Adventurous is the New Pretty: 20 Female Travel Bloggers Redefining Beauty (Photos)

A tribute to the top female travel bloggers.

She’s the woman who isn’t always unafraid, but willing to face her fears. Adventurous is the new pretty. 20 of the top female travel bloggers. From the travel blog Travel-Break.netShe’s the woman who you invite somewhere and will actually go.

Unless of course she can’t, only because she’s on her way to another adventure.

She’s the woman who has been enough places to treat everyone with kindness.

But probably did so before her first road trip.

She’s the woman who isn’t always unafraid, but willing to face her fears.

She’s the woman who shares the traveler spirit, even when she isn’t going anywhere. But who are we joking — she is going everywhere, both physically and figuratively.

She’s compassionate, strong-willed, polite but unconventional, and redefines pretty with an adventurous heart.

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In lieu of International Woman’s Day this week, I would like bring your attention to several women pushing the boundaries of business, media, culture and adventure.

You might know them as the top female travel bloggers; but they are doing so much more than jumping out of airplanes.

It struck me when browsing through a post showcasing a new “normal” Barbie doll how much time and money the media spends telling us that our fat, our acne, our scars, our physical “imperfections” are still beautiful. Hello, you’re still focusing on what’s on the outside, and not who’s getting out there.

I guess I’ve never worried that I’m too short (5 ‘1 1/2 + heels), or too brunette, or too whatever to be beautiful. This is mostly because I’ve assumed that my bubbly personality, strengths in leadership, and a heart bigger than my butt is what makes me attractive. I don’t feel intimidated by women who look Photoshopped because I’m too busy being inspired by women who climb mountains, start businesses, and are billboard examples of how to treat others.

I feel pretty when I think about who I am and what I’ve done, not what I look like.

I am not sure what makes you feel “pretty,” but when I look at these women, I think pretty awesome.

Happy day, every day, to International Women.

Cheers to my favorite alpha females, and strictly as an opinion from a fellow solo female traveler, the top female travel bloggers:


When You Thought Adventure Was Too Expensive.
Top Female Travel Bloggers for Budget Travel:

When people say that travel is too expensive, I direct them to legends Anna and Sabrina, who have both travelled full-time with an income less than $10,000 a year before building their blogs into a budget travelers’ paradise. - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

1. Anna Kate, The Legendary Adventures of Anna

For five years, Anna has been a full-time solo adventure traveler. Being alone didn’t stop her from hiking Trolltunga in Norway, bungee jumping in Ecuador, and taking twelve hours of buses across the Dominican Republic.

Connect with Anna: Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

2. Sabrina Iovino, Just One Way Ticket

From Malaysia’s islands to volunteering in wildlife orphanages in Africa and uncovering the less glamorous side of the Philippines. Sabrina’s blunt, whole-hearted adventures show us that not only can you see the world on a budget, you can make it a better place too.

Connect with Sabrina: Blog,  Facebook, Twitter

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3. Gloria Altanmo, The Blog Abroad

With a powerful and memorable voice, Glo pens her adventures as a black American woman taking on the world. From festivals to beaches, Gloria will warm your heart with her smile and passion.

Connect with Glo: Website  Facebook  Instagram  Youtube

Best Solo Female Travel Bloggers

I’m not the only one who has given up a cubicle career post-graduation to work while on the go. The following ladies have managed to match business and passion, facing real-life fears greater than bungee jumping (although we’ve all done that too ;)) - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

4.  Kristin Addis, Be My Travel Muse

The UCSB alumni traded banking for solo hikes and hitchhiking throughout Asia (seriously). A digital nomad, Kristin continues to be a full-time adventure seeker across borders and is your go to female travel blogger.

Connect with Kristin: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

5. Kiersten Rich, The Blonde Abroad

Goodbye corporate life, hello food, fashion, and festivals around the world. This bikini #BossBabe is more of a lady in leadership than meets the eye. She’s a keynote speaker, brand consultant, and global advocate for female adventure. Kiersten kicked the cubicle, and even features a series on her blog of women who have challenged traditional careers for a professional life of adventure.

