Bloggers and Blogs
There are a growing
number of websites that host travel blogs or blogs that
serve as websites themselves, given the power of plugins
and add ins for popular and sophisticated tools such as
Wordpress. 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.
Many travel blogs are individual
sites intended for friends and family, but more and more
blogs cater to a wider travel audience often monetizing
themselves quite well. There are 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
Although blogs are often
considered a more vociferous and opinionated alternative
to traditional news media, many traditional newspaper
websites now feature blogs or have been replaced by blogs,
especially on the subject of travel. Many
even say that the distinction between journalism and blogging
has disappeared, though such a distinction is open for debate.
Below we 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.
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 rich blog that is highlighted by excellent travel photography, postcard-quality++, updated as he travels around the world.
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 sometimes politically incorrect 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 15 years. Andy immerses himself in the cultures he visits. He shows no fear in going places few dare venture, or which are not necessarily fashionable—as any explorer does.
NomadicMatt, www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blog/, offers a blog as part of his website where energy and curiosity shine through in his practical posts.
Rick Steves’ Europe
through the Backdoor features
Rick's blog, Blog
Gone Europe, which highlight his latest travels in Europe,
always laced with insight.
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 and candidly about her budget travels, financial advice, and other related subjects.
is a brilliant collaborate blog, with primary contributions
by Ethan Gelber, showcasing responsible, sustainable,
and local travel as well as a wide range of other travel-related
The Tranquilo Traveler, joshuaberman.net, is a blog that celebrates voluntourism, slow immersion travel, and other interesting ways to see the world, hosted by travel writer and Peace Corps alumnus Joshua Berman. This nicely designed and well-illustrated blog is definitely worth checking out.
Wandering Educators, www.wanderingeducators.com, is a brilliant combination blog and website featuring posts and articles from a community of educators sharing their travel experiences. There is an endlessly growing archive of articles and posts from not only expert writers discussing travel and educational travel, but from the fresh eyes of young travel bloggers. If you come to this site you may well not leave for hours, but you will have learned a great deal! There is also a tremendous collection of travel resources and reviews of books featured prominently on the site.
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
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.
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.