Author Archives: Ciara Tague
Author Archives: Ciara Tague
Traveling takes courage – courage to dive into the unknown, often with limited resources and little-to-no plan. Taking the plunge intimidates most, however the one's who jump, usually find the reward to be bountiful.
If you are thinking about taking the plunge, the following list of Top Adventure Travel Bloggers is sure to inspire courage to undertake your own traveling goals. Each blog features a beautiful person (or people) traveling the world on their own terms.
I hope you find the courage to do the same!
Travel.Experience.Live. Follows the globetrotting adventures of Bram Reusen, a Belgian travel writer and photographer. Bram offers a generous amount of high quality images and interesting travel narratives for you to explore.
Jennifer and Tim of Lux Adventure Traveler are unapologetically jetsetting around the world in style – these two travel writers love to combine thrilling adventure with an evening of high class accommodations and a bottle of fine wine. For the adventure lovers with deep pockets, let Lux Adventure Traveler be your guide.
Gear loving millennial adventurers will see themselves in David Webb's Across and Abroad. This B.C. based magazine editor skis, kayaks, bikes climbs, and hikes his way across the globe – and shares it all on his well populated blog.
Nomadic couple Angel and Michelle take their blog title to heart. Any Where at Home follows these inspiring travelers on adventures far and wide – from Climbing in Thailand to mountain biking in Chiapas. Their informative and personal articles are sure to get you excited to travel.
What began as the personal travel blog of couple Antonio Cala & Amanda Zeisset, has grown into an online resource and community for like minded “Adventure Junkies.” This blog leans toward the adrenaline fueled and exotic – climbing, biking, scuba diving and bungie jumping are just a few of their favorite topics.
Starting from a young age, Carrot Quinn left her home in Alaska and started traveling across North America by freight train – so you might say that she has some real travel cred. These days, Carrot gets around on her own two feet, and documents it all on her self titled travel narrative blog.
The Adventure Parents blog is fairly self explanatory – however their content is anything but mundane. Fearless parents Brooke and Mark Stevens share their experience raising outdoor loving children – so that you can do the same.
Justin Rains of Great Wild Outdoors brings a friendly face to the world of camping and hiking, often with his family. His site includes guest writers, gift card giveaways, gear reviews and much more.
Lina and David are a young midwestern couple living the dream. They sold their belongings and began traveling full time, sharing their adventures on their blog, Divergent Travelers, along the way. With tons of well produced, colorful high quality photos and videos to explore, you will love this adventure travel blog!
If you are interested in the digital nomad lifestyle, Goats on the Road is a great resource. On top of their great travel writing, Nick and Dariece share a generous amount of how-to regarding the art of making a living on the road.
South Africa makes a showing on our list courtesy of Anje of Going Somewhere Slowly. Going Somewhere Slowly is a travel blog from the point of view of a female solo traveling linguist who is addicted to coffee. Need I say more?
For the bohemian with a penchant for luxury accommodations that don't sacrifice the authenticity factor, Hippie In Heels has you covered. Millennial Rachel Jones writes about her travels in exotic locations while maintaining a glamorous lifestyle, as well as plenty of guest writers and interviews to keep it fresh.
Sustainable travelers take note of Nomadsaurus - a light hearted blog by globetrotting couple Alesha and Jarryd. This Aussie couple travels full time, and has recently embarked on a slow moving, overland trek across Asia and Africa – no planes or boats at all!
Mapping Megan presents a fresh concept for the travel blog – you are faced with a world map, full of travel points, instead of another drop down list of destinations. Run by adrenaline junkies Meg and Mike Jerrard, check out their blog to follow their extreme adventures and on point travel advice.
Laid back but certainly not lazy – Chris of Backpacker Banter is a nomadic surfer who travels to some of the most beautiful beaches and waterways in the world. In addition to his travel narratives, check out his tips for traveling on a budget – a great read for the penny pinching traveler.
For a fresh and friendly take on the classic backpacking travel blog, head over to That Backpacker. The author, Audrey, began her travel addiction like many of us – a semester abroad during college. Now she is a professional travel blogger – quite a career choice!