Connect with Kiersten: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

6. Brooke Saward, World of Wanderlust

At twenty-two, Brooke left her home in Tasmania, Australia to conquer the globe. She quickly became an internet sensation and personal favorite of my own. Brooke sells e-books, created an app, and blogs transcontinentally, 100% full time.

Connect with Brooke: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Best Female Travel Bloggers for Couples Travel

Being a female traveler doesn’t mean that you have to venture on your own. The following women are partners in the adventure world, proving that fairy tale endings are for thrill seekers too. - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

7. Deb, The Planet D

Deb and Dave started their transcontinental journey pursuing careers as musicians. Reality hit and they pursued creative, yet conventional careers abroad in Toronto. Eventually, they made their dreams into goals and became full-time travelers. If their photos don’t inspire you, I really don’t know what will.

Connect with The Planet D: Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter


Mappin Megan

8. Mapping Megan

Oh hi, imagine being American and falling in love with an Aussie in Tanzania, Africa, getting married with a volcano as a backdrop, and then continue traveling the world as a pair. Megan has skydived in the Swiss Alps, gone sand-boarding in Peru, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, and overcome the obstacles of a traveling as a couple.

Connect with Megan: Blog, Facebook, Twitter

The YouTube Experts
Best Female Travel Bloggers on YouTube

The YouTube industry (much like the adventure industry, oh wait, most like most industries) is strongly dominated by men. These women show that adventure sees no gender!

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9. Rachel Rudwall, Rachel Roams

After shining behind the scenes, Rachel finally got in front of the camera to put a lens on the world. Seen in Thrillist, the Travel Channel, and an Emmy award winner, she partners up with Andrea (below) for How 2 Travelers.

Connect with Rachel: Blog, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube


Andrea Feczko

10. Andrea Fzecko, Ultra World Host

Because a degree from NYU isn’t enough, Andrea jet sets around the world to host ULTRA Music Festival.  Can I have your life please?

Connect with Andrea: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube

The Professional Instagrammers
Best Female Travel Bloggers on Instagram

Yep, no big deal.

Well, it is a big deal. Developing a community on social media, sharpening your photography skills, and giving up a traditional job to see the world isn’t easy (I would know — it’s actually miserably difficult). However, these women triumph with adventure and are role modelers in the traveler Instagram community. You’ve probably seen me mention them before because I have groupie love for their photos. There are real, strong adventurous women behind those cameras (or like iPhone’s). Check them out here! - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

11. Lauren Bath, @LaurenEpBath

Recognized as Australia’s first professional Instagrammer, Lauren Bath will take you from Alberta to Dubai on your mobile device. A marketing strategist specializing in tourism, she CREATED a dreamy new career for all of us after giving up life as a chef.

Connect with Lauren: Instagram, Facebook, Google + - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

12. Sylvia, @Goldie_Berlin

Imagine being so good at what you do (traveling and taking pictures) that you can develop an entire company connecting fellow influencers to brands? Germany based founder of Brandnew IO manages her business while country hopping, and somehow still manages to comment on my Instagram photos. Goodness Sylvia, I don’t know how you do it!

Connect with Sylvia: Blog,  Instagram, and Facebook - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

13. Ciler, @AudioSoup

Turkish hospitality and kindness is nothing will have you loving Ciler, a photographer, music junkie, and world traveler. An Istanbul native who reminds us that home itself has many wonders; she’ll also take you from Tanzania to Greece.

Connect with Ciler: Instagram and Facebook - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

14. Jewels Zee,

There’s a transparent kindness to Jewels Zee. You just know she was terrified to pursue Instagram professionally. but with talent like hers, it was an inevitable route. She continues to travel the world being a role model for her own daughters as well as young and old women and men alike.

Connect with Jewels: Facebook and Instagram 

Women Whose Health Led Them To Travel
Most Inspirational Female Travel Bloggers

There’s nothing that I admire more than people who turn their obstacles into opportunities to live life to the fullest! - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

15. Nastasia Yakoub, Dame Traveler

Nastasia had just finished her nursing degree when she became bedridden from back surgery.

Unable to perform the physically demanding career she had invested her time and money to pursue, Nastasia developed a female-empowering community through Instagram which has since become a motivational blog.

