Feb 25, 2015

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35 Kick-Ass Female Travel Blogs to Follow in 2015

Here it is… this year’s best female travel blogs!

Are you ready for some new kick-ass female travelers to follow? Because none of these blogs were featured on last year’s list; this collection of inspiring ladies is ALL NEW!

That being said, many of my all-time favorite female travel blogs are on last year’s list — so if you’re new here, be sure to check it out.

Some notes about the list:

  • There are a lot of awesome travel blogs out there; I focused on solo females leading lives of adventure, because I figured that’s who you’d identify with best.
  • Many of these blogs were reader submissions — so thank you. (While researching this post, I got to discover tons of new blogs!)
  • I chose blogs that have personal stories of growth and inspiration (and not just “5 things to do in”), because that’s what I enjoy reading.
  • They’re organized alphabetically under seven categories: adventure, business, funny, living abroad, photography, storytelling, tips & tricks. Not to pigeonhole any of the blogs — most of them could surely fall under many — but hopefully they’ll help you narrow down which ones you want to follow.
  • If you’re looking for a way to follow multiple blogs, I recommend Feedly, which is a free RSS feed manager.

Have fun! I’m sure each and every one of these amazing female travel bloggers will entertain, educate, and inspire you!

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35 Best Female Travel Blogs for 2015

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ADVENTURE

Adina Marguerite

I met Adina Marguerite at World Domination Summit last summer, and we immediately bonded over our love of travel and blogging. (She also SEWED the dress she was wearing, which blew my mind. It makes sense, then, that she’s starting a sustainable clothing company: RambleGood!)

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Bitten by the Travel Bug 

Nicole Smith is just the cutest. I want her to be my friend. My very well-traveled friend. You’ll enjoy reading about her global adventures — and pretending you’re right there with her.

Post you’ll love: Spotting Leopards at Mala Mala Game Park, South Africa

Bohemian Trails

Megan Eileen McDonough has a unique take on travel and destinations. I especially like her “boho” destination guides, where she talks about neighborhoods in a city that would appeal to free-spirited travelers.

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Borders of Adventure

“Adventures with a social conscience” are what Becki Enright promotes on her blog, so natch, I am a fan. I truly appreciate her reflections on the effects of tourism on our world.

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Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler

Just like the name of her blog, Alexandra Kovacova is crazy, sexy, and fun! Originally from Slovakia, she definitely has a loyal stable of fans: she received the most reader nominations after I missed her in last year’s list.

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Getting Close To

I should’ve made a video category just for my friend Dalia, but she fits pretty well under adventure, too. We met at TBEX Dublin last year, and trust me: she’s just as cute in person as she is in her videos!

Post you’ll love: Giza Pyramids and Sphinx Travel Video

Just Travelous 

Yvonne Zagermann has an infectious smile, and her positivity shines through in her writing. To me, being “travelous” means having fun, being adventurous, and seeing as much of the world as possible — which she does with panache.

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The Wellist

As a wellness geek, I love that Krista’s blog focuses on travel as an avenue to better mental and physical health. To stay well on the road, she participates in a plethora of adventure activities, from scuba diving to climbing to hiking.

Post you’ll love: Paradise Found in the Gili Islands

BUSINESS

Angie Away

Because she used to be a travel publicist in New York, I especially appreciate Angie Orth’s blog for her business posts. The fact that she seems really nice and genuine doesn’t hurt either!

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Free Range Humans

The name of Marianne Cantwell’s blog (and book) is just brilliant; who doesn’t want to be a free range human? On her blog, she offers fantastic tips for creating a career you can take on the road.

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Jessica Lawlor

Okay, so my friend Jess’ site isn’t a travel blog — but it’s perfect for this list, because she’s all about getting out of your comfort zone. Which is exactly what travel is. If you need some help reaching your goals and finding happiness, sign up for her 30 Days of Gutsy email course (registration closes 2/28!).

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The Suitcase Entrepreneur

My friend Natalie Sisson isn’t exactly a travel blogger either — but if you want to build a business that allows you to travel the world, you need her in your life. Her podcast is amazing, as is her book!

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FUNNY

Girl vs Globe

One of the youngest bloggers on the list, 21-year-old Sabina Trojanov is a fresh, funny, and much-needed voice in the travel blogging world — I’m a big fan!

