Quitting a 9-5 job and traveling the world full-time may be a dream for some, but a reality for these inspiring souls. Solo female travel, couple travel, photography and family trips are just a few of the topics you will find on this curated list of top notch travel bloggers. So, where are you going next?
This list does not reflect ranking. However, all blogs have been curated to show top quality material and value.
Hippie in Heels
Rachel Jones is an American who left a career in nursing to live on the beaches in Goa India over four years ago. Her website gives advice on the 35+ countries she’s been to and has become the go-to site on India travel. She’s written a book called the Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Hippie in Heels, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and girly travel. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE, Thomas Cook, & Grazia UK magazines & based on traffic is the #28 travel blog in the world. She’s a writer for Bravo TV. You can follow her adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
California Through My Lens
Josh McNair runs the website CaliforniaThroughMyLens.com which is a travel site for the state of California that has been viewed over 10 million times from people all over the world. He was also recently put on Business Insider’s top 30 travel Instagram influencers and can usually be found exploring the state with his wife, searching for new hikes and road trips or looking for a unique donut shop.
The Savvy Backpacker
The Savvy Backpacker gives a ton of practical and easy-to-follow advice on how to travel Europe on a budget. We cover everything from where to go, what to pack, where to stay, and other tips to have a great trip.
The Place I was Telling You About
We are two Texans who started a blog The Place I was Telling You About to document our everyday explorations. We just wanted to document all the places we were discovering and telling our friends about. We focus on telling or audience about the best places to stay, eat, grab a cup of coffee, and shop. Stop by and say hi!
Travels of Adam
Travels of Adam showcases a new way to travel by featuring unique and personal stories from around the world, including a popular series of Hipster City Guides. The top-rated website strives to be a voice for this new generation of travelers: modern, open-minded millennials with a strong interest in city destinations, alternative tourism, and creative ideas.
Hi. We’re Esther & Jacob. We believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. The idea of Local Adventurer was hatched when we moved out west and regretted not exploring more of Atlanta, the hometown we had lived in for most our lives. It’s easy to get comfortable and take your home for granted, but we wanted to practice to find the adventure in our every day and open our eyes to the awe and wonder. We move to a new city every year and currently live in New York City.
The Broke Backpacker
The Broke Backpacker is the world’s best-known adventure travel blog and is filled with crazy stories of Indian rickshaw races, hitchhiking adventures and travels with Tinder. Focussing on off the beaten track destinations like Iran, Pakistan, Bhutan and Venezuela, veteran explorer Will Hatton teaches his audience how to travel the world on the cheap, picking up work on the go. Will has been on the road for nine years and is passionate about teaching others how to ditch their desks, hit the road and live a life of adventure supported through an online income. In 2018, Will is launching a top secret project aimed at teaching others how to build an online business.
Camels and Chocolate
Kristin Luna is a Nashville-based journalist who has written for more than 50 magazines, including Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, Parade, Conde Nast Traveler and Glamour. She shares the behind-the-scenes of her travels via her 10-year-old blog Camels & Chocolate. Kristin’s blog content spans travel, food and drink, home renovation, luxury products and outdoor adventures. She has won countless awards, such as Best Travel Blog at the Bloggies three years in a row, as well as partnered with myriad tourism boards (among them, Visit Britain, Visit Cayman Islands, Visit Florida, Tennessee Tourism) and brands (such as Airbnb, Fairmont, Zappos, Google) on campaigns and marketing initiatives.
Out of Town Blog
Listed in the World’s Top 50 Travel Blogs, Out of Town Blog is an online travel magazine that offers latest travel news, travel guides, hotel reviews, travel gadget reviews and travel tips and tales from various local and international correspondents. You can follow #TeamoutOfTown on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Ordinary Traveler is an award-winning adventure travel and lifestyle blog. Not everyone wants to quit their job and sell all their possessions to travel. People who want a family, a home and an adventurous life are the “ordinary” people we strive to connect with and inspire.