Connect with Dame Traveler: Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

16. Misha, Wild Luxe

Misha, mother of two, combated cancer by unleashing her adventurous side. Her honesty and experiences make her more than a survivor: she’s an inspiration to live life everyday like you’re alive… because guess what, you are!

Connect with Wild Luxe: Blog, Instagram, Facebook

For the Love our Earth
Best Female Travel Bloggers for Eco-Tourism

I would like to think that all professional travelers are environmentally conscious.  After all, how can we show you the world if we don’t take care of it? This next female travel blogger is a hero type of her own.

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17. Alison’s Adventures

Alison Teal was a “Tarzan Child” raised in the wild by award-winning National Geographic photographers. She has been deemed “The Oprah of Adventure,” yet holds degrees from USC and UC Berkley. A pioneer in sustainability, the avid surfer also advocates for Go Green.  Her surfboards are “made from soy based sustainable products, recycled coffee cups, and other Styrofoam.” If that wasn’t cool enough, she actually sells clothing (yoga pants, bikinis, and shirts) made from recycled water bottles! Your green hero in pink: Alison Teal 🙂

Connect with Alison: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter - 20 female travel bloggers redefining beauty

18.  Vanessa Rivers, Glitter&Mud Travel, SummerLove Swimwear

Vanessa went beyond her love of surfing and travel to create an eco-friendly swimwear line. The fabric consists of “100% regenerated polyamide fiber made from pre-consumer and post-consumer materials such as fishing nets, carpet fluff, and other waste diverted from landfills.”

Connect with Vanessa: Glitter&Mud Travel, Summer Love Swimwear, Facebook, Twitter


Female Travel Bloggers with a Full-Time Job

For anyone who runs one of the best female travel blogs, you know that travel and work is a full time job. However, there are people who have a conventional career and live an adventurous life.

Above all, I admire women who are doers, who push the boundaries of life and live to the fullest. You don’t have to quit your job to travel. So many more cheers to the women who don’t have a blog or social media community based on their adventurous lifestyle.


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19. Laurie Satran

What better way to get past a divorce than allowing your company to re-locate you? Moving from Philly to Amsterdam, then a small town in Sweden, Laurie spent her weekends exploring Europe and discovering her true self. An “Ikea Backpacker,” photographer and Huffington Post blogger, Laurie jet-setting proof that you can always pursue your wildest dreams.

It’s never too late.

Connect with Laure: Instagram and Twitter

20. Who would you have added to this list?

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  1. Kerry at The Insightful Wanderer March 13, 2015 at 7:38 am - Reply

    This list is pretty awesome. In honor of International Women’s Day these lists are highly inspiring. Thank you for introducing me to everyone here, on this list.

  2. Deb March 13, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Great post and I love seeing the diversity. Thanks so much for including me in this list of excellent women. I know and love many of them and I’ll be sure to check out those that I don’t Nice to see that you included some couples too.

    • Stephanie Be March 15, 2015 at 11:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks Deb for being so awesome! I think that sometimes in the #girlpower movement, it’s easy to over-look the power of women who are also in relationships!


  3. Hannah March 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Loving this post- thank you for highlighting REAL women worth the title of role model. xo

  4. Misha Gillingham March 13, 2015 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    What a great post Steph! Thank you for including me =)

  5. Charles McCool March 13, 2015 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Oh, Paula Froelich NEEDS to be on your list.

  6. Nicole March 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Love this inspiring post! Adventurous is def the new pretty!

  7. Pam Smith March 13, 2015 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Megan – what an exciting post. Always enjoy your adventures – you are so inspiring and so very very proud of you. xo

  8. Anna March 13, 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much for including me on this list! I see some women I really admire and I can’t wait to check out those I haven’t heard of before! Great job!

    • Stephanie Be March 16, 2015 at 12:01 am - Reply

      Thanks Anna 🙂 It was my pleasure to include you!

  9. Angela March 13, 2015 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    This is such great inspiration! I also quit the cubicle life and have started a blog at to document my full time travels. I hope to one day have as awesome of a presence as these girls! I will be tagging #travelbreak soon for sure!

    • Stephanie Be March 16, 2015 at 12:02 am - Reply

      Thanks Angela! Congrats on your decision, and everything you are over-coming in this process. I know how challenging it can be!

