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7 Travellers you should be following

If you’re like us, you must love spending hours daydreaming over the best Instagram Travel pages. As the end of the holidays is approaching, we spoke to the creatives behind these pages, whether photographers, bloggers or writers – and asked them about travelling. In no particular order, here are 7 Instagram Travel accounts you should be following, let’s dive in!

1. Lorraine Yip (@yippietravels)

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a corporate lawyer originally based in Hong Kong but currently working in Tokyo on secondment. During my time away from work, I am also an avid photographer and was fortunate enough to have my work published in National Geographic. I would describe myself as someone who works hard and plays hard. Perhaps due to the intensity and nature of my working hours, I constantly look for adrenaline-pumping and off the grid adventures to try to unwind.

Could you give us the 3 best travel spots you recommend?

Ethiopia, for landscape that is simply out of this world and its unique indigenous culture. Iran, for its warm hospitality, amazing culinary experience and awe-inspiring architecture, and Utah, for its incredible scenery, hiking and there being no shortage of adrenaline fueling activities!

What’s an item you wish you could have taken home from a trip?

This is a hard one. If I could, I would take home an old 1950s Chevrolet from Cuba – these are cars commonly used as taxis there. There is so much history and culture behind these cars and a classic vintage is always hard to find back home.

2. Pia Riverola (@piariverola)

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born in Barcelona and I’m now based between Los Angeles and Mexico City. I studied film in Barcelona and New York City and have been working as a freelance photographer covering different genres such as travel, architecture and fashion. 

Could you give us the 3 best travel spots you recommend?

Ion Hotel in Iceland, Naoshima Island in Japan, and Paracas desert and sea landscapes in Peru.

What’s an item you wish you could have taken home from a trip?

This beautiful old silk kimono robe that was to use during my stay in a Ryokan in Kyoto a couple of years ago, I still think of it sometimes. And any of the Japanese ceramics.

3. Mary Quincy (@mary_quincy)

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a full-time photographer based in Paris. I am fascinated by the authenticity of every place I visit & try to capture instant moments. I am passionate about travel and aim to visit a new place every month. Self-taught, I grew a passion for photography all thanks to Instagram on which I share everyday moments & shots from my daily life in Paris or taken during trips around the world.

Could you give us the 3 best travel spots you recommend?

It’s difficult to choose! But I would say Scotland is always a good idea! Driving around the country is just incredibly relaxing and a beautiful experience. I have a soft spot for Tuscany which has been on my bucket list for years and I finally went there earlier this year. The landscapes around the small town of Pienza are worth the trip. And finally, I would say my home region, Normandy. The coast is beautiful & all the lovely villages make it one of the best French regions to see.

What’s an item you wish you could have taken home from a trip?

I am a big fan of big soft blankets and I always want to bring one back one but never have the room in my suitcase. I found some beautiful & cosy ones in Scotland but couldn’t bring them back home sadly.

4. Mimi Ezinne (@mimiezinne)

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a photographer and creative from Chicago that loves to travel! I’m often inspired by my Nigerian and Ghanaian culture to create images that remind me of the spaces I’ve been blessed to explore and also bring a sense of nostalgia and familiarity. I enjoy documenting my experiences, especially of minority spaces often less travelled, for others to see and be inspired to explore on their own as well. (…) Beyond that, I love travelling to try new foods and expand my palate, it’s the best part of visiting a new place for me!     

Could you give us the 3 best travel spots you recommend?

Cape Town, South Africa – I love everything about Cape Town because there is something for everyone, especially in the summer. There’s a surplus of things to do from hiking Lions Head mountain, laying out on the beach at Camp’s Bay or Clifton, nightlife at Coco Nightclub, drinks from Yours Truly or dinner at (…) Aaron’s Restaurant, Kloof Street House or Ferdinando’s Pizza. Paris, France – I adore Paris so much, it’s really the perfect destination for a creative. (…) It’s so easy to get around the city with trains and in the summer everything feels so vibrant and dreamy. My favourite neighbourhood to explore is Pigalle, home to Pigalle Basketball, a streetwear store with a vibrant basketball court, and Pink Mamma, my favourite restaurant for its decor and amazing food. Zanzibar Island  – This is the place to go when you want to relax, slow down, and explore. Zanzibar Island is a region of Tanzania that is known for its exotic beaches, spices, cultural history (its capital Stonetown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and an amazing fusion of foods derived from its history. My favourite restaurant and a must-visit is Lukmaan Restaurant!

What’s an item you wish you could have taken home from a trip?

