7 Instagram Travel Photographers On Their Favorite Place in the World to Travel (& More)

7 Instagram Travel Photographers On Their Favorite Place in the World to Travel (& More)

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Brittney Morgan
Mar 9, 2017
A snapshot of Nice, France, taken by @gmateus on Instagram.
(Image credit: @gmateus/Instagram)

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about all the places in the world you can visit? Maybe you can't take a vacation any time soon, but that doesn't mean you can't explore your wanderlust from home.

We asked 7 travel photographers on Instagram to share their favorite destinations and what they've learned on their adventures. So, whether you've got travel plans coming up or you just want to feel like you've been transported to another world when you check your social media feeds, these photographers should be on your must-follow list.

Lauren Bath (@laurenepbath)

Where is your favorite place you've been, and why?

My favourite place these days is Australia, my home, all of my travels have conspired to make me fall in love with my own backyard all over again. I started my Instagram and photography career in Australia and have since travelled to every state and a lot of regions. I love the diversity we have and our Aussie spirit, oh and we do great coffee!

What's something interesting you've learned on your travels?

That we are more connected than most people can even imagine. No matter what your religion or country of birth or language or skin colour, we are all just people, wonderfully flawed and unique. I believe that traveling more makes you much more accepting of others and educates you in ways that you can't imagine.

Where are you off to next, or where are you dying to go?

I'm actually off to the US next! I'll be skiing at the Vail resorts in Colorado before visiting Park City in Utah. I'm really looking forward to it. As for the place I'm dying to go, Scotland!

Can you share your best Instagram tip?

Most people think the most important thing about Instagram is your photography, and while that is obviously important, even more important is community. If you engage with others in an honest way that will come back to reward you ten fold. I gained my audience by having a true interest in others and by supporting and nurturing my community. So always remember to give back on Instagram—oh, and take nice photos too.

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Eric Rubens (@erubes1)

Where is your favorite place you've been, and why?

My favorite destination is South Africa. The variety of landscapes and being able to visit amazing beaches, jaw dropping mountains, immaculate wine country, and go on safaris truly makes it a one of a kind vacation. I've been twice now and I'm already dying to visit a third time. Having an amazing city like Cape Town and Kruger National Park is almost unfair. I always recommend it to everyone I talk to!

What's something interesting you've learned on your travels?

Photography has really taught me to embrace the small things and pay attention to my surroundings in more detail. In the past I was much more likely to breeze through the day but now I try to pickup on small details that really make each day so enjoyable. I try not to miss the sunset each day which has really become a staple for my photography style and following. There really is no better way in my opinion than ending the day at the beach watching the sunset. It's the best free show on Earth.

Where are you off to next, or where are you dying to go?

I'm headed to Oahu and Kauai this week, return home for 1 day, and then off to Costa Rica for a week, so it's a busy month for me! I'm dying to go to Alaska. I don't think it get's enough attention for the unbelievable place it is. I've had lots of friends come home from there and speak nothing but amazing things about their experience. I'm hoping to cross it off the list in a couple months!

Can you share your best Instagram tip?

My best tip would be to engage with your audience and be supportive of those who inspire you. I try to answer every question anyone leaves me about locations, camera settings, tips, etc. I remember when I was just getting into photography, it was a little discouraging writing people who inspired me and asking questions only to have them never respond. I also try to spend some time thanking people who come through and leave comments on my work. It takes a little bit of time out of my day, but without the support of people I wouldn't be able to do what I do!

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Emily Thomas (@emitoms)

Where is your favorite place you've been, and why?

My favorite place I've ever been to is definitely the Canadian Rockies. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Rockies make you feel so small and insignificant in the best way. Whenever I am sad or something is upsetting me, I always think of the mountains and the outdoors. When I was driving through the Canadian Rockies all I could think about was how lucky I was to be alive to witness such a beautiful place. Tall mountains and the bluest water you will ever see—I highly recommend visiting.

What's something interesting you've learned on your travels?

Something interesting I've learned on my travels is how important it is to travel and see the world. There is so much out there to see and explore, people to meet, cultures to learn from and understand. It taught me that experiences are worth every penny. Whenever I travel, I always feel richer as a result.

Where are you off to next, or where are you dying to go?

My next trip is to the Hawaiian Islands, but I have been dying to go to the Arctic Circle to experience the Northern Lights. There are definitely some warmer destinations on my list as well, but the Northern Lights would be amazing to see.

Can you share your best Instagram tip?