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Kaleena’s Kaleidoscope

If you haven’t lived in Korea before, you may not find Kaleena Quarle’s posts as hilarious I do — but give them a look nonetheless. She’s heading off on a RTW trip this year, and I can’t wait to read her observations about new countries.

Post you’ll love: 5 Things That Are STILL Strange About Korea

Never Ending Footsteps

Lauren Juliff’s blog always makes me laugh. Her writing has the perfect amount of honesty and self-deprecation, and you’ll definitely relate to her and her mishaps.

Post you’ll love: Attacked By Monkeys in Monkey Forest

 LIVING ABROAD

Hippie in Heels

Rachel Jones is one-part hippie and one-part girly girl — but 100% a traveler. She’s lived and worked in India for two years, and I like reading about how she’s carved out a life in this fascinating country.

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My Several Worlds

I often get emails asking about my experience teaching English in Korea, so I knew I had to include Carrie Kellenberger’s blog on this list. She offers helpful tips about teaching English in China and Cambodia.

Post you’ll love: Teach English in China Guide

Paper Planes Blog

Having lived there for three years, it’s safe to say Alana Morgan is a Thailand expert. She also knows a thing or two about expat life, and I enjoy reading about her life and travels in SE Asia.

Post you’ll love: How Much Does It Cost to Live in Thailand?

Travelling Ides of March

My friend Amrita Dass lives and works in her home country of India. I featured her as a seasonal worker of the month last year and am excited to include her here, too. She calls her blog the “travel journal of a lover,” which I think is a perfect description for her heartfelt writing.

Post you’ll love: Goa, As I Will Remember It 

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Camels & Chocolate

I don’t know how I forgot Kristin Luna’s blog last year, because it has long been one of my favorites. Though I think she’s a great writer, I really appreciate her shared love of jumpy pix.

Post you’ll love: Jumping Photos Around the World

Inside the Travel Lab

A doctor-turned-writer-photographer, my favorite thing about Abi King’s blog is the photography. One of her focuses is luxury travel (read: not me!) — but that doesn’t mean I can’t get inspired by her beautiful pictures!

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Sateless Suitcase

Travel through the eyes of a “geeky art historian” with Julika Sarah. This unique perspective makes for lovely writing and gorgeous photographs. One of my new favorites.

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The Travel Chica

Though it pains me to include a Buckeye on the list, I’ll make an exception for Stephanie. Maybe because she focuses on living simply and traveling more, which is my philosophy to a T. She’s also a talented photographer.

Post you’ll love: Golden Gate Bridge at Night 

 STORYTELLING

A Beautiful View

Morgan Sullivan’s lifestyle posts are pretty rad. They just might inspire you to reflect upon your life and travels in ways that you haven’t before.

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Breathe Dream Go

Mariellen Ward is not only the face behind the #WeGoSolo hashtag, she’s also the go-to expert on solo female travel in India. No matter where she is, she writes beautifully about travel and personal transformation.

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C’est Christine

This is another blog that readers couldn’t believe I missed on last year’s list. Now that I’ve read it, I can see why! Though she spent many years wandering the world, the stylish Christine Amorose is now based in NYC and writes about life, love, yoga, and of course, travel.

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Leah Travels

Leah Walker is an extremely accomplished travel writer, so I enjoy learning from her and everything she’s done. I bet you will, too.

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The Midnight Blue Elephant

As you may know, I am obsessed with elephants. So the fact that Annika Ziehen named her blog after them makes her dear to my heart. But her writing about the intricacies of travel is why I stayed. (Which is good, because her favorite animals are actually giraffes!)

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This American Girl

Hands down, Camille Willemain’s blog is one of my favorite new discoveries. She writes in an incredibly unique and poetic way — and her photos are lovely, too.

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TIPS & TRICKS

I am Aileen

I’m a sucker for looks (in terms of both boys and blogs), and Aileen Adalid’s blog is just… really pretty. Well, not just that: it’s also full of fun travel stories and life tips.

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Food & Photos RTW

Don’t let the name of Stef’s blog fool you; it’s about much more than food and photography. In fact, my favorite posts are where she breaks down common travel questions and information.

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LL World Tour

Lisa Lubin has been blogging for almost nine years! So clearly, we can all learn something from her. She shares lots of great stories and tips on her popular blog.

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Pommie Travels

Don’t know how I missed Victoria Brewood’s blog last year, but what can I say? We all make mistakes. She offers hip, practical advice on her blog — and also has an awesome YouTube channel. (Gotta love her accent!)