Plenty of people travel – Trisha, of P.S. I'm On My Way, lives wherever she happens to be. This well organized, topical blog will supply you with some great tips on living in the lifestyle of your destination – not just the tourist traps.
Becki, of Borders of Adventure, takes the professional travel writer occupation to the next level: she is an award winning writer, runs a PR/Blogging Consultancy, creates travel ads, and more – all with a socially conscious perspective.
If you want to start traveling but are afraid to take the plunge, check out Breakaway Backpacker, by Houston native Jamie. In Jamie's case, travel truly changed his life – he hit rock bottom when he got a DUI while slaving away in Corporate America, but found salvation in the freedom of travel.
Budding travelers looking for inspiration of a more exotic and extreme variety will love The Expert Vagabond, by professional travel writer and photographer Matthew Karsten. Matt is at home skiing glaciers or surfing urban waterways – and will show you how to do the same.
João Leitão is a blogger with some serious milage under his belt – on his blog Nomad Revelations, João shares over 15 years of travel stories and advice. Check out this blog for page after page of riveting travel writing and photographs from the world's most exotic destinations.
Kiersten is a classic California girl who happens to love travel – and writes about her adventures on the aptly titled - The Blonde Abroad. Ladies who don't let solo traveling get in the way of their fashion and glamour will enjoy this luxury oriented blog.
Gregarious and slightly goofy couple Dave and Deb share their eclectic travel stories on the colorful blog - The Planet D. They have created helpful categories for all their writing so that you are bound to find inspiration, no matter what your travel style.
Local Adventurer is a blog to remind you that you don't have to travel halfway across the world to find a good adventure. With time split exploring the vast wildernesses of their native California as well as around the world, authors Esther & Jacob offer a fresh perspective!
If you love to travel, but the idea of being a permanent nomad sounds just too extreme for you, then you will get a kick out of Ordinary Traveler. Couple Scott Calafiore & Christy Woodrow aren't afraid to take things easy – a refreshing stance in the sometimes overly competitive world of travel blogging.
Alex, of Alex in Wanderland, is a New York native penning a well designed travel blog with a touch of whimsy – and seems to love every minute of it. Alex in Wonderland is tastefully feminine yet entertaining for everybody, so check it out!
Hate your 9 – 5 lifestyle and yearn for something more? Make haste to the aptly titled Leave Your Daily Hell to learn the secrets to leaving the corporate world behind and traveling the world – from the perspective of Robert Schrader, a forward thinking traveler turned travel coach.
Travel doesn't have to end with parenthood – Travel With Bender will show you how to carry on with the “Ultimate Guide for Family Travel.” The Bender family has traveled to over 65+ countries, from Disneyland to Bangkok – and shows you how to do the same.
To Europe and Beyond – the title and motto of Marie-Eve Valliere's blog about solo travel across Europe, North America, and elsewhere. Europhiles particularly will find delight in her detailed write ups that cover nearly the entire continent!
Kristin of Be my Travel Muse isn't afraid of going out of her comfort zone – something which her well populated blog attests to. Venturing from China, Southern Africa and beyond, all solo is no small feat, but Kristin makes it look easy. Learn how to do the same.
For a more personal take on the family travel blog, check out Mother of All Trips by super-mom, Mara, from Delaware. In her words, Mother of All Trips “is part travelogue, part memoir, part meditation on motherhood, with just a dash of how-to.”
Self described D.I.N.K. (Double Income, No Kids) Christina of My View From the Middle Seat demonstrates how to balance a full-time career with a passion for travel. She will help you make the most of your hard earned vacation hours – and be back in time for work on Monday.
If traveling was a sport, Lee Abbamonte would be an MVP. The self described “Youngest American to visit every country in the world” is a wall-street insider turned professional traveler with a lot to brag about, so head over to Lee Abbamonte to learn more.
Foodies beware – The Travel Bite, authored by Rachelle Lucas, is dangerously decadent. Once you start exploring her extensive culinary travel guides, you might find it difficult to stay home. She even offers a free culinary travel guide, which is sure to be the start of something delicious.
