A Globe Well Travelled
I think what I love most about Ashlea’s blog is her candor, I feel like I’m have a real, honest conversation with someone. She doesn’t sugarcoat anything about travel, blogging or just life in general and you can really relate to her experience. She writes tons of photo heavy (great quality photos too!) blog posts about how to be a better blogger, city guides, travel experiences and musings on what she experiences. Her website is super easy to navigate so whenever I’m traveling somewhere new I type my destination into the search bar at the top of her page and read any applicable articles before making my own itinerary. It helps that we both have a love for photographing beautiful places.
Hand Luggage Only
If you follow a lot of travel blogs chances are you’ve already heard of HLO – one of my absolute favorite people (or two people, rather) to follow up on. Lloyd and Yaya have such explosive personalities it literally jumps off the page at you and I think that’s what really keeps me coming back. They post city guides and recaps of their own travel and again – big, beautiful images. I also love that whenever I leave a comment or respond to one of their tweets, they always reply. I love when you can really connect with the people about who’s travels you like to read, it makes them easier to relate to and allows you (or at least me!) to live vicariously through their many travels.
I actually remember the exact blog post that got my hooked on Jodi’s blog. I was Googling the benefits of a safety whistle while traveling – this says a lot about my neurotic personality, no? – and I came across this post. I was actually laughing out loud once I got to the monkey bit. Safe to say – it sold me on the benefits of carrying a safety whistle. A lot of her travel posts have to do with recipes, the best local food in so and so place, etc. and I love it. One of my favorite activities while traveling is trying the local food and many of the places on my list came straight from her blog.
Girl vs Globe
A little strange to run across a blog with a name so similar to my own but I have to say, right now this is one of my absolute favorite travel blogs. Sabina is one of the most active bloggers I’ve ever had the pleasure interacting with. And she doesn’t just write about travel – she writes about fashion, food, photography and blogging tips. Reading her posts and interacting with her on her facebook group is SO empowering. It’s infection how much she loves to travel and how “girl power” she is. Love love love this girl and cannot recommend her blog enough – and if you’re a travel blogger, she started doing a (monthly?) linkup that you can participate in here.
The Pin The Map Project
Another blog I’ve been loving lately. Nikki, the founder of this blog, has actually created a team of a few really talented travel writers that contribute to the Pin the Map Project and it’s great for frequent travelers. They focus heavily on budget travel and solo travel. But the travel tips and planning guides are absolutely essential if you’re new to the international travel world. Something that this blog has that I haven’t really seen before is the “Dispatch” section. It’s almost a more “news” article type of section, like documentary/journalist type posts. It adds a new, deeper element to travel blogging that you don’t really see a lot with posts like “The Reality of Living on One Dollar a Day” and “Exploring Women’s Rights Deep in the Jungles of Colombia” – the real and raw dialogue is addicting to say the least.
The Overseas Escape
An expat, turned backpacker, turned frequent traveler and photography – Margo offers AMAZING city guides, travel advice and tips and the great feature to search by destination. Her photography style is really similar to mine, or at least what I would like mine to be like and I LOVE reading through, or rather viewing, her photo diary posts. Her photography just kind of evokes this almost nostalgic feeling that makes me want to go EVERYWHERE SHE GOES. (Mean Girls voice here) Margo went to Vietnam. So I wanted to go to Vietnam. Raise your hand if you actually got that poorly phrased reference!