9 Travel Bloggers you need to be following on Instagram

Helen Keller once said “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” It is for that reason that I eat, drink and sleep travel, and when I am leaving a digital footprint across the world, I spend my time following other travel bloggers on Instagram, around the world. Instagram has become a global platform for many travelers to share their spirit and journey. If you are a travel blogger and haven’t begun to share your world on Instagram with us, what are you waiting for? Hop on the train, we would love to follow you.

These are 9 Travel Bloggers that are always up to something adventurous, do amazing work and make waves in all the continents they put their footprint on, are an inspiration to me and many that I know for different reasons that you need to be following on Instagram (that is if you are aren’t already). Hope they will get you inspired to travel the world!

Here we go

9. Soultravelblog : https://www.instagram.com/soultravelblog/

It’s hard not to feel connected with every destination that they show on their travel feed. This is because Soul travel is all about traveling with conscience, and journeys with the soul, it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with their feed.

And for a bonus : Their tagline screams “Travel which connects you… to yourself and to the world”
Explore and make the world a better place with sustainable, positive and mindful travel.

8. Mytravelsecret : https://www.instagram.com/mytravelsecret/

My travelsecret is all about a girl with a strong desire to travel the world and explore new places. (who doesn’t want that for their life anyway?) That is why I follow her ardently. Asia happens to be her true love, so if you are looking for inspiration to travel to Asia, we suggest you check out her feed. It will for sure give you that wanderlust that will make you pack your bags instantly and head over to Asia. I kid you not.

7. Nomadwomen : https://www.instagram.com/nomadwomen/

Donna Meyer is an award winning Blogger & award – winning freelance travel writer. We love her feed because she empowers older women to get up, get out and see the world. That is the kind of inspiration the doctor ordered no? After all, life is short and the world is wide, so young or old, do yourself a favor, and as Donna Meyer would say, “Get up, Get Out and see the world.”

6. Green Global Travel : https://www.instagram.com/green_global_travel/

My first attraction with this IG account, was the name. As a Go Green travel advocate, the name appealed to me. Go Green inspires people to help the world via responsible ecotourism, nature/ wildlife conservation & cultural preservation. A noble mission after my own heart. Their adventures are very interesting, from Hawaii, to Jordan, to Kenya, these guys are everywhere, and the best part is, in a sustainable way. *swoon*

5. Pascal Mannaerts : https://www.instagram.com/pascalmannaerts/

Let me tell you, photography has never looked this good. If you want to restore your faith in humanity once more, this is the travel account to follow. For over ten years, Pascal has been traveling around the world with his camera. In the process of total immersion in every culture, he discovered that his main focus in his photography is none other than the human. This in turn tends to turn into open dialogues, arouse emotions and questions. I could tell you more, but what fun would I be, if I don’t let you explore this account by yourself. 🙂

4. Passion Passport : https://www.instagram.com/passionpassport/

PassionPassport has only one aim in life : to tell impactful stories about travel – need I tell you more? Why don’t you have a look for yourself at how well they are living their life’s mission 🙂

3. Glographics : https://www.instagram.com/glographics/

Glo lives by one mantra “Life is short, see the world and spread the joy.” and see the world she does, sprinkling joy in every destination she steps in. I love her feed because she has a colourful imagination, one that she uses daily to take her followers in an adventure of a lifetime. Also when she left college in 2013 she booked a one-way ticket to Europe with $500 to her name, and over 70+ countries across 6 continents later, she is still not finished. Definitely worth checking out no?

2. AdventureCom : https://www.instagram.com/adventurecom/

We like Adventure.com because it is the home for the stories untold, that connect, bridge and go deeper into worlds beyond our own. They also broaden the lens on adventure travel. Because it is an online travel magazine, it features emerging destinations, inspiring trailblazers, as well as rich narratives. Their feed is also just amazing to look at, and they really have unique perspectives.

1. @muradosmann & @natalyosmann: https://www.instagram.com/muradosmann/

Murad Osmann and Nataly Osmann of #FollowMeTo are Instagram’s original travel inspo duo, and are responsible for creating the iconic hand-holding pose we often associate with couples on the go. The Moscow-based pair doesn’t just stop at jaw-dropping imagery; they travel to countries to curate the best in local designer fashion as well, and use it to style their iconic shots. Head to their accounts for the best in travel, style and some cute outtakes of how their feed takes shape.

