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The California Connection: 20 Bloggers That Will Inspire Your Next Visit to the Golden State and Beyond

1 year ago by matthew

Blogs can be one of the greatest ways to seek travel inspiration for your next trip. Whether it’s delving into local lifestyles or seeking out bloggers working closely with the travel industry, travel and lifestyle blogs are quickly becoming one of the top resources when it comes to finding recommendations for your next getaway.

California is home to a ton of incredible bloggers who’s content is certain to inspire your travel plans both near and far. Whether its Californian locals wandering the globe like Kiersten from The Blonde Abroad, or locals exploring their home state and sharing it with the world like Josh of California Through My Lens, there is tons of travel inspo to be found in the Golden State that is for sure.

This post features 20 of our favorite Cali-based bloggers that are sure to insight some serious wanderlust. Check them out and discover for yourself exactly why we love them so much!

1. Kiersten of The Blonde Abroad

IG: @theblondeabroad

Kiersten is a California native and founder of The Blonde Abroad. Leaving her career in corporate finance to travel the world, Kiersten has journeyed to over 50 countries and her adventures are sure to inspire some bucket list envy.

Whether you’re looking for recommendations on activities to try, travel tips for adventuring solo, or pretty much anything in between, you’ll likely find Kiersten has shared it on the blog!

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2. Kristin of Be My Travel Muse

IG: @bemytravelmuse

If you’re looking for inspiration to travel solo then look no further than Kristin’s Be My Travel Muse. While she’s based in Southern California her adventures have taken Kristin all around the world since 2012.

From hitchhiking solo across China, to scuba diving, African safari’s and even becoming a Buddhist monk for 10 days, Kristin really does seem to have done it all and her adventures are a must-read for any travel junkie!

3. Josh of California Through My Lens

IG: @californiathroughmylens

Josh has been running his blog for over 5 years with the assistance of his wife, earning him over 10 million views and mentions in the LA Times and on Good Morning America!

Combining his love for the outdoors with a passion for photography, Josh showcases the California landscape like no other. Whether its California National Parks or the Strange and Unique Spots of Southern California, his blog is loaded with his adventures throughout the state and tons of resources for those that love to explore the great outdoors!

4. Selena and Jacob of Find Us Lost

IG: @finduslost

Featuring curated guides, unique destinations and tons of incredible experiences around the world, Selena and Jacob’s blog is the ultimate resource for any traveler.

From Israel to the Netherlands and right at home in the USA, there’s something for everyone planning an adventure to discover over on their site. But don’t take our word for it, check them out and see for yourself!

5. Jessica of Hej Doll

IG: @hejdoll

Jessica Doll is a professional photographer, traveler and mum based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Recently named one of the Top 20 San Francisco based bloggers by Flip Key (and also featured on our list of 10 San Francisco Instagrammers You Need to Be Following), Jessica has tons of posts to get you inspired for your next visit to California.

Her packing list for travelling light is a must-read for anyone looking to live a little more minimally on the road and her California Local section is full of plenty of recommendations and suggestions, from places to stay to where to eat and what to see while you’re visiting.

6. Eric of Travel Babbo

IG: @travelbabbo

Having previously worked in health care, Eric left his full-time job to travel the world and take his family along for the ride. Having visited 80+ countries and seven continents he’s definitely seen a lot of the globe, and two of his kids even visited Europe before their first birthdays!

He’s been named CNN/Forbes number 4 Travel Influencer in 2017, won Conde Nast Traveler’s photo of the year in 2012 and is definitely one travel blogger you don’t want to miss!

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7. Aimee of The Ohio Transplant

IG: @aimeerancer

Having moved her life from Ohio to San Francisco after college in 2011, Aimee started her blog The Ohio Transplant to document her life and adventures travelling the west coast.

Her suggestions for 24 Hours Spent in San Francisco is one of our personal favorite posts and features a ton of awesome suggestions if you’re planning on visiting the Bay Area!

8. Joanna of Lose the Map

IG: @losethemap_

Joanna started Lose the Map to share her love of travel with others and all of the adventures, thoughts and lessons that have accompanied her on her trips around the world.

Whether its eating with the locals or biking around a new city, you can bet Joanna is there for it. She even has an awesome section of her site where you can check out her travel recommendations based off of the travel style that suits you the most!

9. Katie of La Jolla Mom

IG: @lajollamom

Katie showcases all things travel and lifestyle over on her blog La Jolla Mom. From restaurants and things to do in San Diego to road trips and tips for flying with kids, you’ll find it all over on her site!

As a luxury travel writer Katie shares her many experiences from all over the world, but when she’s not on the road she’s sharing her life in La Jolla, a community in San Diego, and all that the surrounding area has to offer for locals and tourists alike!

