Top 15 Travel Bloggers Who DIDN’T Quit Their Jobs To Travel

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

We all know that there are thousands of travel bloggers out there. The most popular ones seem to have the same general theme: that full time travel is the best and only option and they fit into two general categories: the gap-year type adventurists who have decided to explore the world for a set period of time and the digital nomads who have quit their corporate jobs and set off with a dream of carving out a more nomadic lifestyle. Both of which are admirable, inspirational even, and I think we are all guilty of day-dreaming about what it would be like to walk away from traditional society… but that is not an option for everyone…

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Top 15 Travel Bloggers Who Didn’t Quit Their Jobs To Travel

Some people cannot simply give everything up and go – or they make a conscious decision not to. They have commitments: jobs, mortgages, families, kids – even pets, and the idea of throwing away the stability of everything they have worked for is either just not possible, or it does not appeal.

Luckily for us, there are another set of travel bloggers out there who showcase how you can live a life of travel whist keeping some or all of the above. They have steady jobs, families with children, they continue to pay the mortgage on their homes and they are traveling the world like pros! They are fearless solo females, adventure-seeking couples and families giving their kids the best education money can buy. Feeling inspired? You should be! Here are the Top 15 Travel Bloggers Who Didn’t Quit Their Jobs and who can show everyone that you can have it all and travel too!

First up, I’m Vicki from MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld

So, I couldn’t really do a Top 15 List without including myself… but I am the blogging half of a travel couple. Together we have lived and worked in 5 different countries and visited another 30+ Countries in the past 8 years whilst working full time. I am (about to be admitted as) a Lawyer and my partner Gavin is a chef.

We travel for the highlights, the must-do’s and have a rule to never visit the same place twice. Our next trip will be an 11 week adventure through Turkey, Africa, Mauritius and the UK – including a 6 week safari from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, through Botswana, Namibia & South Africa finishing in Johannesburg.

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Tagline: Because Life Is Not Meant To Be Lived In One Place
Lives In: Melbourne, Australia (but I am originally from the UK)
Works As: Paralegal & a Chef
Destinations Covered: Asia, Europe, Australia & NZ (for now!)
Join us on safari on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

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The Solo Travelers Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Dannielle of While I’m Young & Skinny

Dannielle writes about being in her twenties and wanting to see the world AND have a career.

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Tagline: I’m doing it all while I’m young and skinny(ish)
Lives In: Dubai (originally from the UK)
Works In: Digital Marketing
Destinations Covered: Asia, Europe, Australia & NZ & Dubai
Join her as she explores Dubai & beyond on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

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Neil of BackPacks & Bunkbeds   Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Neil has been traveling the globe on and off since 2005.  He has a steady job in London but is determined to show the world that having a job doesn’t mean you cannot travel.

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Tagline: Travelling the World on a Budget, Whilst Holding Down a 9-5
Lives In: London, UK
Works In: Finance
Destinations Covered: Europe, Asia, Australia, NZ, South Africa and Sri Lanka
You can catch Neil all over the web and on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

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Kate of This Could Lead To Anywhere

Kate caught the travel bug 9 years ago and has since visited around 45 countries. After a round the world trip, a year living and working overseas and various other jaunts, she decided to tell some of the stories she’s featured in and some of the tips she has picked up along the way.

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Tagline: From The North-East of England to the Rest of The World
Lives In: North East UK
Works In: International Student Recruitment & Admissions
Destinations Covered: Europe, Asia, Oceania, North & South America
Follow her adventures from the north east of England to the rest of the word on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

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Erica of Girl, Unspotted

Erica is an advocate for chasing dreams, places, and happiness. A Registered Nurse by profession and island girl at heart, she’s either at a hospital, a sandy beach, a secret waterfall, searching for a scenic view, or listening guiltily to cheesy 80’s music. She aims to inspire you to fall in love with our planet as deeply as she did, and with as many things as possible. She’s a sucker for freedom and wildness, but doesn’t mind being a slave to her curiosity.

