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Hi, I’m Amanda, author of The Boutique Adventurer blog. Well it’s a given that I love to travel and that I do it frequently! I’m over 40 (well not too far over) and strangely the older I get the more adventurous I get! But I do like the little luxuries in life. I can enjoy a day out trekking much more when I know there is a hot shower, glass of good sav blanc and sheets with a high thread count waiting for me at the end! I’ve found it challenging to get this balance. I’m not into 5 star hotels – my travel philosophy is that I want to know and feel that I’m somewhere different and embrace what’s local through my hotel, my food and my experiences. I will go to a spa of course but I also like to see that as an adventure too. I’ve visited over 70 countries so far and that number will keep climbing. My travel is a real mix – I travel solo, with friends, in groups, with families and with a partner when I have one! I am Australian – originally from Melbourne – but have been living in London for 14 years and love it here. I’m also very fond of exclamation marks!
Hi, we’re Angus and Vivian. We met on one fateful evening while Vivian was studying abroad in Glasgow, Scotland. We spent the first two years of our relationship long-distance, meeting for adventures in different parts of the world. During this time, we went rock climbing all across Thailand, explored the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and free dove the wrecks of Malta. In September 2015, we traded the long-distance life in to start and finish our Master’s degrees at the University of Glasgow. We are the definition of adventure travel. With a limited time and budget, we spent all our school holidays climbing, free diving and hiking in different countries around Europe. We camped almost everywhere, ate our weights in street food and adventured hard. Now, we’ve transplanted ourselves into the small town of Macclesfield, England for full time jobs. However, our adventures won’t stop. In fact, our craving for adventure has only gotten stronger. We are committed to advocating the pursuit of adventure throughout every part of life. Whether we’re embarking on an international trip to climb infamous limestone cliffs, hiking local trails in the Peak District to test a new waterproof jacket, or challenging ourselves to freedive in quarries in Wales – we are using our lives to inspire you and add kindle to the fire – and it’s up to YOU to light your own adventure and keep it ablaze. On our website site, Angus and Vivian Adventures, you’ll find photography and writing to spark your wanderlust, along with honest reviews and guides filled with practical tips to help you make the most of your time and money. We particularly specialize in rock climbing and freediving, as both are our passions.
Hi, I’m Ashley, author of In Pursuit of Adventure. I am a passionate traveler and all around geek who loves to nerd out over ancient ruins. I am originally from California and have had the pleasure of visiting 4 continents and over 35 countries. Travel is so much a part of my life and through it I have been able to discover my passions – my love of art, ancient history, cuisine and wine – and turn them into a career including being a published author of two culinary guidebooks to Rome and Barcelona. I have been obsessed with ancient ruins since I was little. This love for the ancient past and distant destinations really blossomed when my godmothers took me and a few friends to Italy after my high school graduation. Although, I had been to Spain when I was sixteen, this was the first time I fell head over heels with travel and a foreign city, Rome. I vowed then and there that I would come back and live in Rome. Thus, my great love affair with travel began and I even contrived to live in Rome and become a tour guide for over two years! My passion for history and art has since driven me to explore the hidden depths of a culture and share them through my photography and writing. In addition to obsessing over ruins I also love to explore a culture through its cuisine and drinks. There is no better way to get to know a place then by sitting down for a traditional meal with locals accompanied by many glasses of wine! Since I graduated with a degree in Classical Archaeology I have been traversing the globe in search of unique cuisine, wines, cocktails and craft beer in addition to soaking in as many ancient ruins and museums as I can.
