Top College YouTubers: "A Day In The Life of" Vlogs, Reaction Videos & More

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COLLEGE YOUTUBERS: 14 TOP COLLEGE VLOGGERS REACH MORE THAN 4M GEN Z SUBSCRIBERS

At 2 billion subscribers YouTube continues to surge in popularity, and with over 62% of Gen Z watching daily videos on the platform, a new breed of YouTube creator has emerged—college YouTubers.

While many college-aged top YouTube stars like Brooklyn and Bailey create college-focused videos like “New College Roommates, Will We Get Along?” or Brooklyn’s New College Room Tour, college YouTubers have created their own niche category and community, one that has garnered an impressive following.

These college creators document basic class tips and survival stories —as it’s happening. Users share anything from Target hauls and move-in vlogs to “study with me” videos where they film themselves quietly studying.

Each college influencer brings a unique perspective to their school experience which resonates with Gen Z’s need to feel a connectedness as they glimpse into a YouTube influencer’s daily practices. College influencers often capture candid videos on personal topics like financial situations, roommate struggles, and even “reveal” videos where they open college acceptance letters.

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WHY IT MATTERS FOR MARKETERS?

College YouTubers bridge a new category between productivity and education. These videos typically invite subscribers to partake in a YouTube star’s daily habits, thus influencing viewers to adopt these same practices (and products) into their own daily routines.

A successful sponsored placement in a “college-life” video could add a new staple product to the consumer’s lineup. With digitally-savvy Gen Zers outnumbering Millennials, at about 32% of the population, brands should consider college YouTubers as valuable trendsetters on the consumer habits of the newest generation of adolescents.

Meet the most popular college YouTubers of 2020—and see why these dynamic scholars are one of a kind:

1. THOMAS FRANK— 1.72M SUBSCRIBERS

Thomas Frank originally rose to social media fame from his blog “College Info Geek.” Thomas has made a name for himself in the productivity niche as one of the largest self-improvement gurus on YouTube. He boasts almost two million subscribers and an additional podcast channel. His study tips and reading strategies aim to help students of any level, and his specialized videos distinctively separate him from fellow YouTube influencers.

2. ELLIOT CHOY 625K SUBSCRIBERS

One of the biggest trends in video recently is the “a day in the life of” routine-style of vlogging which features creators from various backgrounds and categories sharing their typical day with viewers. This trend has garnered over 50,000 videos so far and furthers viewers’ growing desire to watch normal people doing normal things.

ThinkwithGoogle reports that viewers tune in to watch user’s carry out mundane tasks for “company, in-depth information, and even inspiration.” As a student at Vanderbilt University, Elliot juggles his YouTube career and college classes in his “day in the life of” video which has received over 125,000 views.

3.THESTRIVE STUDIES — 600K SUBSCRIBERS

Jamie Lee is the mastermind behind TheStrive Studies and TheStrive Fit YouTube channels. Collectively, the channels have over 600,000 subscribers who watch the first year emergency medicine student document her journey through medical school and watch her study. Yes, this “study with me” video is one of about 50 videos on her channel that is literally show Jamie studying at her desk for one to two hours.

The video shown has over 4 million views and is part of the “with me” video series craze where subscribers find motivation in watching YouTubers complete basic tasks. YouTube reports a two-fold increase in “study with me” videos while GoogleTrends shows a surge in popularity for the search term as well.

4. SIENNA SANTER— 318K SUBSCRIBERS

Sienna Santer is a college YouTuber/influencer at Harvard who enjoys making learning/reflection videos about her college experiences and often collaborates with other college YouTubers. She has over 20 million views on her channel since joining in 2014 and has partnered with notable brands like Glossier, FabFitFun, Amazon, Fabletics, Google, and more.

5. HANNAH ELISE— 311K SUBSCRIBERS

Hannah Elise is a 20-year-old college student who vlogs her daily life to her over 300,000 subscribers. Her channel features personal story time videos like “Why I’m Transferring” and “Secrets of a Straight-A College Student.

6. KATIE TRACY— 171K SUBSCRIBERS


Katie studies computer science at Cornell University and is not afraid to share personal experiences with her followers on her college channel. In one of her recent videos, Katie shares her thoughts on loneliness in her studies abroad, and her battle with insecurities and imposter syndrome.

Her video comments shows that her nearly 171,000 online subscribers appreciate the relatability and rawness of her content.

