There is nothing more exciting than the thrill of going on an adventure to a new destination, and using a camera to forever encapsulate those special moments or surreal views.
We are so lucky to live in an age where we no longer need large high tech cameras and gear to snag an amazing shot, and thankfully there are great mobile accessory companies like Kenu that provide super helpful, compact, portable tools to up your photography game using your mobile phone.
To guide your next vacation and to ensure that you capture every out-of-this-world view to the best of your ability, Mogul tracked down the top 20 travel bloggers you should be following. Vacationers and aspiring photographers alike, these are the individuals to know about that are shaping the definition of what it means to be a travel blogger in 2016.
1. Kym Pham
Kym Pham, wonder architect and renowned photographer, loves to travel to aesthetically striking destinations like Iceland, Norway and Italy. She’s called 70 countries her home and has turned her passion for photography into a dream career where she captures dream experiences for travelers. With close to 100K Instagram followers, she uses the highest quality equipment to capture cinematic views.
Follow Kym on Instagram at @kympham or visit her site at kympham.com.
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2. Alex Strohl
The French photographer who hails from Madrid is known for his tremendous ability to capture authentic moments as they occur. The results are captivating images that blur the line between life and work. His images have been featured in prestigious magazines such as Vanity Fair, and his clients are definitely names that will ring a bell. Having an Airframe+ Car Mount for Smartphones and Phablets is another great tool for ensuring you get clear shots like Alex.
Follow Alex on Instagram at @alexstrohl or visit his site at alexstrohl.com.
3. Jack Morris
This British photographer, world traveler and Instagram Influencer is the definition of posh. Even cooler, he’s completely self-taught and acknowledges that he’s cultivated skills through on-the-job experience, YouTube tutorials, and advice from photographer friends. Mogul loves how he has a real gift for capturing portraits of the fascinating people he encounters on his international adventures.
Follow Jack on Instagram at @doyoutravel.
4. Emilie Ristevski
We adore how travel blogger Emilie Ristevski describes herself as a woman “forever wandering the world with a camera in my hand”. Her stunning photography has gained an epic following of 621K Instagram followers, and whether capturing a moment on a safari or on the beach, her images have the ability to make you feel like you are right there with her on the journey. No doubt this gifted photographer uses something like the Stance Compact Tripod to take such breathtaking pictures.
Follow her on Instagram at @helloemilie or visit her site at helloemilie.com.
5. Simone Bramante
Italian-based photographer Simone Bramante travels the world consulting with brands like Christian Dior, Volvo, Lavazza and Pernod Ricard to encapsulate moments that reveal powerful storytelling. With an impressive 750K followers on Instagram, his work has been featured in Vogue US, Forbes, Huffington Post US, Repubblica, Wired Italy, BBC Travel, GQ Portugal, Glamour Spain, and many more. The Highline Security Leash is an adventurous photographer's dream to make those otherwise unsafe shots possible.
Follow Simone on Instagram at @brahmino or visit his site at brahmino.com.
6. Jarrad Seng
Jarrad Seng is a powerhouse photographer and filmmaker based in Australia that roots his work in his interests of travel, music and volunteering. His fantastical, dream-like images will inspire you to see a landscape or person in a completely enlightened way, and this adventurer has even gone so far as to hang outside of plane windows to capture the aerial landscapes of Iceland. You can catch his internationally renowned work in media outlets such as MTV, BBC1, Buzzfeed, reddit, and Rolling Stone magazine. We bet he uses the Highline Security Leash as well!
Follow Jarrad on Instagram at @jarradseng or visit his site at jarradseng.com.
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7. Nicole Warne
Nicole Warne is a fierce Australian entrepreneur, travel blogger, fashionista and digital influencer with 1.6M followers on Instagram. As the founder of Gary Pepper, the mega-popular travel, fashion and lifestyle brand that captures everyday beauty, she’s built an empire that reaches millions. Nicole trots the globe to bring her audience gorgeous insights into what every corner of the world is like when it comes to landscape, culture, and fashion. The Stance Compact Tripod can definitely help in multiple situations, whether on a fashion shoot or catching that awesome sunset.
Follow Nicole on Instagram at @garypeppergirl or visit her site at garypeppergirl.com.
8. Jessica Stein
This stunningly gorgeous world traveler from Sydney has raked in 2.2M followers on Instagram. Jessica Stein is the superstar behind Tuula, described as “a personal diary of wanderlust and an overflowing wardrobe”. Stein’s fashion-infused photography captures moments of her glamorous world adventures, and incorporates both images of breathtaking landscapes and joyous celebrations with friends.
Follow Jessica on Instagram at @tuulavintage or visit her site at tuulavintage.com.
9. Eskil Digernes
Adventure photographer Eskil Digernes is the definition of living on the edge. The half-Norwegian, half-Irish hiker goes the extra mile to bring his clients and followers unbelievable images of Mother Earth. His masterful work will without a doubt give you an itch to go on an off-the-grid adventure. But definitely don't forget to bring your Highline Security Leash and Protective Case!
Follow Eskil on Instagram at @digernes or visit his site at eskildigernes.com.
