Top Traveling Vagabond Bloggers Discovered in New Readers' Choice Poll

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Winners in the 10Best Readers’ Choice New Media Award for Best Traveling Vagabond Blogger have just been announced after a four-week voting period ended earlier this week. The winners are as follows:

  • Never Ending Footsteps
    Lauren Juliff

    According to Lauren Juliff, the digital nomad lifestyle isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. Sure, she gets to travel to exciting locations, meeting incredible people and trying exotic foods but she still needs to bring in an income. Often she spends as much time in front of a laptop sharing her experiences on her site, Never Ending Footsteps, as exploring the place she’s traveling through. It’s a work life balance she happily manages because, as far as she’s concerned, the positives outweigh the negatives.

  • Vagabond3
    Bob Christian and Jade Broadus

    Jade and Bob are the founders, writers, and editors of Vagabond3. They started the web site as a sharing place for their around-the-world adventures. Through travel reports, interviews, photos, and videos, they'll infuse you with the excitement of their globe-trotting trips.

  • Expert Vagabond
    Matthew Karsten

    Matthew Karsten admits he's addicted to adventure travel and photography. Initially he'd planned to travel for one year. That was 3 years ago. Long-term travel throws out unexpected challenges to conquer while exploring, meeting fascinating people, and all the other perspective-changing experiences along the way. His videos are meant to inspire the next journey with entertaining stories, beautiful images, fun travel videos, and useful tips. You can follow him at the Expert Vagabond.

  • Nomadic Chick
    Jeanie Mark

    Jeannie Mark's Nomadic Chick is about possibilities that are not defined by a zip code, to leap in with your eyes closed and take chances with your life. No matter what your age, your location or accomplishments travel and life should be a wonderful, bold, cheeky and exhilarating ride.

  • The Professional Hobo
    Nora Dunn

    Nora Dunn is The Professional Hobo; a woman who sold everything she owned in Canada in 2006 (including a busy financial planning practice) to embrace her dreams of full-time travel. She's been on the road ever since, and teaches people how to travel full-time in a financially sustainable way. As an international author on the topics of travel, personal finance, and lifestyle design, she has penned the books How to Get Free Accommodation Around the World, and Tales of Trains: Where the Journey is the Destination

  • Be My Travel Muse
    Kristin Addis

    Kristin Addis is a former investment banker from Southern California who sold everything she owned back in September 2012 in favor of traveling solo around the world - searching for off the beaten path destinations in Asia and beyond. She travels without guidebooks, instead speaking with locals, taking local transportation, and immersing herself in the culture. Then, she shows others how to do the same on her blog, Be My Travel Muse.

  • Vagabondish
    Mike Richard

    Mike Richard is a Rhode Island native, professional web designer and travel junkie with an unhealthy addiction to backpacking, hiking and seeing the world. He chronicles his adventures, mixing in personal anecdotes, advice and traveling tips, on the site Vagabondish.

  • Heart of a Vagabond
    Yara Coelho

    Yara Coelho's Heart of a Vagabond is a mindful, sustainable, vegan-friendly travel and lifestyle design blog.  As a long-time solo female traveler, her coverages is steeped with experience and a depth of knowledge few others can match.

  • Just One Way Ticket
    Sabrina Iovino

    It might have been a broken heart that sent Sabrina Iovino on her first solo adventure, but it was the backpackers she met in Thailand that sealed the deal.  According to her, “they all seemed so happy and relaxed. It was like meeting rare members of a secret world travelers’ club and I wanted to join this club as soon as possible.” Her blog, Just One Way Ticket, follows the ups and downs of being a self-sustaining female nomad, and everything in between.

  • Wandering Trader
    Marcello Arrambide

    Marcello Arrambide has worked hard to have complete freedom: location freedom, time freedom, and financial freedom. He is a day-trader in the stock market and travels the world for a living. Through his website, Wandering Trader, he share everything he’s learned about the nomadic lifestyle including tips he’s used for the last five years to support his wandering around the world.

  1. Marcello Arrambide (Wandering Trader)
  2. Sabrina Iovino (Just One Way Ticket)
  3. Yara Coelho (Heart of a Vagabond)
  4. Mike Richard (Vagabondish)
  5. Kristin Addis (Be My Travel Muse)
  6. Nora Dunn (The Professional Hobo)
  7. Jeanie Mark (Nomadic Chick)
  8. Matthew Karsten (Expert Vagabond)
  9. Bob Christian and Jade Broadus (Vagabond3)
  10. Lauren Juliff (Never Ending Footsteps)

A panel of experts picked 20 initial nominees, and winners were then determined by popular vote. Experts Earl Baron (Wandering Earl), Michael Hodson (GoSeeWrite) and Matthew Kepnes (Nomadic Matt) were chosen based on their extensive experience in social media and the round-the-world nomadic lifestyle.

It was a tight race throughout the month of voting. Additional nominees included Jodi Ettenberg (Legal Nomads), Erin McNeaney and Simon Fair (Never Ending Voyage), Dalene and Pete Heck (Hecktic Travels), Samuel Jeffrey (Nomadic Samuel), Erica and Shaun Kuschel (Over Yonderlust), Eytan Levy (Snarky Nomad), Benny Lewis (Fluent In 3 Months), Rob Llyod (Stop Having A Boring Life), Anil Polat (foXnoMad), and Rolf Potts (Rolf Potts' Vagabonding).

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY. Upcoming New Media Awards include Best Luxury Travel Blogger.

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