7. ANNMARIE CHASE— 138K SUBSCRIBERS

Annmarie Chase is a well-known college YouTuber attending the University of Southern California. Her content showcases her life as a student and member of the Greek community. Her channel follows the common college YouTuber characteristic of authenticity as most of her videos are personal vlogs.

With an estimated 44% of all internet users watching a vlog each month, it’s no surprise that 138,000 people tune in to watch her share her confessions and college experiences.

8. ABBY ASSELIN— 83.4K SUBSCRIBERS


Abby’s channel is less than five years old and has already racked up more than 10 million views. The University of Alabama scholar is a micro-creator on the video platform averaging about 16,000 views per video.

9. GRACIE O’CONNOR— 66.2K SUBSCRIBERS


Gracie O’Connor is a very involved college student whose channel has a notable focus on her sorority experience at the University of Alabama. Gracie’s video views are impressive— with only 66,200 subscribers she averages 54,000 views per upload making her a mid-tier creator with enviable engagement.

10. MELISSA LUCY— 56.6K SUBSCRIBERS


Florida college student Melissa Lucy is a vlogger and chemistry student living out the most personal aspects of her life as a YouTube star. her channel is filled with daily life vlogs and she discusses how she finds balance in juggling her future career with her passion as a YouTuber.

While Melissa plans to focus on a science career, studies show that 75% of children ages 6 to 17 dream of becoming a YouTuber for a living, with one in five planning to start their own channel.

11. BRITTANY LEWIS— 40K SUBSCRIBERS


As a student at the University of Florida, nano-creator Brittany Lewis shares college-centered videos with a slight focus on fashion and social events. Her channel features college outfit hauls, game-day looks and much more.

12. AMANDA MAGANA— 27.3K SUBSCRIBERS


Amanda is a UCLA college YouTuber with over 200 “Follow Me Around Campus” and “Q and A” videos to prove it. Her videos on her university experience have generated over 4 million views so far. Amanda has recently graduated but has maintained creating videos centered around post-grad life.

13. CATH IN COLLEGE— 26.4K SUBSCRIBERS

Catherine gained recognition as a college influencer when her “Day in a Life of a Stanford Student” video went viral nearly two years ago. Catherine shows viewers an inside look at what the typical college experience is like at Stanford through her dedicated channel that features hundreds of college topics.

14. NINA WANG— 26K SUBSCRIBERS

College “reaction” videos are a controversial trend where hopeful high school students open all of their college admission decision letters at once on camera. Nina is an MIT student who now has 26,000 subscribers all thanks to her reaction video that has received over 1.5 million views to date. She discusses organization hacks, admission tips, and other college advice to MIT and Ivy League hopefuls.

20 Instagram Twins That Will Make You Do A Double-Take

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Influencer Twins: 20 Top Instagram Twins Reach More Than 23.5M Followers

What is it about twins that we find so intriguing? From the iconic Mary-Kate and Ashley to Disney channel’s Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Hollywood has made one thing clear: twins are in. The popularity of twins in entertainment has also transferred over to social media, with the 20 most popular Instagram twins collectively reaching an astounding 23,572,000 followers.

As with most social media influencers, Instagram twins’ success is tied to the ability to post content that’s both appealing, relatable, and unique. Considering identical twins makeup only 1 of every 250 births, twins have a built-in boost in the uniqueness department. Factor in striking style, stunning features, a great sense of humor, or stellar gymnastics skills by two, and twin influencers have a winning Instagram combo. People are naturally curious about what it’s like as an identical twin, and Instagram twins capitalize on that.

Across YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram, people are drawn to the double dose of twins, especially when those twins are particularly talented or attractive. There are plenty of influencers sharing makeup tutorials or travel photos, but multiplying that image by two allows Instagram twins to take a seat above the rest. On Instagram, influencer twins have even created their own niche that’s garnered an impressive following.

Come meet the most popular Instagram twins of 2019—starting with the top 15 adult and teens followed by 5 child stars—and see why these dynamic duos are one of a kind. Continue reading “20 Instagram Twins That Will Make You Do A Double-Take”

30 Top Instagram Influencers Who Rise Above The Rest In 2019

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30 Top Gaming Influencers To Follow

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30 Top Gamers Have More Than 340M Subscribers Across Major Gaming Platforms

By 2021, the global gaming market is expected to exceed $180 billion in revenue—a 30.6% increase from $137.9 billion in 2018. In the last few years, gaming has grown more significant on existing platforms like YouTube and Facebook, but it has also spurred the creation of dedicated livestream gaming platforms, like Twitch and Caffeine.tv.

