There is a ton of great and valuable information you can find on travel blogs all across the internet. Depending on what information you are looking for or what country you are researching about, you may find some travel blogs more useful than others. But when you consider the information available on all of the travel blogs combined, you can pretty much find anything you need, learn about any country you want, find the best activities or restaurants in almost any region of any country based on other people’s experiences.
Here are 12 Great Travel Blogs to Follow in 2016:
Turner has been traveling since 2007. After starting a youth hostel in Cali, Colombia that later didn’t work out due to the recession in 2008, Turner now travels the world and finds jobs along the way to fund his travels and he documents them on his blog Around the World in 80 Jobs.
I enjoy his humorous and to-the-point writing style and his many stories and unique experiences of traveling and working abroad. From being a ghost Extra in a National Geographic Documentary to working in a Tiger Temple among monks in Thailand, this guy doesn’t seem to shy away from anything.
Brian Kelly used to work on Wall Street, but left his Wall Street job back in 2011 to grow his blog and travel full-time. His blog, The Points Guy provides a wealth of information on anything related to points, miles and saving money on travel or getting the most value for your money spent aka “flying first class and staying at luxury hotels all for less than the cost of a coach ticket and a hostel bed”.
Great resource when it comes to finding a suitable travel rewards credit card, stay up to date with any mergers, promotions or news about frequent flyer or hotel reward programs, and tips on finding good deals on flights and accommodations.
In 2010 Matthew decided to quit my job, left his girlfriend, sold everything he owned, and bought a plane ticket to Guatemala and has been traveling ever since. Many of his blog posts focus on showing you that traveling doesn’t have to cost a fortune and that a lot of our assumptions about foreign countries and cultures are not accurate.
I like to read Matthew’s posts, because he writes them from his perspective as an immersed traveler and also isn’t afraid to share his mistakes so we can learn from them.
Sabrina has been traveling off and on since 2008; she is originally from Germany and quit her job back in 2010 to travel full time and then started her blog Just One Way Ticket in 2013. I like her honesty and Sab’s personality really comes through in her style of writing.
She has a wealth of information and experiences to share on a variety of travel topics and destinations and always includes some great pictures within each post. I am not surprised that she was able to grow her blog to a considerable audience in just one year.
In 2007, Gary sold his house and has been traveling around the world ever since and has already visited all 7 continents and over 170 countries and territories. Gary is also a self taught travel photographer awarded Travel Photographer of the Year by both the Society of American Travel Writers and the North American Travel Journalists Association.
If you need some travel inspiration, his blog Everything Everywhere is hands down of the best resources; after all, a picture says more than 1,000 words and is site has a collection of more than 20,000 travel photos, so you can’t complain that there is a shortage of pictures.
In addition to visiting every continent and many countries, Gary has also been to every US state and territory, every Canadian province, every Australian state and territory, over 125 US National Park Service sites, and over 285 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
6. The Planet D
Dave and Deb are the smiling faces behind one of the most well known travel blogs ‘The Planet D’. What really started off this inspiring couple’s journey was the Tour d’Afrique, the world’s longest cycling race back in 2008. Shortly after this tour, Dave and Deb started The Planet D “with the hope of inspiring people to step out of their comfort zone and realize their potential” and when you take the time to look through their content, you will notice that a lot of it is very empowering and inspiring.
Every time I read one of their post, my Wunderlust just starts to boil and I have that itch to travel immediately, so if you need some motivation to finally make that change in your life and start traveling, just head on over to their blog.
Kate is originally from Boston, but since she started traveling she has really lived up to her blog name ‘Adventurous’ Kate, from being shipwrecked in Indonesia to working as an extra in a German movie to being on The Daily Show for hitting on Jon Stewart in New York City.
There is nothing this girl shies away from and I admire that a lot! At the age of 26, Kate quit her job to start traveling and has been traveling ever since. She is very well known in the industry for being a female solo traveler and she offers a lot of great tips for other solo travelers; what to look out for, how to prepare, what to expect, etc. Even though I am not a solo traveler, I have found a lot of great information on her blog that I have applied to my travels as well.
After a break-up from a long relationship and the stress of a full-time job while in College, Kiersten jumped on the opportunity of a Spanish Language Study Abroad Program in Spain during her Sophomore year in College without even telling my parents she put down the deposit, broke her lease, gathered what little money she had saved, and told her boss she’d would be back in July.
After a month of studying Spanish in Spain, she also went on to backpack through other countries in Western Europe, which had later inspired her to go on traveling the following summer and has been traveling off and on ever since. Kiersten is an award-winning female travel & lifestyle blog featuring travel tips, fashion and photography from around the world and I truly enjoy reading her blog and watching her travel YouTube videos.
9. Nomadic Matt
If you have followed any travel blogs, it’s very probable that you are already familiar with Nomadic Matt. Matt has one of the top travel blogs and that is well deserved.
His content focuses on being able to travel inexpensively and he shares useful and tips and tricks that everyone can use to either save a few bucks on their next vacation or learn how to travel long term on $50 per day or less. I must admit that Matt’s blog has had the most significant influence in my own travel style over the past few years. He has been traveling since 2005/2006 and has a ton of great information to share about so many destinations.
For anyone who loves to travel and learn how to travel inexpensively, I highly recommend his book “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter“; if you just use one of his tips, you can save ten times over what you spend on this book.
What are some of your favorite travel blogs on the internet? And why?
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Nici is a mommy of 2, wife, successful Marketing professional, and travel nerd who is passionate about showing you how you can travel and explore the world by sharing her own travel stories and experiences.