That’s why here at Epic Gap Year we have hand-sourced all of our experiences. We’ve taken part in them ourselves as travellers, worked with them as bloggers or, in some cases, run or even created the courses!
To help us continue this ethos, we’ve got some of our amazing travel blogger friends on board for the ride. Dotted around the globe, they’re constantly trying to find some great new experiences, suppliers and locations to add to our site.
If they find something they let us know, we get them on board.
This means we get some epic new experiences, you get a wider variety, the bloggers get more exposure and you still get the personal recommendation and trust in the product….
We’re Built By Travellers, For Travellers!
So let us introduce you to some of the faces we have on board…
Are you a travel blogger? Want to join our Blog Ambassador Programme? Simply drop us and email with your blog and stats!
Stephen From A Backpackers Tale
Stephen is an adventure traveller on a world-wide quest to conquer his bucket list. On his journey, he has got into some sticky situations, such as staring down a Grizzly Bear in the Alaskan wilderness, almost getting gored during the Running of the Bulls and ending up in the back of a Russian cop car on the Mongol Rally.
Caz and Craig want to live in a world where people fearlessly follow what’s in their heart and embrace travel as more than just a 2 week annual thing to do.
As Australia’s biggest travel bloggers, they’ve been featured on Lonely Planet, National Geographic online, Virgin Australia, Expedia, Huffington Post, Cleo Magazine and ABC Radio.
When they’re not travelling and writing about it, you can find them swinging in a beach hammock at sunset to the tunes of Jack Johnson, or screaming in the stands of their favourite sporting match.
Their eBook, How to create travel life you love without spending a fortune shares all their tips and strategies learned from over 16 years of world travel.
Lauren is a Physicist turned digital nomad and freelance travel writer who has been travelling the world on a permanent basis since 2011. She mostly writes about how NOT to travel, since being on the road, she’s punched a scammer in Shanghai, been violated during a massage in Bangkok, sat next to a dead woman in Laos and so much more.
Jeremy Scott Foster is a travel writer, photographer, and professional adventurer. He has been featured by The New York Times, National Geographic, and USA Today, and travels the world as a digital influencer, blogger, and freelance journalist.
Dave From Drifting Kiwi
For over a decade, Dave unsuccessfully tried to balance a corporate career and a travel addiction, until one day he decided that enough was enough. In 2011, he quit his job, sold everything he owned and set off to wander around the world with a backpack, a laptop and no return ticket.
Giesel lives from moment to moment with a hunger for travel and adventure. In her words – “I am not sure of the amount of time I have in this infinite space, but I do know that no matter the amount of days I spend spreading my wings across oceans and deserts, there will never be enough time for me to explore all the corners of the world. I am one person with many dreams and new opportunities coming forth each and every day. I will take the world up on each and every one of them until I no longer have the breath to move forward.”
Macca is an author, blogger and photographer who has worked in the travel industry for the past four years. He has travelled to just shy of 50 countries, volunteered in Bangladesh and worked in both China and Australia. Macca’s all about bringing people and places to you wherever you are in the world.
Managing the delicate balance between career and a love of travel, Neil is a London based blogger who, having caught the travel bug during his gap year back in 2007, is determined to carry on exploring the world, even whilst holding down a 9-5.
With a limited number of days annual leave and rent to pay, Neil’s blog is focused on both budget travel and how to get the most out of shorter term travels. He’s recently started playing the airmiles ‘game’, and so is also currently experimenting with alternative ways to afford travel without breaking the bank.
Outside of travel blogging Neil can usually be found watching or playing football, dreaming of his next snowboarding trip, eating pizza and/or binge watching boxed sets.
Sabrina Iovino is the writer behind JustOneWayTicket.com and has been blogging full time since end of 2012. All her income comes from her travel blog in the form of advertising, affiliates and sponsorships. Sabrina is half German, half Italian and has lived in Turkey for the last one and a half years. She’s been traveling and living abroad since 2008 and has traveled to more than 50 countries. Currently she’s in Chiang Mai, Thailand…
Sam From Totally Sams World
Samantha is known as the ‘Pole Dancing Travel Geek’. She has hung up her Stilettos, packed her backpack and boarded flights to places she had never thought of going to before. You can join Sam on her mission to see the real world and hear her spill the beans on the geekiness and gossip she encounters! Samantha has many passions in life; she’s a dancer, shopaholic, music lover, keen writer and dreamer.
Tommo & Megsy are travel writers, podcasters, photographers and the couple behind the Travel Freedom Network, which includes the popular blogs Food Fun Travel & Backpacking 4 Beginners and the Travel Freedom Podcast. They’ve visited over 80 countries between them & have been full time digital nomads since April 2013. Tommo & Megsy have been featured in online publications such as Forbes, Yahoo Travel, Buzzfeed and more.
Hester is from the Netherlands, and always up for a new adventure! When she was 14, she caught her first flight to New York by herself and hasn’t really stopped traveling ever since. In December 2014 she’ll start her next big journey: traveling around the world, covering (at least) SE Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii and the US from coast to coast!
Camille is a coconut-loving, adventure-seeking, barefoot, beach bum who finds bliss challenging herself out in the ocean, winding down with sunset yoga, and taking the path less travelled. She aims to inspire people to release their fears, chase their dreams, and do everything in life with intention.
Clelia is an enthusiastic Italian girl who left home at age 19 and experienced every possible type of travel: from short breaks, expat life, holidays on a budget or in luxury accommodations and long term travel.
Passionate about photography and adventurous activities, Clelia loves anything where water (and a bit of risk/excitement) is involved and after almost 20 years of wandering, her goal now is to inspire and inform wannabe travelers, no matter what the budget or the trip type is.
Ally is a marketing specialist, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and blogger on her days off. She has spent the last 4 years in Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Hong Kong and the Maldives getting a Masters Degree in Journalism and teaching diving. Ask her anything about diving courses and where to get a good G&T! She loves anything related to a good feed, a dive with big sharks and tall blonde ocean loving guys.
Trisha Velarmino is a road scholar who loves languages, burgers, cats, football, hot sauce and coffee. She is the author of the travel blog, P.S. I’m On My Way where she writes about her long-term travel adventures, volunteering, learning languages, teaching English abroad and encouraging women to travel solo.
Nick is an adventure traveller and craft beer enthusiast. You can usually find him checking out a new brewery or getting into some kind of mischief like hang-gliding through the Swiss Alps, scuba diving in Thailand, or trying (unsuccessfully) to surf in Costa Rica.
Aussie, Hannah and Brazilian, Dan are a couple of 20 something year olds who share the same intense passion for one thing – travel.
Between them they’ve gained over 8 years of experience travelling the world whilst earning an income simultaneously and now they want to help you do the same through their site – StoryV – a travel and lifestyle blog designed to help inspire and help you to get out and travel more!
Their eBook – Travel More – is a comprehensive guide to saving and earning money whilst you travel, This is where they share all of the strategies that have helped them to create a life of travel and how you too can put them into practice.
Chris is the Founder of Epic Gap Year, he’s been on the road since 2009 providing reviews, advice and stories over on his blog Backpacker Banter. When he’s not busy freediving, shooting photos or blogging, you’ll usually find him out in the ocean catching some waves!