MY FAVOURITE RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS
Out of all the social media platforms, Instagram is by far my favourite. I love sharing images, being inspired by other creators and most of all, discovering and connecting with like-minded people that have the same views as I.
Due to the overly saturated atmosphere of Instagram lately, it can sometimes be difficult to find new people out of the millions that are constantly online.
So today, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite sustainable/responsible travel accounts – some that I’ve been following for a long time, and others that I only just discovered. If you’re a lover of travel, sustainability, mindfulness and everything in-between, here are some amazing people that will be sure to inspire you, just like they inspire me.
Carmen Huter – @carmenhuter
More from our @aquadome_hotel.therme.spa winter wonderland. ☃ . . Ghandi once said there is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness. Many years later, fast fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, next to big oil. This year, make an effort to buy more consciously. It will last longer and feel better, on your skin and in your heart. I always tag the companies I wear, in case you need some fair fashion inspiration.✨ • • • • • #tyrol #dametraveler #kufsteinerland #tirol #lovetirol #alpen #österreich #austria #discoveraustria #visitaustria #alps #mountaingirls #alpinebabes#exploremore #bbctravel #traveldeeper #exploringtheglobe l#guardiantravelsnaps #doyoutravel #instagoodmyphoto #freedomthinkers #tlpicks #sustainability #sustainableliving #communityfirst #fairfashion #cntraveler #theweekoninstagram #whp #aquadome
Raya Encheva – @rayawashere
Victoria – @victoriaxamaral
I believe in deep ecology. I believe in the inherent worth of all living creatures, all ecosystems, regardless of their utility to human beings. We won’t gain anything tangible from natural places like this, but they makes us feel something… doesn’t that make them worth keeping? 🍃 . #yayforearth #nc100miles
Jean Labuschagne – @jeanlabu
Earth. A gigantic ball, originally in near perfect balance. There is so much hope for her, yet so much that still needs to be done to head back towards that phenomenal state. Balance. This is for everyone who is doing their bit for the environment, no matter how small. For those that have stopped accepting straws in their drinks, who collect water in a bucket in their shower while they wait for the hot water, for the conservationists, the rangers, the people who take a basket to the shop. Each action adds up. It just means one needs to make a conscious decision every day. #earthday #WHPnaturalbeauty #intoafrica
Freya Dowson – @freyadowson
I’ve been looking closely at how I work recently, it’s a process that is always changing and evolving. It’s important that my work first of all be truthful. But to me it’s also important that it be striking, that it represent integrity and the beauty that I see in whoever or whatever I’m photographing. It also needs to be sensitive, and to recognise that even though I always strive for human connection, my work needs to show the respect of what it means to be an outsider looking in. With as much empathy as I intend, I recognise that I will only ever present the world as I see it, so it’s important for me to be make sure that I am working from a mentally healthy perspective. I need to always be questioning my own motivations, my own purpose for doing this. I need to look at what drives me, my judgements and my frame of reference. If I’m working for the joy of travel, only to share what I do, or for the new experiences – that is not good enough. The world doesn’t need more explorers. I do my work to try and make the world a smaller place, to pull on the threads of our shared humanity and expose them so that we can all grow a little closer, and care about each other a little more. If I succeed even a little bit, that will be enough.
Jess – @naturallynomadic_
We headed down to watch the sunset on Legian beach last night and were met with this sight. Such a beautiful area with such a huge waste problem. I had known about this before we came but I was not expecting it to be so much… We heard it’s quite normal during the wet season for trash to get washed up on the beaches in this area. Kids younger than 10 were wondering around with plastic bags digging out the plastic bottles only. Do they get money for these? In the western world our plastic problem is covered up by our great recycling efforts and trash collections that makes our rubbish magically disappear. This isn’t just Indonesia’s problem. This is a major world issue. I started this blog in an attempt to encourage people to think more sustainably and to show that being ‘eco friendly’ can be cheap, easy and very rewarding. However, the more I find out, the more helpless I feel. Most of this trash probably has come from other Asian countries or Australasia. Plastic does not biodegrade. EVER. when you throw something ‘away’ give a long thought about where it actually might be going. Into an overfilling landfill which will eventually burst and end up in the ocean? To be swept by the current and end up on a beautiful beach in Bali? Quite possibly. We have a responsibility, particularly in the western world, to take action to make sure this does not happen anymore. And it’s really simple, stop using plastic. My favourite new quote: ‘“one person can’t make a difference” say 7 billion people.’