Eric Stoen is a writer and photographer specializing in family travel, based in California. His goal is to encourage everyone to take their kids to unique destinations, and he provides first-hand information through travelbabbo.com to make it easier to plan those trips. He’s traveled with his three kids (ages 7, 10 and 11) to 48 countries on 7 continents, with destinations including Antarctica, Kenya, Easter Island, the Maldives and much of Europe. Every year each of his kids gets to choose any destination in the world (literally) for a one-on-one trip. In 2012 he won Conde Nast Traveler’s Photo of the Year award, and in 2017 Forbes named him the World’s #4 Travel Influencer. Eric is an ambassador for Travelocity, AFAR Magazine, Thomson Family Adventures and Universal Orlando.
Salt in Our Hair
Hannah & Nick, better known as Salt in our Hair document their travels in a unique dreamy way. Their blogs are targeted on guides and tips for certain locations. With the power of their photos, they will convince a lot of travelers to travel to the same destination.
Be my Travel Muse
Kristin Addis is an award-winning expert on adventurous and solo female travel, who has traveled across six continents in the last 5 years. She is the main writer and photographer of www.bemytravelmuse.com, a travel blog that is geared towards the adventurous, cultural experience-seeking, off the beaten path-loving traveler.
Just One Way Ticket
Sab is a German travel blogger that left her job in 2008 in order to travel the world. She explored more than 60 countries and never went back to her old life in Germany. In 2012 she started her travel blog www.JustOneWayTicket.com which is nowadays her main source of income. Currently she’s in Southeast Asia, hopping around between Bali, Bangkok, Singapore and the Philippines, deciding where to settle down for a while.
Freelance writer Karin-Marijke Vis and her partner Coen Wubbels, photographer, combine their love for adventure with work they enjoy in their blog Landcruising Adventure. Sometimes described as being the “slowest overlanders in the world,” they believe in making connections and staying in a place long enough to do so. In 2003 the couple purchased a vintage BJ45 Land Cruiser and began a three-year trip from their home in the Netherlands to Asia. Terminally infected by the overland bug, they traveled in South America for nine years. In 2016 they returned to Asia and are currently traveling in South Korea and Japan. They’ve been published in car, travel and food magazines around the world.
The Social Girl Traveler
Jen Morilla is also known as The Social Girl Traveler. Jen worked for a New York City Corporate agency when she decided that she wanted to impact the world. For the past two years, she has been to 39 Countries, 6 Continents & impacted the lives of over 12,500 people in these countries with this purifying water filtration system as a courier for Waves for Water. She is not your average blogger, she is trying to make a difference in the world. Follow Jen as she travels the world changing and inspiring others to live their happiest lives!
Vicky Flip Flop Travels
Vicky is a travel and festival blogger at vickyflipfloptravels.com. She’s a 30-something fun loving, travel and music lover who’s been running the blog for 5 years, living as a digital nomad around the world for three of them. She loves to share her travels on YouTube as well as all the social media @VickyFlipFlop. Vicky is an adventurous soul, with a passion for the local food and drink and in inspiring people to travel to places a little out of their comfort zone, or at least to explore the usual destinations in a different way.
Everything – Everywhere
Gary Arndt is an awarding winning blogger and travel photographer who has been traveling around the world since 2007. His travels have taken him to 190 countries and territories in the Traveler’s Century Club and 120 United Nations countries. He has also visited over 335 UNESCO World Heritage sites and all 50 US states.
His blog Everything Everywhere is widely considered one of the most popular travel blogs in the world. In 2010 Time Magazine named it one of the Top 25 Blogs on the Internet and it earned a Gold Medal in the Travel Blog category in the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) awards.
A Blonde Abroad
An award-winning travel blog, The Blonde Abroad is a major online resource with photography, curated destination guides, hotel reviews, packing guides, and travel tips for people around the world.
