The next best thing: Following people on Instagram who DO have all of those luxuries and seeing the world through their photos instead, obviously.
Hey, it may not be quite as good as going there for yourself, but it’ll do until you manage to save the money for those flights. And who knows, you may even pick up a few ideas on where to go.
Who: Hiroaki Fukuda (@hirozzz)
Why You Should Follow Him: Hailing from the urban metropolis of Tokyo, travel and photography enthusiast Hiroaki Fukuda is a man who knows his way around a camera…and an airport too, presumably. His passion for pictures has taken him around the world and he’s kind enough to share his stunning shots on Insta so we can all get a good look at what we’re missing.
Who: Jack Morris (@doyoutravel)
Why You Should Follow Him: Englander Jack Morris actually did the thing we all fantasise about every Monday morning; he quit his job, bought a one-way ticket to paradise and has been earning a living documenting his travels ever since. He also met his girlfriend, a fellow travel blogger, while on the road and now the two of them are on their journey together, raking it in from ad deals and sponsorships. Ahhh, isn’t that nice?
Who: Corey Arnold (@arni_coraldo)
Why You Should Follow Him: Ok, so he may not be a traveller in the sense that he journeys around the globe, but if it’s a window into Alaskan life you’re looking for then there’s nobody better equipped to provide it to you. Corey is a commercial fisherman by trade and updates his account on the regular to give his followers a glimpse of his rugged, rural lifestyle. Oh, and he’s a National Geographic contributor too, so that should give you some idea of his camera skills.
Who: Jack Harding (@jackharding)
Why You Should Follow Him: While he may not have put quite as much thought into his Instagram handle as the others above, Jack Harding more than makes up for his lack of linguistic vision with his truly exemplary landscape shots. Jack’s photography is some of the best to be found on Insta when it comes to scenery, so if you’re looking for some inspiration on where to go next, this could be a pretty good account to check out.
Who: Ira Block (@irablockphoto)
Why You Should Follow Him: Famed National Geographic photographer and master of lighting Ira Block has one of the best eyes for travel photography out there. His work documents scenes from around the word, including scenery, people, wildlife, cities and rural life. For an account that really gives you an insight on how the rest of the world lives, Ira’s ticks all the boxes and then some.
Who: Dirk Bakker (@macenzo)
Why You Should Follow Him: You know those arty, architectural shots you try to take every time you venture into the city but never manage to get right? Yeah, well this guy is the master of them. The Dutchman’s photographs focus (no pun intended) on the repetition and patterns found in everyday items, buildings, and pretty much anything he comes across on his travels for that matter.
Who: Johan Lolos (@lebackpacker)
Why You Should Follow Him: After spending a year exploring Australia and documenting his travels on social media, it wasn’t long before Johan Lolos’ photographs were picked up by the likes of National Geographic, Buzzfeed and The Daily Mail. This unexpected attention spurred Johan on in his decision to go full time as an outdoor photographer – a career leap that has seen him travelling the world in search of the perfect shot…and in most cases, succeeding.