44 Creative and Adventurous Bloggers You Should Know


Do you dream of living a creative and adventurous life? One where you answer to no one but yourself while traveling the world, exploring your passions and connecting with fun and like-minded people?

The 44 creative and adventurous bloggers below are each on an unconventional life path like that. Most are trying to become completely self reliant while getting out to see the world first-hand. Some are at the beginning and some are well on their way. All of them are fun and inspirational to read.

I’ve befriended many of the people on this list this year. The community that has grown up recently around living an unconventional life of self-sufficiency and adventure is encouraging and supportive. Check these bloggers out tell me who your favorites are in the comments!

Side note: the bloggers are listed here in reverse Alexa ranking order (a rough approximation of how popular a website is). The lesser known bloggers come first and the better known come at the end. I figure that the blogs you may not already know can use a little more attention.

Here they are, 44 creative and adventurous bloggers you should know:

  1. Andrew Badenoch – Sail to Trail
  2. Site tagline: Join the crusade of one man’s transformation from urban professional to global adventurer.
    Andrew says: “We remain confused by the great crowds subjugated by endless work, repressed by imaginary masters, and guided by manufactured fears as much as they remain confused by our freedom and ability to experience.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Andrew lives aboard a sailboat, runs an ad agency and is on a quest to explore more of planet earth than anyone in history using only human, wind, and solar power.
    Most recent post: Ultimate Skill: Becoming an Elite Kayaker

  3. Ashley Ambirge – The Middle Finger Project
  4. Site tagline: Rejecting the Status Quo & Rebelling Against Mediocrity
    Ashley says: “I will challenge you to a beer drinking contest, and I will win.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Ashley just started this blog about lifestyle design recently, but I already look forward to each of her new posts. Her writing style is witty and funny and the blog is definitely worth checking out.
    Most recent post: 33 Tell-Tale Signs You’re a Closet Lifestyle Designer

  5. Clay – This Guy Loves to Party
  6. Clay says: “I woke up one day in early 2008 and realized that my life was really, really boring.”
    Why you should check this blog out: I actually met Clay in person last week with his friend Derek from Live Uncomfortably. Clay doesn’t really love to party as the name of his site would suggest. He is funny however, as the irony of not loving to party (but naming your site “This Guy Loves to Party”) would suggest.
    Most recent post: From Geek to Freak: How I Piled on Muscle and Transformed My Body in Just 30 Minutes

  7. Ross Collicutt – Rcthink
  8. Site tagline: Thoughts about adventures on the computer and in the fresh air
    Ross says: “I’m a cross between an adrenaline junkie and a geek that programs and loves tech toys.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Ross is an interesting combination of technologist and outdoorsman. He’s currently in Australia and New Zealand on an extended break from work and school.
    Most recent post: Creating the Life List

  9. Carl Nelson – Drop of Change
  10. Site tagline: Creating Sustainable, Curious and Mindful Living
    Carl says: “…sustainable change occurs only through a mindful pursuit of action.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Carl recently rebranded himself from his prior blog called Slacker Reform to this new blog about creating change. He realized that he wanted his work to embody more of the intersection of social action, green/sustainable living, and mindful lifestyle design. I’m looking forward to seeing where his new blog goes.
    Most recent post: The Affiliate Marketing Blunder

  11. James Schipper – Live Collar Free
  12. Site tagline: Lifestyle Without Limits
    James says: “I have a distaste for doing things that don’t make much sense.”
    Why you should check this blog out: James just started blogging last month, but spent many months getting to know people in the lifestyle design blogging community prior to starting his blog. That and his solid writing have helped him grow a strong readership after just a month.
    Most recent post: Book Review: Reclaim Your Dreams

  13. Casey Armstrong – The Journey is Our Goal
  14. Casey says: “I created this blog to help share some of my travel adventures, random anecdotes on enjoying life, books & music I recommend, and blogging, but it will all focus on an optimistic outlook on living life to the fullest.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Casey first started blogging in April 2008 when he left California for his “Trip Around the World.” He went backpacking for 13 months with time spent in Thailand, Nepal, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Mexico.
    Most recent post: Photo of the Week: Misty Mountain Tops

