8 Travel Bloggers Who Inspired Me to Quit My Job and Travel the World

I’d be lying if I said that to quit my job to travel the world was an easy decision to make.

I remember in January 2016, I was sitting at my desk editing photos while my eyes and heart were welling up. I just knew I had to leave.

I’m one of those people who tries to do a lot of things. From sailing, ballet, surfing and woodwork, to public speaking, strategizing, writing, and cookery school – I have to be kept busy or I get itchy feet. Over the years I’ve taken on tonnes of projects but writing, travelling and learning new things, have always been constant.

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So when I decided to officially pack it in, I understood that some may have seen it as an impulsive move.

Why the heck would I leave a job that I was good at and was full-time? What exactly did I hope to achieve?

To say I did a lot of reading and writing before I quit is an understatement – I read absolutely everything to do with travel and how to make a living from it. I poured over blogs, and read their stories, and quickly began to realise that with hard work and a lot of dedication, quitting was a real option.

I think I might get further into this at a later date but, these are the travel bloggers who fuelled my hunger and kickstarted my adventure with my Mam.

Never Ending Footsteps

(Image via Lauren at Never Ending Footsteps)
(Image via Lauren at Never Ending Footsteps)

I related to Lauren’s “About” page on so many levels and as I read her blog, I found that not only is she just as travel obsessed as I am, but she also lives with same anxiety like I do. It was truly uplifting to find someone like me!

“I was always that person who was forever daydreaming of foreign lands and unfamiliar cultures; coming up with travel itineraries that would challenge my perceptions and help me to gain a deeper understanding of how the world works,” she says. She’s so refreshingly honest, and the biggest thing that stood out to me is that she didn’t give up.


Journalist on the Run

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(Janet aka Journalist on the Run, paragliding in Cape Town, South Africa)

I don’t know how many times I read Janet’s piece on “How I Quit My Job to Travel the World”. I found myself saying “me too!” to every second sentence and I loved how she was so straight with everything she did to achieve her dream.

I started binge-watching her Snapchat and gawking at all of her posts on social media and the inspiration continued to grow.


The Expert Vagabond

Obviously one of the biggest things that I had to figure out (and am still figuring out), was how to make money from travel blogging.

With an eager pen and a lot of paper, I wrote down everything I could find including tips from Matthew’s excellent piece on getting paid to travel. What inspired me about him above other bloggers was that he’s so clear and concise with a lot of his posts. Minimal fluff!


Expat Edna

(Image via Expat Edna)
(Image via Expat Edna)

I have been following Edna’s blog for a very long time. I actually came across her in 2011 or 2012 when I was working for an Irish diaspora site and we were looking at GAA teams abroad – Edna was on a team in Paris! I fell in love with her ramblings around the city and lived through her travels online. She’s so real and down to earth and I’m really hoping that our paths cross one day.

(Bonus reading: Her piece on “Why is it still ok to be racist towards Asians?” is a must read)


Nomadic Matt

If you’re a travel blogger then chances are that you’ve heard of Nomadic Matt. With an easily accessible website, I found myself reading everything in sight and trawling through all of his articles. Each article fuelled more and more wanderlust.

“The day I left the office was the day I quit a life I never really liked. I was living to work, not working to live” he writes. “Sometimes decisions we make ripple forward in our lives like giant tsunamis. I thought the day I quit I was just quitting a job. It turned out I was quitting a lifestyle. I quit the American Dream and, in doing so, I found my own and have never looked back”.


Wandering Earl

A blogger with a wealth of knowledge, I soaked up all of Derek’s pieces like a sponge (Earl is his middle name!) His piece on how to earn money while travelling added fuel to my fire, and made me realise that yes, there are so many ways you can make money while travelling!


Next Stop Who Knows

(Image of Carlo and Flo via Next Stop Who Knows)
(Image of Carlo and Flo via Next Stop Who Knows)

For ages, I’ve loved how Carlo and Flo operate (especially on Snapchat), and their content is just consistently so good. Their frankness about their travels is a style that I can relate to, and I just wanted to travel everywhere with them! They also ditched their jobs to travel.

“We’ve been a couple for 10 years and although travelling and working together can sometimes drive us a little damn crazy, the pluses of travelling as a couple far outweigh the minuses”


These blogs inspired me to go chase that dream. Though it mightn’t be my final destination and maybe I’ll eventually have to revert back to a 9 to 5, I’m glad that I won’t ever live in regret and wonder about what could have been.

Have you quit your job to go do something completely different? Let me know in the comments below. You can connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat.

Extra: When I’m feeling down I watch this TED talk from Emilie Wapnick on how not everyone has one true calling and how it’s ok.

Una-Minh

Hello! Úna-Minh is a journalist, social media consultant and virtual assistant who loves (you guessed it) TRAVEL. She also feels a bit strange writing in the third person so she'll stop that now. You can find out more about me and my Mammy in the about section of this blog!

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12 Comments

  1. I loved this post!! I too quit my job to travel – just got back from 5 months in Asia. I did TOOOONS of researching and reading blogs before I made the jump. I love Nomadic Matt, his blog was incredibly helpful. I also checked out Tea Cup Travels and Just One Way ticket…I can’t wait to dive in and read the rest of these 🙂

    Glad you decided to travel too – go us!

  2. Love this!
    I quit my job to travel too, I left 7 years ago, and after being properly back to the grind for 5 months I’ve decided that there’s no other place for me but the road.

    I’m going to get more serious about creating a life (and income) on the road so I can stay out of the office for good.

    Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    1. Best of luck to you! And fingers crossed for both of us 🙂

  3. Thanks for the post! I was part of a massive layoff from pharma back in April and have decided to take my severance and do the same thing! I tell everyone, I can imagine I was put on this gigantic planet to only stay in one spot! Though my blog isn’t entirely travel based, I hope to follow in the footsteps of these folks! I got lucky to meet “Nomadic Matt” when he came to New Orleans on his book tour and religiously follow Matt Karsten! (He inspired my trip to Iceland)! If you love snap chat, I recommend following the Broke Backpacker & Deb & Dave of ThePlanet D too!
    I am still learning but I plan on giving everything I can to make this happen! I wish you luck as well! Love your Blog!
    Sincerely
    Eric

    1. Aw wow! Best of luck Eric – sounds like you’ve already gotten heaps of inspiration. It’s astonishing how many travel bloggers there are out there with so many styles of their own. Many thanks for reading and safe travels 🙂

  4. I’ve also really enjoyed the Never Ending Footsteps blog, as I also have anxiety! It’s good to know you can still travel with it, and gives me hope for going on bigger travels in the future. This seems like a good list of bloggers and I’m going to enjoy getting more familiar with them, so thanks!

    1. Anxiety can really get you down at times but I’ve certainly found that travel has helped me ease the pressure! Thank you for commenting and safe travels 🙂

  5. Thanks for that mention and I’m honored to be one of the blogs on the list. But the main thing is that you’re out there achieving your own goals instead of putting that off and never making it happen! So congratulations and wishing you many more safe adventures ahead!

    1. Hi Derek! What a joy to see your comment on my blog. I’m so happy to be able to keep on traveling and doing what I love. Becoming self-employed was one of the best decisions I ever made.

      Thank you for your good wishes and wishing you continued success as well! I really appreciate it.

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