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The Traveloguer

Christine Maguire has lived in several countries and is currently traveling through Asia. Her blog is a nice mix of funny stories, personal essays, and helpful tips & tricks.

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World of Wanderlust

It was tough to decide which category to put Brooke Saward’s beautiful blog in — because she does it all! (Seriously, I don’t know how she does it; she even has an app.) Since she has lots of posts with handy travel hacks, I’ll let her live here.

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There you have it: the best female travel blogs of 2015! Which one is your favorite? Who did I miss?  

PS. If you didn’t notice, I’ve changed my domain name to susanshain.com and my Twitter/Instagram handles to @Susan_Shain. I’ll explain the changes in a later post — but just wanted to give you a heads up for now! 

  1. Hey gorgeous,
    Thank you so much for including me in your list of Best Female Bloggers this year. I am beyond honoured.

    I would LOVE to be your friend. Hopefully our paths cross soon so we can share some tea and exchange travel stories. 🙂

    Safe travels and thank you again. 🙂
    xox.
    Nicole recently posted..4 Little Things To Combat Jet LagMy Profile

  2. Thanks so much for including me and for the sweet words about my blog!
    Christine recently posted..The best streets in ParisMy Profile

  3. Thank you for sharing this list. Already knew most of them but still found 2 or 3 I have to look into. Always love to read about other traveling women.
    Kathrin – Dreams of Freedom recently posted..Why you should not listen to your friendsMy Profile

  4. Great list!! So many of my personal favorites here, and even a few I didn’t yet know about.
    Kirsten recently posted..Dreaming of JamaicaMy Profile

  5. Fun! Thanks so much for including me on your list. Always makes me feel good to be included! Hope to cross paths one of these day!
    Lisa | LLworldtour recently posted..Photo Essay: KaDeWe BerlinMy Profile

  6. This is such a great list! Really inspiring, woohoo: more awesome blogs to find and follow!
    Rachel recently posted..Helsinki: the thought of leaving was unbearableMy Profile

  7. Absolutely thrilled to be on this list, Susan! Thank you so much! I hope to keep sharing stories that you like.

    P.S> I’m taking a new reading list home 🙂

    THANK YOU!
    Amrita Das recently posted..The Envious Life of a Travel WriterMy Profile

  8. Thanks for featuring me on this great list Susan! I love so many of these ladies, so I’m in great company. 🙂 Looking forward to discovering some new blogs as well. Great job!
    Christine | The Traveloguer recently posted..How to Pack for a Winter Weekend with Carry-on Only, and flying with Ryanair!My Profile

  9. Absolutely love World of Wanderlust!! Its such an amazing blog!
    Thanks for doing such a great list of travelbloggers – GO GIRLS!!
    xx
    Yvonne
    Yvonne recently posted..8 things no one tells you about before travelingMy Profile

  10. Thank you so much for including me on this amazing list! It’s extra exciting since there are so many of my personal favorite female blogger ladies on it, too!
    Julika recently posted..Eat, Drink, See: My New Favorites in BerlinMy Profile

  11. WHOOOP! Made my day! Thanks for including me in this fabulous list <3
    Yvonne recently posted..Diving with sharks in Costa RicaMy Profile

  12. Such a great list! Bookmarked a lot of new blogs:)

  13. Thank you for sharing the new breed of blogs! They are such an inspiration.
    Ada Wilkinson recently posted..Best Beef Ever! Hida Beef at Maruaki in TakayamaMy Profile

  14. Wonderful list! I follow so many of these already, but there were definitely a few new ones! I especially love World of Wanderlust (for her photos and videos,) Neverending Footsteps (for her humour – is anyone else dying to read her book?!) and Hippie in Heels – best blog on India!
    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel recently posted..Why I Ditched Guide Books for Travel BlogsMy Profile

  15. I am very honored to be a part of this list! Thank you! I’m glad to find other bloggers in the same niche too! 🙂
    Aileen recently posted..Ultimate Guide: How to Legally Stay Longer in Europe (Schengen Countries)My Profile

  16. Great list, i already knew and followed a lot of them! I am loving so many of us women are travelling the world solo and showing others how its done. Would love to be part of this list next time. Im currently living and working on a scuba diving boat in the Pacific ocean, so i’m certainly living my dream!!
    Sarah recently posted..Why I Can’t Afford To STOP TravellingMy Profile

  17. Great list – I hadn’t heard of several of these!
    Alana – Paper Planes recently posted..7 months later…My Profile

  18. Love discovering more amazing female travel bloggers –
    Thanks for pulling the list together, and segmenting!
    Linda ~ Journey Jottings recently posted..Mondayitis… When the Holiday is OverMy Profile

  19. What an absolute incredible list! I will definitely have tons of new reading material and inspiration to look forward to. Thank you so much he for putting this together!

