The Ultimate Top 100 of Travel Instagram Accounts

What better way to get inspired to travel (or just to travel vicariously) than to follow some amazing travel photographers on Instagram. But who should you follow?

To help answer that question I created this ultimate Top 100 list. It considers things like follower count, follower ratio, account activity, engagement rate, and several other nerdy metrics. (You can read more about the methodology below.) What emerged was a comprehensive list highlighting some of the most gorgeous travel photography on Instagram right now. This is Q4 2017 – I’ll be updating it from time to time.

Get ready to press that follow button…

Rank Followers Activity Engagement Rate
1 jannikobenhoff 722,588 5.4%
2 AlexStrohl 1,932,717 3.2%
3 erubes1 299,058 5.2%
4 chrisburkard 2,842,677 2.9%
5 Doyoutravel 2,761,071 4.4%
6 sennarelax 758,993 3.9%
7 Eljackson 367,166 4.6%
8 Swedishnomad 103,274 5.2%
9 mag91105 82,150 11.1%
10 vancitywild 110,309 4.8%
11 Danielkordan 814,213 3.3%
12 EverChangingHorizon 494,784 4.6%
13 Chelseakauai 450,174 4.6%
14 mrbenbrown 713,360 4.8%
15 celinnedacosta 23,237 4.6%
16 lostleblanc 178,534 6.2%
17 andyto 131,252 7.9%
18 Jordhammond 101,317 12.3%
19 migrationology 156,819 4.2%
20 damonandjo 119,113 7.7%
21 Saltinourhair 92,300 7.4%
22 booyasan 67,374 8.1%
23 WanderReds 68,820 6.4%
24 sayingyesis 18,509 5.4%
25 mena_shootz 13,270 5.8%
26 FunForLouis 1,517,991 2.5%
27 kyrenian 1,371,778 1.7%
28 Chloe_T 250,243 3.7%
29 Lebackpacker 452,636 3.2%
30 californiathroughmylens 19,513 4.0%
31 jackharries 1,730,435 4.0%
32 drinksintheair 64,499 4.5%
33 JeremyJauncey 561,018 3.5%
34 tiffpenguin 316,367 3.2%
35 ramu.ka.ka 91,737 4.4%
36 Travisburkephotography 720,957 3.8%
37 sunshinestories 24,358 3.6%
38 annapurnauna 13,816 4.2%
39 BrendanVanSon 79,105 3.4%
40 kenkaminesky 37,565 5.1%
41 codycobb 19,293 10.8%
42 poker_nomad 4,793 8.0%
43 glographics 38,513 3.5%
44 PassionPassport 876,740 1.7%
45 brahmino 887,932 3.2%
46 Alienchrisblog 76,678 3.7%
47 Mylifesatravelmovie 132,641 2.9%
48 Theblondeabroad 450,479 2.8%
49 leaveyourdailyhell 4,790 3.6%
50 globeguide 25,748 2.9%
51 golden_heart 706,955 1.4%
52 marianapostcards 6,808 21.0%
53 journey_driven 20,210 14.9%
54 2straws 10,513 5.0%
55 theupbeatpath 7,030 7.6%
56 oldkyrenian 467,520 1.8%
57 Emitoms 103,331 5.3%
58 LesleyAnneMurphy 229,662 2.3%
59 the_candourist 61,765 8.4%
60 lucylaucht 230,524 3.7%
61 lifeofsabin 51,512 3.2%
62 uncornered_market 48,108 14.9%
63 framesbyjustinjames 4,241 10.0%
64 theworldpursuit 48,932 4.0%
65 bucketlistjourney 48,294 2.4%
66 bontraveler 62,936 2.3%
67 SamHorine 520,422 1.4%
68 beard_and_curly 17,898 3.1%
69 nodestinations 170,844 2.8%
70 girlvsglobe 83,998 2.9%
71 LeeAbbamonte 52,175 2.9%
72 Traveltomtom 126,753 2.8%
73 laurenswells 94,295 2.1%
74 Tourist2Townie 27,700 3.7%
75 Triphackr 104,825 3.5%
76 Youngadventuress 193,399 1.8%
77 DrewBinsky 82,268 2.0%
78 Laurenepbath 465,650 1.2%
79 theplanetd 200,479 2.4%
80 et_voila__ 17,234 2.7%
81 abel.j.rojas 2,263 17.0%
82 iamdocgelo 9,445 3.5%
83 Gettingstamped 84,626 1.9%
84 travelbabbo 63,063 1.9%
85 i_am_aileen 33,255 2.0%
86 michidipp 2,705 5.8%
87 Anna.Everywhere 175,085 2.4%
88 thattravelblog 18,093 6.8%
89 goldie_berlin 306,555 1.4%
90 ordinarytraveler 62,308 2.6%
91 Bemytravelmuse 106,800 2.5%
92 jonathan_irish 162,524 3.1%
93 jamesasquithtravel 228,634 1.5%
94 sassychris1 433,419 1.1%
95 roundtheworldgirl 321,415 2.8%
96 mthiessen 191,976 1.6%
97 landlopers 43,132 2.6%
98 thejetsetterdiaries 85,569 2.4%
99 Kirstenalana 228,843 1.4%
100 ovunno 413,921 2.5%

 

Methodology

I built my own custom app to gather data and analyse these accounts… FOR SCIENCE!

The rankings are based on a number of factors including follower count, activity, engagement rate, and a few others. The engagement rate weighs the strongest — it turns out this is the best way to surface the most amazing photography out there, and it also allows smaller accounts to make it into the list based on a strong response to their posts. That’s not to say though that a bigger following or posting regularly won’t also help achieve a higher ranking.

Currently 250+ accounts are tracked but only the top 100 are shown. I’ve focused on individuals or couples and have not included any companies, community accounts, or accounts using stock photography. Accounts must have travel as the primary theme, so ones that seem mainly about fashion or lifestyle are not included.

Anyone missing on this list?

If you know of any Instagram accounts (perhaps your own?) that may have a chance of ranking in this list, be sure to let me know! You can send the account name to [email protected] and I’ll add it to my Super Duper Instagram Tracker™ for a future update.

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