26 Best Travel Blogs & Websites Must Read to Stir Your Wanderlust
From short trips, to massive life moves that take us to whole new countries, there is nothing quite as exciting as travel. For many of us, wanderlust will be a lifelong condition that draws us away from our homes and out to see new sites, new places, new people. We live and thrive on those experiences, and their memories are a force that pushes us to our next great adventure.
We plan for years to take that next major leap across the ocean, or months to head to another state or province. The excitement grows with each passing day, until it is almost impossible to concentrate. Sounds familiar?
Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford to travel all the time. We have jobs, families, responsibilities. Real life can’t be dropped on a dime as we carry ourselves off to this country and that. And most of us aren’t lucky enough to get a job where travel is the primary objective. So what do we do in the meantime?
Look at blogs that satiate that thirst, of course! You can find a never ending list of fantastic blogs dedicated to traveling on the low budget, luxury trips, long term backpacking, vacations, living abroad, study abroad, visa concerns and many more related topics.
These, in no particular order which one is the best, are some of our very favorite travel blogs and websites. Each one offers a unique style of writing, collection of experiences, and even many tips and tricks that you can take on your next travel exploits.
Here are 26 Best Travel Blogs & Websites that you should follow
You may not have seen Travel and Leisure, but you almost certainly know the company that owns them, Time Corp. Their blog is a great source for tips on traveling in a more luxurious manner, complete with exclusive deals with partner sites like hotels and airlines. If you are looking to go on a more comfortable, glamorous vacation, this should be your first stop.
Matt Kepnes is a well seasoned traveler. Not only has he been around the world, but he has written a book about it titled How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. Now he is a blogger who brings those tips to readers so they can emulate him, and see the incredible things travel has to offer them, all on a budget.
Working as the Chief Financial Officer for a university, Gary Leff has done a lot of traveling. So much that he ended up launching InsideFlyer, a place dedicated to helping travelers get the most out of their frequent flier miles. He is also the founder of View From The Wing, where he talks about his experiences, and teaches the rest of us how to really get along for less. He also provides things like hotel rankings, airport information, and more.
Matt, not to be confused with Nomadic Matt above, is an adventurous traveler who calls himself a vagabond. Seeing his many incredible trips to destinations from one end of the globe to another, you could certainly see why. He shares the stunning photographs and amazing stories about his time in other countries, so vividly that you feel as though you were actually there..
Dave and Deb have spent years going from place to place, near and far, at one another’s side. Now this charming couple has invited you along for the ride. They encourage people to get out of their seats and into the streets, especially those in places they have never been before. They are a truly inspiring couple, and great if you want to really get a feel for what adventure can bring to your life and relationship.
What if traveling was more than a hobby, but was an actual lifestyle? That is the way things have gone for Kach and Jonathan. They weren’t content just to travel sometimes, they wanted that experience all the time. So since 2013 they have been continuous wanderers. They share their tips, tricks, experiences, and occasionally frustrations as they live lives on the move.
Female run travel blogs are pretty scarce. At least ones that get as up close and personal as this one. Kiersten was a corporate finance bigwig in California when she decided she needed to make some changes in her life. So she kicked the high paying job to the curb, packed her bags, and started making her way from country to country. As of this writing she has been to 50 at least once, and she documents her experiences with everyone on her blog. Occasionally she has guest writers on to share their own travel tales.
Speaking of female run blogs, this one by Kristin Luna isn’t exactly a travel blog. Instead she shares everything from photographs of exotic trips, to her favorite recipes, to her home renovation DIY projects. It is an extensive, awesome website that can show you a lot, on a myriad of different subjects. All from a charming and cheerful Southern Belle that is more than happy to share her life.
No, it isn’t a website about married spies. This is a website that shows you the latest deals about luxury accommodations, from hotels to resorts. Find out about the best savings, special offers, and read blogs about destinations that perfectly cater to what you want or need. They even have gift cards you can buy, so you can give the gift of luxury anytime!
What do humans use as a universal experience? Food! We connect over meals, learning about cultures, and sharing with those we love. Legal Nomads is all about storytelling through food eaten across the globe, all by a friendly writer who is passionate about her subject. What is with the name? Back in 2008 the blogger decided her chosen career of law wasn’t for her. So she quit, took off on an extended bit of travel, and found a love of learning through cuisine.