The Travel Hack
Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack, one of the UK’s leading travel blogs. Monica and her team of bloggers travel the world in search of affordable luxury. They aim to inspire others to travel more and get luxury travel experiences on an economy budget!
We 3 Travel
Tamara is a travel writer , podcaster, and digital influencer behind We3Travel, speclialist in family, luxury, and emerging destinations. She is a passionate advocate for the benefits of family travel in raising flexible, resilient, and globally-aware children. She and her family of three travel both internationally and domestically and plans each trip with a blend of educational and cultural experiences mixed with soft adventure, family fun and most of all — great food!
Tips for Family Trips
Allison Laypath founded Tips for Family Trips in 2012 with the belief that travel makes families stronger, smarter and happier. She is a married mom of two children, ages 10 and 13, living near Salt Lake City, Utah. She and her husband took their first child on a two-week road trip when she was four weeks old and have been traveling as a family ever since. Allison’s family loves to get out of the house to see and do fun things, both far away and in their own neighborhood. Allison has an MBA from the University of Utah.
Apenoni is an inspirational travel blog featuring stories, photographs and reviews of a Mexican/German couple. They founded the blog to help and encourage others to travel, explore and discover more of what this fascinating world has to offer. The blog features a variety of impressions of their travels from across the globe, providing readers with how-to guides, budget & adventure travels. Both being food-lovers they also offer a section names Travelicious where they present various dishes they ate during their travels.
Flashpacker Family is a travel blog that focuses on travel with kids, packing tips and travel gear reviews. Flashpacker Family is run by Bethaney, a New Zealand-based travel blogger, who takes trips around the globe both with her family and as a solo traveller. Bethaney has been blogging at Flashpacker Family since 2012 and is a full time travel blogger.
Lose The Map
Joanna Kalafatis is a travel blogger, photographer and actress behind Lose the Map. She is based in Los Angeles, has visited over 35 countries so far, and has every place in the world on her bucket list. She has lived in Athens and New York before moving to California, and when she travels she loves to connect with locals, see different sides of a city, and explore what the local lifestyle and culture is really like. Her primary goal while traveling is sharing stories: of people, places, and experiences around the world.
Maddy and Mauricio are a couple of adventurers, eaters, world travelers, and kindergarten sweethearts from Southern California. In 2014, Maddy and Mauricio created Travel Alphas to share their tips, stories, and inspiration to help their readers live more adventurously, abroad and at home. Travel Alphas focuses on luxury and adventure travel, as well as foodie experiences and internationally inspired recipes. Maddy and Mauricio love teaching people how they can balance adventurous lifestyles with limited budgets and time, and it’s their passion to help their readers travel more, and do more of the things that make them happy, every single day.
Romancing the Planet
After completing his M.B.A in 2012, Sai the wizard beyond the travel blog Romancing The Planet (https://www.romancingtheplanet.com/) was never interested to find a day job at the desk but instead set out to explore the world. 5 years later Sai has become one of the top travel bloggers in India and inspired many Indians to get away from desk jobs and become a digital nomad. Sai is now trotting USA’s 50 states and sharing his experiences on the go through his new blog A Billion Hectares (https://www.abillionhectares.com/).
We’re Alesha and Jarryd, the nomadic photographers and writers behind Australia’s top adventure travel blog, NOMADasaurus. We’ve been exploring the world together since 2008 in search of culture and adventure in off the beaten path destinations. Our travels have taken us from Antarctica to Albania, Kyrgyzstan to Canada and countless places in between, with no sign of slowing down in 2018. Follow our journey on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.
Violeta Matei is a passionate traveler and a photographer wannabe. She is from Romania, a country that, during the communist years, had forbidden its citizens to travel abroad. Now she has a lot to catch up with, so she’s built an online career based on article writing and web design. She documents her journey through stories and photographs. Her blog is for smart people who travel on their own, people who believe that the best way to feel a place is to design your own experience of it.
