“Traveling shouldn’t be just a tour, it should be a tale.”Amit Kalantri
Travel blogs can be rich with highly in-depth travel and destination information that could prove very very helpful when it comes to dreaming about, planning, and executing travel.
These are great resources for a variety of audiences, from students to nomads, budget backpackers to travel agencies, and beyond.
Travel blogs didn’t used to be so popular. Let’s be honest. Even 5 to 10 years ago, if one of your friends told you they were going to start a blog, would you not respond with a tired groan? But over the years, as more and more people choose to spearhead their own adventures rather than opting for a professional travel advisor, free online resources like travel blogs became an integral part of the planning process.
At the end of the day, reading a good travel blog should feel like you’re getting advice from a personal friend who knows what you like and what you don’t.
Maptia is a collaborative project with a diverse group of photographers, writers, adventurers, and conservationists, who bring their readers a world of inspiring and thought-provoking stories. They are a volunteer-run travel blog spending hundreds of hours over the past 4 years to self-publish impactful travel stories in an independent, ad-free environment.
Featured by big players like Nat Geo, Lonely Planet, and the Travel Channel, Expert Vagabond has been blogging about his travels over the last 10 years and has a lot of great content to show for it. He travels both solo and with his wife and baby, so he’s got plenty of tips and pointers for a really wide audience. The best bloggers don’t just write their own content; they share exciting and useful information for others. Expert Vagabond not only publishes high quality travel advice, but also tips and in-depth advice on blogging and photography to help you grow your own brand.
The Travel Episodes does not just take storytelling to the next level with their writings but also with video clips, sound effects, and photography. It’s like reading a futuristic storybook that teleported you to the place. When you first landed on the page, you are already feeling the tense atmosphere of the video playing in the background, and the more you read through easily-digestible paragraphs, the more you want to see how it all went down. The Travel Episodes blog takes travel blogging into the realm of short stories like no other travel blogs we have seen.
4. Travel freak
TravelFreak is a really versatile travel blog that lets you curate the content you are looking for; its easy-to-use search function allows you to find exactly what topics you need, from working abroad to destination-specific tips and write-ups. In other words, if you’re just starting out with following travel blogs, TravelFreaks should definitely be on your short list.
With producing high-quality outdoor lifestyle content in mind, Another Escape blog hit the nail in the head with their online magazine website that features engaging and authentic travel stories and stunning photography of the outdoors around the world. Another Escape’s design shines the best when you are viewing travel stories like “The Road Taken” where the article follows a couple who traded their city lives to live lives on the road. Its white space and simple design of the website make ways for the engaging travel story and photography to surface and shine on its own.
The Blonde Abroad is a beautiful travel site geared toward female solo travel. Kiki lays out a ton of great tips for any type of travel you can think of; and even provides a helpful how-to guide to getting started with solo travel. She doesn’t leave anything to the imagination; she breaks down all of the fears and challenges that come with solo travel for females so you can be fully prepared for your own adventures down the road.
Indie traveller is run by Marek Bron since 2012 and what I like most about the design is its play on the color palette, mixing contrast and subtle colors together in a way that made the travel blog stands out from the rest. The short paragraphs, a ton of white space, and the display of those unique diagrams and photos together with the pastel-like color palette, makes reading Indie Traveller such a blast which is something I can’t say for many other generic travel blogs out there.
Hand Luggage Only produces super high quality travel content and “life hacks” that a lot of people could probably find useful! They also provide a great and diverse perspective on the world of travel. Oh, and don’t skip following these guys on Instagram. When they’re not posting travel stories, they’re posting other hilarious content you definitely need in your feed.
9. Nomadic Matt
Nomadic Matt is well known in the travel community; if you’re looking for one of THE best travel blogs to follow in 2021, you should probably start here. Nomadic Matt has literally written the book on a variety of travel destinations over the years and has been featured by major world media platforms. His site has had millions of visitors and he even hosts a widely popular travel forum called The Nomadic Network.
10. Rojo Cangrejo
Marta, the writer behind Rojo Cangrejo is also an excellent photographer who are able to capture the little intimate moments we often experience while traveling. Her article about Shapening Knives in the Japanese Town of Sakai is a great example of that. If you are looking for a uniquely designed travel blog, checking out Rojo Cangrejo is a no-brainer.