When it comes to travel from Australia, it’s like a rite of passage to make the pilgrimage across the globe. Really, there’s no such thing as “just popping over from London to France for the weekend,” because it’s just so darn far to go anywhere. So, Australians who travel have to go all in. It’s not uncommon for us to take a gap year after school and see what life is really like outside our island continent. For some true Aussie travelers, their “gap year” turns into a “gap life” by writing about experiences on the road. For those of us following along at home, here are 10 awesome Australian travel bloggers to follow for some of the tastiest pics and handy travel tips.
Australian travel bloggers Toni and Drew are the couple that make up 2 Aussie Travellers. This husband and wife duo are all about exploring new places and having adventures, but without breaking the bank. They blog about their experiences around the globe and offer insights about the lessons they learned en route. Currently Toni and Drew are smashing it through a lot of Australia and Asia as well as visiting Japan (so many articles filled with Insta-worthy pics!) We like their travel tips section with handy hacks for life on the road, but we are definitely big fans of their blog’s dedicated “Fabulous Food” section. Be sure to check out what these fun food bloggers have to say about delicious Japanese food!
yTravel is an inspiring family-oriented travel blog which was started by Australian couple Caz and Craig Makepeace. Now based in the US, Caz and Craig have been to over 50 countries and have some 17 years of experience of traveling under their belts. They continue to travel full time with their two daughters in tow (aren’t they the coolest parents ever?) yTravel has great blogs about trip preparation like saving money and finding cheap flights, and even breaks down different styles of travel with tips for solo, family, and couples trips. While they only have a modest handful of articles on Japan, their blog has some golden resources with websites and tools Caz and Craig use to manage their lives on the road.
A Globe Well Travelled is a travel blog by Ashlea, a keen Aussie photographer and promoter of sustainable travel. Ashlea’s blog gives lots of tips about how to travel eco-friendly, like a minimalist, and as a vegetarian. She and her husband/travel buddy are both vegetarian and so they have written a great article about vegetarian food in Japan! Ashlea offers an organized approach to traveling the globe with tips on saving money, the logistics of actually uprooting your life and moving abroad, and how to make money while traveling. Ashlea balances her studies at university while still managing her trips, how cool is that?
Alesha and Jarryd (a.k.a. Lesh and Jazza) are the faces behind Australia’s biggest adventure travel blog, NOMADasaurus. This blog came about by a project to document overland travel from Asia to Africa (without flying) and evolved from there. Specializing in adventure travel and sustainable tourism, NOMADasauraus delivers detailed travel guides, stunning photography, and insights into so many amazing locations that are literally off grid. Their guide to traveling in Japan breaks down everything you need to know, from budgets to parking to language issues, accompanied by an extensive range of posts of tips, experiences, and itineraries.
Michael Turtle is an Australian journalist and the man behind Time Travel Turtle. This Aussie travel blog sets itself apart from every other as Michael deeply explores the history, culture, and society of lesser-known global destinations. Michael’s inquisitive and analytic approach was formed after working in the Australian media for about a decade. Eventually, the Time Travel Turtle decided to quit his job to just travel the world and write about it. He has hit up 75 countries to date! This blog also has a great section about UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and at the time of writing apparently Michael has already visited and ticked off over 40% of those listed in Japan.
Together Gordon and Paula are an Australian couple who make up Contented Traveller. These two are award winning professional travel writers who define themselves as “boho chic travelers,” aiming to make the most of unique experiences off the beaten path. They see value in spending time meeting locals and learning about the local culture of a destination, which is evident in their dedicated and detailed section about visiting Japan. With a lot of “how to” guides with advice on niche adventures, Gordon and Paula are also big food bloggers who feature world recipes and emphasize a country’s cultural links to its food and beverages.
Jayne from Girl Tweets World is a kind of honorary Australian travel blogger who hails from England, the Mother Country. The classic tale of a British girl who married an Aussie, Jayne has spent many years living in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as other glamorous destinations around the globe like New York. Not only blogging in Australia, Jayne has been to over 60 countries and has been documenting her travels and tips in style. She has a range of practical advice for flying and travel logistics, telling stories about about life as an expat, reflective pieces on moving to Australia, and incredibly photogenic pictures in her articles about Japan.
Born in Tasmania, a small island to the south of mainland Australia, Brooke from World of Wanderlust boarded her first solo flight at the age of 20 and never looked back. Brooke’s blog is all about traveling solo (particularly what it’s like as a female) and doing it with plenty of adventures and pretty frequent luxury experiences (jealous). World of Wanderlust advocates solo travel offering itinerary suggestions and handy life lessons. The Japan section is jam packed with beautiful Instagram-worthy images and articles covering delicious Japanese food and “Quick Guides” to different areas, which are worth a look.
Budget Travel Talk is perfect for anyone who is planning a trip to Japan (or anywhere, for that matter) but without burning a hole in your pocket. Now in their 60s, Australian travel bloggers Jan and Marty have been traveling for over 40 years, and have been blogging in Australia extensively while cruising around in a caravan. They use Budget Travel Talk to blog about inexpensive travel covering information on road trips and cheap accommodation, with a dedicated blog section called “Food to Love,” which we love too! They have plenty of tips and tricks about what to see and do that does not cost a fortune, with helpful budget-friendly insights and first person accounts of unusual experiences in Japan.
Joseph and Rosemarie are the two food-loving Australian travel bloggers behind Travel & Beyond. After meeting in the Philippines, getting married in Indonesia, then living and working in Singapore, they are now happily based in Canberra, the capital of Australia. Joseph and Rosemarie initially started the blogging for personal documentation of their holidays, but Travel & Beyond has since grown to cover trips around the world, airline reviews, foodie blogs, and a gorgeous photo gallery. These two don’t travel full time but they are always eating something delicious! Check out their Japan section for unusual experiences in the land of the rising sun.
So there you have it, our top 10 Australian travel bloggers and writers who are doing life right! These guys offer a lot of useful travel hacks and have been on plenty of incredible adventures both in Japan and abroad. Maybe it’s just about time to take a gap year?