Updated: Mar 15
Note from Angie House,
Global Girl Life - Editor in Chief
GGL is a community of women inspired by travel to lead an adventurous lifestyle. However, adventure to us does not necessarily mean extreme sports or an itinerary full of activities.
Some of us travel full time. Some of us travel at every opportunity away from the grind of a 9 to 5 when we can. Whichever category you fall under or between, we are all connected through our shared desire to get out of our comfort zones, get out of our own way, and explore the world.
Our goal with the GGL publication is to share stories of women doing those very things, as well as give female writers a space to share their voice and connect through their journeys and experiences.
We are thrilled to present to you GGL’s first community roundup post! In honor of International Women’s Day this week! The leadership team at GGL wanted to do something special to represent women in our community, so we thought what better way than to feature some of our favorite adventure travel bloggers on the rise!
Are you inspired by travel to lead a more adventurous lifestyle?
Adventure does not have to entail jumping out of an airplane or even taking an airplane across the ocean. Adventures can be found in your very own backyard or in the cities we call home. Adventure takes on different meanings for everyone. We are all connected through our shared desire to get out of our comfort zones, get out of our own way, and explore the world.
Whether you travel full time or at every opportunity, you can get away from the grind of a 9 to 5, you’ll enjoy connecting with some of our favorite adventure travel bloggers on the rise!
Wading Wade by Kyomi
My travel journey started by moving abroad to Spain! I had only been abroad with my family a handful of times before, but I just had a feeling there had to be more to life than just staying in one place. I moved from the busy and diverse city of London, to the sleepy but rich scenes of Andalucia-- Malaga to be exact.
Currently, I am based in Berlin which I traveled to to visit a friend I met abroad, which is often a reason I choose places to travel. However this time, my experience biking around the city during the famous Berlin summer made me vow to come back and live here one day.
My favorite trip was Bali, where I attended the Institute of Code, which ultimately motivated me to start my own marketing agency. I also took a solo trip to Paris, where I lived with locals and spent time with artists to help me rediscover my creativity and love for life.
Follow Kyomi’s adventures on Instagram.
Denae Away by Denae
My travel journey began when I studied abroad during university. Studying abroad showed me that I wanted to move abroad, so I started researching how to make that happen and found I could teach English abroad.
I’m now in my third year living the expat life, teaching English in Budapest, and so in love with my little preschoolers. There is so much opportunity that comes from living in Central Europe. For one, travel is relatively easy and affordable. Vienna, Prague, and Zagreb are all nearby.
My travel style has definitely evolved over the years. Instead of hopping a flight out of town every chance I get, I prefer to dive deeper into Budapest and try to explore the city through events, festivals, and of course cafes. I hope I can encourage other women to just get out there and travel. You just have to make the decision and just do it! You will not only get to explore new places, but you will get to know yourself so much more!
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Wander the Write Way by Grace
Following university, my plan was always to travel-- but I really had no clue where or how to start. So I found myself devouring travel information from blogs. From these blogs, I learned how to save money for travel, how to plan my route, what to pack, and the best budget friendly locations.
I prefer to do slow travel, very slow-- spending months at a time in one place. Which allows me the best opportunity to provide insider tips for the nine countries I’ve traveled to. I’ve spent 1.5 years in Vietnam, 6 months in Bali, and various other locations all over Asia. My favorite thus far being the Philippines.
My best travel advice is to research and read everything about the places you want to visit. That method has served me well over the last three years.
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The Places Jo Goes by Jordan
My travel journey began five years ago after graduating from University in the USA. I knew I wanted to do something different than the traditional 9-5 route, so I bought a one way ticket to Spain and never looked back! My travels started in Europe, where I worked as an Au Pair-- and it sparked my passion to see more of the world. I’ve backpacked through Central America and Southeast Asia, volunteered in India, lived out of a van in Canada, and currently, I’m traveling around Australia!
Through travel, I've completely fallen in love with life. I love learning about other people's journey, their culture, and listening to their story will forever be a blessing in my life. We are all so much more connected than we realize.
For women wanting to see the world, I truly believe it is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Immersing yourself in a community where you will find like-minded individuals who support your endeavors is so important!
