National Geographic Though it may seem like a classic choice, the National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to discover and care about the planet for 125 years. So if you’re looking for a bit of historical context, cultural knowledge and the most mind-blowing photos then join the other 4.4 million followers who are taken to the ends of the earth and back every day. 2. Coolhunter “Roaming the globe…so you’re in the know.” Their tag line says it all. If you’re looking for the off-the-beaten-track inspiration then let the coolest of the ‘cool hunters’ take you on a journey. With pics that celebrate the world’s best in architecture, design, gadgets, lifestyle, urban living, fashion, travel and pop culture this is one Instagram account that will enthuse even the most discerning traveler. 3. NYonAIR With New York City topping the list of the most Instagrammed cities of 2013, we couldn’t leave this Instagrammer off our list. Dedicated to giving followers a totally original perspective of the Big Apple, The NYonAir team shares aerial views and videos of NYC that literally take you high into the sky. New York has never looked better. 4. Jethro Mullen There is no shortage of professional travel journalists and photographers sharing their pics on Instagram. But Jethro Mullen, a CNN journalist based in Hong Kong, shows us how to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary. His pictures of daily life in Hong Kong (and occasionally elsewhere) can teach us a thing or two about how to take a great travel photo. Tip one: Everything looks better from above. 5. Our Wild Abandon Canada based Jill and Kyla jumped in Billy Jean (their beat up trailer) and took off on an adventure across America and beyond. This is for anyone who has dreamed of quitting their job, leaving their home with no real plan but to travel. Their ‘wild abandon’ is captured in unique and personal pictures that will either leave you jealous and longing to escape or happy to live vicariously through them. 6. Muzungu Sisters Tatiana Santo Domingo and Dana Alikhani have married travel and fashion beautifully with their online retail portal MuzunguSisters.com that sells artisan-crafted goods from around the world all while promoting fair labour practices and shining a light on the rare artistry found in the most remote communities. And their Instagram account takes you on that journey as they travel the globe in search of the next unique fashion item from the world’s most inspiring local artisans. 7. Passion Passport The team behind Passion Passport describe themselves as “a community of storytellers, photographers and explorers united by the transformative power of travel”. So you can be sure that this is one account that has a mission to inspire wanderlust. In the last 3 days their followers have traveled across Morocco, Bali and Georgia alone. And if you want to join the community, hashtag passionpassport to share your own travel pics, insight and experiences. John-Christian Moquette is a Partner at IAVRA. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.We all know that a picture speaks a thousand words. So it’s no surprise that Instagram has quickly become the go-to for travel inspiration, traveler tips and documenting and sharing travel experiences. With around 150 million users across the globe actively using the mobile photo-sharing app to post pics of the mundane to the marvelous Instagram has spawned wanderlust on a whole new level. Anyone who might have something to say (or show) about travel can be found and followed. The most respected travel publications, bloggers and brands use the app to engage and inspire us. But equally it is the personal experiences and travel moments shared by users all around the world that help us escape. Check out and follow 7 of our favourite Instagrammers and you’ll soon be traveling the world. 1.
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