- It took 3 years for Sarah Marquis to walk from Siberia to Australia.
- Frans Lanting has been photographing the world for over 30 years.
- Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo has taken his kids to all 7 continents and over 60 countries
These days with the relative ease and affordability of travel, becoming a globetrotter is more accessible than ever before. Made easier still with the increase of remote work, as long as you have a laptop you can be location independent and travel the world for as long as you like. Turning to the internet for a source of travel inspiration will yield thousands of travel blogs and instagram accounts, travel writers, photographers, and vloggers who are either successfully making a living from their travels or who aspire to having a travel career. The following 10 people are modern-day globetrotters who have set themselves apart from the frey, leading truly incredible lives, taken remarkable journeys, and have shared it all with the world through writing, photography and video.
10. Jonathan Quinonez
Jonathan Quinonez is a modern day Momma’s boy and traveller, hailing from Brussels. He quit his job, started travelling and posting Instagram pics of his adventures with a sign saying "Mom I’m Fine." The posts were very well received and now he has turned his Insta-fame into a sustainable and charitable clothing brand based on human unity. He also started the “Mom I’m FIne” Project which aims to build schools from recycled plastic. His vibrant smile and dynamic photos show a true passion for all things travel.
9. Dr Kiona
Dr Kiona started “How Not to Travel Like a Basic Bitch” in 2016 and since then has been recognized as an audacious traveller and personality by various publications. She is an educator and heads to Cuba every month on an educational trip. Her website and instagram are essentially devoted to inspiring people to travel with more integrity than the average insta-traveller. She uses humour to get her point across so don’t take her too seriously.
8. Torre DeRoche
The self described fearful adventurer has written 2 entertaining travel books. The First, "Love with a Chance of Drowning", is an incredible rom-com type book about her voyage across the South Pacific, spurred on less by the thrill of adventure and more by the power of love. Her second book “The Worrier's Guide to the End of the World” is a follow up from years later when she walks across Italy and India with a good friend. Her stories are so honest and her realizations about the travel world’s obsession with continuous movement for the sake of moving are refreshing. She describes her blog, "The Fearful Adventurer", as a resource for all the worrier's in the world who want to do more.
7. Mark Weins
Mark Weins writes the travel blog Migrationology and runs a YouTube travel vlog about food. He is a passionate foodie and traveller and has combined his two passions into the creation of awesome videos showcasing traditional foods from around the world. His blogs tell a story about the food he eats while travelling, more than simply mouthwatering images of steaming curries and piles of couscous. Mark Weins shoots the scenes surrounding the food, like the hustle and bustle of dusty Karachi, or the journey to get to the food, like his video called “Incredible Unseen Food of Africa”. You can watch his videos on his YouTube channel, Migrationology.
6. Briona Lamback
A writer, poet, and traveller, Briona started her own travel company, Buoyant which inspires and curates Black travel experiences. Most lists of influential travellers are predominantly white and male, after that it is white and female. This skews the perspective that travellers are typically white, however there are Black, Arab, and Indian travellers of both genders, they just don't get the same recognition. Briona Lamback proves that Black women can be incredibly influential travellers, her instagram is full of envy-worthy photographs shot in gorgeous locations. She has written for Matador, POPSUGAR, and Seeker and she shares her travel adventures through her blog "YOU ME LUNCH & TRAVEL".
5. Eric Stoen
Travel Babbo was conceived by Eric Stoen who has had the opportunity to travel quite extensively throughout his lifetime while also pursuing a career in healthcare. He is now a full time traveller and travel writer, who has written for publications like Conde Nast and Lonely Planet. His area of expertise is family travel, inspiring families to take incredible adventures with their kids instead of leaving them behind. He has been to all 7 continents and over 60 countries with his children.
Jay on Life is a resource and inspiration for travellers who have a physical disability. She offers insight and travel advice in terms of accessiblity but also how people with disabilities are perceived in different countries. Jay is originally from Nigeria but moved to London when she was quite young. When she was 1 years old, she contracted polio and was left wearing a leg brace. Even in London, UK and many other developed countries, accessiblity is a major issue so it's incredibly daunting for disabled people to travel when they don't know how they will get around, what types of accomodations exist in the airports, taxis, hotels, buses, and tourist attractions. Jay travels and writes about travel from the perspective of accessibility which is an invaluable resource for many.
3. Frans Lanting
Incredible photographer, Frans Lanting’s photographs are visual candy and so poetic, they don’t appear to have been taken on this planet. He has been photographing remarkable locations for the past 30 years, from the bonobos in Congo to the penguins in Antarctica. Frans does not just drop into a location to shoot images and leave, he takes adventures like circumnavigating South Georgia island or living in locations for weeks to capture the perfect images. His website is a treasure trove of stunning images but if you follow him on Instagram you’ll get to follow him through his journeys.
2. Eric Weiner
Eric Weiner is a writer and traveller who wrote “The Geography of Bliss” and “The Geography of Genius.” He is a former NPR foreign correspondent who traveled and reported from many countries and currently writes a regular column for BBC travel. His books follow Weiner as he travels to various locations on a mission to discover the secret to genius and happiness, respectively. In The Geography of Bliss he pursues the elusive questions about the key to happiness through the world’s happiest countries, like Netherlands, Switzerland, Bhutan, and Iceland and the world’s unhappiest (Moldova). His books are travel narratives with a purpose and offer insightful, well researched information that helps make sense of the world.
1. Sarah Marquis
A real adventurer, Sarah has gone on incredible expeditions across untouched lands on foot, completely solo. She has written a few books about her adventures, The Desert Hiker details her trek across the Australian Outback, a notoriously unforgiving landscape. Wild By Nature is an epic tale of an epic 3 year journey through Siberia to Australia. Her books are only part of Sarah’s story, she has made many amazing journeys; through Central Turkey on Horseback, walking 7000 kilometres from Chile to Peru, and walking from the Canadian to the Mexican border among many others.