Sure, you could place an order for a Lonely Planet guidebook each time a new travel itch begs to be scratched. Better though to turn to the blogosphere; specifically, to the world of travel blogs, where worldly, wise wanderers share their best suggestions and coolest snapshots to inspire your own adventures. This is a sampling of the very best travel blogs to follow for destination inspiration.
Kristin Addis, an ex-investment banker from southern California who gave up everything to hitchhike through China and safari in the Serengeti, is the go-to guru for women who want to travel solo. Her blog is chock-full of truly helpful guides about how to travel both safely and adventurously in dozens of exotic locales, and the best things to see, do, and eat while you’re there. She also runs her own tours for women who want to see the world alongside her.
The travel blog scene can feel stale if you don’t venture beyond the Instagram-famous circle of heavily filtered, mostly white jet-setters. Eulanda and Omo of “Hey Dip Your Toes In” are a breath of fresh air. The husband-and-wife duo infuse their travel recaps with personal details and honest takes that go beyond ‘grammable moments and trendy tapas. They also offer their perspectives on what it’s like to travel the world as a black couple, opening up an incredibly important dialogue in the online travel community.
What happens when a Taiwanese art teacher and a Dutch digital marketer tire of reading the same generic blog posts about their adopted city of Bangkok? They start a blog. A very hip blog packed with insider info about the best neighbourhoods to stay in as a tourist with taste and where to find souvenirs that don’t suck, both in the Thai capital and beyond. Rice / Potato is like getting the low-down from your cool cousin, rather than your Rick Steves-devout aunt.
Matthew Kepnes—aka, Nomadic Matt—is one of the original travel bloggers. He first hit the road in 2006 and has visited 100-odd countries since then, all the while publishing one of the most well-read blogs about how and where to travel when your budget is small and your dreams are big. He has even written a few books on the subject. Years on, even as the travel blog market has exploded, it’s hard to beat “Nomadic Matt” for travel inspiration that doesn’t exclude those without deep pockets.
If travelling slowly, to spots just slightly off the beaten path is your speed, “Along Dusty Roads” is your blog. British couple Andrew and Emily take their time on their trips and on their posts; each entry reads like an aspirational magazine editorial, with dreamy photos to match. Like any good travel blog worth its follower count, ADR offers plenty of practical advice on each of its destinations (South America is its specialty) but it’s the incredible photography that really stirs one’s inner wanderlust.
Vancouver-born Christina Guan keeps it real. Her European-centric blog is rife with cheesy jokes, relatable anecdotes, endearing enthusiasm and plenty of actionable advice on topics like finding the best viewpoints in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland and how to fly Ryanair without losing your mind. What “Happy to Wander” really excels at is reminding all travellers that no matter how many times you’ve had your passport stamped, exploring the world is worth getting giddy about.
When you want to travel in style—drool-worthy hotels, curated outfits and influencer-approved photo ops—let “The Blonde Abroad” be your mentor. The blonde is Kiersten Rich and her brand is postcard-perfect, women-friendly travel. Her site serves up beautifully designed travel guides for more than 60 destinations, featuring suggested itineraries, packing lists, bucket-list experiences, and blog posts she’s penned on the topic.
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