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You might not actually be able to go anywhere right now, but even a lockdown doesn’t stop you dreaming. January is traditionally the month to start making those all-important holiday plans for the year ahead, but this year is a little different. You might not be feeling confident enough to book a trip just yet (though if you are, do check out our travel insurance Link opens in a new window. page for advice), but there’s no harm in spending some time on social media getting an idea of where you might like to go and increasing your wanderlust, especially over the grey, cold months. We guarantee you’ll have a whole new hit-list of destinations you’ll want to travel to over the next couple of years once you’ve had a scroll through these Instagram accounts.

1. Suitcase

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Suitcase Magazine explores ‘the world through a local lens, shaking up conventional travel for a globally minded generation’. The account is full of beautiful, thumb-stopping photos, as well as short videos that transport you to unique places – some a little closer to home than others.

Our Grand Design interior design
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2. Conde Nast Traveller

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If any Instagram account makes you want to travel the world to visit new places, this is it. ‘An insider’s guide to the world’, Conde Nast Traveller has over 1.6million followers for good reason. From dreamy beach locations to dramatic landscapes, such as Greenland, this account really does have something for everyone.

Renovating no. Twenty Six interior design
Credit: @condenasttraveller

3. Johnny Golden

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Johnny travels the world with Kyle and captures incredible shots in very colourful locations along the way. In 2020, Kyle spent some time exploring India, which he describes as ‘the experience of a lifetime’ – judging by his photos, we’d have to agree!

Soozi Danson interior design
Credit: @johnnygolden__

4. Soultravelblog

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This account champions sustainable, positive and mindful travel. Ellie and Ravi are a British-Indian couple discovering new places and finding sustainable travel projects along the way. They encourage their followers to explore and make the world a better place via their inspiring photos and interesting tips and stories.

An eye for pretty interior design
Credit: @soultravelblog

5. Christianne Risman

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Christianne is a travel vlogger, video producer and a bit of a digital nomad, as her work takes her all over the world. She’s a source of inspiration for solo travellers, especially solo female travellers, and her Instagram oozes confidence and independence. Her recent Mexico photos have made us crave the feeling of the sun on our faces ASAP.

The big ash reno interior design
Credit: @christiannerisman

6. Kip Hideaways

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This account has a specific focus on small, boutique destinations with soul and is the one for you if you’re thinking of holiday in the UK this year. We’ve discovered so many beautiful locations thanks to this Instagram – from hideaways in Norfolk to coastal breaks in Kent, shepherd’s huts in the New Forest and off-grid escapes in Scotland. Kip Hideaways has you covered.

Kasie Barton interior design
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7. The Luxury Editor Magazine

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If you’re a lover of luxury, you’ll be a fan of this account. The Luxury Editor Magazine Link opens in a new window covers everything from sunny city breaks to ski holidays, tropical island adventures and beach escapes – all through a luxurious lens. The photos showcase incredible, aspirational locations and we reckon they’re enough to inspire you to start saving up!

Housebythecherryblossom interior design
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8. Elayna Carausu

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In November 2019, this family received a lot of media attention when they sailed Greta Thunberg from Virginia to Lisbon for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid. Elayna, who describes herself as ‘sailor, videographer, mother’, has lived aboard her catamaran, La Vagabonde, since 2014 with her partner and young child and shares a behind the scenes look at her life on her Instagram…anyone else re-thinking their life decisions, or just us?

Eli at home interior design
Credit: @elayna.carausu

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