That’s it! Did we capture any of your favorite travel blogs? No? Then share with us some of the Instagram Travel accounts you fancy in the comments below.

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Best Holiday Places to Travel in 2019

Travel in 2017 was a banner year for best holiday places to travel in a sustainable manner. It begun with  the United Nations backing the movement and many industry professionals pointing their compass towards these ideals, two years later, the momentum is still growing.

Being a sustainable traveler often means embracing your power to support lesser known destinations and their economies. When certain places receive too many visitors, the quality of life for locals (and travelers, for that matter) can start to deteriorate. Popular destinations are primed to be engines of broad economic growth for countries, but as demand rises, an unequal distribution of wealth occurs along with it.

In 2018 travel was all about far-flung, unexpected experiences—and 2019 is no different. But rediscovering the world’s must-sees, delving deeper into already-trendy destinations, and visiting countries worthy (and in need) of tourism are only some of the ways to travel well this year.

Sometimes the new year is not all about novelty, and travel in 2019 will require taking another look at destinations already on your radar. Here, are our best places to travel in 2019 – whether you’re looking to adventure, or indulge in some much needed self-care. Because the world, it seems, is our oyster, and doesn’t it look delicious.

#1 Kenya

Why go now : The weather is superb; the food is out of this life and the wildlife is out of this world.

Kenya is a melting pot with an endless array of activities and destinations that promise undiluted fun. However when you google Kenya, the first thing that pops out is the fact that not only are they the world center for animal safaris and active adventure holidays, but they are also long distance runners.

If you love fun and adventure, Kenya is the ultimate spot for you.

Apart from the mentioned, you can also get a chance to practice marathon running with the world’s greatest athletes and gold medalists, on the hills of the Great Rift Valley. Try eating nyama choma with the locals, or sip wine aboard a sailing dhow on the calm waters of the Indian Ocean. Whatever your interests, you will be spoiled with choices in Kenya.

The wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara is one of the natural wonders of the world. Kenya also has many other places of world interest that are worth visiting, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Lamu, Kenya’s oldest living city. Lamu is known for being the best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. There is also the Mount Kenya Forest Reserve in Mount Kenya. Other World Heritage Sites include Fort Jesus in Mombasa, a historical monument built by the Portuguese in 1593, and the Ruins of Gedi, built in the 14th century to encourage the Arab-African trade and other unexploited gems of Kenya scenery that include the Kerio Valley escarpment – a popular destination for Paragliding.

Things to do to immerse in local life : Cook with Agnes, Join Christine through her neighborhood Kibera or stay in a community-run camp

To get all insider tips and help in planning your Kenya trip you can fill in this quick Kenya-quiz to receive a trip suggestion with what to see and do.


#2 Cambodia

Why Go Now : They celebrate the new year in April. (Gives you a second chance to have a go in your new year’s resolution 🙂 )

If there is one Khmer expression everyone traveling to Cambodia should learn, it’s Sok Sabai. Literally, Sok means peace and Sabai means happiness, this expression is used to greet people, ask how they’re doing, and say goodbye.

Underneath the turbulent history, Cambodia still managed to keep its smile. A country that is home to a world wonder: Angkor Wat, an unspoiled coastline and delicious curries. The most memorable experience however will be the generous and friendly people you will meet on your way.

To help you in planning your trip you get a bunch of great tips in this blog post ‘Cambodia in 2 weeks: in search of the hidden gems”

Things to do to immerse in local life : To experience Monastery experience in Siem Reap

#3 Nepal

Why Go Now : It’s the door to the Himalayas, who doesn’t want to see that?

Following the devastating 2015 earthquake, Nepal saw many of the buildings and temples of the Kathmandu Valley reduced to rubble. Yet three years later, and the capital’s recovery means Nepal should be firmly back on your travel radar for 2019.

Known as the doorway to the Himalayas, Kathmandu is now seeing its monuments and sites restored to their former glory. The city has been designed to reduce noise and air pollution. Cars have been banned from its historic centre and motor horns banned across the entire Kathmandu Valley. There’s also reliable electricity and even WiFi. So you can enjoy some home comforts before embarking on a trek into some of the world’s highest mountains.

