10 Instagram Accounts That Inspire Female Travelers

Instagram is one of my all time favorite social media platforms. I am such a visual person and I love the stories that can be told through images. I truly believe Instagram is one of the most inspirational places on social media. I go there for style/fashion inspiration, motivational quotes, blogging inspiration, home decor ideas, recipe ideas and of course my all time favorite thing to look at on Instagram is the travel photos. Taking creative travel photos has become such a huge part of our culture and the millennial generation. We all seem to love sharing our pics as we explore, travel and embark on new adventures. Well, at least I do. I love sharing my travels and adventures and I also love looking at everyone else's. Travel photos are beautiful, inspiring and give me bite from the travel bug. 

Of course, some Instagram accounts have more travel inspiration than others, and I truly think I follow some of the best! The Instagram accounts that I'm listing in this post are my all time favorite. I love scrolling through each of these IG feeds, following these women's travel journeys and getting inspired to travel more myself. I hope you enjoy the list of my favorite female travel Instagrammers, they genuinely are my favorite!


@theballoondiary 

This has got to be one of the most creative IG accounts that I've come across. This girl carries a pink balloon around with her and the balloon is in all of her shots. She is living in Paris, so a lot of her photos are taken there. Her pictures are stunning and have a romantic, girly vibe to them. The only bummer about this account is that she speaks French, so I am unable to read most of her captions. Regardless, her photos tell a story in themselves and her account is worth following whether or not you speak French. 


@theblondeabroad

I have watched this account go from medium/small to enormous! This girl's Instagram and her blog are one of my favorites. Kiersten, the girl behind The Blonde Abroad, is a full time travel blogger. She seems to travel a ton and I love following along on her adventures. Her photos are bright, colorful, girly, high quality and sprinkled with a bit of fashion/style inspiration too which I love. As I am writing this she is currently in Morocco, and now I just have to add it to my bucket list! Not only does her blog and IG account inspire me to travel more, but it also inspires me to stretch my creativity with my own blog. It inspires me to want to pursue blogging even harder, and push myself to be a more creative writer, photo taker and story teller. 


@passionpassport

This account is a collection of photos that are shared from other people on Instagram. If you use the hashtag #passionpassport, you can be featured on their account which has over 800k+ followers. Passion Passport is more of a community of travel Instagrammers. It's a great way to find new travel accounts to follow. They only pick the best of the best photos to share, so the feed is always perfect and beautiful to scroll through. It's basically travel inspiration overload!


@wearetravelgirls

We Are Travel Girls is similar to Passion Passport in the sense that it's an account that shares other IG accounts photos when they use a certain hashtag. The hashtag to be featured by this account is #wearetravelgirls. It's basically a fabulous group of women sharing their love for travel wthin this little community on Instagram. This is the ultimate account to follow if you are looking for female travel inspiration. All of the photos are of women traveling the world. They are inspiring photos that make me grateful for travel and grateful to be a woman. I definetely hope to one day be featured by their account. #GOALS


@darlingescapes

Once again, this is an account that features other accounts. Their hashtag is #darlingescapes. This account reminds me so much of the We Are Travel Girls account. It features photos of women traveling. All of the photos are bright, colorful, girly and full of life. I notice that I am drawn to accounts that are brightly colored, that's totally my favorite style of IG account, especially with travel photos. I like for the blue ocean to pop in the photo! You'll notice my account is fairly similar in that way. 

Chase the fun. || 📷via @choosingchia || 📍Bali || #darlingescapes

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@sheisnotlost

Another amazing community of female travelers. I can't get enough of accounts like this! 

🌎 @nomadicfare is Not Lost 🌎 in Page, Arizona #sheisnotlost

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@katie.one

This girl is quite the Instagrammer. Her photos are stunning and her adventures are inspiring to say the least. She definetely motivates me to get better at taking creative travel photos. Her account also includes amazing photos of food, drinks and outfit inspiration during her travels. 


