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Wide-eyed wanderers, free-spirited nomads, seasoned jet setters, proud professionals: the beauty of travel is the mingling of minds and diversity of purpose you find waiting in the hotel lobbies, airplane seats, and curb-side cafes. And the beauty of the internet is, you can learn what all of them are thinking, which hotels to stay at, airlines to fly with, and which cafes to taste-test, all before ever leaving home.
We are proud of our travel blog here at Stasher. However, there is no denying that there are some other amazing publications out there. So, without further ado, here are 2019’s best and brightest travel blogs, organized from general genius to esoteric exotics and everything in between.
Best Travel Blogs: All-rounders
First up are the ones who have it all – passion, practicality, insight, entertainment, and a certain je ne sais quoi…
Intrepid Travel is a full-service travel agency focusing on small groups and big adventure, founded by two best friends from Australia named Darrell Wade and Geoff Manchester, and their Intrepid Travel Blog aka The Journal is your all-inclusive source for travel news, city guides, and rousing stories from the road. In The Journal, you’ll find photos, videos, and first-hand accounts from Intrepid Insiders about their trips to places like the Sahara Desert, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan. As the name suggests, Intrepid Travel is all about the authentic experience: the food, the locals, and hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.
More than a blog, Culture Trip is an award-winning multimedia platform with a global network of both in-house and freelance creators in video, storytelling, photography, illustration, and animation.
The original writing staff of 12 has grown to over 300 contributors, bringing to life their incredible stories from all of the world’s top destinations. With offices in Tel Aviv, London, and New York, 20 million unique site visitors monthly, and a combined 8 million followers on social media, this startup has experienced exponential growth in just a few short years; it was founded in 2015 and launched a year later. Their app has been featured in the Apple app store’s App Of The Day, BuzzFeed, the UK’s The Guardian, the BBC’s Travel Show, Travelution, Forbes, and more.
Tortuga is a brand made by and for travel experts (or aspiring experts). Founders Fred and Jeremy wanted to create the perfect backpack for jet setters, backpackers, tourists, adventurers, and wanderers of any stripe. The goal: avoid common traps and expenses that take away anything from your trip.
Once they perfected their line of carry-on backpacks and duffles, Tortuga created the Packsmith blog to answer questions from fellow travelers and to provide advice on packing, gear, and clothes. Today, the blog draws around 200,000 unique monthly visitors, and when you see it, you won’t wonder why. Packsmith takes out all the guesswork and even has packing lists tailored by destination, leaving you with nothing left to do but enjoy your vacation. ✈⛵
Portugalist started a little over three years ago after founder James Cave became frustrated at the lack of good quality information that there was about Portugal. Having both lived and traveled there so much, he decided to take on the project himself. The blog quickly became his full-time job, and on it, you’ll find everything from currency and transportation tips to rich local cuisine and wine lists. Felicidades!
These days, Portugalist is the #1 source of information on Portugal and continues to grow with annual readership in the millions. James tells us he appreciates the thank-you messages he gets on a near-weekly basis, and hints at exciting things to come in 2020.
Best Travel Finance Blogs
Best travel blogs for the minimalists, budget crunchers, and anyone who wants the most bang for their buck.
Johnny Jet’s John DiScala overcame illness and a fear of flying to become a traveling businessman in after college, and soon made it his mission to follow other professionals’ every move to find the best in rewards, miles, points, travel sites, airlines, and more. What started as an email list among buddies grew to about 500 subscribers before the Johnny Jet Portal was born – but it’s not just him anymore.
The blog has a team of contributors sharing their inside, first-hand (and first-class) knowledge which the site boasts can be used by frequent flyers and the not-so-jet-set traveler alike. Nearly 250k monthly readers and critics agree, with praise raining down from TripAdvisor, Travel Budget Magazine, Travel + Leisure, and just about everyone else. It also doesn’t hurt that the website’s been running since 1999, giving Johnny Jet a track record of trust you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
Texas entrepreneur Daniel Gillaspia started this blog in 2014 because he wanted to share tips on how to avoid the “stupid mistakes” he’d made in his own travels. He soon learned he could help people see the world and live life to the fullest by taking advantage of travel rewards (primarily earned via credit cards).
UponArriving breaks down how readers can experience extravagant travels and fly first-class for next to nothing and stands out from the competition because it offers unbiased credit card reviews and insight. It’s been featured by finance experts like Forbes and Business Insider as well as in travel gospel-like National Geographic, LADbible and Lonely Planet. Says Gillaspia, “there’s something transformative about travel for many people, and I love playing a role in helping people to achieve that.”