10. Julie of Sincerely Jules

IG: @sincerelyjules

Julie Sariñana founded Sincerely, Jules in February 2009. While primarily a fashion blog that began as a creative outlet, Julie has quickly become a go-to lifestyle influencer and her blog posts are great if you’re planning to visit California any time soon.

Check out her post featuring her perfect travel essentials to get some inspo for your next trip!

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11. Ellis of The Ell Blog

IG: @ellistracy

Based in San Diego, Ellis’ blog is a hotspot for all things cocktails, travel and lifestyle. Her travel posts offer a ton of unique takes on things to do while in California from San Francisco Travel Diary’s to tips on planning a Guy’s Weekend in San Luis Obispo.

Sit back, grab a glass of wine, and we’re sure you’ll have found more than a few spots to add to your itinerary in no time on The Ell Blog.

12. Courtney of Pretty Little Fawn

IG: @prettylittlefawn

Courtney is an LA based actress, blogger and self-proclaimed lover of all things vintage, mimosas and brunch. Sharing everything from beauty tips and experiences to travel photo diaries, Pretty Little Fawn is full of all the vintage-vibe inspiration you could be looking for.

Love her photo diaries? You can find even more of her incredible shots over on Instagram!

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13. Laura of Laura Lily

IG: @laura_lily

Laura Lily is an LA-based fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger focused on promoting attainable luxury to her readers. Laura started the blog in 2012 to share her love of fashion with others and since then it has expanded to include travel guides, DIYs and lots more!

Her post on the top LA photography spots is a must read for any travelling photography enthusiast looking to visit Los Angeles!

14. Claudia of Claudia Candelas

IG: @claudiacandelas

Founded around the idea of showcasing her personal style and fashion tips, Claudia’s blog is a resource for not only fashion inspiration but tons of lifestyle and travel tips focused right in her home state of California as well.

Our personal favorite blog post? Her list of Bay Area Day Trips featuring Monterey Bay and Carmel by the Sea!

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15. Kim of Kim Genevieve

IG: @kimgenevieve

Kim Genevieve is a Canadian-born, Cali girl at heart. She moved to LA to pursue her dream of professional photography and now shares her own unique brand of lifestyle content through her blog!

Whether its sharing her adventures with Uber while she explores the streets of San Francisco or showcasing the cover shoots she’s doing for different brands and publications, her content is certainly the burst of colour you need to get inspired and ready to pack your bags and head to LA yourself.

16. Mary of The World Is a Book

IG: @worldisabook

The World Is a Book is full of tons of family-focused travel ideas from all around the world. Mary and her family of four, while based in California, spend much of their time exploring the globe and documenting it all for their readers over on their blog!

From cruises to national parks, the blog has tons of tips, tricks and recommendations for fellow family travelers and is a must visit for anyone looking for suggestions and trip inspo in the USA and beyond.

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17. Matthew Allard of Life Serial

IG: @lifeserial

Matthew Allard may not be a travel blogger, but as an LA based writer and photographer, his blog was one that we totally had to include on our list of California-based inspo. Between his Instagram and his creative approach to documenting his own lifestyle content, Matthew Allard paints LA in a light that will spark your curiosity and have you ready to go and explore it for yourself.

Check out his site for all sorts of photography and more and don’t miss his two short story collections while you’re there!

18. Karilyn of No Back Home

IG: @nobackhome

No Back Home is a blog by Karilyn Owen that showcases all of her adventures both inside and out of her home city of Los Angeles. Whether its a great new travel product or a new destination she’s raving about, Karilyn is always sharing her candid and authentic experiences with her audience.

Check out her latest adventure kayaking in the Channel Islands and follow along on all her family adventures as they travel and share all their tips and lessons learned along the way.

19. Chelsea and Nate of Some Day I’ll Learn

IG: @somedayilllearn

Chelsea and Nate Day are the duo behind the blog Some Day I’ll Learn. Sharing all their travel ideas and activities for families, Chelsea and Nate’s blog showcases so much of what California has to offer to visitors both young and old.

Based in San Diego, the Days are a family of six and their adventures throughout the states will have you checking back each month to see what the family’s up to next (and maybe take a couple ideas for yourself)!

20. Jenna of This Is My Happiness

IG: @jennafrancisco

This is My Happiness is a travel and lifestyle blog focused on family-friendly travel in Northern California. Jenna focuses on travel that goes beyond the normal landmark must-sees to feature some of the sites and to-do’s that make Northern California truly unique!

Influenced by her multicultural family and background in art history and linguistics, Jenna’s blog is a perfect blend of history, heritage and the realities of travelling with a family.

Looking for more Cali-based inspo for your next trip? Check out our list of 10 San Francisco-Based Instagrammers You’ve Got To Follow! You can also find a ton more recommendations right in the Map2Next app, available for free download in the App Store!

Do you use blogs and social media to plan your travels? Let us know in the comments what your go-to sources for travel tips and tricks are!