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Chronicling the Journeys of Traveling Rodeo Voice @stevegoedert

To see more from Steve’s travels to every corner of America, follow @stevegoedert on Instagram.

“I grew up in a rural part of northern California surrounded by cattle ranches,” says traveling rodeo announcer Steve Goedert (@stevegoedert). “I wanted to be a saddle bronc rider, but never was very good.”

While his profession reflects his love for cattle and ranching, Steve didn’t necessarily set out to become a sought-after rodeo announcer. “I spent a lot of time at the local livestock auction yard and decided I wanted to become an auctioneer,” Steve says of his earlier years. “I decided I needed to be a better public speaker to become a better auctioneer.” To improve, he started announcing local rodeos free of charge. People noticed and began offering to pay him.

These days, Steve’s on the road up to 40 weekends out of the year, and his photos and videos on Instagram chronicle his travels to every corner of the United States.

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A Nostalgic Ride Through Russia with @dobryvolshebnik

To see more photos from Georgy’s journeys in his orange car, follow @dobryvolshebnik

"People on the road always spot this orange classic car. They remember their Soviet past—some of them had this model 20 or 30 years ago," says Russian Instagrammer Georgy Chernyshev (@dobryvolshebnik), who uses the retro vehicle to travel with his girlfriend across Russia and Ukraine. The car is a 1975 Muscovite (Russian “Moskvitch”—”Mосквич”), and Georgy says its distinctiveness helps him meet interesting people in his journeys. He also feels inspired to travel more. “You can feel a special nostalgia traveling in this car which you wouldn’t get in a modern car,” he says. “I feel its soul, character and history.”

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Exploring New Zealand’s Haupapa/Tasman Glacier

For more photos and videos of the glacier, explore the Tasman Glacier and Tasman Glacier Trail location pages and browse the #TasmanGlacier hashtag.

Located between two of New Zealand’s highest peaks, Aoraki/Mount Cook and Rarakiroa/Mount Tasman, the Haupapa/Tasman Glacier is a huge river of ice that covers 101 square kilometers (39 square miles) and reaches 600 meters (2,000 feet) in depth. As the longest glacier found in the country, it extends 27 kilometers (17 miles) along the borders of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand’s South Island.

The area receives a massive amount of snow in the winter, which melts southward into Lake Tasman by summertime. As the ice melts on the surface of the glacier, piles of stones and rocks from within are left on the top, creating what appears to be a vast plain of rubble. Although the layer of debris drastically alters the glacial landscape, it actually helps preserve the ice beneath and slows down the glacier’s retreat—and the dynamic environment attracts many ambitious hikers and climbers all year round.

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At Home in Remote Places with Documentary Photographer @chiaragoia

To see photos from Chiara’s curious journey, follow @chiaragoia on Instagram.

“Where is home? This is the most difficult question you can ask me right now.”

Documentary photographer Chiara Goia (@chiaragoia) uses Instagram as a notebook of her journeys, adding entries from sites as varied as Mediterranean seas, frozen Mongolian lakes and holy sites in India. Ascetics, nomads, fellow travelers and family members alike appear in her stream of images from a life in motion.

Though she has come to feel like “less of a stranger in remote places” than in her native Italy, Chiara describes her path as a photographer as a dream come true. As she explains, “you have to succumb to your own curiosity and let it lead you.”

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Exploring the World One Haircut at a Time with @juuuuuuuun

For more photos and videos from Jun Kuwabara’s journey across the world, follow @juuuuuuuun on Instagram.

Taking only a backpack, his guitar and his hairdressing tools, Jun Kuwabara (@juuuuuuuun) of Yamanashi, Japan set out on an around-the-world trip this April. “I wanted to engage in something significant while I traveled,” says Jun, “and the only thing I can do is cut hair—so I thought I’d work on an idea of cutting hair for 1,000 people.”

Jun is now traveling through Southeast Asia, volunteering to cut hair for locals, orphans, fellow travelers and Japanese expats who find him through his blog or Instagram account. “I start out by asking around for places where I can perform hair cuts or places where people gather,” he says. The places Jun ends up can be in the most unusual locations for haircuts, such as sidewalks, parks, storefronts and even beaches. “I sometimes put up a sign for people to notice, but once I start cutting for one person, onlookers will usually ask for a haircut, too,” Jun explains. While communication is not easy in these foreign countries, Jun says that for the most part, his customers are happy with their new look.

Although there is no concrete travel plan in his trip, Jun hopes to visit India, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South America in the coming months.

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Local Lens: Reflections of Singapore’s Changing Cityscape

To see more of Singapore’s diverse architecture through the lens of a local, follow @_yafiqyusman_ on Instagram.

“The places I can go are limited,” says Instagrammer Yafiq Yusman (@_yafiqyusman_) of his tiny island-nation home of Singapore, “but the photo possibilities are limitless.”

Yafiq, who studied architecture in college, enjoys capturing Singapore’s rapidly evolving urban landscape through puddles left by the city’s tropical climate. “Singapore is a modernized country, but there are still places where you can see the olden days,” says Yafiq. “The alleys in Little India, China Town and Boat Quay are a few of my favorite spots and great for puddle shots.”

For more modern photo opportunities, Yafiq favors Raffles Place, a square surrounded by the city’s tallest buildings. And for those seeking respite from Singapore’s fast-paced metropolis, he suggests tracking down a hidden reserve called Punggol Beach. “The best time to visit is during the sunset. It’s beautiful.”