Even staying up-to-date on gaming terms has proven crucial to understanding the industry’s growing value. As a result, the gaming community has evolved to include a wide variety of gaming influencers in different gaming niches.

From the top female YouTube gamers and the overall top gaming YouTubers, to the top female Twitch streamers and most followed Twitch influencers, online gamers have established an impressive cross-platform presence. As these gaming platforms duke it out, most gamers are maximizing their presence across multiple gaming platforms.

As the gaming industry landscape diversifies more, brands interested in partnering with the leading gaming influencers need to keep up with the changing tides. To help, we’ve collected a list of the 30 top gaming influencers in 2019 (nine of which are females) who reach more than 340 million subscribers on their top gaming channels:

  1. PewDiePie
  2. VanossGaming
  3. Markiplier
  4. Ninja
  5. Jacksepticeye
  6. DanTDM
  7. KSI
  8. SSSniperWolf
  9. W2S
  10. Syndicate
  11. TFue
  12. IHasCupquake
  13. Shroud
  14. tsm_myth
  15. Gaming With Jen
  16. LDShadowLady
  17. Aphmau
  18. Summit1g
  19. Tim The Tat Man
  20. Dakotaz
  21. Riot Games
  22. Pokimane
  23. DrDisrespect
  24. DrLupo
  25. Little Kelly Minecraft
  26. Nightblue3
  27. ImaQTpie
  28. LIRIK
  29. StacyPlays
  30. KittyPlays

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Top 50 TikTok Creators To Start Following Now

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Top TikTok Creators Are Igniting The New “It” App

TikTok (previously branded as Musical.ly) is breaking growth records as the leading channel of binge-worthy, short-form video content and shows no signs of slowing down. In September of 2018, TikTok was the most downloaded social media app in the United States, quickly generating user growth comparable to top social platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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TikTok currently has over 1.5 billion users and is the separate international entity of China’s app Douyin, owned by ByteDance. TikTok has officially filled the holes in Viners’ hearts, but time will tell if it will incur the same fate as the extinct platform. Similar to Vine, TikTok’s unique medium supports a niche environment of TikTok creators who have skyrocketed to fame through their innovative and entertaining content.

50 Most Popular TikTok Creators Reach Almost Half A Billion Followers

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As the distinctive app rises in popularity and inches closer to Instagram, brands are eyeing TikTok creators as an opportunity to amplify their influencer marketing campaigns and cross-promote through the vast networks influencers have built. TikTok is already causing a paradigm shift within its app—users ingest paid content that’s relevant and important to both the platform’s audience and brands sponsoring the content.

To jumpstart your TikTok influencer marketing strategy, check out our comprehensive guide here.

We’ve compiled the 50 most-followed TikTok creators on the emerging platform. In total, the high-profile group of TikTok influencers has already garnered more than 442.8 million followers (over 100 million more than the U.S. population, and roughly 7.2% of the world’s total population, not including China).

1. @lorengray – 35.4M fans

Loren Gray is widely known as the reigning queen of TikTok. She is an online celebrity, musician, dancer, and actress, with millions of followers on several social media platforms. In November 2018, she released a new song called ‘Kick You Out’ on YouTube that received over 1.6 million views in just four days.

2. @babyariel – 30M fans

Ariel Rebecca Martin, known online as “Baby Ariel”, is an 18-year-old social media personality, actress, and vocalist best known for her TikTok videos. Time magazine named her one of the most influential people on the internet, and Forbes tabbed her a top entertainment influencer in 2017. Baby Ariel is one of the most buzzed about TikTok creators on the platform due to her original duets and skits.

3. @zachking – 28M fans

TikTok named Zach King their #1 Breakout Creator of 2019. Zach King is no doubt a rising star, his TikTok account has seen an increase of 15 million followers within just 10 months. He got his start on Vine, branched out to YouTube, and now his biggest online presence is on TikTok where he frequently stars in influencer campaigns. He is most famous for his digital magic tricks and won YouTube’s NextUp Creators contest in 2013. 

4. @kristenhancher23.1M fans

Boasting 6 million Instagram followers, Kristen Hancher has generated social media fame through her makeup tutorials, comedy videos, and lip sync videos, including one alongside Nicki Minaj. She also appeared in a few Brat web series.