Hailing from gorgeous Ithica, New York, Katie Levy of Adventure-Inspired grew up playing outside – and now shares her love of outdoors and extreme sports on her unpretentious personal blog. The East-Coast crowd will love her local trail write-ups and adventure tips!
You've heard of professors taking sabbaticals, but who's to say you can't take one yourself? That is precisely what Stephanie of The Travel Chica is up to with her year. Her blog is all about living simply, solo travel, and experiencing more.
Here's a nomad whose not afraid to make a spot of trouble – Adonis, of Always Wonderlust, writes that he has a “propensity for obfuscating malfeasance.” I'm not sure what that means, but I'm intrigued. Check out his extensive adventure write ups to find out more.
Along Dusty Roads is all about deliberate, slow travel with a great eye for a photo. This understated but gorgeously designed blog by English couple Andrew and Emily will have you drooling about their professional grade travel photos and well written essays.
What happens when a southern All-American girl gets addicted to travel? She writes a blog, of course. In this case, Angie, of Angie Away shares her extensive travel repertoire, from the perspective of a southern belle with a DIY attitude.
Nomadic couples can take themselves quite seriously – which is why Stu & Eloise, authors of Am I Nearly There Yet, are refreshing. You will love their “travel funnies,” not to mention their more serious travel advice and extensive resources.
Aaron is a lifelong traveler who always seems to be a step away from calamity – making for some great travel stories! Head over to his blog Aaron's Worldwide Adventures to hear from an American thrown into a world of travel from a young age, leading to a lifetime of adventure.
Shameless lovebirds Dan andCasey are high school sweethearts turned professional travelers – and share about it on their casually fun blog A Cruising Couple. They've nailed the art of traveling together and still liking each other, so couples take note!
Floridian couple, Heather and John, met while traveling, married while traveling, and thus continue to tramp the world together full time! Check out Roaming Around the World for eclectic travel writing advice from a couple who does it for a living.
With the amount of content the above list contains, you could almost never run out of travel inspiration. That said, don't just read about it – take the plunge and do it yourself, you won't regret it!
It seems like everybody is blogging these days. And there are so many outdoor blogs out there, it's hard to know who to follow! On the other hand, most outdoor magazines offer little more than thinly veiled advertisements for the latest gadgets or fitness fad.
So to help you find your outdoor information and inspiration, we've compiled a list of our favorite outdoor blogs of 2016. These blogs cover nearly everything: from surfing while pregnant, to traveling the world as a pensioner. We're confident this list will give you some inspiration to head outside on your next adventure!
From one of the most uniquely beautiful settings in Europe comes this in – depth Kayaking guide covering all things Paddlesports in and around the Isle of Man. For those brave enough to paddle out onto the brisk northern waters, let Kayak.im be your guide.
Holly Beck is a surfing nomad turned eco-conscious super mom based in Northern Nicaragua with her husband and young daughter. She writes about her adventures, parenting and living sustainably with her photogenic family.
Kim and Greg left their 9 – 5 lifestyles to pursue the dream – constant adventure. This Lake Tahoe based couple show that it is never too late to travel the world. Their in-depth travel guides will take you to world class cities and exotic landscapes in comfort and style.
Entrepreneurs and marketers with a penchant for adventure take notice – Shelli Johnson shows you how to combine outdoor, professional, and family pursuits in her blog Have Media Will Travel. Living in remote Wyoming, Shelli proves you can have it all on the edge of the world.
If you are new to surfing, Over the Dune is a great resource for surfing culture, riding tips, and general inspiration. Sam, the author, offers unpretentious advice and stories from his own mission to “get surfing.”
Go Sea Kayaking offers guided kayaking trips around the Italian coastline – and document their adventures in their blog. Their website is full of adventure porn from around Italy – a must see if you are interested in exploring the Mediterranean by sea.
Believe it or not, some skiers enjoy going up mountains, not just down. If competitive Nordic Skiing is your sport, then head over to Faster Skier to keep up with all things ski racing in the US. Exhaustive race reports and training tips will keep you informed and in-shape!