My name is Joanna and I am an actress, travel blogger, and photographer. I have lived in Athens, New York, Los Angeles, and London, and there is not a country in this world I am not curious to explore. I have been to over 30 countries so far, and my bucket list expands every day. While attending Barnard College in New York and studying economics, I went on a study abroad program to Brazil and South Africa my junior year. Though thanks to my crazy travel family I have had a passport since I was six months old, during my time studying abroad I fell even more in love with travel, because it was the first time I was experiencing a new country for a long duration, and without my family or friends there with me. I decided at that point that travel had to be a large part of my life, and I continue to explore and visit new places every change I get. I firmly believe in experiencing the local lifestyle and culture as much as possible, which is why I like getting into adventures off the beaten path and connecting with locals to find hangouts and parts of the city most tourists may not know about. I usually travel solo, though I occasionally team up with friends and family to explore some places. My interests are pretty broad, and range from exploring a country’s culture and history to finding great hiking trails and getting active on the road. I have been blogging at Lose the Map for three years, and my blog combines writing and photography, so I also love to explore photogenic areas and great views in every destination I visit. Most of all, while I like to have a general understand of the place I’m visiting, I often like to throw my plans and guidebooks out the window and just impulsively explore, because sometimes the best places are found by accident.
I traveled little my first 22 years. I grew up in Eugene, Oregon then attended the University of Oregon. But upon graduation, I traveled around the world alone for a year and have been traveling ever since. I have been to 100 countries while spending 40 years as a sportswriter and moonlighting as a travel and food writer. In January 2014, I retired to Rome and wrote a book about trying to adjust to living in Italy called “American Gladiator in Rome”. I have a saying that describes one of my goals when I travel: It’s all about meetin’ the locals. When I settle into a city, I make sure the first thing I do is stake out a local cafe or bar. Then I make a point to go there every afternoon or early evening. I’ll start by talking to the bartender. After a few days, I’ve gotten to know him and some of the other regulars who can tell me about their city or country.
Food is another way to get inside a culture. Food is culture. The first meal I take in a new country is always one of the national dishes. I had lahb in Laos and mussels in Belgium and chicken paprikash in Hungary. And I NEVER eat American food in a foreign country. I may try the local version of pizza, but that’s it. To meet locals, you eat what and where the locals eat.
Currently, I write a travel blog, Dog-Eared Passport, a lighthearted look at life as an expat as well as my travels around the world.
Hi there! My name is Meredith and I am a Canadian from Vancouver, British Columbia. I moved to Stuttgart, Germany in 2013 to join my German fiancé. We got married in Canada in 2014 and are currently living in Würzburg, Germany. I am the blogger and photographer behind Kaffee und Kuchen, an expat and travel blog. Kaffee und Kuchen is the German tradition of having a slice of cake with a nice cup of coffee in the afternoon while chatting with friends. This is one of my favourite German traditions as those who know me know that I love coffee and anything sweet! My husband and I love to travel – in fact, we met when we were both studying abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since our first travels together around the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’, we have explored several countries in Europe, as well as Canada and the USA. We dream of visiting Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, Denmark, Scotland, and Indonesia – these are just a few countries on our bucket list! Some of my most memorable travel experiences include zip lining in Costa Rica, skydiving in Australia, black water rafting in New Zealand, rappelling down a waterfall in Ecuador, riding a donkey and a 4×4 quad in Greece, attending a traditional tea ceremony in Japan, climbing the Great Wall of China, hiking up Chichén Itzá in Mexico, and soaking in an outdoor thermal bath in Hungary. I love taking a guided walking tour just as much as I love reading a good book on a secluded beach, and I’d just as soon stay in an eco lodge as I would a 5 star hotel. I adore travel in all its forms!
Hello! I’m Katy, a lawyer turned entrepreneur in my mid-thirties living in Boston. I grew up in Northern California and spent many family vacations exploring the U.S., including many trips to Alaska. I went abroad to Finland in high school and have traveled abroad every year since! Last time I counted, I’ve been to 39 countries.
I’m obsessed with travel research and trip planning, but I try not to stick to a strict schedule. I like to know all my options, so I can make educated decisions on the fly. I love to get out and explore a city, either on foot or by bike. I also love the outdoors, so I dig vacations that allow for hiking, biking or other outdoor activity are very appealing. I always want to see a lot, so I usually have busy trips, but if there’s a beach involved, my itinerary will always include some time to relax.
