Travel Inspiration – 6 Travel Bloggers and Vloggers You Need to Be Following

At this time of year, many of us are sick of the cold weather, and if you’re anything like me, you can’t stop dreaming about some far-off destination. Wishing that instead of putting up with the rain and cold weather, you were climbing volcanoes in Central America or exploring ancient temples in Southeast Asia! This is where travel bloggers/vloggers come in to save us, and make us feel as if we’re actually exploring the far reaches of the planet ourselves, and ultimately help us make it through the last couple months of cold! But beware, there is a high chance that you’ll get sucked in to exploring the world on your computer, and find yourself a couple hours later, still scrolling blog posts and watching YouTube videos. But oh well, it happens.

Bloggers:

Nomadic Matt—Ranked the top travel blog in the world, this blog is everything an aspiring travel writer hopes to be. Matt, the author of the blog, has been traveling the world for the past ten years and counting. Aside from his blog, he’s written best-seller, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, which I’ve read and would recommend to anyone planning on taking a trip. On his blog, Matt offers endless helpful tips and how-to’s, as well as guides to many different countries and cities around the world. The other great thing is that you can shoot him an email if you have any questions (regarding trip planning, writing, overcoming fears, anything). I’ve emailed him in the past and he’s been very supportive and helpful!

Be My Travel Muse—This blog, run by solo female traveler Kristin Addis, is a great place to find inspiration! Literally just click on one of the countries on her map and start reading about it! She writes about off-the-beaten-track destinations, and usually spends a good deal of time in each place in order to get to know the culture and people better. I just finished reading her book about backpacking in Southeast Asia, called A Thousand New Beginnings, and absolutely loved it. She also wrote Conquering Mountains: The Guide to Solo Female Travel, which is next on my reading list.

Expert Vagabond—This blog by another Matt, is actually quite similar to Nomadic Matt’s site. He offers great travel tips, from saving money before you go to packing guides, as well as advice on starting your own blog (which I found incredibly helpful), and posts about all the different places he’s been.

Vloggers:

Hey Nadine—Nadine is a solo female traveler who makes great videos of her travels, as well as packing tips, advice for fellow solo female travelers, and sometimes collaborations with other vloggers! She has a beautiful website as well as a YouTube channel. Her personality is great—she’s super positive, energetic, and funny—and I’m sure you will love her.

Fun For Louis—This YouTuber makes DAILY vlogs of his adventures while traveling the world! He makes them quite funny, while at the same time informative. He’s often with his girlfriend, Raya, who has her own channel as well, Raya Was Here, so be sure to stop by there, too! They are a really fun traveling couple (hence the name FUN for Louis), and you can be transported almost anywhere you want just by watching their videos! Also go check out his Insta, @funforlouis to see some great travel photos!

Sailing La Vagabonde—Now this isn’t your typical travel vlogging couple, but if you dream of hopping on a boat and sailing around the world, this is the channel for you. The adorable Aussie couple, Elayna and Riley, have set out to circumnavigate the globe on their sailboat, named La Vagabonde. Elayna narrates most of the vlogs, and they document their travels to gorgeous destinations, as well as just their daily life onboard La Vagabonde.

I also want to mention some of the travel photographers/videographers you might want to check out on YouTube. These guys make some incredible videos and vlogs that I promise will inspire you to go have an adventure of your own! Rob Strok, Sam Kolder, Nainoa Langer, Sam Evans, and Thomas Alex Norman.

Exploring Close to Home: To Travel, You Don’t Always Need to Go Far

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If you’re itching to get out and have an adventure, take some nice pictures, and have fun, but don’t have the time or money to hop on a plane to some exotic destination, just look to your own backyard! There are likely plenty of parks or cities nearby that you haven’t had a chance to explore, or maybe ones that you have, but still provide a good change of scenery. Trust me, there are ways to travel without going far from home!

You might have heard the term, “be a tourist in your own town” before, and thought, ‘How could I possibly find anything new to do in the same town I’ve lived in my whole life?’. Well, you probably can. I’m serious, get online and look up things to do in your area, or check out your town’s tourism website and just find something that sounds interesting. Then all you have to do is get out a map and go there!

Another thing to do is to just start driving. Grab a camera and hop in the car. You can either look at a map to find a nearby park or don’t–just drive. Maybe it sounds crazy, but even if you just take a road you don’t normally go on, you might find a great place to explore.

A couple weekends ago, my friend Anna, and I wanted to go take a hike somewhere, so we hopped in the car with my parents (and dog) to go out to the dunes at Meinert Park. Once we found the trail (which took a little looking), we set off hiking. It was freezing and very windy, but we still had a lot of fun. Anna and I immediately ran up to the highest dune to look out at the lake and take pictures. When my parents decided to head back to the car, we thought we would find a different way to get back! So we ran all the way down the dunes to the beach–and that little decision was what started what will forever be known as “the adventure.”

Once we got to the beach we realized we would have to find a place to cross the little river running between the lake and where our car was. We looked for places to get across as we slipped and fell on the invisible ice covering the sand, but every spot was just a little too far to jump! So Plan A was shot. Plan B was to climb onto the partially broken bridge a ways back from the lake, hoping that it wasn’t as bad as it looked. It was. And soon we were stuck climbing the same dune we had run down just 20 minutes before. It might sound like a bad turn of events, but really, that was what made it fun! We got to the car eventually after an extra mile or two of hiking, where we continued to laugh most of the way home while telling my parents what had happened.

If you have a little more time, say a weekend, find an interesting city/town an hour or two (or three or four if you want) away and book a hotel room. Or, for a more affordable and adventurous option, pack up your camping gear and pitch tent at a park campground. You can have a mini road trip!

Last summer I convinced my parents to take a short trip up to the U.P. to go camping and cliff diving. We spend a weekend where we kayaked along Pictured Rocks, hiked to numerous waterfalls, and of course, jumped off a couple cliffs! It was great!

 

No matter your budget or amount of time off, there is an adventure to be had! Don’t let the “travel is expensive” myth slow you down, and definitely don’t think you don’t have the time–just an hour or two one weekend can help clear your mind and partially fill that desire to travel!