  15. DeeAnne White – Live the Charmed Life
  16. Site tagline: the elegant guide to lifestyle design
    DeeAnne says: “I’ll be writing about my current adventure in which I travel the world in high heels, redesign my career, follow the sport of cricket and possibly break 90 on the golf course.”
    Why you should check this blog out: DeeAnne has a much different perspective that most bloggers on this list. She’s at a different place in her life, where she’s already had a career and raised kids. She travels in comfort and writes about many of the finer things in life.
    Most recent post: 3 Signs You May Be Charmed

  17. Dwight Turner – In Search of Sanuk
  18. Site tagline: Funlanthropy, A Lifestyle of Having Fun Helping People
    Dwight says: “Where is your city? Where is your community? Wake up, take ownership and throw your hand in.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Dwight lives in Thailand where he works to live a lifestyle of fun and giving. He and friends like Cody McKibben of Thrilling Heroics started In Search of Sanuk (“sanuk” means fun in Thai) as a community where people can collaborate on fun ways to change the world around them.
    Most recent post: Sanuk My Saturday

  19. Derek Johanson – Live Uncomfortably
  20. Site tagline: Self Improvement, Lifestyle Design, Travel
    Derek says: “Living Uncomfortably is doing the unaccustomed everyday to break the cycle of routine and boredom.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Derek is a perpetual nomad who supports himself through small online ventures, like his 007 Lifestyle Guide. He recently biked the Pacific Coast trail from Canada to Mexico and is planning a long-term trip to Mexico this spring.
    Most recent post: My Life Is Threatened In Colombia (2 of 2)

  21. Nate Damm – the way that you wander
  22. Site tagline: thoughts on lifestyle design and entrepreneurship
    Nate says: “I am helplessly in love with the Food Network”
    Why you should check this blog out: Nate is obsessed with helping people create a lifestyle of complete freedom. He also runs a Free WordPress Install service to help people get started blogging.
    Most recent post: Soap. Lather. Rinse. Repeat – The art of living free in the moment while naked in the shower

  23. Brooke Ferguson – Business Backpacker
  24. Site tagline: A Community for Digital Nomads and Vagabond Entrepreneurs
    Brooke says: “We started this blog to reach out to … help other entrepreneurs who want to build a business they can operate from anywhere in the world. How frickin’ exciting is that??!!”
    Why you should check this blog out: Brooke has led adventure travel groups across the U.S. and traveled the world. She consults with small business owners to take their message to a global audience and loves to encourage others to create the business & lifestyle of their dreams.
    Most recent post: Changing Yourself, or Changing the World?

  25. Chris Dunphy & Cherie Ve Ard – Technomadia
  26. Site tagline: Tales from Technomadia
    Chris and Cherie say: “We’re a couple of technomads – traveling, living, working and playing full-time in a small solar powered RV, embracing nomadic serendipity.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Chris and Cherie don’t have a home base or long-range plan. They live in a small RV, work from the road and go wherever they decide to on a whim.
    Most recent post: Farewell Jeep, Hello Tundra

  27. Stephanie Yoder – Twenty-Something Travel
  28. Site tagline: Why wait to see the world?
    Stephanie says: “I’m just a girl who can not sit still.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Stephanie got a taste of the adventurous life last year while living in London and backpacking around Europe. Unfortunately, her work visa expired and she ran out of money eventually. She’s now in Washington D.C. working and saving and planning her next trip around the world.
    Most recent post: Mostar: From the Ruins

  29. David Walsh – Muselife
  30. Site tagline: Muse creation, personal outsourcing, ultramobility and the new rich lifestyle.
    David says: “While traditional jobs provide an income in exchange for your time, a muse provides an income in exchange for your foresight, ingenuity and willingness to take a different approach to making money.”
    Why you should check this blog out: David is probably the person most dedicated to exploring and sharing the possibilities of supporting yourself with recurring, passive income which operates without repeated effort or maintenance.
    Most recent post: You Are Not A Machine, Stop Working Like One (w/ Robert Granholm of The Life Design Project)

  31. Andy Hayes – Sharing Travel Experiences
  32. Site tagline: Travel more.
    Andy says: “We tell travel tales and we share travel experiences – the good and the bad.”
    Why you should check this blog out: This site is more than just a blog. Andy and his team also offer a travel concierge service as well as travel specials and deals.
    Most recent post: Dream Adventures in Canada

  33. Carmen Bolanos – NuNomad
  34. Site tagline: Work While Traveling the World
    Carmen says: “We’ll share with you what we know about the process of going from work-at-home to work-anywhere-you-damn-well-please.”
    Why you should check this blog out: NuNomad aims to be a complete resource about working from anywhere for both aspiring “NuNomads” as well as people already living and working on the road.
    Most recent post: Design Your Lifestyle to Lose Weight Without Diet or Exercise – Really!