Follow Jordan’s adventures on Instagram.
My Rooftop Stories by Gina
My passion for travel began as a child when I would spend hours on the rooftop of my apartment building watching airplanes take off from the NYC LaGuardia Airport-- which inspired me to write stories about traveling to new destinations.
For me, travel is a compelling experience. I choose destinations that are vibrant, full of history, and culture, like Marrakech, Tokyo, and Bangkok. I also seek places with sacred sites, preferring locations with space for reflection, discernment, and transformation. These interactions with new cultures help me discover my stories, connect with myself, and other people on a deeper level.
My best advice for other women about traveling is to: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” When you find what you are passionate about, like travel, don’t let anyone tell you not to do it.
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The Next Somewhere by Millette
My first time on a plane was immigrating to the USA from the Philippines at about two years old. For some reason the experience left a lasting imprint on my soul, because to this day nothing brings me more joy than experiencing something new for the first time. I’ve been to 50 countries, visited over 80 cities, and lived in 7 countries.
Everyday routines, like eating and waking up, are transformed into acts of great importance within new environments. Lunch isn’t “just” lunch when you’re sitting on a tiny blue stool in a Saigon back alley, slurping up the most divine bowl of pho you’ve ever had in your life. A train ride isn’t “just” a train ride when you find yourself being jostled into a metro car like a canned sardine because it's rush hour in Mexico City and you lost track of time.
Adventure travel is a celebration of life and living, and a constant reminder that we are not here to simply exist. The best advice for women looking to incorporate more adventure in their life is to stop equating adventure to big trips. Each week, I make a commitment to try something new for the first time-- whether it's popping into a hole-in-the-wall eatery or taking a joyride to a nearby city.
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Brunette on the Map by Erin
After six years of teaching in the US, I decided to turn my side-hustle as a digital educational content creator into a full-time gig-- so I could travel and enjoy the freedom of absorbing as many cultures and experiences as possible. Three years later, and I’m still living the digital nomad life.
I’ve been so blessed to be able to have exciting travel adventures abroad. I’ve snorkeled in some of the most beautiful tropical waters, had my past lives read in Bali, got Reiki certified, and traveled to Thailand to participate in a writing program. I also started practicing yoga regularly and I am eagerly diving into learning more about all the goddesses. I’ve taken up Jiu Jitsu, and I am considering launching a podcast as well!
I don’t list all these things to brag; I list them to show that they are possible. Each of these experiences has shaken up my life – making it a bit more interesting and is an on-going adventure of learning new things about myself. My advice to anyone wanting to add some adventure to your life, create adventure in the everyday, no matter where you are in the world.
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Hannah Ooh Nana by Hannah
I stumbled into long-term travel totally by accident! I took a job at an ESL summer camp in my hometown in the UK, loved it, and decided to give teaching abroad a try. After I graduated from university, I shipped myself off to Vietnam to get my TEFL certificate and ended up staying for over two years.
Traveling abroad has changed my life forever. My favorite aspect of traveling is the feeling that anything can happen. There’s nothing quite like the freedom you feel when you’re traveling. I think it brings out the best in people. You just have to roll with the punches and submit to seeing the beauty in all the chaos.
To me, adventure travel means pushing yourself. Bungee jumping will test your limits, as will moving to a new country-- but in a totally different way. I think our adventures should teach us something new about ourselves, in whatever form that takes.
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Always Around the World by Kelly and Nanet
We started our travel journey about three years ago when we sold all our belongings, and quit our jobs. And it has been the best decision we ever made!
Adventure to us means pushing through our comfort zone and stretching our boundaries. Our favorite destination so far was Iceland. The landscape is absolutely stunning and incomparable to any other location we have been. We cycled over 3000 kilometers through the Icelandic highlands, surviving the roughest weather conditions without encountering one other person for periods of up to ten days.
We highly recommend traveling to every woman. Traveling broadens your horizons like no other experience. You learn new things every day and meet so many new people.
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Wander Freely Live Fully by Alyssa
In 2017, my husband and I made the life changing decision to travel full time, with the goal of finding online work. We spent a year and a half paying off our debts and saving up to move from the USA to New Zealand. Last October all of our hard work paid off! We moved to New Zealand, and purchased a campervan.