5. @jacobsartorius – 21.6M fans

Born in Oklahoma, 16 year old Rolf Jacob Sartorius is a singer and online personality, who turned to social media as an escape from bullying. Beginning in 2015, he rose to TikTok fame and released his single “Sweatshirt” that made an appearance on the Hot 100 charts.

6. @gilmhercroes – 21.5M fans

Gilmher Croes is an Aruban social media star known for his short, sweet, and funny lip sync videos. He shares a popular YouTube channel with his brother called “CroesBros”. He also models and acts, and was dubbed Aruba’s Social Media Star of 2015.

7. @flighthouse21.3M fans

Lead by 19-year-old Jacob Pace and acquired by Create Music Group, Flighthouse shares trending songs and remixes and features emerging TikTok stars. Flighthouse aims to become a modern “MTV.”

8. @jaydencroes – 19M fans

Slightly less popular than his brother Gilmher, Jayden Croes has still generated quite the following with his comedic TikTok videos. He plays multiple comedic characters across TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram.

9. @dobretwins – 18.5M fans

Lucas and Marcus Dobre-Mofid, known as The Dobre Twins, rose to fame on Vine and later branched out to YouTube and TikTok. The dancers produce skits, pranks, and vlogs, plus their popular lip sync videos.

10. @camerondallas – 17.9M fans

Best known for his Vine and YouTube videos, Cameron Alexander Dallas has also reached fame as a TikTok influencer. His social media popularity has earned him film roles along with his own reality show on Netflix.

11. @jojosiwa – 17.4M fans

15 year old dancer, singer, and actress Jojo Siwa first entered the scene on the infamous reality show “Dance Moms.” She posts daily vlogs on YouTube and is known best for her singles “Boomerang” and “Kid in a Candy Store.”

12. @LaurenGodwin – 17.2M fans

Lauren Godwin, of Houston, Texas, is an influencer most well-known for her goofy TikTok videos. She also has a popular YouTube channel under the same name. In 2016, she was nominated for Muser of the Year at the Shorty Awards.

13. @BrentRivera – 16.4M fans

Internet star Brent Rivera rose to fame from his YouTube channel which now has over 10 million subscribers and became even more popular during his Vine career. He is now one of the most recognizable online entertainers, often collaborating in skits with his younger sister Lexi Rivera and other popular influencers on Instagram and TikTok. He was recently nominated for the 2019 Teen Choice Award for Male Choice Web Star.

14. @lizzza – 13.9M fans

Influencer Liza Koshy got her start on Vine posting short, comedic videos. She moved to YouTube when the platform closed, even interviewing former President Barack Obama. She is still most famous on YouTube, with her two channels garnering over 20 million subscribers.

15. @savvsoutas -13.8M fans

Savannah Soutas (now LaBrant) and her young daughter Everleigh reached TikTok and Instagram fame, more recently branching out to YouTube after her marriage to a fellow Musical.ly star. In addition to her nearly 14 million TikTok fans, she has 3.8 million followers on Instagram.

16. @annieleblanc – 13.7M fans

Julianna Grace “Annie” LeBlanc, age 14, has been featured in YouTube videos since she was only 4. The singer, actress, and former gymnast stars in “Chicken Girls” on YouTube and the Bratayley vlog since 2010.

17. @mackenzieziegler – 12.3M fans

Mackenzie Frances Ziegler, age 14, originally appeared on Dance Moms. In addition to dancing, she sings, acts, and models. She has released two albums and toured with singer Johnny Orlando, plus made appearances on several TV shows including Dancing with the Stars. Her TikTok account often showcases her eye-catching dance moves.

18. @rebeccazamolo – 10.8M fans

An entrepreneur and digital content creator, Rebecca Zamolo has over 17 million followers on YouTube, where she shares a vlog with her husband. Most of her TikTok videos are centered around comedy. She also uses her humor and creativity to address serious topics, as seen in her documentary, “Inside/Out: My Battle with IBD.”

19. @caseysimpson – 7.7M fans

Casey Simpson is an actor and internet star best known for his starring role on the Nickelodeon series “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.” He earned a nomination for a Kids Choice Award in 2016 and 2017. His silly lip sync videos on TikTok are particularly appealing to a young audience.

