7 Travel bloggers who inspired me in 2014

The Casual Travelist is nearing  its first birthday and one of the best things I’ve found is discovering and connecting with other travel bloggers. I’ve had the pleasure of finding a diverse and welcoming community of people equally passionate about exploring the world and there are some fantastic writers, photographers and story tellers who want to connect others with the myriad of experiences that travel has to offer. These seven bloggers have helped me along my journey or inspired me in one form or another this year and wanted to take this opportunity to share their work with you.

7 Travel Bloggers

This is my Happiness

I would be remiss if I didn’t include Jenna from This is my Happiness. While setting up The Casual Travelist I reached out to Jenna, who was kind enough to help guide me through the often rocky initial stages of blogging. She was basically my blogging mentor and helped me get the ball rolling and for that I am forever grateful. I have always enjoyed her fresh take on cultural travel with kids whether its a weekend trip in her home state of California or traveling to Brazil with two kids in tow. Her recent foray into lifestyle blogging will surely keep me inspired at home as well.

Jenna of This is my Happiness - 7 Travel bloggers who inspired me in 2014 www.casualtravelist.com


If you’re not a regular reader of Domestiphobia that is something you need to change ASAP.Her beautiful photography will draw you in but her witty sense of humor will make you stay. More than a travel blog Katie also loves to share her adventures (and misadventures) in home renovation. Did I mention she can cook too? I personally love her because she is just crazy enough to brave a midsummer thunderstorm to go stand-up paddleboarding with me for her very first time.

Katie of Domestiphobia - 7 Travel bloggers who inspired me in 2014 www.casualtravelist.com

We 3 travel

Like me, Tamara of We 3 Travel loves the planning aspect of travel almost as much as the trip itself. I loved her wonderful photos from her summer trip to Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park and have been following her ever since. Her adventures usually include her husband and 10 year old daughter and she aims to show you that planning rewarding family travel experiences doesn’t have to be intimidating.

Tamara of We 3 Travel - 7 Travel bloggers who inspired me in 2014 www.casualtravelist.com

Turnipseed Travels

Vanessa, of Turnipseed Travels, was the first travel blogger I met in person. Over cocktails we discussed some of the challenges of beginning bloggers and she offered up a ton of valuable advice. Turnipseed Travels is a fabulous resource for learning where to save(hotels, transportation) so you can later splurge on the big stuff (hot air ballooning over temples in Myanmar). Word on the street has it that she also bakes up some killer brownies.

Vanessa of Turnipseed Travels - 7 Travel bloggers who inspired me in 2014 www.casualtravelist.com


Dave is an American expat currently living in East Africa and chronicling his adventures on Cook,Sip,Go. His pictures of the street scenes, landscapes and wildlife of East Africa showcase an area of the world that few are highlighting and never fail to instill a sense of wanderlust. I can’t wait for what’s in store as his home base moves to Nairobi, Kenya.

Dave of Cook,Sip,Go - 7 Travel bloggers who inspired me in 2014 www.casualtravelist.com

Different doors

Revati and Charles are advertising gurus living in Mumbai chronicling their travels at Different Doors.  Seeking out boutique luxury, unique experiences and fabulous food I feel like I’m a kindred travel spirit with these two. Their vivid photography continues to draw me back and and they have a knack for choosing the exact experiences I would ( cooking classes in Barcelona anyone?).

Revati and CHarles of Different Doors - 7 Travel bloggers who inspired me in 2014 www.casualtravelist.com


Cory Lee

When not traveling and writing I earn my living as a physical therapist working very closely with people who have physical challenges. From day one I have been inspired by Cory Lee, who writes about travel from a wheelchair user’s perspective at Curbfree with Cory Lee,  providing an invaluable voice for accessible travel for everyone. Cory doesn’t let his mobility challenges stop him from exploring the world and his recent adventures have included Australia, London and even meeting a former President of the United States. Keep on rolling Cory!

Cory of Curbfree with Cory Lee - 7 Travel bloggers who inspired me in 2014 www.casualtravelist.com


Jenna, Katie, Tamara, Vanessa, Dave, Revati, Charles and Cory- thanks for a fantastic 2014, I can’t wait to see where your adventures bring you in 2015.

62 Comments on “7 Travel bloggers who inspired me in 2014

  1. Thank you so much for including me–it’s an honor! I am so glad that I was able to help you during the early stages of blogging. I’ve always been impressed by how professional you were right from the get-go (not like my early months, even years of blogging!). 🙂 Best of luck to you in your second year of blogging. I look forward to seeing where it takes you.
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    • Thank you so much Jenna, I’m certainly excited to see where 2015 takes me!

  2. Sounds like you’ve had a great year Brianna! Thanks for sharing this list – there are a few bloggers on here whose work I already know and follow and others that I’m gld to havelearned about with this post! I like the idea fo Turnipseeds travels, of saving on the less memorable things in order to be able to splurge on more special ones 🙂
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  3. I am signed up with a couple of these but a couple of the others also look great sop will check them out. Thanks and Merry Christmas.
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  4. Oh how I loved this article! I had not heard of the first few bloggers but will be sure to check out their sites. Love Cory’s travels and Different Doors are in a league of their own. Dave, well he is talented and hunky so there is that. LOL How wonderful of you to take time to thank them and inspire us all to recognize those that play a hand in the paths we choose. Hope you have a wonderful travel year in 2015. Blessings.
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  5. Cook, sip, go is one of my favorite blogs as well! I tend to look for more well thought through travel blogs these days, blogs that really tell me about a certain place and not just ‘look at me, look at me’ pics and ‘I did this and that’ stories.

  6. I’d like to add TRAVELS OF AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN, half blog/half social media community building for a book I plan to publish and launch next summer. All are welcome to join the journey, all about travel, fabulous food, scenery, flowers, and fine living.

  7. I follow a couple of these bloggers already but it’s great to know of some more inspiring people who write about their travels 🙂 Also congrats on your blog being a year old, it looks like you’ve managed to achieve a lot! That certainly inspires me to make more of my blog 🙂
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    • Thank you so much for your kind words- looking to see what your future travels have in store!

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