20 Amazing Travel Blogs that you should be following right now
We at Ithaka are suckers for travel stories, constantly scouring the cyber world to dig out fascinating travel experiences. In our search, we stumbled upon some amazing travel blogs – blogs which will take you on a world tour, awe you with vivid stories and at the end, compel you to get on that plane the very next moment.
So whether you are looking for travel tips, want to drool over dreamy landscapes or just want to vicariously live out your travel fantasies, you should follow these 20 incredible travel blogs. Just don’t blame us for the bout of wanderlust that follows!!!
1. Nomadic Matt
Nomadic Matt is the ultimate authority on travel blogging, more specifically budget travel. His blogs are used by backpackers from around the world. He has won many accolades, simply because there is no better budget travel advice out there.
After completing his MBA, Matt started traveling the world, his inspiration coming from 5 backpackers he met on a beach in Thailand. He has traveled to more than 80 countries and you can find a comprehensive guide on most of them on his blog – all including his ultimate travel hacks.
He also authored many books on travel, with “How to travel the world on 50$ a day” being a New York Times bestseller.
2. Adventurous Kate
After a lifetime of dreaming about traveling the world, at the age of 26, Kate quit her job and traveled to Southeast Asia for 6 months. Like they say, once the travel bug bites, there is no cure, and her 6 months turned into 5 years and more than 65 countries.
She mostly travels solo, leading by example to prove that it’s not really a big bad world for solo women travelers. All we can say is, may this tribe of women grow!!
Read her blog for some unusual travel experiences, right from how she got to be an extra in a German movie to how she got shipwrecked in Indonesia. If there is an adventure in the making, rest assured, Kate will be a part of it.
3. Wandering Earl
In the December of 1999, Derek (Middle name Earl) left USA for a 3 month backpacking trip to Southeast Asia to celebrate his post-graduation. His plan was to come back to become a sports agent. It’s been 18 years since then and he is still on that trip. The world had stolen his heart.
In all these years, he has been to more than 85 countries across 6 continents, as he worked, volunteered and lived his way across the world.
He believes in staying in a place for a longer time to get a feel for it, than just scuttling away in a couple of days. Read his blog for some incredible travel experiences.
He also leads unique group trips around the world through his company Wandering Earl Tours
At a tender age of 21, Aileen quit her corporate job in Philippines to travel the world and build her own business. Being from a traditional Asian family, she did face some resistance, but succeeded in creating a life of travel despite that. Her travels have taken her to close to 40 countries across 4 continents.
Her blog is full of information packed articles, right from travel hacks, guides, recommendations to itineraries.
5. The Blonde Abroad
Kiersten Aka The Blonde Abroad, has had a rollercoaster ride till date. From working in a financial firm, to working as a bartender, from a stint in Hollywood to finding her life’s true purpose traveling the world, it’s been a long and enriching journey.
Her tryst with travel started when she spent a month studying Spanish in Spain and backpacked around Europe. That was the teaser of what was to come later. After she quit tinsel town, she took off on a 4 month trip, volunteering her way across South America and the rest as they say, is history.
Her blog is extremely beneficial to women travelers, and covers tips on what to pack, wear, see while tripping abroad.
6. Alex in Wanderland
After quitting her job, Alexandra has been gallivanting across the globe for more than 6 years, with no end date in sight. She prefers going off the beaten path and seeks out different experiences, even in the most commercial of cities.
Her blog is filled with stunning photographs, which tell as much of a story as the words. She loves scuba diving, and no wonder cant singing praises of tropical islands like Koh Tao. If you love reading about fun, interesting and offbeat travel experiences, then hop onto Alex in Wanderland.
7. Just One Way Ticket
After working for 4 years as a designer, Sabrina quit her job to embrace the world of travel. She took off for more than year, came back to resume her job. She quit again, never to come back. The road has been her home now.
Philippines is her favourite destination, and she is totally in love with the sapphire waters of Coron and El Nido. Her posts on Philippines are detailed to the point where you won’t have to read any other piece to plan your trip, especially if you are backpacker.
8. Y Travel blog
Y Travel documents the adventures of a couple Caz and Craig, who traveled to 52 countries over 16 years, proving that it is never too late to chase your dreams. They now travel with their daughters.
The blog has amazing recommendations for places to visit and things to do for many cities across the world. And if you are traveling with your kids and looking for child friendly activities, this blog is ideal for you.
9. Off the Path
The holy grail for the adrenaline junkies out there, Off the path will introduce you to adventures you only dreamed off. Sebastian has lived in 10 countries and traveled to nearly 100. And everywhere he went, he has dug out some of the coolest heart-pumping activities out there.
From canyoning in the deep jungles of Bali to swimming with whale sharks in Australia to Climbing an active volcano to walking with wild African elephants, he has done it all. If you want to read about his daring adventures or need help in planning them, check out his blog.
