I love travel stories — whether entire books, short stories, or blog posts. I can never get enough!
Since I’m on my computer so often, I’m always looking for new blogs to quench my literary thirst. I read hundreds of new blogs each year, and most of them I decide I can live without. But I always find a few gems, and I want to showcase the blogs I started reading often in 2015:
Kiersten’s site focuses on the intersection of fashion and travel. She gives tips and advice for women on what wear, pack, and see while overseas and focuses more on higher-end, comfort travel than I do. I think her blog is one of the best for female travelers and, though it’s not targeted to me, I find useful information that I share with others. Kiersten and I are friends, and I love seeing her site grow and expand, especially over the last year. She seems to be everywhere!
This popular YouTube channel by Nadine Sykora documents her experiences as she travels around the world. Nadine’s zany, nerdy take on travel makes her videos entertaining to watch! She’s funny, smart, and a bit awkward, but her filmmaking style really puts you there in the destination with her. There’s a reason she’s one of the biggest travel channels on YouTube!
Gary Leff is the “OG” of travel hacking. While I read many travel-hacking blogs, I follow Gary because he provides industry analysis and behind-the-scenes information on loyalty programs and airlines. Gary doesn’t just provide trip reports or share deals and reward opportunities, he gives you context and greater understanding of how travel hacking and airlines operate.
This is my go-to resource for all travel-related news and industry information. It breaks stories and provides detailed analysis on the latest trends in travel, on both the business and consumer sides of the industry. If you love travel as much as I do and think listening to what CEOs have to say about revenue and consumer tastes is fun, this is the only website that’s worth reading.
I’m sure you’re surprised to see BuzzFeed listed here, but hear me out: sometimes all you want is a little inspirational list to get you through the day. That’s BuzzFeed. Its simple, easily digestible stories and portraits of travelers make me feel good. It may not have long-form writing or loads of practical tips, but it brings inspiration to others, and I’m a fan of its quirky angles and funny stories!
My kindred spirit, Earl is a vagabonding nomad backpacker like myself. We both love budget travel, backpacking, blogging, and everything in between (and yes, we’re good friends in real life too). I read Earl’s blog because he goes to places few people ever visit (Kurdistan, anyone?) and tells raw, honest travel stories that don’t sugarcoat the travel experience. Very few blogs do that, and for that, I think he’s one of the best travel websites out there. I’ve been reading him for years and he deserves a feature! (He’s also one of the few other bloggers I know that doesn’t accept sponsored content or trips!)
Mark and I go back to the days when I was living in Bangkok. Mark blogs about food, especially Asian food. He’s my food guru when it comes to all things Southeast Asian and has detailed information on where to eat and what to order throughout the region. But more than that, he tells the story of the place and its culture through the food he’s eating. It’s not just about what dishes to order — it’s about how food has shaped culture and vice versa.
These seven blogs aren’t the only ones I read, and since it’s been awhile since I’ve written about my favorite travel blogs, here’s a list of my favorites from pervious years that shouldn’t be forgotten:
- Legal Nomads
- Camels & Chocolate
- Expert Vagabond
- A Backpackers Tale
- Hecktic Travels
- Captain and Clark
- Roads & Kingdoms
- Alex in Wanderland
- Never Ending Footsteps
- The Points Guy
- Traveling Canucks
There you have it: my current reading list of websites and blogs! I hope you add them to your reading list and enjoy them as much as I do.