Craig Makepeace is a dynamic blogger, photographer, content creator, and entrepreneur, who is the co- founder of two online brands: This is Raleigh, a platform for anyone looking to explore the best of Wake County, and YTravelBlog, one of the world’s most influential travel blogs.

Craig 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 My Carolina CBS17.  In addition, Y Travel Blog has received a Modern Ontrapreneuer award from Ontraport for “Best Online Publisher” and has been recognized by the White House… twice!

Craig was invited to the White House in 2014 as a top global travel influencer to attend the first travel summit. And he received a green card in 2020 for yTravel’s extraordinary ability in the art of travel blogging and for his contributions to the growth of tourism in the USA.

Before becoming an online entrepreneur, Craig played Professional Rugby League for six years in Sydney with the North Sydney Bears. Originally from Australia, Craig and his wife Caroline have been exploring the world together ever since they met in 2000. Together, they have visited over 56 countries and have lived in five countries.

They traveled full time with their daughters for seven years, which included an 18-month road trip around Australia and 11 months across the USA. He is an expert in family travel and running an online business from the road.

As a full time professional travel blogger since 2010, Craig has successfully worked with some of the biggest brands in the world including Lonely Planet, Airbnb, Canon, Amex, Ford, Nissan, Qantas, TripAdvisor,, Globus Tours, Allianz Travel Insurance.

Locally in Raleigh, he 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.

Craig is also a fully licensed drone operator and, aside from shooting images for This is Raleigh blog and social channels, he has captured images for the Carolina Hurricanes, Ocracoke Island and Outer Bank Tourism, North Hills (Kane Realty) and more.

Craig’s passion for travel, combined with his expertise in digital marketing, has enabled him to create a successful online business that provides travel advice, inspiration, and resources to thousands of people worldwide.

Craig has presented at the Raleigh Rotary Club, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and keynoted at the NC Public Relations Society of America Conference.

In addition to running his blog and social brand, Craig calls his work a personal mission to inspire and empower others to travel more and create a life they love. He’s proof that travel can be a lifestyle, and he’s passionate about helping others achieve the same level of freedom and fulfillment.

Craig first moved to Raleigh in 2004 and fell in love with the City of Oaks. He’s a travel addict, sports fanatic, beach lover, and passionate craft beer drinker.


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15 Breathtaking Natural Wonders of Australia

By Craig Makepeace / May 9, 2024

No doubt when your mind conjures up images of Australia, your mind automatically comes to its natural wonders. Australia has it all when it comes to nature. It has blissful beaches, majestic mountains, spirited rainforests, […]

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Shining The Light On Street Art on Hosier Lane, Melbourne

By Craig Makepeace / May 8, 2024

You’ve probably heard that Melbourne has a spirited street art scene, which is arguably best found down Hosier Lane, a highly decorated and celebrated street in the city. Ever since the 1970s, graffiti artists have […]

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How To Ask For 6 Weeks Time Off Work To Travel

By Craig Makepeace / May 7, 2024

Asking for vacation time is everyone’s right. You have worked hard, and you’ve earned some time off. For those living in Europe or Australia, it’s not such a daunting task asking an employer for time […]

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woman and child walking in the shallow waters of Whitehaven Beach

How To Take A Whitehaven Beach Day Trip From Airlie Beach

By Craig Makepeace / April 30, 2024

When visiting Airlie Beach, the number one thing you need to do is make sure to take a day trip to explore the Whitsunday Islands, home to the most beautiful beach in Australia – Whitehaven […]

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35 Places in Australia to See Incredible Sunsets

By Craig Makepeace / April 30, 2024

We were fortunate to witness some incredible sunsets in Australia during our Australian road trip. Whilst I love a good sunrise, there’s just something about sunset that I especially look forward to. It’s the perfect […]

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20 Exciting Things to Do in Sydney with Kids

By Craig Makepeace / April 30, 2024

Caz and I both grew up an hour north of Sydney and visited the city countless times as kids, and now with our own children, we’ve discovered there are even more things to do in […]

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9 Major Benefits Of A Short Getaway

By Craig Makepeace / April 29, 2024

Feeling like you need to get away from it all? It’s not called a short getaway for no reason. There are many benefits of a short getaway, it’s not just escaping your life for a bit. […]

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Things To Know About Australia Before You Travel Down Under

By Craig Makepeace / April 29, 2024

Whenever we meet new travelers who are thinking of exploring Down Under, we always get asked the same thing; what are some important things to know before going to Australia? Of course, being Australian, we’re […]

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girls enjoying High Tea at Langham Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

17 Places to Eat in Melbourne: Top Restaurants & Pubs!

By Craig Makepeace / April 29, 2024

There’s not many guarantees in life, but this is one of them – there is no shortage of great places to eat in Melbourne, and you could have enough options for all tastes and budgets […]

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22 Ways To Have Deeper Travel Experiences

By Craig Makepeace / April 29, 2024

One of the best parts of travel, is the experiences you have and the connections you make. More and more we’re seeing people valuing grabbing a good Insta pic over finding enriching, deep and authentic […]

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Top 19 Places To Visit in the North Carolina Mountains (Western NC)

By Craig Makepeace / April 28, 2024

Now that we live permanently in Raleigh, we’re constantly on the look out for places to explore in our own Tar Heel state. We regularly take road trips with our kids and our favorite places […]

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18 Unmissable Things to Do in Buenos Aires, Argentina

By Craig Makepeace / April 27, 2024

Buenos Aires is one of the most evolving and passionate cities in Latin America. It has some of the most beautiful architecture, warm hearted locals, incredible cuisine and wines, and a cultural charm that beckons […]

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