Now, after a few months living in a van-- which we have loved, we are preparing to sell it and continue our travels through parts of Asia and Europe later this year. We have also both recently started working online.
My best advice for anyone wanting to add some adventure into their lives is to decide what you want and start taking the steps towards it. It doesn’t have to be full time travel; it could be something small to start, like getting out and hiking once a week. Whatever it is, set your mind to it, and start taking steps to make it happen.
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Wide Eyed Views by Rae
Travel by bike has been a part of my life forever. I left the UK nearly 5 years ago, and I have cycled through 27 countries. I’ve met hundreds of people, many of whom have hosted, fed, and supported me with advice, directions, and recommendations throughout my journey.
However, I think adventure travel is about so much more than simply the activities we do while traveling. It’s about shaking things up and transgressing the norm, not limiting yourself or being put into a box. It’s about accepting the challenges that arise, and over-turning the sense of who we think we are. It’s about being open to different ideas and experiences.
My advice to any woman seeking adventure is to dig deep, and grasp your seed of confidence and nurture it in whatever way you can. If you truly desire a life filled with adventure and travel, you’ll find a way to make it happen.
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The Sienic Journey by Sierra
My travel journey started with moving to Thailand to teach English abroad. I went from never having left the United States to traveling to eight countries in one year! I dreamed of being like the girls I saw on Instagram, ‘living their best lives.’ Yet it all seemed impossible while I was working a 9-5 corporate job, but I decided to take the leap of faith, and it completely changed the direction of my life.
Not only has travel helped me discover the world, it’s more importantly helped me discover myself. Travel has put me into new and unfamiliar environments. Stepping out of your comfort zone, especially into a different culture, teaches you the skills you need to become adaptable and flexible to change.
Travel is one of the most transformational experiences that you can incorporate into your life. Not only does it help you discover the deepest layers of yourself, it allows you to discover all the incredible people and places in our astonishing world—win-win!
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The Remote Yogi by Taryn
In 2017, I signed up for a year long travel program around the world. It was a crazy year, as I finalized my divorce, and sold everything in my 3-bedroom house to get ready for my adventure. I hadn’t traveled much outside of North America, so the idea of doing it alone terrified me. But I was ready to 180 my life, and start a completely new chapter. It’s been three years now, and I haven’t looked back since!
One of my favorite experiences was a trek through Sapa, Vietnam where we stayed on basic floor mats in the home of a local family. We helped them cook a meal in their traditional kitchen, drank rice wine together, and they encouraged me to do a weird ritual where I ended up with a horn suctioned to my forehead. I learned so much about their culture in a way no book or documentary could’ve ever taught me.
The most important element to travel is not so much what we find all around us, but what we find inside of us. Connecting with new cultures and getting out of our comfort zone forces us to make some bigger shifts. Adventure travel to me doesn’t just mean epic explorations on the outside, but powerful growth on the inside.
Follow Taryn’s adventures on her Embracing Human Podcast.
Hoarding Visas by Natalie
I embarked on my adventure travel lifestyle two years ago, and I never looked back. I fell in love with Vietnam where I’m currently based in Saigon. My adventure travel journey started in 2009 with a round-the-world; I visited 9 countries and 15 states over 9 months, traveling nonstop. The entire round-the-world experience solidified my desire to explore as much as I could in my life.
My biggest tip for anyone looking to adventure travel is to push past the fear. Fear can be as subtle as indecisiveness or making excuses in order to avoid something you subconsciously desire-- such as packing up your life and traveling the world. Regardless of what your fear is, confront it and do the very thing which terrifies you. Facing your fears is where you will find the most enriching experiences in life.
Travel is the best education. I live to challenge my preconceptions about the world and other cultures. I love the experience of communicating with people, and I've spent hours captivated while observing human interactions in other countries and although traveling does enlighten you to the fascinating diversity around the world, it simultaneously opens your eyes to the comparability we all share as mankind and the trivial differences in culture, nationality, status, language, and skin colour.