It's hard to dispute Colorado's place as the heart of Ski culture in the US. Colorado Snow is your source for snow conditions and news from all of the Colorado resorts, from Aspen to Wolf Creek.
Mark Framness over at The Wisconsin Skier reminds us that Colorado isn't the only place to hit the slopes in the US. If you are looking for insider knowledge about Skiing the Badger State, check out this blog. The fun doesn't stop in Spring – there are many articles about biking, hiking and other adventures in Wisco as well.
Europhiles and Aussies will especially love Snow.Guide, a well designed blog covering European and Southern Hemisphere Ski culture. In addition to travel guides and resort reports, check out their well researched gear reviews for the latest swag.
Hiking the Trail chronicles Adam Nutting's adventures on the Appalachian Trail and beyond. Check out his entertaining adventure reports, informative gear reviews, hiking tips and extensive outdoor resource listings.
Gear junkies will delight in Brian's Backpacking Blog, which is chock full of reviews, gear lists, and backpacking tips. The well populated blog covers topics from cooking to navigation to getting by in the city – a great resource!
Best Hike is all adventure and no frills – a truly globetrotting blog that covers far flung wilderness trails to challenge the most seasoned travelers. If you are looking for a no – nonsense blog for true adventurers, this is the blog for you.
For adventures closer to civilization, the popular Modern Hiker blog covers hiking in Southern California's wilderness. With In-depth write-ups complete with GPX files to help you navigate with ease, Modern Hiker will get you out of suburbia in no time.
There are few adventures that capture the imagination like thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. As such, Appalachian Trails provides exhaustive resources for your big hike. In addition to great articles, the site offers dozens of links to even more websites dedicated to the fabled trail.
For parents dreaming of a life of travel, check out So Many Places – a blog about Kim and Brian, a brave couple who left their lives behind to travel the world. The author offers a deeply personal take on the travel lifestyle, with plenty of adventure tips along the way.
Ladies take notice – Heather Balogh, aka Just a Colorado Gal will inspire you to travel like it's your job. Featuring some truly stunning photography, this Colorado based blog will take you around the world in high definition.
Michael Lanza is a veteran of the backpacking world, with decades of adventures and gear testing under his belt. In his personal blog, The Big Outside, he shares well documented adventures, many with his young children on board. This is a professional level family adventure blog, from Dad's perspective.
For more family friendly adventures, check out Hike.Blog.Love. Run by Super mom Lauren, who has two adopted autistic children, this blog focuses on adventure with greater social good in mind.
Career minded women with a travel bug will love The Open Suitcase for it's candid chronicles of travel with Cathy Bennett Kopf, a busy mom and financial professional. In addition to great travel writing, she shares her advice and product reviews for likeminded travelers.
While we have listed other blogs by adventurers who happen to be parents, here is a blog by parents who happen to be adventurers. In Adventurous Parents, Meghan Ward dives deep into the world of travel with kids - from pregnancy to kid travel gear, and everything in between.
Hiking Lady is a great resource for women who want to skip the narrative and just learn everything there is to know about hiking. Author Carol Roberts writes smart articles that are strongly focused on gear choice and outdoor skills. This is great a no – nonsense blog for beginner hikers.
If you think Los Angeles is all highways and strip malls, then you need to head over to the ironically titled Nobody Hikes in L.A. blog right away. This well indexed blog lets you find hikes in the L.A. area ranked by difficulty, so you will always know exactly what you are getting yourself into.
Ladies contemplating solo hiking and camping but apprehensive about the exposure should check out Her Side of the Mountain. In this narrative blog, Lisa Palin shares her adventures as a self-supported solo hiker in the US's extensive National Park system.
Romance in the backcountry can be more difficult than it sounds – without the conveniences of home, couples have to plan ahead to make the best of their time in the tent. This blog unabashedly explores the sensuous side of camping, from where to go, to what to wear – or not.
While the western U.S. is blessed with countless acres of wilderness to explore, the Northeastern adventures have some truly wild areas as well, especially in the Northern woods of Maine. Ben at Northern Camping offers a great resource for those east coast adventurers longing to get out of the city.