      Team #TravelBreak

  10. Elissa at Sometimes She Travels March 14, 2015 at 5:22 am - Reply

    What a fantastic collection of inspirational women! I look forward to reading about their adventures! Now I know what I will be reading between training hikes for my second adventure on the Camino de Santiago this summer… Thanks for sharing!

    • Stephanie Be March 16, 2015 at 12:03 am - Reply

      Sounds like you’re on team adventurous 🙂 Thanks for reading Elissa!

  11. Sab March 14, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Thx for the feature, I’m honored to be named along such great bloggers…!

    • Stephanie Be March 16, 2015 at 12:07 am - Reply

      I had to include you! Keep doing your thing Sabs, I love it!

  12. Syezzy March 14, 2015 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    What a great list! I just started traveling solo for the first time last month and with this list of great women, they surely inspire me to do it again and again!

  13. Linda March 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Great list. Am familiar with less than half so I have some weekend reading here to catch up. Only comment is how about some older women? The travel life isn’t exclusively for the young! Barbara from Hole in the Donut springs to mind for one.

    • Stephanie Be March 16, 2015 at 12:09 am - Reply

      Hi Linda, Thanks for reading! A lot of these women are actually a little older (40s), not that that is old, just older than me 🙂 I know that there are some women in their 50s and likely over 100 still living life to its fullest — my grandma is one of them!

  14. Mia Salvador March 15, 2015 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Great list! Though you should also include women of other ethnicity like to the far east. I am a reader of your blog and would love if you could feature Asians too like me!

    I recommend Aileen of! She is an inspiration much like these girls here! 😀

    • Stephanie Be March 16, 2015 at 12:14 am - Reply

      Hi Mia,

      Thanks for reading! I’m Mexican-American, so I understand your interest in diversity.
      Nastasia is Chaldean which is Iraqui Christian, Ciler is Turkish and based in Istanbul, and Laurie is Asian-American. I did invite a few Europeans, Americans, and Australia because that happens to be where I know most travelers from. A lot of these women I have had the privilege of meeting in person and who have given me the time of day even as a newer blogger. It was important for me to include and celebrate the women who are supportive and inspire me, personally. I’ll check out the other blog though, thank you for sharing!

  15. Nastasia March 15, 2015 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for including me on this wonderful list. I am honored. You are awesome Steph!

    • Stephanie Be March 16, 2015 at 12:14 am - Reply

      It was such a pleasure to have you! You are such an inspiration!

  16. Carly Hulls March 15, 2015 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Aaaaannnd there goes my night as I dive into a black hole of discovering these wonderful lady bloggers! I knew about half on the list but thanks for introducing a few more fabulous addictions to my blogging stalk list! Awesome way to celebrate International Womens Day (or any Sunday!)

  17. Local Nomads March 16, 2015 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Great Post and such an amazing group of ladies! I literally went to every page and felt so inspired by each one!



  18. Leah of The Mochilera Diaries March 16, 2015 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Awesome list! Can’t wait to get to know the women here that I’m not familiar with, always looking for new sources of inspiration! 🙂

  19. Evanne March 8, 2016 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Wow, love this list! I’ve added some new blogs to my reading list. Looking forward to following more amazing women 🙂 (and appreciate the inclusion of some couples!)

  20. Linda Margarita August 30, 2016 at 7:09 am - Reply

    I think you are missing a Latina one! Olga Maria of and love her Instagram. because it has inspired me to start traveling more. I don’t see many Latinas being represented in the travel industry. Something I wish to help change in the future.

    • Stephanie Be August 30, 2016 at 7:51 am - Reply

      I am Latina 🙂 First-generation Mexican-American. You must not read my blog very often or follow me on social media because I often write my captions in Spanish now.

  21. Tiana August 30, 2016 at 8:42 am - Reply

    I got left out 🙁

    • Stephanie Be August 30, 2016 at 9:22 am - Reply

      There are so many great travelers that aren’t included in this blog post. I wrote it a year and a half ago, and these were the first women who I discovered — furthermore, the ones that encouraged me as a newbie blogger.

