The Bloggers: The Adventures of Us
Best friends and partners in life and love, Sarah-Louise Marks and Christopher Phelps created their Instagram as a way to fuse their passions for photography and travel, coming up with the idea for their account on a trip to the Amalfi Coast. “We realised that travelling together was something we wanted to do for the rest out or lives,” they told SL back in February. “[So we] created a platform to document the memories we cherish from our adventures.” They now run it as a successful business venture alongside their busy London day jobs, their two cohesive points of view working in tandem as they eat incredible food, find hidden gems, take in amazing scenery and snap inspiring interiors.
The Magazine: Cereal
A great alternative to the pomp of Conde Nast Traveller, Cereal is a bi-annual magazine created by work and life partners Rosa Park and Rich Stapleton. Since being founded by their pair in 2012, it is their combination of beautiful imagery and thoughtful prose on pared-back pages that has amassed the magazine a cult following. And this is something that is reflected in the images on their Instagram: from snapshots of fashion designer Philip Lim’s house to the perfect symmetry of Italy’s Fondazione Georgio Cini, Cereal aims to find the beauty in everything. And the best bit? Anything the magazine recommends has been personally tried out by Rosa and Rich, so you can be sure your travel experience will be a good one.
The Vlogger: Life of Riley
As a stuntman, Riley Harper travels the world driving, riding motorbikes and taking hard hits as a double for some of Hollywood’s biggest film stars. But as an adrenaline junkie, the action doesn’t stop when the director yells cut – Riley takes his camera with him wherever he goes, creating video blogs and taking snaps for Instagram with his beautiful girlfriend, model/photographer Michaela Wissén, often in tow.
The Traveller: Lucy Laucht
Photographer and travel expert Lucy Laucht has managed to do what many of us only dream of: carve a career out of her lifelong wanderlust to discover inspiring, unusual places around the world. Her website, These Foreign Lands, documents her travels through stunning photography, letting the images speak for themselves. And if you needed another excuse to check out her Insta, she’s also been named as one of Travel + Leisure’s top 50 photographers, and has worked with the likes of American Airlines, J.Crew and Armani. From the dusty landscapes of the American west to the lush forests of Hawaii and turquoise bays of Sydney, Australia, Lucy’s pictures capture real life at its best.
The Model: Micha Wissén
Yep – Riley’s girlfriend’s pretty well-known on the Insta circuit, too. Micha is just naturally good at taking pictures of everyday things and making them look visually striking, as if there’s something new and exciting about a beach parasol or the inside of an orange on pure white sand. Favouring candid, in-the-moment pictures, the finished product never comes across as stiff, and it’s never made us want to sit by the sea eating citrus fruits more. We can practically smell the coconut sun cream through the screen.
The Experts: Mr & Mrs Smith
We know a lot of people are sometimes dubious about trusting influencers, aware that they often get paid to promote certain things. But if you really want an expert opinion on somewhere to travel, then simply ask the experts – or rather, look at their Instagram page. Mr & Mrs Smith began in 2003 by real-life Mr and Mrs, James and Tamara Lohan, evolving into a global travel club in more than 100 countries. Through their Insta feed, they show you the best of the best of what they have to offer, whether it’s a UK cottage staycation, a quiet farmhouse in Iceland or a bustling rooftop in Los Angeles.
The Photographer: Wolf Cub
Brydie Mack is a creative director, photographer and stylist based in Sydney, Australia. After studying at Whitehouse Institute of Design allowed her to develop a well-trained eye for the beautiful, with her Insta acting as a shrine to travel and the female form.
The Cabin Crew Member: The Layover Life
One might think that flight layovers are a nuisance but The Layover Life proves they are anything but. Run by BA air steward Jess, her website, Instagram and YouTube channel essentially serve as 24- and 48-hour travel guides, showing you the best things to do, eat and see on short trips away. Jess has renewed our faith in the glamorous life of cabin crew – and given us several destinations to add to our long-weekend bucket list.
The Professionals: Jack Morris & Lauren Bullen
Going by Do You Travel and Gypsea Lust on Instagram respectively, the pair have a combined following of 4.8 million and make a six-figure salary travelling the world – that’s right, it’s their job. Not bad for a couple in the mid-twenties. But the best thing about these two? It’s how open they are about how their pictures are edited. On both their Instagram accounts and their joint website, Do You Travel Presets, they show their fans exactly how they create such double-tappable images with before and after shots. And there’s a reason why people pay them the big bucks: each shot is carefully edited using Adobe Lightroom, rather than a filter. Morris can get paid up to $9,000 (£6,922) for one image, while Bullen collects up to $7,500 (£5,768) per post.
@doyoutravel & @gypsea_lust
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