I’m going to be honest here: I love reading blogs. As someone who is constantly dreaming of new and exciting things to do and places to see, I seek to the internet to navigate personal stories and search for tips for any potential experiences on a pretty regular basis.
I’ve come across some wonderfully inspirational female travel bloggers in the past few years – all of whom I find incredibly motivating. These women inspire me and virtually encourage me to make the move into the unknown – all by just typing on their laptops!
Prior to moving to South Korea nearly two years ago, I used to sit on my couch listening to Portishead and Alt-J on repeat and read Brenna’s stories for hours on end. I was so inspired that she had seen so much in her young life (a lot of it solo) and realized that I could do it, too. I loved her writing style and I really jived on her quirky fashion sense because anyone who carries glitter on their person is magical and rare. Basically what I’m saying Brenna is you’re a magical traveling unicorn and I’m into it.
If you’re interested in honest writing that is thought provoking and engaging, check out Brenna’s blog. I particularly enjoy this piece on experiencing loss while traveling. Her journey has been and continues to be adventurous and seriously inspirational. She’s currently living in London freelancing as well as working on a book that explores the concept of wanderlust and examining why some people choose this lifestyle – while managing to fit some travel time in fairly regularly. Pretty amazing, huh?
I initially came across Janet’s site when I created the Twitter account for Willful and Wildhearted. I got super excited seeing a former expat in Korea traveling the globe, so I reached out to ask her a few questions. I have really enjoyed following along with her travels on her blog as well as her social media feed in these past few months.
She’s had some great success in recent months and it’s all from following her heart. Earlier this year, Janet quit her more traditional job and is working as a full-time travel blogger now. Even more inspiring, she recently followed her gut by cancelling a flight out of South Africa and decided to stay a bit longer. Guess what? Her instincts were right. As a result, Janet will be spending about a month writing a ‘Backpackers Guide to South Africa’ for the Baz Bus. Pretty awesome if you ask me!
Janet has some great advice for anyone who is looking to expand their social media exposure and has just an all-around inspiring lifestyle. One of my favorite pieces she’s written on how to get Instagram followers. Check it out!
I started reading Mel’s blog earlier this year after I saw her regularly posting in a few Facebook groups I am a part of. One of the things I love about her blog is that she’s blogging in English despite the fact it’s her second language – RESPECT. She writes extensively about her experiences working in Australia and has recently traveled to breathtaking countries such as Japan and New Zealand, all of which are highlighted on her Instagram.
Mel’s writing is really honest and inviting. One of her viral posts, 10 Things I Won’t Tell My Parents About My Nomadic Life, cracks me up! It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to read about their son or daughter hitchhiking in foreign countries, but the way she tells it shows how fearless and bad ass she is. If anyone is interested, Mel also has a Québécoise section on her blog as well.
I came across Stephanie’s blog when I was initially getting ready to head abroad. Stephanie’s adventures certainly inspired me to take the leap and move abroad.
I really value Stephanie’s insight and I also find it wonderful that she is a strong advocate of exploring the United States in addition to other locations throughout the world. I respect Stephanie’s “low travel” attitude, as she prefers to fully immerse herself in cultures rather than country hop to collect passport stamps. After marrying her husband, the duo went on a 7 month honeymoon in Sayulita, Mexico. Yes, you read that correctly. Seven months. #Goals.
Stephanie has a lot of great advice and tips for those interested in traveling long term. Despite the fact that she has a permanent base in Seattle with her travel blogging beau, Stephanie still explores parts of the world as often as she can.
I’ve been reading Liz’s blog quite a bit recently as I’m getting ready to move to a new country…again. I came across her blog while researching information on obtaining a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand and I’ve been hooked ever since. Her honesty and sarcastic wit shine through her writing, which is something I really appreciate. I absolutely love this post entitled 5 Things No One Tells You About Moving Abroad.
I know this may sound a bit creepy, but I honestly stalk her Instagram every day because I am so insanely inspired and jealous of her daily life in New Zealand (and elsewhere, of course.) She’s a great example of the concept of creating one’s own happiness – something that I truly believe in.
Liz first moved to New Zealand in 2013 and fell hard – as in, the real kind of love. She recently got her visa approved that will enable her to extend her stay which is amazing!
I came across Dannielle’s blog earlier this year and was instantly a fan. She seems like a pretty funny person, which is evident in her writing. Dannielle has been on some pretty awesome adventures, including a hellish mountain trek up Indonesia’s Mount Rinjani as well as Cuba – both bucket list destinations of mine.
Dannielle offers great travel tips sprinkled with humor and jest, which is definitely why I continue to read her stories and adventures. While she currently lives in the U.K., she always seems to be doing something wonderful. Whether it is writing about neat things to do around her home country England or hopping on a plane solo to Dubai, Dannielle’s life is nothing short of exciting. Check her out!
While I’m by no means as influential as these lovely ladies, I do hope I have had a similar affect on anyone and everyone who stumbled onto my site seeking information about chasing after an unconventional lifestyle. If you’re interested in kick ass blogs to follow, be sure to check out these gals!