Two days ago, I wrote a post about the lack of Asian female travel bloggers on the mainstream web.
There are many female travel bloggers, and many Asian-centric ones as well, but few travel bloggers who are 1) Asian and 2) female and getting the coverage they deserve. Where are all the Asian women traveling and conquering the world? Why haven’t the hit the more mainstream media?
The fact is, their websites might not hit the first or second page of Google’s search results, but there are Asian female travel bloggers out there who are writing eye-opening stories about their travels. Many quit their corporate jobs at a young age, choosing to trade them in for a life of off-beat adventures, and have had to deal with disappointing their parents. They share their stories and travel tips in their own corners of the interwebs—corners you should venture out to.
Here are 6 Asian female travel bloggers you should follow:
1. Aileen from I Am Aileen
Aileen is an inspiration. She quit her corporate job in the Philippines at 21 years old to pursue her dream of traveling the world and to build her own business. She says she was “young and broke” but after a couple of months, she was able to turn her dreams into reality and live a sustainable life of travel. Today, she is a successful, thriving digital nomad—her mission is to show you how you can do the same, too.
2. Juno from Runaway Juno
Juno left her job as a mechanical engineer in Seoul, Korea in 2011. As a Korean who grew up in a conservative household, choosing to leave her career was one of the most difficult decisions she had ever made and affected her relationship with her family. (I know I can relate). Juno took a leap of faith and decided to start her career as a travel blogger and since then has seen the northern lights, gone skiing in the Namibian desert, and traveled to Machu Picchu twice. She also has this super interesting piece on ‘Asian-Asian racism’ titled “Why Chinese People Hate Me.”
3. Shivya from The Shooting Star
Similar to AIleen and Juno, Shivya quit her corporate job when she was 23 with “a dream of traveling the globe.” Just two years later, she decided to pack her life into a backpack and the the road. She has hitch-hiked along Romania’s countryside, lived with a Mayan community in Guatemala, and even swam with black tip sharks in Malaysia. She hopes to inspire readers to step outside of their comfort zone and gives great advice on dealing with parents who might be wary about traveling.
4. Aleah from Solitary Wanderer
Aleah was 11 when she first traveled solo—although the thought may seem scary to others, Alean found it exhilarating. Most of her posts are about the places she’s been to, but quite a few center around tips for traveling solo. Her most popular post, which has gone viral, is “Date a Girl Who Travels,” which has been translated to Mandarin, French, and more.
5. Anna from Slightly Astray
When Anna started her blog in 2013, she was a twenty-something-year-old who went on the road because she “fell for a boy who asked her to travel the world with him.” She quit her job as a civil engineer in South California, traveled around the world, broke up with the boy, and made Malaysia her second home. Coming from a Chinese family, her dad wasn’t accepting of her life choices–but her mom was. She’s written several posts about her relationship with her mother, who’s always supported her–they’re the sweetest thing you’ll ever read (I might have shed a tear or two).
6. Phebe from The Traveling Squid
Unlike many of the bloggers mentioned above, Phebe still holds a day job and wants to show others it’s possible to travel while working a 9-to-5. Her blog name is based off of Squidward Tentacles, whom she compares herself to. When she first started traveling, she thought she knew it all until she stayed in India for six months and went through some less-than-pleasant experiences (including “having to walk 5km to [her] destination because [she] alighted at the wrong bus stop”—only it turned out to be 10km). She shares her tips and tricks and adventures in her blog.
I think this is a good start to shedding more light on Asian female travel bloggers.
These girls show that it’s possible to pursue a life of travel even if it’s outside of your cultural norms. I’m hoping to reach out to them—and maybe get an interview—to see what their parents said about wanderlust-fueled decisions or if there was pushback from their family.
I’m sure there are other Asian female travel bloggers out there I just haven’t found out about—do you know of any not on my list? If so, let me know in the comments below!