  20. Thanks for sharing your list! I only knew a handful of these blogs, I will check out the others!
    Sarah recently posted..Desert Oasis of your Dreams: Garmeh, IranMy Profile

  21. Wow, what an awesome list! Thanks so much for including me and my little ole blog! I can’t wait to check out all of these, there’s actually quite a few I’ve never heard of! Yay for new reading material and inspiration! 🙂
    Kaleena’s Kaleidoscope recently posted..Announcing My Round The World Trip Itinerary!My Profile

  22. Great list, there were some in there I did not know and will be checking out. I will be linking to this in my next blog post, thank you!
    TravelBloggerBuzz recently posted..IHG Rewards Pointbreaks Hotels, Starwood Category Changes, Hyatt Gold Passport Points, DOT vs United Mistake Fare, Amtrak, TibetMy Profile

  23. Thank you so much for including me in this awesome group of wonderful writers! I am really stoked about the honor.

    I was thinking about your elephant comment yesterday as we are in Chiang Mai and were due to visit the Elephant Sanctuary. And I got sick the night before and couldn’t go! I was super upset in hindsight (in the moment I was just happy I didn’t have to leave bed), because despite giraffes being my favorites, I really really like elephants as well – promise. But my friend is doing a photo shoot for the magazine she works for in when we get to Bangkok with an elephant. While probably not as pc I have decided to come with her as I really want to meet one up close. Will send pictures for you!

  24. Thank you so much for including me Susan! There are some seriously awesome folks on this list! Another one of my absolute favorites is Travelshus!
    Adina Marguerite recently posted..Getting Away From The Crowds In Portugal’s ParksMy Profile

  25. I need to be on the next one of these lists! I just redesigned my site, I’d love your opinion 🙂
    Dannielle Lily recently posted..Exploring the Walled City of Angkor ThomMy Profile

    • Congrats on the redesign, Dannielle — I think it looks great! Will definitely check you out for 2016.

  26. Thank you for introducing me to so many cool blogs that I haven’t seen before! I’ve been snooping through all these blogs for hours now!

  27. I love these kind of lists! Your 2014 edition introduced me to some of my absolute faves, one of which is a friend now! I’m definitely bookmarking this and checking everyone out 🙂
    Ella recently posted..Traveling to Kenya during The Ebola EpidemicMy Profile

  28. Love being called kick-ass and recognized for my photography 🙂

    Awesome group of women here.
    Stephanie – The Travel Chica recently posted..PHOTO: A cold Winter sunsetMy Profile

  29. Thank you so much for including me in the list. I’m proud to be a part of it! And thanks for sharing that list, there are a couple of new blogs to follow now 🙂
    Stef recently posted..Long-term travel preparation (4): Talk to your boss about leavingMy Profile

  30. What a freaking fantastic list!

    I also think I’m super excited because I’m the only non-travel blogger on this list and I absolutely love your reason for including me. THANK YOU so much for your endless support. You’re amazing. I can’t wait to click through this list.

    xoxox
    Jessica Lawlor recently posted..Start Your Week Right Sunday: Links and GoalsMy Profile

  31. Making my way to their blog right now. I’ve just started blogging and it’s truly inspiring to read about other women’s experiences and point of views. Maybe in 10 years I’ll make it to this list? For now, happy travels 🙂

  32. Wow thanks for compiling this amazing list!! Now I am more inspired to work hard on my blogs to make it to the list next time haha! It’s always been my dream to be recognized in the blogging field by peers. Hehehe!

