Among a myriad of self-proclaimed travel influencers who use their fame as nothing but a window to showcase their glittery lifestyle, there are some travellers, who through their true spirit of exploration, inspire people to create their own travel stories.
Here is a list of 20 such travel influencers—and if you’re not following them already, now would be a great time to do so!
1. Shivya Nath
Shivya Nath had a pretty normal life until the day she decided she was done with her corporate life and she wanted to explore what lies outside of her comfort zone. Having authored a best seller “The Shooting Star”, Shivya Nath believes the key is to travel slow and solo, seeking meaningful local experiences around the world. Follow her for stories that are genuine, offbeat and highly informative.
2. Ajay Sood
Having won the Outlook Magazine Photographer of the Year award and several other blogging contests, Ajay Sood needs no introduction in the travel space. Though he wears many hats such as a TBEX speaker and a travel blogger, photography is his forte. Justly called Travelure, his Instagram feed takes you on a virtual tour of the true essence of India and its culture.
3. Archana Singh
As a travel journalist, a brand management expert, a photographer and a public speaker, Archana ditches the “quit the job, travel the world” motto. All the travel pictures and stories from her “Travel See Write” blog are true testaments to what it’s that she travels for—reasons that extend beyond just adventure such as environmental awareness and women empowerment.
4. Nivedith Gajapathy
Nivedith, through his acclaimed works in leading travel magazines and editorials, establishes himself in an interesting niche or what you’d rather call as the future of travel blogging—macro travelling. Macro travelling means you don’t just “tour”; it’s more about your personal experience than about the destination. Culinary tourism is his expertise and he’s also a tech enthusiast.
5. Siddhartha Joshi
What started as an evening timepass to share his travel story with his friends is now a consistently top-rating blog called Sid-The Wanderer. “I blog, I design, I travel and it all started with my love and curiosity to study people”, says Siddhartha and his work speaks for it.
6. Seema Gurnani
Starting to food-blog while social media and blogging weren’t popular, quitting a good-paying job to pursue something because she feels like it, wanting to eat her way around the world being a vegetarian—there’s no wonder people look up to Seema for insider food and travel suggestions.
7. Footloose Dev
Based in New Delhi, Devesh hadn’t even explored his native city until he met a group of like-minded travellers while backpacking across Himalaya. Little did he know the experience would kindle a neverending wanderlust in him! Apart from giving travel tips, he also teaches people how to make money blogging.
8. Neelima Vallangi
Neelima speaks for sustainable tourism and also raises awareness about the changing travel ecosystem in her work. Also, if you are a female looking for ideas and tips on solo travelling, start following her page right away.
9. Ami Bhat
“A restless ball of energy born with a travel bug”, says Ami when asked about herself. Want tips on how to juggle your full-time career with travelling? Ami Bhat is the best person to answer—she has over 15 years of experience in digital marketing which never stopped her from exploring the world.
10. Abhinav Singh
Fired from his job for taking too many days off (of course to travel!), Abhinav rather saw this as an opportunity that could free him off from his routine. Filled with authentic pictures of the amazing locals he met while travelling, his Instagram profile is indeed a chicken soup for the souls with incurable wanderlust.
11. Swati and Sam
Don’t follow them if you have no plans of falling in love! Because these two can give you a serious case of couple goals. Apart from visiting 16 international destinations, they have also travelled to several offbeat cities in India.
12. Indrani Ghose
Indrani Ghose has a unique perspective in whatever she sees and her Instagram profile speaks volume about the same. They are beautiful, intriguing and definitely have some sort of mysterious vibe to them. For travel inspiration along with a photography hack or two, Indrani Ghose would be the best person to follow.
13. Amrita and Agni
#Couple alert! Here comes another travelling couple who believes in pushing the limits of their relationship by adventuring together. Their blog “Tale of 2 Backpackers” gives you in-depth information on how to travel to the major tourist destinations in India in a non-touristy way.
14. Karthik Murali
As a data scientist with 13 years of experience on the road, Karthik Murali gives an interesting twist of tech to travelling. If you are into travel, tech and lifestyle, make sure you follow “An Asian Traveller” blog by Karthik.
15. Prachi and Himadri Garg
Sisters who travel together don’t fight (just kidding, they fight more). They believe impromptu trips are the ones that actually happen and there is no point in waiting for the “perfect time to travel”. Featured by CNN, they also believe serendipity is the most beautiful aspect of travelling.
16. Archana and Vidur
This biker couple says they started travelling when they decided they’ve had it with the “rat race” and wanted to hit the roads instead. Follow them for in-depth knowledge on how and where to find the best roads in India for bike trips. From helmet reviews to biking tips, they cover it all.
17. Niranjan Das
Niranjan Das is different in the aspect that he believes travelling is not always glitters and gold and that’s what it is about. Having been to 10 countries in Europe and several cities in India, he strives to document the root culture of the places he visits.
18. Revati and Charles Victor
9 years on the road covering 35 countries, wildlife tourism is Charles and Revati’s forte. They travel while still keeping their day jobs and their blog covers more than just their travel stories—from culture and lifestyle to people and experiences from around the world.
19. Mridula Dwivedi
Her top-rated blog “Travel Tales from India” got mentioned in BBC and the Guardian soon after she launched it and it only inspired her to do more of what she was doing only as a hobby.
20. Mariellen Ward
It’s a treat to see a Canadian travel writer’s view on how to explore India to the fullest. Also, the reason she was amazed by India so much that she went on to write a book called “Songs of India” is another good reason why you should follow her.
These people are basically us who have taken that first step towards pursuing what they wanted to do. If you are ready to take yours, call Pickyourtrail and plan your big vacation right away!