20. @missjaydenb – 7.4M fans

Jayden Bartels is an actress, dancer, and model with appearances on numerous TV shows. She toured with Mackenzie Ziegler and Johnny Orlando, and released her first song “Can’t Help Me Now” in July of last year. Her TikTok videos often feature her dancing talent.

21. @ameliagething – 6.7M fans

Amelia Gething is a model and social media influencer known best for her comedy sketches on YouTube. She first arrived on the social media scene in 2015 and has since reached fame on several platforms. In 2017, she also collaborated on a duet with TikTok twins, Lisa and Lena.

22. @cash.baker – 6.7M fans

Cash Baker is a young online star known for his fandubs and lip sync videos. He released a song called “The Way You Move” with his brother Maverick in 2018. His videos often include his siblings and are set outdoors. He also doubles as a motocross athlete.

23. @jakepaul – 6.5M fans

Jake Paul’s fame has taken him all over the map. As a widely popular (and sometimes controversial) creator, his off-the-wall humor earned him a starring role in a Disney comedy series and an invitation to the White House. His song “It’s Everyday Bro” made it to the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His TikTok videos, like most of his work, are comedic and light.

24. @tylerbrown – 6.4M fans

After an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Tyler Brown quickly rose to social media stardom. He gained the most traction online in the middle of 2015, and his Instagram features photos of his day to day life, reeling in 1.7 million followers.

25. @maverickbaker – 6.4M fans

Maverick Baker sings alongside his brother, Cash, in their musical duo Cash and Maverick. His TikTok videos frequently show him and his brother lip-syncing in outdoor and urban settings. Their “I Love This Life” video was particularly popular.

26. @twinmelody – 6.3M fans

Identical twins Aitana and Paula are best known for their “Juju on Dat Beat” dance video, which has exceeded 30 million views on YouTube. On both YouTube and TikTok, the twins share synchronized choreography videos, covering popular songs.

27. @carsonlueders – 6.1M fans

Carson Lueders is a singer-songwriter and actor. He has used his YouTube and TikTok accounts to promote his music, accumulating over a million YouTube subscribers through his popular cover songs and original music.

28. @maxandharveyofficial – 5.9M fans

Identical twins Harvey Kitt Mills and Max Luca Mills began singing at the age of 8. They joined Musical.ly in 2016, lip-syncing to music by several popular artists before moving on to create their own material. They have since released several singles and star in a TV show called “Fear of Missing Out.”

29. @officalsalicerose – 5.9M fans

Salice Rose is a social media personality best known for her online coming out story on YouTube. Her video content is often based on her experiences and travels, but she has also developed a sizable TikTok following through her dancing hobby and skilled comedic timing.

30. @dominictoliver – 5.9M fans

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Dominic Toliver has been creating short-form online comedy for years. Starting out on Vine, he later gained traction on TikTok and YouTube. His style combines original lyrics, popular music, and humor.

31. @real.ona – 5.6M fans

Hailey Orona first came on the scene in 2015, originally gaining interest on Instagram. In addition to selfies, she posts dancing vignettes and lip sync videos on TikTok. In 2018, she also joined several other social media stars on the Boys of Summer Tour.

32. @jasoncoffee – 5.6M fans

One of the original Vine stars, Jason Coffee’s videos primarily focus on his family life. Today, his videos and posts are reaching new heights on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok.

33. @jelinuh – 5.3M fans

A self-taught dancer and social star, Jelinuh first joined Musical.ly in July 2015. She has over 100,000 followers on Instagram, posting photos of her daily life and adventures. On TikTok, she frequently posts dance videos and comedy shorts.

34. @rybkatwinsofficial – 5.2M fans

Teagan and Sam Rybka are twin acrobats and dancers who once competed on “Australia’s Got Talent.” More recently, they’ve become online sensations with their gymnastics and contortionist act on YouTube and TikTok.

35. @zoelaverne – 5.3M fans

Zoe Laverne, a popular TikTok influencer, posts lip sync videos common on the platform. To build more connection with her fans, she also answers fan questions in her videos. She earned the TikTok verification crown in early 2017.

36. @weeklychris – 4.8M fans

Christian Collins is an online celebrity and entertainer, with previous experience as an actor and musician. He first attracted a crowd on Vine, later expanding to YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and even Snapchat.

37. @sig – 4.7M fans

15-year-old Signa O’Keefe is a powerful influencer on a few platforms. She has over 700,000 Instagram followers and started out on TikTok when it was still called Musical.ly.

