Caroline Makepeace is the co-founder (with husband Craig) of two successful online publications: Y Travel Blog, one of the world’s most influential travel blogs since 2010, and This is Raleigh, a platform for anyone looking to explore the best of Wake County. It’s one of the premier sites on living in and moving to Raleigh.

Caroline has worked with the biggest brands in the world and has been featured by notable sites such as the Today Show, Conde Nast, and FOX Business, USA Today, Travel & Leisure, Forbes, National Geographic online and ABC Radio.   Y Travel Blog has received a Modern Ontrapreneuer award from Ontraport for “Best Online Publisher” In addition, Y Travel Blog has been recognized by the White House… twice!

They were invited to the White House in 2014 as top global travel influencers to attend the first travel summit. And they received a green card in 2020 for their extraordinary ability in the art of travel blogging and for her contributions to the growth of tourism in the USA.

Caroline has written two ebooks, How to Create a Travel Life you Love and 12 Steps to Sacredness to help people lean into the life they really want and create epic memories. She also created a course, “6 steps to move from Blog to Business,” to help entrepreneurs make money from their love of blogging and a 6-week online program “30 days to Money Mindfulness” to help people improve their relationship with money (and create more of it!)

Caroline and Craig created an in-depth training guide on how to travel the USA for foreign teachers living in the USA, and a webinar to help Australians travel through Idaho. They are currently creating an in-depth training guide on relocating to Raleigh.

Caroline regularly speaks at conferences around the world on various topics such as global travel, family travel, social media, influencing and entrepreneurship. She has keynoted some of the world’s biggest travel conferences like TBEX and Women’s Travel Fest. She has also presented at conferences such as Problogger, New York Times Travel Show, and the Travel and Adventure Show.

Locally in Raleigh, she has presented at the Women’s Social Club, Raleigh Women in Marketing, City Club Raleigh, The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and keynoted at the NC Public Relations Society of America Conference.

In addition to running the blog and social brand, Caroline calls her work a personal mission to inspire and empower others to travel more and create a life they love. Her family is proof that travel can be a lifestyle!

Caroline has made travel the core focus of her life since 1997. She’s lived in 5 countries, traveled to over 60, traveled 7 years full time with her two daughters (including homeschooling them), and has been a full-time professional travel blogger since 2010 working with some of the biggest brands in the world including Lonely Planet, Airbnb, Canon, Amex, Ford, Nissan, TripAdvisor,, Globus Tours, and Allianz Travel Insurance.

Locally in Raleigh, she has worked with big brands and small businesses such as RDU- International Airport, Nextdoor, Kane Realty, Outer Banks Tourism, Blue Water Spa, and Harris Teeter.

Caroline is also a licensed real estate agent in the state of North Carolina. She partners with a high-quality, successful broker to help people relocate and settle into their new life in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Caroline also goes by the name of Caz Makepeace- the shortened version of Caroline (it’s an Australian thing!) Caz is the flighty Libran of the Makepeace family, bringing harmony to the family through crystals, meditation, and downward dogs (and the odd glass of wine at 5pm). It’s all about the balance, right?


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How To Enjoy Family Travel On A Budget: 15 Top Tips!

By Caroline Makepeace / February 22, 2024

We all have dreams of epic family travel adventures with our children and want to create happy memories that last a lifetime, but as with everything these days, money is always at the back of […]

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The Ultimate North Carolina To Tennessee Road Trip: From Mountains to Music

By Caroline Makepeace / February 20, 2024

Are you ready for a fun southeast USA road trip from Raleigh to Memphis? Incredible music experiences and beautiful nature in the mountains of North Carolina nd Tennessee

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18 Tips On How To Plan a Happy Vacation With Grandparents & Kids

By Caroline Makepeace / February 20, 2024

Planning to travel with kids and grandparents? Here are some helpful planning tips to help your multigenerational travel experience something to remember

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Undiscovered Florida: 3 Chillaxed Destinations filled with Adventure, Natural Beauty, & Small Crowds

By Caroline Makepeace / February 16, 2024

If you traveled anywhere in 2023, then you probably noticed how it seemed like everyone in the world was traveling at the same time. Yep. More than a little overwhelming and overbearing. In 2024, it’s time […]

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20 Things To Bring On A Road Trip: Essentials For Families

By Caroline Makepeace / February 8, 2024

Travelling with kids is never easy, especially when you’re planning a road trip and need to keep them entertained on long drive. If you’re wandering what things to bring on a road trip that will […]

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17 Exciting Things to Do at Mall of America®

By Caroline Makepeace / February 7, 2024

I never thought I’d go on a vacation to a shopping mall, but as it turns out, there are so many things to do at Mall of America® in Bloomington that it makes for a […]

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The Ultimate Universal Orlando Itinerary: How To Have An Epic Day!

By Caroline Makepeace / February 6, 2024

When we told our kids we were going to Orlando on vacation, the first thing they said was “Can we go to Universal Studios?!” Or course, visiting Universal Studios in Orlando is a no-brainer. Its […]

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A Stay At the Radisson Blu, Mall of America [Review]

By Caroline Makepeace / February 5, 2024

When visiting Bloomington, you’re going to want to base yourself near to the iconic Mall of America, the largest indoor entertainment and shopping center in the USA! Chances are, that’s the reason you’re visiting Bloomington […]

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Inside Paisley Park: A Tour Of Prince’s Home In Minneapolis

By Caroline Makepeace / February 4, 2024

If you’re a fan of Prince Rogers Nelson, or simply known as Prince, then a visit to Prince’s Home in Minneapolis, known as Paisley Park, is a must. Armed with a song in my heart, […]

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The 8 BEST Vacation Homes Near Disney In Orlando, Florida

By Caroline Makepeace / February 4, 2024

If you’re planning a trip to Orlando to visit the theme parks, you’re going to want to make sure you stay near Disney World. This means you can get to the parks for opening time […]

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Safety In Africa: Tips For Staying Safe

By Caroline Makepeace / January 31, 2024

For many, just the thought of travelling to Africa is enough to send them scurrying under their bed with fear. We’ve all heard the horror stories about crime and diseases, so most people’s concerns about […]

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Things To Know Before Going On A Safari In Africa: 13 Top Tips

By Caroline Makepeace / January 30, 2024

Embarking on a safari in Africa is high on many people’s travel bucket list. Ever since we’re children, we are exposed to stories and cartoons of wild animals roaming freely through the plains of Africa, […]

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