Female Travelers over Forty You Need to Follow on Instagram

Let’s face it, Instagram is filled with fresh-faced ingenues in flowing dresses looking wistfully into the sunset (for the fourth time this week, because #blessed) and obsessing over their rainbow-colored lattes in the newest cat cafe in Tokyo. Ladies, keep doing what you do as Instagram obviously loves you, but after joining the over forty club earlier this year I’m drawing my travel inspiration from a different set of women. Members of Generation X, baby boomers and beyond; these globetrotting gals prove that you don’t have to hang up your floppy hat and put away your sense of adventure once the clock strikes forty. Whether they are balancing a love of travel with a 9-to-5 corporate job, traveling with kids in tow or making the most of their golden years; these women show that travel just gets better after forty. For more travel inspiration follow these fabulous female travelers over forty on Instagram.

Pam Rossi @always5star

With a glass of champagne in hand Pam Rossi shows the finer side of travel.

Brianne Miers @brimiers

Another recent member of the over forty club, Brianne balances her consulting career with a love of travel. He recent travels have taken her to Colombia, Portugal and Guatemala.

Mariellen Ward @breathedreamgo

Originally from Toronto, Mariellen is an award winning travel writer who considers India to be her muse.

Carol Cain @girlgonetravel

After a career in public relations Carol Cain set her sights on exploring the world. A mom to three boys she is passionate about family travel as well as solo adventures.

Alison Abbott @greenwithrenvy

With an eye toward sustainable travel, you can find Alison river cruising in China, hiking Macchu Picchu and exploring the Azores.

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon @jetsetsarah

Sarah is a recent find for me but I immediately fell in love with her colorful feed, this is a woman who loves to have fun when she travels.

Kirsten Maxwell @kidsareatrip

This Chicago based mom to three boys  aims to inspire other parents to take their children everywhere.

Debra Schroder @travelwell4less

The brains behind the popular points and miles blog Traveling Well For Less, Debra shares tips and tricks that will save you money on your next trip.

Almost game time – Real Madrid vs Real Sporting De Gijon at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

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Leah Walker @leahtravels

Blogging about luxury travel, Leah is a Texas-born expat that now calls Paris home.

On my site, I just published “3 Easy Day Trips from Paris.” No car? No problem! All of my picks can be reached by public transportation. 🚉The link is in my profile.👆🏼 The Grand Terrace in the gardens of Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye was designed by legendary French landscape architect, André Le Nôtre, for King Louis XIV. From this spot, you can see the Seine River, as well as the whole of western Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and La Défense. Just 30 minutes from Paris, Saint-Germain-en-Laye feels so close, yet so far removed from the city. 🤴🏻🇫🇷👸🏻 *********************************** #paris #travelfrance #traversefrance #iledefrance #saintgermain #saintgermainenlaye *********************************** 📷: @artnoshoot

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Andi Fisher @andi_fisher

A diehard Francophile, Andi shares her love of all things French (especially food and wine).


Donna Meyer @Nomadwomen

With her blog and Instagram feed, Donna aims to inspire mature women who travel (or want to).

Helen Suk @notwithoutmypassport

At 40 Helen left her ad agency job to travel the world with camera in hand.

Cathy Merrifield @roarloudcat

Whether she is showcasing the best of New England or reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro shows that adventure is better after forty.

If a picture is worth a thousand words what is a picture in a picture worth? 😆 . . #pyrenees #exploremore

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Paige Connor Totaro @alloverthemap

Paige not only inspires your off-the-beaten-path adventures but can plan them for you too.

Bantry House and Garden in West Cork. . . #wp #travel #tbexireland

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Sherry Ott @ottsworld

Sherry recently settled down in Colorado after traveling non-stop since 2006 but you will still find her jetting off around the world.

Jenna Francisco @jennafrancisco

Based in California, with family in Brazil and Indonesia as well as a love for all things European Jenna shares her love for culture and family travel.