38. @olivermoy – 4.3M fans

Oliver Moy is known for lip-syncing to pop music, sometimes collaborating with other TikTok stars. He’s also risen to fame on YouTube and Instagram where he highlights his affinity for KPop and other entertainment content.

39. @amaraquelinda – 4.3M fans

Colombian vlogger Amara Que Linda has over 6 million subscribers on YouTube, completing online challenges and sharing her personal life. Her TikTok account revolves around humorous lip syncing to popular Latin American music.

40. @ourfire – 4.1M fans

A brand created by couple Sharla Mae and Chris Kerr, Our Fire has grown in popularity on both TikTok and YouTube after the duo met on Tinder. They’ve since earned badges on TikTok in several categories.

41. @amandacerny – 4.1M fans

Pittsburgh native Amanda Cerny began generating digital star-power on Instagram, Vine, and YouTube, after a background working with traditional media outlets including Comedy Central and NBC.

42. @lani.baker – 4.1M fans

American model and blogger Lani Baker got her start on NBC’s Deal or No Deal. Her Instagram account, @heyitslanilynn, has over 350,000 followers. She’s the older sister of TikTok stars Maverick and Cash Baker and is arguably just as funny as they are.

43. @brooklynandbailey – 4M fans

Identical twins Brooklyn and Bailey arrived on YouTube as models for their mom’s hairstyle tutorials. They’ve since become social media stars in their own right, making it onto Forbes List of Top Kid Influencers in 2017.

44. @sebastianbails – 3.9M fans

Sebastian Bails is a vlogger and content creator on YouTube and TikTok. He’s most well-known for his comedy videos, frequently portraying multiple characters in costume.

45. @antonielokhorst – 3.5M fans

A fitness expert and online coach from the Netherlands, Antonie Lokhorst has explored a unique side of TikTok. In place of lip sync videos, he publishes workout videos and showcases his exercise routines.

46. @chloeroseofcl – 3.2M fans

Chloe Rose, a singer and internet sensation, has earned a modest following on YouTube featuring her song covers. She frequently collaborates with other social stars, including IndigoJael and Lisa and Lena Mantler.

47. @ignaciaa_antonia – 3.6M fans

Ignacia Hernandez is a social media star from Chile. She has over 1 million Instagram followers and has captivated viewers with her lip sync videos on TikTok.

48. @jesseunderhill – 3M fans

Jesse Hernandez Underhill started his social media career in 2013, at one point ranking 15th on the Musical.ly leaderboard. His YouTube channel features challenges and pranks, as well as collaborations with other creators like Oliver Moy.

49. @joshrichardzz – 2.9M fans

Josh Richards is an actor, model, and TikTok star best known for his role in feature film “Brother’s Keeper.” His TikTok videos feature comedic and trend content.

50. @aarondoh – 2.8M fans

Like many TikTok influencers, Aaron Doh draws an audience through humor and off-the-wall antics. He started as a creator on Vine, but has reached even greater fame on TikTok.

The 10 Top Travel Instagram Influencers Whose Journeys You Should Follow In 2019

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Top Travel Instagrammers Embark On Wild Adventures

Many have made it their new year’s resolution to travel more in 2019. With 195 countries to explore across the globe, it can be difficult knowing where to start. But with the help of Instagram and its well-traveled influencers, people can find inspiration and seek knowledge about popular travel destinations. As a rising photo-sharing platform, Instagram offers one of the best avenues for top travel influencers to post striking shots of their trips abroad and document stories of their wandering adventures.

On top of documenting the places they’ve visited by dropping pins and sharing wondrous images, but top travel Instagram influencers also explore different cultures, lifestyles, food and more. From being self-taught photographers to leaving their 9-to-5 job, these Instagram influencers have created a travel community and even started social movements.

With a fresh start to a new year, we’ve identified travelers who are embarking on unique and authentic journeys—ones definitely worth following this year. Join these top 10 travel Instagram influencers to inspire your wanderlust in 2019 and beyond.

Top 10 Travel Instagrammers To Follow

1. Murad Osmann – 4.2M Followers

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Murad Osmann travels the world with his wife, Nataly, and has a powerful reputation in the travel influencer industry. His content can be easily identified—a woman pulling his hand towards the destination. In 2011, his fame sprouted when one of his photos blew up on social media. Not only is Osmann known for his stunning images around the world, but most notably for initiating a movement called #followmeto.

