This year I’ve got this urge for going outdoors. And it’s basically a result of following a new generation of ladies who roam. They’re a different strain of us peripatetic types. Their belongings are fewer. Their communities are more mobile. For many of them, their home is their mode of transport. Their only company may be a single partner or their trusty dog. They’re a group of women I completely aspire to be in the company of. In front of a camp fire, specifically. I spend evenings endlessly scrolling through their accounts that thrive on the kind of authenticity that comes from life on the road. I’m Walter Mitty basically.
Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year by opening up every single one of its 46 national parks and reserves free of charge to the public. And I’ve sadly only seen a handful of them in my lifetime. I’ve also started asking all of my American friends about their favourite national parks too, creating a list I’d like to start checking off some day. I’ve never seen the desert.
At least I’ve can peer into those wide open spaces through these ladies. They are illustrators, outdoor educators, writers and just freakingly amazing. I hope we all get to roam the wide open spaces this year.
Amanda Sandlin is an artist and she’s wild. Her gorgeous illustrations dot her Instagram feed and add to the magic. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of them gorgeous babies. PS – If you’re starting up your own biz this year (go you!), check out what she can do for you.
Stevie Lewis, aka @chocosweete, is yet another illustrator girlcrush. Oh right, she also climbs things.
I’ve been mad following Erin Sullivan for the past month and totally loving everything she is about. Her vlogs inspired me to start exploring video, I really dig her uber motivational writing. She’s 27 and killing it. And she goes really cool places all over the Americas.
A lady and her dog. In their camper van and a bike that’s got a sidecar for her pooch? Yup. Love love love.
A couple that just lives out of a van in the prettiest of places is what caught me. Sarah and Bryan threw their live savings into building out a gorgeous 1992 Ford E-250. They open their doors in all the places and cherish the parking lots and the epic views.