As the year gradually draws to a close, most of us will start to think of what 2018 will bring — specifically where our travels might take us.
If you’re in need of some inspiration, Business Insider has teamed up with The Indie Traveller to bring you a comprehensive list of the most inspiring, wanderlust-inducing, and influential travel Instagram accounts on the planet.
In order to pinpoint the biggest travel personalities on the photo sharing app, Marek Bron — who is behind the blog — created an algorithm to analyse hundreds of accounts (filtering out any brands or group accounts.)
It measured the accounts on several metrics including follower count, follower ratio, account activity, and engagement rate.
The “Top 100” list shows the accounts that are not only popular among users, but also highly active, and get a lot of engagement from their followers. It includes some of the biggest names in the travel influencer world, but also some exciting rising stars.
Business Insider has compiled a list of the top 30 most influential accounts according to the algorithm.
From dreamy travel couples to professional photographers, influencers, and ambassadors to some of the world’s biggest brands, scroll down to see the most beautiful and influential travel Instagram accounts on the planet, ranked in ascending order alongside their impressive follower counts.
Josh McNair runs the California Through My Lens travel site with his wife, which is used by over six million people. The shot above is taken from the North Dome at dusk in Yosemite National Park.
Belgian-born self-taught travel photographer Johan Lolos just returned home after a five-month summer road trip of across 17 countries, a project he called the 'Peaks of Europe.' He is also Toyota's latest 4×4 ambassador. Check out his blog here.
Above, he's pictured in Elgol, in the Scottish Highlands.
Aussie-born Chloe Ting says she is a 'Gymshark Athlete.' In addition to her globetrotting on Instagram, you can follow her fat burning and fitness tips viaher YouTube channel.
Altug Galip 'kyrenian' describes himself as a traveller, adventurer, and entrepreneur. He's currently exploring Romania, where he took this photo of Dracula's Castlein Bran-Transylvania.
Vlogger Louis Cole is travelling the world on a 90-day adventure. Above he shoots the Sheik Zayed Grand mosque in Abu Dhabi. Check out his vlog here.
Egyptian-Californian native Mena 'mena_shootz' is soon headed to Costa Rica. He spent three hours capturing this shot -- and also admiring the sky -- after hitching a ride down a closed stretch of road to this spot on Lake Tahoe.
David Pomfret has been 'saying yes to life' all the way around South Africa on a VW Bus. Check out his blog here.
Alvaro 'Wander Reds' is on a mission to visit every country in the world, while still working 9-to-5.
He's currently in Kenya. Above, he's photographed at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
'Booyasan' is travelling and photographing the world. Above, he shot the sunset over Porto in Portugal. You can check out his photo store here.
Hannah and Nick are a travel blogging couple who also make films. Above they're pictured at a rug market in Göreme, in the Cappadocia region of central Turkey.
You can check out their blog here.
Damon and Jo are YouTubers who say they grew bored of 'cheesy travel shows,' and so decided to make their own. You can check it out here.
Mark Wiens is an intrepid foodie traveller currently based in Bangkok. Check out his vlog here.
Jordan Hammond is from Switzerland. He's currently travelling the world and taking cool photos in places such as Cappadocia (pictured above), a semi-arid region in central Turkey.
Andy To grew up in Oakland, California. He wrote on his blog: 'I've dedicated my life to film making and spreading positivity.'
Christian LeBlanc 'lostleblanc' says he escaped the 9-to-5 and now travels vlogging and filmmaking around the world. He's currently in the Philippines.
Brazilian-Italian Celinne Da Costa says she is 'rediscovering humanity by travelling the world.' She's currently in Bali. Above, Da Costa is pictured in front of the iconic Dois Irmãos mountains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Check out her blog here.
Chelsea Yamase is a Hawaii-based creative travelling the world as an athlete, model, and writer. She says she is a 'lover of adventure, words, and water.'
'Live simply, explore often, consume mindfully,' she writes. You can check out her blog here.
According to Quin, 'It's never too late to feel a little more alive.' Above, you can see one of his pictures of the Kootenay National Park.
Daniel Kordan is a landscape photographer, and an ambassador to Nikon, Gitzo, and Lucroit. You can check out his photography tutorials here.
Brie and Reuben are a Vancouver-based travel couple exploring the West Coast of America. Above is a shot of Brie at the Golden Ears Provincial Park. Check out their blog here.
Michael Germano 'mag91105' said he left the corporate world for academia. 'Now I travel for fun and this is the world I see. Shot mostly with Sony mirrorless cameras (a6000 & a7R II).'
Alex the 'Swedish Nomad' is currently exploring the world with his girlfriend (pictured) and fellow Swede Christine Wedberg. You can check out his tips and travel guides via his blog.
Samuel Taipale 'El Jackson' is a Norwegian photographer travelling the world with his wife @hilvees.
Senai Senna 'Senna Relax' is a Swiss traveller and influencer travelling the world and taking some stunning, colourful photographs. Above, you can see an image he took of the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany.
Jack Morris behind the blog 'Do you Travel' and his girlfriend Lauren Bullen @gypsealust have caused a media frenzy with many of their wanderlust-inducing Instagram shots.
They are based in Bali, but travel all over being paid by brands to post content. They say they can charge up to £7,000 a post.
Chris Burkard is a photographer and director travelling the world. Above is a shot he took in Utah, with the caption: 'Temples of dirt & rock so perfectly carved by water. I love appreciating the artist's work.' Check out his blog here.
Eric Rubens is a southern California-based photographer who works with brands taking travel, fashion, and lifestyle photos around the world. You can check out more of his work here.
Alex Strohl is based in Whitefish, Montana. He says he tells stories with photography and film.
17-year-old photographer Jannik Obenhoff from Munich, Germany, is officially the most influential travel Instagram account on this list. He says he's 'just a boy with a camera.'
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