Blogging is a platform that so many women have used to find their voice, make an impact and leave a lasting impression on people. Many of these women are are bravely stepping out of their own comfort zones, challenging societal norms and tackling sensitive issues in the hope that their efforts might just inspire others to do the same. Some of these women are also my fellow travel bloggers. These ladies inspire me every day and in my eyes, they are all totally fearless in different ways. Here are 13 fearless female travel bloggers you need to follow in 2018…
13 Fearless Female Travel Bloggers
1. Mollie from Where’s Mollie
Mollie is a female travel blogger with an army behind her. Since starting her ‘Where’s Mollie Global Travellers’ Facebook group, Mollie has single handedly created a community of over 4,700 free spirited travellers. Mollie regularly organises WMGT events for the members of her community to meet up and share an epic travel experience around the world from The Lake District and Byron Bay. The growth and power of Mollie’s WMGT community is incredible and something totally unique in the Blogosphere. Mollie is fearless as she dared to think outside the box to bring total strangers together with a shared passion for travel. How amazing is that?
I had a dream a couple of years back that one day I would run my own adventures in Australia. 🐨 I’ve just got into bed and realised that today that dream came true. 🇦🇺 Today, Sammy and I took 40 @wmglobaltravellers on an epic roadtrip starting and finishing in Byron Bay and it was everything. 🚌💛🚎🇦🇺🍭🌴 🌊 You guys may know Sammy personally or may have noticed me talk about @ratpack_travel but i’ve never told you why I selected this partnership or why it’s so special to me. I actually met Sammy on the streets of Byron 3 years ago with a heavy ass backpack on my back as i travelled the east coast with a friend. With no bed to sleep in for the night (everywhere was fully booked) Sammy took us under his wing and let us crash in his mates camper out the front of his house for the night. We kept in contact and as of last year Sammy runs an INCREDIBLE travel agency (the best out there) selling only the best tours and transport for Australia and New Zealand and is absolutely KILLING IT. (If anyone needs to book anything 🇦🇺 🇳🇿 Sammy’s your man and you get 10% off with ‘MOLLIE10’.) 🤗 It’s an absolute honour to work alongside you Sammy – passion, hard work and honesty always triumph. I am so proud of you and everything you represent. Here’s to many more adventures, memories and happpppppy buses! 💙💚💛❤🧡💜 THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT CAME. PHOTOS, VIDEOS AND THE DECLARATION OF MY LOVE FOR YOU IS COMING SOON!
2. Hayley from Frock Me I’m Famous
Hayley is a huge advocate of female solo travel and is forever planning independent getaways and girls-only trips (leaving her lovely Boyfriend at home). Last summer she took the plunge and did a Trek America tour as a solo traveller and she’s currently planning a dreamy 5 week adventure to Bali. Hayley is hugely supportive to other female travel bloggers including me and I think she epitomises Girl Power.
Yesterday we drove from San Diego to Lake Havasu; with a little pit stop at Salvation Mountain! ❤ It was all kinds of beautiful and slightly odd all rolled into one but I LOVED it! 🙌🏼 Today’s journey will take us to the Grand Canyon; where tonight’s plan is to order pizza and watch the sunset… LIFE GOALS RIGHT THERE! 😍💔😭🍕 #TrekAmerica #Westerner2 #ITrekHere
3. Sabina from Girl vs Globe
Sabina isn’t afraid to travel to some of the most intrepid corners of the world. It seems like she’s mission to go where no travel blogger has gone before, and I love that! I also loved following her recent trip to Africa, where she visited Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda. During her trip Sabrina met Sudanese refugees and used her Instagram and social channels as a way to highlight the issues that she was seeing first hand. Sabina is fearless as she isn’t afraid to speak out and use her platform to ignite positive change in the world. Girl vs Globe aims to inspire responsible and eco-friendly travel. Read; Empowering women in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Would you believe me if I told you this picture was taken at a funeral? 😯 Today I got to visit a settlement of South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda, and as we were approaching I noticed a lot of movement. Hands waving, feet stomping, the air alive with high pitched ululating. As it turns out one of the elders had died a few days earlier and the community was honouring her memory with a village-wide celebration. Death related rituals in local culture are much less solemn than ours. I felt a little strange about joining in but after being led by the hand into the dancing circle I threw my concern to the wind. I’m grateful to these kindhearted welcoming people for such a memorable experience ❤ ••• TELL ME: Have you ever taken part in any interesting ritual while travelling? ••• 📷 @__.hananas.__
4. Sabrina from Clutch and Carry On
Sabrina’s glamorous jet-set lifestyle may seem like the ultimate dream, but having travelled with her I know how much hard work she puts in behind the scenes. We went on a girls ski trip to Montgenevre and I saw her accidentally tackle a red run on her second day as a complete beginner (totally fearless!). Sabrina inspires me because she lives life to the full and sticks two fingers up to conventional society norms. She’s passionate about animal conservation and is convinced she was a mermaid in a former life (which judging by the bikini bod I think is entirely possible). This lady proves that there is no such thing as too much travel. Read; her ultimate dream of swimming with Humpback Whales.
