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
Natasha – @lifeinminiaturepictures
A huge thank you to @missfilatelista for naming me in her @hostelworld article as one of 25 sustainable travel instagrammers to follow (link in bio) ※ ↠ Coming from an International Development perspective sustainable travel is to me about #donoharm – minimising the negative impacts of tourism & maximising the benefits. Tourism has an important role to play in lifting people out of poverty and appreciating cultural diversity. ※ ↠ My top 3 tips for being a conscious traveller from this perspective are: ※ ↠ 1. Eat/Sleep/Shop/Tour Locally – Always try to choose independent locally OWNED&RUN restaurants, accommodation, shops&tour operators. All inclusive hotels and tours booked through companies in your home country don’t really benefit the locals. Ask yourself who owns the hotel – a multi-national chain, an ‘expat’ or a local? Who is employed – local staff from there or expats & backpackers just passing through? Is the person giving you a tour from that community or an outsider telling someone else’s story? ※ ↠ 2. Don’t give money, gifts or food to begging or ‘working’ children. It can be hard, but these short term gains prevent them from going to school & locks them in the cycle of poverty. There are better ways to support children and young people as a tourist – such a social enterprises which train young people in vocations useful in these locations (like @tree_alliance) or giving to a registered NGO. ※ ↠ 3. Respect and treat people with dignity. Don’t take & share pictures of people without their informed consent & never of children. Taking a picture of a ‘street scene’ is different but otherwise always ask permission. Then if they agree, are you going to be using their picture in a way they would have realised & consented to? What words will you use to accompany their picture on your Instagram? Will you tell the real story or your own narrative reducing them to your perception of them and their ‘poverty’? I recently saw an instagrammer with >20k followers share a picture of a smiling woman in India & the caption “she probably makes less than $1000 per year but still has a smile from ear to ear” – using her image to uphold his western narrative of India…
Vivien & Aaron – @thedharmatrails
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Hey hey! What do you guys see in this picture? ⠀ ⠀ ?⠀ ⠀ We’re having a whale of a time during our Caribbean cleanup week.⠀ ⠀ ?⠀ ⠀ After the Sperm Whale washed up in Indonesia last month with 1,000 pieces of plastic inside her, we haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.⠀ ⠀ ?⠀ ⠀ Our little tribute has 440 little pieces of plastic, which are mostly bottle caps!!⠀ ⠀ ?⠀ ⠀ Thanks to everyone who’s contributed to this cleanup so far with your tags and shares! There’s more to come! So please keep sharing friends! ⠀ ⠀ ?⠀ ⠀ #Ecothought of the day: Blue whales are the loudest animals on the planet (though we can’t hear most of the frequencies they make).⠀ ⠀ Imagine if we could hear what they’re saying about the state of their home. What do you think they would be saying? ⠀ ⠀ #ecotravel #recycledart #plasticpollution #saynotoplastic #4ocean #take3forthesea #5minutebeachcleanup
Evelina Utterdahl – @earthwanderess
??CZECH REPUBLIC?? . The last week has been far better than I could’ve even imagined. I haven’t been to Czech Republic since I was a child so it was like I was here for the first time, especially when we were outside of Prague where I hadn’t been before . I started off the week with a press trip for a couple of days with Czech Tourism. The trip was all with an eco-theme and I had no idea this country was so innovative in the eco aspect. The hotel Mosaic House that we stayed at in Prague was 2nd grey water system with heat recuperation in the world(!) . Then we went east to a nature area outside of Ostrava, we went hiking and got to visit some incredible places where we all felt our stress just drastically dropped in an instant?? . Then I went to a Travel Conference by @tbexevents and I met so many great people and went to inspiring sessions and talks about sustainable travel and what to do about it. I made great connections and have super exciting projects and collaborations with an outdoors and sustainability focus coming up♻ . I am finally being able to spread my passion about sustainable travel into the tourism industry and hopefully make changes that can help the environment and the local communities impacted by tourism? . I have always been a hopeless optimist and I will never lose hope that we can make this world a better place in many ways. No changes are too small because we never know how those small changes can effect something or someone else and who they will impact on their behalf . Here’s to life and to making the world a better place. It starts with us . And don’t forget – It’s cool to give a damn✊ . ? by: @veerabianca . #visitcz #bethechange #sustainabletravel #ecotravel #responsibletravel #gooutside #teamkaptainkenny #armedangels #ethicalfashion #lowimpactmovement #jagstannarpåmarken