  35. Jonny Gibaud – The Life Thing
  36. Site tagline: Witty, Entertaining and Depressingly Helpful
    Jonny says: “I own three things I cannot live without – – My MacBook Pro, My Cannon DSLR and my Fossil Watch – everything else is disposable…”
    Why you should check this blog out: Jonny is currently living in Bangkok, supporting himself working less than 6 hours a week online. He does that by following principles he created called “Light Touch Living.”
    Most recent post: No Gumpy Boy, Life Is Like A Thai Massage

  37. Sarah Bray – S.Joy Studios
  38. Site tagline: Websites & strategy for rockstars and gonnabes.
    Sarah says: “I work with online rockstars and gonnabes of every variety, aligning their particular genius with brand-building design and strategy. In other words, I build websites. For rockstars.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Sarah has a great little web design and strategy business going, but it won’t be little for long. She has figured out ways to market and brand herself that really work and people are starting to notice.
    Most recent post: The myth of the niche

  39. Karen Hill – Dreamin’ the Life
  40. Site tagline: Want to be Livin’ the Dream? First, you need to start Dreamin’ the Life!
    Karen says: “I find that the more I write about lessons I have learned, the more I am able to reinforce the lessons to myself.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Karen is just figuring things out for herself, and she’s not afraid to be open and honest about both successes and failures.
    Most recent post: Patience is a Virtue I Don’t Always Have

  41. Robert Granholm – The Life Design Project
  42. Site tagline: REAL LIFE testing of lifestyle design, efficiency, automating money, fulfilling dreams and more…
    Robert says: “Our end goal? Freedom to live out dreams and notes on exactly how we did it.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Robert and his partner Brandon are on a mission to dissect exactly what is possible in lifestyle design (following books like the 4 Hour Workweek). They are sharing all the realities of creating income sources online.
    Most recent post: Keeping up with the Lifestyle Joneses

  43. Sean Ogle – Location 180
  44. Sean says: “I am just a guy trying to get the most out of life that I possibly can.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Sean is on a collision course with his ideal lifestyle after leaving his job last month. I can’t wait to see where Sean ends up.
    Most recent post: What Defines Success?

  45. Alan Perlman – the 9 to 5 alternative
  46. Site tagline: travel, lifestyle design, entrepreneurship
    Alan says: “The 9 to 5 alternative is a way for me to chronicle my travels and meet like-minded folk such as yourselves.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Alan has a really unique job that allows him to see the world while earning a living. He’s a global cost of living surveyor on a global scavenger hunt.
    Most recent post: Dushanbe, Tajikistan: Earthquake Aftershock, Mitsubishi and a Cheap Bribe

  47. J.D. Bentley – Wage Slave Rebel
  48. Site tagline: Lessons in dismantling the status quo
    J.D. says: “Wage Slave Rebel was founded as an online hub for the ever-growing digital community of freelancers, artists, bloggers, consultants, lifestyle designers and entrepreneurs, all of whom we collectively call ‘Wage Slave Rebels.'”
    Why you should check this blog out: J.D. doesn’t pull any punches. He’s known for his sharp commentary on the status quo and disdain for empty platitudes people in the lifestyle design community tend to make.
    Most recent post: Rich Beyond Your Dreams

  49. Amber Zuckswert – Epic Self
  50. Site tagline: Awaken your mind, strengthen your body, refresh your spirit
    Amber says: “This blog is not about finding a quick fix to lifes problems that won’t last, but finding a way to live that will have you dancing into your 90’s.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Earlier this year, Amber packed up her life and became completely mobile. She’s now officially a digital nomad living out of just two backpacks.
    Most recent post: The Simple Life