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Lives In: Philippines
Works As: A Registered Nurse
Destinations Covered: Asia
You can find her falling in love with the world all over the web and on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

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Bianca @ Its All Bee

Bee loves a little adventure and gets her kicks from clinging onto rocks or walls(indoor wall climbing that is) so with the blog being her little corner of the web she hopes you enjoy her vertical tales of reaching for great heights while traveling and exploring the different cultures around the world at the same time.

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Tagline: ItsAllBee is your gateway to affordable luxury for all things travel
Lives In: London (born in Zambia)
Works As: IT Consultant/Analyst
Destinations Covered: Asia, South America, Africa & Europe
Follow her all over the world and at Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

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The Couples Who Travel top 15 travel bloggers

Heather & Pete @ The Conversant Traveller

Heather & Pete are British couple who fit luxury adventure travel around our day jobs, and try to help you do the same! They love safaris and snorkeling, and have a slight obsession with Morocco.

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Tagline: Adventure By Day, Luxury By Night
Live In: Northern UK
Works As: Adventure Activity Instructor & in Outdoor Adventure Marketing
Destinations Covered: Asia, South & Central America, Africa & Europe
Monitor their obsession with Morocco and be inspired on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

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Corinne & Jim @ Reflections Enroute

Corinne and Jim are an American couple who are currently in Germany.  They love to take weekend jaunts to new cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and other historical treasures visiting as many smaller destinations as they can.

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Tagline: Capturing Experience. Inspiring Exploration
Live In: Germany
Works As: Teachers
Destinations Covered: Asia, North & South America, Africa & Europe
Join them as they explore Europe and beyond on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

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Chris & Heather @ A Brit & A Southerner

Chris is originally from Ramsbottom in the North of England, and Heather is from a small town called Cash in Arkanzas. Together they live in Jonesboro, AZ and share a passion for travel, sports, music and photography.

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Tagline: Exploring The World One Weekend At A Time
Live In: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Works At: Their local university
Destinations Covered: Europe & North America with a few posts on Australia
Let them inspire you to see the world on weekend at a time on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

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Justin & Lauren @ Justin Plus Lauren

Justin & Lauren are a Canadian couple who are slowly making their way around the world. They love outdoor adventures, discovering wildlife kindly and responsibly, and exploring the history and natural beauty of our planet. They are both vegans and seek out the most delicious plant-based food as they travel.

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Tagline: Travel – Couple- Vegan
Live In: Toronto, Canada
Works As: Video Editors
Destinations Covered: North America, Caribbean, Europe
Join them as they explore the world from their Canadian home on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

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Lyn & Steve @ A Hole In My Shoe

Lyn and Steve are a couple from Perth, Western Australia who married and began to travel at 50.  They are putting their relationship to the test, travelling, adventuring and eating our way through life…  Together they have travelled to 16 countries in 2 years and plan on seeing as much as they can of this beautiful world we live in.

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Tagline: One Step Closer To Our Next Big Adventure
Live In: Perth, Western Australia
Works As: HR for a Disability provider & IT for Local Government
Destinations Covered: Asia, Australia & Oceania & Europe
Follow them as the wear out their shoes on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

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The Family Travelers top 15 travel bloggers

Kristen, her husband and 3 children @ Kids Are A Trip

Kristen is a wife and mom to three over-scheduled kids and rambunctious pup. Arizona born, she barely survives the Chicago winters. She loves sharing their travel adventures and tips, including the challenges of traveling with a child with food allergies.

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Tagline: You Never Know Where Kids Will Take You
Lives In: Chicago, Illinois
Works As: Teacher & Attorney
Destinations Covered: North America & Europe
Join Kristen and her over-scheduled kids on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

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Cheryl, her husband and two children aged 6 & 3 @ Kids On A Plane

Kids On A Plane is a family travel and lifestyle blog devoted to helping parents teach kids about the world through travel, food and everyday fun.

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Tagline: Exploring the world with kids without losing your mind or your money!
Lives In: Toronto, Canada
Works In: Marketing Communications & as a Computer Engineer
Destinations Covered: North America, The Caribbean & Cruising
Be inspired by this amazing family of travelers on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

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Shere & Paul with Liam (3) & Mika (2 months) @ Shere Y Paul

Shere and Paul are a Spanish-Dutch couple who combine full-time jobs with a full-time passion for traveling. Since they extended their crew with a little one in November 2013, their aim is to keep traveling and inspire others families to do it as well.

