Best Travel Blogs and Bloggers
"There are a growing number of websites that host travel blogs or blogs which serve as websites themselves, given the power of plugins. Many websites use blogs as a way to add daily posts to offer more interactivity to their websites as part of a social media strategy. Most are individual travelogues intended for friends and family, but more and more blogs cater to a wider travel audience, and provide interesting reading—including many excellent blogs by experienced professional travel writers. Some of these blogs are posted from the road and offer first-hand accounts of travel experiences, while others deal more with travel news and issues and may involve the collaboration of multiple authors. Although blogs are often considered a vociferous and opinionated alternative to traditional news media, it is interesting to note that a growing number of newspaper websites now include blogs on a variety of topics, including travel. Some even say that the distinction between journalism and blogging has disappeared, though such a distinction has been open to debate. Below I have listed a selection of some of our favorite travel blogs (the list is always growing), followed by a selection of websites that host or list travel blogs." —Travel and Living Abroad Contributing Editor Volker Poelzl
See Creating a Freelance Job Building Your Professional Travel Blog by Matt Gibson for an overview.
| Best Individual or Collaborative Blogs
Cheapest Destinations, www.cheapestdestinationsblog.com, is the flagship of Tim Leffel's excellent array of blogs. Tim is a very talented travel writer who writes about bargain destinations, vacation values, international travel adventures, and travel writing. His Perceptive Travel blog, perceptivetravel.com/blog/, also offers collaborative posts of interest on a wide range of subject matters and is part of a website which is "home to the best travel stories from wandering book authors." Finally, Tim's travelwriting2.0.com blog offers fine interviews of travel writers and posts on travel writng from a very practical perspective, and is associated with the state-of-the-art book on the subject which he calls Travel Writing 2.0.
ContemporaryNomad.com, www.contemporarynomad.com, is a thoughtful and nicely designed multimedia site—including pictorials, videos, 360 views, and articles—which includes a rich blog documenting three years of "Adventure, Travel, Culture, and Opinion," as expressed by Tony and Thomas.
Everything Everywhere, everything-everywhere.com, hosted by Gary Arndt, is a very rich blog which covers everything travel travel gear to excellent travel photography to travel news which he updates even as he travels around the world at a dizzying pace.
DeliciousBaby, www.deliciousbaby.com, hosted by Debbie Dubrow, is an excellent family travel blog written by a woman who travels around the world with her children. The blog includes tips for traveling with children as well as city/country guides.
HoboTraveler, www.hobotraveler.com/blogger.html, provides tips on how to live in various paradises around the world for less than $500 a month. Andy chronicles the world, and has been at it 12 years while visiting 88 countries thus far. Andy immerses himself in the cultures he visits, and lives in the space and time of locals who host him. He shows no fear in going places few dare venture, or which are not necessarily fashionable—as any explorer does.
Matt-Gibson.org, www.matt-gibson.org, features fine thought-provoking and eclectic posts by the gifted travel writer and our columnist Matt Gibson.
NomadicMatt, www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blog/, offers a blog as part of his excellent website where great energy and curiosity shine through in his practical posts.
Rick Steves’ Europe through the Backdoor, www.ricksteves.com, also features Rick's blog, Blog Gone Europe, which highlight his latest travels in Europe, as well as an excellent new blog which he calls Travel as a Political Act.
Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding, vagablogging.net, is an enlightening and lively blog covering many aspects of travel, from travel advice and stories to essays and commentaries about issues concerning travelers.
The Professional Hobo, www.theprofessionalhobo.com, is a fine blog hosted Nora Dunn, who writes beautifully about her bare-bones travels and other related subjects.
The Tranquilo Traveler, blog.joshuaberman.net, is a blog that celebrates voluntourism, slow travel, and other interesting ways to see the world, by travel writer Joshua Berman. This nicely designed and well-illustrated blog is definitely worth checking out.
Practical Travel Gear, practicaltravelgear.com, provides reviews of all kinds of travel products, from simple travel gear to high-tech gadgets to adventure travel gear.
Wanderlust And Lipstick, wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/, hosts many women, family travel, volunteer, and destination blogs of interest, including Beth Whitman's own.
Editor's Note: There are scores and scores of other fine travel blogs which are linked in the appropriate areas of the site, and many more will be added as they are brought to our attention. We do shy away from selecting blogs which are purely self-promotional in nature, largely destination-oriented, or which seem more obsessed about the authors' and their own state of mind than the people whose homes (countries) they are privileged to visit. That is is keeping with our mission.
| Best Websites to Host or List Travel Blogs
Alltop—Top Travel News, travel.alltop.com, is not a blog but does link to many travel blogs almost like a Meta Blog. Some of the blogs references are more commercial than others, but others include some useful posts from Indie blogs of interest.
Expat Blog, www.expat-blog.com, is a worldwide directory of blogs related to expatriate life.
Gadling, www.gadling.com, is interesting website with user-generated content, and the blogs, listed by destination, are very informative and well-written. This is among my favorite travel blog sites.
Guardian Unlimited hosts the blog Travelog on its Travel page, with news, views, photos, links, and travel diaries from a range of Guardian, Observer and Guardian Unlimited writers as well as guest bloggers.
Travel Blog, www.travelblog.org, is a large collection of travel journals, diaries and photos, from around the world, with regular entries from just about any destination. A great site to catch the travel bug!
Travelblogs.com, www.travelblogs.com, is a blog-based online travel magazine, featuring travel writing and photography from more than 30 well-traveled contributors. Although relatively few countries are featured and some blogs are a few years old, the quality of writing and good photography make this site worth visiting.
TravelPod.com, www.travelpod.com, hosts travel blogs from around the world, grouped by destination.
Travellerspoint.com is fine an online travel community, that also hosts travel blogs. The blogs are listed by category and by country, which makes it easy to search for blogs in the area of your interest.
World Hum, www.worldhum.com, is a collaborative travel blog in the form of a website which includes posts from editors, contributors, and some literary articles covering a wide variety of topics and travel destinations.