For many people, travel is fun. For some, it is life altering. Some travel on vacation, some make it a career and for others it is a mindset. The travel blogsphere is rich with voices, and presents a marvelous opportunity to discover new places or relive the places one misses.
What makes travel blogs so special? How come they are a force to be reckoned with when so many books offer well-researched travel tips? What can you gain from reading travel blogs?
1) First person experiences
When you read a blog, you don’t only get the dry facts, you get the experience. What motivates one to travel is not necessarily a mountain per se, but what that mountain can stir up inside. How does it feel to see it in person, what does it take to make it to the top? Travel bloggers share their mistakes, their mishaps, their creative solutions, the laughter they couldn’t stop and the friendships that surprised them on their way.
2) Off the beaten path jewels
Travel bloggers share what happened when the travel guidebook failed them, or when they ignored its suggestions and did things their own way. They share the little-known place that seemed too far-out and too far-fetched to make it to the limited word count of even the most comprehensive guide books. Many travel bloggers have a vast social network that can tip them off to those off the beaten path jewels.
3) Take the info with a grain of character
When you read someone’s writing on a regular basis, you can get a sense of what interests them and how they like to travel. Have they been all over the world and have developed some cynicism, or are they still enchanted? Are they new travelers that get excited over the silliest experiences and places? Are they too serious, reckless, different or the same as you for you to want to travel the same way they did? Do they like to pamper themselves and you’re on a budget? Are they on a budget and you want to explore every attraction and Broadway show around?
Reading the work of travel bloggers with a widely different view on life could enrich you and your travels. And reading their writing more or less consistently can support you in getting to know some of their character, so that you can better choose what fits you best when it’s time for you to hit the road.
4) Human connection
You can connect with travel bloggers in the comments section and via e-mail, ask questions, make your own suggestions, share your own experiences, befriend them on social media, maybe even meet them in real life when you’re traveling yourself. Connecting with others is such a big part of travel for so many people, why not carry it on when you return home?
TRAVEL BLOGS THAT ROCK
Now that we’ve clarified how fantastic travel blogs are, where can you find them?
As you travel virtually through the online world, it sometimes appears as if there are more travel blogs than world regions. I have selected here 28 travel blogs that I believe rock. They are listed here in alphabetical order and will open in a new window/tab once you click on their links. Once this post is published, it will remain available under the Travel Tips section, as well as in a form of a page at the end of the menu at the top of this blog. Feel free to mention more travel blogs that rock in the comments section.
A Dangerous Business – Amanda is an ordinary girl in search of life’s extraordinary stories and adventures. She balances a “normal” life with an unquenchable lust for travel.
Fantastic recent post: London 2012: My Olympics Experience
A Wandering Sole – Laura is an Africa enthusiast, who loves to travel, run, volunteer, and explore this crazy world. If it involves an adventure or a passport, count her in.
Fantastic recent post: The Roles We Play in Life
Adventurous Kate – Kate travels full-time, going anywhere that sounds wacky or beautiful or interesting. Her goal is to show you how you can travel the world on your own – easily, safely and adventurously.
Fantastic recent post: Confronting My Ghost Life in New York
As We Travel – Sofia and Nathan are full-time travelers, who have already been to and blogged about 45 countries.
Fantastic recent post: Ancient Athens – Sights Not to Miss
Budget Travel Adventures – Jeremy believes that spending less allows you to really connect with the places, people and culture in your travels.
Fantastic recent post: Hiking Mt Tamalpais, Wrong Turns and Visions of Ewoks
Chrystal-Clear – Chrystal is a world citizen, globe trotter and continuous learner. She is a lover of ancient ruins, castles, churches and all things old and beautiful.
Fantastic recent post: Mostar: A Tragic Past, A Beautiful Future
Don’t Ever Look Back – Amy and Kieron are an Australian couple sharing their travel adventures from around the world.
Fantastic recent post: Learning How to Snowboard at Mount Buller [Australia]
Global Goose – She’s from Canada, he’s from the UK – and they met in New Zealand. Kelly and Lee are passionate travelers who love having adventures in all far-flung corners of the globe.
Fantastic recent post: A Year in Our Lives as Digital Nomads
GloboTreks – Norbert is an architect who hit the pause button on his career. His goal is to visit every U.N. listed country before the end of 2020.
Fantastic recent post: Would You Go to Hell?
Hike Bike Travel – Leigh has been to all continents but Antarctica. She’s always got some sort of an adventure planned – even if it’s only a weekend. She thrives on change and travel provides that.
