Today’s discerning traveler does more than just browse travel guide sites and book travel services online. Modern travel requires a higher degree of sophistication and more documentation. We use digital maps, check online review sites and more. A particularly interesting phenomenon in the travel industry is the business of travel blogging.
Travel blogs bridge the gap between travel guides and travel agents. Personal travel blogs are the most interesting to consider – they tend to be unbiased, vividly reflect personal experiences and can therefore be good resources when planning our trips.
If you’re a regular traveler, you’ve probably come across a few travel blogs and maybe you’re a regular reader of at least one of them. Every travel blogger is different. They have different motivations, “bugs”, some are occasional travelers, some are nomads, some are real globe trekkers who travel the planet, some are mainly focused on certain regions… and so on. But, there are hundreds of travel blogs out there – which ones are worth following in 2015? Here is a list of 10 – hope this inspires you.
The site is run by Marcello Arrambide, a day trader and travel blogger who considers himself a lucky person to have achieved “total freedom”: freedom of location, freedom of time, financial freedom. Marcello has visited 80 countries, including dangerous ones like Somalia and South Sudan.
Although Wandering Trader is not Marcello’s main source of income. Day trading is. It combines day trading activity with travel. Thus, achieving financial freedom and having the ability to travel the world. Its website attracts around 300,000 people each month, arriving at WanderingTrader.com for inspiration and even travel deals.
A relatively new website from a sophisticated travel enthusiast who publishes his travel stories anonymously. Escape Hunter is first and foremost an urban explorer, a “cultural vulture” with a nuanced approach to travel. Not a nomad, but definitely someone with a deep passion for travel and a thorough explorer as well.
Seeking freedom, passionate about architecture and even street art, Escape Hunter likes to dig deep, explore destinations thoroughly – hence his published articles are rather long travelogues, filled with many of his own photos . EscapeHunter.com is one of the most unique personal travel sites (due to its unique nuanced approach, quirky identity) – packed with details and information you won’t find on other travel blogs. This is a new website, which deserves attention.
Canadian travel blogger, Nomadic Samuel, as his name suggests, is a nomadic budget traveler, calling himself a “perpetual backpacker”. His website is a great resource for anyone looking for ways to see the world on a budget. Samuel spent most of his 20 years in Asia, working as an expatriate English teacher, model, photographer, freelance writer.
In addition to English, he speaks French, Spanish and Korean. It is also worth mentioning that Nomadic Samuel’s blog is also one of his best sources of income and he also provides valuable tips on how to run a successful travel blog. Additionally, it also publishes a list of the most influential travel blogs.
Run by two young Polish travellers: Agness Walewinder and Cez Krol, it’s an inspirational budget travel blog, providing lots of tips, advice for traveling on very little money. Agness and Cez traveled the world light, one-way, in search of freedom and adventure.
Particularly interesting are articles about travel for as little as $25 a day. If you are a budget traveler, a student, a backpacker, then eTramping could be a great source of inspiration for you!
The author is simply called “The Guy”. He has flown over 1,000 aircraft take-offs and visited over 30 countries. As a frequent business traveler, The Guy has been a regular visitor to mainland Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia, Australia and sometimes even South America.
The Flights and Frustration blog contains different types of articles ranging from suggestions for travel destinations and attractions to travel tips, airport reviews or just the author’s thoughts and ruminations.
It is one of the oldest and most popular travel blogs. The author, Gary Arndt went on a trip in 2007 with substantial funds after selling his house. He’s not a budget traveler, actually – he’s far from that category, but he also has a quirky approach to travel and has garnered a huge amount of attention in the travel community.
At the end of 2014, Gary traveled to 170 countries and 7 continents (yes, he also went to Antarctica!). Everything Everywhere contains a large number of high quality professional travel photos (some of which are calendar wallpapers) and given the unique blog posts, this is definitely a blog to follow in 2007 as well.
Sabrina from JustOneWayTicket.com is a talented photographer and web designer from Berlin, whose blog has quickly emerged in terms of both popularity and profit. Some of his best articles are about Asian destinations like: Philippines, India, Thailand, Malaysia.
Sabrina can also inspire others to start their own travel blog. If you’re a budding travel blogger, read her words, her success story – about how she quit her job and became a full-time blogger, a business that funds her travels.
Its author, Anil Polat, a former computer security engineer simply calls himself Fox Nomad. He too is a nomadic budget traveler, but one who pays particular attention to digital equipment (thus digital nomads).
Fox Nomad said he wants to visit every country in the world. At the end of 2014, he had already visited 80 countries. Fox Nomad is one of the most read travel blogs, with many readers, covering various interesting topics for all travelers.
Run by Becky and Gray, two UK-based freelance travel bloggers. The GlobalGrasshopper is an online global magazine targeting independent travellers.
The website has been nominated for various travel-related awards and they have been on various “top blog” lists. Moreover, the GlobalGrasshopper site has even been mentioned by National Geographic, Yahoo Travel, Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor and others. It is certainly an interesting resource with lots of photos and articles on underrated and exceptionally beautiful places to visit.
The Expert Vagabond travel blog is one of the most popular adventure travel blogs. Author, Matthew Karsten is constantly on the lookout for wild adventures – his experiences include (but are not limited to) swimming in shark-filled waters, climbing mountains, skydiving.
Passionate about adventure travel and photography, Matthew Karsten focuses on long-term travel and his website features a large number of high-quality photos taken during his travels.