@haileydevine

I not only love her Instagram account, but I follow her and her husband's YouTube channel and blog too. This account is one of my favorites because they travel as a family. Hailey and her husband Brad have two little girls and they take them with them all over the world. That is what I want for my own family, so it's super inspiring to see a family making it happen and continuing to travel after children. I love how they include their kids in just about everything and keep their lives fun and active even with two kiddos. It's so inspiring. 


@finduslost

Obviously I am married, so I don't do a lot of solo travel. My #1 favorite travel buddy is my husband. This Instagram account is of a couple traveling together, I connect with them a ton since my spouse and I share a passion for travel. Their photos are stunning, the girl has super cute style, and overall their account just makes life look perfect. Very inspiring. 

• windmill views from inside a windmill ※

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@thetravelnova

This girl takes such stunning photos! They, like my other favorite accounts, have a very girly flair. She posts a lot of photos of her travels around Asia, Africa and Europe. Her account has a professional photographer vibe. She's super talented. 

Travelling with the little ones: it's not so bad trying to get the baby to sleep when you get to do it here.

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Thanks for reading! I hope you found some travel inspiration and maybe some new IG accounts to obsess over. Make sure to subscribe below for more travel posts and inspiration. 

 
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Venice Italy | Caffè Florian, Piazza San Marco, Gondolas, The Bridge Of Sighs & More

For me, the destinations I love most are also the most difficult to blog about. It's because I feel there is so much pressure to paint a vivid picture of why the place is just so perfect and to try to put into words the experience I had there. Venice Italy is one of those places for me. Hence why it has taken me about 6+ months since traveling here to finally blog about it. I find it almost impossible to put into words the feeling I had, memories I made and joy I felt while we were in Venice Italy. I'm gonna do my best to share some stories with you on why I love Venice, but you've just got to take my word that no matter what I say or what you read on any travel blog, you just have to go there yourself and explore Venice with your own eyes. 

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We had the privilege of visiting Venice for the first time last August (2016). We spent three days and two nights there which course isn't enough but it gave us just enough time to get a feel for the city, see most the the sights we wanted to, and explore around with no agenda at times. Nick and I had been to Italy before, but Venice was not one of our stops during that trip. This trip, it was a city we felt we couldn't miss! Up until seeing Venice, we didn't think there was another Italian city that would wow us the way Rome did. We loved Florence, but didn't get the same wow feeling that we had with Rome, so we assumed Rome was just one of those cities that had our hearts and nothing could compete with it... until we visited Venice. From the moment we got off of the train and onto the water taxi that took us along The Grand Canal, we were in awe. We felt like we had stepped right into a stereotypical painting of the Venice canals and gondolas. Every square inch of this city is charming and worth painting a picture of. The thing I loved the most was how the buildings connected with the water as if people would walk out their front doors and the canals were the streets. Water was everywhere, and the buildings seemed to just flow right into it. 

The picture below is of the Rialto Bridge. This was one of the first big bridges we saw as we came into Venice. It is one of the most famous bridges in Venice. It's the oldest bridge that crosses the Grand Canal, and there are only four bridges that cross the Grand Canal in Venice. Of course during our stay we had some gelato while watching the gondolas pass under the bridge, a peaceful place to people watch. 

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We stayed on the actual island of Venice. I would absolutely recommend doing that. You won't find hotels on the island, but you can find an Airbnb like we did. Venice during the day is extremely crowded, most tourists stay across the canal on the mainland because it's cheaper and they take the water taxi in each day. If you stay on the actual island though, you'll feel like you have Venice all to yourself at night. It was amazing, the difference between day and night was huge. At night we felt like it was us, the locals, and a few other smart travelers. You can drink wine and wander the extremely confusing streets of Venice without a care in the world, especially since it's impossible to get too lost on an island. We spend most of our time eating, drinking and wandering around with no agenda, it was so relaxing and carefree. 

