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.)
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.
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 of the Blog
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 Ultimate Packing Guide for Travel Photographers (Tips From a Pro!)
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
5 Reasons NOT to Quit Your Job to Travel
How I Travel the World for a Living
Molokai: It’s All About the Love
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
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
My Day with Puffins in Elliston, Newfoundland
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
Boat Ride from Hell – Chitwan, Nepal
St. Cirq Lapopie: The Most Beautiful Village in France?
An Afternoon in Marcilhac sur Cele, France
Packing Tips for World Travelers
How to Stay Stylish While Traveling
California Channel Islands Packing Tips
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
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
Follow The Journey
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