I love food and spend a lot of time researching the best food options – I don’t need fancy, but I’m willing to pay for a sublime meal. I seek out food options where there will be fewer tourists and more locals. Similarly, I will usually try to see the mainstream “must see” sights, but too many tourists turn me off, so I look for other cool things that are off the beaten path.
I’ve gotten into photography, so I’m now always seeking out the best places to see the sunset and sunrise and try to be outside taking photos during the golden hour (an hour after sunrise and before sunset). I hope you enjoy my itineraries!
Hi, I’m Nina, an expat nomad and travel blogger at Where In The World Is Nina. I’ve been epically failing at the American Dream for six years and counting. I’m a professional beach bum, nature lover, and is in a serious relationship with wine, bread, and cheese. I slow travel because I get distracted easily and hates saying no to adventure. I never purchase round trip tickets and enjoy playing with hula hoops.
While many are ticking as many countries as they can off their list at the speed of lightning, I’m doing the exact opposite. Sure I might go on quick jaunts here and there, maybe I’ll spend just a few weeks in one country, but a big part of my travels are spent really getting to know a place by living there.
I used travel with a backpackers budget, but it’s just a tad more flashpackery now. I hope you enjoy my itineraries!
Hi, I’m Lotte. I was born and raised in the Netherlands and I am trying to explore as much of the world as possible! I have lived in Barcelona, London and Amsterdam and visited 32 countries and I love to write about my adventures on the Phenomenal Globe travel blog. It’s my mission to inspire other people to travel and help them plan their trips! In early 2017, my husband and I embarked on a round the world trip. We don’t know where we’ll end up and how long we’ll be going. The plan is to travel until the money runs out, which hopefully will take a long long time 😉
Hi, I’m Maura! I’m a late twenties information technology professional working in the non-profit sector in Boston and love to travel whenever I can. I was bit by the travel bug when I was a child traveling throughout the United States with my family to national parks across the country, and to Canada to visit my grandparents every year. When I was 17, I had the opportunity to travel to China, and I haven’t looked back ever since! I’ve been to Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, China, Thailand, and Cambodia, along with a few other Caribbean islands and Canada.
Hi, I’m Rachel! I’m a 31 year old from Massachusetts who fell in love with travelling while studying abroad in college. I had never left the country before and took off for Italy, not knowing anyone, and certainly not knowing the language (besides “ciao”). I met my best friend there (oddly enough also from Massachusetts) and we proceeded to travel to 8 different countries over the next 6 months. Luckily for me, my new best friend is an awesome travel buddy. I came home with 4 new credit cards maxed out with travel expenses, a few extra pounds from all the pasta, a new appreciation for vino della casa, and a new outlook on the world. My traveling days have sadly decreased over the years so I have gone from staying in hostels and going to as many places as possible to returning to my favorite places for longer stretches of time! I’m not a huge fan of crowds and lines so I do like a mix of about 40% of the important touristy stuff and 60% the local hole in the wall restaurants and places. I’m obsessed with history, good food, and good drinks. I love picture taking and will hike wherever to get a panoramic view. I am no expert photographer but I’m often the one in the group who’s found sauntering behind to get extra shots in.
Hi! I’m Grace, a freelance travel writer and photographer from Ireland. I’m also the creator of the wellness travel blog, The Idyll, which focuses on healthy and rejuvenating travel. A former book editor, I swapped the literary world for hiking trails and yoga retreats a couple of years ago. I now write about the all the ways that travel can make us happier and healthier. I hope to inspire people to come back from their trips feeling better than they did before.
When I travel, I try to stay as active as possible and I love spending time outdoors. I swim, take yoga classes, go for runs in new cities, and explore national parks. Staying in quirky, eco-friendly accommodation is always a bonus and I’m constantly on the lookout for great vegetarian food.
Although travelling with friends is wonderful, I’ve fallen in love with solo travel over the past few years. There’s something empowering about making every decision and having that complete freedom. As a solo traveller, I’ve worked on a miniature horse farm in Spain, explored cities in Estonia, and had all kinds of adventures in Japan.
After five years of living in London and one in Australia, I’m currently back in Ireland. But I’m always planning my next adventure.