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See Nic Wander by Nicola
When I first started adventure traveling, I wanted to find a way to do it without breaking the bank. I heard about opportunities like volunteering overseas and teaching English in a different country, but when I heard about house sitting-- I knew I'd found the best fit for my adventure travel lifestyle.
I read about house sitting on another travel blog and decided I would give it a go. House sitting is where you take care of someone else's pets and home while they are away. They get a free house and pet sitter and you get a free place to stay. If you're traveling on a budget and love pets, house sitting is definitely an awesome way to go!
To get started, I used Trusted House Sitters to find listings and apply to sits around the world. I’ve landed some incredibly memorable house sitting jobs over the last 2.5 years of adventure travel, and I treasure those experiences to this day.
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Baglady Meredith San Diego by Meredith
About six years ago, I began growing weary of my 9-5, so I applied for and was invited to serve in the US Peace Corps. It was my first time living abroad; away from my California roots, and the experience fed my festering wanderlust.
After completing the Peace Corps, I found myself relatively debt free and without significant ties to any one place. So I leaned into my passion for adventure travel and spent three years backpacking around the globe.
Settled now in the south of Spain, my travel adventures are a bit less frequent, but I find adventure in the simplest of experiences, inside the moments of happiness occuring in cross-cultural experiences that naturally accompany being an expat.
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Heather Begins by Heather
After trying to conform to a ‘normal’ life I was raised to believe I had to live and feeling miserable doing it (corporate job, husband, work till retirement, etc), I decided to change my life entirely to one that made me happy. I got divorced, saved money, quit my job, and I started traveling the world, speaking other languages, and meeting new people. After two years of full-time adventure travel later-- I’m still in love with it.
I’ve received so much kindness around the world it has deeply humbled me. I’ve changed from a person that pre-planned every detail of a trip beforehand, to going with the flow. I choose a starting point (always some place I’ve never been) and make up plans as I go along.
One of my favorite experiences so far was volunteering to feed people at a squatter camp in Cape Town, South Africa. I’ve never been so close to that level of poverty, and I was deeply moved. I’ve never felt that level of appreciation in my life.
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Sunflowers & Mangoes by Laura
My travel journey started at the age of 45 when I strapped on a backpack and went on my first solo trip to eat, pray, and love my way through Greece and take a break from being a mom, and ex-wife. I had some amazing adventures in Athens, and it was through my travels I started to feel like myself again-- before the kids, and the husbands, and the jobs, and the world of stress that had long since laid itself upon my shoulders. And that was only a few days into my three week trip.
Travel is so much more than exploring the world. It taught me to have faith in the world and faith in myself. Because regardless of age, body weight, or whatever insecurities holding us back, the world is full of beautiful, imperfect people, ready to welcome you, smile at you, talk to you, walk with you, chase sunsets, or dance the night away.
So my advice is to listen to what your heart yearns for, travel to wherever calls out to you the loudest. You are never too old to travel!
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Chasing Angie by Angie
My travel journey began two years ago when I decided to pack up my life, leave my 9-5 of over ten years in the US behind in pursuit of fulfilling my dream of traveling and working abroad. I started out teaching English in Vietnam in 2018, which I did for a year in Saigon.
Then I decided to move to Thailand to participate in a freelance writing program for six months, and currently, I am living in Bali pursuing the digital nomad lifestyle working online.
My favorite thing about adventure travel is the ultimate freedom to explore. I love snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, or just strolling through local markets for treasures.
The best advice I would give to women wanting to incorporate more adventure into their lives is to not be afraid! Venture out of your comfort zone. The more you do it, the easier it gets.
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Exploring Educator by Karlie
My travel journey started in 2018 with a desire to see the world, I packed my bags and moved from the US to Vietnam to teach English. I spent a year in Saigon teaching kindergarten, then decided I wanted to travel full time as I pursued my passion for yoga and holistic health.
Currently, I am exploring India where I just completed a yoga teacher training. I have also traveled all over Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. My favorite destination so far was the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia. Being here was like stepping back into the 90’s and I had an amazing time here while I also completed a scuba diver training course.
The best advice I can give for women wanting to incorporate more adventure into their lives is to just do it! It will be the best decision of your life. You will learn so much about yourself, gain a fresh outlook, and have adventures you will remember for the rest of your life.
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