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This summer it’s time to get a fresh perspective on the world around you – and why not start by checking out these amazing travel bloggers? There’s a real mix of industry professionals and newcomers sharing their experiences from ‘hipster city guides’ and movie-inspired itineraries to air miles advice and tales of Bollywood acting.
Self-confessed hipster travel blogger Adam Groffman quit his job in 2010 to travel the world and hasn’t looked back since. Now living in Berlin, Adam has written detailed explainers on far-flung destinations including Bangkok, Tel Aviv and Toronto, and won the 2016 North American Travel Journalists Association Gold Award for his Hipster City Guides. His blog is also great for LGBT travel advice.
Professor Mridula Dwivedi quit her job in 2015 to take up travel blogging full time. A keen photographer with a great eye for portraits, her work covers everything from trekking in the Himalayas to seeing the Pope in Jordan. Dwivedi is perhaps best known for The Metro Project, documenting interesting experiences in metros around the world.
Blogger and self-confessed ‘wanderlusting nerdy mum’ Christa Thompson combines her love of all things geek with her passion for travel. Her blog is full of original stories and ideas, from trying voodoo in New Orleans to making moonshine in the Great Smoky Mountains. You’ll also find some great movie location-inspired itineraries for adults and children to enjoy.
This really savvy blog, started by travel journalist Dan Miller, tells you how to get the most out of loyalty schemes and credit reward programmes to save money every time you fly. With six children, Dan has become an expert in squeezing the most out of every penny and his blog features articles including a beginner’s guide to air miles and how to get into an airport lounge for free.
A ‘ballet dancer-turned interior designer-turned travel writer’, Tracy Kaler has you covered when it comes to New York. After moving to Manhattan ten years ago, Tracy began sharing her stories of The Big Apple with friends and family before launching the blog. Its great for getting an insight into where to stay, shop and play, and full of funny anecdotes about becoming a New Yorker.
This blog has something for everyone. Founded in 2010 by ‘avid and curious travelers’ Felicity and Marco Allegri – who together have visited 100 countries in 5 continents – it covers art, culture, food and travel. Now one of Italy’s biggest blogs, this is especially good for anyone planning an epic road trip, looking for something off the beaten track, or wondering where to find great cuisine no matter where they are.
This blog is for anyone who wants to boss the airport experience and save money next time they fly. After overcoming his fear of flying, Johnny racked up 150,000 air miles in 10 years and started sharing his learnings with friends and family before launching the blog. His site has useful tidbits like daily travel tips, when and where to fly, and features insightful reviews of different credit reward programmes.
After leaving home in 1999 for three months to go on a post-graduation trip to Southeast Asia, self-confessed ‘travel addict’ Derek Earl Baron never went home and has visited nearly 90 countries across six continents. In his blog, Derek shares stories from his time spent living in Romania, Bollywood acting in India and being kidnapped in Bangladesh to name a few, along with some good-to-know travel tips.
This blog is a one-stop shop for solo and budget travellers – a very methodical, well thought-out site that has everything you need to know about backpacking through Europe. It has seasonal and gender-specific tips as well as product and hotel reviews, with a camping section soon to come. The blog also includes detailed city guides, including those for Amsterdam, Berlin and Florence.
Founded by photo-journalist Melo Villareal, this blog is is definitely one to watch in 2017. Not only does it have a comprehensive guide to the Philippines, it also has some great long features on emerging destinations around the world and tells you what to do when you visit. In addition, you’ll find reviews of tech to travel with and some useful photography tips based on Melo’s passion.
This blog is great for anyone going to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Founded by writer and entrepreneur Anton Diaz, it’s well worth a visit when it comes to finding recommendations on where to eat and drink. Diaz also runs a night food market in Manila called Mercato Centrale and really knows his stuff. Also check out OAP TV on YouTube to get more information on cultural sights like the Masungi Georeserve before your visit.
This slick and stylish blog has a breadth of information on locations around the world. Here you’ll find random inspiration for the places you love as well as cool and unusual hotels, guides for ‘travel snobs’ and some great photography, which draws on founder Becky Moore’s passion for taking pictures as well as writing.
Self-confessed shy guys Yoshke Dimen and Vins Carlos say they’re also geographically challenged, socially awkward and unlucky – basically everything a travel blogger shouldn’t be. That hasn’t stopped them from creating one of the most successful independent travel blogs in the world. This blog goes into great detail on how to see the best of a destination on a budget.
Blogger Rachel Jones quite her nursing job three years ago and left America to start a new life in Goa. Her blog is great for ‘girly guides’ featuring the best spa retreats, places to shop for boho chic designs and romantic getaways. With guides to over 30 destinations and counting, this blog is great for anyone who identifies as a ‘hippy barbie’ like Rachel.
Since selling his home ten years ago, Gary Arndt has become one of the most well-travelled people on the planet. In his blog, Gary shares experiences including swimming with whale sharks in Australia and jellyfish in Palau, dog sledding in the Canadian Yukon and being kicked out of Kiribati. Over 175 countries and territories later, his blog is full of entertaining stories that bring travelling to life.