The capital will also be hosting the South Asian Games in 2019. But if you still need persuading, Nepal has so much more still to offer. UNESCO-listed Lumbini was the birthplace of Buddha and Pokhara boasts the beautiful Phewa Lake. And if you’re a nature lover, outstanding Chitwan National Park is home to Bengal tigers, rhinos and more local wildlife.

Things to do to immerse in local life: Cook with Rekha in her home

#4 India

Why Go Now : This year marks 150 years since the birth of Gandhi, the father of the nation, making it a historic year to visit.

Because it is a must see place, first timers should plan for a stop in Agra to view the Taj Mahal at sunrise when it’s least populated (perhaps after a night spent at the Oberoi Amarvilas or the ITC Mughal) and a jaunt in Jaipur and Udaipur, with a stay at the Taj Lake Palace.

Another standout property, the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, was the site of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ epic week-long wedding (pictured right). Aside from the celeb-approved site, head into the blue city of Jodhpur, where streets and structures of the most stunning shades make for one of the most breathtaking parts of a vast and vibrant country.

But what lands this country on our list are its lesser known destinations focused on India’s conservation efforts, like the wildlife reserves in Ranthambore and Madya Pradesh (home to the largest population of wild tigers), or the northeastern, untapped regions of Assam, Nagaland, and the Kaziranga National Park, “home to Asiatic rhinos and some of Asia’s last surviving former-headhunting tribes.”

India is a country of contrasts; along with natural wonders and wildlife reserves, brace yourself for bustling cityscapes along with the abundance of conservation efforts—and prepare for some of the most luxurious hotel experiences of your life, like the Aman-i-Khas luxury tented cap in Ranthambore.

Things to do to immerse in local life: Delhi street walk by a former street kid.

To further plan your India trip you can download one of the free travel guides full of tips.

#5 Sri Lanka

Why go now : Meditating and spending time in a monastery, maybe just what the doctor ordered.

Sri Lanka is found among or at the top of many lists when it comes to popular travel destinations. 2019 marks a decade on from the end of its civil war, perhaps a good excuse (though none is needed) to explore its 2,000-year-old culture. Discover ancient ruins, wildlife-filled national parks like Yala with everything from leopards and elephants to crocodiles and countless bird species, lush tea plantations and popular surfing spots. Or just kick back on one of the gorgeous beaches and enjoy the scenery.

Time well spent in Sri Lanka is all about balance. Spend days enjoying the surf and the country’s lush beaches, and follow up lazy days with trips to Udawalawe National Park, hikes to World’s End, and trips to the country’s endless array of historic ruins and temples.

Things to do to immerse in local life:  Explore Colombo’s street food with raconteur

#6 Indonesia

Why go Now : Because every traveler needs some Indonesian love sprinkled in their lives, every once in a while.

Being the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia boosts a diverse selection of culture and natural wonders in its more than 18,000 islands. Their ancestry dates back in the 20th century when traders in the Pacific Ocean often pass by.

Kingdoms have ruled for centuries until it became a republic. This has left some of the most important archeological remnants that are being studied today. In fact, some of the first human civilization were discovered in Indonesia,thus it was named the Java Man.

The country is also recognized as one of the largest Muslim nations in the world. The songs, dances and textiles are very intricate that visitors bring them home. From temples to forests to beaches, witness wonderful Indonesia.


Things to do to immerse in local life: Cycling to visit local artisans in Yogyakarta

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Love brewed in a Kenyan Pot

I Love food and as an avid traveler in my opinion one of the best ways to learn about a local culture is through its food. It gathers people, it lets them enjoy, relax and it tickles ones senses. Recently, I traveled to Kenya. I was curious about this country as I had read a blog post that showed me such a diversity of things this country has to offer. I was pleasantly surprised and it changed the image I had of Kenya. Local food was one of the things I wanted to try first.

