We could barely believe it when we first dipped our toes into the travel blog world. There is so much out there. Wherever you’re going in the world, or whatever you’re planning to do when you get there, chances are someone has blogged about it. Best of all, the information is often more up-to-date than your guidebooks, and will likely offer some extra, hidden tips. We also love the reflective side of travel blogs and the personal stories that emerge.
This is our ever-growing list of favourites.
Kate quit her job at 26 to travel the world. She goes anywhere that sounds ‘wacky, beautiful or interesting’ and has a great ‘carpe diem’ attitude. The site is aimed mainly at solo female travellers.
Shannon took her SEO marketing job on the road in 2008, and was joined by her 11-year-old niece for six months of that from 2011. Shannon’s blogs are thoughtful, reflective and a joy to read. She’s also a vegetarian.
Turner is currently working his way around the world, finding a different, and often pretty unusual job, in each country. Follow him if you’re ever interested in working abroad, or if you simply want a laugh – his sarcasm is brilliant.
Art of Backpacking has been going since 2008 and is a treasure trove of excellent travel tips from a collection of writers. Micheal Tieso, the editor, is an expert on all things backpacking and blogging.
Ayngelina writes one of the most honest travel blogs around. She writes about her adventures around the world, which started with a soul-searching solo trip around Latin America. Her blog addresses not only the problems we face as travellers, but as humans too.
Geraldine is one of the wittiest travel bloggers around and we wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up writing her own book. The blog started as a love letter to her husband whose job takes him around the world, and it’s now filled with honest and hilarious writing, as well as plenty of useful tips.
Torre de Roche met a man in a bar and not long after found herself sailing around the world with him. She’s written a book on the subject and has now set up home in Thailand where she’s made the most amazing home makeover we’ve ever seen.
Hannah has been paying off debts for the past year and is about to embark on her indefinite worldwide journey starting in India. She writes honestly and beautifully about her hopes and fears, and has dreams to set up a charity.
Dani and Jess are an awesome couple who have been travelling and living a digital nomad lifestyle since 2010. They are both vegetarians so we love their food tips, as well as their excellent ‘What I wonder when I wander’ series.
Will Peach has fast established himself as the most controversial voice in the travel blog world. He has a bit of the Charlie Brooker about him and blogs mostly about his junk.
Michael Hodson is an ex-attorney and brilliant storyteller who spent 16 months travelling the world without ever stepping onto an aeroplane. Now he’s in Colombia continuing to churn out great tales.
Wes has been travelling with a rather large but excellent selection of technology since 2010. He started in Asia and is now in Latin America. He’s a great and wonderfully amusing storyteller with great photos.
Jodi quit her job as a lawyer to follow her passions of travel and food around the world. Her posts are intelligent, insightful, and inspiring. Legal Nomads is a great place to go for a good story.
This was the first travel blog we started reading and it remains a firm favourite. Simon and Erin sold everything to travel the world forever and live as digital nomads. They tend towards a ‘flashpacker’ style and are both vegetarians so we find their tips and reflections endlessly useful and inspiring.
Nomadic Matt is a big name in travel blogging, at the top of the travel blogging charts. His site is aimed at budget travellers and his weekly email with travel deals is brilliantly useful.
Bessie and Karl have been travelling since 2008. They recently did an extensive stint in Burma where Bessie worked for a charity and documented the trials, tribulations and joys of living in such basic conditions. Their stories are fascinating, honest and inspiring.
Erica and Shaun are high school sweethearts who embarked on their dreams of travelling the world in 2011. ‘Screwed, lewd and tattooed’ is their tag line and their stories are honest, amusing and full of excellent photos.
Audrey – Nomadic Samuel‘s other half – writes tips and thoughts on her travels around the world. Her EngRish section is an amusing selection of mistranslations from her travels in Korea.
Akila and Patrick write a beautifully designed, and written, travel and food blog. They journey with their two dogs Chewy and Abby. Best of all, Akila is vegetarian so there are tons of excellent food tips.
Jason and Aracely are two of the original travel bloggers. Nowadays the site mostly features guest posts but is a wonderful resource of travel tips and inspiration. The videos are great too.
Stephanie has been travelling since 2010 and does so with great enthusiasm. Her posts are a mixture of good storytelling and great tips. Steph recently got engaged to fellow blogger Michael at Art of Backpacking, which is a beautiful travellers’ love story.
Sally writes a brilliantly hilarious blog about her travels in Asia. She’s been in China most recently where her regular posts always had us in giggles.
Dan and Audrey are another two longtime travel bloggers. Their site is a treasure trove of travel tips including many off-the-beaten-path destinations. Their posts are intelligent, inspiring and warm-hearted.
Rolf Potts is one of our favourite storytellers. He paints beautiful pictures with his words that stay with you for some time after. He’s written a book called Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. This blog is the off-shoot of the book featuring posts by Potts and a team of bloggers. Victoria writes a guest post as a Vagabonding Field Reporter each month.