Cheapest Destinations is one of the OG travel blogs, having been founded in 2003 by Tim Leffel – what he calls the “dawn of the blogosphere” (he’s not wrong – remember LiveJournal?). Leffel is also an award-winning author, has lived and worked on several continents, and has a family of his own. But what you’ll notice right away is the rhythm of his writing. Or you won’t notice, till you’re several pages deep and full of practical knowledge ranging from tips on gear and airlines to complete guides for living in a foreign country (or two or five) for a year.
He also reviews and interviews other travel writers, so you get multiple perspectives and links for further reading. The site has a dedicated following of 60k-80k unique readers per month, has won multiple awards from the North America Travel Journalists Association (NATJA), and is regularly featured in USA Today, Travel + Leisure, and The Street.
Best Luxury Travel Blogs
Best travel blogs for those ‘treat yourself!’ days, the carpe diem‘s, and that little bit of YOLO in all of us – no FOMO or fun-shaming allowed!
A Luxury Travel Blog has been at the forefront of luxury travel blogging for over a decade, with over 700 contributors and more than 10,000 posts catering to those with a taste for the finer things in life. We’re talking private villas, sparkling pools, top-tier service, and decadent meals…just reading about it can transport you to another world!
With nearly one million combined followers on Twitter and Facebook and a wide audience of over 110,000 unique monthly visitors, the site has been widely recognized as a top luxury travel resource: it was named “one of the world’s leading travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph, and scooped the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine.
Bikinis and beaches, cocktails and cabanas, Jetset Christina’s Christina Vidal has it all – and wants you to have it all, too! Only the world’s most beautiful and luxurious hotels, resorts, and bungalows make the Jetset seal of approval, so you can trust they’re the best of the best; her readers certainly do.
The blog reaches over 600k followers across social media, with an island-themed Instagram account regularly racking up thousands of double-taps and earning the #1 spot in Travel + Leisure’s Travel Instagrams to Follow. Christina says what sets her blog apart is her “unadulterated love of luxury” and “shameless love of travel.” When you see it for yourself, no one will blame you for shouting, “Yassss, kween!”
Best Couples Travel Blogs
These couples made their travel dreams come true, but not without hard work and creative thinking.
The couple who run Travel Off Path are true nomadic minimalists, living out of their two suitcases after selling their house in 2017. Kashlee and Trevor say their motto is “experiences over things,” which they do their best to teach to others. They started the blog because they wanted to “make traveling more accessible, fun, and possible for everyone.”
The blog has been inspirational to many looking to “get their travel on” – and helpful, too! Their tips and guides include things you might not think of, especially if it’s your first time in a new country, like where to get cheap SIM cards and how to use public transport, plus travel news to keep you updated on weather, politics and anything else that might impact your trip.
Travel bloggers Nadia & Mike left their corporate jobs in 2015 to pursue a life of travel and adventure. Soon enough, friends and family members were asking for tips and destination advice when they planned holidays. Three years ago, the couple decided to share their adventures on a wider platform so that more people could benefit from their discoveries, and the rest is history.
The blog covers both luxury and adventure travel for couples. You’ll find tips and how-to guides for picturesque, romantic getaways to Paris, Thailand, and the Florida Keys, plus their favorite off-the-beaten-track locations like the Amazon Rainforest and the Tunnel of Love in Ukraine.
In Two Wandering Soles, you can learn all about the Digital Nomad lifestyle from two people who’ve lived it for the better part of a decade, including how to live in a van for months and ways to support yourself living overseas. It’s a frank and honest window – stuffing-food-in-your-face photos included – into a life of intimacy with a partner in close quarters. Shortly after getting married in 2013, founders Katie and Ben decided to quit their jobs and travel through South America. Since then, they’ve taught English in South Korea, trekked to Everest Base Camp, volunteered on organic farms, worked at a ski resort, and built a campervan that they called home for a summer.
Two Wandering Soles is where they document their adventures and where they share tips and practical advice for those looking to travel on a budget. They are also passionate about responsible travel, and they aim to share ways others can make ethical choices on their travels around the world.
Best Family Travel Blogs
From their first trip together, some families dream of traveling forever on one endless, magical vacation. This is not that.
The motto of Traveling Mom is “we’ve been there,” and you really gotta give it to them: the writing staff of 45 includes founder Kim Orlando (an entrepreneur in her own right); classically-trained, award-winning, and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalists; and freelancers from all backgrounds, professions, and family sizes. They promise to only write about places they’ve visited so they can tell their readers what they need to know before they go, what works for families, and what doesn’t.
From them, you’ll learn everything you need to know to make the most of family trips to theme parks, national forests, sporting events and more, plus opportunities for grown-up fun along the way.
