The desire to travel is universal in this era of insatiable wanderlust and never-ending bucket lists. And with that desire comes the need for information. Whether you want to know what to pack, how to find the cheapest flights, or where to get an Insta-worthy pic, the best place to turn for inspiration is Instagram influencers.
Read on to discover 11 LGBTQ travel Instagram influencers to follow, ranging from on-the-rise accounts to well-known bloggers. Not only do these influencers make traveling look easy and exciting, but they are all members of the LGBTQ community. Many of them offer tips for safe travel, gay-friendly countries, and Pride events around the world.
The adventure seeker
If you are looking to follow a down-to-earth Instagram influencer, check out Scott Shetler. With more than 1,000 followers, he is making a name for himself as a nature and animal travel guru. From his home in Seattle, Washington, to African safaris, is it clear that no matter where he is, he appreciates the culture and sights of each country he visits. Some of his most recent posts feature Paris and Amsterdam, where he explored each destination’s food, art, and popular tourist attractions.
The wild ones
You’re in for a wild ride—literally—when you follow Zac and Jason’s travel-focused Instagram. Their feed highlights their favorite amusement parks and roller coasters from all over the US as well as their visits to outdoor attractions like zoos and sports games. With more than 1,200 followers, their Instagram account is on the rise as a travel and lifestyle page for members of the LGBTQ community.
Bubbly & bold
From Disneyland to the Moulin Rouge, this influencer and her wife travel around the world to showcase Insta-worthy spots—often with bold rainbow colors. Don’t be fooled by her fun, bubbly aesthetic; she also posts cool, intricate architecture as well as stunning natural scenery. She is gaining popularity with more than 1,300 followers. And, although she is based in New York City, she regularly ventures off to faraway destinations and shares her travel tips with her followers.
The beach bums
This couple doesn’t just travel—they truly vacation. Hawaiian locals Kelly and Jamie are currently touring Australia and fully embracing the beach-bum vibes. From traveling in a van to seeing waterfalls and catching waves, their page is full of beautiful images guaranteed to make you crave some time by the water. They have more than 1,700 followers as well as a YouTube channel with travel vlogs. Grab a piña colada and scroll through this account for your own tropical getaway.
Brooklyn natives, wives Ilana and Kris, explore more than just their hometown—although a major focus of Ilana’s Instagram is Brooklyn’s coolest street art. With a faded-color vibe, this Instagram influencer has more than 1,800 followers and includes photos from their latest travels, including a selfie in front of majestic saguaro cacti in Phoenix, Arizona. What separates their account from the rest is that they incorporate art and lifestyle photos. So, if you don’t want to drown in travel pictures and instead find inspiration in your own city, this is a top account to follow.
Tips, tricks, & tasty treats
This travel writer is not only an Instagram influencer but also a self-proclaimed adventurer and candy lover. With more than 5,000 followers, Lindsay’s feed is full of calming neutral colors and clean lines with pops of rainbow. Don’t forget to check out her and her partner’s blog, Dopes on the Road. They post destination guides as well as helpful information for gay travelers, with tips from several countries spread across nearly every continent.
Woofs & world travels
Shane and Taylor are not only dog dads (to Barley), but they also travel the world together as Instagram influencers. Their Instagram encompasses their Midwestern roots and their love for exploring the world, nature, and beautiful scenery. With more than 15,000 followers and a blog, this is the perfect account to follow for a balance of stunning travel photos—from Croatia to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado—and some adorable dog pics for good measure.
Vibrant & vivacious
With more than 20,000 followers and growing, Negin and Mel Dova are no rookies to the Instagram influencer scene. Their vibrant feed showcases not only their travels but also their fun times, like dressing up as Aladdin and Jasmine, and beautiful pictures from their wedding. What makes them unique is that—although the look of their Instagram feed is uniform in color scheme—the destinations are very diverse. They hit the beach in Mo’orea, tasted wine in Rome, and posed in front of street art in Los Angeles, California.
The girl who has seen it all
Ringing in with 20,000-plus followers on Instagram, Dani Heinrich has been traveling for 10 years. If you want a variety of photos from each far-off destination she has explored, as well as stories and travel tips, she is the right Instagram influencer to follow. Since her full-time job is traveling, she is able to dive deep into every aspect of a new city, like the food, culture, people, art, and natural wonders. Dani has been almost everywhere. She writes more extensively about her travel tips and stories on her blog, Globetrotter Girls.
Pretty in lots of pink
Sparkles, hot pink, rainbows, butterflies, cake, and so much more give Ariana and Hannah, also known as the Angelinos, a spot on our list. Photoshoots filled with loud colors, trendy accessories, and vintage style make the Angelinos an account to follow. These LA ladies have more than 47,000 followers as well as a YouTube channel where they discuss everything from being in a biracial relationship to their favorite lesbian movies. Check their account out for a fun mix bit of travel, fashion, and lifestyle.
The California queen
Californian Raffinee uses Instagram and her blog, Raff Out Loud, to share her experience as a lesbian and mother of three. Topics such as family, veganism, LGBTQ issues, and lifestyle are commonly featured on her page. She also posts dreamy photos of her vacations to destinations such as Spain and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her feed features every color of the rainbow, so follow her to add some color to your life. With 82,000-plus followers, Raffinee is an established blogger sharing her adorable family with the world.
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