  51. Dan Haneveer – Voyagner
  52. Site tagline: Adventure Travel and Lifestyle Design
    Dan says: “I say screw the naysayers, let’s do this.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Dan is currently working in IT support while he builds up a side income from various web projects. He’s planning to start traveling full time later this year, starting in Southeast Asia.
    Most recent post: Happiness Is The Key To Success

  53. Bud Hennekes – A Boundless World
  54. Bud says: “At 18, I believe I have a unique perspective on the topic of personal growth.”
    Why you should check this blog out: You may notice that there are a lot of young bloggers on this list. Why is that? Maybe their youth makes them optimistic and open? Maybe this generation is just different. Whatever the case, Bud is a great example of the fact that you can have something meaningful to share, no matter your age.
    Most recent post: Benefits of a Mastermind

  55. John Bardos – Jet Set Citizen
  56. Site tagline: Celebrating Global Citizens in Pursuit of an Excellent Life!
    John says: “Stop consuming things and start experiencing life.”
    Why you should check this blog out: John and his wife are on a one-year plan to free themselves from their small business (teaching English in Japan) so they can move to a new country by April, 2010.
    Most recent post: Digital Nomad Blog Carnival

  57. Dave Damron – LifeExcursion
  58. Site tagline: Making Your Excursion Through Life More Enjoyable
    Dave says: “LifeExcursion is not the light at the end of the tunnel, but the guide to reaching that desired destination.”
    Why you should check this blog out: In addition to traveling to cool places like Tasmania, Dave is also focused on general physical and mental well being. Dave recently scored a 17.3 on the RealAge test on his 26th birthday.
    Most recent post: Giving Without Receiving

  59. Greg Rollett – Rock Star Lifestyle Design
  60. Site tagline: Lifestyle Design + Internet Marketing
    Greg says: “I challenge you to begin doing something that you not only love, but that makes a difference in the world.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Greg is a busy guy, but he also manages to find time to help people less fortunate than himself. He splits his time between new media marketing and causes that benefit the homeless and hungry.
    Most recent post: Gen-Y Lifestyle Design – Opening a Restaurant in Costa Rica

  61. Matt Cheuvront – Life Without Pants
  62. Site tagline: Life, a little less restricted
    Matt says: “I create my own reality, and in it, no one wears pants, no one is afraid to say what’s on their mind, no one is afraid of failure and self doubt is a thing of the past.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Matt blogs on a wide variety of topics, from philosophy to marketing to Gen Y and always manages to keep his posts interesting and relevant. He’s just 24 years old and appears to have a bright future ahead of him as a blogger.
    Most recent post: The Inconvenience of Change Ebook Has Arrived!

  63. Colin Wright – Exile Lifestyle
  64. Site tagline: home of location independent sustainable designer and lifehacker, Colin Wright
    Colin says: “I started the Exile Lifestyle project to bring some semblance of order to a series of changes that I am instituting in my life.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Colin is in Buenos Aires now, running his sustainable web design business, and will be moving to a new country every 4 months. He lets his readers vote on where he moves next. He’ll be in New Zealand in a couple of months.
    Most recent post: How To Embed Your First Impressions

  65. Kirsty – Nerdy Nomad
  66. Kirsty says: “I want to learn a language that nobody would ever expect me to speak so I can spy on people on the bus.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Kirsty has been travelling since January 2008 living off earnings from the web. She is currently in Indonesia.
    Most recent post: Life in Rural Indonesia Post Earthquake

  67. Lea Woodward – Location Independent
  68. Site tagline: Live & Work Anywhere You Choose
    Lea says: “Who says you have to live by the rules?”
    Why you should check this blog out: Lea and her husband Jonathan are the original Location Independent Professsionals (LIPs). They’ve had an unmistakable impact on the community of people who strive to live and work anywhere they choose.
    Most recent post: The Official Location Independent Blog Carnival (with a twist!) #2

  69. Diggy – Upgrade Reality
  70. Site tagline: Your perception of reality IS reality
    Diggy says: “Life is what you make of it, and you can have it just the way you like it.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Diggy is a close friend of Glen Allsop (another blogger on this list). Diggy just recently started blogging, but obviously Glen’s success is rubbing off on him since he’s already becoming well known in the Self Improvement space.
    Most recent post: From Laid Off to Successful Entrepreneur – The Pat Flynn Story