2. Chris Burkard – 3.3M Followers

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Chris Burkard is a phenomenal travel influencer on Instagram, one who taught himself photography and travel skills. Born and raised in California, he was a freelance photographer for many brands, such as Volcom, Apple Inc., and American Airlines. Burkard continued to thrive in his career, including shooting the album art for Justin Bieber, publishing eight books, winning 15 awards, and partaking in four exhibits. He currently works as a senior staff photographer at Surfer Magazine while traveling the world. His content has been described as “unreal, mind-blowingly beautiful, and mesmerizing.”

3. Jack Morris – 2.8M Followers

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From traveling to Finland to Indonesia to Portugal, Jack Morris has explored the corners of the earth. He specializes in shooting remarkable images that capture various cultures and natural wonders. He also features his girlfriend, Lauren Bullen (@gypsea_lust), another travel influencer with 2 million followers on Instagram. Together, the power couple has traveled over 20 countries together and has struck partnerships with Airbnb, Uber, Royal Caribbean, Air NZ, and more.

4. Jennifer Tuffen – 2.7M Followers

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Born in England and raised in a small town outside of Amsterdam, Jennifer Tuffen is a British creator and writer who started her travel blog six years ago. During her childhood, she attended international schools and befriended many peers of different cultures and religions. Her international upbringing can be seen through her vibrant work and high-spirited personality. Tuffen even created a photo-editing app, izkiz Cam, to help her fans create their own amazing travel images.

5. Jessica Stein – 2.5M Followers

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Jessica Stein is an Australian travel blogger and a proud mommy as of April 2017. Her content is simply raw and authentic, featuring vintage and designer clothes while she trots around the globe. Fashionista.com named her one of the most influential style bloggers in 2013. Stein’s adventures tug at our heartstrings as her work centers around her daughter who is diagnosed with Mosaic Trisomy 3—an extremely rare chromosome disorder. She uses Instagram as a platform to inspire mothers and bring awareness to chromosome disorders, creating a community of fellow mothers and explorers.

6. The Bucket List Family – 1.6M Followers

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This loving family of five sold and traded everything to travel the world. Jessica and Garrett Gee met in Vladivostok, Russia during a mission for church. Once they started dating, Garrett sold his software to Snapchat for $54 million—the launch of their escapade. Along with their three children, they traveled for three years and visited 65 countries. The Gee family has since settled down in Hawaii, but continues to chase dreams abroad.

7. Louis Cole – 1.4M Followers

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Unlike the other travel influencers featured on our list, Louis Cole—who goes by the alias FunforLouis—thrives on risk-taking. This adrenaline junkie will go anywhere in search of activities most of us would be too frightened to watch. Originally from England, Cole made his big break when he posted videos of him eating unorthodox foods, such as scorpions and goldfish. Then, he started vlogging travel content and was recognized by Forbes as one of the top 10 world travel influencers in 2017. Cole continues to build his fan base through positivity and an unmatched willingness to try new things.

8. Tara Whiteman – 1.2M Followers

top travel instagram influencers

Tara Whiteman, also known as Tara Milk Tea, is well-known for her beautiful and vibrant content. From Sydney, Australia, she started traveling at a young age. She states that her “images [are] portrayed through a kaleidoscope of color” as she sets out to discover the brightest and most alluring places all over the world. She attributes her creative flair to her degree and career in the digital space, working full-time on projects with clients while managing her blog and Instagram.

9. Keira Rumble – 478K Followers

top travel instagram influencers

While sharing gorgeous shots of her worldly travels, Kiera promotes a healthy lifestyle as a foodie and nutritionist. She previously struggled with her weight and a close call with diabetes, spurring Rumble to make lifestyle changes. So, she created healthy food alternatives and began sharing her recipes online. Her wholesome and natural snacks (@krumbledfoods) are available on her online shop, and she continues to leverage Instagram to promote a healthy life full of travel.

10. Melissa Hie – 396K Followers

top travel instagram influencers

After receiving her degree in San Diego, California, Melissa Hie spontaneously moved to Singapore without knowing a single person. This leap introduced a new love for travel back in 2014. Her content highlights the exquisite places she encounters while weaving in her passion for food. Melissa claims that she pursues food with a curious and tasty nature first, then shares the location: “Usually it’s just local food with an iconic location, since I like to tell a story about the place I visited through food or the location itself.”