadic people on the face of the planet, he says he’s reluctant to spend more than 3 days in any one place and finds it very boring if he gets trapped somewhere for longer than that. He’s a full-time travel blogger which makes that a good thing rather than a bad thing and he’s really seized on the power of Instagram to reach an audience.
Just don’t expect him to follow your Instagram, he only follows 250 photographers in total.
You won’t build a popular Instagram travel blog overnight. Though, it’s worth noting that if you are already famous (as James Asquith was) you may be able to shortcut the process and get a large number of followers quickly (James managed his following in roughly 3 months). However, the real key to Instagram success is to take photos regularly and to keep updating your account.
We hope that these 5 travel bloggers have given you some inspiration as to where to take your efforts with Instagram when you’re out on the road.