  71. Josh Hanagarne – World’s Strongest Librarian
  72. Site tagline: Get Stronger, Get Smarter, Live Better… Every Day
    Josh says: “Refuse to deal with life. Make it deal with you.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Josh has probably the oddest combination of personal attributes and interests of any blogger on this list. That’s also what makes him so interesting. He writes about having Tourette’s syndrome, lifting weights and being a librarian, among other things.
    Most recent post: How To Have Tourette’s Part 7: No Excuses

  73. Justin Wright – Justin Wright
  74. Justin says: “I’ve worked with people from all over the world and can honestly say I love what I do.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Justin has been self employed for a year after deciding he didn’t want to do something for a living that he didn’t enjoy anymore. He writes about blogging, consulting, marketing and being a digital nomad.
    Most recent post: 6 Reasons Why I Ditched My iPhone

  75. Tynan – Tynan
  76. Site tagline: Life Outside the Box
    Tynan says: “I write for people who want to make the most of their lives and experience life to the fullest.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Tynan lives in a tiny RV and travels around the U.S. and Canada. He supports himself by selling books about dating and living a nomadic life.
    Most recent post: The Most Important Thing in The World

  77. Cody McKibben – Thrilling Heroics
  78. Site tagline: Adventures in Lifestyle Design, Entrepreneurship & Location Independence
    Cody says: “I’m passionate about helping people break free from the conventional template lifestyle.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Cody lives in Thailand and supports himself by consulting with social entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations to create stronger web presence and global awareness for their causes.
    Most recent post: 49 Tools for Living the Location Independent Lifestyle

  79. Christine Gilbert – Almost Fearless
  80. Site tagline: Redesign your life. Travel the world.
    Christine says: “One night after I ran out of valerian root and melatonin, I stayed up all night looking through job listings in my field. I realized something—I didn’t want to do any of them.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Christine writes from her experience of transitioning from corporate manager to vagabond last year. She is now six months pregnant and still traveling (recently in Belize).
    Most recent post: Traveling Pregnant: Hiking and Tubing the Jaguar Reserve

  81. Adam Baker – Man vs. Debt
  82. Site tagline: Get Out of Debt… Get Into Life…
    Adam says: “If you are looking for someone who will openly blog about both trials and tribulations, successes and failures… you’ve found it. ”
    Why you should check this blog out: Adam and his wife Courtney and infant daughter are not only chronicling their journey to get out of debt, but also recently moved from the U.S. to New Zealand. They’ll be moving to Thailand at the beginning of next year.
    Most recent post: Hulk Vs. Eeyore: A Simple 6-Step Process to Overcoming Friction in Life

  83. Matt Kepnes – Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site
  84. Site tagline: Life Untethered
    Matt says: “Travel doesn’t have to be an expensive task nor does taking a Gap year require you to uproot your existence.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Matt has been traveling almost nonstop since 2005. He supports himself through is blog and other travel websites.
    Most recent post: Back Home

  85. Glen Allsop – PlugInID
  86. Site tagline: Plug into your identity
    Glen says: “My message is here to inspire, but it is also based on being realistic.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Glen is on a trajectory that should put him on top of the world by his late 20s. He already supports himself entirely through blogging and other websites and he’s barely 20 years old.
    Most recent post: Project Amsterdam: 2 Years in 2 Weeks (+ Video)

  87. Dragos Roua – Dragos Roua
  88. Site tagline: Brilliantly Better
    Dragos says: “We can never fail. We just learn.”
    Why you should check this blog out: Dragos has a knack for writing catchy, easily digestible and sharable posts. It’s no wonder his blog has become so popular recently.
    Most recent post: The Tyler Durden Guide of Writing Tyler Durden Enhanced Blog Posts To Attract Traffic

A Few I Missed On the Original Post

Editor’s note: I knew that I would overlook a few great creative and adventurous bloggers when I originally wrote the post. Here are a few bloggers that I wish I had included:

Follow Everyone on Twitter

Editor’s note: Andrew Badenoch (the first blogger on this list) was kind enough to put together a Twitter list of all the bloggers listed here. Thanks Andrew! (see his original comment below)


What do you think? Who are your favorite creative and adventurous bloggers? Please share in the comments!

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