As I brought up a few weeks ago, I don’t read many travel blogs anymore, since there’s often too much sponsored content and I find them bland. A lot of people asked what blogs I do enjoy reading. There’s a bunch I read on a regular basis — sites that inspire me to travel better and satiate my wanderlust. The last time I pointed you in the direction of some good blogs was in 2012, so I’m long overdue for a suggested reading list.
What better time than now!
So cutting right to the chase, below are blogs that I’ve found to be funny, witty, deep, useful, and beautifully written.
Roads and Kingdoms
Founded by two foreign correspondents from Time, this website is currently my favorite for narrative travel. It features in-depth articles from foreign correspondents about culture and life around the world and recently won a Society of American Travel Writers award for best travel journalism website. The writers here are smart, longtime journalists who tell beautiful stories. It helps that the website is very well designed too.
The Points Guy
Brian Kelly is the whiz of all things travel hacking. I’m always blown away by his knowledge of arcane frequent flier rules. He manages an incredible website detailing any changes to frequent flier programs, credit card redemptions, deals, and more. It’s updated multiple times a day and is a great resource for keeping up-to-date on the latest information dealing with travel loyalty programs.
A perennial favorite of mine, Jodi writes some of the best stories around. Over the years, she’s shifted her focus from what she’s doing to talking about the importance food and culture — she even wrote a book about it. If you want to read stories about people, culture, and delicious local food, this is your website.
One of my must-reads for a long time running, this blog has great insights and long, deep stories about where they visit and who they meet. They give you a great sense of local culture. I always say that if there’s ever a contest for best blog, I would tell you to vote for me first, but then I would go vote for Dan and Audrey.
Witty, smart, and funny, Geraldine DeRuiter writes this wonderful blog about traveling the world. She blogs about everything (mostly her travels with her husband) with a sometimes snarky twist. If you want to laugh and smile, read what Geraldine has to say. She was named one of Time’s Best Blogs in 2011. It was a well-deserved award.
The Great Affair
Candace creates beautiful watercolor paintings during her travels and then shares the stories behind the pictures. I discovered her website this year and am happy I did. She’s already making waves in the travel-writing world. She also recently wrote an article about travel in India as a woman for this website.
Australia-based Torre DeRoche runs this blog, and her name may be familiar to many of you, since I interviewed her about her book earlier this year. I love her deep thoughts on travel and the personal nature of her blog. You really get a sense of the ups and downs of travel through her writing. It’s comforting to read about someone working through the same nervous fears you are.
Fluent in 3 Months
Looking to learn a language? Benny’s your guy. He’s got the tricks and tips for learning a language quickly, which is very helpful when you travel. His website is hugely successful, and he runs an amusing language YouTube channel. He’s currently learning Japanese while living in Spain.
I’ll admit, this blog has nothing to do with travel, but if you’re looking to get in shape, this website will help you out. There’s a lot of advice here on healthy living, including how to stay in shape on the road. (And as someone who’s trying to get in shape right now, Steve’s advice has been incredibly helpful!)
The Cranky Flier
As an airline geek, I follow this blog because Brett keeps up to date with the changes in the aviation industry. This blog doesn’t focus on points/miles but on changes in services, new planes, mergers, and all that other industry stuff we aviation geeks love. If you’re an airplane/airline geek too, read Brett’s blog — you won’t regret it.
So there you have it: a few more websites to fill your blog reader, learn from, get tips from, and inspire you to travel more.