As I mentioned in a previous post, last week was the 2nd annual travel blogging conference. Besides having an awesome video that re-inspired me and being a great excuse for 250 travelers to party together, it was also a chance to meet some of the other travelers I spent most of my day talking to and whose websites I frequently read. While a lot of attention always goes to the “top sites” out there, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other great travel blogs like these:
Travel Yourself - Run by Cailin O’Neil, I first met her at La Tomatina in Spain last year. Her site contains inspiring travel videos I only wish I had the video skills to produce.
Two Backpackers- Making their way through Central and South America, Jason and Aracely are settling into Quito for a bit. Their articles give great insight into life in Latin America, their photos are beautiful, and they too make great videos.
Backpacking Matt- Matt is not only awesome for sharing my name but he gives good backpacking tips and insight into life in New Zealand where he currently is with his girlfriend.
Hop and Jaunt- Aly and John have a beautifully designed website and are the folks who made my ebooks all pretty. They are creative and outgoing people and that comes through in their blog posts.
Ottsworld- I’ve been in contact with Sherry for over two years now (I helped build her website). Her blog contains great photos and information on Nepal, India, and Vietnam. She also runs another site, Briefcase to Backpack, for those looking to escape the corporate world but not sure how to do so.
Twenty Something Travel- Stephanie is a twenty something traveler who is about to embark on her round the world trip. We kept asking her what happens to the website when she turns 30 and she assured us she already owns that url too. Phew!
Foxnomad- Anil is a fellow Massachusettsite. His website is a good reference point for travelers looking for information on building their own website, finding good travel products, and needing good travel advice.
Art of Backpacking- This website is about (you guessed it!) backpacking and is an excellent resource for those looking to put on a pack and wander the world.
Day Dream Away- Abby is a New Yorker who now resides in one of my favorite countries in the world- Costa Rica. I got to meet her this weekend and got incredibly jealous of her tan. She’s a great writer and just as fun in person as she is on her website.
Johnny Vagabond- Wes’ writing is funny, witty, and clever and its that genius that got him into the finalists for my Costa Rica giveaway. I met him a few months back in Bangkok and he is currently exploring the wonders of Southeast Asia.
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. They are currently exploring the wonders of food in China.
So on this long weekend, when you feel bored, go check out these websites (or these other travel blogs) and give them a read. Let them inspire you like they do me. They are a good read and a great place for travel tips. (After all, there’s only so much I can experience and write about!)