5 Travel Bloggers to Get You Motivated!

Every month it seems there are new travel blogs emerging, with more people than ever striving towards a location independent lifestyle. I love reading all things travel, and it is especially encouraging to see new talent joining the travel blogging community, however I believe the most recent surge is due infact to the success and popularity of other travel bloggers who have proved over recent years that a lifestyle of long term travel is completely possible, and you never have to stop! At the very least, these travel bloggers have inspired me, and were partly the reason I became a full time travel writer. If you don’t already know them then I advise you to check them out!

1.Nomadic Matt – Matt Kepnes has a hugely popular blog aimed mostly at budget backpackers, but that also offers a lot of sound advice for any long term travellers. Matt is one of those bloggers who is really involved within the travel blogging community. He regularly offers advice to other travel writers/bloggers via his blog, and has personally been a great help to me, particularly in the beginning answering any of my questions no matter how silly or basic. His eBook How To Make and Monetise Your Blogwas especially useful for me when I first started out and is very useful for anyone new to travel blogging, looking for tips to build their blog, and information on how to build traffic to your website and make money from it. In more recent months he has also released his Secrets To Successful World Travelwhich is already getting great reviews

2.Almost Fearless – Christine Gilbert is a digital nomad who in July 2008 sold all her belongings and began a full time traveling adventure. She has traveled extensively in Europe, lived in Spain, Guatemala, and traveled South America. She also travels with her husband and 2 dogs, and has recently had a baby but has no plans to stop! She really breaks down any pre-conceptions that you can’t travel with commitments. Her eBook Twitter For Travelers is also worth a read too and only costs $7.

3.Everything Everywhere – Gary Arndt has been traveling and blogging since March 2007 and has visited over 60 countries in that time. At last count he has over 80000 twitter followers, and he has one of the most recognised travel blogs around. If you are looking for a bit of motivation to get travel blogging, you just need to look at the success of his website to realise it is possible to travel full time.

4.Uncornered Market – Dan and Audrey are two of my favourite travel bloggers. In December 2006, they left their secure jobs and comfortable lifestyle in Prague, Czech Republic for a creative sabbatical: traveling the world, taking photographs and sharing stories about people from all walks of life, and are now doing it as a profession. They have a knack for humanising every place that they visit both through their writing and photography, and really draw you in with their posts.

5. Hop and JauntAlyson and John are two very talented designers and travel bloggers who are a great example of how you can combine your talents to lead a location independant lifestyle. They already have a great design portfolio which matches their unique style of writing, and have one of the coolest website designs around.

No amount of reading can really tell you what long term travel is like, only experience will do that. Sometimes though we all need a bit of inspiration, or some hints and tips along the way, and that is why travel blogs are a great thing. They give you that little bit of motivation to continue with you travel plans even in the moments where it may see like a very far away dream. The one thing all of these travel bloggers have in common is that when they decided they wanted to travel they didn’t wait about. They started working towards it straight away, and if you want to be doing the same thing then do what they did. Get motivated and get traveling! 🙂

18 Responses to “5 Travel Bloggers to Get You Motivated!”

  1. hey jane,

    i started my blog a couple of months ago – so many storied from 4 years on the road :s i regularly read the first 4 here so i had a smile to myself when i saw u had been doin the same thing 🙂

    it’s so true, if they can do it – so can we!!

  2. jane says:

    hey johnny,

    it’s always cool to see other people doing the same thing and attempting travel full time 🙂

    just checked out your website and is looking good too 🙂

  3. Audrey says:

    Jane, thanks so much for including us on this list with other travel blogging “greats”! We’re glad our travels and blog have been an inspiration and motivation to others. Happy travels!

  4. Aly says:

    WOW!! I came to read your blog and was shocked to see our name on the list!! Thanks so much for your sweet words, we’re extremely flattered! Ha ha and it’s true if we can do it so can you and anyone who’s willing to take the risk and step out! I’ve never met anyone who’s regretted it.

    Aly & John

  5. Gary Arndt says:

    Thank you so much for the mention! It is nice to know that someone is listening and might start traveling because of what I do.

  6. Dave and Deb says:

    Great list! They all have motivated us in some way or another from the very beginning!

  7. There’s no doubt these 5 websites do motivate you to travel but I recognise all those websites as they are often mentioned.

    I’m interested in what your top 5 would be other than these guys. i.e. top 6 – 10

    • jane says:

      @travelwithamate it’s an interesting question. i was actually considering doing a regular piece mentioning the best newbie travel blogs out there.

  8. Benny says:

    Professional travellers – These guys make my head spin.

  9. Laura says:

    These bloggers motivated me from the start long with Barbara at Hole in the Donut and Shannon at A Little Adrift. The travel blogging community has so many inspiring people among it!

  10. Jools Stone says:

    Yep, these are some of the heavyweights of trav blogging for sure, and they’ve earnt their place of course, having been there, done that and sold the ebook, but my question is this:

    One thing I notice is that many of the most successful blogs are geared towards RTW travel and take in a vast bucketlist of places.

    How much scope is there for a humble little blogger in a rather less aspirational niche , such as mine – train travel?

    • jane says:

      @Jools I think there is definitely scope for a niche blogger such as yourself, however, people like the man in Seat 61 have already captured that market, and rank number one in google for many overland travel searches, particularly train travel. If you can become top dog in a niche like that then you can definitely make money from your blog, but you need to choose something that has not already been captured! 🙂

  11. Eric says:

    I’ve just found your blog – it’s a great read. Very fresh and informative. Keep up the good work!


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