Top 10 Road Trip Influencers

By Editorial Staff

Road trips are undeniably the best. There’s nothing better than packing up, creating the perfect playlist, and piling into a car with your best friends. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention the amazing snacks stockpiled for the road. Some people prefer flying because they would rather save time, but there are so many great reasons to go on a road trip instead. Especially this summer!

They enable flexibility, bonding time, and the opportunity to make a handful of stops along the way. Why visit only one place when you can visit 5 or 6 instead? Road trips are more often than not more cost-friendly as well since flights can be so expensive and it’ll help save on rental car or ride service costs. It’s a win-win! Not convinced yet? Keep reading to see our favorite road trip influencers and you’ll be reaching for your phone to plan a trip with your besties.

1. The Matneys

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It seems that in the last few days, the entire world has kind of tapped into the same wave-length. The near future feels uncertain (hard to know just *how* uncertain) for everyone, so we’re doing our best to be smart, stay positive, and pretty much clean everything all the time down here in Argentina. It can be tough to keep a cool head in these times, but if we all come together globally, we can beat this! . With borders closing in South America, we plan to hunker down at the beach and see what unfolds in the coming weeks! We are really disappointed that some of the amazing things we were planning to do in Patagonia won’t be happening in the near future, but we are incredibly grateful for our health and want to do our part to keep the people around us as safe as possible by staying put. . Stay healthy and stay at home everyone! We are thinking of all of you, especially those of you in our home of the United States as every single person is being asked to do their part in preventing the spread of this disease by staying home and in many cases not being able to make money. We can all get through this together! 💛

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Christian and Aubry, better known as The Matneys, travel North and South America in their converted Sprinter Van. They’ve driven through parts of Canada and the States, along with a large portion of South America including Mexico, Panama, Columbia, and Chile. The ability to take long road trips fuels their passion for travel. The Matney’s use their YouTube and Instagram platforms to share their experience on the road, tips on how to travel on a budget, and how to live minimally.

2. Epic Family Road Trip

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Happy Birthday to our amazing dad! 💛 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are truly no amount of words to express how incredibly thankful and blessed we are to have such an amazing father and for everything you have done for our family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are beyond thankful for the incredible example you are to us of being driven, hard-working, never saying “I can’t” and never giving up. You taught us to always be positive and thankful in every situation, never taking a single moment for granted, to be humble, courageous and kind. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You inspire us to get out of our comfort zones, try new things, never stop learning and to find the beauty and the adventure in everything. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Getting to work alongside you, learning from you, having these incredible adventures and making lifelong memories with you every day is the greatest gift. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We can’t wait for many more adventures to come in all aspects! 🌎💛🏔🌿 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ /// #EPICFamilyRoadTrip #WorkPlayCare #Family

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In 2015 the van Stralen family gave up their 9-5 business lives, sold everything except their Jeeps, and embarked on their EPIC family road trip. This family of five has driven around Canada and the United States several times. They use their platform to document their adventures and share experiences for their viewers to set about on their own. The van Stralens make road trips look easy. After exploring North America through and through, they’ve decided to ship their Jeeps to New Zealand and discover new parts of the world. 

3. Roadtrippers

Roadtrippers celebrates the best of road culture and the American outdoors. Their Instagram showcases destinations all across America that people have had the privilege to visit. Roadtrippers website offers guides and destinations crafted by travel experts across the country. They even have a mobile app that travelers can download to plan and use during their road trip.

4. Slow Car Fast Home

Danielle, Tommy, and their two dogs Missy and Trip spend their days traveling in their self-renovated 1992 Toyota Odyssey. They’ve traveled through Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and various parts of North America. Danielle and Tommy do an incredible job sharing their escapades on their Instagram and blog. With their jaw-dropping photography and note of all their destinations, followers can easily compile a list of places to visit on their road trips, along with how to do it. 

5. Deanna Dunn

Deanna spends her time traveling around the world seeking new adventures. Aside from traveling around Europe, Deanna has spent her time traveling around the US in her converted sprinter van. She has recently sold her first van and is currently working on her second van restoration project. Deanna exhibits a fiery passion for traveling that is contagious. After viewing her Instagram feed full of picturesque landscapes, followers will have an itch to pack their suitcases.

6. Roam Lab

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Are you trying to pick out solar panels? Have you already taken the plunge?⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ On beautiful, sunny days like this, I kick myself that we haven't installed solar panels yet. Sure, we've been busy extending the cabover, installing a roof hatch, and fundamentally reworking structurally critical portions of a near 50 year old truck camper. Yet, right now, the only power we have is what we tote in standalone battery packs. Don't get me wrong, they will always be useful. But I can't wait for the day where recharging my computer doesn't require running the truck engine and finessing the cigarette lighter inverter that is our current method of charging anything with an AC plug.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Yet, making that decision is so hard. I'm sure a lot of you either have confronted or are confronting the question of how to power their camper, whatever form it is: ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ – Flexible vs. solid panels⁣⠀ – Price vs. efficiency⁣⠀ – Static vs. adjustable mount⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ So many variables to juggle. And so we just sit on the question in a perpetual cycle of analysis paralysis.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Where are you? Do you have solar panels? Do you love them? Are you shopping? Is there some compelling feature that is driving you in a particular direction?⁣

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In 2015, Lexi and Chris deemed themselves nomads and started traveling in a 1986 Ram 3500 commuter van. After traveling with their first van and then another, they’ve finally settled into their 1970 Avion truck camper which fits all their needs. Prior to starting their road trip adventure, Lexi and Chris visited New Zealand. After New Zealand, they decided to “see America first”- and a little bit of Canada too. They’ve traveled around 36 out of the 50 states and document all of their best finds along their journey and tips and trips too.

