Jul 11, 2012

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More Women Who Kick Ass At Travel & Life

Do It While You’re Young, a girl’s work/study/travel abroad site, recently posted a list of “10 Women Who Will Teach You How to Kick Ass at Travel and Life.

This girl is kicking something. Ass, most likely. Girls tend to do that. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird

All of the women listed are awesome, and def humpworthy, but I want to add a few more to the list.

Sidenote: I totally don’t know if it’s legal to poach photos off their sites to use in this post, but since I am being so laudatory, I’m hoping they won’t sue me? Also, I have no money, so it’d be kind of pointless. (Though I do love my 1996 2-door 5-speed Toyota Camry. Stay away from her!)

Here they are:

Ayngelina of Bacon Is Magic

One day, Aygnelina left her job and boyfriend to travel through South America. What she found there changed her life, and probably many of her readers’ lives, as well.

Her blog is like a box of cereal; the whole thing is great, but once in a while, there will be an incredible post mined in there like a little prize. You liked it before, but now you just want to keep eating reading forever. Did I mention she’s a total foodie? And her motto is “Living life with a different set of rules,” which I love.

Bethany of Beers & Beans

I’ve said it before, but when I grow up, I want to be able to take pictures just like Bethany. She even has an awesome e-book out, calling “Getting Out of Auto,” intended to help people do just that.

It is super helpful and easy to read, complete with stunning photos. Her blog is pure travel porn, so get ready to salivate.

Caz of yTravel Blog

Caz is such a strong female role model for those of us who (though I’ll never admit it) do want to someday have a husband and babies. She runs her insightful and informative travel blog with her hubby, Craig, while raising two adorable little girls.

Most importantly, she shows us that you can do it all – have a family, drink beers, travel lots, and still be talented, smiling, and beautiful through the whole thing!

Geraldine of The Everywhereist

This is one of my favorite blogs in the universe, or even alternate universes. Geraldine could write about anything and make it funny. Case in point: she recently had a brain tumor (no, that’s not funny), and her post about it was entitled, “I have a brain tumor. I’ve named it Steve.” Luckily, it was benign and she had surgery to remove it. Here’s to nothing but health from now on!

If her approach to life, filled with humor and eloquence, wasn’t enough, our shared love of cupcakes and booze make her one of my fave ladies around.

Hannah of Further Bound

Somehow, despite the fact that Hannah still hasn’t begun her travels, I always look forward to her posts. Her story is so cool – after a bad breakup, she paid off $24,000 in debt, found a new man, and is now preparing to travel the world with him in a few months.

That’s what I call taking control of your life and changing it for the better! Her posts are just so honest and well-written that you can’t help but keep coming back.

Kate of Adventurous Kate

This was one of the first travel blogs I started reading. Kate is smart and funny.. and seems like a real person. Not that the others don’t, but I honestly feel like she could be someone I met in college, while traveling, or dancing at (on?) a bar.

That’s what I love about reading her blog. She’s built quite a brand for solo female travel, and I think it’s incredible that she’s inspired lots of girls to take the leap and travel on their own.

Nellie of Wild Junket

Nellie is one successful lady. One of the main names in adventure travel, she’s written for tons of travel publications and recently launched her own WildJunket magazine. She’s been all over the place, speaks four languages, and just generally kicks ass. And I maybe have a girl crush on her… how could you not?!

What other inspiring women would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Speaking of more women who kick ass, you should check out Backpacker Becki (www.backpackerbecki.com). She’s about to embark on an around-the-world trip. She’s also very helpful – she introduced me to a friend who completed a thesis on backpacking because I was interested in the fact Becki’s friend was doing her master’s in Responsible Tourism Managament. I look forward to reading about Becki’s adventures.

  2. hey Susan, you’re too kind! So thrilled that I’ve somehow inspired you and can’t wait to read about all the adventures that you’ll be up to!

    • Thanks, Nellie! I love reading about all your travels.. I definitely admire your sense of adventure and lovely prose!

  3. I am a fan of Ayngelina, Nellie and Kate! Will visit the blogs of the rest :D

  4. Hey Susan-

    Thanks for the mention. You’ve put together a great list here as well. I’m really impressed with Caz and Craig over at the yTravel Blog. I think I’ll check out their podcast. I was all podcasted out there for awhile but they seem like they have a great story.

    Cheers

  5. Wow, This is awesome! Totally unexpected so you really made my day!! Thanks so much for including me on this list of women who truly inspire me. :)

    • Yay, you’re welcome! Your photos (and blog) rock and are definitely an inspiration to aspiring photographers like me. Keep up the awesome work!

  6. Susan, thank you so much for including me in your list, you just made me so happy! And what an honour to be featured amongst so many amazing and inspiring women. I’m so grateful for your support, and hope our paths will cross some day – I know we would have a blast hanging out together :)

    • You’re so welcome, Hannah. I do hope to cross paths with you someday – I’m sure we’d have a blast, too! In the meantime, keep up the great writing.. I’m excited for you to start traveling soon!

  7. Susan, what a WONDERFUL list — and thank you for all the compliments! That means a lot to me. The “realness” is a skill that you have to surprisingly hone, so it’s really nice to hear that as well.

    And I LOVE the ladies on this list, a few of whom I’m lucky to call my friends. So much inspiration up in here!

    • Yay! Glad you enjoyed the list. I think you’ve got the realness thing down pat. All the ladies here are definitely an inspiration, so thanks to all of you!

  8. Sorry it has taken me so long to come over and comment!! Thank you so much for including me in this list and the lovely things you said.You really made my day!

    The old married mothers sometimes get forgotten so I’m stoked I’m still kicking ass!! :)

    Although I am drinking a lot more gin and tonic than beer lately!

    • Aw, you’re welcome! You were the first lady blogger that popped into my head :) You are NOT old, but you are married and a mom, and I think that makes everything you do even more kick-ass! And PS. Gin and tonics… yum. Way better than beer!

  9. I had just finished reading the list on DIWYY and then found this one as well. It’s so great to discover so many inspiring women travellers! I hope to be one of them someday too :)

    • I’m sure you already are! Glad you enjoyed the list. I am LOVING the crafts on your site.. if only I had the time/motivation!

      • Aw, thanks Susan. Honestly I’m the same with the crafts, always good intentions but getting things finished is a completely different story!

  10. I also love Leah from Leah Travels – http://www.leahtravels.com – very funny straight up Texan chick.

    Another one of my favourites is Lily from Sunshine and Stilletos – http://www.sunandstilettos.com/ – she takes some beautiful photos.

  11. Ooh catching up on my RSS feed and I found this – wow. Thank you so much.

  12. Chris Bazos says:

    Hey Susan,
    Love reading your blog posts and tweets. You should check out Yvonne Zagermann @JustTravelous – she should definitely be included in your list above. Keep up the great work. Cheers. Chris.

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