“If I were rich, you would never see me again.” I’m pretty sure during your social media rounds you must have come across this quote at least once. Travel has become a favorite for very many people around the globe to the extent that I’m careful not to say favorite pass time because it has even turned into a professional and self-discovery or spiritual affair. Some travel to see the world, others to tell people’s stories, others as therapy, others to make money, and so on.
The world being as vast as it is, there are several places to visit. Of these, at least we have blogs and bloggers who have gone out of their way to document their travels by either taking photographs, videos, or storytelling.
They even go a step further to make recommendations, review and rate their travel escapades. You have to agree that this has made activities such as picking your next travel destination, planning, and actual travel much more straightforward.
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That being said, I’ve put together a few of my favorite top travel blogs and bloggers, to make your travel plans a little bit more inspired, informed, and money-wise. So let’s get right into it.
List of best travel blogs
1. Legal Nomads
Jodi Ettenberg was a practicing lawyer when she decided to take a whole year to rest and travel the world. After saving up, she embarked on her journey, only to never go back home to practice law. Then her blog Legal Nomads was born. She documented the experience for those who knew her so that they could also have a taste of her travels virtually.
The exciting part of Jodi’s experience is that she developed the blog to also share about food. She believes that food has a way of bringing you closer to the people of a place as well as their culture. It also reduces the chances of sickness during travel because you are aware of what exactly you’re taking in.
She is passionate about finding the right food for people with celiac so you can get gluten-free restaurant cards on her blog. A celiac, Jodi has also developed a long list of gluten-free guides based on her travels, to help other celiacs travel safely around the world. Also, she offers travel tips and resources.
Her travel blog has been featured on so many renowned platforms- the New York Times, National Geographic, The Guardian, Fast Company, BBC Travel, CNN, and more. Legal Nomads has also bagged several awards: multiple Lowell Thomas Awards and North American Travel Journalism awards for writing and photography.
2. Expert Vagabond
Expert Vagabond is the creation of a guy called Matt (full names: Matthew Karsten). His story is not far from Jodi’s of Legal Nomads. He has a degree in Business, but he one day decided that he would save up, sell his possessions, and leave the US for a year. A year turned into 9, and he has never looked back ever since. He bought his ticket to Guatemala, and that was it!
He says he aims at teaching people how to make memories rather than collecting possessions. Matt shares his experiences through photography, videos, and articles.
On his blog, he shares on his travels to different destinations: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, North America, and the Polar Regions. He also features travel resources and tips.
Besides that, he talks about how to find cheap flights, to book cheap hotels, the right travel gear you need to get as well as travel safety tips. What is travel without keeping the memories?
In light of this, he features photography tips, giving you ways in which you can take better photos and the best travel cameras you can get. On a matter of money, Matt helps you get better at nomadic living by directing you on how to save money, get travel jobs, and how to get paid for traveling.
3. The Voyageur
This travel blog is a work of art. The minimalistic thing going on with The Voyageur is breathtaking. It is by a lady living in Paris called Pauline.
In the blog, she features various countries like Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Austria, and Brazil. Her itineraries section is unique. There, she gives a snapshot of what you would do in a place or country in a certain number of days, which helps in planning and getting inspiration for your next adventure.
Pauline also lets you in on hotels and homes you can consider staying or eating at during your travels. Paulina is a photographer, fashion designer, and art director; therefore, the gallery, food, art & architecture section in her blog is brought out with so much grace and creativity.
4. The Poor Traveler
If you’ve always wanted to travel the world, but you find yourself lamenting about how you have no money, this is one of the blogs you should check out sometime.
The Poor Traveler offers diverse content from different travelers who are on a budget around the world. A prominent perk from this is that you will get to see travel from various perspectives. You will be shocked at how people are traveling with just enough to get by.
The blog aims to document the misadventures of two buddies, Vins and Yosh who give tips on budgeting so that other travelers can have better adventures.
5. Nomadic Matt
His goal is to help travelers to get to destinations better but with less. With travel experience of over ten years, Matt is in a position to give sound travel advice on matters ranging from packing, insurance, vacation ideas, how to get the right travel backpack, preparation tips, travel scams and more.
