Lauren Bath, Georgia Rickard and Liz Carlson have each had dozens of pinch-me moments in their careers. The Travel Bootcamp was born out of their desire to give back.
Read more about their individual stories below.
Liz Carlson is the owner of Young Adventuress, one of the top travel blogs in the world. An American now based in the mountains of New Zealand, she shares hands-on, experiential stories of her adventures while inspiring others to do the same. Collaborating with some of the biggest brands worldwide, she has built one of largest, most engaged independent traveller audiences on earth – including a readership of almost half a million dedicated followers (and that’s not including her instagram feed). A TEDx speaker and BBC Travel contributor, she has been featured on Huffington Post, Forbes, Buzzfeed and CNN. Her blog was named the top travel blog in New Zealand in 2014 and she currently runs the top Instagram account in New Zealand.
Georgia Rickard is an author, travel journalist, and former editor of Australian Traveller magazine, which she turned into the fastest growing publication in the nation, and Australia’s biggest-selling travel magazine. In 2014 she was shortlisted for Editor of the Year and Magazine of the Year at the Australian Magazine Awards, and subsequently won Niche Magazine of the Year. She has written for dozens of prestigious global brands, as well as Australia’s most widely-read travel publication, The Daily Telegraph‘s Escape, the world’s number one news site, BBC.com, and local travel media outlets such as Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Cosmopolitan and GQ. She is a regular travel expert on SKY News.
In January 2011, Lauren Bath was still working as a chef in a local Italian restaurant when she decided to quit in order to follow her newly-found passion for photography. An early adopter of Instagram, Lauren had already amassed a large following for her signature colourful landscapes and intimate, up-to-the-minute commentary on her travel experiences, and shortly after making the leap to full-time ‘gramming, was labelled ‘Australia’s first professional instagrammer’ by the Australian media – essentially paving the way for what would become an entirely new industry, based around travel influencers. Four years later, Lauren is not only one of Australia’s most powerful travel instagrammers (at time of publishing, her followship stood at 454,000) but has proven herself to be a savvy, insightful business woman, establishing a social media company that provides campaign management, consultancy and education to industry leaders. In 2015 she was a Finalist in the Gold Coast Women in Business Awards in the “Women for Change” category.