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Traveling the world is a common dream that many desire, but is rarely pursued. While many travel for work, or fly halfway across the globe to visit loved ones, there is an exclusive group of travelers who circle the globe simply to dive the deepest seas and climb the highest peaks with one objective in mind: to witness first-hand the magnificence of Mother Nature and experience the warmth of its people across different geographical locations and cultures. Many of them share similar stories and use the popular social media platform either as a way to journal their travels or to escape a life that has become too mundane. Here are 11 of our favorite Instagram personalities who, regardless of their story, will definitely bring out your inner travel bug.
Five years ago, 26-year-old Jack Morris quit his boring 9-to-5 job, packed up his bag and booked a one-way flight to Bangkok. Since then, the former carpet cleaner from Manchester has visited 45 countries and found a partner (@gypsea_lust), below, who shares the same dream of traveling the world and living in the moment. “It is almost a dream. Being able to do what I want every day is nice,” said James. “It is ideal, I never really expected to find someone I could share this with, so it worked out really well.”
Traveling the globe wasn’t something that 24-year-old Australian Lauren Bullen had in mind when she was hired on as a photographer by a tourism board in Cairns. The prospect, however, seemed increasingly tempting as she gained a healthy following on Instagram. Today, Lauren travels the globe with her partner Jack (@doyoutravel), above, whom she met eight months ago at an event in Fiji. Despite being partners-in-crime, she maintains her own social media channels, offering up a different perspective on the countries they visit.
There came a point in time when fashion photographer Theron Humphrey, affected by both the passing of his grandfather and the end of a relationship, decided to quit his job, discover new things and meet new people. That desire to just do something different gave him the idea of traveling across all 50 states — a feat he has since done not once, but twice. Not keen to make the journey alone, Theron brought along three-year-old Maddie, a coonhound he picked up from the local shelter with a knack for standing on things.
Australian travel blogger, Jessica Stein, is widely known for her idyllic Instagram snaps, which showcase some of the best sights the world has to offer — from the deserts of Utah to the beaches of Cinque Terre, Italy. What started off purely as a way to document her European travels, Jessica’s pristine photographs now incite some serious travel envy and ignite wanderlust in each of her whooping 2.7 million followers on the gram. Recently, the globe wanderer welcomed the newest member of her family — a beautiful daughter whom we can’t wait to see travel the world with her.
Matthew Karsten is a man on a mission: To follow his dreams and become “wealthy with new experiences.” A full-time adventure travel blogger and photographer, Matt has been exploring the world for more than six years and has no plans to stop anytime soon. Through his travels, he hopes to challenge assumptions about the world and show his followers that it isn’t as dangerous as you think. To this end, Matt has journeyed through Afghanistan and Tegucigalpa, Honduras — places that many deem as dangerous.
Nicola Easterby is a 23-year-old Aussie with a camera glued to her hands and adventure glued to her feet. Her goal is simple: to inspire everyone to go out and explore this beautiful world we live in. She aims to be living proof that you don’t need to have a full-time career under your belt or an overflowing bank account in order to explore the world. Join her as she sips tea along the lake in Lausanne, Switzerland, dives the Mediterranean in Minorca and enriches her cultural awareness at the Taj Mahal in India. Oh, and did we mention her really amazing photography?
Tom Grond has some words of wisdom for all: Travel is the best education and the best way to make memories for a lifetime. Exploring the world will make you a better and happier person, he believes, and only experiences that are way out of your comfort zone will make you feel alive. The Dutchman, who has been traveling the world extensively since December 2012, has been to 77 countries and counts volcano boarding in Nicaragua and working in the rice fields in Sapa, Vietnam, as some of his most interesting experiences to date.
28-year-old California native Kiersten Rich left behind her corporate job in 2011 to become a world traveler. Since then, she has knocked 54 countries off her list and has experienced some big adventures such as cycling down the world’s deadliest road in Bolivia and diving at Komodo National Park in Indonesia. She counts Iceland and Bolivia as two of her favorite countries for their natural beauty and Jordan for opening her eyes to the wonders of the Middle East.
Like others, Arizona native Drew Binsky has visited countless countries (110 to be exact) and plans to visit them all before he turns 30. What makes him stand out is that he is a 2x Guinness World Record holder — he got the first for visiting 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites within 24 hours, and the second for having the fastest time while packing a suitcase. Ever since moving to South Korea in 2013 to teach English and explore Asia, Drew has experienced a fair share of the world — from running a marathon in Pyongyang and getting mistaken for Mark Zuckerberg in Macau to surviving a fatal bus crash in India.
Her name is Alyssa Ramos and her life is just like a travel movie. An accidental trip to LA led to a chance encounter with freelance writing and journalism, inspiring her to attempt a career in travel blogging. In just the span of two years, the 28-year-old has been to 51 countries and six continents and counts Iceland, Japan, Svalbard, India and the Amazon rainforest in Brazil as some of her favorite spots. While traveling, Alyssa also firmly believes in giving back to society; she founded heartsleeves.org, a charitable foundation that helps bring items of need to countries she’s traveling to.
We’d be remiss to not mention our very own Brian Kelly, aka. The Points Guy, who in the last month has traveled to exotic destinations such as Odumase Krobo, Ghana, and Tulum, Mexico.
Are there any other globetrotters on Instagram that you love? Tell us about them in the comments, below.
Featured image courtesy of Jeff Miller via Getty Images.
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