My Favorite Travel Blogs of 2010

By Nomadic Matt | Published December 27th, 2010

blogging from the airportEveryday, more and more people are starting travel blogs. It’s hard to keep up with them all. I wish I could because I love reading people’s travel stories. They keep me excited about life on the road. But there’s too many blogs to read. Yet I do have some favorites and I wanted to bring your attention to some great travel sites that are worth reading:

(Note: I picked blogs that weren’t already popular and well known as I wanted to give some of the smaller blogs credit. Don’t be offended if you aren’t on the list. I read a lot more than just these but I can’t list 1000 blogs. However, feel free to add yours in the comment section)

Adventurous Kate – Kate is a fellow Bostonian with a sharp wit and great sense of humor. Her blog is quite funny. She’s currently exploring all that Southeast Asia has to offer and offers good insight on what it’s like being a solo female traveling the area.

Uncornered Market – Honestly, I think this is the best travel blog out there. I only wish I could write and take photos like Dan and Audrey do.  If you only read one site on the net (besides mine!), read theirs.

Candice Does the World – Candice has a great blog about life in Canada. She is gearing up to escape the cold weather and go teach English in Asia. Or, so she keeps saying!

Travel Yourself – Cailin O’Neil’s site contains inspiring travel videos I only wish I had the video skills to produce.

Two Backpackers- Jason and Aracely are back in the States after a year-long trip through Central and South America. They recently got married and now their site has great reflections on travel, blogging, and doing both at the same time.

Backpacking Matt- Matt gives good backpacking tips and writes some great off beat stories of his journeys around the world. He’s as nomadic as I am.

Twenty Something Travel – Stephanie is a twenty something traveler who embarked on her round the world trip a few months ago. She’s currently in Australia.

Foxnomad- Anil is a fellow Massachusettsite and his site has good tips for those who want to “travel hack” and for those who will go to any length to get good travel deals.

working overseas on your blogThe Brooklyn Nomad – Andrew is a local New Yorker and his blog focuses on travel tips for New York. He also includes information on other travel destinations.

Art of Backpacking – This website is about…you guessed it…backpacking and it is an excellent resource for things to do and how to live cheaply.

The Jungle Princess – Recently back from Costa Rica, Abby is the Queen of Las Vegas. She got me into Kim Kardashian’s birthday party. She’s as awesome in real life as she is on her blog.

Johnny Vagabond- Wes’ writing is funny, witty, and clever.  One thing I love about his blog is that he lists his expenses. Knowing how much places cost is an important part of travel and Wes lays it all out.

The Road Forks
– This blog combines two of my favorite things: food and travel. The site offers a great look at the culinary cuisine of places around the world.  This site is vegetarian heavy and offers great food tips if you are a non-meat eater.

Fluent in 3 Months – Benny, the Irish Polyglot, is a master at learning languages. He knows 7 languages fluently and travels every three months. He is proof that anyone can learn a language. He’s currently back in Europe before preparing to go to The Philippines.

Bacon is Magic – First, I love bacon, so any other person who loves it enough to have it in her domain name is cool in my book. But the blog is also a great resource for getting by on shoestring budget in South America and learning how to make great local food.

A Wandering Sole – Laura is my resident female travel expert. She spent time going around the world by herself visiting the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

As We Travel – Sofia and Nathan offer great travel tips, good advice, and funny stories for the road for young travelers. They are currently traveling Southeast Asia again.

Nerdy Nomad – Kristy has been a digital nomad for a few years. Her site talks a lot about the trials and tribulations of that lifestyle. Moreover, she goes to all the off beat and off the road destinations like Rwanda, Haiti, and Sumatra instead of the normal Europe or Asia destinations.

The Cranky Flier
– Brett is the guru on airlines. He knows everything about them and is an industry expert. If you ever want to keep with the airline industry, read this blog.

My Several Worlds – Carrie Kellenberger writes primarily about Asian travel destinations. We met when I moved to Taiwan. She’s a former English teacher who is an expert on travel in Taiwan and has some great images on her site. (She is also the woman editing most of  my articles now, which is why since the summer you’ve seen less grammar mistakes!)