7. Adventure’s on Wheels

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Eduardo and Rubi have been traveling around the United States full-time in their RV since 2014. Their never-ending road trip has enabled them to pursue their traveling dreams and make lifelong memories with the people they love by their side. The captured memories on camera that Eduardo and Rubi share with their followers show only a sliver of how happy they are to be enjoying the outdoors.

8. Nomad Arte

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Logro desbloqueado 🤜🤛 ¡Ahora si, unimos Alaska – Patagonia en automóvil! 🙌🙌 . Y aunque viajando tenemos muchos años, fueron 365 días exactos lo que nos llevó dar la vuelta en Norteamérica, y la última noche de este viaje la hicimos en donde todo comenzó, en el Parque Ecológico La Huasteca, en Monterrey. . Así como lo leen, paso un año desde que decidimos salir rumbo a Alaska y sucedieron tantas cosas que aún necesitamos tiempo para asimilarlas, pero estamos felices de todo lo que conocimos, de lo que vivimos y también de estar otra vez en casa. . ¡Gracias a todos los que nos acompañaron en este largo viaje y se chutaron las mil y un visitas al mecánico, gracias a los que siempre mandaban esa buena vibra que se necesita cuando estas lejos, gracias por vivir este sueño a nuestro lado! . Aquí se termina esta ruta, fue un cierre un poco inesperado pero por algo pasan las cosas, jamás nos vamos a aferrar a algo y menos si nuestra salud esta de por medio, así que se viene una cuarentena en casita, y en cuanto las cosas se estabilicen les contaremos todos los planes que se vienen!!!!! . . . #visitmexico #nuevoleon #coupletravels #vanlifeexplorers #vanlife #volkswagen #combi #vanlifevirals #vanlifemagazine #lahuasteca #coupletravellers #loves_nuevoleon #monterrey

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Cyn and Gus started their van traveling lifestyle in 2013 when they decided to spend four years in Latin America immersing themselves in new cultures while touring through 14 countries from Mexico to Argentina. After four years, they made the ultimate decision to continue their van traveling lifestyle and begin their journey through North America. Cyn and Gus offer travel guides for road trips through Latin America on their blog.

9. Two Wandering Soles

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You’re looking at IJEN CRATER, one of the most unique places we’ve ever visited for many reasons… . 1) That lake you see is more acidic than battery acid ⚡️(Yikes, right?!) Once you get close to it, you must wear a gas mask because of the sulfuric gasses 😷 Lemme tell ya, sulfur clouds are no joke. I’ve never experienced anything like it. — 2) This is one of only 2 places in the world where you can see a BLUE FLAME 💙🔥 [swipe to see what we mean!] — 3) At the base of the lake is one of the most concentrated sulfur deposits in the world, and it is a working sulfur mine. It’s known as the most dangerous sulfur mining operation in the world, and the men who work here put their lives at risk to earn $10-$15 USD per day. (You may have seen it covered in “Human Planet”) . If you have an adventurous spirit, this place will blow you away. Yet another amazing place in Java to save in your brain (or hit “save” in Instagram to remind you!) for future travel ideas. . What’s an adventure you’d recommend to us for future [when it’s safe!] travels?

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Katie and Ben have dedicated their lives to seeing the world. They’ve been to Asia, Africa, Australia, Oceania, Europe, North America, Central America, and South America. It’s clear that there is nothing the two of them enjoy more than traveling. Ben and Katie are currently on their second van build preparing for their next set of road trips. Through their platforms, they share videos and pictures of their own experiences along with travel expertise and guides for planning trips. 

10.  Moon Guides

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Can't get enough of the national parks? You're in luck: this week, we're showcasing parks-themed artwork by Angie of @bobodesignstudio. Her pandemic-inspired "Wish You Weren't Here" travel series has delighted us, so we asked her to paint some of our favorite parks. (As a bonus: we'll be giving away each piece pictured here for the next 5 days. Don't miss it!) ⠀ ⠀ Here's what Angie has to say about what inspired her to create the series:⠀ "I love drawing different destinations when I am traveling. I love sitting in the dirt and sketching out what's in front of me. When I started thinking about all the places I missed going to visit, and all the places that I couldn't go to see because of the shelter in place, I didn't want that to stop me from creating. So instead of being there and wishing my friends were there with me, I decided to find the humor in wishing people weren't there to help do their part to flatten the curve."⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #ArtEverywhere #WomenWhoTravel #USAtravel #WildernessQuest #AdventureEnthusiasts #ArtistsOnInsta #TravelArt #WatercolorLandscape #PublicLands #BanffCanada #NationalParksUSA #TravelAtHome #WishYouWerentHere #BoboDesignStudio #TravelArtist

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Moon Guides is a go-to travel guide source offering a melting pot of information with their own advice and advice from various travel authors. Their blog offers a handful of travel guides, including Road Trip USA where they outline trips and routes to take. Moon Guides is definitely a source to keep handy if looking to plan a road trip or two.

After reading this you may be thinking, I don’t have an RV or renovated van! Do not fret, despite not having a dedicated travel space for the road, road trips are still quite easy to tackle. Sleeping arrangements can be quickly made whether you decide to camp, rent an Airbnb, or book a hotel room. What are you waiting for? Call your best friends, make an itinerary, and hit the road.

This article was written by Lauren Conklin

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