Although it looks like the top travel influencers live every day like they’re on a luxury holiday, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. As glamorous as their travels may appear, it’s still considered hard work for them. Their daily lives involve several outfit changes per day, and a lot more 5 am photoshoots than you’d expect – all to get that perfect shot and inspire their followers to see the world.
Below, we’re going to present to you 10 travel influencers who excel at their craft, and whose swoon-worthy Instagram accounts you should be following.
Jennifer Tuffen (@izkiz)
Jennifer Tuffen, who goes by ‘
Tuffen started her Instagram account six years ago, and since then, she has grown an impressive following of 2.7 million people. Additionally, she has developed her own blog that allows her fans to take a ‘behind the scenes’ look at her travel adventures.
Jennifer also has her own app, Izkiz Cam, which she uses to edit her photos to perfection, along with Adobe Lightroom. The app is available for purchase in the app store.
Christine Tran (@tourdelust)
Christine Tran is the influencer behind the popular and extremely aesthetically pleasing Instagram account, @tourdelust. As expressed on her blog, Christine develops content for women who are passionate about travel. She appears to carefully plan the color schemes of her photos, giving her account a monochromatic look.
Tran, who is born and raised in Los Angeles, started blogging in 2016 and now has 282,000 followers on Instagram. She left her 9 to 5 job in San Francisco to become a full-time travel blogger in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since.
Christine is constantly adding new content for her fans on her blog, tourdelust.com. She provides her readers with travel guides, advice on how to become a travel influencer, beauty and wellness tips, recipes and much more.
Chris Burkard (@chrisburkard)
Unlike most travel influencers, Chris Burkard doesn’t put himself at the center of his content. Burkard, a self-taught travel photographer, uses his Instagram account (@chrisburkard) to share mesmerizing photos of his adventures around the world with his 3.3 million followers.
Burkard has become known for his thought-provoking captions and powerful images of landscapes around the world, including Canada, Iceland, India, New Zealand, and more. His content mostly revolves around travel, nature, and surf.
Burkard has an impressive resume. Not only is he one of the most successful travel influencers on Instagram, but he has also shot album art for Justin Bieber, completed eight books, participated in 4 exhibits, and won 15 awards for his work.
Alyssa Bossio (@lyss)
Alyssa Bossio, a travel and fashion influencer from New York, has an interesting take on travel content. Her Instagram feed is a cross between fashion, luxury travel, and lifestyle, which caters perfectly to her followers who are both fashion and travel enthusiasts.
Her photos are colorful and always include various carefully selected props, such as elegant handbags and beautifully laid out cuisine. Bossio also knows how to capture photos with the perfect lighting to make her travels look absolutely dreamy.
According to Alyssa, she started using Instagram as a creative outlet back in University. Now, years later, she has 1.8 million followers on the platform.
Although, Bossio started documenting her travels on her Instagram account, she has also recently started blogging about her travel adventures, fashion, fitness, and lifestyle tips on her successful blog effortlyss.com.
With her exquisite taste and swoon-worthy adventures, it’s easy to see why Lyss is one of the most popular travel influencers on Instagram.
Kiersten (Kiki) Rich (@theblondeabroad)
Kiersten (Kiki) Rich (aka the Blonde Abroad) started blogging at 22 years old. Years ago, she left her career in wealth management in California to travel around Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia, with the goal of discovering herself.
Kiki’s first trip was the beginning of a new career as a travel influencer. “Since embarking on that first world tour, I’ve spent the past 6 years sharing my personal journey and travel tips on this website with women around the world.”, says Rich. She has now traveled to over 70 countries, has developed her own tours (for ladies only!), has a popular travel blog (theblondeabroad.com), and has 544,000 followers on Instagram.
Jack Morris (@doyoutravel)
Jack Morris, aka @doyoutravel, has traveled to almost every corner of the earth from Finland to Indonesia to Jordan. His photos are stunning and vividly capture the diverse cultures and nature the world has to offer.
On his Instagram feed, you’ll also find many photos of Morris’ girlfriend, Lauren Bullen (@gypsea_lust), who is a big travel influencer, in many of his photos. Together, the couple has traveled to over 20 countries. Morris says that he and his girlfriend find new travel destinations to visit via “word of mouth, Instagram, and research on Pinterest.”
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Jessica Stein (@Tuulavintage)
As far as travel influencers go, Aussie blogger, Jessica Stein, is probably one of the most unique. While the Australian super influencer’s Instagram feed and blog, tuulavintage.com, have excellent travel content, what’s truly amazing about her is that she’s a mom.
Stein’s content is really raw and authentic. She unapologetically shares her journey as a travel blogger and mother to a child that is battling a rare chromosome disorder, without sugarcoating it. This in itself means that her content is wildly different from that of other travel influencers out there.
Stein has 2.5 million followers on Instagram and runs her own blog, tuulaintage.com, where she writes candidly about exploring the world.
Melissa Hie (@girleatworld)
Melissa Hie is traveling the world, one snack at a time. Unlike most travel influencers, Hie’s Instagram account, @girleatworld, isn’t about herself or the places she visits. Rather, it’s about adventuring for the food. Her content is completely focused on the tons of delicious looking food that she eats during her travels.
Hie’s Instagram account is beautiful to look at, and it’ll simultaneously make you feel super hungry. As expressed by Melissa, “‘I choose whatever food piques my curiosity or looks tasty. Then the location comes later… Usually, it’s just local food with an iconic location since I like to tell a story about the place I visited through food or the location itself.’”
In the first week that she started her account in 2014, Hie already had 7,000 new Instagram followers. Now, 4 years later, her travel/foodie Instagram account is just shy of hitting 400,000 followers.
Murad Osmann (@muradosmann)
Murad Osmann, a Russian photographer, gained international fame in 2012 when he started his “follow me” photo series.
He sparked a global trend on Instagram when he captured a photo of his then-girlfriend, Natalia Zakharova, (now wife) holding his hand, leading him towards a colorful graffitied wall. There are now over 1 million photos with the hashtag “
Since then, Osmann has continued his photo series, photographing his wife holding his hand in beautiful destinations around the world. Murad’s photos are edited in a very distinctive style – they almost look animated.
With 4.2 million followers, Osmann is recognized as one of the biggest names in the travel influencer world.
Keira Rumble (@krumble)
Keira Rumble (aka @krumble)’s Instagram content caters to the modern woman, who is passionate about holistic wellness and beauty, and travel. Keira started blogging on her website, krumbled.com, back in 2014. At the time, her blog was concentrated on healthy food, recipes, and wellness.
Over the next few years, she started to write a bit more about travel, in addition to clean eating and holistic wellness. Keira has since expanded her business – she now has her own food brand called
Today, Keira’s blog covers a much wider scope. She shares lifestyle tips, recipes, and travel hacks, and itineraries with her fans.