A million years after everyone else, I’ve jumped on the Instagram bandwagon like the curmudgeonly, late-adopter I am. (You can follow me here).
But now that I’m there? I’m there, satisfying my never-ending wanderlust by following photographers from all over the world, gorging myself on back alley peeks into other countries and photos of food I don’t recognize.
Here are 10 of my favorite fascinating, colorful, I-want-to-go-there-now international Instagram accounts.
Top 10 Instagram Accounts for Wanderlust
London // @aladyinlondon
Let’s all live vicariously through this California expat who’s relocated to London (via Brussels, Providence, Paris, Prague, San Diego, and Nice) and visited 95 countries. Equally impressive to me: she left a career as a hedge fund manager to become a travel writer and consultant. I raise my tea cup to you, miss.
Hong Kong // @priboghani
Priyanka was born in Mumbai, grew up in Hong Kong, and earned her degrees in England (impressive, no?) She loves writing about “India, Hong Kong, humanitarian issues, my travels, my photography, literature and cricket.” Her instagram feed makes me homesick for Asia.
India // @mumbaipaused
Oversaturated and mysterious, these photos make me think of those hot, humid days when it’s 90 degrees and somehow overcast. They’re a fascinating peek into daily Indian life.
New Zealand // @hellopoe
I will race you – right now – to be Adrienne Pitts’ new BFF. The Kiwi photographer loves “travel, people, dogs, coffee.” (I’ll talk to her about considering cats instead of dogs). Her photos are color-filled, joyful, sweet.
Bahrain // @lovelyandcurious
I’m a pretty intrepid, experienced traveler and this instagram feed reminds me (daily) that OMG THERE ARE STILL SO MANY PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO. Monkeys! Riding camels! Drinking water from gold chalices!
South Africa // @garethpon
Gareth Pon has a leg up on the rest of us because he’s a professional filmmaker and photographer who’s lived in Johannesburg his whole life. So let’s greedily eat up his insights (and amazing photos) of his country – like: what to eat, where to go, which graffitied walls to stand in front of.
North Korea // @dguttenfelder
What? There’s an Instagram feed of the most culturally isolated country in the world? FASCINATING. David Guttenfelder is the Associated Press chief Asia photographer, so he rather knows what he’s doing.
Germany // @sandrajuto
“Berlin’s got a pretty affordable cost of living, right? And I studied German in high school and I’m half German so moving there would be an good and obvious life choice.” These are the thoughts I have every time I look through Sandra’s Instagram feed. Can you blame me? Picnics in the park! Apartment buildings that look like this!
Finland // @nellahelsinki
Do you know anything about Finland? I know nothing. I’ve always assumed it was a variation on the Scandinavian theme (full of painfully attractive, industrious blonds, beautiful architecture, rugged coastlines). Apparently, there’s more to it than that – but it does have a lot of those, too.
Scotland // @alisonchino
Alison is living the life most of us dream of. She moved her family of six from Arkansas to Aberdeen, Scotland and now they spend their time going on hikes, drinking tea, and generally being as adorable as humanly possible. Let’s be her when we grow up, shall we?
Who are your favorite international Instagrammers? And if you’re on Instagram, leave a link to your feed in the comments so we can all be friends!