Surrounding yourself with inspirational women is one thing that has always helped give me the drive to work towards my goals. But I don’t just limit that to the company I keep, I also apply this thinking to the things I read, the programmes I watch and the people I follow on social media. Some say social media harms your mental health – but I argue that actually you’re just not using it properly. I love logging on to Instagram or Twitter and seeing a feed filled with inspirational women travelling the globe. Whether they’re travelling in their home country, exploring a brand new country or even continent, I love following their every adventure.
Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to be featured by various other bloggers, writers and even in magazines as a travel blogger/Instagrammer to watch. It’s such a thrill every time to be recognised for my hard work and to know I’m inspiring others. So I thought it was about time I shared some of my biggest female travel inspirations with you guys. This post is all about some of the incredible talents in photography, writing and videography who have fuelled my obsession with travel, and creating. We all have days when we’re struggling or feel stuck, when I feel like this I head online and let myself be inspired by the works of these amazing women. It always works and I feel instantly revived and motivated to get back to work either blogging or planning my next travels.
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15 inspirational travel women you have to follow
Alyssa Ramos, My Life’s A Travel Movie
Alyssa has been travelling solo for almost the same amount of time as I have and she is utter goals to me. The ultimate in self-made businesswoman, she has built a career on blogging, instagramming and travel writing. What I love the most about her, other than her sassy attitude, is that she has done it all without a fancy camera or equipment. She has travelled the world with a GoPro and a tripod, and yet has some of the most spectacular solo traveller pics I have ever seen. Plus, I’m a big fan of her collection of fabulous dresses. She even managed to get the perfect shot at the Taj Mahal with not a single other soul in sight and no editing, now that’s impressive.
Romy Oomen, Brunette at Sunset
Just. Look. At. Her. Instagram. Romy has the most beautiful eye for photography and her Instagram is seriously beautiful. Check out her images from Amsterdam and Morocco. Another example of amazing talent that is lost in the algorithm, her pictures deserve so many more followers. Tied to her studies in Amsterdam at the moment, she still makes sure to explore what is on her doorstep. She finds beauty in all that surrounds her while she dreams of places like Africa. I can only imagine how incredible her Instagram will look when she finally gets there.
Ciara, Hey Ciara
With an Instagram full of vibrant, colourful images that match her personality, Ciara is a refreshing lift for my feed. She’s such a down-to-earth, 25-year-old gal who loves to travel, wear fabulous clothes and have adventures. I love following her journey as she reminds me of when I first started travelling. I love reliving those first travel experiences vicariously through her. We also need more black female travel bloggers representing in the industry. Too often blogging is dominated by the same white/blonde faces and it’s time to bring other inspirational women to the forefront.
Liz Carlson, Young Adventuress
Hailing from the States, Liz is considered the leading solo female travel blogger. She dominates the blogging industry in New Zealand, and across the world. She caught my eye around the time I started blogging for her incredible photography of her home in Wanaka, New Zealand. It was actually what inspired me to want to travel there. She’s a self-proclaimed “nature frother” and I can understand why when she lives in one of the most beautiful places on earth. I love her frank, cynical but funny storytelling, her honest takes on the world of travel blogging and her down-to-earth writing style.
Claudia, Perfectly Claudia
Do you ever find someone on Insta and just know they would be in your squad? Over the last year, Claudia and I have become such good friends on social media. Her Instagram first caught my eye, because well, it’s just stunning. Her pictures from trips to Iceland and Marrakesh, and her home in Cornwall, are amazing. She truly has mastered the Insta theme effortlessly. I find it shocking that she doesn’t have 10k+ followers, but it just shows how easily real inspirational women can get missed in the algorithm, so go show her some support and give her a follow!
Jess Gibson, The Travelista
One of my fave bloggers, Jess has been an endless inspiration and support since I started blogging. I can’t believe we’ve still to this day never met, but I love keeping up with her life. She is the loveliest lady and has been such an incredible blogger to watch grow over the last few years. Jess has really taken her work to a whole new level since starting blogging full time. It has been amazing to follow her luxury adventures across Canada, Thailand, Doha, Switzerland and Mauritius. I’ve especially loved following her and Vicky Flip Flop on the Princess Cruises trip across parts of Europe recently.
Vicky, Vicky Flip Flop Travels
One of the very first blogs I started following and one that I still love now. Vicky is my kind of traveller, she loves a holiday, she loves festivals and she loves exploring. She never says no to an adventure and embraces all forms of travel whether it’s a solo backpacking trip or a group holiday. What I really enjoy about her travels is that she presents it all in a very real way. It’s refreshing and all about having a good time instead of creating that ‘Insta-worthy’ shot.
