5 of the best travel blogs on the block
Feeling the urge to pack up your bag but can’t decide where to go and what to do? Travel blogs are an increasingly rich source of information and inspiration and there are simply hundreds online. Here we pick out a few of our favourites.
Emily Luxton (http://emilyluxton.co.uk)
Fresh from a five-month trip around South America, blogging award-winning Emily gives us a mix of vibrant photos, incredibly useful information and anecdotal tales that convey a vivid sense of place. Her ethos is: “Travel is good for us, and putting off our dreams is very, very bad.” If you too are of this view, get reading!
What others say: “Wanderlust.co.uk’s readers loved Emily’s evocative account of a visit to a traditional Moroccan steam room or hammam. Emily’s article . . . earns the prestigious title Travel Blog of the Year.”
Backpacks and Bunkbeds (http://www.backpacksandbunkbeds.com/)
Serial explorer Neil shares his experience of hostel life, volunteering and backpacking – and his ‘road trip essentials’ section is invaluable. If you want to get out there but are feeling subdued by the apparent costs, this one-stop shop for advice on budget travel will get you back on track.
What others say: “a fountain of nomadic knowledge”
Europe a la Carte (http://www.europealacarte.co.uk/blog/)
For those planning a European trip and in need of some advice from a voice of experience, Karen Bryan’s blog can help you discover the continent’s best bits. There is a mass of helpful information to help you plan your holiday – travel tips, photo tours, city guides, gastronomic secrets, lesser known attractions and ‘no fluff’ hotel reviews – and with a series of ‘25 fun things to do in…’ you can glean some great ideas for your itinerary.
What others say: “a treasure chest of helpful articles”
Roads & Kingdoms (http://roadsandkingdoms.com)
If you enjoy reading intelligent and brilliantly written articles, opening your eyes to culture around the world, this is the blog for you. Recently voted the Best Travel Journalism Site by the Society of American Travel Writers, and founded by two former Time writers, this is a blog that doesn’t flinch from exploring the gritty side of travel.
What others say: “smart, long-time journalists who tell beautiful stories”
As the Bird Flies (http://www.asthebirdflies.com/)
For a blog that gives you much more some winning destination tips, inspiring you towards a way of life, have a read of As the Bird Flies. The author of a collection of short stories, Shy Feet, Frankie writes not just about travel but living a full and creative life. Warning: this blog might make you want to hand in your notice, throw your life in a suitcase and try your luck as a globetrotting writer.
What others say: “I honestly think that she might be able to sell ice to Eskimos with her words, given the chance”