Rachel Jones is a nurse who quit her job and moved to the sandy shores of Goa in India. Her travels started with a 3 month backpacking trip across India. With India as her base, she continued traveling the world, getting her passport stamped in more than 50 countries. She even tried going back to try being a travel nurse, but India just kept calling her back.
Although she has traveled across the world, she knows India better than even the locals do. So if you are planning to travel to India, stop by her blog for the best places to visit, tips and travel hacks.
11. Vagabond Journey
Vagabond journey was formed by Wade Shepard, who has traveled to more than 80 countries and lived in many of them. China is his favourite country and he can mostly be found traveling through the country, fascinated despite years of being there. He has even published a book called The Ghost Cities of China.
Check out his blog if you are enthralled by world events, shifts in culture and disappearing traditions. Don’t forget to check out the cool videos on his blog.
12. Shooting Star
It was her stint with the Singapore Tourism Board that introduced her to travel bloggers. Inspired by them, she took a 2 month sabbatical and traveled across Europe and the Himalayas.
In 2013, she sold off her possessions and decided to live out of a backpack. In her blog, she writes about experiential stays, places that are rarely written about and local cuisine. If you are a vegan wanting to travel the world, her blog will be immensely useful.
13. Everything Everywhere
The blog is rightly titled. Gary has been everywhere, over 175 countries, 150 US national parks and over 340 UNESCO heritage sites. His passion for travel was kindled when he went on a 3 week trip after having sold his business.
In 2007, he sold his house and decided to be on the road endlessly. His blog covers some incredible travel experiences, right from crossing the Arctic circle, swimming with whale sharks, riding out a Tsunami and visiting active war zones in Cambodia. A serious dose of wanderlust is guaranteed!!
14. Two Monkeys Travel Group
Two Monkeys Travel Group was started by Kach and Jonathan, who met each on a trip in Laos. They stayed in touch after the trip and ever since then, they have traveled to 80 countries across all 7 continents.
Their blog is full off city travel guides, detailed itineraries and honeymoon guides. Its an exhaustive resource on half the places in the world. Also check out their recommendations of hostels and luxury hotels.
15. Keep Calm and Travel
At the age of 19, Clelia left her parent’s house to lead a nomadic life. She started with exploring her homeland Italy. At 30, she moved to England with a prestigious job in hand. Although her life was good, she always wanted to travel and it was bothering her.
At 35, she finally quit her job and booked a one-way ticket to Bangkok. Well, she is an inspiration to anyone who feels age is a deterrent to achieving their dreams. Ever since then she has been to over 40 countries. Read her blog for detailed itineraries, travel tips and tales of adventure or you can say misadventures!
Meet Dave and Deb, the married couple behind theplanetD. They wanted to get out of the rat race and lead a more fulfilling life. Once they discovered their passion for travel, they decided to put their heart and soul to following their passion, and make a living out of it. Thus was born theplanetD.
They have been to more than 107 countries, their guides cover everything from what to wear for the country, fast facts, what to pack, offbeat travel destinations, adventures and itineraries. The blog is almost a virtual encyclopedia.
As the name suggests, the blog is a paradise for the foodies out there. JB and Renee have an insatiable appetite for both food and travel. But if a place promises a gastronomical adventure, rest assured they would be packing their bags.
Their blog’s highlight obviously are the food guides, a complete rundown of the best places and the tastiest food to eat.You will feel the hunger pangs just reading their blog
18. Travels of Adam
Adam calls himself a hipster traveler. In 2010, he quit his job as a book designer to travel the world. A weekend trip to Iceland inspired him to pick up his backpack and leave Boston for good. He completed his round the world trip in 15 months.
He has been to tonnes of places around the world and his blog details his experiences, interspersed with great hotel and tour deals. There are tips and itineraries for most of the cities he has visited. His blog is one of the only ones which includes a guide for the LGBT group.
19. Be My Travel Muse
Kristin is one of the most fearless solo women travel bloggers out there. She aims to inspire more women to take a step towards their dreams of traveling the world. She has even written a book “Conquering Mountains: How to solo travel the world fearlessly”.
She loves adventure and ever since she quit her investment banking job, she has hitchhiked solo across China, climbed some of the tallest mountains in the world, dived to some of the deepest spots, hiked 2 months across Patagonia and even been a nun for 10 days. Read her blog for some insane adventure travel stories.
20. Local Adventurer
Local adventurer came into being when Esther & Jacob decided to explore each city in the US and unravel its hidden gems. They spend a year in each city to get into the skin of that place and discover cool things to do. They also travel abroad from time to time.
If you want to know the best hikes and weekend trips from Portland, Atlanta, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Asheville, look no further.