Top 15 Travel Bloggers

Tagline: Traveling With A Baby
Lives In: Based in the Netherlands, Shere is originally from Madrid, Spain & Paul is Dutch.
Works As: Business Intelligence Consultant & Port Engineer
Destinations Covered: Mostly Europe & Asia
Planning to travel with a baby? Get your tips on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

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Mark & Bec Wyld with Willow (11) & Marley (8) @ Wyld Family Travel

They are a family from a small country town in East Gippsland Victoria, Australia. Mark got the travel bug way back in 1999 and passed it onto Bec in 2003. Since then they have infected their two daughters, Willow and Marley, with discovering all the different wonders of the world. With their travels they are hoping to inspire as many people as they can to get out there and travel!

Top 15 Travel BloggersTagline: City Wanderers. Country Explorers. History Junkies. Castle Seekers
Lives In: East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Works As: Disability Support Worker
Destinations Covered: Australia & Europe
Join this Aussie globetrotting family as they adventure around Europe on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter

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So can you identify with any of the amazing bloggers in this list? Or are you feeling inspired? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top 15 Travel Bloggers Who Disn't Quit Their Jobs To Travel




**This list was created by comparing over 100 blogs and ranking them according to their Domain Authority (DA), Page Authority (PA) and Social Media follower counts (as at 9 May 2016) in addition to confirming each member of this list physically attends a traditional 9-5 job***

100 thoughts on “Top 15 Travel Bloggers Who DIDN’T Quit Their Jobs To Travel

  1. Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers says:

    There are so many different combinations and ways to travel. Like most I’ve daydreamed over the years of quitting my job and travelling full time and one day I probably will but it needs to be the right time. I totally agree with these fabulous bloggers, there are so many options to getting out there and enjoying yourself, you can definitely have the best of both worlds.
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  2. Anda says:

    I agree with you, Vicki. You don’t have to quit your job in order to be able to travel. Your rule to never visit a place twice made me smile. We don’t have this rule and because of that we don’t get to see too many new places. If we like a place we go back on and on and on! I am amazed at how busy your schedule is. Are you ever going to slow down?

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    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Anda – I don’t think its in my make-up to slow down – travel makes me so happy that I think if I stopped it would be detrimental to my health!

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  3. RaW | Ramble and Wander says:

    Interesting list! I can certainly identify with singles who work but still travel, even though I’m no longer working a 9-5 job these days. I guess it’s a pretty easy thing to do if you’re passionate about travelling and single, which is why I really admire couples and those with families, especially those who work in different industries, who can make the time and travel together a lot throughout the years. I certainly hope I can do the same like them, continue travelling even when I’m married and have a family of my own.
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  4. Katie says:

    This is great! I feel like most of the travel bloggers I follow/have built relationships with work at least some semblance of a job that is not just their blog! I am a teacher, and though I did quit my teaching job in the US, I went and got a teaching job in South Korea instead! Since living in Korea and teaching full time, I have traveled to 9 countries! It’s definitely do-able!

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  5. Marta says:

    I know most of this blogs because, like you and the other great bloggers listed here, I also travel only when job allows and they give me loads of ideas of places I could actually go to. Travelling full time is very inspiring but it doesn’t really appeal to me as a lifestyle: having a house a travel frequently is more the kind of balance I like

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  6. Brianna says:

    It’s really inspiring to see all these bloggers that are able to hold a full-time job and travel as well. Unfortunately, not all full-time workers can get decent amounts of time off. Believe it or not, I work in a travel agency and have to quit my job in order to take a three week trip to Central America…
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  7. Colby says:

    I’m always interested to read/hear about how other people travel. I’ve come to realize that “real” backpacking isn’t quite my thing, and working a 9-5 that only gives me 10 days vacation, isn’t really my thing either lol. I think I’ve found a happy medium teaching in Korea which allows me to be in another country, earn money, and have ample vacation time to travel to other places.

