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Hi, I’m Amanda, author of The Boutique Adventurer. 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!
Check out my 8 day Sicily itinerary for a week of relaxing, shopping, eating and sightseeing.
Hey, I’m Amanda, blogger at Another Travelin’ Song. Originally from the great state of Iowa in the USA, I’m now residing in Antwerp, Belgium. In my free time, I like to design, take photos, and edit videos. That is also basically my full-time job, making my life that much more sweet and convenient. I’m a passionate user of the Oxford Comma, a coffee addict, and a self proclaimed expert dog petter. I overuse ellipses and parentheses, and once, I got a $99 movie rental bill taken off my record. The store closed two months later. My travel style varies depending on who I am with, but on a whole I will say this: I like to save money where I can, but will spend money when I want. For instance, I don’t mind splurging on a Michelin star restaurant and I doubt I will ever stay in a hostel again. I tend to travel at a comfortable pace- I don’t want to be rushed and I want to take in as much of an area as I can. But, I’m also go with the flow, so if people are wanting to move along, I’m not going to be the one holding us up. Anything aesthetic constantly catches my eye, and my boyfriend is often rolling his eyes at how often we have to stop so I can take a photo or video. I love meeting new people, taking on challenges, and traveling to places I have never been. I’ve been skydiving. I’ve been bungee jumping. My last goal was to visit 30 countries by the time I turned 30, which I accomplished a few months early. My favorite place I have ever been was New Zealand. The number one trip on my bucket list is to Thailand.
Check out my 4 day Brittany itinerary for trip focused on amazing, fresh oysters, small charming villages, scenic rocky coastlines and the great outdoors.
Hi, I’m Anastasia! I am the writer and photographer behind the the Frugal Hedonist Blog. You could say I’m a citizen of the world (born Russian, schooled in Cyprus, lived in UK, currently location: Mozambique), but I’m just a girl with a pair of itchy feet. My dream is to live on every continent and eat in every country on the planet. I love finding the gems; authentic places of leisure and experience that don’t cost an arm and a leg. I am always up for an adventure and I love to experience new cultures. My favorite destinations will always have good food, good wine, and good value.
Check out my 4 day Monaco and the South of France itinerary for a trip that focuses on eating incredible food, checking out art venues, hitting the beach, getting a bit of culture and enjoying the nightlife.
Hey, I’m Ashley from My Wanderlusty Life. A few years ago I quit my job at so-and-so corporation, sold all my belongings and never looked back. NOPE. I am not that kind of travel blogger. I work full time + volunteer. I own a house. And a canoe. I have cats and a memory foam mattress. My Wanderlusty Life is based around the absolute dire need to travel the world but doing so while limited to a time budget. When I started blogging I had a full-time job—at a building that I drove to—and only ten vacation days each year. TEN! Pathetic, I know. But I liked my steady paycheck and my health insurance. I didn’t want to “sell everything I own and set off on a journey through Southeast Asia.” That’s not me. I want to travel the world, yes, but I enjoy coming home. I didn’t have nearly as much time off as I would have liked, but you know what? I made it work. In my first year of travel blogging alone I traveled to seven countries and 20 American states. I climbed mountains and scarred my friends for life in the Swiss Alps, rode a gondola in Venice’s Grand Canal, and chugged beer at Oktoberfest. I’m here to prove that traveling the world doesn’t require drastic lifestyle changes or endless amounts of vacation time. My travel blog focuses on exploring the world in short bursts of travel rather than year-long backpacking treks. Think: three days here, two days there. It’s a three-countries-in-nine-days sorta thing. My ideal trips include fine art, historical landmarks and mindblowing architecture, unique cultural experiences, outdoor adventures that scare my mother, and eating all the signature food.
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 Becky. Born and raised in Hertfordshire, England I have always had a passion for creativity, art and adventure. After University, I spent six months in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. I then spent several years in London with a large wealth management firm advising my clients on their investments. I enjoyed the relationships I made, especially the entrepreneurs, but I began to get itchy feet again and in 2014 resigned and set off on another six month adventure, this time through South America.
From here I knew I needed to pursue my dream of a career in travel. I’m the Founder and Editor of popular female travel site We Are Travel Girls and have my travel and style blog, BeckyvanDijk.com. We Are Travel Girls carefully curates and publishes only the best female travel articles from around the globe and is quickly becoming a go-to destination for travel inspiration and a place where you can connect with female travelers around the world. Find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube
I’m currently living in Bali with over 50 countries traveled and many more adventures planned!
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.
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.
Check out my 4 day itinerary to Lisbon and Cascais filled with yoga, outdoor activities and tasty vegetarian meals.
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. After a few days, I’ve gotten to know 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.
Check out my 3 day itinerary for Favignana, Sicily for a charming island adventure or my 4 day Syracuse, Sicily itinerary for a trip with fantastic food and short drives through spectacular rural scenery.
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. 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. 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.
Check out my 4 day Italy itinerary for an energetic, affordable, whirlwind tour of Rome’s key sights with a day trip to Pompeii or my 4 day Paris itinerary for a trip that highlights key sights, amazing meals and a lot of walking!
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 40 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 activities. 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’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!
