Top 15 of Instagram 2012

Prompted by my excitement over my inclusion in Mashable’s recent article “Travel the World With These 15 Inspiring Instagram Accounts” and then Instagram itself listing me as a “suggested user”, I decided to compile a list of both my own 15 favourite travel Instagram accounts, as well as my top 15 photos from my gallery over the past year.

To start, here are 15 of my favourite travel Instagrammers. Not only do these people immediately come to mind when I think of amazing Instagram photos, but they are literally and statistically my favourites. According to, most of these are the accounts that I actually “like” the most.

I tend to only post photos when I am traveling, but I still make an effort to browse photos every day. These people keep my wanderlust at bay, and yet always get me even more excited for my next adventure. You would be doing yourself a favour by following all of them.

My 15 Favourite Travel Instagrammers

Pausethemoment – Ryan Gargiulo


theblondegypsy – Larissa


travelettes – Katja Hentschel


bloggeries – Rob


theplanetd – Dave & Deb


earthxplorer – JD Andrews


nicoletravelbug – Nicole Blaess-Smith


travelingcanucks – Cam & Nicole


sparkpunk – Zak Erving


kirstenalana – Kirsten Alana


candicewalsh – Candice Walsh


mauivisit – Maui Hawaii CVB


cailinoneil – Cailin O’Neil


travelingeditor – Dylan Lowe


taggio – Alicia Taggio


And an extra shoutout to kandkadventures – Karin & Kieran


seattlestravels – Seattle Dredge

And lastly, just in case you haven’t followed me yet, here is my own Instagram account :]


My Top 15 Instagram Photos of 2012

Now, that you’re following all of these other awesome Instagrammers, here are my own personal top 15 Instagram images of 2012, ranked by their number of “likes”.

Funnily enough, none of the images listed in this post overlap with “My Top 20 Instagram Photos” that I posted back in August. Apparently I’ve improved since that time, because those photos were all left in the dust, in terms of “likes”.

A sign post of directions to different countries, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

My first sunset in Maui at Makena Beach Resort.

Side street as the sun was going down in Prague, Czech Republic.

Side street on a rainy day in Bergen, Norway.

I kissed a sea-lion and I liked it. The taste of his fishy chap stick.

The view over the infinity pool at the amazing Kapalua Spa in Maui.

Paragliding off the side of a volcano in Maui.

Taking a camel trek into the Sahara Desert to spend the night beneath the stars at a Berber Camp.

The rare Dominican Flag Tree.

Early-morning mist around the mountains of Bergen, Norway.

My first sunrise on Maui, and the moment I fell in love with the island.

The spot that I spent my 25th birthday :]

Standing inside the crater of Haleakala Volcano in Maui, before I mountain-biked down the side of it.

Maui : Turning dog walks into art.

My five personal favourites that didn’t make the top 15

A glowing alley in Todra Gorge, Morocco.

My feet dangling a few thousand feet above the coast of Australia, after jumping out of a plane. Yes, I Instagrammed from the air.

I spotted this rainbow in the sky (with our shadow on it) so we improvised the bullseye and went straight through.

While spending the night in a glass igloo in Finnish Lapland, this snow igloo was my neighbour.

Watching the sunrise over the Hunter Valley from a hot air balloon.


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27 Responses to “Top 15 of Instagram 2012”

  1. Alicia
    December 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Thanks for the feature! You too are one of my top fave’s to follow on the gram 😉 Cheers and Happy Holidays!
    Alicia recently posted..My Top 10 Instagram Photos of 2012

    • Seattle
      December 13, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

      No prob! Haha–the gram. Happy Holidays to you tooo, prob see you at TTM in Jan :]

  2. Sanja
    December 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Great post : )

  3. Zak
    December 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Honored to be a part of this amazing round-up 🙂 Thanks for the support!
    Zak recently posted..Self-Employment is for Crazies (+¡Big Announcement!)

    • Seattle
      December 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

      No prob! Your photos are awesome 😀

      • Zak
        December 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm #


  4. Rob
    December 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Thanks Seattle, happy to be included in the list.

    That instagram you took from the sky was high risk but totally worth it.

    Safe travels!
    Rob recently posted..Motorbiking the Bolaven Plateau, Laos

    • Seattle
      December 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      Hahah it involved a lot of duct tape and string

  5. Cam @ Traveling Canucks
    December 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Fun post! Thanks for including us. We’re stoked you like our photos 😉
    Cam @ Traveling Canucks recently posted..Photo of the Week: Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

  6. Larissa
    December 14, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Awesome list, thank you for including me! These are some of my favourites as well – especially you. Post more, please?
    Larissa recently posted..On My European To Do List…Finnish Lapland

    • Seattle
      December 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      No problem–and thank-you!!

  7. Tom @ Waegook Tom
    December 14, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Those air shots are making me dizzy! I don’t think I’d be able to open my eyes that high up, let alone Instagram the moment! Impressive work.

    Prague, the Maui Crater, the trek in the Sahara, and the Infinity Pool are my favourites. I wish I was in an Infinity Pool right now…
    Tom @ Waegook Tom recently posted..Sweet, Sour, Sexy: Tangsuyuk

    • Seattle
      December 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Haha–Everyone should be in an infinity pool at all times. And, thanks 😀

  8. Kelly Dunning
    December 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Wow, this post is absolute eye candy! Every photo is more beautiful than the last. I loved the camels in the desert sand and the paragliding photo. Gorgeous!
    Kelly Dunning recently posted..Beautiful Boracay in Photos – Philippines Travel

    • Seattle
      December 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Thaaank-you, glad you like them 😀

  9. Kirsten Alana
    December 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Thanks so much for the mention lady!! And FABULOUS paragliding photo of yours 🙂
    Kirsten Alana recently posted..IndonesiaItalyFranceUKMoroccoUK…My Head is Spinning

    • Seattle
      December 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

      You’re welcome! & Thanks 😀

  10. Deb
    December 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Hey, thanks for including us in this spectacular list! We follow most of the people here and you’ve introduced us to a few we haven’t seen yet. We love your stuff too, keep up the great work!
    Deb recently posted..12 Days of Christmas – The Safari Version

    • Seattle
      December 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

      No problem! And thanks a lot 😀

  11. Pause The Moment
    December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Thanks for mentioning my Instagram stream. I appreciate the love! You rock, keep up the good work.
    Pause The Moment recently posted..Learning How to Surf Monster Waves in Fiji!

    • Seattle
      December 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

      Of course! And hahah thaaanks 😀

  12. Amanda
    December 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Nice list! A few accounts I need to start following in Instagram!
    Amanda recently posted..Caves and Castles in Slovenia

  13. Dylan
    December 15, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    I’ve taken a break from stalking your Instagram feed and going on a mad spree liking your photos to THANK YOU for the awesome inclusion! Truly honoured to be amongst such epic Instagrammers and their magnificent images, the majority of whom I’ve been admiring since, well, I first got my Instagram account!
    Dylan recently posted..A photographic sketch of Hong Kong

    • Seattle
      December 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

      Hahahah noo prob yaaay for instastalking 😀

  14. Christian
    January 2, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    Phenomenal list! I have to get following all of these great mobile photographers.

  15. Bailey
    June 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    If you’re on vacation, don’t forget to take an Insta of any of these things!


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