I went to Paris on a solo trip for my 23rd birthday and explored Marché Aux Puces De Saint-Ouen, one of the largest flea markets in the world. The market has anything you can think of and more but what really caught my eye were rows of gold antique mirrors (…) I had seen many similar ones on Pinterest and I loved how regal they looked. You could tell a fine amount of craftsmanship went into them especially with the details on the edges. I really wanted one to decorate my space but I wasn’t prepared to figure out the shipping logistics nor was it in my budget! 

 

5. Johanna (@beautelicieuse)

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a self-taught photographer and mother of a little girl. Before becoming a full-time content creator and photographer I studied law in Germany, Cologne where I was born, raised and am still living. During my studies, I visited so many libraries and always had a big passion for books that’s why I created @prettybookplaces last year. Travelling has been my passion since forever because I really like exploring places with my camera and little family. Obviously never without checking the prettiest book places and coffee spots around. 

Could you give us the 3 best travel spots you recommend?

Paris is always a good idea. Its vibrant, but also offers charming spots where you can sit down and enjoy some calm moments. I absolutely LOVE going there at least once per year minimum to see my favourite museum (musée Rodin), have coffee outdoors no matter the weather, a glass of wine above the roofs and saying ‘bonjour’ to the Eiffel tower.

Copenhagen is a must-see too. This wonderful city is pure art. I can’t get enough of the colourful houses by the canal and all the architecture highlights like the Black Diamond Library which is so so impressive. It combines modern art with a very old-school library hidden inside.

The possibility to drive within 30 Minutes to Malmö, Sweden via the famous Öresund bridge makes it attractive for me too. I lost my heart to Stockholm last year when I went for the first time. So many beautiful alleys, old houses in pastel colours, Swedish design everywhere and cinnamon rolls have been the best arguments to book a second visit again. We also made a boat tour around the little Islands right in front of the Swedish coast and it was an unforgettable experience. I’ve never seen cuter little wooden houses next to the coast.

What’s an item you wish you could have taken home from a trip?

I always buy a book, maps and postcards to have great souvenirs from my trips.

 

6. Tom Parker (@tom_parker_photographer)

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m an international photographer who specialises in advertising, travel and the hospitality industry. I’ve shot in over 80 countries and I’m always driven by my sense of curiosity and need for adventure. I am a contributing photographer to Conde Nast Traveller and Departures – who send me to some of the most fascinating places on the planet. I feel extremely grateful for my job. When I’m not travelling I’m a tennis fanatic and my spiritual home is the Lake District. 

Could you give us the 3 best travel spots you recommend?

This is a tricky one to answer as I usually get besotted with the last place that I’ve visited (which was Antarctica). However in terms of the best all-round travel experience – that provides the richest combination of culture, landscapes, food and sheer serendipity then I think  India, America and Japan are hard to beat. I love India for the warmth of the people and the incredibly offbeat experiences you can have there. It’s the easiest place to make friends and to me – the main point of travelling is the interaction.  I love travelling around America because of its physical beauty but also because culturally it’s totally off the wall. Japan again is culturally out there – I enjoy immersing myself in places which are so alien and difficult to navigate both physically and emotionally

 What’s an item you wish you could have taken home from a trip?

I’d love to have an original yellow Ambassador taxi from India. I love Calcutta and I’ve had so many wild experiences driving around the city in one of these. I once saw a convertible version which I assume was a complete one-off but would be perfect for road trips. 

7. Brandon Schultz (@thebrandonalexandr)

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I travel the world 50 weeks of the year covering everything from luxury hotels to barebones adventure, and always searching for the beauty in everything. I’m fascinated by humanity’s creativity from art and architecture to food and fashion, and have a serious habit of bringing home artwork and jewellery from everywhere I visit! I’m also known for giving love to strays and even brought a dog home from Italy once. He was the co-author of one of my four books. 

Could you give us the 3 best travel spots you recommend?

All of Thailand for adventure and natural beauty, interior Mexico for colourful culture, and Calabria, Italy, for a soul-nourishing lifestyle.

What’s an item you wish you could have taken home from a trip?  Not that I consider animals “items,” but I had such a hard time leaving the Lanai Cat Sanctuary in Hawaii without adopting the cat who sat on my shoulders while I explored the property for a couple of hours. It’s been years, and I still think about that little guy. There was also a handsome, hand-carved bar cart I coveted at a floating market in Thailand, but that would have been a beast to lug home!

You love animals, which hotel do you think your pets would most enjoy discovering?

In the past, my dogs were well-travelled and didn’t care where they stayed as long as there was plenty to eat, but the pet-travel industry has exploded in the past couple of years so I’m sure any dog would love to experience the amenities of brands like Provenance Hotels and Kimpton Hotels, or W Hotels, or the sheer luxury of pet pampering that comes from properties like The Milestone Hotel in London.

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