Best Adventure Travel Blog - Christy Woodrow

Ordinary Traveler is an award-winning adventure travel and lifestyle blog, written by Christy Woodrow. In 2010, she created Ordinary Traveler to chronicle her travels and share her love of photography.

Over the past 12 years, Ordinary Traveler has grown tremendously and it’s now one of the top travel blogs, offering useful travel advice and tips on balancing a home life with extreme wanderlust.

Over the past several years, I have taken a deep dive into my personal healing. I am now a hypnotherapist and virtual retreat host (you can check out The Unfolding Virtual Retreat here!).

In addition to writing about my adventurous and off-the-beaten-path travels, I share my personal stories of healing and growth on the blog — as well as suggestions for those looking for spiritual travel opportunities.


What’s Behind The Name Ordinary Traveler?

When I started Ordinary Traveler in 2010, many of the popular travel blogs were written by permanent, or soon-to-be permanent, nomads. They got a lot of press, which gave the impression that this was the preferred way to travel.

Not everyone wants to quit their job and sell all of their possessions to travel. People who want a family, a home, and an adventurous life are the “ordinary” people I strive to connect with and inspire. That’s the idea behind the name Ordinary Traveler.

During an extended stay in Southeast Asia, I realized I love my home base too much to be  a permanent nomad, so I have been learning how to live a “normal” life at home while exploring the world as much as possible. (Please see our Work With Us page if you are looking for partnership opportunities.)


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How can this site help you?

Ordinary Traveler’s focus is to provide trip ideas for people with limited vacation time and to introduce off-the-beaten-path destinations that you may not find on other travel blogs.


Best Adventure Travel Blog - Christy Woodrow

On the internet, every day, we are flooded with the truly extraordinary. We are conditioned to believe that “exceptional” is the new normal, which can leave people feeling pretty insecure.

The truth is, you don’t need to be born with extreme talent to do what you love. Don’t let the fear that you are not talented enough stop you from fulfilling your dreams. The trick to living the life of your dreams is dedication and hard work.

Best Adventure Travel Blog - Christy Woodrow


Best of the Blog


Travel Advice

My 65 Best Travel Tips: Save Money, Avoid Mistakes & Travel Like A Pro

How to Take Great Travel Photos as a Solo Traveler

Tips for Keeping Your Valuables Safe While Traveling

10 Tips on How to Save for Travel

The Best Travel Cameras

The Ultimate Packing Guide for Travel Photographers (Tips From a Pro!)

Checklist for Overseas Travel

20 Best Travel Hacks That Will Save You Money

How to Build a Successful Travel Blog

10 Genius Camping Hacks & Tips Every Camper Should Know

Best Carry-On Luggage (For Every Budget)

Detailed Road Trip Packing List (Must-Have Essentials!)

The Most Durable Checked Luggage [Buying Guide]


Most Inspiring Posts

The Secret to Living the Life of Your Dreams

10 Best Careers for Travelers

5 Reasons NOT to Quit Your Job to Travel

I See the Light in You

How I Travel the World for a Living

Molokai: It’s All About the Love

First Impressions of Lana’i


Solo Female Travel

Travel Tips for the Solo Female Adventurer

10 Safe Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

10 Safest European Cities For Solo Female Travelers

The Beauty of Traveling Solo

Being in a Relationship Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Travel Solo

Keeping in Touch With Your Significant Other While Traveling

Why Wales is a Perfect Destination for Solo Travelers

Must-Know Safety Tips For Women Traveling Alone On A Road Trip


Great Stories

My Day with Puffins in Elliston, Newfoundland

Is Molokai the Real Hawaii?

A Day With Wild Grizzly Bears in Glendale Cove, British Columbia

Orcas Versus Gray Whales: Our Once in a Lifetime Whale Watching Experience

See a Glacier – Limited Time Only!

Is it Worth Visiting Israel if You’re Not Religious?

Surrounded by Whales in Stephens Passage, Alaska

First Impressions of Nepal

Boat Ride from Hell – Chitwan, Nepal

St. Cirq Lapopie: The Most Beautiful Village in France?

An Afternoon in Marcilhac sur Cele, France


Packing Tips

Carry-On Packing Guide

Packing Tips for World Travelers

How to Stay Stylish While Traveling

Packing List for Europe

California Channel Islands Packing Tips

Packing List for Alaska

Packing List for Norway

What to Pack for a Winter Trip to Canada


Travel Guides & Destination Tips

Insider’s Guide to Travel in the Cook Islands

How To Swim With Pigs In The Bahamas

How to Travel in Norway on a Budget

Venice Travel Tips: What You Need to Know Before Visiting

Essential Travel Tips for North Vancouver Island

How to Plan a Trip to Scotland’s Hebrides

Cinque Terre Travel Tips

Havasu Falls Travel Tips

The Ultimate Guide to Portland in a Weekend

Italy Travel Tips: Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting

6-Day Iceland Road Trip Itinerary – In-Depth Guide to Planning Your Trip

Yellowstone National Park Camping Tips

Moorea, Tahiti On A Budget: In Depth Moorea Guide

Your Guide to the Florida Keys

Tips for Taking a Road Trip in the USA

Central California Coast Travel Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Maui on a Budget

How to Travel Kauai on a Budget

Central Oregon Road Trip Itinerary & Where To Stay

Colorado Road Trip Itinerary: MUST-SEE Stops + Where To Stay!

CA Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip Guide

Best Adventure Travel Blog - Christy Woodrow

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