Check out my 8 day itinerary for Lisbon, Sintra, Porto and the Douro Valley for the best sights in mainland Portugal or my adventures in the Azores. I’ve put together an itinerary for 7 days in Sao Miguel island full of hiking, spectacular scenery, hot springs and amazing meals and an itinerary for 6 days in Pico island filled with breathtaking scenery, wine tasting and tasty meals.
Hi, I’m Lids and I live for sandy beaches, design hotels and awesome food. I also love big mountains for hiking, skiing and fondue, and anything related to water like boats, surfing, scuba diving and swimming. My travel style is spontaneous and last minute. I plan weekend getaways on Friday afternoons and week long trips days before departure. When it comes to hotels and restaurants, I am not keen on the middle so it’s either hostels or five stars, veggie sandwiches or fancy truffles. I like to explore and have been to many places, diving in Palau, Fiji and the Maldives, biking around South Africa, trekking in India, skiing in the Alps, flying falcons in the UAE and sailing the Caribbean, Galapagos and French Polynesia. I’ve lived in London for the last 5 years (amazing place and great jumping off point for adventures in Europe).
Check out my 3 day Berlin itinerary to explore the city’s best coffee shops, cultural sights and clubs or my 7 day Madrid and Ibiza itinerary for two days to explore Madrid’s contemporary art scene, hip bars and fabulous food and 5 days to explore Ibiza’s bohemian side, vibrant clubs and rustic beaches.
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.
Check out my 7 day tour of Italy, an on the go adventure through Rome, Venice and Pompeii.
I’m Michelle and I’m originally from Atlanta, GA, USA. These days I’m on a journey towards becoming a location independent freelance writer, and I share all the ups and downs along the way in my blog, Mishvo in Motion. In the past six years, I’ve backpacked, volunteered, worked, and studied abroad; I’ve been an exchange student in Sydney, an ESL teacher in Thailand, and a public health researcher in Peru. As you can see, travel and travel blogging are a part of who I am – but honestly I was never interested in living a forever-nomadic existence. Besides the constant scraping-for-money part, I also really value having a home base, a community – or a series of them. I never believed I could make lifestyle design happen for myself. So I tried my hand at a conventional job and lifestyle, and that quickly became dissatisfying for me. Still, it took being rejected from over 30 regular jobs to push me to become a freelancer. Making the leap wasn’t easy, and building a business isn’t either, but I’m rewarded every day when I get to do work I love with the freedom I have earned.
Check out my 5 day Paris, Versailles and the Alsace Wine Route itinerary for a trip that combines the main sights of Paris and Versailles palace with small, scenic villages in the countryside.
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.
Check out my 7 day itinerary for Lisbon and southern Portugal, a beach bum’s dream with a dash of city life.
Hi I’m Melissa. They say to find the thing you wish you were doing instead of work, and do that as work instead. My blog Reisen. Go. is my thing. I love traveling, taking photos and then writing about my experiences.
I am not a full time traveller/ex-pat and I don’t make money from my blog or my travels. I work at a full time desk job and travel as much as possible. I’m not a big planner, so my travel style is more relaxed. I like to see what happens. Instead of having a predetermined experience in mind, I like to get there first, and then see what kind of experience I have.
When I travel, I like to be active. That could mean walking around town all day, going for a run, hiking, or cycling. I love photography, so wherever I am, I’ll probably be looking for great photo opportunities. And without fail, I always try to visit a bakery in every place I visit!
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.
Check out my 9 day Italy itinerary, a relaxing trip focused on stunning scenery, delicious food, wine and history.
Hi, I’m Sandra. I’m a writer born in the Azores and currently based in Lisbon. Since 2014 I’ve been blogging about travel, culture, and the people I meet in between at Tripper, a blog about cultural travel to offbeat destinations. I focus on the destinations’ cultural diversity, their historical richness and the people and the communities that help to build and sustain it. I get inspiration from talking to local artists and to local business owners and from covering local cultural events to let my readers know what will make them feel your destination under their skin.
Check out my week long Portugal itinerary which explores Porto, Lisbon and Evora and has a focus on culture and experiencing the most authentic Portugal.
Hi, I’m Stephanie Vermillion, I’m a travel writer and blogger based in New York City. My writing has been published in outlets like Mental Floss, MSN, Elite Daily and Matador Network, and she is a contributing author to Thought Catalog’s travel book, “Let’s Get Lost.” I’m also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and runs road trip travel blog, The Wanderlost Way.
When it comes to travel, I’m always on the hunt for offbeat adventures. I spend hours hunting for that perfect, unusual destination – be it a troll under the bridge in Seattle or a Cliffside church in Italy. I also have a great affinity for the outdoors, and I devote at least a portion of every trip to reconnecting with nature. At home in NYC, I’m working toward joining the Catskills’ 3500 Club – a club that requires members to ascend all of the Catskills’ 3,500-foot peaks. Abroad, I’ve summited Mount Meru in Tanzania and is working toward my next big goal: Kilimanjaro.
As readers of The Wanderlost Way know, I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of traveler. While I do spend hours planning the perfect trips, I thrive on spontaneous adventures and unexpected situations … such as the time I got lost solo cycling in the rain along Ireland’s Ring of Kerry.
Travel and experiences are integral parts of my life, and I’m excited to help Travel Honey readers embark on their own journeys and misadventures, too!