Living large: Social media influencers are taking the trips of our dreams
Most of us can’t be on the road 365 days a year: sometimes the universe cramps our style by throwing in a worldwide pandemic and other times the budget doesn’t agree with our need for wanderlust. All is not lost, however! There are many travel influencers who can turn your living room into a portal for exotic, far-flung destinations.
With so many whimsical locations to experience virtually, armchair jet-setting through social media influencers may just become your preferred method of travel. Scroll down to discover social media influencers who are taking the trips of your dreams.
Kara & Nate
Nate & Kara Buchanan are husband & wife and full-time travel YouTubers. The social media travel couple calls Nashville their home on the rare occasion they aren’t out exploring the world. Kara & Nate set off in 2016 with a goal of visiting 100 countries by 2019. According to Insider, the couple’s nomadic ways began when they planned to travel the world with their savings of $35,000 in 2016.
Their initial plan was to travel for a year or until the savings dried up. At the time, the two were managing wedding videography gigs and decided to use their know-how to chronicle their journey on YouTube. Six months after Kara & Nate started their voyage, the couple realized that they enjoyed traveling too much to end after just one year.
However, international travel restrictions during the pandemic halted Kara & Nate’s expeditions. But the pair took the limitations in stride and accommodated their wanderlust by purchasing a converted sprinter van and using it to explore their home country. Tune into Kara & Nate’s YouTube channel to experience the world through their camera and quench your wanderlust.
Crossing continents without flying & living the backpacker’s life all the while documenting their journey in breathtaking pictures, Alesha Bradford & Jarryd Salem of @NOMADasaurus certainly have what it takes to be a social media traveler. The Australia-based couple launched their travel blog to record their travel from Asia to Africa – a journey they made without flying.
According to Business Insider, the duo left Australia to backpack from Thailand to South Africa without taking a single flight in 2014, and since then they’ve spent most of their time on the road, traveling everywhere from Mongolia to Vietnam to Tajikistan. You can gawk at their off-the-beaten-track destinations on Bradford & Salem’s travel blog.
Eric Stoen is an amateur photographer & travel influencer who documents his travels with his wife and three children. Dad Eric Stoen, who has been voted one of the top four travel influencers in the world by Forbes, was gallant enough to ditch his nine-to-five life to conquer his travel fantasies and take his family along for the ride.
So far, the Stoen family has visited more than a dozen countries and captured all the breathtaking scenes on their Instagram handle @travelbabbo. Follow the Stoen family to fill your social media feeds with photographs from all corners of the world to satiate your wandering soul.
Murad Osmann is one of the most well-known travel influencers. Back in 2012, the world fell in love with his “Follow Me To” Instagram series with his girlfriend Natalia Zakharova. According to CNN, the couple’s Instagram trend started back in 2011 when Murad posted a photo of Zakharova leading him through the streets of Barcelona, and the image went viral.
Due to the viral trend, Osmann, who is a photographer by profession, landed hordes of travel-loving followers. Since then, the couple has been all around the world, encapsulating their experiences in some of the most perfectly framed stunning visuals you’ve ever seen. You can catch the couple’s latest destination @muradosmann on Instagram.
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