  33. Katefromthestates.com should be on here!

  34. Great list. Some I know, some I will be checking out. I am aiming on making the 2016 list 🙂
    Sally recently posted..Five random things I will miss about the PhilippinesMy Profile

  35. Thanks for the great recommendations! There are so many travel blogs out there now, it’s easy to never to find some real gems!
    I run a very niche travel blog dedicated to a dangerously spiky fruit, the durian. If you’re a durian lover or just like seeing culture and travel from an admittedly strange perspective, you might like to check it out. I hope you do 🙂

  36. Hi Susan. I am honored to be included on such a great list of female travel bloggers. Thank you for including me!
    Carrie recently posted..Taiwan Hot Springs Guide: Wulai Hot Springs, Northern TaiwanMy Profile

  37. What about Adventurous Kate!?! She is sooooo awesome, fun, and sweet!

  38. Been looking for some new blogs to follow. Great list =) can’t wait to check them all out.
    Jaimee Smith recently posted..Bucket List: Swimming With Whale SharksMy Profile

  39. What a wonderful list of talented travel fiends! I would be honoured to be a part of it next year. I just started my blog in November 2014, so I’m still in the process of attracting followers. I hope you give it a read. Thanks!
    Jennifer Moore recently posted..Escape From ParisMy Profile

  40. I read almost half the blogs you have mentioned here. They are great travelers.
    Will check out other blogs as well.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Nisha recently posted..Discover Thainess in PicturesMy Profile

  41. I have been a world traveler since the age of 12 and find so much inspiration in reading about the adventures of other women. Thanks to your list, Susan, I now have reading material for months… Buen camino!
    Elissa recently posted..Walking the Camino: How Do I Get Started?My Profile

  42. Terrific list of female bloggers. Must have been a tough deciding on just 35. So many good ones out there. Any thoughts on a top 100 in 2016?!?

    • Haha! In 2014, I did 50, and then only chose new bloggers this year. I think I’ll do the same thing next year — I don’t want to have a big list just for the sake of having a big list. I want all the bloggers to be top-notch!

  43. What a fabulous list of fellow female solo travellers! I knew most of them and am happy to have discovered a bunch of new ones! I’d like you to take a look at my blog for your next edition! Thanks!:-)
    Michela of Rocky Travel Blog recently posted..Tips for the Solo Traveller to AustraliaMy Profile

  44. wondeful list.As a new blogger i have found this lists so useful.

  45. Kate Lanter says:

    I just found this site and its really amazing. Well Susan i have always had a problem while i am traveling and the only fear while i am traveling is losing my documents, As i have already lost it once. I have come across Zoomlee app and it’s awesome. It stores all my documents in it and i travel worry free. You must give it a try. Give it a look on http://www.zoomlee.com

  46. This is a great list. As a new solo female travel blogger, it’s nice to find out about other blogs! Thanks for taking the time to compile this list 🙂

  47. Love this list! Will definitely go through it in the next few days. Thank you! 🙂
    Liz recently posted..Czech Republic in 5 Days: The Perfect ItineraryMy Profile

  48. Many have said it before me but I want to thank you for compiling such a wonderful list!!! I’m always looking for new and inspiring travel stories and tips, this list has really awesome bloggers I now follow because of your introduction. Kudos!!
    Theresa recently posted..Boulder Homes of Monsanto, PortugalMy Profile

  49. Wow! This is an awesome list! I recently moved to Izmir, Turkey with my husband for two years while he gets his Master’s and these blogs are exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thanks!

    http://www.anotheryearanothercity.blogspot.com

  50. Dear Susan,
    Thanks for short listing best female travel bloggers 2015.

    As we know that travel bloggers are big and authentic contributors in travel industry. hence it’s time for Travel bloggers to focus more on Responsible Tours and Travels that can shape this industry and create awareness about Responsible Travelling around the world.

    Thanks and best wishes!
    Kuldip Gadhvi @ Kutch Adventures India

  51. Hi Susan!

    Love this blog post! Can’t wait for a cosy night in to work my way through this list and your site!

    I’m crossing my fingers (and toes) that I will make it too next years list 🙂

    Love,
    Kylie (the wandering boomerang)
    http://www.thewanderingboomerang.com

  52. This list is so useful. I’m always looking for new blogs to read and there’s a great selection here – thanks Susan! 🙂
    Secret Traveller recently posted..Are you selfish for wanting a better future?My Profile

  53. I love these lists. I really enjoyed several blogs off the last one. I think I’m a blog addict. Maybe one day my blog will go somewhere, I try to make it a beautiful window to the world with my photos. For now it’s a window to my mom as I travel the world. Ha! Great post.

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