Almost instantly after publishing our 2014 list of Sexiest Male Travelers Alive, we were bombarded with messages and emails from male travelers wanting to nominate their favorite females for the same title.
We all know you should date a girl who travels; “she spends her weekends jetting around Europe, her holidays trekking through Uganda in search of gorillas, volunteering in a school in Ghana or lying on a beach in Sri Lanka. She spends her evenings reading travel books, watching travel movies or following travel bloggers on Twitter. She might appear to be independent and solitarily happy but, in reality, she would really like that perfect companion to be able to enjoy all of these things with.”
You’ll never get bored with a girl who travels; she’s generally drama free and is less materialistic. She doesn’t dote on possessions but rather treasured experiences.
So, with these qualities in mind, the following is our list for the 25 Sexiest Female Travelers Alive, 2014.
The Sexiest Female Travelers Alive (2014 Edition)
Anna Kate: Anna is a vibrant backpacker who has been exploring the globe solo full time for the last 4.5 years. When she’s not swinging from a cliff in Ecuador or climbing glaciers in Iceland, she’s putting her photography skills to good use, sharing vivid shots of her adventures for the rest of us to enjoy. She loves Couchsurfing, chocolate and would rather be caught being completely outrageous than totally boring.
The best thing about Anna, besides that she’s single? She’s stunning both inside and out!
Follow Anna at https://www.facebook.com/crazyintherain
Charli Moore: She’s an adventurous nomad who lives a life “undefined” – undefined because she puts no time limits or restrictions on her epic journey around the world.
She embraces every opportunity for adventure and has been fortunate enough to experience adrenalin highs in seven different countries to date; scuba diving with sharks, driving an SUV along the Trans Canada Highway, and spending a night in a grass hut on a Hawaiian beach, though sorry boys, she’s taken. Her very handsome partner Ben appeared earlier in the week as one of the sexiest male travelers alive.
Follow Charli at http://wanderlusters.com/
Trisha Velarmino: Trisha is on a mission to travel to all visa free countries for Filipinos. She travels full time and always volunteers, not just for the free food and accommodation (well, that’s one of the reasons), but to also learn how to eat, cook, speak and live like a local.
She’s a big Barcelona FC fan, loves to read, and loves to eat cupcakes and Asian food!
Follow Trisha at http://www.psimonmyway.com/
Kiersten Rich: Let’s be honest, this wouldn’t be a legitimate list if Kiersten wasn’t on it! California native, who, not too long ago, left her career in corporate finance to become a world traveler, since then she has traveled to 40 countries, knocking off fairly big bucket list adventures as she goes.
She hopes to inspire others to live a life they love, and settle for nothing less than extraordinary.
Follow Kiersten at http://theblondeabroad.com/
Alexandra Kovacova: Called Saška at home and Alex abroad, Alex spent 25 years looking for the reason of her life, and finally found it in travel.
She travels to see new places, adventures, different cultures, local food, music, habits, meet new people and much more. Her blog is about crazy travel, fun adventures and sexy photos. You’ll find her travels include a lot of the spa, swimming, snorkeling, massages, adventures, flying, beaches, hiking, animals, city breaks and other experiences around the world.
Follow Alexandra at http://www.crazysexyfuntraveler.com/
Pam Godnig Malone
Pam Godnig Malone: Pam is an “unusual Italian chick” with a passion for photography, sunsets, green-tea ice-cream and rooftop pools! She was born in Italy 29 years ago, and since then it seems her only purpose in life is getting away from it.
She first fell in love with the world when she moved to Sweden at 17 as part of an exchange student program. Since then she has been back to Sweden almost every year, lived some months in Finland, and visited as many countries she could.
Follow Pam at http://www.ablondearoundtheworld.com/
Christina Gmyr: Christina is a travel addict with passion for great food, healthy living, languages and international human rights. She recognizes that this life is so brief, and aims to make the most of it.
Follow Christina at http://www.fleetinglife.com/
Jodi Ettenberg: Jodi is beautiful, bright, and, of course, a world traveler! In 2008 she quit her job as a lawyer and took off to travel for what she thought would be just a year. She soon realized she did not want to return to the law, and instead kept traveling to the places that left her wide-eyed and smiling.
She is deeply addicted to noodle soup, and is the brains behind Legal Nomads, a site which houses resources for world travel, tips for eating street food, and hand-drawn typographic maps of delicious meals. More than anything, it is about connecting to others through food and learning.
Follow Jodi at http://www.legalnomads.com/
Candice Rose Rardon
Candice Rose Rardon: Candice is a brilliant artist who brings us fabulous stories and sketches from around the world.
