Nowadays, everyone’s dream is to be independent. We all look for a way to do things ourselves. To cook a gourmet dinner at home, to assemble a 50 piece closet, to sew a beautiful dress, to build a house, you name it. One can learn to do everything online. However, to travel alone around the globe fearlessly is a bit more complicated. Fortunately, we have brave adventurers who have been exploring the world for months sometimes years and decided to share their experiences, secrets, anecdotes, tips and all their well-earned knowledge and pour it into what we call Travel Blogs. This article is a tribute to the 30 best bloggers among the many there are out there. It was not an easy task but it was definitely a pleasure to read about their many odysseys. Their thousands of followers can now enjoy these voyages and learn about remote and exotic destinations without even leaving their homes.
Mrs. O Around The World – Ana Silva O’Reilly is the Mrs. O behind award-winning luxury travel blog Mrs. O Around the World, which is now 4 years old and renowned for sharing stunning destinations, tips and tricks and insights into the best places to eat, drink, shop and everything in between. True to her mother’s motto, if she leaves home, it has to be better – and each travel experience begins the minute the leaves home, so everything counts. Ana has been traveling in style since she was very young and offers a very honest opinion on all things luxury travel based on experience.
A Luxury Travel Blog – A Luxury Travel Blog, by Dr. Paul Johnson, is the leading blog when it comes to luxury travel. Unlike other blogs, the focus isn’t so much on the person behind the blog, but rather on the luxurious destinations it covers. It has been named “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph, and this year won ‘Best Travel Blog’ in the Travelmole Web Awards. Dr. Paul Johnson has worked in the travel industry for more than 25 years and has been running his blog for more than 10 of those. Paul was recently announced as the ‘Best Travel Influencer’ in the Innovation in Travel Awards from WIRED magazine.
Solo Traveler – A love of travel, personal loss and an empty nest – all conspired for Janice Waugh to begin Solo Traveler in 2009. Solo Traveler is more than just a blog, it is a community where people who share a passion for traveling alone exchange tips, suggestions and encouragement. On the blog, Jenice publishes posts on the how and why of solo travel, and also features weekly posts on solo travel destinations and photos generously contributed by readers. Resonating with thousands of readers, the blog quickly went from personal to public and the Solo Traveler Project began.
Travels of Adam – Travels of Adam, by Adam Groffman, is a leading travel website featuring unique & personal stories from around the world, including a popular series of Hipster City Guides—from Bangkok to Berlin. In addition to travel features, the blog sorts topics thematically, covering film festivals, art museums, LGBT culture and other alternative topics. Adam is a travel writer, blogger and an expert online marketer. His work has been featured in The Guardian, Vanity Fair, AFAR, Fodor’s Travel Guides and countless other travel and LGBT websites.
Be My Travel Muse – Be My Travel Muse, by Kristin Addis, is about adventurous solo female travel (but the boys like it too!), helping those who want a super cool, immersive travel experience, to do so independently and authentically. It’s all about having the kind of adventure that you can’t find in a guide book. Kristin is a former investment banker who sold all of her belongings and bid California goodbye in favor of traveling solo all over the world while searching for off-the-beaten-path adventures. There is almost nothing she won’t try and almost nowhere she won’t explore.
LandLopers – LandLopers, by Matt Long, focuses on experiential luxury travel and is a personal reflection of how he loves to travel and experience the world. Matt didn’t leave everything behind to strap on a backpack and he is not living off a trust fund; instead, he is traveling the world like most people fueled only by his insatiable curiosity and desire to see as much of the world as possible. Matt has been to more than 70 countries and all 7 continents and he shares his adventures with thousands of readers every day through his award-winning blog.
P.S. I’m On My Way – P.S. I’m On My Way, by Trisha Velarmino, is all about things you will learn about life when you travel the world. On how evolved millennials are now and how they are coping up with the travel trend. Trisha loves culture and languages so she also focuses on immersion adventures: on what it feels like to eat, cook, speak and sleep in another culture that isn’t yours. If you want to know how to survive growing up and learn about life through traveling, then you came to the right place.
travelFREAK – travelFREAK, by Jeremy Scott Foster, is an acclaimed adventure travel blog focused on sharing impactful stories and beautiful photography from around the world. Jeremy doesn’t just write about what to do and where to go, but instead, he talks about the ups and downs and insane stuff that happens on the road. Jeremy is a travel writer, photographer, and professional adventurer. He has been featured by National Geographic and Travel + Leisure, and travels the world as a digital influencer, blogger, and freelance journalist.
The Blonde Abroad – The Blonde Abroad, an award-winning solo female travel & lifestyle blog, is the ultimate resource on everything female travel, solo travel and travel lifestyle. Having traveled over 50 countries thus far, Kiersten Rich, is able to share her life on the road as a fully self-expressed and independent woman with the hope that she inspires others, in all stages of their life, to travel and follow their passions. The Blonde Abroad blog is featuring travel tips, fashion, festivals and photography from around the world.