Jackson Harries – @jackharries
Jasmine Noble – @jmnoble
Where are all my beach-loving friends? 🙋🏻 I highly encourage you to check out the documentary Chasing Coral if you’d like to learn about coral bleaching and the steps you can take to travel and live more mindfully. Spread the word if you like it! . We’re so blessed to have the chance and the time to travel, why not make it more meaningful and personal by learning about these beautiful places and doing our part to keep them alive? 😊 . . . . . #beachlife #ecofriendly #sustainability #sustainableliving #minimalism #hawaiilife #ecotourism #oahu #travelhawaii #dametraveler #traveldeeper #coconuts #palmtrees #earthlover
Corinne Redfern – @corinneredfern
This is Sreyrath Chak. At 19, she’s eight months pregnant, and her daughter, Saravatey, is three. The family survive on porridge made from rice and water, and occasional scraps of old veg they scavenge from the local rubbish dump. Sreyrath didn’t want to get pregnant, but when she married her husband at 16, her relatives started pressuring them to start a family. “After five months, when I was still bleeding every month, they started talking behind my back,” she says. “So when the bad blood stopped, I was so relieved. But I was sad when I gave birth, because I had wanted a boy, but I had a girl. I wasn’t expecting that.” She also wasn’t expecting how hard it would be to feed her baby. “We have no money,” she says. “I give my daughter the water I use to boil rice in, and then she cries because her tummy hurts. Sometimes we find a pig’s leg, so we roll it in salt to make it last one or two weeks. By the end, it’s covered in flies but it’s too painful to throw it away.” *** Recently @francesco_brembati and I were lucky enough to be awarded a grant from the European Journalism Centre to investigate the link between malnutrition and teenage pregnancy. In a bid to raise further awareness of the issue at hand, we’ve set up a separate Instagram page, @cryinghunger, to share some of the stories we find. We’ll be live streaming interviews and posting behind the scenes footage from our project. And if there’s something you’d like to see more of or questions you’d like answered, let us know. *** Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Picture by @francesco_brembati. *** #awesomeearth #nakedplanet #travelwithintention #recklessimage #seekmoments #natgeoyourshot #holdthemoments #quiettraveler #ofsimplethings #inspiremyinstagram #posttheordinary #eyeson #athomeintheworld #whyweadventure #magic_shots #lightinspired #everydayeverywhere #everydayasia #documentaryphotography #photojournalism #liveforthestory #girlswhotravel #travel #mystory #portraitoftheday
Rachel Skeates-Millar – @friendsoftheweather
In the Himalayas, many communities are not accessible by road. Everything is brought in on human, horse or yak back. It’s grueling work that teaches you to appreciate your food. #everydayhumanitarian #Nepaliloveyou #adventure #exploremore #wanderfolk #theoutbound #roamtheplanet #adventurevisuals #directionkathmandu
And then there’s me!
By absolutely no means am I one of my favourite Instagram accounts, but if you love responsible travel I’d love it if you could check out my feed too ♥︎
A lot of the people that follow my blog don’t follow me on Instagram, so please check it out and if you show it some love, I’ll be sure to do the same for you!
Me – @travelfordifferenceblog
No pressure of course!
If you know of any other amazing responsible travel Instagram accounts, please let me know! I absolutely love finding new people to follow ♡
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