Her latest sketching commissions include the Taj Mahal, Paris and a hand sketched map of the United States, and she finds there is nothing more thrilling than bringing a scene to life on the pages of her sketchbook – be it her backyard or the back of beyond.
Follow Candice at http://www.candaceroserardon.com/
Lindsay M Hawley (RIP)
UPDATED: Lindsay Hawley passed away January 1 2017. She made a huge difference around the world, managing fundraising events and digital marketing campaigns for non profits such as Dr. Interns in India, Peruvian Hearts in Peru, Vida Outreach in Baja, Mexico, and Share the Fortune and Urban Angels in San Diego, California.
She completed non profit works around the globe, had been to Necker 3 times, and worked alongside Richard Branson aiming to inspire others to live a happier life full of purpose, gratitude, excitement, love and most of all fun.
Her site, Live More Happy wasn’t just a blog, it was a way of living, always in search of the next adventure and a deeper meaning in life.
Phoebe Mroczek: Have motorcycle, will ride. Phoebe is all about creating an adventurous life you love, and together with her hunky partner Joel (see Sexiest Male Travelers Alive 2014), has recently completed an incredible motorcycle journey around the world.
Her adventure travel blog is one like no other; one to scare your mother!
Follow Phoebe at http://www.shortroadtohappy.com/
Mary Gabbett: By night she’s a Greek Goddess, by day she’s saving the world, one story at a time.
A dedicated advocate for saving our planet by promoting ecotourism and ethical travel experiences, Mary and husband Bret run the largest online nature / wildlife conservation & cultural preservation magazine.
Follow Mary at http://greenglobaltravel.com/
Kristin Addis: A 20-something Southern California-native, Kristin woke up one day to realize she wasn’t happy with the direction her life was headed in. She spent the better part of her early 20s as an investment banker in Newport Beach, which burnt her out and pushed her to make a change. So she bought a one way ticket to Thailand and hasn’t looked back.
Since then, she has sought off-the-beaten path destinations and experiences all over Southeast Asia and Oceania, all while traveling solo and perpetuating a nomadic lifestyle.
Follow Kristin at http://www.bemytravelmuse.com/
Alex Baackes: Alex has spent most of her life fighting an incurable case of wanderlust. Now that she’s found a way, at least for now, to make her life centered around travel, she feels like she is Alex in Wanderland! Not to mention, she was a pretty big fan of a certain book and movie character who had a penchant for chasing crazy characters down rabbit holes.
She travels in pursuit of adventure, adrenaline, and a lifetime of globe-trotting daydreams to fulfill. Along the way she indulges her passions for photography, design, scuba diving, and squealing over small animals.
Follow Alex at http://www.alexinwanderland.com/
Jenna Kvidt: Jenna is the planner behind the adventures which continually make us jealous at Wander the Map – a couples travel blog (sorry boys!) full of stunning video and photography from every corner of the globe.
She’s climbed glaciers in Iceland, hiked the Flam Valley in Norway, and believes if she can do it, you can too! She is a big advocate for travel not needing to be expensive, and promotes the line that you don’t always have to go far. Sometimes, the best experiences happen right in your own backyard.
Follow Jenna at http://wanderthemap.com/
Emma Higgins: A beautiful and brilliant writer, in 2010, Emma stepped on a plane to India. What followed was an eye-opening, poignant experience, an impactful glimpse into our planet and the millions of stories it tells each day. This, coupled with four years of adventure after that trip, cultivated in her an insatiable habit for both listening to and writing stories, and thus Gotta Keep Movin’ was born.
She is fascinated by the people that live in our world, and by the infinite ways in which they exist. Gotta Keep Movin’ is a mishmash of stories about these people, herself, and her ceaseless love affair with travel.
Follow Emma at http://gottakeepmovin.com/
Sabrina Iovino: In her words, Sab is “just another random girl from Berlin”, who has been traveling non stop since 2008. In 2007 she stopped buying crap she didn’t need and instead used the money to purchase a one way ticket.
She doesn’t need an iPad (or any pad!!), nor an iPod or an iPhone. She doesn’t need those fancy sneakers. That sexy dress. Another Bikini. Or a plasma TV. All she needs are her continual string of one way tickets, which have seen her explore the most amazing corners of the globe. She has a wicked sense of humor and calls things exactly as they are.
Follow Sab at http://www.justonewayticket.com/
Toccara Maytrott Best
Toccara Maytrott Best: Toccara has a passion for travel, adventure, and exploring new places and cultures. She’s a phenomenal photographer, loves travel planning, and, above all else, aims to inspire the rest of us to get out and explore this beautiful world we live in!
But sorry boys, hands to yourself…she’s taken!