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9 Immersive Travel Rules for 2019 for the True Traveler

Immersive travel is HOT. What is it you might think? Well, it is the act of surrounding yourself with the culture of a place. Sometimes this might mean living with a family and helping out on their farm, or simply sharing a meal with a local. It is a unique experience that more often than not opens doors to a deeper understanding of an unfamiliar place. You’re never going to know a place as intimately as the people living there, but by immersing in the local culture, you can begin to understand it all a little better.

Over the years, travelers are increasingly seeking more of these authentic, immersive experiences in new places.  Joining a monk for a few days, or a 6 month homestay in Cortegana, Huelva or a local farm stay with a group of inspiring travelers. Whatever the destination, every seasoned traveler recognizes that often the most memorable experiences are the encounters with local people and immersing into the local culture. So, if you are done with the standard travel, ticking the box and are up for a new adventure then this article is for you. Here are 9 things you should avoid when you are looking for an enriching, authentic and deeper travel experience.

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Mind blowing things to do in Morocco to immerse yourself

If you are like me, the year has been one helluva rollercoaster. To cope with this I always travel to rejuvenate my soul, find myself once more and be ignited and inspired. We all know the saying “losing yourself , is the key to finding yourself.” I think I just made that up, but you get the drift no? There is no better way to do this than to immerse yourself in local culture while traveling. Experiencing another culture and tribe, helps you see life through a different set of eyes and gets you to appreciate your life as well.

I recently traveled to Morocco and this country  provides amazing things to do and see. In this article I will share the best things to do in Morocco that will let you immerse yourself.

Morocco, is where Africa, Europe and the Middle east meet. Not only does Morocco bring such a burst of energy with it, it also has a culture that is rich, exotic and nothing short of magical. There are so many things to inspire you in Morocco, so many things to do, so little time. Here are my most favorite things to in Morocco.

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Lamu Island Kenya: The Ultimate Travel Guide 2018

Lamu travel guide

When thinking of Kenya, the first thing that comes to the mind of many travelers are safaris and maybe the colorful Maasai tribe, but that’s about it. While living here now for a couple of years I can tell you Kenya offers so much more! From the stunning coast with its white sandy beaches, turquoise sea, Arabic towns like Lamu to Africa’s second-highest mountain, Mount Kenya, its abundance of wildlife and national parks to the tropical west part of Kenya. In my opinion Kenya is one of the countries in Africa that’s the ultimate holiday destination that offers all at once and just an 8-hour flight from Europe and soon even a direct flight from New York. In this Lamu travel guide I want to highlight a beautiful island in front of Kenya’s northern coast, Lamu. It is unique in its kind as no cars are allowed and you can still see a lot of Arabic influences.

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10 of The Most Unique Places for Trekking in Asia

Asia is a hub for spectacular tourist destinations. It also offers some spellbinding treks which allow you to walk through thick rainforests, citing rare flora and fauna, learning about the various tribes and their cultures, and often observing them by residing with them in their homes and sharing their food. The following places for trekking in Asia are recommended not only because they are breathtakingly beautiful but also culturally immersive. Asia is a treasure trove of natural mystery tucked away into its beautiful corners waiting to be explored. We take a look at some of the most spectacular trails that explore the history and culture of the region.

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Kenya’s Road Less Traveled: The Undiscovered Taita Taveta Hills

Hidden gems in Kenya

Kenya is well-known among foreigners for its stunning safaris. It is a pity that this is the main picture many travelers have as Kenya is so much more than just that. I live in Kenya myself and the last couple of years I have been amazed by its mesmerizing beauty and its diversity. Recently, I have discovered a part of Kenya that again stunned me. My goal is to show these different sides of Kenya and help putting Kenya in a different perspective than just a safari destination.

In this blog post I will share my recent discovery and hope it inspires you to hit the road less traveled as well.

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11 Travel Photography Tips to Capture a Destination Fully

Our little ‘ol planet is a pretty fascinating place floating around in the cosmos. With so many places to go, people to see, and experiences to live, the desire to put them all in our pockets drives us collect pictures. Millions of them. The challenge often is how to shoot the best pictures while being present and enjoying the moment at the same time.

“Photography is not about the camera,” Ami Vitale writes in Explora. “It’s not even about the beautiful images we create. It is about telling powerful stories and capturing memories. ”

In this blog post I will show you how you can do this with some great photography tips from the best photographers in the world while you travel around the world. 

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