  22. Francesca Murray August 30, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Yay! I love a lot of these bloggers, and so many of them are great people to boot <3

    • Stephanie Be August 30, 2016 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Me too! There are others that are incredible too. These are some of the first I was introduced to. Thanks for reading 🙂

  23. January 31, 2017 at 5:49 am - Reply

    Great! Love to see women being so inspirational!
    We travel almost everywhere by 2 or 3 women, lot’s of laugh and fun this way:))

  24. Trisha April 21, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Surprised “Hey Nadine” wasn’t mentioned 🙂
    Will definitely check out the people in the aerticle

    • Stephanie Be April 26, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Nadine is fantastic! Most of the women in this article I had personally met — I met Nadine later!

  25. Cecilia Monge April 21, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Great list. You missed Alyssa Ramos or Instagram @mylifesatravelmovie

    • Stephanie Be April 26, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

      She is amazing! This article had been written before Alyssa really started blogging.

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  27. Melissa March 10, 2018 at 5:13 am - Reply

    Hey Stephanie, great list. I appreciate your effort in putting this great list of female travelers. While I don’t get to travel as much as these adventurous women do (office wage slave here), they sure are a healthy source of inspiration.

    • Stephanie Be March 30, 2018 at 8:14 am - Reply

      Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for reading! I feel you — working in travel media makes us a slave to airports and instability. Route isn’t always terrible! Everything is a cost-benefit equation. I do hope they serve as an inspiration, given they inspire me too 🙂 Happy travels and remember that it’s quality experiences, not quantity of travel that counts!

  28. March 24, 2018 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Great post! I totally agree…
    Love to read your blog, I´ve discovered this Blog at the right moment. Thank you!

    • Stephanie Be March 30, 2018 at 8:09 am - Reply

      Thanks for reading and best wishes in your travels!

  29. Roseanna April 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Yes, Yes and Yes! I love this post! especially because not only do they all look awesome, they’re also extremely practical!

  30. YallaStepOUT May 7, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

    My own experience of travelling alone made me to work on a project to provide women safe travel platform.

    Looking forward to bring this project to business with a message for ladies to step out of their comfort zones.

  31. Jecita Bocboc May 22, 2018 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Amazing! Listing a female travelers was great. I like this blog, seems interesting. I hope I could be the one on the list someday, I should travel more. One word I described your blog ” WOOOW” , keep on posting on your blog. God bless!

  32. Lesley May 24, 2018 at 6:41 am - Reply

    I love this! I met a lot of these women in my travels and they truly are remarkable. I haven’t seen Rachel Rudwall in years but she’s certainly a great fit for this list. 🙂

    Cheers to adventurous women.

  33. Julie Stevens May 30, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you for introducing me to more of “my tribe”. It’s so inspiring to follow the adventures, life-lessons, and pure joy that accompanies travel.

    “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
    Mary Anne Radmacher

  34. Julie Stevens May 30, 2018 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you for introducing me to more of “my tribe”. It’s so inspiring to follow the adventures, life-lessons, and pure joy that accompanies travel.

    “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
    Mary Anne Radmacher

  35. Great blog. Female traveller is the symbols of bravery and independence. So proud being ONE.

  36. April Hope August 21, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    What a great post! I love your blog in general, but I think this is my favorite post. I’m going to check these bloggers out asap. Thank you!

  37. Itinerary Nepal August 21, 2018 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Wonder blog post. Love to read more stuffs based on travel the world, travel to nepal, Himalayan exploration and stuffs.

  38. Backpacking in Nepal August 21, 2018 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    One of the perfect destinations for all the tourist who love adventure and seek places for backpacking in Nepal. Not only being small, safe and comparatively cheaper, Backpacking Nepal comes along with an array of other activities that drive tourist attraction.

  39. Meika Mira November 11, 2018 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Great blog, I just created my blog and hoping I will be also posted in your blog. 🙂 These female bloggers will be my inspiration in creating my posts.

  40. China Tour Package November 28, 2018 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this travel blog. I found this list very useful. Hope you will update more information soon. Happy to read your fantastic blog.

    • Stephanie Be November 30, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading! I’m in the process of re-designing the site, and with it will roll out new articles!

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