Nomadic Matt – Nomadic Matt, by Matthew Kepnes, is a great resource for people who want to travel on a budget. The site focuses on both inspirational and informational posts that help people plan and budget for their adventures and also delve into travel hacking, teaching, getting jobs overseas, blogging and other things that can help make traveling affordable. Matthew wrote the New York Times best-seller, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. His writings and advice have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian UK, Lifehacker, Budget Travel, BBC, Time, Yahoo! Finance and countless other publications.
I am Aileen – Though it is only newly launched just last September 2014, iAmAileen.com has already built up an impressive following and a growing reputation as she continues to be featured on big websites such as BBC Travel, National Geographic and more. After all, it is in this platform that Aileen continues to help and inspire others through her detailed articles as she proves to others that a travel lifestyle is possible. She simply goes to show that no matter what your life circumstances may be — even if you hold a limited third world passport and even if you come from a non-rich family (just like her) — your dreams are never that impossible because they are absolutely achievable. At 21, Aileen Adalid quit her corporate job in the Philippines to travel the world and follow her dreams.
Travelling Buzz – Traveling Buzz, by Maria Stoyanova, is a travel blog about adventure and affordable travel in Europe. Maria is from Sofia, Bulgaria and she loves hiking, mountains, discovering new places and taking beautiful pictures along the way. Traveling Buzz provides practical info about all kind of activities and destinations in Europe and a lot more info about the small undiscovered Balkan gem that is Bulgaria.
Travel with Bender – Meet Erin Bender who has been on a nomadic journey since 2012 across 65 countries next to her husband and 2 young children. They left their home in Perth, Australia in 2012 and have been traveling the world nomadically ever since. They explore the globe looking for adventures in order to share those exciting stories and helpful tips on her blog. It’s an open-ended, unplanned, round-the-world trip discovering amazing places for families. They have stayed in hostels and 5-star luxury resorts, traveled on scooters and cruise liners, danced with leprechauns and abseiled cliffs. The Benders will help make your next family holiday amazing with first-hand guides and expert travel tips.
Camels & Chocolate – Camels & Chocolate, by Kristin Luna, aims to share personal travel tales in an authentic, narrative way. It is a personal travel and lifestyles blog meant more for inspiration and aspiration than necessarily telling people what to see, eat, do, drink in each city they visit. She believes that you don’t have to be a permanent nomad with no home base to have a fulfilling life rife in meaningful travel experiences. Kristin has worked in the magazine world for more than a decade, contributing to such publications as Travel + Leisure, Afar, Newsweek, Forbes, PEOPLE, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple and many others.
Ordinary Traveler – Ordinary Traveler follows the adventures of Christy Woodrow and her boyfriend Scott, two photographers who spend a good portion of their lives in or near the ocean. Their focus is to provide trip ideas for people with limited vacation time and to introduce off-the-beaten-path destinations that you may not find on other travel blogs. They want to inspire everyone to travel the world, even if they work a full-time job. People who want a family, a home and an adventurous life are the “ordinary” people they strive to connect with and inspire.
Just One Way Ticket – Just One Way Ticket, by Sabrina Iovino, is a travel and lifestyle blog featuring breathtaking images and stunning videos from the best places all over the world and encouraging people to travel more. Sabrina is a travel writer and photographer from Berlin, and has been traveling for more than 7 years to over 60 countries. Her favorite place is the Philippines.
Goats On The Road – The award-winning travel blog, by Dariece Swift and Nick Wharton, aims to inspire people to turn their travels into a lifestyle. They show readers how to live a location independent lifestyle, and offer advice on making money on the road, and saving money while traveling. Dariece and Nick are full-time travelers and digital nomads, who share a weekly video from their life and make people excited about the destinations they live in / travel to. Both Nick & Dariece are traveling to off-track destinations since 2008, their passion for culture and adventure has driven them to find numerous ways to make money on the road so they can continue their life of full-time exploration.
Two Monkeys Travel Group – Kach and Jonathan Howe, the traveling entrepreneurial couple behind Two Monkeys Travel Group, started in 2013 with a goal to share tips, stories and experiences, but also to show other people how it is possible to live a sustainable life of travel. That is, to be able to keep traveling the world while being successful at the same time. One thing that sets them aside is how quickly they managed to inspire other travelers. Nowadays, Two Monkeys Travel Group is not just a blog, but more of a community travel website with over 20 inspiring travel writers around the world.
Wanderlusters – Wanderlusters, by Charli Moore, is a vibrant adventure travel blog sharing destination guides, travel photography, and inspiring tales from across the globe. Focusing on unique experiences that will take you off the beaten path, as you flick through the posts on this charismatic blog you will soon long for your next taste of travel and adventure. Charli is an adventure enthusiast who has been location independent since 2011 and has a penchant for adrenaline highs.
