16 Instagram Accounts To Fuel Your Wanderlust

16 Instagram Accounts To Fuel Your Wanderlust

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"Wild heart, child heart, all the world's your home." -Robert William Service

Increased travel is a common New Year's resolution — and for good reason. Visiting new places allows you to step outside your comfort zone, experience different cultures, and have adventures. It's one of the best (and most fun) ways to build confidence and grow as a person. Looking for some inspiration to turn your resolution into a reality? Check out these 16 wanderlust-inspiring Instagram accounts to get ideas on where to visit in 2017!

1. @jess.wandering

Followers: 220k

Based out of: Seattle, Washington, USA

In 3 words: awe-inspiring, rugged, surreal

2. @lcrush

Followers: 375

Based out of: London, UK

In 3 words: colorful, adventurous, fun

3. @lostwithpurpose

Followers: 15.9k

Based out of: their backpacks! Full-time travelers since February 2016, lived in the Netherlands before that.

In 3 words: vibrant, offbeat, educational


4. @livelikeitsthewknd

Followers: 10.4k

Based out of: Sydney, Australia

In 3 words: eclectic, muted, bohemian

5. @mariahkan

Followers: 7,588

Based out of: Montana, USA

In 3 words: mountains, lakes, hiking

6. @finduslost

Followers: 30.5k

Based out of: Amsterdam, Netherlands

In 3 words: couples, travel, wanderlust

7. @wzlouisey

Followers: 60.7k

Based out of: Banff, Alberta, Canada

In 3 words: outdoors, adventure, travel

8. @thelayoverlife_

Followers: 8,127

Based out of: London, UK

In 3 words: luxurious, sophisticated, fast-paced

9. @reema_desai



Followers: 71.6k

Based out of: Washington, DC, USA

In 3 words: airy, bright, clean

10. @tiramisumaria

Followers: 18.7k

Based out of: Ukraine

In 3 words: sunshine, exotic, colorful

11. @missholldoll

Followers: 228k

Based out of: Seattle, Washington, USA

In 3 words: nature, vistas, camping

12. @theblondeabroad

Followers: 309k

Based out of: California, USA

In 3 words: stylish, stunning, cosmopolitan

13. @danmaniel

Followers: 6,738

Based out of: Los Angeles, California, USA

In 3 words: people in nature

14. @lepostcard

Followers: 49.2k

Based out of: Los Angeles, California, USA

In 3 words: tropical, beaches, blue

15. @everchanginghorizon

Followers: 367k

Based out of: California, USA and Oahu, Hawaii, USA

In 3 words: off the grid

16. @helloemilie

Followers: 905k

Based out of: Australia

In 3 words: soft, light, pretty

What inspires you to travel? Do you follow any awesome travel accounts on Instagram? Where are you going in 2017? Leave a comment below!


Cover Image Credit: Jess Dales

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Meet The College Student Who Took A Solo Road Trip Across The United States

With only a cooler, a bag of electronics, and a bag of clothes, Alex Kim embarked on the trip of a lifetime.

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Not many college students can say that they've taken a road trip across the United States. Even fewer can say that they've gone on that journey alone.

However, Alex Kim can say that within one month, he drove from the east coast to the west coast of the United States by himself. And he made sure to hit all the major attractions on the way.

You name it — the White House, Cloud Gate, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and Yosemite — Kim has been to all those places.

Kim is currently a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in religious studies with a minor in human rights. He plans to attend law school in the fall of 2019. So, he knew that if he wanted to take a trip across the states, the summer of 2018 would be the perfect time.

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I had the opportunity to meet Kim when he briefly stopped by Lawrence, Kansas, near the final stretch of his journey. When he told me about his trip, I was baffled, intrigued, and impressed all at once.

To take a long road trip with friends is one thing, but to take a month-long road trip by himself is an entirely different story.

Kim said he simply wanted to meet people. He had the opportunity to meet other brothers in his fraternity, Pi Alpha Phi, and made quite a few friends (myself included!) on the way. He also visited family friends and people that he knew through Greek life.

Besides meeting people, this trip also consisted mostly of driving an 6-8 hours per day, listening to educational podcasts, and traveling to national parks, monuments, and memorials. He even bought along a burner and pot to cook ramen noodles in the national parks. Kim called these meals his "ramen adventures."

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Kim said this trip was extremely of out of his comfort zone, but it helped that he went alone because he was able to set his own schedules, plan his own routes, and do everything at his own discretion.

When asked about why he decided to go alone, Kim said "Going with someone else means that I will spend way more money than I should… If I went with another person, I also have to cater sleeping accommodations as well."

There were many times where Kim simply slept in his car because he didn't know anyone in the area, or he didn't want to pay for a hotel or Airbnb. But he didn't have to sleep in his car the whole trip. Half the time, he had friends or family members who were willing to house him for a night or so.

In addition, going alone gave Kim a lot of time to reflect on his past and what's to come in his future.

"I can't tell you how many times I thought of what my next chapter of life will be," Kim said.

However, going alone also presented its fair share of obstacles. Some difficulties included bad weather, over exhaustion, too much caffeine, and lack of sleep and nutritious food. One of the biggest problems that he faced was loneliness.

Kim admitted that there were periods of time where he felt extremely lonely. When he knew that he wasn't going to see people for a while, he would call his parents in the morning to tell them where he had been and that he was doing well.

There was one instance where he was first traveling to a national park, Yellowstone Park, and he internally freaked out. For the most part, Kim heard nothing but complete radio silence because there was no reception. Kim said that he felt scared because he wasn't in control of his loneliness.

Aside from those challenges, Kim was glad to say that the road trip went well, and he didn't have any car trouble.

For him, some notable locations were New York City and Los Angeles. Kim didn't really go to L.A. for sightseeing, but rather to pay his respects to an old mentor who passed away. Even though he explored much of nature and national parks, he said that the most breathtaking view was not in fact at a national park, but at a family friend's farm in Harlington, Nebraska.

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"I never thought I would say this, but I really enjoyed the countryside in Nebraska. Being away from the city lights, it was very peaceful and quiet. The sunset was breathtaking," he said.

Overall, Kim approximated that he traveled across the United States for a grand total of 9,700 miles, and despite some challenges, he really enjoyed this trip. He met new and old people and witnessed stunning views that he wouldn't have seen back in North Carolina. As a lone traveler, Kim practiced humility and now sees the world with a fresh perspective.

Kim also learned many lessons along the way and here are six that he shared:

1. Learn to rely on yourself.

2. Sometimes it's good to play it by ear. You'll have the freedom to do so much more.

3. If you can't play it by ear, always have a contingency plan.

4. The people who constantly kept up with you throughout your whole trip are you true friends.

5. Get out of your comfort zone; learn to be versatile.

6. Take time to yourself to reflect on your past, make amends if possible, and plan out your future.

After his trip, Kim returned to North Carolina, taking with him all the experience and lessons he gained from his travels. Nowadays, he keeps busy by studying for the LSAT in September and working towards getting into law school.

But would Kim take this extraordinary road trip again if he could? Most definitely.

See more pictures from his trip below.


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Courtesy of Alex Kim

Courtesy of Alex Kim

Courtesy of Alex Kim

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Courtesy of Alex Kim

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Courtesy of Alex Kim

All photos here are provided courtesy of Alex Kim.

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