12 Travel Bloggers You Need To Discover To Discover The World

12 Travel Bloggers You Need To Discover To Discover The World

Twelve of the best blogs to satisfy your wanderlust!

Traveling is one of my all-time favorite activities, and I love having the opportunity to see and explore the world around me. I’ve been lucky enough to visit some pretty unique places during my lifetime, but when I can’t take off on a spontaneous trip as I would like, living vicariously through other people’s travels definitely satisfies my wishes.

One of the best ways to do this is through travel bloggers — people that post and write about their adventures and favorite destinations online. Here are twelve of my all-time favorites!

1. World of Wanderlust (http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/)

Australian Brooke Seward’s blog has got to be my favorite! Along with writing about the many destinations she’s visited, Brooke also includes book reviews, blogging guides, and advice for traveling solo.

2. A Globe Trot (http://www.aglobetrot.com/)

London-based Mairin’s travel blog contains some of the best photography I’ve ever seen, and it has great advice about traveling to a multitude of destinations.

3. Tour De Lust (http://tourdelust.com/)

Christine is a full-time travel blogger from San Francisco who left her corporate job behind in search of adventure. Her blog has destination guides, hotel reviews, and some of the best food pictures!

4. Our Travel Passport (http://ourtravelpassport.com/)

Samantha and Ryan fell in love with traveling after getting married, and they now share their love of travel through their blog and Youtube videos!

5. Find Us Lost (https://finduslost.com/)

Find Us Lost is another travel blog written by a couple, with Selena and Jacob sharing their favorite destinations and travel-related photographs after moving to Europe.

6. Dame Traveler (http://www.dametraveler.com/)

Nastasia is a solo world traveler who left a job in nursing to pursue travel as a full-time hobby. Thousands of subscribers later, she still loves writing about her trips around the world and encouraging others to travel solo, as well!

7. The Blonde Abroad (https://theblondeabroad.com/)

Kiersten is a California native who has traveled to over 50 countries, writes about her experiences on her blog, and documents her travels with weekly Youtube videos.

8. Live Like It's The Weekend (http://www.livelikeitstheweekend.com/)

Writer Michelle has traveled to Morocco, Cuba, and just about everywhere in between! She seeks adventure in all of her travels and documents her whereabouts on her blog. She also loves music and posts about it frequently!

9. Miss Adventures Abroad (http://www.missadventuresabroad.com/)

Catalina developed a love for travel after studying abroad in Italy, and she now lives in Florence where she runs her blog and works as a tour guide!

10. The Road Les Traveled (https://theroadlestraveled.com/)

Although she’s now probably better known for starring in the Bachelor and Bachelor Winter Games, Lesley is also a travel writer and loves sharing about the destinations she’s been to while traveling solo.

11. Polabur (http://www.polabur.com/)

Polina lives and is based in Amsterdam, and she writes about her experiences traveling throughout Europe. She also has one of the best Instagram accounts I’ve ever seen!

12. Lee Abbamonte (http://www.leeabbamonte.com/)

I had to include this blog last, as it’s the first travel blog I ever stumbled upon. Lee is the youngest person to travel to every country in the world, and he documents all of his adventures in travel on his website.

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11 Must-Go To Day Trips In North Carolina

For the wanderers and curious...

It's finally summer, classes are out! There are so many things to do in this beautiful state. There are many small towns to visit. These towns are perfect day trips. From the mountains to the beach and everything in between, there is something for everyone! Pack your car up and get ready for a summer of adventure.

1. NoDa

This is a small hipster district right outside of Uptown Charlotte. Music and art paint this town and it has a very creative energy flow. Amelie’s Bakery, a 24/7 french bakery, is located in this district. There is always something fun and new to try in this cute, artistic town!

2. Asheville

This town is known for the beautiful scenery and historic importance. The Biltmore Estate is located here, and it is open for tours every day of the year. It is the biggest estate in America. The downtown area is very artistic, and the mountains make for a gorgeous hike. This is definitely an adventure you don't want to miss.

