5 Favorite Explorers to Follow on Instagram This Month

With the continuing growth of social media, photo and video-sharing, it seems like Instagram is at the forefront. Instagram currently sits at more than 400 million users, sharing a staggering 80 million uploaded photos per day. With this, comes an incredible amount of content and inspiration. We can instantly be transported to a bustling city, or majestic national park with the swipe of a finger. Heck... some of the places we've visited were probably inspired by an image we saw on someones feed.

So, in an effort to continue to inspire you with mind-blowing photos from some of the most incredible places known to man. Our team here at TMDE has compiled a short list of our five favorite Explorers on Instagram to follow this month. Each of these accounts shares amazing photos from around the U.S. and beyond, so if you're looking to keep your feed interesting... look no further.

Read on to see our picks and to find out how they answered two very important questions — what does exploration mean to you? And why is it important?

5 Favorite Explorer Instagram Accounts to Follow This Month
5 Favorite Explorer Instagram Accounts to Follow This Month

@marksixcreative | 82.2k FOLLOWERS

WHAT DOES EXPLORATION MEAN TO YOU?

Exploration means everything to me. It means breaking down the walls of your comfort zone. To get out there and risk everything. To inspire people to create with what they have. Whenever I go out to photograph, getting the shot isn't what I think about most. Once I arrive on location, my mindset it always, "How can I inspire my viewers to come here? To experience this beauty? To create together?" It's always those questions that roll around in my head. It's also those questions that push me to travel this planet, not only for myself, but for everyone else.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

We weren't born to sit in front of our computers and type on keyboards all day. Life's too short for that. We were meant to travel the world, to capture memories with loved ones and friends. To view the landscapes that will drop your jaw. We were meant to inspire and be inspired by each other and to create together. This is why exploration is important. Because without it, where would we be? It's a simple motive, but it's the motive that got us to the moon.

5 Favorite Explorer Instagram Accounts to Follow This Month
5 Favorite Explorer Instagram Accounts to Follow This Month

@mena_shootz | 6,247 FOLLOWERS

WHAT DOES EXPLORATION MEAN TO YOU?

To me exploration means getting outside of my comfort zone and really finding what makes me feel alive. Exploration exposes me to new things. New things are inspiring! Whether it be a new way to do something, a new thing to do, new place to see or new people to meet.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Exploration is important to me because it sparks my creativity and in turn helps me grow. Always asking questions is something I tend to do and what better way to find answers than to go out there and explore.

5 Favorite Explorer Instagram Accounts to Follow This Month
5 Favorite Explorer Instagram Accounts to Follow This Month

@cadencrawford | 11.6k FOLLOWERS

WHAT DOES EXPLORATION MEAN TO YOU?

Exploration is everything. I feel most at home when I'm on the road or discovering new places. It's a craving and a passion.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

It's important to see this beautiful planet that we live on of course but I've also found that it really makes you respect and be thankful for what we have. Get out and explore!

5 Favorite Explorer Instagram Accounts to Follow This Month
5 Favorite Explorer Instagram Accounts to Follow This Month

@rngyn | 8,669 FOLLOWERS

WHAT DOES EXPLORATION MEAN TO YOU?

Exploration to me means to push your comfort zone boundaries. These past couple of years, I have learned to never be comfortable and to never settle. Life is forever changing and dynamic, and that's what motivates me to continue exploring. There's just too much in the world to see to be stuck in one environment.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Beyond just physically being in a new place, exploration promotes an open-minded outlook and spontaneity, two things I greatly value. It is important to be open-minded and spontaneous because I believe it develops meaningful life experiences. Exploration has been very therapeutic for me and overall, I have been much more in-touch with myself. Ultimately, life has been much happier and exciting for me. I believe the mediocre and mundane stem from a comfortable lifestyle. Adding a bit of exploration in the mix has definitely changed that which is why I think it's important for everyone to do so.

5 Favorite Explorer Instagram Accounts to Follow This Month
5 Favorite Explorer Instagram Accounts to Follow This Month

@paulthemde | 1,744 FOLLOWERS

WHAT DOES EXPLORATION MEAN TO YOU?

I believe that exploration is the essence of the human spirit. It is only while exploring that I feel what it is to truly be alive. With so much to see and do in this world, it would be an injustice to not explore it.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

It's important to constantly be evolving as a person. This can sometimes be forgotten when we get stuck in the mundane routine of daily living. We often get caught up with making a living, that we forget to live. I know because this is what happened to me. The moment I took my first trip, I saw things that I had never seen before. I heard sounds that I had never heard before. I had experiences that I had never had before, which led to thoughts and questions that I had never asked before. It's helped me grow as a person. It's what has fueled my passion, my purpose and of course The Modern Day Explorer.