10 Unconventional Travellers and Adventurers You Can’t Miss

Travelling unconventionally isn’t always easy, but it is highly rewarding.

Written by Conni Biesalski. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

// This is Part II of the Unconventional Peeps Series! You can read Part I right here and Part II here! //

Want to travel the world? Want to do it a bit differently than all the other backpackers and wanna-be indie travellers? 
There are so many ways to see the world and push your limits, it is mind-blowing. There are peeps out there who take the concept of travelling and come up with their own version. Some seemingly normal guys go on adventures and expeditions regularly and make the impossible possible. Some make travelling their life.
These guys below are screwing traditional ways to travel and to have an adventure. They rather go down the unconventional road. Highly inspiring!!
See you on the road?

Unconventional Peeps – Part III:  Different Ways to See the World

1. Daniel Baylis

On the day he turned 30, Daniel announced that he’d be leaving his job, apartment and city to make his dreams a reality. With one month left, Daniel has spent the last eleven months of 2011 in eleven different country around the globe. In each destination he partnered with a person or community organization and offered his time and labour in exchange for room and board. Right now, he’s in his last country: Australia.

Blog: The Conversationalist / Twitter: @daniel_baylis

Inspiring Post: 20 Things I learned From Travel

2. Alastair Humphreys

This man is one hell of an adventurer. He has cycled around the world, sailed across the Atlantic, canoed the length of a river, ran several marathons and loooots more. He’s the expedition man. And he’s pretty cool too.

Blog: Alastair Humphreys / Twitter: @al_humphreys

Inspiring post: Adventure Will Change Your Life

3. Jodi Ettenberg

I met Jodi a couple of years ago in a hostel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I only had a tiny idea then what an amazing traveller and blogger she was and would be. She is a former lawyer from Montreal, who has been travelling since 2008 and is currently eating her way around the world, one country at a time. Check out her talk at the World Domination Summit “On Taking Risks, Long-Term Travel And Finding Your Path in Life”.

Blog: Legal Nomads / Twitter: @legalnomads

Inspiring Post: Jodi’s Amazing Travel Ressource Page

4. Colin Wright

If you’ve been following A Life of Blue for a bit, you might have come across the interview I recently did with Colin. In any case, he belongs to this list like the R in Rad. Colin moves to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers, and has thus far lived in Argentina, Iceland, New Zealand, Thailand and India.

Blog: Exile Lifestyle / Twitter: @colinismyname

Inspiring Post: My Exile Lifestyle – Excerpt from Argentina

5. Caz & Craig

These guys have been travelling and living abroad since 1997 (!) – First solo, then as a couple, and now with their two young girls. So far they have visited over 35 countries and lived in 5: Australia, USA, England, Ireland, and Thailand. They really have made their life one big journey, and have no plans to stop.

Blog: Y Travel Blog / Twitter: @ytravelblog

Inspiring Post: Is it Safe to Travel the World?

6. Dervla Murphy

My heroine. Dervla is an Irish touring cyclist and author of adventure travel books for over 40 years. She wrote a book ‘Full Tilt’, which is about her overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. She followed this by volunteering with Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal, and trekking with a mule through Ethiopia. Now in her late-70s, she continues to travel around the world and remains passionate about politics, conservation, bicycling and beer.

Website: Dervla Murphy / Sorry, no social media for Dervla

Inspiring: Travelling a different path (This is an interview over at the Irish Examiner)

7. Dave Cornthwaite

Do you know this guy? Well, you really should. Dave is an English adventurer, writer and filmmaker. He is best known for his Expedition1000 project, a unique and ambitious plan to undertake 25 separate journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport. To date he has completed three journeys from the project. He set a Guinness World Record for travelling the furthest distance by longboard after he skated 5823km (3618 miles) from Perth to Brisbane in Australia in 2006. Yeah, that’s Dave.

Website: Dave Cornthwaite / Twitter: @davecorn

Inspiring: Philosophy of Adventure

8. Aukje van Gerven

Not too long ago, Aukje van Gerven jumped feet first into a giant washing machine. Before she jumped she was a legal professional and after the cycle had finished the end result was an author, adventurer and edutainer. She now creates captivating stories and short films from her experiences, to inspire others to seek new challenges and adventures within their personal lives.

Website: Aukje van Gerven / Twitter: @aukjevangerven

Inspiring: The Journey of a Lifetime. 12.000 kilometres on a bike back home

9. Kate McCulley

Kate is the solo travel girl. For her, life’s too short to have regrets, which is why she likes to live the most interesting life possible by traveling the world and saying yes to just about anything. On her blog, she encourages women to take the plunge and travel solo as well.

Blog: Adventurous Kate / Twitter: @adventurouskate

Inspiring Post: Dear Ladies – This Can Be Your Life Too

10. Hugh Thomson

Hugh Thomson is a traveller, writer and film-maker who believes strongly that the world is not as explored as we like to suppose. He has produced several books and documentaries about his explorations and you can even join him on his trips.

Blog: The White Rock / He doesn’t do social media.

Inspiring Post: My Worst Journeys From Hell


Do you you know any other unconventional traveller or adventurer? What’s your travel dream adventure? 

Don’t be shy, leave a comment below!!

[After compiling this list and doing the research, I’ve got a million and one travel ants in the pants. I’m super excited to be getting back on the road in a few months. One year in one place is quite a challenge for a life-long nomad like me!]


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9 Responses to 10 Unconventional Travellers and Adventurers You Can’t Miss

  1. Great list. Thanks so much for including us!

  2. Federico says:

    Hi Connie,
    my name is Federico and I'm traveling around the world without flying. From Italy, my home country, I reached Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and now I'm going to Alaska on a 50cc motorbike. 
    On my blog you can find more information.

    • Conni says:

      Thanks so much for letting us in on your adventure! I think your plan and travel philosophy is fantastic and I wish you all the best!! Maybe see you around somewhere next year :) All the best, Frederico!!!

  3. Many thanks for including me in this list! What lovely company, as well!

  4. Paul says:

    How the hell can I be like y’all?

    I’m a 26 year old office manager living in New Orleans since birth. I’ve always wanted to see the world but idk how to afford it. I’m a college grad, but I don’t make much $, and I can no longer perform most physical activities (manual labor, restaurant service, anything involving me having to bend over repeatedly or lift) to earn $ bc I have a back condition that can be very painful if aggravated. Any info about how I can become a world traveler w my limitations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks y’all.

  5. Nuh Uhhhh says:

    Honorable mention to Matt Harding at wherethehellismatt.com?


    I am a young girl living in India, that is in Cherrapunjee. I have always wanted to be an adventurer, but I have no idea how to starts. Please give me some suggestions and advice.
    Thank you.