3. Boone

This small town has a lot of outdoor activities. It is perfect for hiking and whitewater rafting. If you love nature, this is a must see. It is a college town where Appalachian State University is located. The downtown area is very old school and for modern hipsters.

4. Crowders Mountain

This is located in Gaston County. Once you reach the Pinnacle, the peak of the trail, with clear skies you can see for miles. It is a quick four-mile hike for the short one, the view is amazing.

5. Wilmington

This city is known for the beachfront. It makes a perfect day to hit the waves. There are many beach fronts to visit, such as Carolina Beach. Cape Fear Ocean runs through this city. White sand, waves and the boardwalk. If you are a fan of One Tree Hill, it was filmed here.The small restaurants and characteristics give this town a vibrant energy.

6. Serendipity House

This house is from the movie Nights In Rodanthe located on a beach in Avon, North Carolina. It has been remodeled, but the amazing characteristics of this make it a sight to see.

7. Linville Falls

This is located in Linville, North Carolina. Attractions close by are also the Blue Ridge Mountain. To get to the main fall, it is about a mile hike.

8. Outer Banks

Small beaches on the outer banks of North Carolina have wild horses. Corolla Wild Ponies run free, and you can even take a ride on them in the water.

9. Sliding Rock

Located in Brevard, this rock is actually naturally made from a small waterfall. You can actually go sliding down it. It is in Pisgah National Forest also near Asheville.

10. Devil's Tramping Ground

This is located near Bennett. It is a 40-foot circle that cannot grow life. If you leave something or sleep in the circle, the rumor is it will be outside of the circle the next day.

11. Land of Oz Theme park

Located in Beech Mountain, this theme park that was once full of life is now closed and for the most part abandoned. It comes alive for one night a year for an event. This is definitely a place to take a night adventure to...

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My Future Is Unpredictable And That's Totally Alright

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations.


For six months, I had plans to study abroad in the Dominican Republic during the fall semester of junior year. Filling out what seemed like endless applications and paperwork, searching for travel ideas on Pinterest, and writing a class research paper on the DR's relationship with its neighboring island, Haiti, I was prepared to live and learn about Dominican culture hands-on.

Then on the Thursday before Finals Week last spring, I read my email. My study abroad program in the DR had gotten canceled. In the span of 30 seconds, my future had taken a new course. Less than a week later, I was submitting papers to study abroad in a new country where another adventure awaited: Ecuador.

If there's anything I've learned in the past year, it's that life is unpredictable and we can't control it. The future is unknown. But-

Who wants to know exactly what's going to happen in the next few years? I mean, I believe it's good to have a direction, but you don't have to have the entire journey pinpointed straight to the core. You meet people, you get inspired, you see things, you have experiences. And you go from there. (Though, I totally respect people who have clear ambitions and stick with them their entire lives.)

Where I was a year ago was a completely different path than where I find myself today. Last summer, I worked four different internships/jobs in the span of three months. A year ago, I would never have guessed my following summer unfolding with an immersion trip to India, a solo adventure to Taiwan & Hong Kong, and becoming a certified yoga instructor. A year ago, I hadn't met half of my best friends. A year ago, I hadn't seen poverty in a third-world country. A year ago, I wasn't even sure I wanted to major in Environmental Studies.

Just because I don't know what the future holds doesn't mean I can't set goals. I have a destination, an idea of where I'm headed and where I want to go. While abroad in Ecuador, I want to learn about sustainable development and coffee production as well as enhance my Spanish skills.

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations. I know the format of the program. I'll be taking classes and living with a host family and then doing an internship at a farm. Otherwise, I have no idea what's going to happen. And that's what I'm looking forward to the most. The spontaneity. The unexpected. As one of my good friends would say whenever he doesn't have formal weekend plans, "I'm improvising." And you know the one rule of improv: Always say yes.

¡Hasta pronto, Ecuador!

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