The world of online travel blogging is a big and scary place. It’s easy to get lost and confused out there in the wilderness. Pretty much anyone who’s ever been travelling loves sharing their experiences – new cultures, the amazing array of foods, and the crazy people met whilst huddled beneath a beach shack trying to avoid an incoming tropical storm. No wonder the internet has become a huge resource of interesting, informative and humourous travel information. Travel books haven’t gone away – their family has simply expanded. The youngest sibling – travel blogs – now provide amazing pictures, funny stories, advice and guides. What makes travel blogs so popular is that they are personal, written by people like you and me – as if written by a friend. A friend full of stories about amazing destinations, interesting people and the never-ending adventures that happen along the way. Most importantly, the information is honest and impartial, commenting on the best places to eat, things to do, essentials to take, and the local customs.
At rView we have have compiled a list of some of our top travel blogs that inspire and amaze. Go have a look, and find an incredible personal world of travel stories.
Debbie Dubrow, the author of Delicious Baby, lives in Seattle with her husband and three kids. Debbie and her husband wanted to find a way to travel with their kids, the youngest of whom is a newborn, instead of leaving them with grandparents. Debbie started her blog in 2007 as she wanted to share her stories with a broader audience. Delicious Baby is a travel blog which aims to help parents make travelling with kids fun. It is a great family travel blog packed with travel news, hotel and city guides, as well as informed travel advice like flying with car seat and kids safety. You can also get inspiration for destinations that would be interesting for you as an adult, and at the same time, would be fun for kids. Debbie offers real world tips from the perspective of a frequently travelling mother.
Europe A La Carte
Europe A La Carte was launched in 2006 by Karen Bryan who is its current editor. Since June 2008, the blog has had multiple authors, and now offers a much larger variety of content. The current writers share two main things in common: a passion for writing, and a passion for travel. All of them have travelled most of Europe, and the main aim of the blog is to inform and inspire people who love to do the same. As such, the website has impressed the rView team for being such a fantastic resource of travel information for anything related to European travel. You can find city guides and tours, the best restaurants in Paris, historical places in Edinburgh, as well as detailed information to make the most of your visit to a tourist attraction – all based on personal travel experience.
The story of Nomadic Matt is as inspiring as it is unbelievable. Many young people dream of having an adventurous life and avoiding the daily grind of a nine-to-five, but few have actually succeeded and turned this dream into reality. Matt Kempes was born in Boston, USA. In 2005 he visited Thailand, and it was this that inspired him to quit his job and travel more – ever since he’s been on the road. His blog is a good inspiration for everyone who wishes to quit the rat race, explore the world, and actually make out a living from it.
This lazy guy from Boston (his words, not ours!) shows travel enthusiasts that travelling doesn’t have to be an expensive task, nor does a year of travelling the world have to be dangerous. Check out Nomadic Matt for practical advice on how to make life a little bit more exciting.
Euro Cheapo is a budget travel website which can help travellers with a wealth of information on how to make a trip to Europe cheap and memorable. The site lists hotels which are affordable, but and at the same time, really nice to stay at. Users can find hotel reviews as well as helpful budget travel advice. It was launched in 1998 by Tom Meyers who now co-owns it with his brother Pete. At rView we follow Euro Cheapo for the latest travel news, tips and advice, city guides, and other information on destinations around Europe.
Lonely Planet Blog
Just like Nomadic Matt, Lonely Planet was also borne out of adventurous spirit, this time that of a newly married couple who crossed Europe and Asia with the last money they had. The couple in question are Tony and Maureen Wheeler, who crossed the two continents for their honeymoon, wrote their travel guide, Across Asia on the Cheap when they got back, which then gave birth to the Lonely Planet. The information on their blog is for anyone who is looking for inspiration for their next travel destination. Travel guides, recommendations, hotels, ideas, travellers’ feedback, news – anything you would need before you grab your passport.
Gridskipper is a travel blog with a urban twist. The bloggers understand travel in two ways: escape and leisure. Guides and information on how to make the most of your stay in cities like New York, Chicago, London and Paris, reviews of bars, restaurants and clubs – everything you need can be found there. Other useful information to be found here includes top ten lists on department stores, attractions, and food. Gridskipper is a blog for everyone who loves city breaks, weekend escapes, and sightseeing.
Gadling is a travel blog we accidentally stumbled upon while researching for relevant travel news. There are quite a few passionate travellers and writers who contribute to Gadling, covering fun and interesting travel information. This blog is a great stop for budget travel, holiday activities, city guides, airline information, and a lot more. The blog is organized by destination categories allowing users to navigate easily around posts which cover particular destinations. There are some very cool travel pictures as well for any photography lovers out there.
The Travel Blog
When you would like to read as many travel blogs as possible, The Travel Blog is your ultimate stop. It is an online blogging service allowing people to publish travel related blogs. Each blogger offers different travel information so you can practically find anything you need to know for your travels – travel guides, personal travel stories, and let’s not forget the stunning photographs! Bloggers also publish their very own travel map, and you can ask for advice in the Travel Forum. Users can also browse for destinations or look at bloggers profiles to find the information they need.
We hope you’ve found this list of travel blogs useful – if you can think of any more we should add to the list, feel free to drop us a comment below