We Are Travel Girls is a global female travel community that was founded by Becky van Dijk and Vanessa Rivers in 2016. We Are Travel Girls connects women online here on our site, and on our popular Instagram account, and offline at our monthly meet-ups and trips.
WeAreTravelGirls.com is a travel site written for women by women. We carefully curate and publish only the best female travel stories from around the globe creating a community where we can grow together and inspire one another. We host monthly meet-ups, and also organise trips to Travel With Us in different locations around the world! Whether you prefer weekend getaways or yearn for long term travel, we all, in one way or another, have that feeling of wanderlust and itchy feet, and that feeling is what brings us together. Join us by sharing your travel stories!
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS | BECKY & VANESSA
Becky van Dijk grew up in London. After university, she took a 6-month trip through South East Asia that ignited her passion for travel. Becky went on to have a successful career in finance, but soon her feet were restless and she left for another adventure – an 18-month trip through South America as well as Italy, Spain, Canada, Alaska and California. Having explored over 50 countries, Becky soon realised that building a life and career around travel was her dream and so to make that happen she began sharing her travels on BeckyvanDijk.com and here on We Are Travel Girls.
Vanessa Rivers grew up on a ranch on the Central Coast of California and attended college at UC Santa Barbara, where she fell in love with surfing. Surfing led Vanessa around the world and it was on one of these trips that she decided to combine her love of the ocean and nature to create an eco-friendly swimwear line, SUMMERLOVE SWIM. Vanessa is currently based out of London, lives part-time in California, and spends much of her time traveling, documenting her adventures on her blog, GlitterandMud.com, and here on We Are Travel Girls.
Becky and Vanessa met during a swimwear design course at London College of Fashion and bonded over their mutual love for travel and bikinis. Soon after, Becky started the Instagram page @WeAreTravelGirls, which quickly attracted thousands of female travel writers from across the globe, looking to feature their photos and stories. It soon became apparent that there was a striking number of amazing travel blogs, but there wasn’t a proper site that could showcase their unique stories to the world. And so the idea of We Are Travel Girls was born.
We now publish five new stories per week from girls in our community of over 240K followers bringing you travel inspiration, travel tips and travel advice. We recently launched the interview series Ladies We Love, where we interview inspirational women around the world, and to bring this community together offline we regularly host meet-ups and events where you can connect with other female travellers. And this year we are excited to introduce WATG Tours where you can travel with the founders, and other travel-loving women. Thank you for being part of our travel community!
– OUR TEAM –
Charlotte is half English half French, and was born and raised in London before spending her teenage years in Ibiza. She went to university in Madrid for five years, moved back to London for a few years, and is now currently living in Paris. After traveling to nearly all continents and having lived in different countries, Charlotte started her travel blog last year to share her amazing travel experiences around the world. She’s a curious person by nature and, when it comes to travelling, Charlotte takes every opportunity to explore the world and discover new gems. She’s fascinated by the beautiful world we live in and nothing makes her happier than escaping somewhere new. In addition to being a true wanderluster, she’s very sporty, a passionate foodie, an animal lover, sun chaser and amateur photographer.
Rebecca-Louise is a fitness trainer who films workout videos all over the world. She travels to a new country or city each month to bring people an exciting way to workout as well as broaden their horizon when it comes to travel. Rebecca-Louise lives a healthy active lifestyle and advocates all round wellness. She is also well known for her inspirational videos that have helped people in all continents re-train their mindset, showing them they are capable of more and believing in each individuals full potential. Rebecca-Louise has a great deal of drive, work ethic and determination. Originally from the UK now living in Southern California where she moved at 23 to get her commercial pilots license.
Shannon graduated from Santa Clara University in June 2016 and quickly embarked on a 4 month journey through South East Asia. Fuelled by a excitement for travelling and passion to explore new cultures, she quickly fell in love with everything Asia had to offer. She has now travelled to 8 countries and 26 cities during her time in Asia. She is currently living in Bali and working for We Are Travel Girls, hoping to help gain more exposure for the company during her time as an intern.
Leah is a graphic design graduate from Auckland New Zealand who’s excited to be living her dream, travelling the world. Her creative and outgoing nature gives her a deep passion for exploring, taking photos, writing and designing. In July 2016, after saving up her pennies, she jet-setted off to Europe (boyfriend in tow) in search of new adventures. Throughout her travels, she’s continued to work as a freelance graphic designer, and started a travel blog, which aims to give people the inspiration and information to do it all themselves. Travelling has given Leah the spark to keep her design career alive, while at the same time enjoying everything Europe has to offer
Ariana is a passionate traveler who loves to discover those less frequented corners of the world. She loves photography and enjoys learning new tips and tricks to take beautiful photos. She also enjoys being in nature (the beach or the mountains) and cuddling with her dog on a rainy day with a cup of tea and a good book. Ariana is fluent in Spanish and studied in Madrid. She is currently working toward a Master’s degree in International Marketing Management. She would love to one day own her own business, work as a wedding photographer, or open a B&B in the countryside. Her dream is to live in many different parts of the world throughout her life to truly experience distinct cultures.
Janet is currently a university student living in the bustling city of New York. She spends most of her summers traveling, specifically to her second home in Hong Kong. She loves scuba diving and has an undeniable need for comicality. Janet spent a majority of last year traveling abroad in Europe, studying Economics, International Business, and Poverty & Income Inequality. (Her role model is Jeffrey Sachs.) She believes that female empowerment through travel is extremely liberating and straight-up fabulous!