Sometimes, it’s hard to get out of town. Work piles up, you’ve used up all your vacation time or your money seems to be missing (that $20 was here yesterday, I know it).
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Sitting in your cubicle, you can’t help but fantasize about exploring somewhere new, or feeling a rush of nostalgia as you step foot in your favorite vacation spot. We’ve all been there (at least I hope I’m not alone).
If this feeling of wanderlust tingles in your brain, take a little break from the daily grind and scroll through these Instagram accounts. Because even if you can’t travel at the very moment you’re craving to, pretending you are is sometimes the next best thing.
Kirsten Alana – For serene mini-adventures
Kirsten, a Native New Yorker and professional photographer, tells mini-stories with her posts. From Tanzania to quaint cafés in New York, Kirsten’s photos let you escape to somewhere completely new, along the way detailing each step with a descriptive caption.
Mr Ben Brown – For spontaneity inspiration
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If you’re craving a spontaneous weekend adventure with your closest friends, Ben, a photographer, can take you on a digital trip without leaving the comfort of your office chair. After a few posts, you’ll be filling your weekends with soon-to-be epic adventures.
Hello America – For the thrill of it
Co-created by Kristen Blanton and Matthew Jozwiak, Hello America is an outdoor photography and storytelling platform. Scrolling through the profile, you can’t help but feel like you are cooking hot dogs in the woods or bundling up as the brisk temperatures of Iceland dance up your spine.
Passion Passport – For the zeal of travel
“Reaching the top of the mountain amidst the clouds was like being in heaven. Looking out, you feel the world has grown immensely big, filled with so many places to see. Looking down, however, you feel the world shrink to a size small enough for you to discover all those places — like you could fly anywhere.” -@barkinozdemir Lion’s Head, Cape Town, South Africa #passionpassport
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Founded in 2013 by Zach Glassman, Passion Passport was sparked by the transformative power that travel evokes. Glassman rallied together a team of travelers to help spread his love for travel. Each photo is creatively captioned to allow you to feel like you’re right there, snapping it yourself.
Wes Vanderson – For the rugged adventurer
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It’s a fantasy you have twirling in your cube, watching the clock tick. The one where you jump in a van, grab your closest friend and head into the unknown. Brett and Natasha made that fantasy happen by turning an old VW bus into Wes Vanderson, a documented travel (starting in July) through North America with their pup and fully charged iPhones.
Hirozzzz – For a new perspective
Hiroaki Fukuda, a professional photographer from Tokyo, posts photos that inspire a new look at the way of travel. He uses artistic perspectives that utilize light and angles in ways you haven’t seen before.
This Wild Idea – For uncharted exploration
Known for the adorable photos from Maddie on Things, Theron Humphrey’s account This Wild Idea takes you through back countries, hidden waterfalls, and back home again, as Theron and his coonhound, Maddie, explore uncharted territories together. Who doesn’t love traveling with their best four-legged friend on the open roads?
These are just a handful of people capturing the adventures they embark on daily. If you can’t make it out of the office for awhile, grab your laptop and scroll for a bit; or just whip out your phone and put a new perspective on your commute home.
Any other Instagram accounts you’ve found cured a travel bug?
Laura Smith is a writer, biker and avid wanderer. She’s always looking for a new adventure, documenting her stories along the way; her writing can be found on her Tumblr and Diary Traveler.