Jen and Mick were both born and raised in Sydney Australia, met in 2001 and married in 2006. Together they’ve visited over 100 cities, towns and regions in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and USA.
Jen has been travelling her whole life. Mick on the other hand had only ever left the state once before meeting Jen. After finishing high school they went through the “normal” life paces of life: getting a good steady job, getting married and buying a house. Then one day something just clicked. They became obsessed with watching travel programs. It was then they we realised a ‘normal life’ wasn’t for them.
That was in 2009. They sold their Sydney house and spent two incredible years living and working in London, and now they are exploring Australia on an indefinite road trip around the country. In between they’ve backpacked through Europe; lived out a lifelong dream to visit New York; discovered the uniqueness of Japan; and fell head over heels in love with New Zealand.
About The Trusted Traveller
The Trusted Traveller (TTT) began in January 2014 because of their passion for travel and eagerness to help others plan their travels in the most prepared way possible. Their aim is to make travel planning simple and stress-free by providing you with detailed travel planning advise, destination guides and a dash of inspiration.
Whether you’re a DIY traveller or need a little more help planning that next trip, they’re confident you’ll find something on their website that will cater to your travel planning and travel inspiration needs.
Why We’re Inspired By Them:
Since we’ll be following in their footsteps, quite literally, we’re eager to see what they are discovering on their Australian Road trip. I’ve bookmarked quite a few of their posts now and have put them on my Pinterest page. I particularly love this one: Things to Do on Kangaroo Island.
Laurence started his journey in June 2009 after quitting the corporate life and looking for a change of scenery. This blog was started in May 2010 as a way to catalog his experiences and share his photos, and has since evolved into a place on the web where you can find honest travel advice, humorous tales from the road, and photography to inspire!
Laurence met Jess in 2014. She’s been running her own successful travel blog,Independent Travel Cats, since 2012, offering savvy travel advice to independent travellers. Since meeting they’ve decided to move on through life together, share the experience of travel, and see what the world has in store for them.
About Finding The Universe
Finding the Universe serves as the focal point for their travels and associated photography. They share their thoughts and tips on travelling, and photos of their adventures to inspire you to go and see the world. When they’re not writing about our trips, they’ll often be talking about photography or offering advice from our travel experiences.
Why We’re Inspired By Them:
How could you not love a blogger with this kind of humour on their front page:
We’ve been running this site since 2010, and this is the part where we tell you how awesome our words and photography are. We’d love you to explore more of the site, and come to your own conclusion, maybe with a smile. Maybe you’ll learn something new. Grab a beer, dive in, and read on! Or, you can find out more about us. Comic included.
Seriously though, we love these guys. To start, Lawrence’s photography is phenomenal. Completely out of this world. Every time I see his photos I think all of my photography insecurities come out and I think: “I’m not worthy!” When you get past the gorgeous photos and read the posts, it is the whole package. They are well written, entertaining and draw you in every time. Again thoughts of “I’m not worthy!” run through my head but boy am I learning a lot!
Caz and Craig Makepeace are a married couple from the Central Coast of Australia, but they like to call the world their home.
They’re serial travel addicts and have lived in 5 countries and had adventures through 52.
For them life is about accumulating memories, not just possessions and now they’re creating those precious memories with their two daughters.
They started yTravel Blog in 2010 as a way to share all they knew to help you travel more – 16 years of round the world travel.
They help over 310,000 visitors to their blog every month, they inspire over 4 million travel addicts on Pinterest, and have over 100,000 people to talk travel with on their social media communities.
Virgin Australia named them as one of their top Australian bloggers for 2014, and their work is regularly syndicated by National Geographic, Lonely Planet and the Tourism Australiasocial communities.
They’ve partnered with brands such as Qantas, Ford, Canon, Expedia, and many state tourism boards.
You can have the picket fence and a job you love of course, but, they’re pretty sure you at least want to escape your everyday life for weekend getaways or a three-week vacationevery year.
They’re here to show you that you can travel anywhere in the world on little dime, you can rock up in a country where you know no one and have life-changing experiences, you can travel with the one you love and have a thriving relationship, and you can create a strong life-long bond with your children through the shared memories of travel.
Why We’re Inspired By Them:
We’ve worked with Caz and Craig through a B-School mentorship that’s been awesome for our business! We’ve guest posted on their website a few times now which has been a lot of fun. Most of all, we’ve been really inspired by their adventures around Australia. Like The Trusted Traveller, we’ll be following Caz and Craig’s footsteps with their 18 month journey around Australia. Even with some of our smaller tripswe’ve been inspired by some of their discoveries, likethis onein Melbourne.
Nick & Dariece are a Canadian couple who have found many ways to Turn our Travels into a Lifestyle! They’re location independent and work from their computers in many exotic locations worldwide – they’re living the “laptop lifestyle”. They’ve chosen this unconventional way of life and are completely stress-free, happy and alive. No nine-to-fives, no boss, no planning for retirement, no white picket fence, no mortgage and no debt.
About Goats on the Road
Nick and Dariece are Canadian videographers and writers behind this travel blog. They’ve been travelling to off-track destinations since 2008, and their passion for culture and adventure has driven them to find numerous ways to make money on the road so that they can continue their life of full-time exploration.
This blog and other online businesses now earn them a better living than their jobs in Canada ever did!
Nick and Dariece share their financial tips, earning methods and travel stories with you, in the hopes that they can inspire you to live a freer life. They want to help show you how to turn your travels into a lifestyle.
They sort of have two sides to their website – planning for travel, and sustaining travel. They love being able to help people prepare and plan, and give ideas on which countries to visit and what to do while there. They also love showing their readers how they can sustain their travels and make them last forever!
Why We’re Inspired By Them:
If their videos don’t inspire you, nothing will! We love their style and their travel guides are well written. If you’ve seen our travel plan, you’ll see that walking the Camino de Santiago is on our Living List. The Goats write abouttheir experience walking The Way and it’s one of my favourite posts to date.
About Dalene and Pete:
Darlene and Pete are another Canadian couple who sold everything to travel the world.
Up until the time they boarded a South America-bound plane in fall of 2009, they had lived a life of corporate ladder-climbing by day and retreating to the suburbs by night. They were not terribly unhappy with their lives, but knew that there had to be more out there. And then, during the first half of 2007, a barrage of personal tragedies pushed them to finally discover what that “more” was. They had learned, the very hard way, the impact of the age-old cliche: Life is too short.
They made their move. In 2009 they blindly moved from their 2,100 square foot house full of unnecessary goods into combined luggage space of 200 litres. They then began a life of perpetual travel that has been endlessly fulfilling. They’ve taught underprivileged kids to swim in Bolivia, rode camels in the Sahara Desert, kayaked among icebergs in Greenland, and so much more.
About Hecktic Travels
They like to tell stories, and so that is what you will find on their blog. If you want to be swept away to a foreign land with choicephotography and video, stories of meeting new people, feasting on new foods and experiences, then their site delivers.
I think out of the all the bloggers I’ve listed, I relate most to Pete and Darlene’s approach. They’re open about what they love and they’re authentic in their approach. My goal is to take our little blog and take it to be as awesome as theirs.