Erika Hobart – @erikaexplores
Ariel & Ron – @wtwildflowers
Hey, Barbie girl living in a Barbie world. Is life in plastic that fantastic? From the looks of it, from the stats of it, we’re drowning it. Remember that song and how it would get stuck in your head? It sings with a haunting truth like a guilty conscience now more than ever. ⠀ ⠀ Try to go through your day without using plastic. It’s practically impossible. Even if you’re a zero-waster you’ll encounter it at work, at the coffeehouse, at your favorite restaurant, at your next doctor appointment, even during a swim at the beach. And, as fantastic as plastic is to our medical industry and civic infrastructure, the boom of single-use plastic sings a different song. Our plastic world is scarier than it’s shiny, durable, convenient facade lets on. ⠀ ⠀ #plasticfreejuly is over but the plight on our planet is not. There’s several statistics and images from the past month burnt into our brains. Help hold us accountable to our plastic-free commitments on our blog at the link in bio. Check our story throughout the day for a look at those images too!⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ . ⠀ #ecoblogger #wanderlust #travelphotography #vegantravel #blavity #slowtravel #beachvibes #wegotoo #baecation #letsgosomewhere #weworktotravel #oceanlovers #travelingcouple #choosetorefuse #beachlife #itsbetterinthebahamas #reusereducerecycle #consciousconsumer #mytravelcrush #travelnoire #upintheairlife #plasticfreeliving #lessismore #theartofslowliving #thisisbahamas #wasteless #creativetravelcouples #iquitplastics #travelsandchill⠀
Imogen – @earthcorrespondent
~ STOUPA, GREECE ~ • • OH DAMN! Exploring the Mani Peninsular together- we are feeling like the luckiest pair on the planet ?? • Last night we had a (wine-fuelled?) chat about winning the birth lottery. Coming from lucky countries (AUS + NZ) set us up with gnarly life opportunities. I’ve always felt super guilty for that. Why me? ?? • ? Kade changed my mindset about it. I can’t feel guilty- instead all I have to do, is focus on using my position to speak up and get this change-the-world shit rollin ?? • What’s your opinion on the birth lottery? If you ‘won’ it, how do you use your privilege to do good??
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
Love comes in all shapes and sizes ❤? Happy love day everyone! Which, let’s face it, is every day. • Photographed on assignment for @dswt #awesomeearth #passionpassport #beautifuldestinations #worldcaptures #alifeofintention #thisisafrica #lonelyplanet #gritandvirtue #in2nature #whyweadventure #camp4pix #natgeoyourshot #discoverearth #mountainstones #protectthewild #africalove #wildlifeconservationday #exploreourearth #lifelivedbeautifully #lifeofadventure #protectwildlife #wildlifeconservation #livebeautifully #simplejoys #conservation #wildlife #ivoryfree #wildlifephotography
Stevie – @stevieyaaaay
This is the face of a girl who’s ready to fill her freezer with farmers market in season blueberries so she can have them all year! Before my zero waste mindset, I took for granted where my food was coming from and how it was packaged. These days I feel more present and a million times more thankful for earths healthy bounty! ??? #yayforearth
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.’
Lauren – @committingtokindness
Welcome, humans! Lauren here. If you’re anything like me, you probably commit—hard—to coffee, sushi and Netflix marathons. Aside from being an overly caffeinated, chopstick-wielding, series-obsessed teacher, I’m also a traveler. I commit to adventure and discovering places that fill my soul, not just my passport. And more often than not, I find that what make my adventures most memorable are the people I meet along the way. As the founder of Committing to Kindness, I care about sharing destinations that encourage meaningful travel, and about sharing stories of people around the world who manifest kindness in big and small ways. It means so much to me that you are interested in following along. If you know someone who could use a little extra kindness in their life, tag them below!? . . . . . #passionpassport #sheisnotlost #shetravels #girlsthatwander #dametravel #wheretofindme #mindfulness #igerssevilla #travelblogger #travelmassive #takemoreadventures #igersspain #worldnomads #wearetravelgirls #thetravelwomen #lovetheworld #bbctravel #secretescapes #kindness #kindnessmatters #mindfultravel #backpackwithme #girlaroundtheworld #stayandwander #simplekindness #andalucia #igersandalucia #welivetoexplore #theglobewanderer #citizenfemme
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 – @travelfordifference
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 ♡