Instagram: fit to burst with travel accounts, #vanlife profiles and would-be influencers. Amidst the genuinely useful and inspiring content is a sea of mediocrity, and navigating through those profiles can lead to hours of scrolling, your mind transfixed by that little blue screen rather than the big, wide world. It’s a problem we know well, which is why we created this round-up of Instagram accounts worth following.
Ranging from travel to van conversions and climbing to photography, these profiles inspire and educate, so instead of spending hours trying to find productive content, you appease your wanderlust cravings and head outdoors yourself. Because that’s where the real adventure is.
A professional photographer by trade, Burkard contributes to titles like National Geographic regularly, and it only takes one look at his feed to understand why. When it comes to landscape photography, his work is second to none — but it’s his dynamic surf shots that get us. @chrisburkard
The Girl Outdoors
Sian Lewis is an award-winning travel writer and adventure blogger behind the wildly popular blog, The Girl Outdoors. Her Instagram profile features a range of inspirational travel images, gear reviews and witty observations on outdoors culture — more than enough to whet your appetite for outdoor adventure. @sianannalewis
Better Off Lost
These guys are by no means an Instagram sensation, but their photo diary of converting a van to live in is some of the most applicable and useful content we’ve seen. Step by step, each post follows the transformation of their humble Renault Master into a cosy campervan ready to cruise the Aussie coastal roads. @better.off.lost
National Geographic Travel
The Travel branch of the mighty National Geographic gets a nod from us (though their regular channel posts some amazing content too) for their awe-inspiring landscape photography. If ever you’ve questioned the urge to travel the world and see its natural wonders first-hand, just browse their images. Better still, most captions explain the photographer’s story behind the image, which inevitably are inspirational, humanitarian messages. @natgeotravel
Travels With A Kilt
Formerly an international travel blogger, Neil Robertson — aka Travels With A Kilt — focuses on unveiling the natural beauties of his native Scotland, with trademark eloquence and wit. From remote isles and craggy munros to whisky distilleries and Game of Thrones shooting locations, he explores Scotland’s many and varied treasures. @travelswithakilt
Within each of Finch’s photographs, you can glimpse the human story forming the crux of his focus — it’s what makes his work so evocative. Writing for titles like Sidetracked, Finch journeys deep into remote territories to capture his images and documents his travels on Instagram, ready as fuel for your own adventuring dreams. @ianefinch
Kristen Bor started Bearfoot Theory as a blog encouraging women to gain confidence in the outdoors before packing in her day job to travel full-time. Travelling around North America in her van, she posts inspirational images on her feed encouraging people to just get out there and travel, with practical advice for women unused to camping or travelling solo. @bearfoottheory
Travis Burke Photography
With over 700k followers, Travis Burke is the epitomy of the #vanlife, #wanderlust sensation, and that’s no bad thing. His images — from epic landscapes to action shots in nature — have featured in National Geographic, Outside and more tourism boards than you could shake a DSLR at. @travisburkephotography
Ever Changing Horizon
Quin Schrock — the man behind the Ever Changing Horizon lens — spends his days exploring new landscapes, surfing and generally just playing around — with a camera in tow, of course. Before you curse in jealousy, check out his Insta profile — it’s given us more than a few ideas for adventures of our own. @everchanginghorizon
Shameless plug aside, our account doesn’t just post the most inspirational and beautiful images we encounter — it’s a gateway to our original content and online competitions. For motivation and practical outdoors advice on how to #stayboundless, it’s the feed to keep an eye on. @wildbounds
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