Legal Nomads – Jodi’s site may not be that small but I love that she is proving even lawyers can have fun and the political/cultural aspect of her site. She skips the normal topics and instead focuses more on the culture of a place.

Canvas of Light – Dan’s website is a photo site disguised as a travel blog. I met Dan when we were both in Thailand during the riots in April. His photography is stunning and looking at his site is a good way to spend a few hours.

On Our Own Path – Kyle and Bessie are a traveling couple who are currently in Thailand. I like couple blogs because I’m always intrigued by the dynamic of being together 24/7/365. They say if you can travel together, you can be together and after two years of traveling together, these two have proved that saying to be true.

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Cool! New blogs to follow =D

Very nice list!

I’ve recently started to help people plan their backpacking trip. It is really good for inexperienced travelers.

NomadicMatt

I’ll take a look!

Following half of them already, but good to know about the other half :D

NomadicMatt

Glad to expand your RSS feed!

Thank you so much Matt! We love your site as well and hope we’re able to meet somewhere in the world to eat. :)

Love your site, Matt. I can’t claim to have a great travel blog (yet) but I am aiming for that in 2011 :) SolitaryWanderer.com

check out http://www.Bodeswell.com. Very cool adventures of a family driving a VW bus to and around South America.
http://www.theworldbyroad.com/ is also another good round the world overlander adventure.

NomadicMatt

I didn’t think The World by Road was even still updated?

All of these blogs are on my RSS reader and I’m so proud to be amongst them. Thanks!

Nice list I follow all of these guys already and they never fail to provide great stories to read.

Thank you for including me on this list among so many fantastic travel blogs!

Good choices here – I read them all too.

Great resource thank you Matt, there is a lot to see out there.

Bacon is Magic and Adventurous Kate were two of my favorite discoveries of 2010, too! I would list Akila and Patrick, as The Road Forks, remains one of my favorite travel blogs out there, but I read them long before this past year! And finally met them in person, too!

NomadicMatt

I know they aren’t new to 2010 but The Road Forks wasn’t on last year’s list!

Thanks for including me Matt! Fun list and not only are they interesting blogs but they’re run by great people too. Happy holidays.

I agree! These are all awesome travel blogs (as is yours Matt). Happy travels to everyone in 2011!

Great list. I started reading most of them earlier this year and am loving discovering new locations through their blogs.

All are great sites I can say I’ve been following at least half of them for about a year and I love following their stories as they travel the globe.

Mr. Kepnes, you are much too kind! And I swear I’m leaving in 2011. ;)

Great round-up, a few here I haven’t been following…

NomadicMatt

You better leave soon! Don’t make me drag you away!

Andrew

Thanks Matt for including my site on this great list of blogs. You have been too kind since I started my blog nearly 2 years ago and was glad we finally got to do some traveling together this year in Canada. Here’s to even more travel and writing about it in 2011.

NomadicMatt

Vancouver to Toronto via the VIA Rail!

A lot of my favorites up there! Thanks for including us!

Thanks Matt! And a great list. Most of them are my favorites as well.

Matt: Whew! I’m glad we made the list.

Seriously though, thanks for the exceptionally kind words. Your endorsement means a lot to us. Am glad we got a chance to connect and meet in person not once, but twice this year. Yet no Taco Bell. Next time, for sure.

NomadicMatt

You keep teasing me with Taco Bell. You need to deliver on that promise soon!

Thanks for saying my endorsement means a lot to you. THOSE are kind words! :)

Matt, thanks so much for including me on this list! There are some truly awesome bloggers featured here. I’m glad we got to meet this year…and I still can’t believe all of us went to Skanktuary that one night.

Cheers to a 2011 filled with epic adventures!

Jim

Great to see this list and to encourage new travelbloggers!

NomadicMatt

It’s important that we encourage everyone!

Very honored to be included in such a list of great sites. Thanks! I agree with you re: Uncornered Market — they really set a high bar.

