There is something overwhelmingly sexy about a man who travels. He keeps life interesting with a constant thirst for new experiences and adventures. Plans are thrown to the wayside and uncertainty is ever lurking. He will challenge you to be the best version of yourself but will never rely on anyone else for happiness. Now throw a blog and photography into the mix and I’m sold.
We met the fearless females last month and I felt it time to reveal the male variety which I am blushing hard on. In case you are wondering, I enjoy long plane journeys across the world, quirky accents, and intend to get married in the middle of a sprawling vineyard in autumn. Call me when you’re single boys?
1. Travel Freak
Jeremy wants you to quit. Quit that dead end job you drag yourself to day in and day out. Quit living in your safe zone. Quit making excuses. He wants you to take control of your life, seek out adventure, and meet strange people. And he’s here to make your travels a million times easier by sharing his lessons learned from five years of globe trotting, including the value of going completely broke.
Less than a year out of college, Jeremy turned down a dream job to travel the world. Similar to me, he bought a one way ticket from America to Australia (a love/hate relationship) He now travels the world as a cocktail bartender and blogger. Hello, dream life.
This one’s a two-fer. Lloyd & Yaya are two boys down for a good time and you’re invited along for the ride! They realize how unique travel is and that no two people will ever have the same experiences or be able to see it all, which is where the weird world of blogging comes in.
I’m lusting over their Cinque Terre, Italy photo diaries and dip in the Blue Lagoon of Iceland. They scope out the most photo-worthy places on the globe and dish on tips to grow your blog with Pinterest direct from the headquarters where the magic happens. It’s hard to believe these guys have only been at it for a year, but they are double the trouble!
A few years ago, Robert was stuck in a conundrum similar to my own. He wanted badly to travel the world but lacked the money, confidence, and stability to do so. Six years and more than 50 countries later, he now makes a living travel blogging. He’s here to encourage you to leave your daily hell.
Planning your first trip abroad? Robert’s travel guides and coaching to the rescue. He believes that to make the most of this short time we are granted on Earth, we must expand our definition of what is possible. The best way to do that? Travel often.
Josh is a German lad who boasts an extensive repertoire of experiences, not limited to hitchhiking to Iran, almost dying in a minefield in Bosnia, and joining the Arab Spring in Egypt. The only college he’s ever attended? The University of life.
Through travels across 60 countries, he has yet to spend a single cent on accommodation. Josh had called Dubai, Australia and Germany home, all while living out of his backpack. Next on his wanderlist? Mogadishu, Kabul, and Bagdad. How’s that for obscure? His passion is for sharing the misunderstood countries to change people’s perspectives. I’m sold.
5. Trip Hakr
Check out this comprehensive list of travel resources with everything from starting a travel blog to the best travel gear and local guides. Although Clint juggles it all with a full time job, he gives 52 solid reasons to quit your job to travel the world. Notice a common theme in my men here?
Nathan always dreamed of a life fueled by adventure, wonder, and freedom. After spending a year living in the Phillipines he was convinced to break free and follow his passions. This is now his living, breathing reality as he dreams with eyes wide open.
Nathan thrives off of endless new horizons by discovering and documenting the world’s most fascinating places. He enjoys sunsets and moon rises and doesn’t see a need to be rich when he has a wealth of experiences to share with others.
Adam is a self-proclaimed hipster whose weekend trip to Iceland in 2009 changed his entire outlook. He quit his job in Boston as a graphic designer for a 15 month trip around the world (on just $20k!) to Spain, Morocco, Egypt, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Jordan, Israel, Palestine. He eventually settled in Berlin where he continues to travel Europe every chance he gets.
8. Nomadic Matt
Matt’s first overseas trip wasn’t until 23, but a trip to Thailand and encounter with a crew of backpackers has turned him into avid traveler ever since. His family and friends think he’s running away from life, but quite the contrary. Sure hes, running away from cubicle but running towards everything else – towards the world, exotic places, new people, different cultures, and his own idea of freedom.
Matt provides everything you need to start planning your dream trip (be it gap year, family vacation, round the world, or backpacking trip) including saving money, couples travel, gear, insurance, and more! From experience, he shares mistakes to avoid when traveling to do it cheaper, smarter, and for the long haul.
In 2010 Matthew quit his job, left his girlfriend, sold everything and bought a one-way ticket to Guatemala. Cue the judgement from family and friends. Traveling the globe for the past five years, he shares entertaining stories, useful tips, & captivating images from all around the world, proving this world isn’t as dangerous as we may think.
Join Matthew as he seduces ostriches, skydives over Fiji, and cage dives with Great White sharks in South Africa. He dishes on how to start a travel blog, get paid to travel and become a professional at the trade. His aim is to explore the Earth with an open mind, living on a limited budget, meeting interesting people, and learning what he’s made of. Come along for the ride!