Fantastic recent post: A World-Class Hike: The Rainbow Range in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park
Inspiring Travellers – Andrea and John ask to inspire you to think differently about what you’re working on at the moment, whether you’ve visited dozens of countries or barely make it to the next town once a year.
Fantastic recent post: Travel Memories: Easters in Tasmania
Lash World Tour – Lash has been traveling around the world solo since 1998. She seeks to inspire others to reach their travel dreams.
Fantastic recent post: WWOOF-ing in Kuranda, Australia
More Kids than Suitcases – Steve writes with humor about his family of five, who lives in Kelowna, Canada and enjoys every minute of living there, although you’d never know it by how much time they spend somewhere else.
Fantastic recent post: Turtles in the Morning
No Vacation Required – Kent and Caanan jettisoned lives that revolved around compartmentalization and looking forward to a vacation. Now, there’s no more dreading Monday and no more “we’ll do that when we retire” mentality for them. They hope to inspire you to create your version of a No Vacation Required life.
Fantastic recent post: Back in Glacier National Park!
Positive World Travel – Elise and Anthony are turning long-term travel to their lifestyle, and they want to inspire you to live the life you’ve always wanted.
Fantastic recent post: What is Real? Discover NT [Australia]
Quirky Travel Guy – Scott is a hipster dork who puts a quirky spin on budget travel throughout the US and beyond.
Fantastic recent post: By the Time I Get to Arizona: My One-Man Boycott of the Grand Canyon State
Rambling Tart – Krista is a Danish-Canadian who loves to write, travel and cook with people she loves. She is a writer, traveler, photographer and food lover, and she currently lives in a little farm in rural Queensland, Australia.
Fantastic recent post: Golden Winter Days in Australia
Solo Female Traveler – Sabina travels close to home and across the world on a quest to experience more of the diverse ways of life that are spread around the globe. She recently spent two years traveling solo through the Middle East and will soon return.
Fantastic recent post: Coffee or Tea? Drinks Around the World
Suzy Guese – Suzy travels with a redhead temperament, following no set niche but the experience of travel.
Fantastic recent post: Photographing Uncertainty and Beyond at Caddo Lake in Texas
Technosyncratic – Christy and Kali are digital nomads who traveled through the US, Europe and Southeast Asia before selling their blog. The mystery of what will happen with their blogs now remains unsolved, yet I didn’t want to exclude it from the list as it has been one of my favorites.
Fantastic (and sad) recent post: Travel Blog? SOLD.
The Travel Belles – The travel magazine for women who know getting out of town is a beautiful thing.
Fantastic recent post: Eugenia Price: The Writer who Put Saint Simons Island on the Map
The Travel Chica – Stephanie took a prolonged sabbatical to travel through Latin America. She writes about independent travel, living simpler, consuming less and experiencing more.
Fantastic recent post: 6 Tips for Surviving the Four Day Tour to the Salar de Uyuni
Travel Rinse Repeat – John loves experiencing somewhere or something new. He is a frequent business traveler who takes full advantage of his travels, experiencing as much as he can in the process.
Fantastic recent post: The Circus Kids of Granda, Nicaragua
Travels with a Nine Year Old – Theodora is a single mother who took her nine year old son on a one-year journey around the world. Then they discovered slow travel is better than fast. The nine year old is no longer nine, the year has been and gone, and they’re still living the travel lifestyle.
Fantastic recent post: Welcome to Israel!
Traveling the Middle East – A solo female traveler who has lived around the Middle East on and off for several years wants to spread the word that, contrary to its image, the Middle East is safe, friendly, fascinating and ready to be explored. The site has recently launched its first blog.
My recent guest post: The Tastes of Tel-Aviv
Unwire Me – Rich is traveling overland through the Americas, from Canada to Patagonia (southern Argentina and Chile). He shares his travel experiences and shows you how you, too, can make a living from online businesses.
Fantastic recent post: How an Unexpected Delay Led to a Wonderful Trip to San Ignacio, Belize
Wandering Earl – Back in 1999, Earl left home for a 3 month trip to Asia that has still yet to end. It is now his aim to prove that long-term travel is not a crazy fantasy, but a very real lifestyle option instead.
Fantastic recent post: A Random Day in the Life of a Permanent Nomad
yTravel Blog – Caz and Craig have been living and traveling around the world since 1997, and are now traveling with their daughters. yTravel Blog’s motto is “get inspired, get informed, get going”.
Fantastic recent post: 26 Ways Travel Taught Me to Suck it Up
Why do you read travel blogs? Is there a wonderful travel blog you’d like to see added to this list?