World’s 10 most influential vacationers, in response to Forbes

(CNN) – Are you already seething with envy about travel bloggers who make a career when they are on permanent vacation? Best to look away now.

These social media savvy sightseers, along with their airline miles, are now garnering so much online influence that the annual rich list compiler Forbes has noticed.

It put together its first list of the Top 10 Travel Influencers that brings together some of the biggest names in the travel blogosphere. (Click through the gallery above to see the full list of the 10.)

However, according to Forbes, these are the people many turn to for amazing pictures of travel destinations, tips, and more. Here are the travelers making the list in 2017:

10. Kate McCulley (United States).

Kate McCulley is the original female travel blogger who documents her globetrotting on Adventurous Kate’s blog. McCulley started as a freshman in 2001 and has since removed 70 countries from their list.McCulley’s Instagram feed offers snapshots of their adventures, as well as tips on where to eat, drink, and shop for clothes and beauty products when you travel.

Her lifestyle is ambitious but still seems achievable. McCulley shows women that they can and should travel alone.

9. Chris Burkard (United States)

If someone has traveled to Iceland 28 times, you know they mean business.

Chris Burkard, 31, has blogged since 2009 and now has 2.6 million followers on Instagram. His feed consists of a series of breathtaking landscapes with detailed captions that tell the story behind the photos.

Burkard’s trips to Iceland are aimed at raising awareness about protecting the country’s river systems.

The photographer recently premiered his first film: “Under a Artic Sky”, which documents his journey to the most remote corner of Iceland in search of the perfect surf.

8. Johnny Jet (United States)

Johnny Jet used to be afraid of flying, now he travels the world.

Courtesy Johnny Jet

Forbes calls Johnny Jet “the original travel influencer”. He started his travel newsletter back in 1995 and his website in 1999.

“I was lucky enough to start so early,” says Jet – real name John DiScala. “I started my newsletter just as the emails got big”.

CNN asked Jet what it thinks is the next big tech platform:

“Pinterest is going to take off,” says Jet. “Pinterest drives traffic. People use Pinterest to plan, while everyone uses the other to share what they’re doing.”

7. Louis Cole (UK)

The only Brit on the list, Cole, has been logging his antics since 2012. His YouTube channel “Fun for Louis” mixes the escape of travel with the humor of everyday life.

In addition to these brief glimpses into his jet setting life, Cole also has several longer film projects in the works, including “Beyond Borders – A Film That Celebrates Unity,” which is crowdfunded via Kickstarter.

6. Planet D (Canada)

Planet D wants to show you that anyone can travel regardless of your background.

Planet D wants to show you that anyone can travel regardless of your background.

Courtesy Dave Bouskill

The forty-year-old couple wants to encourage everyone to experience adventure, regardless of their economic status or athletic ability.

Your motto? “Adventure is for everyone.”

“Our top tip for traveling is to hire a local guide,” the couple told CNN.

“Not only will you save a lot of money by eliminating the middleman, but you’ll be supporting the local economy by putting the money right in the hands of your guide. You will also most likely have a friend for life and have a truly authentic travel experience . “

5. Damon and Jo (USA, Brazil)

Millennials Damon Dominique and Jo Franco met at college, united by a shared love of traveling and learning new languages.

Now, thanks to their YouTube channel and Shut Up and Go website, the two are the travel guides for many teenagers and twenties.

Thanks to their down-to-earth charm and adventurous mood, they have developed from broken students into internet sensations.

4. Eric Stoen – USA

Eric Stoen is passionate about traveling with his children.

Eric Stoen is passionate about traveling with his children.

With kind permission of Eric Stoen

Eric Stoen runs the family travel blog Travel Babbo, inspired by his own quest to take his children on his adventures.

“I’m passionate about family travel and I inspire and encourage people to take their children everywhere,” Stoen told CNN.

“The world is full of places where people don’t think about taking children, but which are remarkably kid-friendly – destinations where you can get largely removed from other tourists and introduce your children to new cultures while still being children I want to find these places! “

3. Murad and Nataly Osmann (Russia)

You can’t check out #travel on Instagram without seeing photos of a woman leading a man through stunning surroundings.

This trend began in 2011 with Russian couple Murad and Nataly Osmann: Murad posted a photo of Nataly taking him through the streets of Barcelona and the picture went viral.

A look behind the scenes of #FollowMeTo in action.

A look behind the scenes of #FollowMeTo in action.

Courtesy of FollowMeTo

The couple produced a beautiful series of photos of their #FollowMeTo pictures, which were displayed in Times Square and which now document their travels on their website.

2. Kiersten Rich – (United States)

Kiersten Rich AKA The overseas blonde quit her job to travel.

Kiersten Rich AKA The overseas blonde quit her job to travel.

Courtesy The Blonde Abroad

Stuck in an office job, Kiersten Rich realized the world of corporate finance wasn’t for her and took off to see the planet.

Now the Californian is recording her travels on her colorful website The Blonde Abroad.

“Now that I’ve traveled to over 60 countries and built a multi-level business from my blog, I’m excited about the future,” Rich told CNN.

“It’s really an honor to be featured by Forbes and to be in touch with so many people around the world.”

Rich offers tips on topics such as solo female travel, budget travel, and student travel. She is also an active Instagram presence.

1. Brian Kelly – (United States)

Now he’s CEO of his own digital platform, helping others to follow in his footsteps.

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