Matt is the ultimate adventure writer and photographer who enjoys hiking, running, biking, surfing, and snowboarding. He spent childhood roaming his small mountain town, so always had a certain thirst for adventure but doesn’t think this is limited to climbing mountains and trekking deserts. Rather, any time you throw yourself into an unpredictable situation where you are forced to navigate by instinct.
“Adventure is not an activity, it’s a state of being that occurs when control is uncertain. Adventure cannot be planned. It can only be achieved by putting yourself into situations where you must solve problems that are beyond your experience. Adventure is high-stakes improvisation. I believe that engaging in these sorts of activities is healthy because it helps us to become more self-reliant, understand our potential, and sharpen our abilities”
Drew is addicted to fun, hence the cheeky title. A few months after graduating he moved to Seoul, South Korea to teach English and has been to 50 countries since. He doesn’t consider himself “living the dream” and believes if you are willing to take the risk and seize every opportunity that you too can live a life of travel. While his friends were buying cars, he was spending his money on plane tickets, and that’s the kind of sacrifice you must be willing to make.
Drew is (in)famous for his handstands and eating McDonald’s around the world. Ironic given his take on spotting an American abroad 😉 I love that Drew is down for a good time, and the fiery red hair doesn’t hurt.
Johnny is an Irishman who felt there was more to life than spending 40 hours a week confined to an office with just a two week reprieve each year. He’s touched down in an astounding 125 of 193 countries to date and has redesigned his lifestyle to enable him 10-20 hour weeks from anywhere on the planet (becoming a millionaire in the process). He encourages you to not sell your twenties, but start now because someday may never happen.
Just look at his way with kiddos. Sigh, gush, gasp.
13. Pause the Moment
Ryan is a location independent blogger with a passion for adventure. In 2010, he kicked his 9 to 5 to the curb (where it belongs) to take a six month trip around the world. Four years later and he’s still on the road.
His favorite country is Thailand which makes me even more excited to visit next week! He went sledding down the side of an active volcano in Nicaragua, has been skydiving three times, and swung from the peak of the Moses Mabhida Stadium in South Africa. How’s that for an adrenaline rush? This guy would sure keep things interesting!
14. Escaping Abroad
James always thought leaving the country would be too expensive, too difficult, or too dangerous. Excuses we’ve all told ourselves. That is until he took a trip to Belize which propelled him to leave a drab office job to explore the world, scuba dive, and photograph wildlife. His digital nomad lifestyle enables him to work from any location in the world, even while hiking through rain forests and to the tops of volcanoes,
But ladies, this hunk may need you to hold his hand on the flight over to calm the anxiety. Fair warning.
15. Blakes Alive
Blake is an Aussie in beautiful Tasmania, which makes me love him already. He has a keen eye for photography, design and the outdoors. After visiting South America for six weeks he realized how much of the world was out there just waiting for him to explore.
Luke “The Backstreet Nomad” traded his life as an accountant for a suitcase and a beer in 2010. First came Europe, followed by North America, big moves for this Aussie bloke. Are you bored of travel guides which only lay out the touristy destinations? Get insider knowledge on the secrets of a city that only the locals know. This guy won’t leave you in the dust, that’s for sure.
17. Backpacking Matt
Matt is a New Zealand backpacking expert, paraglider and lover of the mountains who has been traveling the world since 2007. Matt is determined to prove how living an alternative, unconventional life can be satisfying, rewarding and realistic. If you’re a 20-something American, he wants you to listen up. The world is begging to be explored, learned from and experienced and now is the time to see it. So go ahead, start a travel blog. Then make moves to New Zealand, the most beautiful country out there.
18. Planet and Go
Rory is on a mission to turn your deepest travel desires into reality, preventing the dreaded ‘someday’ disease to live your life without regrets! Join a wild adventure across 29 countries (and counting!) filled with riding canoes through crocodile infested waters in Nepal, riding a camel through the desert to the Pakistan-Indian border, and swimming a few nautical miles from the Arctic circle in Iceland, because well, why not?
19. Sir Wanderlust
A newbie to the game, Sam is a real life friend from down unda. He’s currently teaching English in Thailand after a stint at Tiger Muay Thai. Sam has worked over 100 jobs in order to fund his travels – from flipping burgers to managing multi-million dollar events. He works to travel and travels to live and wants to show others how they can also live the life they always dreamed of.
Jon left his home soil of New Zealand in 2010 to teach English in Taiwan. He was thrown completely out of his comfort zone from day one but loved it so much that he set out into Southeast Asia for six months, taught in Singapore for two years and continues travelling the world today. Man that is a nice… view.