Hi Matt — great site; I will subscribe to and forward many of these links! I used to maintain the RTW family travel blog Away Together, but I just mothballed it to start a new one that combines my passions for running with travel. If any of your followers are avid runners who want to contribute posts about destination-oriented running around the globe, please check out my site! It’s The Runner’s Trip: Run Long, Travel Far, Discover More, TheRunnersTrip.com.

Great list, Matt! I already read many of these awesome blogs, but some are new to me, so I’ll have to check them out. I love that you picked smaller blogs. Hopefully my blog, Maiden Voyage, will make it on the list next year!

NomadicMatt

Great seeing you in Keystone! Who’s to say what 2011 will hold.

Great list!

For those who are interested in food – I am eating one meal for every country in the world. My daughter and picky husband are also along for the ride :)

NomadicMatt

I love food websites! I’ll check it out!

Thanks for including us on the list! We feel honored to be on a list with so many other bloggers that we follow.

I thought surely that we’d see you in Thailand at some point, but alas, we’ve had to enjoy mojito buckets and spicy street food without you. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to do more of it to make up for your absence :)

NomadicMatt

Don’t get too comfy with my absence. I’ll be back before you know it.

Nice list. Thanks for including me as well… glad you still enjoy reading. :-) I’m looking forward to seeing what you get up to in 2011… all the best in the New Year!

Some great blogs on there, nice work Matt.

Ooh lots of my favorites on here and people who inspired me to start my own blog. Great blogs and awesome people!

Nice list Matt -I like that you included some up and coming sites as well! I follow many, but have a few more to add to my collection! We are still building up our site after three years of travel and are anxiously awaiting our next trip! You can check it out at http://www.WhatBoundaries.com and http://www.WhatBoundariesTravel,com where we share info on Medical Tourism that we encountered on the road!

Cheers!

NomadicMatt

I’ll check them out!

Thanks for the mention, Matt. I’ve enjoyed working with you this year. Here’s to a successful 2011!

NomadicMatt

Same to you! I might even be seeing you again in 2011!

I haven’t been following a lot of the new sites that started in the past few years. There’s so much to wade through lately. Thanks for the recommendations—it’s a starting point!

Great list Matt. I’m following several of these and now I have a few more to check out. Thanks.

If anyone is looking for an travel blog that gives you an escape to the Caribbean check us out. We post Caribbean webcams, Island cocktails, famous beach bars and anything else that has to do the sun and sand.

Cheers!

There is some awesome travel writing going on out there, great to have some more feeds to add to the list :) Enjoy 2011!

Laurence

Excellent. I’ve actually stumbled across a few of these recently while checking out other blogs for ideas on what to do with mine. Now I’ve got a handful more to snoop through!

I may be a nut, but I love end of year lists / end of year review articles. They make it so easy to relive some of the great moments from the year and catch up on things that I might have missed. Your post has several of both for me. Thanks.

Great list of travel blogs – I have a whole bunch of new blogs to follow now and a whole bunch of places to add to my travel wish list! Thanks!

No offense to anyone here, but it would be useful to post links to blogs where people don’t always write about how much they party, how cool they are because they travel, or how many places they’ve been. Personally, one of my favorite blogs is http://www.unbravegirl.com.
:)

*Note* Some of the blogs you listed are really cool so I’m not speaking about everyone, just making an observation.

Nice list Matt, always nice to have the RSS topped up with some new gems.

Good to see the As We Travel guys on there, i’ve become a big fan of theirs this year.

Lavinia

small, but of great potential:

http://www.tourismontheedge.com

Thank you!

NomadicMatt

Thanks for the tip! I’ll check it out!

mm.. i hope you don’t mind, but actually i disagree with you. first of all, why is Adventurous Kate the top of the list? I mean her blog is ok, but I don’t think it’s the best travel blog of 2010. Eventually, I would have picked My Several Worlds, which is better, I guess

I started my travel blog about a year ago to detail my travels old and new. I would greatly appreciate any of the many travel writing pros on this site to take a look and send me any comments/suggestions. Thank you!

Your blog is really a nice blog. I really appreciate you for such a blog….

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