5. Polly from Follow Your Sunshine
Polly is one of my favourite female travel bloggers. I’ve included her in this post because I too think she is fearless, but for a very different reason. Last month Polly tragically suffered a miscarriage after announcing her pregnancy on her blog and on Instagram. After the floods of congratulations, she had the heartbreaking task of telling her community that she had lost the baby. Amongst the turmoil, Polly realised that miscarriage is still such a taboo subject and that most women suffer in silence. She was brave enough to speak openly and honestly about her experience of miscarriage in a really heartfelt blog post titled ‘We need to talk about Miscarriage‘. Although I have never experienced pregnancy or miscarriage, I felt as I could feel every emotion Polly shared in that post. I was right there with her. I am in awe of her bravery to tackle such a difficult topic on the Blogosphere. Polly is a British expat living out in Doha with her husband and gorgeous daughter Sophia.
On Tuesday 27th March I found out that our baby’s heart had stopped beating. In the days that followed, I realised that something is fundamentally wrong. Things need to change. We need to talk about miscarriage. To read the most difficult but by far the most important blog post that I’ve ever written, head to the link in my bio. 💛🌑 – – – – – – – – – – – – #followyoursunshine #luxuryhotel #luxuryhotelsworld #girlslovetravel #globelletravels #travelblogger #beautifuldestinations #ladiesgoneglobal #femmetravel #instapassport #thatsdarling #travelphotography #travelwithkids #familytravel #travellingladies #cntraveler #darlingescapes #girlsvsglobe #wearetravelgirls #passionpassport #igtravel #globetrotter #luxurytravel #luxlife #littlestoriesofmylife #sheisnotlost #girlsthatwander #travelwithaninsider #ladieslovetravel #lovelysquares
6. Chloe from Wanderlust Chloe
Chloe is always up for a challenge but she recently pushed herself way beyond her comfort zone when she went ice climbing up a frozen waterfall in Canada. I watched people ice climbing on my own recent trip to Canada and I was completely amazed by the bravery of those people. A few weeks later I was watching my Instagram stories and Chloe was about to take on the exact same challenge! I could see how genuinely nervous she was to try it, but she felt the fear and did it anyway. What an amazing achievement! Go Chloe!
S N O W S H O E S 🇨🇦 First time snowshoeing yesterday around the beautiful landscapes of Alberta’s snow-capped mountain ranges! They’re like giant boards that you strap your boots into and they give a big surface area to walk on, so you don’t sink down into the snow too deeply! And wow, if you veer off course that white stuff is deep! Well over my knees anyway… although I am known for my mini hobbit legs!! 😂😂😂 #ExploreAlberta #ExploreCanada #ad 🏔❄ (📸 @anadventurousworld)
7. Lucy from Absolutely Lucy
Over 3 years ago, Lucy was stuck in a dead-end job and a dead-end relationship and one day decided to ‘quit’ life as she knew it in search of something more fulfilling. She booked a year-long trip around Asia, Australia and New Zealand but ended up being a solo backpacker for 3 years. On her return to the UK, Lucy said she’s the happiest she has ever been and now has a new direction in life with her new boyfriend in Hamburg. Lucy was brave enough to ignore all of the conventional signposts that life throws your way and is all the better for it. I loved following Lucy’s growth and travels over the last 3 years and wish her all the best for her new start in Hamburg!
When I left to travel the world solo, I set myself the challenge of making my own dreams come true. No longer would I rely on anyone else to make my life amazing, and no longer would I have anyone else to blame if it was anything but incredible. It was the best decision I ever made and now that I’m in a relationship and no longer travelling alone, I still think it is so important to focus on my dreams, as well as ours. So here I am, making another of my lifelong dreams a reality. Have you made any of your dreams come true? 🌟. . . . My hot air balloon review of @srilankaballoon is now up on the blog – link in bio! 🎈 #travel #traveller #travelling #travelblogger #solotravel #solofemaletravel #wanderlust #girlvsglobe #passionpassport #wearetravelgirls #globelletravels #lbloggers #sheisnotlost #ig_neverstopexploring #backpacker #backpacking #adventure #girlsthatwander #wetravelgirls #damestravel #srilankaballoon #hotairballoon #dreamcometrue #travellingcouple #couplesthattravel
8. Vicky from Vicky FlipFlop
Vicky is another huge advocate of solo travel and did a full year of solo travel after breaking up with a scumbag ex boyfriend. Vicky now travels fearlessly all over the world and has shared some incredible experiences such as a recent trip to Malawi, somewhere I had never considered going until I watched Vicky’s experience. Vicky is going to be joining me on the Scandinavian Cruise next month and I can’t wait to travel with her!