As I mentioned in my top 10 travel moments of 2016 post, my favorite part of Venice was St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco). We had breakfast there one morning and it was a memory I will never forget, and one of my favorite travel moments of all time. We ate at Caffè Florian, it is an indoor/outdoor restaurant that sits right in Piazza San Marco. You pay just to sit, but it's so worth it since that includes a front row seat to a live orchestra playing. The ambiance is everything you'd hope for in an Italian breakfast in the middle of a Piazza. You get to listen to the perfect music, sip on a cappuccino, and watch all the people and families wandering around the square. It's the most peaceful meal I have ever had. Well, I'm not sure you'd call my choice a meal, but it was so delicious. I had a plate of macarons and a cappuccino. If you are in Venice and are looking to indulge in dulce far niente, then this is the perfect way to do so. 

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Another favorite memory from Venice was when my father in law and I fed/held the pigeons! We saw people in St. Marks Square feeding the pigeons and letting them land all over them, even their heads. It looked super scary but I also really wanted to do it, I figured heck it must be part of the Venice experience. A nice guy let us use some of his chips, we put them in our hands, held them out and within seconds a bunch of pigeons were landing on us, eating straight out of our hands. It was hilarious! Now, I'm pretty sure the Italians don't want us tourists doing this, but it was a ton of fun and honestly I'd totally recommend it. Sorry Venice locals!

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st marks square

Naturally being the typical blogger, girly girl, tourist that I am... I had to take a trillion photos of the gondolas. They were so fun to watch floating down each canal. It probably killed the romance having some random girl staring at them and taking photos, but I didn't care, I just wanted all the great Venice gondola photos I could snag. We didn't actually do a gondola ride, it isn't high on my bucket list and we were with our father in law too, which would be somewhat awkward. I'll save that experience for when Nick and I go back to Venice alone on a romantic trip. 

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Pictured below is the famous Bridge of Sighs. It is not the bridge we are standing on in the photo, it's the bridge behind us. I loved hearing the history of this bridge while we were in Venice. Nick told me all about how the bridge got its name. It was the bridge that connected the prison with the interrogation rooms of Doge's Palace and once they were interrogated, convicts would pass over the bridge to then be imprisoned. It's called the Bridge of Sighs because the convicts would sigh as they crossed the bridge since the view was the last one they would see. I found this so interesting! I would have never known. 

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Overall Venice was one of my favorite places in all of Italy. It is tied with Rome, but I love them each for such different reasons so they really can't fairly compete with each other. If you ever get the chance to tour Italy, I would recommend putting Venice on your itinerary. Like I mentioned before, we only stayed for three days and two nights and I wish we would have at least stayed a day longer. When we go back I'll make sure we stay longer, we just weren't anticipating how much we would love this city so we didn't know how long to book it for. Thanks for letting me share my Venice Italy experience with you, but remember like I said already, nothing I can say can paint a picture of how truly great it is there so make sure to visit it for yourself. Stay tuned for more travel posts, subscribe below with your email if you aren't already!! 

 

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Seven Foods You Must Try While Traveling Through Italy

My husband and I have been blessed to have spent almost two months of our lives in Italy and we of course plan to go back many more times. As I'm sure you've assumed, or you know from experience, the food in Italy is one of the main attractions. If you know what to try and where to try it, Italy can have some of the most amazing food in the world. In this post I bring to you seven foods you MUST try while traveling through Italy. Each food is specific to a region or city, so make sure to try it where it's famous. Different places throughout Italy are "known" for specific foods, so while we traveled we made sure to try each locations popular food item. I hope you get the chance to try these tasty treats, my mouth is watering just writing this post and thinking back on our fond foodie memories. 

Arancine in Sicily

Arancine are rice balls that are stuffed with meats and sometimes cheese. They are not a healthy snack or meal but they are delicious. We have had arancine in a few different places, but it is the best in Sicily. Sicilians pride themselves on having the best arancine, and rightfully so. One night I opted for grilled chicken for dinner instead of arancine ( I was trying to be relatively healthy, since gaining weight can be part of your Italian adventure), and let me tell you I had buyers remorse. I took a bite of my husbands fried rice ball and instantly regretted my healthy decision. I won't make that mistake next time. 

