Inspirational Travel Blogs You Have to Follow
Updated February 21, 2018 / João Leitão /
You have to follow
As some of you might already know, I don’t usually prepare my travels or organize much before going on a trip. Consequently, and also due to my lack of time, I do not read travel blogs that much. As I got used to traveling at a time when there were no travel blogs on the Internet, I kind of mostly created my itineraries mixing information from history books; paper road maps such as Michelin, Reise Know-How or Freytag & Berndt; or using paper guidebooks such as The Rough Guides or Lonely Planet. In most cases, I just departed without knowing where I was going to or what I was about to visit. The experience of being on the road has always succeeded the destination itself.
Despite all that, and since the travel blogging community grew enormously, I somehow ended up following a relatively small number of bloggers, which I actually enjoy reading and actively follow on social media. Since I am more of a practical person, my reading preference and selection of travel blogs will reflect useful travel information rather than individual travel stories on the road. I do not search nor read other people´s travel stories as I do prefer to naturally make my own choices, not getting influenced by the feelings or judgments of others. This means I always search for unique travel destinations, how to get there and indulge freely without preconceptions into a new world of my own experiences. We should never aim to imitate other people´s lives. We should always be ourselves. On the list of travel blogs below, I share with you my favorite travelers and the blogs I occasionally read.
My favourite Travel Blogs
Most of the blogs on this list are not necessarily the most famous, but rather blogs that I personally find useful or different. This list is set to evolve over time.
Uncharted BackpackerStephen’s travel blog is my favorite regarding featured destinations, and due to the incredible adventures this guy puts himself into. Stephen knows how to explore challenging and unreachable regions where most travelers would not dare to go, such as Afghanistan, Congo, Pakistan or Yemen. His experiences have taken him to drinking tea in Kabul bazaar, crossing snow-covered peaks of the Nepalese Himalayas and teaching English in Libya.
■ Visit Uncharted Backpacker blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Against the CompassJoan has a well-written/easy to navigate blog that I end up checking travel information once in a while. Indeed one of my favorite adventure travel blogs. We are both from the Iberian Peninsula, and apart from this interesting geographic similarity, he seems to like the same dusty and off the beaten path destinations that I do. From backpacking in Pakistan, trekking the highest and most beautiful mountains in the world to visiting a Syrian refugee camp in Iraq and sneaking into the forbidden Russian town of Baikonur, Joan’s blog is a must.
■ Visit Against the Compass blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Expert VagabondMatt from Expert Vagabond is the guy from my list of bloggers that everyone knows, and that hardly needs an introduction. I’ve been following Matthew for a long time now, and I do really appreciate the fact that he shares excellent and useful information about exciting adventure destinations. I also enjoy the fact that although he is all over the blogging world, he keeps it cool and with a humble attitude. On his blog, Matt shares entertaining stories, useful travel tips, fun videos, inspiring photography, and crazy adventures around the world.
■ Visit Expert Vagabond blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
João CajudaJoão is my personal friend, we work together organizing tours in Morocco. He is new to the blogging world, but his artistic eye for photography and filmmaking makes him one of the best image makers that I know of. Although João goes to more common countries such as Thailand, Cuba or Philippines, I love the way he mingles himself into compelling scenarios creating inspiring and motivational pictures and movies. Some of his inspirational videos reached over 14 million views!
■ Visit Joao Cajuda blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
The Travel StoriesThis is a travel blog featuring several authors. I first read it while interested in their published story about getting malaria in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As I also got malaria in the D.R.C., I immediately connected to this subject and after I started exploring the website, I came up to discover many exciting travel destinations through real adventures from the road. The Travel Stories is a platform for travel stories and selected narratives with an eye for detail, accentuated with breathtaking pictures and videos.
■ Visit The Travel Stories blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Journal of NomadsCynthia and Niko lovely travel blog takes us wandering around the world through their own exploits. Their blog features excellent content with valuable practical information that will make your life easier during your next trip. This couple from Belgium and Canada are currently on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, traveling from Ireland to Alaska, across six continents, with no time limit and without taking any airplanes. They travel overland mainly by hitchhiking and cross the oceans and seas by taking boats. I met Cynthia in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and we were able to share some ideas and get to know each other a bit better. I hope I can finally meet Niko somewhere around the world.
■ Visit Journal of Nomads blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
TravelsauroMiguel’s blog has some nice destinations and his travel writing is not boring, focusing more on his own itineraries and practical information and how to do things and how to get there. His travels have taken him to amazing places such as Papua New Guinea, East-Timor, Mali, Guinea, Senegal, and Dominica. In every place he visited, he always tries to combine his passion for hiking, scuba diving, and photography into unforgettable travel experiences.
■ Visit Travelsauro blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Travel with PedroPedro has a travel blog with extensive useful information about places that most of us will end up visiting one way or the other. His endless and compiling travel guides are a handy resource for those who like to travel. Pedro is a hotel management professional that has visited almost 100 countries. His blog focuses on his personal travel experiences, culture, adventure, and luxury.
■ Visit Travel with Pedro blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Breathe with UsHugo and Cristina takes us to famous travel destinations creating compiling travel guides from their favourite places. They a couple on a quest to travel and explore the world’s best cultural and nature destinations. Although they do hit the most conventional destinations, their blog is very well built and easy to navigate. Follow them to discover all their latest adventures and for some travel inspiration.
■ Visit Breathe with Us blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
The Planet DDave and Deb have a great travel blog where you can navigate through an immense variety of nations around the world. My main reason to like their blog is that they combine interesting articles with amazing travel photos. This adventure couple has a mission to inspire people to step out of their comfort zones and prove that you don’t have to be an uber-athlete, adrenaline junkie or part of the ultra rich to be an adventurer.
■ Visit The Planet D blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Once Upon a SagaTorbjorn is traveling the whole world without flying. For people that love to go overland as I do, this is indeed an excellent travel resource regarding travel possibilities without airplanes. Once Upon a Saga is a one-man journey to visit every country in the World in a single trip, without the use of flight while bringing some attention toward the well-meaning people of the planet.
■ Visit Once Upon a Saga blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Wanderers but not LostCarla and Rui have been to more than 70 countries around the world. On their blog, they have some interesting stories while sharing useful information. Carla is a geographer and did glacier research in Argentina. Rui is a physicist and works as a teacher. During the last ten years, they have traveled together, backpacking the four corners of the world. Their favorite countries are India, Argentina, Iran, Greenland, and Mexico. They have some helpful articles and photo essays about places such as Uzbekistan, Iran, and Greenland.
■ Visit Wanderers but not Lost blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
One ChaiThis is one of my favorite travel blogs as it focuses on really different and peculiar travel destinations. For those who like to read in other languages rather than English, Laurent takes us to unknown and bizarre destinations written in French. On this list of blogs, I actually didn’t want to feature any blog not written in English, but I couldn’t end up without mentioning One Chai. I particularly like the photos and the acute sense of humor expressed on Laurent’s travelogues.
■ Visit One Chai blog and follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
■ Check out my list of Top 2300 blogs. An extensive directory of the top travel blogs and travel related websites on the web, that took me approximately six months to compile. Enjoy!