My best Instagram tip is to take photos and post what YOU love. It's so easy to get caught up in posting what other people will like and forget that your Instagram account is YOUR platform, your story, and your life. People connect with powerful stories and passion the most—so post what you love and what makes you happy. People will follow that.

Super reminiscing on Iceland

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Christian McLeod (@christianmcld)

Where is your favorite place you've been, and why?

Everyone asks me this questions and I have to split it up into two parts: 1) because of the people—I love the people in both Norway and Indonesia, something uniquely genuine about each, however they engage in conversation in two totally different ways. And 2) because of the landscape—I'd have to choose Iceland or New Zealand. The landscape is so diverse in each case and the colors are just mind-blowing.

What's something interesting you've learned on your travels?

Take time to talk to people, leave your phone in your pocket—instead of looking up the directions to your place on Google maps, just ask a local, you never know what you will learn or experience, and that's how you build as a person. If you travel the world and you stay on your laptop or your phone, you will just stay the person you've always been because your normal group of people are around you, albeit you're in a different country. Get out and experience and learn.

Where are you off to next, or where are you dying to go?

Currently I'm in Vancouver Canada and have been here for the past 4 months. I feel like going somewhere hot, but right now I am focusing on my new business which is creative innovative solutions for businesses to grow. I know this business can also do major good in helping world issues such as homelessness or ocean pollution. I'm open to working with any companies interested in helping the planet in some way.

Can you share your best Instagram tip?

If you're a content creator, save some original content and send it to every relevant Instagram feature page you can find. Send content every week and be consistent. These pages love original content.

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Matt Long (@landlopers)

Where is your favorite place you've been, and why?

My favorite city will always be Paris, not just for the obvious reasons, but because it was also the first big international trip I ever took. While I've since been back many times, it never fails to impress.

What's something interesting you've learned on your travels?

It sounds simple, but for me learning to slow down and allow the unexpected to happen has been hard to learn. I'm a planner by nature so it's taken years to learn how important it is to just sometimes go with the flow.

Where are you off to next, or where are you dying to go?

I have lots of exciting travel coming up including: Colombia, Alberta, Spain and Myanmar!

Can you share your best Instagram tip?

Share those images and stories that mean a lot to you and which you believe best reflect the moment. Instagram isn't meant to be a running dialogue like Twitter, I think it's best when the galleries are thoughtful and well curated.

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Tiffany Nguyen (@tiffpenguin)

Where is your favorite place you've been, and why?

That's a tough one, but I'd have to say Alberta, Canada. I visited Alberta for the first time two years ago and absolutely fell in love with the place. It's a photographer's dream. Alberta is known for its national parks; Banff and Jasper National Park being my favorites there. Alberta has everything a landscape photographer could dream of, from turquoise blue lakes with the Canadian Rockies as a backdrop to the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic drives I've ever done. I'll be going back for the sixth time this spring to discover new spots to photograph, can't wait!

What's something interesting you've learned on your travels?

Every trip is different and you can never predict what's going to happen. Sometimes things go smoothly and exactly as planned but other times your plans can be completely changed. You always have to be prepared for the worst possible scenario and sometimes you just have to go with it. Some of my favorite adventures are ones that were completely unplanned and spontaneous. You can only plan so much and sometimes the experiences that you least expect are the ones that stick with you for the longest.

Where are you off to next, or where are you dying to go?

I'm off to the Philippines next! It'll be my first time there and I'll be exploring Cebu, Boracay, Manila, Palawan, and Bohol. Some other places that I really want to explore are Japan, Antarctica, Germany, Switzerland, Indonesia, and Tanzania.

Can you share your best Instagram tip?

Quality over quantity. Post photos that you're proud of and that represent your style, regardless of the number of likes or comments the photo gets. It's okay to be inspired by others' work, but always stay true to your own style. Don't be scared to post something different. Your audience may not like the change, but posting diverse photos is what's going to help you grow and improve your photography skills.

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Where is your favorite place you've been, and why?

Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, but the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina is a close second.

What's something interesting you've learned on your travels?

You can never rely on the pre-conceived ideas you build based on experiences of other people and secondhand information. I have been consistently surprised, both positively and negatively, to find that reality was completely different from my expectations about a place and about its people. Travel is the best thing you can do—you'll learn much more than reading a book or being in a class.

Where are you off to next, or where are you dying to go?

I will travel next week to Liguria, but what I am really looking forward to is the chance to visit Tanzania, and especially Zanzibar!

Can you share your best Instagram tip?

Interact a lot and in a nice way with your followers, and they will return it back to you!

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