The Full Suitcase family travel blog was started almost four years ago by Getty Images photographer and Lonely Planet Pathfinder Jurga Rubinovaite to show how the average family – and anyone else – can have extraordinary vacations without going to extraordinary measures. Jurga believes what sets them apart is that they not only inspire people to travel and take their kids along but also show their readers how to make their own dream trips. “If we can do it with three kids,” she adds, “you can do it too!” 🙂
Best Food Travel Blogs
Must-follow blogs for all foodies, epicures, and gastronomes:
Will Fly for Food is one of the world’s top 50 travel blogs, founded by foodie JB Macatulad along with his wife, Renee. Together, they have made it their quest to visit as many different countries as they can and try a treasured national dish from each one. The blog gets over 260,000 unique readers each month, has won multiple awards and has been featured by Bon Appetit, BuzzFeed, TripZilla, Expedia, and more.
Detailed travel and food guides help people eat like locals, even if it’s their first time out. To JB and Renee, the best way to experience a culture is through its food: “Nothing excites and inspires us more about a trip than the promise of interesting food. For us, a heritage stall serving the same iconic dish for decades is as important as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
Tommo and Megsy like to focus on all things gastronomical, from searching the world for the number-one Food Worth Traveling For all the way down to making the foods they try and love themselves. They make quick work of haute cuisine and degustation meals but are happy to try stranger menu items in their search for the world’s best gnoshes.
The blog is full of food guides and history for the cuisine-curious traveler, little-known facts, and sensory delights – no surprise they have thousands of followers on social media!
Best Quirky Travel Blogs
Chuck out your itinerary; these blogs are for the witty wanderers, misfits, and rogues:
Lauren Juliff wants readers to know they can spend their life traveling the world – even if they have debilitating anxiety – as long as they take one step at a time. That’s how she did it, starting the Never Ending Footsteps blog eight years ago when she bought a one-way ticket to Southeast Asia – and learned to manage her mental health on the way.
The blog focuses on “how not to travel” and exploring destinations that aren’t on your typical tourist list. Lauren says her articles are “all about disaster, misadventure, and how to handle everything falling apart on the road.” She also doesn’t take sponsored trips or comps, so you get her unfiltered and independent opinion on everything from hostels and souvenir shops to sea-sickness and burnout.
Anthony Bianco wants you to know that if you’ve come to see bikini selfies and six-packs , you’ve come to the wrong place! The Travel Tart is a blog that proudly doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that’s because Bianco had enough of that in his long-term battle with cancer (he kicked its butt – no worries!). You’ll even find funny “language guides” listing popular swear words in countries from around the world!
Best Solo Female Travel Blogs
The recent documented rise in solo female travel might just have its roots in these fearless females:
Warnings about the dangers of life on the road could never have deterred Kristin Addis from seeing the world on her own terms and reaping the empowerment that comes with it. Her story is an emotional rollercoaster, full of adventure, drama, romance, and a bold sense of daring. She left her job as an investment banker seven years ago and has been writing about solo female travel ever since, having kickstarted her career guest-blogging on travel sites as well as publishing regular updates on her own.
Paying it forward, BMTM regularly features guest posts and even leads small group tours for women. Deservedly, it’s one of the top travel blogs for women with over thousands of readers per month.
Kate McCulley started her blog to show other women that it can be fun, safe, and easy to travel solo as a female, which in her case also might mean getting a bit messy! She’s not afraid to tell her readers about some of her more embarrassing moments, along with once-in-a-lifetime experiences that only come with an adventurous spirit. She made a career out of sharing her stories and promoting the products and places she loves while traveling, and was so successful that she’s been to over 80 countries and counting.
Now living in NYC, Kate still makes it to exotic new destinations every year. Her honest approach gives readers a glimpse behind the curtain, making her blog a must-read for earnest travelers.
Best Business Travel Blogs
Last but not least – the best bloggers fly business class.
Business Travel News is the leading industry website for corporate travel executives and has been publishing news, analysis, and research in print, online, and via email for 35 years. The website provides its 50,000 monthly visitors with annual ratings and reports on hotels, airlines, rental cars, and more. On the blog, you’ll find articles on things leisure and other travel blogs just wouldn’t think of, like resorts with the best meeting venues and software developments in cloud-based operations for working remotely with a team. It also features Q&A’s with business and travel experts where they discuss policy, tech, and other advances around the world.
A top choice for business travelers, Business Travel Life, provides that personal touch , reminding readers that they aren’t robots and to take care of themselves while working on the road. That focus on healthy living, and healthy travel in particular, can be useful for anyone living the transient lifestyle, whether it’s for work or a whim. Featured articles include holistic life hacks and vegan dining options along with leisure tips, hotel room workouts, and What To Wear guides. The women who run the site are not just travelers, businesswomen, and writers, but also volunteers, fitness gurus and educators, so it’s perhaps not surprising they take such a well-rounded approach to their blog.
Our list of the best travel blogs will be updated regularly, so if you feel like we’ve missed a real gem, don’t hesitate to send us a message at [email protected].
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