Emily Hutchinson, Emilinaah
- www.instagram.com/emilinaah (159,000 followers)
Emily is more of a style blogger, with the most fabulous boho taste. But she does so in the most beautiful surroundings at her home in Byron Bay, travelling Australia, Bali and India. Not only is she absolutely beautiful, but she also seems to have the most wonderful attitude to life and sees the beauty in everything. She really has an eye for capturing the magic in the simplest moments. While being frank and laughing about the more awkward, silly moments. I love following her and her fiancee’s travels in the van through Australia.
Dulcie Horn, That Festival Life
- https://www.instagram.com/du1cie/ (3,000+ followers)
This babe embodies festival goals! When I can’t cover myself in glitter and get lost in a festival, I like to live vicariously through her adventures. She makes the most incredible festival headdresses and outfits which she sells online and often holds stalls at some of my fave festivals. She now also works with Boomtown Fair – amazing! But along the way she also went on the most incredible trip to India. She has some of the most vibrant, colourful pics from Goa, Pushkar and even some festivals over there.
Sabina Trojanova, GirlvsGlobe
Responsible travel blogger Sabina is probably one of the most approachable and friendly big bloggers ever. She set up a Facebook group for female travellers to form huge travel community from all sides of the world. She focuses on sustainable travel and fashion, vegan food and natural beauty. This is a lovely change from some of the more luxury bloggers. Most importantly, she is just the loveliest, most genuine personality. I really look forward to seeing her posts, especially from her most recent Africa trip which has been just amazing to follow.
Ayla, Mrs Ayla’s Adventures
The loveliest lady and mama to the gorgeous little Evie. Watching her journey from couples to family and to solo traveller has placed her on this list of inspirational women. She has managed it with such grace and ease, and has embraced motherhood with a great eye for the most beautiful shots of herself and her little traveller. Total mama-daughter Insta goals! Ayla captures the most precious of moments in what will one day be treasured photographs for her daughter. I’ve loved watching her first solo trip to Munich with Evie. Despite making it look easy, she also shared the struggles of travelling solo with a child as well as the good times.
Hildegunn Taipale, Hilvees
- www.instagram.com/hilvees (425,000 followers)
One half of the dream couple Instagram duo with El Jackson. This pair travel the world together collecting the most beautiful images. Recent trips including the likes of New Zealand, Tanzania, Dubai, Israel and their home in Oslo, Norway. They’re a beautiful couple and I love following their adventures. Although their life seems such an unattainable dream, it’s actually within closer reach than you think. Check out their pics for spectacular scenery, lots of nature and outdoor adventures.
Michelle, The Daring Millenial
- www.instagram.com/thedaringmillenial (1500+ followers)
Another much smaller Instagrammer who is capturing some amazing travels. Michelle has been in Guatemala since January and her travels look incredible. She’s gone from working full time to booking a flight and becoming a digital nomad. I love her style and the gorgeous colours of her Insta. Most of all what I love, is she is unapologetically herself. She seems to have grown so much as a person on her travels and really just aims to live her best life. Definitely deserving of a place among these inspirational women.
Reena – Lifestyle Enthusiast
London-based blogger, Reena, is a lovely blogger I met at an event earlier this year. She is just the sweetest with the most amazing travel experiences. I loved hearing all about her travels in South America. When you see her Insta, you’ll understand why I’ll be checking back for South America tips. Keep an eye on her as she’s headed to Goa later this year and I’m sure she’ll have more amazing content from that trip.
Monica, The Travel Hack
Another blogger who has gone from solo and couples travel to a life of family travel after the arrival of her two boys, Joseph and George. Monica doesn’t let family life slow down the travel lifestyle. Instead she finds ways to combine the two and travel to Lapland, Rotterdam, Dubai and across the UK. She also loves encouraging young bloggers and aspiring writers. She has previously taken on writers for her site and interns to share her valuable insight into the industry.
There are just some of the inspirational travelling women who are lighting up my social media and blog feeds. Fitting their adventures around their careers, their relationships and even their children. Plus a few of those who are living the solo traveller dream. I wanted to make sure I didn’t just focus on the talented souls who already had huge numbers of followers because I think it’s so important to champion talent at all levels. Whether people have millions, thousands or just a few hundred followers. The biggest thank you to all of these inspirational women for giving me the drive and motivation to follow my travel dreams.
Who inspires you to travel? Can you recommend any other great bloggers/Instagrammers?