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Scenes from Small-Town Uganda with @sarahgenelle

For a look at everyday life on a coffee farm in Western Uganda, follow @sarahgenelle.

Living and working on a coffee farm nestled in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda is just the latest stop in the nomadic life of Sarah Castagnola (@sarahgenelle).

Sarah’s parents taught at international schools, which meant relocating the family to a different country every few years. “When I moved to Oregon for university I was exited to put down roots,” she explains. “However, it was only a matter of time before I yearned to travel again.”

Sarah’s studies and work in micro-finance have taken her across the globe, and, in April of 2013, she accepted a Peace Corps assignment in the small Ugandan village of Kyarumba. Living and working in Uganda often means it’s easier to share a photo on Instagram than it is to find running water or electricity. “This is the paradox of living in a developing country,” Sarah says. “Cellphones are ubiquitous, however women and children spend hours each day fetching water.”

Sarah, who plans to continue traveling after the Peace Corps, hopes her photos educate and inspire: “Opportunities happen when you take risks and follow your passion.”

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Exploring Finland’s Untrodden Paths with Brothers @dansmoe and @eljackson

For more photos and videos from the Taipale brothers in Finland, follow @dansmoe and @eljackson on Instagram.

Inspired by their father’s passion for living life to the fullest, brothers Daniel Taipale (@dansmoe) and Samuel Taipale (@eljackson) often adventure together, both traveling abroad or sharing serene and stunning views from their home in Finland.

For the two, sibling rivalry often gives way to a gentleman’s code of honor when it comes to taking photos from the same spot.

"We are very similar when it comes to exploring and photography," Daniel explains. "We travel a lot together and the photos we share are often the result of our combined effort and teamwork, thus following both our feeds complements the story of the #taipalebrothers.”

The two shed light onto the dark and wintry world of Finland—and they hope to encourage others to go out exploring through their own creative and energetic work.

"By looking at our photos, people will see that there are only two seasons in Finland: white winter and green winter," says Samuel. "Finland is unique in the sense that it’s mostly covered by lakes and forest. We hope to show that it’s still a place that hasn’t been ruined by the thumbprint of man."

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Chasing Adventure with @ourwildabandon

For more photos and videos from Jill and Kyla’s adventures, follow @ourwildabandon on Instagram.

Though Canadian Instagrammers Kyla Trethaway and Jill Mann (@ourwildabandon) had been acquaintances for a while, it wasn’t until they bonded over their shared longing for adventure they became fast friends. Weary of dead-end jobs and craving an experience they would remember for life, the two decided to make the leap.

"Half joking, half serious, we started hatching out a plan of leaving our boyfriends, quitting our jobs and taking off across the country with no destination or return date," Kyla says. "One afternoon, a couple months later, I sent Jill a text that just read, ‘Actually, do you want to go Salt Lake city? If we left now, we could watch the sun rise on the salt flats. Please say yes.’"

That first adventure was the taste of freedom they needed. “We went back to Vancouver with a new sense of motivation, put our heads down and saved every penny we could. In the summer we bought our trailer, Bobby Jean, and gave notice at our jobs.”

Nearly four months and eight states later, the pair are still on the road. Their feed is a series of breathtaking photos and precious memories of their experiences, often accompanied by creative and witty hashtags. “The hashtags started as a way to make each other laugh on our long drives,” they explain. “It’s a way to show that we don’t take ourselves too seriously because, truly, we don’t.”

From monster truck rides to sunsets on the white sands, an accidental night in jail to sliding into snowbanks, feeding alligators and running through a live lightning storm in the desert, their trip is proving to be unforgettable.

"I think what ‘Our Wild Abandon’ is really about is choosing to live with a different perspective and committing to a path or an idea that’s going to better your life," Kyla adds. "It’s about not being complacent, not letting yourself get steered off a path you’ve set and being hyper aware of the beauty in the people, places and situations you find yourself in and around. Whether you are at home or in a Wal Mart parking lot in the middle of nowhere Texas, you need to be responsible for your own happiness."

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Walking the Line with @smaracuja

Follow Nina’s travels on her account @smaracuja on Instagram.

As a travel blogger, Instagrammer Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk (@smaracuja) is never short of great places to take photos.

"My goal is to inspire people to travel more and to see all these beautiful places the world has to offer–to get them excited about places they might never have thought about going before," she says.

With a background in graphic design, Nina looks for straight lines, planes and brutalist architecture with a little pop of color for her feed. As she herself admits, she’s very picky when it comes to her photos.

"I only shoot in daylight, I try to match my shots to the other photos in my gallery (regarding color or look and feel) and I try to vary in subjects and scenes as much as I can so it doesn’t get boring."

Based in Berlin, Nina also takes great inspiration from her surroundings, sharing photos of her local neighborhood and creating a community through the #igersneukollen hashtag: “I came to Berlin three years ago and it is definitely still my favorite place to shoot. Neukölln is so vibrant and versatile, and you never really walk the same street twice because it’s always changing, whether it’s a new store, new graffiti or a pretty car #soloparking I haven’t seen around before.”

Nina recently travelled to Iceland but she found it difficult to stick to her own rules–although there’s one line she never crosses: “Phone photos only, because I believe that is what Instagram is all about: real time mobile.” Her next trip takes her to Australia over Christmas and New Year so be sure to follow her on Instagram.