Southern California has some of the most accessible wilderness areas in the world. Greene Adventures, brought you by the Greene family, offers even more trail guides for California, easily searchable by difficulty, interests, and regions.
Ryan Cunningham writes Beyond the Tent - another great blog for fathers, featuring some delicious looking recipes and great gear lists for family camping. As the name implies, this blog brings a diversity of articles and even a free E-Book.
So you want to be outdoors, but don't want to give up the comforts of home? Sounds like Glamping (glamor-camping) is your best option. To this end, Camping with Style has you covered with the best in glamping accommodations, gear, and adventures.
Steph Davis is one of the most daring climbers and base jumpers in the game today. To learn more about her inspirational story and extreme lifestyle, check out her website and blog - she writes about being a vegan woman in the world's most dangerous sports.
Climbers love to share their adventures – from epic all day climbs to harrowing falls. Evening Sends is a fresh looking blog full of climbing stories, guides and gear lists. It's unpretentious and inspiring, a great combination!
If you can't get enough climbing stories, For the Love of Climbing has published some epic climbing tales complete with gripping photos. The blog is told from the point of view of Kathy Karlo, a fearless climber from Brooklyn who travels the world to find new climbs.
Enormocast is the accompanying blog to a podcast of the same name, in which climber Chris Kalous indulges followers in interviews, discussion and personal stories from leaders in the climbing community.
Hazel Findlay is one of the most talented climbers in the world – a 6 time junior British champion and the first British woman to free El Capitan. Now she travels the world in search of new rock in wild places. Check out her blog and climbing videos to learn more about her adventures.
The Dirtbag lifestyle is not just for smelly dudes in cargo vans, as the Dirt Bag Darling blog makes beautifully clear. Celebrating adventure loving women living the dream outside, this submission based blog features writings from some of the raddest nomads in the game.
Section Hiker is a great resource focusing on the longest hiking trails in the U.S. Trails such as the Appalachian, Muir, Pacific Crest and many others are featured in extensive write – ups and guides.
Heading back to Europe, Switzerland based Daniel Arndt offers up some truly epic alpine climbing reports from the world's biggest mountains. Featuring extensive archives of beautiful photography, this is a gem for alpine climbers.
For one woman's story of a life full of cycling, check out An Adventure Called Cycling. In her blog, the author RJ exhibits her true passion for the bicycle as a means of transportation, sport and adventure.
All Climbing is another great blog for the lovers of climbing narratives. From the annuls of climbing history to modern gear guides, All Climbing has you covered.
If you ever wondered what makes those climbing child prodigies tick, here is your chance. 14-year-old climber Mike Caballero shares the point of view of a world class climber who also happens to be in the 9th grade.
Here is another story of a adventurous couple leaving their old lives behind, but with a twist: Kai and Shelia left their careers to go ride bikes around the world. You can follow their exploits as they travel on 2 wheels through some of the world's most remote places, all while maintaining an eco-friendly outlook.
While it's known to host the biggest cycling race in the world, France is also home to some amazing terrain for the amateur cyclist. If you want to travel France on two wheels, Freewheeling France can guide you on your way.
If you plan to head to South America on your two – wheeled adventure, then be sure to check out El Pedalero. El Pedalero features in-depth country by country cycling guides and great travel writing so you'll know what to expect when you go south of the border.
The Netherlands is one of the most bike friendly places on the planet, so it should come as no surprise that Cycling Dutch Girl is authored by seemingly ordinary girl Mirjam Wouters who travels the world by bike. This blog is a great resource and inspiration for women looking to bike across the globe solo.
In terms of sheer mileage, it is hard to dispute that Stephan of Cycling the Six is one of the most well traveled people on earth. With over 86,000 km under his belt, his blog has an enormous amount of material for the aspiring globe-rider to digest.
One of the most appealing things about cycling is that you can easily ride into your old age. This is demonstrated beautifully by veteran cyclist Keven Ellwood (born 1945) as he continues to ride his touring bike long distances throughout Europe each year.
