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Our favorite #rtwsoon travel bloggers (part 1)

Our favorite #rtwsoon travel bloggers (part 1)

As we near the end of 2010, we are seeing more and more ‘top lists’ of blogs – from As We Travel’s 25 Most Inspiring Travel Bloggers in 2010 to The Best of 2010: 100 Inspiring Travel Blogs by Almost Fearless. However, what we quickly realized about these lists is that they typically feature well-established bloggers who are currently traveling or are back home after extended traveling adventures. This isn’t a complaint from us; each and every one of them have earned and strongly deserve their recognition.

But what about the #rtwsoon crew? Those of us who are generally new to the travel blogging community and write about things all travelers can relate to from packing lists to why they have chosen long-term travel. A recent post by Amanda at A Dangerous Business – “Is Anybody Out There? Hang in There, Travel Bloggers” – highlights the fact that a lot of travel bloggers are becoming frustrated at being passed over for blogging opportunities, being left off lists, etc.

So to give some recognition to those who are heading around the world sometime in the next 12 months, Don’t Ever Look Back will be featuring 10 of our favourite #rtwsoon travel bloggers. We will spread these out in multiple posts over the next week (otherwise this post will become a novel), starting with two whose departure date is less than 30 days away – lucky buggers!

Andrea & John - Inspiring TravellersAndrea and John – Inspiring Travellers

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Who are you?

John and Andrea of InspiringTravellers.com, a couple of nomads about to head off on another round the world adventure for at least a year. Our blog features not only our own experiences but also those of the interesting travellers we meet along the way.

Where are you going?

We start with just over two months in New Zealand and then head to South America where we will visit Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Peru. After that it’s on to Europe. We have about a month each in Ireland and Croatia as well as a number of cities in central Europe. We’ll top it all off with a month in Japan.

When are you leaving?

25 December

Why did you decide to go on this trip?

We’ve been living in Melbourne for a while but plan to seek out a long-term expat stint in the Middle East or Asia in 2012. We’re also in our thirties and keen to start a family soon – so it seemed natural to break it up with a trip in between. Many of the experiences we have planned such as trekking, adventure sports and staying out past 7pm won’t really be suitable for a young family. So it’s now or never for us for the next few years.

Relevant posts for #rtwsoon travelers:

Jenny - Where is JennyJenny – Where is Jenny

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Who are you?

My name is Jenny and I’m a digital nomad! I’ve had my location independent business for 8-years and have taken several long-term trips. I’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and become a full-time traveler and maintain my business from the road.

Where are you going?

I’m going to start with a year-long road trip through the states to skateboard all the awesome parks it has to offer. From there I’m going to go to South East Asia, Europe to visit family, or maybe Central America. I’m leaving my options open because I want to practice the art of not planning. We’ll see where the wind takes me.

When are you leaving?

I’m leaving sometime in January. I don’t have a specific date because I have to transition my dogs to their new home and help my mom downsize her items. Since I’m unsure how long that will take, I’m staying flexible.

Why did you decide to go on this trip?

I decided to go on this trip because I was tired of waiting for my life to be the way I wanted it to be.  I got tired of being uber jealous of everyone else that was living a life I wanted to live. One day I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to dump my boyfriend, sell all my crap, and travel. To live the life I had always dreamed of.

Relevant posts for #rtwsoon travelers:

If you’re a #rtwsoon travel blogger and would like to be featured in an ‘encore’ post, please contact us. We want to feature as many of you as possible and give you the exposure and recognition you deserve!

Flickr Photo: Tom Purves


  1. Posted December 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Great idea guys!! And 3 great travelers to feature in the first run 🙂 Looking forward to seeing who you highlight in the future as you count down to your own departure date!
    Heather recently posted..Guest post- On Top of the World Down Under

  2. Posted December 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    We’ll be following these two as the great adventure unfolds.
    See you Andrea and John at the barbie on 18th!
    Jim recently posted..This Moment- Saturday ritual

  3. Posted December 13, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    There are a lot of lists out there. Everyone can make one. That’s the thing with established blogs, they will mostly promote their online friends rather than discover new blogs. Which is normal. I mean how many travel blogs can one follow? I think only few. We’re already swamped with information. As a blogger it’s hard to find new followers, most of my traffic comes from Google, because I’m working on SEO and providing good info for travelers, rather than trying to get RTed and featured on various lists. Only about 15% of tweets get’s RTed and who’s really checking various lists? Only few, I think. So don’t worry, there’s place for everyone in the community, even if you’re new. Just be different, be unique.

    Good luck 🙂
    My Kafkaesque life recently posted..Lovers in Seoul

    • Posted December 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for a very insightful comment. That’s a good point which Amanda wrote about in the linked article – the established blogs are like the cool kids group in high school and it’s hard for newcomers to break into that clique!

      Although we’ve only been blogging for 2 months, I’ve found that social media is the biggest driver of traffic to this blog and it’s fantastic to interact with fellow bloggers at the same time. SEO is very hit and miss unless you’re targeting very specific keywords and search terms.

  4. Posted December 13, 2010 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Great idea! I am looking forward to learning about new travelers and bloggers to meet from you guys! It’s a really cool thing that you guys are doing and a great way to connect with #rtwsoon-ers!
    Annie recently posted..Ferie Day 6- Madrid- Spain

  5. Posted December 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I love the concept of this series, guys! I look forward to learning about more #rtwsoon blogs.
    Amanda recently posted..Guest Post- What Happens When Travel Plans Change

  6. Posted December 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been following Jenny and have actually helped her out a lot to prepare for her RTW trip. She is a great person and an amazing motivator.

    I’ve just recently started following Andrea & John. I didn’t know this is going to be y’alls second RTW trip. That is so cool, some people never even do 1 and y’all are on y’alls second.

    Both of y’all are leaving so soon, good luck and write some crazy stories. We wanna read the GOOD juicy stuff ;)~
    Jaime recently posted..STATE OF MY BREAKAWAY

  7. Posted December 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for all your comments! It’s great that we can give some exposure to genuinely awesome people who are also very talented travel bloggers!

    Part 2 coming out in the next hour. 🙂

  8. Posted December 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Great list! 🙂 Totally agree with you! I follow them quite a while now, and I really enjoy their writing and anthusiasm. Inspiring, that’s what it is.

  9. Posted December 16, 2010 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    I love posts like this as it’s always fun to get introduced to great people doing great and exciting things. I love that there are so many people out there that are looking to do something different. I’m excited to be following Andrea & John and Jenny on their adventures.
    Matt recently posted..How To Go Abroad In One Easy Step- Get A Freakin’ Departure Date

  10. Posted December 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    so inspired by these guys and so glad you included them 🙂
    Lorna-the roamantics recently posted..How to get a Good- Safe Tattoo Abroad

  11. Posted August 18, 2013 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    What a great idea for a post.. al really interesting blogs! Thanks for this!!
    Jade – RTWsoon recently posted..What If You Have a Gun to Your Head? Part II

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