Tamara Gruber of @we3travel

Juggling her roles as mom, marketing consultant and podcaster Tamara offers tips and advice to make family vacation planning easier.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER ROAD TRIP – Every summer we take a mother-daughter road trip and we both look forward to this special time together (yes, even at 13.) I hope it is a tradition we can continue but I know it gets harder the older they get so start early! . We are kicking off this year’s trip in Nashville (aka @visitmusiccity ). Then we are continuing on to Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Atlanta. . Since we will be spending a lot of time visiting Civil Rights sights, we wanted to spend today just exploring Nashville with no set agenda. We are seeking out street art and eating our way through the city (follow along on Stories). It is hot and humid and Hannah has a bit of a cold so we don’t have our usual energy. Luckily the hop on- hop off bus is giving us an easy way to explore the city, rest our legs and cool off in the AC! ☀️ 😎 🚌 🎸 #visitmusiccity #nashvillelove #whatliftsyou #nashvillegulch #takeyourkidseverywhere

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Brianna Simmons @casualtravelist

As a new member to the over forty club I hope my travels inspire others as much as these ladies inspire me.

Are there any other fabulous female travelers rocking it on Instagram that we should know about? Please share in the comments!

Disclaimer: Images were taken from the galleries of the listed accounts and all ownership remains with the photographers. Images can be removed upon request.

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58 Comments on “Female Travelers over Forty You Need to Follow on Instagram

  1. Thank you for the list – I am always happy to see ladies my own age doing great things in the world! I’m also a 40yo (solo) traveler and hiker, I hope more women will find encouragement to go and see the world!
    Happy travels,
    Ioanna (A Woman Afoot)

  2. Well… I humbly nominate myself. I’m 43, and I am a solo wheelchair accessible travel blogger. I can’t walk at all due to MS, and usually my only company is my electric scooter. You can find me on Instagram at @sylvia_longmire :).

    • Syliva, I’ve started following you and as a fellow female veteran you are an inspiration.

  3. Thanks for sharing this list of female travelers over 40. A couple of these Instagram accounts I already follow but I’ll be adding the others, too. After all, you can never have too much travel inspiration!

  4. Love this list! I’m over 50 with teenage kids and I only recently got on Instagram, and am always looking for accounts that are more like me!

  5. Thank you! I’m always looking for inspirational instagrammers to follow – and these accounts all look amazing (and relatable!)!

  6. I love this amazing list of fellow 40+ female travellers!! To see my wanderings, currently featuring Belize, check out @knowntowander on Instagram!

  7. I love this list so much–it really shows how life doesn’t slow down at all after 40 and, if anything, we have more freedom and inspiration to do the things we love. Thanks for including me!

  8. I am (way over) 40 and am happy to see all of these women out there having great adventures! It’s just further proof that age is just a number, and you can keep traveling forever!

  9. Thanks for a great list of inspirational women. As my age creeps up closer to 40, I needed a reminder that not everyone who is travelling and having adventures is 25. Thanks 🙂

  10. Oh this is great! Travel really is for any age. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Sherry Ott several times and can say she is a very inspiring woman.

  11. Great list of Ladies. I love that there are so many strong women my age travelling the world and showcasing their adventures on Instagram and other places online.

  12. I follow quite a few of these women on Insta – so heartening to see all of these travelers living their best life!

  13. This just goes to show, age is just a number – As somebody who’s felt his age more while I’ve been at home just proves to me traveling really does keep us young. And these women are an inspiration not just other females but to anybody who wants to travel as they get older.

  14. Very inspiring list of women who are doing what I hope I can also continue to do when I’m older. Thanks for sharing, will check out their Instagram handles 🙂

  15. That’s so great! I agree with Amit. Age really is just a number. My mother in law is 60 and she has more energy than both me and my husband combined. Travelling is not just for twenty somethings!

  16. Great list! Lovely to see a lot of these awesome ladies I’ve had the privilege to meet during my travels. Sarah, Carol, Alison, Tamara…love them all!

  17. So many amazing ladies! I know a few and a few are new to me. I’ll be joining you in this club in a few years 🙂

  18. Although we already follow many of the Instagrammers on this list, we’re glad to “meet” some new faces! Wonderful accounts and great inspiration. Thanks for putting this list together!

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