About Me


Hey Guys! Thanks for stopping by.

My name is Jess Gibson and I am the Founder and Editor of The Travelista. I’m 27 years old and I have recently relocated to Leeds after living in London for 4 years. I created The Travelista in March 2013 and have been working as a full time blogger for over 1 year now. After nearly 5 years of blogging, The Travelista has evolved with me over the years and documents all the highs (and lows) of life as a travel blogger.

The Travelista brings you stylish travel inspiration in an honest, chatty and unpretentious way. Packed with tips, reviews, itineraries and recommendations from around the world, my posts aren’t just about ‘what I did’. They’re designed to make your own travels AMAZING too.

Creating this blog has transformed my life in ways I could have never imagined and my heart and soul goes in to it every day.

So join me on my big adventure and I promise to inspire you along the way.

Love Jess x

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  • The Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2015 – Nominated for Best in Travel
  • The SATOA Travel Awards 2015 – Winner of Best Travel Blog / Journalist
  • The Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2014 – Winner of Highly Commended Travel Blog
  • The Blogger Awards 2014 – Nominated for Most Stylish Travel Blogger
  • The Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2013 – Nominated for Best Travel Blog


  • Listed in the Top 10 Luxury Travel Bloggers by Vueilo 2015 and 2016
  • Listed in the Top 100 UK Travel Bloggers 2015 by Discount My Flights
  • Listed in the Top Luxury Travel Bloggers to Follow in 2015 by Trip Advisor’s Flip Key
  • Listed in the Top 10 Inspiring Female Instagrammers To Follow by Localgrapher
  • See more in my Press page


  1. 6th September 2015 / 11:52 pm

    Oh wow, Jess! I am so impressed by the amount of travelling you do. It was great meeting you yesterday and I am glad I’ve discovered your blog. Your trip to Tanzania sounds lie our dream holiday!

  2. 14th July 2014 / 10:42 am

    Congratulations on getting shortlisted for Cosmo Blog Awards! I’m hoping one day my travel blog will be as popular as yours!! You can see it here: http://firstimeworld.wordpress.com/

    Any thoughts or advice? And I’d be thrilled if you gave me a boost by following it!

  3. zebonline
    21st February 2014 / 3:20 pm

    Dear Jess,

    I really liked your story and how you ended up putting your dream together with this blog. Its people like you who give inspiration to others for making it big. I think most of us are too scared to leave our 9-5 jobs and just go for it!

    You have to have this believe in your self and only then you can make it big, like you did. I really have all the respect for you as an individual and would like to see you succeed more.

    Best of luck!


  4. Nina Phillips
    18th February 2014 / 3:42 am

    Hi TheTravelista!! I am so hopeful more now than ever that writing and traveling for living, both things that I love, is possible because of your blogging adventures. I know you have many people asking you for help, but if you can point me in the right direction to start with this particular field I would be so grateful! Thank you in advance. You are awesome!

    • Nina Phillips
      18th February 2014 / 3:47 am

      How do you financially get started?

    • 18th February 2014 / 10:50 pm

      Hi Nina, Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I do write and travel for a living, but it’s not all glamorous press trips. Lots of hours are spent in the office, chained to a desk like any other job. I don’t mean to send out an unrealistic message that people can travel around the world and get paid for it, even if that’s how it looks sometimes. If you want to get into travel writing, setting up a blog is the best place to start. It allows you to publish your work immediately and get your name out there. Try to build a following and a community and once you have this set up it demonstrates a pro active side to you and a passion for travel writing. If you go into any content / copywriting / journalistic job in the travel industry, an established travel blog would put you in great stead. Wishing you all the best in your career and your ventures 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you create!

      Jess x

  5. 4th February 2014 / 10:37 pm

    What a really cool blog.

  6. 29th January 2014 / 2:27 pm

    Hi Jess, I love your blog!! What a perfect job 😀 I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award, hope you choose to accept it. Details are on my blog http://www.eatsleepchic.co Have fun with it XX

  7. 8th August 2013 / 2:16 pm

    What a wonderful blog you have. Really enjoying reading your travel tips and stories, I look forward to reading more!

    • 8th August 2013 / 9:47 pm

      So glad to hear you enjoy my blog – it’s comment’s like yours that make it all worthwhile. Thanks so much and hope you keep on reading 🙂

      Jess, The Travelista x

  8. 17th July 2013 / 6:55 am

    It does inspire me! I’m a very visual person (the curse of having a short attention span) so all the bright beautiful photos really got my attention!

    Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it. It can be so daunting first starting out!

    I would definitely love to keep in touch, please let me know if you’re ever in Sydney!

    Chrissy x

    • 26th September 2013 / 9:52 pm

      Hey Chrissy, how are you? How are you getting on with your travel blogging?Are you still working towards your RTW trip?

      Jess x

  9. 17th July 2013 / 3:40 am

    Jess, you are pretty much living my dream life!

    As an aspiring travel writer/blogger I’m ecstatic I’ve come across your blog 🙂 I’m currently in the process of saving and planning a RTW trip and hope to long term travel for as long as possible.

    Can’t wait to follow your journey!

    Sydney, Australia

    • 17th July 2013 / 6:09 am

      Hi Chrissy! Thank you for your lovely comment. I’m so glad you like my blog and hope it inspires you for your RTW trip. I’ve just checked out your blog and think its a great start. I read you worry you don’t have enough blog worthy material but remember travel blogging can include past present and future travels – you could even include dream destinations! Believe in yourself and have confidence In your writing because it’s great! Keep up the good work. let’s stay in touch 🙂

      Jess, The Travelista x

  10. 5th July 2013 / 11:26 am

    This looks like fun- I am Riding along…

  11. Ray Luke
    15th May 2013 / 8:29 am

    Hello. Thank you for following my Blog. Yours is top-notch; very informative. Thanks again. Ray.

    • 15th May 2013 / 12:58 pm

      Thanks for your comment Ray! Your blog is great too, I love your photos of Pulteney Bridge in Bath. My sister goes to University there, what a wonderful city! I shall be looking out for more. 🙂 Jess – The Travelista x