Travel blogs are a great source of inspiration and information for anyone who’s interested in seeing more of the world. Whether you’re a seasoned nomad or just building up the courage to take your first big trip, there’s a travel blog out there that will help warm up your wanderlust.
The sheer volume of travel blogs to choose from can be helpful, but also daunting. Which is why we’ve narrowed the Best Travel Blogs to Follow down to our favorites in four categories– Baby Boomer Travel Blogs, Cultural Travel Blogs, Responsible Travel Blogs and Solo Female Travel Blogs.
These blogs offer high-quality stories and photography, matched with the same passion for travel that fuels what we do here at Discover Corps. Dive in, find a new favorite, and get inspired!
Best Baby Boomer Travel Blogs
Dave and Veronica don’t believe in “empty nest syndrome.” Instead, they’re taking advantage of the empty nest and celebrating their new freedom. Through their blog, they chronicle their empty-nest adventures. From getting up close and personal with elephants in Tanzania to skydiving in Queensland, they’re grabbing this phase of life by the horns and it’s not slowing down.
My Itchy Travel Feet
Travel writer Donna and her photographer husband, Alan, want to make it clear that “baby boomer” means much more than an age range. Baby boomers are independent and “have a hard time realizing that we will ever be old”. They share this independent spirit through their adventurous travel stories, like that time they took a road trip from Montana to Alaska!
Betsy and Pete have been location-independent for six years, visiting over 30 countries in the process — and they aren’t stopping any time soon. After realizing their previous lifestyle would require them to work until the day they died, they decided instead to quit their jobs, downsize their belongings, and they haven’t looked back since. Betsy and Pete recently explored the “medieval mirage” of Motovun in Istria.
The Quirky Traveler
A focus on history, art, and literature makes this travel blog a cultural delight for the curious traveler. Zoë Dawes is The Quirky Traveler. She explores the UK and beyond to uncover the “unusual, the interesting, the fascinating”, like spotting grizzly bears in British Columbia and and becoming a Parisian in Paris.
Travel Past 50
Travel Past 50 is the travel blog “for those who have been around.” Tom and Kristin left their business and home in 2010 for a life of full-time travel. They focus on places that would be of interest to the baby boomer crowd, including national parks, historic sites, and cultural destinations. Their post on St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest showcases the stunning photographs that accompany their travel stories.
Best Cultural Travel Blogs
Epicure & Culture
You’ll need time to sit down and absorb the stories of culture, responsible tourism, and immersive culinary experiences found throughout Epicure and Culture. The posts range from narrative stories to stunning photo essays, all paired with a deep respect for culture and place. The story of one woman’s 800-mile hike on El Camino Real might just inspire you to dust off your hiking boots.
Lola Akinmade Åkerström’s photography provides intimate portraits of the people and places she experiences around the world. Her photos have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC, The Guardian, and more. Her blog is packed full of these stunning photos, along with her stories from the road. Check out the warm glow she captures as sun hits snow in Lapland.
The Hole in the Donut
Years of working to pay the bills left Barbara feeling empty in the middle, like a donut. A diagnosis of chronic lyme disease gave her time to consider how to fill this hole. She picked travel. Barbara now travels slow and immerses herself in the places she visits. Her post, The Circle of Life in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, explores a troubled past and a promising present for this previously war-torn country.
Time Travel Turtle
Michael Turtle dives deep in his blog, Time Travel Turtle, to explore the people and cultures that brochures tend to miss. He’s traveling around the world “until the money runs out,” and hopes you’ll join him for some insightful stories about the places he visits. He recently made it to New Zealand for the first time, where he discovered the stunning Lake Wanaka and a breathtaking view from Rocky Mountain.
Women On The Road
Leyla’s goal is to inspire and empower women through travel. She believes in the power of solo experiences, and encourages women to face the road alone. She’s previously worked as a journalist and a foreign correspondent, so she knows how to find a story. But sometimes, stories find her, like the time she fled a small village in the Philippines during an unexpected flood.
Best Responsible Travel Blogs
The Crowded Planet
Writer and photographer couple, Margherita and Nick, love nature and travel. They combine these two passions on their blog by sharing sustainable travel tips and stories, from the ski slopes to city streets. They even managed to find nature amidst the high-rises of Singapore.
Green Global Travel
Bret and Mary founded Green Global Travel to share their passion for ecotourism. They aim to encourage responsible travel and protection of the planet’s precious resources. A recent post on how to avoid products with palm oil (the source of recent fires endangering orangutans in Indonesia) is the perfect example of the knowledgeable and actionable advice they provide to travelers and nature lovers alike.
Nomad Is Beautiful
The digital nomad couple behind Nomad is Beautiful finds that travel makes them feel happy and inspired. Ivana and Giani sold their belongings and hit the road to replenish their spirits, take care of their bodies, and eat healthy, local foods. They share tips on how you can do the same. Their post on healthy and delicious fruits in Thailand will make your mouth water.
The Travel Word
The travel word showcases sustainable, local, and responsible travel from a group of passionate contributors who hope to improve the ethical standards of the tourism industry. The Joy of Sustainable Travel explores various ways to travel more responsibly.
Dan and Audrey are full-time travelers and storytellers. They believe travel allows them to live deeper lives, and their stories will inspire you to do the same. Their goal is to create a movement of respectful travelers who are “driven by curiosity, guided by respect.” Check out their Offbeat Hotlist for some inspiration to join the movement.
Best Solo Female Travel Blogs
Founded by Canadian travel writer Mariellen Ward, Breathedreamgo focuses on the type of travel that changes you. Mariellen has traveled extensively in India and writes often about her second home. She’s an enthusiastic supporter of solo travel for women, and seeks to inspire her readers with life changing stories, like the time she finally found the “real India”.
Journeywoman is a site that’s packed with helpful information, inspiring stories, and advice on solo travel for women. From packing lists to advice on how to make friends on the road, Journeywoman is your one-stop-shop to prepare for the first (or fifteenth) solo trip.
Jodi is a lawyer turned soup-connoisseur who travels the world for stories and flavor. Her longform stories dive deep into the culture and history that shape her experiences of different places. Jodi often travels solo, but makes a point of connecting with people on the road to learn more about the places they call home. A Brief History of Chili Peppers is the perfect example of her vivid and informative writing style.
A Little Adrift
Shannon O’Donnell started A Little Adrift to chronicle her year-long, round-the-world trip. That was in 2008 and she hasn’t stopped for long, since. Her stories are meant to inspire those who haven’t traveled to take the plunge. Her travel planning page is full of helpful information, from How to Save Money for Travel to how to Keep Your Electronics Safe on the road.
Sherry made the transformation from corporate cubicle dweller to travel writing nomad. Whether she’s sharing stories from a 10,000 mile drive from London to Mongolia, or snapping photos of winter in the midwest, she does it all from the perspective of a solo adventurer. And like all our picks for the Best Travel Blogs to Follow in 2016, she encourages others to follow in her footsteps. –Britany Robinson
BIO: Britany Robinson is a freelance travel and culture writer based in Portland, Oregon. Her works appears in BBC Travel, Mashable, Green Global Travel, and more. Her blog, Travel Write Away, shares advice and musings on travel writing. When she’s not planning her next big trip, she’s scoping out Portland craft beers and local hikes.