A Dangerous Business
Amanda Williams is a blogger, freelance writer, and adventure-seeker from the American Midwest. She uses her blog, A Dangerous Business, to inspire people to fit more travel and adventure into the lifestyle they already have. In the past six years, Amanda has traveled to more 50 countries on 6 continents, and has been featured by major publications and websites like AFAR, The Huffington Post, and USA Today Travel.
Pint Size Pilot
Pint Size Pilot is a luxury family travel blog targeting parents looking for unique and enriching travel experiences. The site provides destination guides, hotel/resort reviews, helpful product recommendations and travel tips — to make planning the perfect family holiday easier. Along with her work for many wonderful destinations, founder and editor Tara Cannon has had the pleasure of partnering with esteemed hospitality brands including Vail Resorts, Expedia, Grand Hyatt Hotels, Viceroy Hotels, Ski Utah, and Kimpton Hotels.
Don’t Forget to Move
Jules and Christine make up the team at Don’t Forget To Move, a blog that specializes in promoting responsible tourism and inspiring adventure travel around the world. They write about authentic travel experiences and help you get off the grid, have an adventure and do it in a sustainable way. From captivating travel photos and videos, to informative guides and stories, Don’t Forget To Move has all you need to get inspired for your next trip!
Bino is a wanderer who shows that it’s possible to live a semi-nomadic life while juggling a full-time corporate job. He blogs at I Wander where he writes about unusual destinations, hotels as well as his experiences trying the business class offerings of various airlines. He also believes Iran and North Korea are excellent places for a holiday.
We are Nic and Paul, The Roaming Renegades! A married couple who are quitting the 9-5 for a life of travel & adventure. We are leaving behind the “normal” way of living in which we are conditioned into giving away our best years for a retirement which may never happen. Live for today we say! Our traveling style is to see the world through alternative perspectives, getting off the beaten track, going on wild adventures and participating in some “Dark Tourism!”
Always Wanderlust – An alternative travel blog that aims to inspire through amazing photography and entertaining stories around the world. You don’t have to quit your job to make adventure and travel a big part of your life. There are always adventures right around the corner, on and off the beaten path, small or big. Follow Adonis of Always Wanderlust on his zany adventures around the globe. Check out Always Wanderlust on Instagram.
We’re Hannah & Adam the travel couple behind Getting Stamped. The “American Dream” got a little boring to us, so we quit our corporate jobs to pursue our dream to travel the world. Our one year trip around the world turned into 4.5 years and counting. Along the way we’ve traveled to 75 countries & 6 continents and still going strong. Make sure to follow us on Instagram to follow along on our adventures, we always have a camera in our hand or a drone in the sky. We love road trips, off the beaten path destinations, and beaches. Our favorite place in the world is Koh Lipe Thailand, nothing will be the water and tasty Penang Curry.
Julie Dawn Fox
Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal is a blog for independent travelers who want to discover the cultural and less touristy sides of Portugal. Julie moved to Portugal in 2007 and swiftly fell in love with the country. She also realised that finding useful information about off the beaten track locations was often challenging. By sharing her experiences, she makes it easier to explore the parts of Portugal that others never get to. If you’re planning a trip to Portugal, Julie’s blog is packed with inspiration and practical insider tips to help you make the most of your time and money.
Nomadic Matt is a travel blog that helps its readers travel cheaper, better and longer. Matt, founder and a New York best selling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day shares honest opinions and tips about traveling all over the world.
Young Adventuress is a travel blog by Liz Carolson. In the words of the author herself, it is “a no-filter vaguely chronological space filled with stories and misadventures about my travels over the years with some musings about life thrown in for good measure.”.
“Away Lands is the creative partnership and life journey of Amy Seder and Brandon Burkley. We specialize in lifestyle and travel short films and photography, showcasing a heightened and curated reality. Away Lands was sparked after feeling unfulfilled in our jobs, and the realization that we were living just to get through to the next vacation – what started as a decision to embark on an adventure around the world quickly evolved into starting a business together.”