Follow Toccara at http://forgetsomeday.com/
Lisa Ellen Niver
Lisa Ellen Niver: She’s breathtakingly beautiful and has the amazing personality to match it. A member of the exclusive Travelers Century Club having traveled to over 100 countries in her lifetime, Lisa’s primary purpose is to bring global awareness.
She is an inspiration to so many, a passionate writer, educator, social media ninja, speaker and global citizen, and advocate for setting goals and achieving them – her incredible weight loss was highlighted in print in First Women Magazine. You might find her underwater, traveling to an exotic location, teaching in the classroom or in print about social media, science education, lifelong learning, books, and travel.
Follow Lisa at http://www.wesaidgotravel.com/
Suzette Barnett: A California native, Suzette travels in search of breathtaking landscapes, wildlife encounters, crystal blue waters and good wine, always with camera in hand. Her goal is to live a life filled with as much fresh air and sunshine as possible.
She makes friends around the world and shares off the beaten path travel gems on her website TrySomethingFun.com
Follow Suzette at http://www.trysomethingfun.com/
Melissa Jennewein: Melissa has got wanderlust and she’s got it baaaad. She is a wanderer, wanderlust pursuer, drifter, seeker of laughter and love, and giver of free hugs.
In 2012 she donated 98% of her belongings and has been backpacking the world ever since. She decided that it was time to chase inspiration, challenge herself, and search for the answers that she is seeking to the secrets of the universe.
She wants to fill herself with the wonder and excitement of a 5 year old again, playing with and enjoying the simpler things in life and letting each new day be a surprise.
Follow Melissa at http://onenomadwoman.com/
Nellie Huang: Nellie is passionate about independent travel, outdoor adventures, languages and food. She has been traveling around the world since 2003, experiencing over 70 countries on seven continents with her husband Alberto.
She has lived and worked in London, Madrid, Granada, Tanzania and Singapore, and also spent months backpacking through South America, volunteering in Tanzania and exploring Southeast Asia. Some of her most memorable adventures include expedition cruising in Antarctica, climbing an active volcano in Iceland, skydiving in Spain, wildlife watching on the Galapagos Islands and paragliding in South Africa.
Follow Nellie at http://www.wildjunket.com/
Lauren Juliff: Lauren quit her job, sold everything, and headed out on what was supposed to be a one year trip around the world. This was in 2011.
This incredibly inspiring woman stepped on that plane, one-way ticket in hand, without having ever travelled alone before, and never for more than two weeks at a time. She had no life experience, zero common sense, and had never eaten rice. She suffered from debilitating anxiety, was battling an eating disorder and had just had her heart broken. On Never Ending Footsteps, she shows that transformation through travel is possible, even when terrible things happen to you.
She is probably also in the running for the unluckiest traveller in the world…she’s been scammed, assaulted and robbed, lost teeth and swallowed a cockroach. She’s fallen into leech-infested rice paddies, had the brakes of her motorbike fail while riding down a mountain and a boat started to sink with her on board. She’s been caught up in a tsunami, sat beside a corpse and experienced a very unhappy ending during a massage in Thailand.
Follow Lauren at http://www.neverendingfootsteps.com/
Ashley Fleckenstein: Ashley spent a year traveling the world at 23 and hasn’t looked back since.
Her adventures? Carnivale in Venice, learning how to scuba dive in Thailand, skiing in Switzerland, motorcycling across Vietnam, completing her Yoga Teacher Training in India, hiking the Himalayas and embarking on an independent yoga retreat in Bali.
Follow Ashley at http://ashleyabroad.com/
Becki Enright: Becki spent her childhood years staring at maps, and started embarking on grand adventures when she was a teenager, visiting Russia and Europe on school trips to learn about Cold War history.By 2007, at the age of 24, she had quit spending her money on short package breaks and had saved enough money to take off on her independent trip to another place she had studied enthusiastically in text books – Vietnam.
Her aim is to show the world how to travel differently, adventurously, responsibly and with purpose.
Follow Becki at http://www.bordersofadventure.com/
Erin Holmes: Who says mums can’t be sexy? Erin has been travelling the world nomadically for nearly 3 years with her husband and two small kids. She just crossed country number 50 off her list. She is bubbly and full of life, and her magnetic personality can be seen throughout the photos on her blog and YouTube videos.
She has stayed in hostels and 5 star luxury resorts, travelled on scooters and cruise liners, danced with leprechauns and cuddled tigers. Nothing is out of bounds or out of reach for this remarkable fellow Australian sheila.
Follow Erin at https://explorewitherin.com/
Thankyou for all nominations. Check back again next year for the 2015 Sexiest Traveler Awards, or enjoy more traveling eye candy by checking out Travel Blogger Crushes 2015 by “Aussie on the Road”.
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