Yay! I ❤🇬🇷! I love the food, and the friendly people, and the streets, and the beaches, and the sun, and the Mythos, and the ouzo, and the island hopping and the driving round in a jeep, and the tavernas, and the beach bars and, and… what more could you want? 😍 #greekzen #skopelos #greece #lovegreece
9. Monica From The Travel Hack
Monica is fearless because she proves you can embrace Motherhood and still be successful as a full time travel blogger. I’ve followed Monica’s blogging journey from the start and it’s been amazing to see her evolve her blog to fit with her new role as a Mum. Despite running around after 2 gorgeous boys, Monica still takes time to enjoy solo trips and time for herself. It seems she has found a great balance and she definitely makes me think positively about my own future. She makes me realise that starting a family doesn’t have to mean the end of travel blogging. In February she blogged about the hardest thing about being a parent (and why you need a holiday).
10. Laura and Claire from Twins That Travel
Laura and Claire are the opposite of fearless, but I have included them in this post because they don’t let their fears stop them from travelling, or running their multi award-winning blog. Laura and Claire have both spoken openly about their battles with severe anxiety and their unlikely fear of flying (not your average travel bloggers, right?). They recently were brave enough to share their journey of anxiety and travel with Mind, a leading mental health charity. I think Laura and Claire are fearless because although they’re battling anxieties and self doubt, they don’t let it stop them from exploring.
When an email popped into our inbox inviting us to The Hague, we were intrigued. Not because of the destination itself but because we would be staying in our very own beach hut, on the sea. Something we’d never really equated with this international city of peace and justice 🕊 . Loving nothing more than uncovering unexpected spots around Europe, however, we hopped on a plane on Thursday to discover more. And here it is! Sandy, honey coloured beaches backed by dunes and the cutest little beach hut you could dream of, created by @haagsestrandhuisjes All a stones throw away from the bustling streets of Den Haag! We had a fascinating 48 hours here, and can’t wait to share more about this unexpected city. Who else would like to stay in this little beach hut?! 🌊 🐚 🇳🇱 Thank you for the photo: @wanderlustingk #thisisthehague
11. Emily from Emily Luxton Travels
Emily is another one of these brave female travel bloggers who has used travel as a way to cope with a difficult time in her life. Yes, she also went through a bad break up, but Emily’s loss was much greater. Almost 12 years ago, Emily tragically lost her Mum to cancer and has been brave enough to share the story on her blog, explaining that her loss was one of the things that spurred her on to embrace travel so much. Emily is fearless because she has turned her loss into something positive. She realised that life is too short to let fear hold you back.
Varanasi has been on my must-visit list for a very long time, but I still didn’t expect it to blow me away as much as it did ❤ This was the sixth day of our @maharajas_express tour through India and its been absolutely amazing 😍 This evening we took a boat tour along the Ganges to see the cremation ghats and watch aarti – the daily Hindu ceremony celebrating Mother Ganges 🇮🇳 Today has been all about colour and culture… Be sure to check out my Insta stories to see all the action 😄 #IndiaBlogTrain #incredibleindia 📸 by @xameliax
12. Taylor from Travel Colourfuly
Taylor is a Florida native that has recently upped-sticks to move to London. Taylor and I have been ‘Insta-friends’ for quite some time and we’ve spoken about how different the blogger opportunities seem to be in the US and London. We realised that if anything, the influencer marketing industry in London is way ahead of the US. Whether this is part of what influenced Taylor’s decision to move to London – I don’t know. But all I know is, she’s incredibly fearless for hopping on a plane and starting a brand new life in London town. If you’re based in London, be sure to reach out to Taylor and make her feel welcome!
I’ve been running around all week and I won’t lie, I’m a bit exhausted!! But, part of moving to a new city is putting yourself in as many social situations as you can! ••• I’ve met a ton of awesome people this week! Some Instagram friends and a lot of others too! Tell me, how do you meet new people?
13. Jess from The Travelista
Well I couldn’t do a female travel blog round-up and not have the audacity to include myself, could I? It was these exact women that inspired me to do things that have pushed me out of my own comfort zone, such as take my first solo trip or go paragliding on skis in Verbier. Following these ladies gives me the confidence to embrace scary challenges when they come my way. So for that I want to thank them, as my life is all the better for following their kick-ass approach to life.
Today I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to do something I will NEVER forget! Paragliding over Verbier and the Swiss Alps is something that bucket list dreams are made of and looking back on today I can’t even believe this happened. I skied down a steep mountain in tandem with my pilot and we quickly took flight under the parachute. My skis lifted off into the air and I went from skiing to flying in seconds. I even took controls of the parachute and we landed smoothly on snow, further down the valley. It was the most surreal, breathtaking and adrenaline-fuelled feeling I’ve had in a very long time. It’s also the closest to flying that I have ever felt. I feel so proud for pushing myself to do this. Thank you to everyone who persuaded me to do it and sent me words of encouragement! Thanks also to the fantastic @flyverbier team who put me in very safe hands. Have you ever been paragliding of dream of doing it? I can’t recommend it enough. Watch my take off on IG stories and stay tuned for the full YouTube video! Warning: there is a lot of screaming ✨❄⛷
What do you think of these 13 fearless female travel bloggers to follow in 2018? Which female travel bloggers do you think are fearless and which ones inspire you? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below. Jess x