On the other end of the age spectrum, Dutch cyclist Henk Vandillen shares his bike adventure across the continents in his own blog. Sporting a man bun and a good eye for photos, Henk offers a great perspective for younger travelers.
If bicycle touring sounds too strenuous for you, keep in mind Jacque & John, the authors of Our Lives at 10. This retired couple loves to travel in the slow lane – 10 mph, to be exact. Their perspective is a welcome alternative to the competitive perception of the sport.
Camping Blogger is a great no-frills addition to the family camping genre, offering some helpful tips and guides for camping in the U.S. State and National Parks.
Cycling Europe is a colorful guide to the classic European bicycle tour. Traversing just about every country on the continent, Andrew, the Yorkshire based author, keeps it light with some funky illustrations and entertaining travel writing.
Hike Bike Travel is a gorgeously designed blog by Canadian ex-geologist turned professional traveler Leigh McAdam. This independent and well written woman offers expert advice on traveling and adventure, particularly in her home country of Canada.
As you might expect, The Hike Guy, aka Kolby Kirk, loves to trek. Kirk is an expert on west coast trails such as the PCT, where he first cut his hiking chops. Now he shares his elaborate travel journals from all of his adventures, in hopes of inspiring people to pursue a healthy lifestyle transformation like his own.
Beginner and expert hikers alike will love Clever Hiker's well produced backpacking tutorials and other hiking content. Created by Dave Collins to share his in-depth hiking experience and gear advice, Clever Hiker is a great place to learn about modern gear choices for your lightest set up yet!
With a cheeky name like Bald Hiker, you might not be surprised that this hiking blog, run by Paul Steele, is based in the United Kingdom. If you are looking for in depth guides to the U.K's best wilderness hikes and city breaks, be sure to check out this great blog.
West Coast ladies will love Lady on a Rock – a fun lifestyle and hiking blog by veteran adventuress Christy Rosander. Based in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, be sure to check out her detailed trail write ups and gear reviews – a must for hikers in Southern California.
There you have it – 55 of the best outdoor adventure bloggers on the web. Clearly there are no shortage of outdoor blogs out there, but hopefully this list has inspired you to undertake your own adventures – Happy Trails!
Planning your next hiking trip? If you want to add an element of mystery and the chance of a ghostly encounter, trek on one of the most haunted hiking trails in the U.S. We put together this infographic to help you see which trail’s haunted history gives you chills just thinking about it!
Visitors report hearing a wailing cry when they near the lake. Indian folklore says that an Indian boy drowned in the lake and he will catch and drown those that jump in after him.
Hikers claim to hear the panting of a dog (but with no dog insight). Photographs taken in the Hutchinson cemetery, have revealed ghostly silhouettes of a family.
The world’s largest haunted area with over 400 miles of underground ghostly activity. Apparitions of African American slaves and the dying coughs of tuberculosis patients, all have been reported here.
Old Cherokee legend says a witch named Spearfinger, dressed as a harmless old woman, tricks children to feast on their livers. Also are friendly ghosts who shine as floating lights and redirect lost hikers.
Reports of the Wailing Woman, dressed in a white dress with blue flowers. She floats along the trail wailing for the loss of her husband who died from a fatal hiking accident.
Since the 1700s, thousands have reported seeing a hideous creature, nicknamed the Jersey Devil. It has a kangaroo-like body, bat wings, the head a dog with yellow eyes, horns and a forked tail.
A long time ago, a woman was murdered and thrown into the lake. Two years later her remains washed up on shore. Her body underwent the natural process of saponification, giving her a mummy-like appearance. She is called the ghost of the Lady of Crescent Lake.
The ghost of a barefoot man, thought to be a member of the 1st Texas infantry haunts this park. Many have tried to photograph him but say his image never appears in pictures.
More than 60 UFO sightings have been reported here. Climb to the top of the 750-foot Star Dune which provides the best view for UFO sightings.
The ghost of Ottie Cline Powell, a 4 year old boy who died after he wandered off from the schoolhouse, haunts this mountain. Many encounters have been reported in the Punchbowl area.