Pasta Carbonara in Rome

Carbonara is a Roman pasta dish that is made with eggs, cheese, bacon and black pepper and it's usually made with spaghetti noodles. I have tried carbonara in the U.S. and I remember I didn't like it. I'm sure there are some restaurants here that make some great carbonara, but I must say I wasn't a fan. Then I tried the carbonara in Rome and just loved it!! I didn't order it because I thought I wouldn't like it, but when I tried it off my husband's plate, I just loved it. The trend here seems to be that I should just simply order whatever Nick orders haha, aka trust the Italian. Our favorite restaurant for carbonara in Rome was Navona Notte, if you are in Rome give it a try. We stayed in Rome for a week this last trip, trying different restaurants everyday and for our final night in Rome the whole family agreed we should go back to Navona Notte. 

Pesto in Cinque Terre

Before we went to Cinque Terre, I did some research on what to do, see and eat. Pesto kept popping up so I knew I needed to have some while we were there. Rick Steves, a travel guru, recommended the pesto and explained in on of his videos that Cinque Terre was actually the birthplace of pesto. Basil, the main ingredient in pesto sauce, is grown in the region, so it is extremely fresh. I tried pesto pasta two nights in a row, and we also had some pesto pizza. It was all delicious and I understand why they rave about the pesto in Cinque Terre. So delicious. 

Aperitivo in Florence

I've talked about this before in my what to do and see in Amsterdam and Italy post, so you can also check it out there. Basically aperitivo is a buffet of food and drinks that is serves before the normal dinner time. You get to try a ton of different foods rather than picking one dish, and it's super inexpensive. You will pay around 7-10 euros for a drink then you will have access to the buffet of food. Make sure to do research on the top places to eat aperitivo instead of just walking into the first place you see that is offering it... which we unfortunately did. Oops. Well, the nice thing about my blog is you can come here to learn from some of my travel mishaps haha. 

Nduja in Calabria

Nduja is a spicy pork salumi ( not a typo, salami is a type of salumi) that is spreadable. We know about nduja because of our Calabrian family. Calabria is a region in southern Italy, and there they eat a lot of nduja and oh my gosh it is delicious. The nduja I have tried was very spicy, which happens to be why I love it so much. It's great alone, with cheese, on bread, and we even had nduja on some pizza which was amazing. If you travel to southern Italy, make sure to go to Calabria, it is an amazing part of Italy, specifically Tropea

Granita and Brioche in Sicily

To me, this is the perfect Sicilian breakfast, especially if you are there in the heat of summer. This is seriously the most delicious thing ever, I wish I could send samples to you through my computer. Granita is like a mix between ice cream, a milk shake, Italian ice, but so much better than all of those things. It is eaten in Sicily for breakfast with a brioche, which is sweet bread that they often split in half and put granita in. If you are ever in Acireale or Catania make sure to stop into Bar Kennedy for granita and brioche. Our cousins took us here and it is delicious. They also have wonderful coffee. My favorite flavor of granita was the almond.

Tartufo in Pizzo

If you are a tourist going to Italy from somewhere like the U.S. then you probably won't be visiting Pizzo since it is a smaller town in southern Italy (Calabria). However if you are nearby then I suggest going, our family has taken us there twice and I think it's an adorable Italian town by the sea. Pizzo is known for their tartufo and trust me once you step into town you will know that. There are signs for tartufo everywhere and I would say every restaurant there seems to sell it. Tartufo in Italian means truffle. It is an ice cream dessert that usually has two or more flavors and has a syrup on the inside. The syrup is either chocolate or a fruit syrup. It usually has a shell of chocolate or cocoa powder. It is delicious, give it a try. 


I hope you all make it to Italy someday to try their amazing food and experience their wonderful culture. If you have been, comment below and let me know what foods you discovered that I must try. Thanks for reading! 

 
 

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