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  8. Sharon Pierson says:

    Can’t wait to read about your 11 week adventure. We just finished our 10 week RTSW (Round the Southern World-Brazil South America, Australia, Bali , Singapore, and Africa) trip which included a safari in Tanzania followed by a short visit to Cape Town (via the Great Karoo) and Durban via Johannesburg. We travelled to Turkey 2 years ago and loved the food and country.

    Safe travels

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  9. Gemma says:

    This is very encouraging Vicki! We’re coming to the end of our 18 month career break of travelling, work starts back in August and I have this feeling off doom about full time work and THE BLOG! So good to hear that others do it, and manage to enjoy travelling too! Bizarre timing, just read on of Neil’s posts about trains in Bosnia.
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  10. MariaAbroad says:

    Hm, I never had a traditional job, since I started my company while I was still in college. Does that count 😉 I think a purely nomadic lifestyle is not for everybody and that is ok. Going full-time nomadic doesn’t make someone a better traveler. Just let people travel the way they want to and stop putting labels on everything 🙂 (Not you Vicki, but other travelers in general).

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    • Vicki says:

      Hi Maria – you have an awesome blog 🙂 and I agree people should stop labeling everyone and everything.. but I think that’s just the way of the world..

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  11. sarah says:

    Well it does make travel a lot more affordable if you have a job in the ‘real’ world. It also gives you more time to update your blog and keep up with things without having to fight for a bit of available wifi everywhere you go, so it’s not surprising that so many travel bloggers have full time jobs really.

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  12. Lyn - A Hole in my Shoe says:

    Thanks for compiling this list Vicki, I am proud to be part of it. I cringe at all the blogs out there telling people to quit their job and travel. Great if that is your plan, but happy you can highlight to people that there are many out there who can balance both. I am fortunate to have a job that allows me six weeks a year leave so we can make the most of our travel.

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  13. Julie says:

    It’s great to see other couples doing what my husband and I do — travel a ton but work (on the side!). Figuring out the nice balance of living/traveling/working has been a long time in the making but it really goes to show what is possible. Of course, i do hold a not-so-secret-dream of traveling more long term, but hopefully soon!

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  14. jen says:

    My husband and I also travel full time. We were lucky enough that my husband was able to convert his full-time job to a part-time consulting position. Amazing these days how many jobs allow you to work from anywhere.

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  15. [email protected] on Tour says:

    Thanks for introducing me to a few new travel bloggers and educating me on a couple of travel blogger who I thought were full time travellers and actually aren’t.
    I like educating me people to make the most of their travel when they can travel, you don’t have to travel all the time to have great family holidays.

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  16. Kim-Ling says:

    We are also travel bloggers who work full time (but dream of travel all of the time!). It’s good to know that there’s quite a few of us out there! Ideally we’d love to travel more and work less, but for now we are happy maintaining the balance for now. In saying that, we are always on the lookout for opportunities to take our work abroad 🙂
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    • Vicki says:

      Thanks for the comment Kim-Ling – I’m completely with you on the travel more work less front!! My ideal would be a 4 day work week with 10 weeks holiday per year! That’s not too much to ask, right?!

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  17. Tonya says:

    While I’d love to quit my job and travel, even with kids, for us we still manage to get plenty of travel in through the weekends and vacations and spur of the moment trips. I love the stability of activities at home and the opportunity to see so much even where we live. Kudos to those who make travel a priority even if they can’t do it full time.
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  18. Jay Waye says:

    Interesting to see what people consider full time employment. Not sure how you manage to get 11 weeks off, but that is nearly 3 months off a year — consider me jealous. Most full time workers here in the USA are lucky to get 3-4 weeks of vacation. Enjoy your travels.