Uncornered Market – Uncornered Market, by Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott, is a community, a movement of respectful travelers who live at the intersection of deeper travel experiences and caring for our planet and its people. The blog doesn’t just cover popular travel destinations but instead focuses on offbeat destinations that are often misunderstood – places like Iran, Ethiopia, Central Asia – that still have so many stories yet to be told. Daniel and Audrey are the husband-and-wife storytelling team behind Uncornered Market. At the end of 2006, they left their secure office jobs to travel the world. Over nine years and 90 countries later they are still going… and still married.
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Going Awesome Places – Going Awesome Places, by Will Tang, is a travel blog that brings to life all those off the beaten path destinations you’ve wanted to go. The inspiration goes beyond wanderlust as the blog’s goal is give you all the information you need to plan your very own trip that will make your friends jealous. Through detailed itineraries, photos, tips and tricks, Will’s goal is to help you travel more luxurious, cheaper, and smarter.
Jones Around The World – Jones Around The World, by Dave Anderson, is an independent budget travel blog that will ignite your passion for global exploration. You can get lost for hours exploring the useful backpacking guides, travel itineraries, beautiful photo-essays, music festival bucket lists, travel hacking resources, and inspirational blog posts. Dave is a perpetual nomad exploring the world one continent at a time. He worked as a tour guide in Europe, spent 15 months hopping around South-East Asia, and his next backpacking adventure will be in Latin America.
Don’t Forget To Move – Don’t Forget To Move, by Jules and Christine, is a resource for those who want to travel deeper than the traditional backpacker route. It’s a site for independent, adventurous travelers that love to get off the beaten track and experience real life wherever they are. They show their readers how to have the most epic, authentic and memorable experiences while respecting the local culture and environment and highlight ways for travelers to give back through volunteering, sustainable tourism and local community projects.
Flirting With The Globe – Flirting with the Globe, by Karisa Klee, caters to those travel obsessed souls who are limited to two, three or four weeks of annual vacation time and forced to “flirt” with destinations. If you love to travel, you will find the vast majority of her posts useful regardless of what type of traveler you are. Karisa caught the travel bug at an early age, but because law school is far from cheap, the majority of her travel has taken place since becoming an attorney in 2009, and she has now traveled to nearly 40 countries.
The GypsyNester – The GypsyNester is the home of David & Veronica James, two active Baby Boomers bent on seeing the entire world. They share their quirky view of their adventures through storytelling, photography, and video that is as fun as it is engaging and informative. David & Veronica are experiencing the collision of Baby Boomer and Empty Nester. Upon sending their youngest out into the big, wide world, they set out to break the empty nest rules by selling everything and hitting the road. Along the way they began writing posts for their popular blog, and rediscovered the couple who fell in love years ago. They’ve been full-time travelers since 2008.
The Travelling Light – The Traveling Light, by Katie McKnoulty, is a guide to traveling the world a little differently; it focuses solely on these lesser-known, special, soulful places to visit in the world, skipping the typical tourist sites altogether. This nomadic freelancer author, personally experiences, photographs and writes about every place you see on the site. The Travelling Light helps people to connect more deeply with the world they live in.
Girl Tweets World – Girl Tweets World, by Jayne Gorman, is one of the most influential travel blogs in the UK and won the British Travel Press Award for Travel Blogger Of The Year. Jayne is a British expat in Sydney, and the blog is a window into her life of traveling, tweeting and making a social media based living. She loves to write about stylish destinations, food (especially brunches) and flying, as well as share a little insight into what goes into running a blogging and social media business.
Luxe Tiffany – Tiffany Dowd is a globally recognized luxury travel expert and the Founder of Luxe Tiffany and Luxe Social Media. Her blog is all about travel inspiration and the unique experiences that she discovers throughout her travels. As a hotel insider and trusted influencer, Tiffany showcases her interests, tastes and tips within luxury travel and lifestyle. She has recently been named one of the 25 Best Digital Experts to Follow (#4) and one of the Top 5 Best Luxury Travel Blogs in the world based on Klout score and social influence.
Dream Euro Trip – Dream Euro Trip, by DJ Yabis, is all about stylish adventures around the world. DJ Yabis writes about the best parties, beaches and destinations in Europe with a stylish twist. He also helps people plan a Euro-trip, budget their travels and helps them get the dreaded Schengen visa and flight reservation for visa application. He loves food trips and music festivals as well.
Packing My Suitcase – Packing my Suitcase, by Allane Milliane, is the special place where she shares her passion for traveling (and her planning obsession) while inspiring people to travel by taking them on a cultural journey around the world. With useful travel tips, varying from diving to traveling with a dog, it’s also a place where readers become personal friends. Allane is a Brazilian who has lived in 5 countries and after falling in love with a German, moved to Munich where she currently lives.