11 Adventurous Women Who Will Inspire You to Live Your Adventure, Too

Meet the women who are living their adventure, no apologies!

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I want to introduce you to someone — 11 someones, in fact. These are 11 adventurous women whose stories are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing, to get your passions riled up, and to prove that anything is possible if you want it badly enough.

I spent last week at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul where I was representing the amazing NOMADasaurus team.

Related: If you’re heading to Turkey, here’s help deciding if you should visit Ephesus or Pergamon or both

At the conference, I got to meet writers, photographers, and travellers from all over the globe who re-ignited my passion for adventure and for following this rocky path we’ve chosen. Aside from being amazingly talented and successful in their fields, everyone I met was genuinely nice, friendly and willing to share their secrets to success!

Related: Discover 10 Different Types of Travellers by Travel See Write

It’s my great joy to introduce you to…

11 Adventurous Women Who Will Inspire You

These are 11 adventurous women whose stories are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing, to get your passions riled up, and to prove that anything is possible if you want it badly enough.

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Sally of My Custard Pie

Dubai-based blogger Sally kicked off her food and travel blogging career, armed with a healthy food obsession, a writer’s keen sense of observation, and a new DSLR camera that she didn’t really know how to use. She has since shaped herself into an award-winning pro and truly inspiring woman!

Sally’s food photos are guaranteed to make you drool, her recipes will get you into the kitchen (or behind the cocktail bar), and her curiosity about food culture provides a taste of far-off exotic places to armchair travellers around the globe.

Parinaz, Maryam, Sara and Mahzad of Saboktar

Though I’m presenting these four adventurous women from Iran as a package, they are just as inspiring as individuals! Each has had her own incredible solo adventures involving hitchhiking, camping, and exploring off-beat destinations on a budget.

They all have first-hand experiences of the kindness of strangers and the similarities we find in cultures around the world, which they share on their communal blog. By the end of the World Tourism Forum, almost everyone they met had added Iran to their 2017 must-visit list – me included.

Ruth of ExploraMum and ExploraSon

During their five years exploring the world together, Ruth and Louis (aka Exploramum and Explorason) have had no home base. They move through the world, visiting new destinations as the mood takes them. Talk about adventurous! As a single mum, Ruth ditched her full-time job and opted for travel as a way to get to spend more time with her son. The amazing experiential education he has received is just a bonus.

The ultimate inspiration for travel-obsessed parents, Ruth has managed to turn her passion for travel into a sustainable lifestyle. Exploramum and Explorason may settle down soon so Louis can have a stable high school experience, so catch them while they’re still adventuring!

Patrizia of Fashion for Travel

Having become disenchanted with her job as a fashion designer, Patrizia took a huge leap of faith into the exciting and sometimes frustrating world of travel blogging.

Based in Verona, Patrizia and her husband – who used to be a fashion photographer – work together creating off-the-beaten-track itineraries and travel guides for Italian travellers. They’re also entrepreneurs, running a business to help restaurants, hotels, and other tourism industry companies with their marketing materials. Even if you don’t speak Italian, follow their wonderful Instagram feed for daily visual travel inspiration.

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Marysia Maciocha of My Travel Affairs

After studying to be a lawyer and getting a degree in fashion design, Polish blogger Marysia discovered that adventure was the only thing that could hold her attention.

Addicted to the constant change that travel provides, Marysia continues to adventure, even though she claims to have “settled down” in Romania. Having been to Italy, Austria, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Indonesia just last year, I’d say she’s not really ready to settle just yet! I’ve been a fan of Marysia’s blog for a while now, especially for the Friday Lens Affair where she tells the stories behind some amazing travel photos. Follow her Instagram account for pure, bright travel inspiration.

Kach of Two Monkeys Travel

One half of one of the world’s most famous travel couples, this adventurous woman is not just the beautiful face of the Two Monkeys Travel empire. She is also a sharp strategist, an obsessed number-cruncher, videographer, social media marketer and a talented presenter.

Kach and her husband Jonathan started their travel journey together by setting up a yoga and massage business in India (ballsy!). Now they combine their passion for adventure with their love of luxury as they travel the world. Their blog is all about the nitty gritty of DIY travel – but follow their Facebook page to get completely wrapped up in their unfolding travel love story.

Cheryl of CherylHoward.com

After extricating herself from the “complete disaster” of her life in Toronto, Cheryl fell in love with travel and finally exported herself to Berlin. It soon became her home and an extraordinarily convenient base from which to explore the continent.

She pays for her frequent travels with full-time work and part-time writing gigs. If you long to try living as an expat (Yes!!! Go for it!) check out Cheryl’s inspirational posts about Expat Living. Or follow her Instagram to be continually inspired by her ongoing travel adventures.

Melissa: A Broken Backpack

One of those people (like me) who could just NOT stay home, Melissa took the leap to make travelling her full-time obsession and occupation.

From Quebec, Canada, Melissa challenged herself even more by writing about her adventures in English. She’s temporarily based in a small town in the UK but still manages to travel once or twice a month. And nope, she’s not rich, but between her blog, freelance gigs and a penny-pinching travel style, she makes it all work. Follow Melissa for deeply personal blog posts and gorgeous destination photos.

These 11 adventurous women lead very different lives but they all have one thing in common: they seized their passions and started living them, no apologies, no regrets.

Are you ready to join them?

  Happy adventures, Stephen & Jane

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  1. Comment by Diana

    Diana March 3, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Thank you for sharing! I’ve been following ExploraMum for awhile & just came home from a wonderful trip to India. I’m already planning my next adventure =)

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane March 6, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Thanks for commenting Diana. ExploraMum is amazing, isn’t she? And Son is pretty cool too. Where did you go in India? What did you think? I wasn’t that thrilled by my first trip to India so I’m interested in knowing more!

  2. Comment by Zascha

    Zascha March 2, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Great selection! These women are all so inspiring to the rest of us.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane March 6, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Zascha. I’m so glad they inspire you, too! I feel so lucky to have met all of them.

  3. Comment by Betty

    Betty March 2, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Hi Jane,
    Very inspiring! And while not braves enough to join those of you experiencing an adventurous travel life, I am encouraged to continue thinking outside of “the box” of “should” and being more mindful of “could”.
    Thank you for the inspiration ?❤

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane March 6, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Glad you were inspired, Betty. “Adventurous” has different meanings for all of us. Like, I’m not about to bungee jump off of a bridge, while others wouldn’t dream of cycling through China. As long as you’re exploring the boundaries of your comfort zone and discovering new experiences / new parts of yourself, that’s adventure!

  4. Comment by Melissa Giroux

    Melissa Giroux March 2, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Loving this! Thank you so much! Can’t believe I didn’t manage to meet you all ladies! Next time hopefully!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane March 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Thanks Melissa. I’m sure I missed out on meeting so many amazing people, too. I also met many amazing people who I didn’t get to know nearly well enough. Next time indeed!

  5. Comment by Cheryl Howard

    Cheryl Howard March 2, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Ohhh, thanks so much for the mention. xoxo

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane March 6, 2017 at 8:18 am

      You’re welcome! So glad to have met you and had a little time to hang out. :)

  6. Comment by isabella

    isabella March 1, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    what an Inspiring article Jane!! I have followed them all!! thanks a lot .. it keeps me going with my adventure :)

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane March 6, 2017 at 8:19 am

      I knew you’d love this, Isabella. I highly recommend making the time / effort to get to a travel blogging conference if you get the chance. I’m already trying to figure out what my next one will be.

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