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  19. Amelie says:

    That’s a great post! I’m part of the ones that have ditched it all a few years ago to explore the world and work remotely, and I do hope people can get inspired by this to travel the world even if quitting their job isn’t an option. There really isn’t any excuse not to go out and travel no matter what 🙂

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  20. Travelwith2ofus says:

    The choice is yours. Some people want to maintain their sense of security by keeping their job, others want to be free. You can have a job while traveling, but you don’t have to be based in an office. Being a digital nomad seems to be a very rewarding lifestyle. In the end it’s what works for you. Cheers to all the fantastic travelers included in this article.
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  21. eileen g says:

    I am one of those family travel writers who would not drop everything and go long-term. When your kids are very small and only want to be around you anyway, I can see the appeal and I think it could work. But now that my daughter is in school she has a circle of friends she really loves and I can see how she benefits from those relationships. I can also see the positive impact of multiple adult role models and how she has grown through her relationships with favorite teachers, favorite babysitters, after-school coaches and so on. As much as you gain from travel I think i would be taking something valuable away by not giving her the chance to develop this variety of relationships. For us a lifestyle where have both travel and roots is a good one.

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  22. Fiona Maclean says:

    I’m a travel blogger who hasn’t quit my job. And, to be honest I think more people identify with ‘part time travellers’ than with digital nomads. Not everyone wants that dream of ‘no-home’, though almost all want to travel and see the world

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    • Vicki says:

      I agree Fiona – but I find the part-time travelers are not celebrated as much as those who ditched it all to go nomad. This list was to give everyone a little lift 😉

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  23. Valerie Hansen says:

    This is such an awesome post..totally enjoyed it. Of course I would love to quit and travel the world..but reality is that doesn’t happen for most of us…I just need more collaborations so I can do it with less expense. I have not scored any free stays or press trips yet, so hard when you are trying to get started! I hope to soon!

    Thanks for sharing!


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    • Vicki says:

      The 3 weeks vacation cap in the USA would be torturous! I think a more pressing point would be to allow more people to work remotely – which would open up so many opportunities for people to travel – and then you wouldn’t have to ‘walk away’ from your source of income.

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  24. Jenna says:

    Great list! I love a lot of these bloggers and found a few more that I’ll have to check out! It’s nice to see a list like this–it’s so great to showcase people that add travel into their existing lives–I feel like people get too caught up in the whole quitting your job to travel thing. It’s great when you can do that, but it’s not the only way to travel and see the world!
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    • Vicki says:

      Hi Pritta, I did look at you guys when I was researching – there are so many great travel bloggers who work full time! Keep it up and hopefully next time you’ll be up there at the top the list 🙂

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  25. Rob says:

    There are quite a few travelers on your list that I am not familiar with I will have to check out their blogs. I personally don’t care how a person travels. Whether or not they quit their jobs and travel full-time or just travel when they can, doesn’t matter to me. We have met some great people since we have been traveling and they come in all different shapes and sizes.

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    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Rob – the idea of the post was to celebrate those that travel whilst living in the ‘traditional’ world – but I am all for whatever way people want to travel too – as long as they get out there and do it!

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  26. Elisa says:

    Inspiring blog post! I took a gap year to travel around the world and now I go on traveling during my 5 weeks vacations in France. Been to 62 countries already and still counting 😉

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  27. John M. says:

    I’ve gone from traveling almost all of the time (300+ days a year) to traveling “often” (150+ days a year). I prefer the latter, and enjoy having nights at home where I have nothing that I need accomplish. It also ives me more time to produce quality content, rather than chasing a quota of x number of posts per day/week.

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  28. Mags says:

    Great list. It’s always good to remember that you can have it all, travel and a job/steady home life. It’s easy to forget when we are bombarded with “I quit the daily grind to travel the world” (which is also great for some people) constantly.

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  29. Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) says:

    It’s really interesting reading about all these bloggers. I write about family travel on my blog and it’s just not possible for me to travel full time but I believe you can have really fulfilling days out without going too far and really enjoy the longer trips when you can. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  30. Abhishek Kumar says:

    This is a great post. So true that not everyone can give everything and become an all time traveller. I guess myself and family fall into this category. We hail from India, we love traveling. We have recently started blogging our travel experiences at . While we have a toddler to take care of, we still have been traveling to places near and far whenever possible and we wish to continue doing the same, balancing along our day job, and caring for children and parents. Your post was a great inspiration for us.

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  31. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for including my blog on the list and introducing me to new travel bloggers. I agree with Eileen – it’s a great idea to travel full time when kids are younger but as they begin school it’s tougher to leave family and friends behind. Balancing work with several trips a year works for us but it may change later – you never know! 🙂

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