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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 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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
Tagline: 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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**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***
Vicki is the Lawyer turned Content Creator, Editor-in-Chief and all round Boss Lady at MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld.
She has lived and worked in 7 different countries and started the site to show everyone that it is possible to travel whilst holding down a full time job (because not everyone can – or wants to – quit and walk away from it all).
Her style of travel has always been to get the best out of a destination as a time poor traveler making the most of limited vacation days and all without breaking the bank; BUT she does know where to save and where to splurge to have the most incredible travel experiences – such as luxury hotels and over-water bungalows, safaris, spas and more(!) – where the situation calls for it.
If you want to join the work to travel revolution, follow MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram – and if you are a travel brand who would like to find out how to work with Vicki, contact her here.