Here at Fathom HQ, we love turning to Instagram for our daily dose of travel inspiration. Judging from the incredible response we receieved from last year's 24 Best Travelers on Instagram, you do too. This time around, we zoom in on tiny islands (Mallorca), small counties (Dorset), lesser-known cities (Utrecht), and splashy destinations (Hong Kong, Venice, London), to bring you the 24 Best Travelers on Instagram 2015.
As always, there was much researching, scrolling, arguing, and judging accounts both popular and obscure to finalize the crop of excellent travelers on Instagram who have never before been featured on Fathom. We hope you like what you see and want to follow along. Check out the other lists in Fathom's 24 Best series.
What we love: Splitting her time between Seoul and NYC, Kim's feed is an artful mix of design-driven hotspots we all want to visit next and artfully captured street scenes that never made rain look better.
What we love: If the sleepy seaside English county of Dorset had an Instagram feed, this would be it. Partridge's careful choices of filters and compositions whisks us away to languid afternoons by the beach a British isle.
What we love: When he's not mountain biking (and Instagramming) with his wife around the Pacific Northwest, the Ukranian photographer is chasing natural light in the great outdoors around the world. His feed inspires us to pack our bags and lace up our hiking boots.
What we love: Trust a Hong Kong architect to find beautiful aesthetics in his daily grind. Mak's eye for lines and dimensions and soft natural light presents a subtle, restrained side to the chaotic city he lives in.
What we love: Through jaw-dropping landscapes of the Italian Alps mixed with intimate details around his hometown in Florence, Mondì shows us a different side of la dolce vita. While he calls Italy home, his feed takes us on a virtual Euro trip to other picturesque countries like Cappadocia and Iceland.
What we love: His love for Transylvania and Romania shines through bright street shots and attention to the quiet moments: gorgeous tiles in Bucharest, cozy courtyards in Cluj-Napoca, and cows grazing in the Apuseni Mountains. When can we go?
What we love: A beautiful mix of urbanscapes and nature around Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo. Through well-timed shots, thoughtful composition, and slightly muted colors, his feed scrolls like something straight out of Lost in Translation or a Murakami film.
What we love: His uncanny ability to turn his lens away from the colossal tourist crowds to capture tranquil snaps around Venice. An architect by trade, Marco brings us along canals, over bridges, and through piazzas to see a local's side to the city.
What we love: The Australian sharpshooter fills the requisite tiny-girl-with-hat-in-gigantic-landscape portion of our Instagram feed. We feel like we're following along with storybook character as she dives into perfectly calm waters, hikes alone into the wilderness, and takes in huge sunsets. You get a sense of the vastness of the land and the quietness of it all.
What we love: There’s a nice rhythm to his image portfolio. Images taken from treetops, bridges, and rooftops contrast with detailed shots of meals at the breakfast table. The designer, skater, mountain biker takes serene architectural shots, outdoorsy portraits, and plenty of cool bikes.
What we love: This true nomad and Danish journalist has moved 25 times (!), currently living in Copenhagen after stints in Montreal and Berlin. She captures mornings with the paper (and pastries), summer nights along the water, and quintessential Scandi scenes that will make you want to book a trip immediately.
What we love: The Utrecht-based sharpshooter skillfully showcases his mastery of the iPhone camera via vast landscape shots and remarkably intimate animal portraits. There’s almost a folkloric theme to his work — the landscapes and critters seem too perfect to be true.
What we love: It's hard to resist a feed filled with beautiful photographs of Parisian boutiques, French blue doors, and blooming alleyways. It's a visual treat and one of our favorite ways to find out what's new and great in the City of Light.
Last seen: Scoping out Pickled, a canteen/culinary agency in the 11th arrondissement.
What we love: The French-American photographer is based in Brooklyn, but manages to get around with recent trips to Amsterdam, Paris, and Rome under her belt. We like her relaxed style. It feels like we're following a super cool friend who has a killer eye.
Last seen: Spending the afternoon with Matisse at the Stedelijk in Amsterdam.