First of all, Happy Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful day, filled with laughter and joy. If, like me, your belly is too full from all the food and booze consumed yesterday, you’ll be looking for indoor activities that require little to no moving. Say, a spot of reading, maybe? If your dreams of 2015’s big adventure are already filling your thoughts, why not take a look at my top 10 travel blogs of 2014 for a little travel inspiration? Warning: reading any of these blogs may result in a sudden urge to book flights to places you’ve never thought to visit, itchy feet and compulsive day dreaming, AKA wanderlust syndrome.
Whilst the dream of long term travel has always played in the back of my mind, it was at the end of 2010 that I really began to dream about the nomadic life I really wanted. I remember one cold winters evening, a colleague and I stayed behind in the office late, and she introduced me to a fashion blog. I’d never really looked at blogs at all until then, and it didn’t take long before I began searching for travel blogs. From that moment, I was hooked. Every time I had a spare five or ten minutes at work, or if I had no plans for the evening, I was logging onto my favourite travel blogs or searching for new ones. Now, don’t get me wrong, living in London is incredible, and I had a fantastic three and a half years there. It’s just a large amount of my time in London was spent reading blogs and dreaming of the life I could be living. I suppose, because of this, travel blogs are something that I’m grateful for. Without them I may never have gained the courage to book a one way ticket to Australia. So, in no particular order, here are my top 10 travel blogs of 2014:
The Runaway Guide
When I was 16 I ran away from home and traveled the world with nothing but the clothes on my back. Today I’m still “on the run,” surviving in style, thriving off adventure & searching for that elusive road to enlightenment.
This is one of the blogs I’ve been reading for years: Leif makes every part of his journey sound incredibly exciting, and he’s always getting up to no good! His good nature and quick thinking always seem to get him out of trouble, though. Whilst I’m sure my own travels will ever be quite as adrenalin-filled as his, they have always inspired me to find a way to make travel part of my life.
The Fearful Adventurer
Hopelessly devoted to words, art, travel, and the search for meaning. I’m a writer who travels. I’m a painter who potters. I’m a designer and an illustrator by trade. Love with a Chance of Drowning is my first book. My home is Melbourne, Australia.
Although Torre doesn’t post all too often, I find her blog lovely to drop by to every now and then. Her pictures are also beautiful: anyone fancy a trip to the South Pacific?! I have mentioned this blog before, as her book is one of the travel books I fell in love with on one of many grey winter nights in London, spent taunting myself over the places I longed to visit.
At age 26, I quit my job to travel the world alone. I spent six fantastic months in Southeast Asia and turned my travel blog into a full-time business. Today, I travel full-time, going anywhere that sounds wacky or beautiful or interesting. My goal is to show YOU how you can travel the world on your own — easily, safely, and adventurously.
I had a brief falling out with this blog after Kate shared her thoughts on Luang Prabang, which is where I am currently living and absolutely love, and Kate did not love. It wasn’t enough to keep me away, though. Kates shares fun and interesting stories, tips and thoughts for staying safe on the road. I find I’m always coming back for more!
Our Big Fat Travel Adventure
We’re Amy and Andrew, a British couple currently in the midst of our greatest adventure. In March 2013 we quit our jobs, left our home in London and said goodbye to everyone we know to travel the world indefinitely. We started our trip in New Zealand with only the bags on our backs, a list of countries we wanted to visit and no idea when (or if) we’ll be returning to the UK.
I found this blog back at the start of the year, and then re-visited in July, and haven’t left since. I love the writing; it’s funny, which I like, but more than that, it’s honest. Although this is a blog I like to use for researching my own travel plans, I also find their posts engaging, regardless of the topic.
No Place To Be
Hi, we’re Poi and Kirsty! Join us as we try to create the perfect life for ourselves doing what we love. There will be diving, skiing, teaching and more as we travel the world trying new things and having fun along the way.
I’ve been reading this blog since 2011, and it was one of the first travel blogs I became obsessed with. I’m not sure why this one stood out so much more than some of the others, but it did. They have big plans for their travels, and also work on the road, which makes for an interesting difference to a lot of travel blogs.
SnarkyNomad is a pretentious English major whose rant-laden sarcastic tirades occasionally include budget travel tips and other international nonsense. Have fun!
SnarkyNomad does what it says on the tin: product reviews, destination summaries and budgeting advice, often with a side serving of sarcasm and humour. This blog is a great read, and perfect for helping plan the kit you’ll be taking with you on your travels.
It’s likely that you’ve come across this blog before – it’s amongst the most successful travel blogs on the net. And there’s a reason for that. Matt has been travelling since 2006, and shares every step of the way with his readers, including research, planning, advice, money saving tips and much, much more! If you’re in an office job and starting to think about what life on the road could be like, and if it’s for you, read a little bit of NomadicMatt’s blog and advice. You’ll be writing your notice for work before the year’s end.
Alex in Wonderland
I’m a New York native who left my home to explore the world slowly and thoroughly. I’m just a little obsessed with photography, scuba diving, and reading guidebooks to countries I have no immediate plans to visit.
I love everything about this blog – from the cute name and web design, to Alex’s story telling and gorgeous pictures. I love reading this super girlie blog; but don’t worry guys, you’ll love her bubbly attitude, adrenaline filled adventures and photography, too.
Goats on the Road
We’re Nick and Dariece, a nomadic couple who created this website after realizing that every day can be an adventure. We’ve found many ways to be free & travel forever and we share our secrets, stories & ideas here!
You may have noticed many of these blogs are travelling couples, I suppose that’s just what I relate best to at this stage in my travel life. But hey, there’s always room for one more, especially when that one more is Goats on the Road. The couple have spent time teaching English in China, travelling on almost every continent and sharing all of their journey as they go.
The Travel Bite
A foodie with a zest for life and passion for travel, Rachelle has been blogging since 2007 when she started documenting her life as an innkeeper. As her wanderlust grew, she sold the inn to pursue travel writing full-time and has since been to over 34 countries in pursuit of the tastiest meal.
Travel and food; what’s not to love? Rochelle’s recipes and food tours always leave my stomach rumbling. Any foodie should have this blog bookmarked; whether you’re a lover or dreamer of long term travel, or just love eating your way through weekend trips.
I’m going to throw in a cheeky eleventh travel blog. Why? Because I can. And because The HoliDaze is a great blog and absolutely deserves a mention here. Not only are Derek’s adventures and insights fun and interesting to read, but his blog is also my first stop when I’m looking for new blogs to read. Every month he writes a list of the best new travel blogs. Whenever I visit his blog I can write off the rest of the afternoon as I explore his blog, and all his recommendations.
So there you have it, the top 10 travel blogs I’ve been following this year. What are your favourite travel blogs from 2014, and who will you be following in 2015?