If a person travels and doesn’t share their experiences via Instagram, did they really travel?
While the answer to that may seem an easy one of yes, in the social media age a traveller void of Instagram posts is a rare bird. Not only is Instagram a great way for people to get their name out in the world, it can also be a huge money-maker.
However, on a much more humble level, it is no question that the popular social media platform can be a huge motivator for people to get off the couch and see the world for themselves.
Here are ten backpackers who left their comfort zones behind to explore the world and share their adventures:
1. The World Pursuit
Natasha and Cameron are an American couple on a mega-adventure driving themselves through Africa!
2. Chris Burkard
Chris Burkard is a Californian self-taught photographer and artist.
“I use Photography as a means to inspire others to travel, find joy and seek experiences out of their comfort zone.”
It's hard to describe the Joy of returning. I grew up traveling here a lot as a kid. One of my first rolls of film ever was shot here with my Grandpa. My dad is buried maybe an hour away.. in a cemetery outside Las Cruces. It has always been a little bitter sweet coming out this way. But age has given me perspective & confidence that I can put a lot of beauty out in the world. Photography has even helped heal some wounds I didn't really know were there. For me it has been so much more than just a career.. it's a tool to communicate. Some days it seems like the only language I know… or at least the one I'm the best at speaking. . I've been a bit obsessed with this photo series ..( as you can tell) but coming back to see this place in its full glory with the platform to inspire others to see it for themselves is what it's all about for me.
3. Fun For Louis
A man who almost needs no introduction, Louis Cole is a photographer and videographer, and daily vlogger making his way around the world having fun and inspiring others to do the same.
4. Expert Vagabond
Matthew Karsten is a professional travel photographer and blogger who has been on the road for over 6 years with no plans to quit!
5. Heart My Backpack
Silvia Lawrence is an American off-the-beaten-path blogger and photographer currently living in Norway.
6. Siddhartha Joshi
Siddhartha, also known as ‘Sid The Wanderer’, is a photographer from India balancing a life of full-time work and travel.
This is a view from one of Hong Kong's most popular tourist destinations, #VictoriaPeak. It's also a favourite with the families, especially kids who love to come up the hill on a heritage tram. . But this isn't all. There are tons of things-to-do for a family in the city 😊 . Read a detailed guide (on my blog – www.sid-thewanderer.com) on family travel in Hong Kong along with tips for visa, local transportation, food and more 🙂 In collaboration with @discoverhongkong
7. Young Adventuress
Liz Carlson is an American photographer and blogger currently living in beautiful Wanaka, New Zealand. Follow her many adventures, musings, and stories!
8. Journey Wonders
Also known as Raphael Alexander, Journey Wonders is a photographer, influencer, and adventurer. His goal is to help others attain their dreams of constant travel!
Sunsets at Trinidad are filled with pure magic my wonder friends. The best way to enjoy this view (other than renting an Airbnb near the city's main square) is to go to a sunset terrace restaurant. Sure, prices can be somewhat high for Cuba standards and the food is going to be either too greasy or too bland (scarcity applies to spices as well it seems) but the view…oh gosh, the view… The view is going to make you wish you could move to Trinidad and enjoy this forever and ever ❤️. What has been your favorite sunset so far in this year???
9. Alex In Wanderland
Alexandra Baackes is a travel photographer and blogger who focuses on her diving adventures around the world!
Sawasdee Pi Mai from Thailand! 💦 It's the wet and wild Thai New Year and I can't wait to celebrate! Love this photo from our balcony at Bangkok's shiny new @x2vibe hotel. I fell in love with this brand at the @x2resorts in Samui in December and now I want to hit all the hotels in this playful and funky — and crazy affordable, in this case! — Thai owned brand! 📷: @paivimariakinnunen
10. Pause The Moment
Ryan is a location independent blogger, digital influencer, and world traveler who kicked the 9-5 life in 2010 and never returned.
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