10. Kate McCulley
Adventurous Kate is a fiercely fun twenty-something who travels the world full-time to bring her readers tips on how to see the world in all its glory. Her images are not only beautiful, but they also add a personal touch that makes the reader feel welcomed to her world of endless discoveries.
Follow Kate on Instagram at @adventurouskate or visit her site at adventurouskate.com.
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11. BC Serna
BC describes himself as a world traveler, activist, filmmaker, and youth speaker. He is awesome and is the real deal when it comes to capturing the joy of people from around the world. It’s all about giving back to society in a positive way for this impressive artist, and his photography totally reflects his wonderful mission.
Follow BC on Instagram at @bc_serna or visit his site at bcserna.com.
12. Shindy Chen
Shindy Chen is an accomplished author, writer, travel blogger, and entrepreneur who launched the amazingly helpful travel site Girl Goin’ Gone. The site is all about providing city guides that not only give information on different cultures, but tips on how to safely navigate through the various destinations. Her photography is fun, personal and 100% gorgeous. The Car Kit Deluxe Universal Car Mount and Charging Set is an awesome accessory to use to make sure your iPhone is always at 100% so that you never miss the chance to snap an image like this one.
Follow Shindy’s site Girl Goin’ Gone on Instagram at @girlgoingone or visit her site at girlgoingone.com.
13. Anna Lysakowska
Known as Anna Everywhere, this traveler tracks her journey through living in cities for long periods of time. Her philosophy behind this is that she gets to know the culture better and bring her readers in depth insights about the destination. She’s lived in fantastic locations such as Mexico City, Amsterdam, Cape Town, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, Mendoza and London -- we can’t wait to see where her travels take her next! If you are wanting to imitate Anna's rockstar shot of going down a water slide, DO NOT forget to have that security leash on hand...and make sure it's waterproof.
Follow Anna on Instagram at @anna.everywhere or visit her site at annaeverywhere.com.
14. Audrey Bergner Jeffery
Warning: After reading about Audrey’s global adventures, you will want to pick up a life of travel. The professional travel blogger is a must-read, as she provides invaluable insights for travelers with all budgets and tastes. Her images are so crystal clear and vibrant that they will leave you feeling like you’ve gone on a vacation! You could definitely place the Stance Compact Tripod in the sand to take pics as crystal clear as this water.
Follow Audrey on Instagram at @thatbackpacker or visit her site at thatbackpacker.com.
15. Amanda Williams
This adventure-seeker from Ohio is the fabulous creator of the popular travel blog A Dangerous Business. Amanda’s images are bold, luminescent, and prove that she is a girl living her life to the fullest.
Follow Amanda on Instagram at @dangerousbiz or visit her site at dangerous-business.com.
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16. Lola Akinmade
Nigerian-born photographer Lola Akinmade awes and inspires her readers through her masterful work that’s been featured in prestigious publications like National Geographic Traveler. Displayed on her site Geotraveler’s Niche, the highly-skilled photographer shares magnetic images from cultures across the world that reflect their struggles, hopes, and dreams. Her admirable work will inspire you as a traveler to go beyond your comfort zone, and to explore new territory.
Follow Lola on Instagram at @Lolaakinmade or visit her site at lolaakinmade.com.
17. Kirsten Alana
Kirsten is a brilliantly gifted professional photographer who is also considered to be a digital influencer. When not blogging or snapping shots on her worldwide adventures, she frequently does public speaking engagements to inspire her thousands of followers. Mogul loves how her images literally transport you to another world, and it’s no wonder she has such a huge following on social media. If you happen to be taking a picture while riding on a camel...the Highline Security Leash is the way to go!
Follow Kirsten on Instagram at @kirstenalana or visit her site at kirstenalana.com.
18. Helen Suk
Helen Suk is the Toronto-based professional photographer and travel writer behind a magnificent blog called Not Without My Passport. We absolutely love her incorporation of thought-provoking and culturally rich images, as well as the helpful tips she provides for those looking to plan their next vacation. She’s very unique in highlighting how food is at the center of all cultures, and her portfolio will definitely leave you hungry to explore the globe.
Follow Helen on Instagram at @notwithoutmypassport or visit her site at notwithoutmypassport.com.
19. Vivienne Gucwa
Dream-catcher Vivienne Gucwa shines light on all parts of the world through her standout blog, Traveling Lens. We love how she describes travel as “the glue that binds us to alternate narratives of our own lives”. Her images are a gift to readers in that they truly provide an authentic taste of multiple cultures, and enlighten us to places that many people would not otherwise see with their own eyes. We predict she uses an accessory like the Stance Compact Tripod to take such jaw-dropping images.
Follow Vivienne on Instagram at @travelinglens or visit her site at travelinglens.me.
20. Alexandra Baackes
Alex In Wanderland creator, Alexandra Baackes, is an exceptional globe trotter who knows how to snag an audience through her exhilarating adventures. After leaving New York to travel for good, this fearless, fun photographer is a gem to know about if you are seeking some travel inspiration. Vacation drinks, anyone?
Follow Alexandra on Instagram at @alexinwanderland or visit her site at alexinwanderland.com.
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