Featured on CNN, Times, National Geographic, The Guardian and several other platforms, Nomadic Matt continues to be a point of relevant travel information and inspiration to travelers as well as those who are looking to travel. Impressive features on this blog include a couple’s travel, female solo travel, and family & senior travel.
6. Hand Luggage Only
Yaya and Lloyd started the blog while at the University of Cambridge. They loved to travel and photography and so they wanted to see what travel was like in the eyes of other travelers and to have conversations around the journey with them. So they put up their travel posts on their blog and voila! Hand Luggage Only was born.
On their blog, they offer travel advice and inspiration. You can visit the travel journal for documented travels. Food and hacks are also exciting features on the blog.
This site is inspiring. It brings together the stories of different people and communities. Maptia works with writers, photographers, fashion designers, art directors, and conservationists to use storytelling to bring out the beauty of the world, its challenges and to give inspiration. It is an impact-centered and informative project that empowers the world to be better.
Maptia features inspiring stories from around the world that are under the editor’s picks. They also show a 7-day series of short stories in a segment dubbed journeys. A quick glimpse at the stories and photos on the blog will genuinely inspire your travel spirit.
8. Adventurous Kate
Seventy-seven countries and seven continents. That’s where and how far Kate has traveled. Similar to the stories of most full-time travelers, she also quit her job to travel and has never looked back. Kate aims at showing the world that it is easy, safe, and fun to travel the world even if it is solo travel.
With no particular inclination to specific topics she blogs about, you can get just about any piece of travel advice on her blogs. Adventurous Kate also tells of her travel adventures in fascinating and engaging ways.
9. Dan Flying Solo
Dan left his restaurant job, picked up his camera, and went to see the world. Today, his travel blog, Dan Flying Solo, offers inspiration on places to visit around the world.
He takes photos, videos, and writes articles on his experiences, giving you a comprehensive account on tips and lessons he’s learned along the way. His blog is big on Asia, Europe, and Oceania’s travel guides.
Food and travel: Mark Wiens is waiting for you to name a better duo. For him, there’s no better way to understand a place and its people than exploring their food.
His blog is made for people who appreciate both food and travel. If you’re wondering if some food you’re trying out is traditional and authentic, chances are he has already covered it on his blog, especially for Asia. Mark currently lives with his wife Ying in Bangkok. Together, they frequently travel the world for food.
Mark’s travel blog is also instrumental in providing city guides. Above all, a visit to Migrationology will give you enough inspiration to travel: food.
11. Amateur Traveler
Chris Christensen began his adventure by creating podcasts in 2005. I think he was one of the first people to do a podcast at the time :). The Amateur Traveler blog was only created two years later. It became a great addition to the podcast series mainly because it offered young travelers movies, travel photos, and lots of useful content.
As a result, today, at amateurtraveler.com, you’ll find the award-winning travel blog and podcast that will help real travelers plan real trips to their own backyard or around the world.
Here you will find content that will help you plan your trip, save money, or tell you where to go. And also information for people just starting to travel, such as the Travel 101 list.
12. Backpacking Matt
Among the best travel blogs on my list, there can be BackpackingMatt.com. What captivated me in this blog is fantastic positive energy and beautiful photos. Until you want to throw everything, pack your backpack, and hit the road.
Matt is a guy from Iowa who came to New Zealand in 2010, like he says one of the most beautiful places in the world and unexpectedly lived here permanently.
His blog mainly focuses on discovering New Zealand, but not only. You’ll also find tips on how to travel around the world, stories of adventures and explorations, travel reviews, and inspirations for travel. Through this blog, Matt shares his fascination with beautiful New Zealand and an unconventional lifestyle.
Travel is one of those things that have a positive impact on a person, whatever their reason for traveling. People who travel are happier, appreciate diversity, and tend to find their purpose.
I hope through this compilation of blogs and bloggers who are heavy into traveling and documenting their travels, you will get inspired to leave your comfort zone and all the familiarity it comes with, and pack a bag and go. Who knows what you will find out there? Happy travels!