Is there an overlap between design and travel? There is if you are the kind of person who only wants to stay in aesthetically pleasing accommodations. Melting Butter is a blog for the culturally and design obsessed traveler that wants to stay somewhere beautiful, modern, and nice to look at. They also cover nightlife, food and drink, and a lot more. So you can make every single stage of your trip look nice.
Worried about relying on what could be paid reviews when planning your destination vacation? Travel Fish is an independent travel guide that has no corporate ties. It covers Southeast Asia, specifically Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar/Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, and Indonesia.
If you were to describe Kyla and Jill you could compare them to Thelma and Louise, only without the murder. They are a couple of wild gals who sold everything they owned all the way back in 2013 and went off on a trip of a lifetime. They are still consummate travelers, and offer some of the most frank and honest stories of their life around the world that you could ever hope for.
This isn’t a travel site, though they do have travel stories. Basically, they are an inbox subscription. You sign up, they send you stories showing you everything from amazing gear for independent living, outdoorsmanship, travel (etc), to stories that are sure to inspire you.
The planet Earth is a beautiful place, filled with stunning examples of nature. Roam Magazine is about capturing that beauty, and sharing it with those who would be inspired by it. They encourage submissions from writers and photographers who love to travel. They have some of the best destination photos on the web, and some incredible stories to go with them.
The American Society of Travel Writers once named Roads and Kingdoms the Best Travel Journalism Site. But they are much more than that. The blog focuses on food, culture, and even politics. All written for people who are more along the lines of a sophisticated and well informed crowd. You can’t read this blog without coming away from it with a sense of the glamorous.
Karin-Marijke and Coen are a couple who do things a little differently. They take their Land Cruiser and travel from place to place, often taking it overseas. They have been to South America and Asia, and are now making their way through the Far East in their bright yellow vehicle. They don’t rush, often taking huge blocks of time on each trip. But their goal is to connect with other human beings on each new leg of their journey, staying in each place long enough to do so.
You may have come across Alex and Sebastian before, as their article on how they spent a year traveling the world on less than $20,000 became a major hit across the web. If not, you should definitely check out their site. They love to go to places most never dwell, and to find off the beaten path means of getting from place to place.
From Sweden to Finland, Denmark to Norway, Iceland and The Netherlands, Scandinavia is a gorgeous collection of countries that are well known for their standards of living. If you have ever wanted to go there, this is the website for you. They bring you all things that make a Scandiphile smile, in every category. They even have a collection of posts for those hoping to make a move there.
For those who speak French, this is a beautiful travel blog that celebrates the diversity and stunning imagery brought to you by places around the world. You will find some truly awe inspiring photographs here, spanning the globe.
Worried that your long term camping or backpacking trip is going to leave you eating nothing but unhealthy campfire and packaged foods? Megan McDuffie and Michael van Vliet feared the same, and so they decided to do something about it. During a year long road trip, they began to find new ways to cook healthy, nutritious meals while outdoors. Now they share recipes and tips for others who are doing the same.
Solo adventurer Dave Brett has a more impressive travel resume than most. He has been to an astonishing 86 countries, and has been traveling for his entire adult life so far. In fact, he started solo traveling clear back at the age of 15! His experiences are some of the most unique you could ever come across, and his casual yet descriptive storytelling is a great way to learn about what life is like traveling out on your own, even in the most unlikely of places.
Aubrie Engman has turned her love of travel into a career. Now she takes on clients who want to travel, but don’t really know where to start. ON top of this job, she also writes on her blog to help others get better deals, plan everything they need to for both long and short trips, and shares her own stories of life out in new places, meeting new people. Be sure to check out her useful reviews.
What if you could fly across the world without paying a dime for airfare? What about living in a hotel for a month for half the price? Trip Hackr is a website that can help you travel for a fraction of what you would expect, using tried and true tips the blog writer uses himself. He has been to more than 100 countries (seriously!), and is sharing how you can do it, too.
Netherlands writer Tom loves to travel. He loves to travel so much his life revolves around it. He has figured everything out, from how to afford his trips, to how to stay fit while on the go. He shares everything openly with his readers, and the result is a truly helpful, everyday resource for those who plan on extended trips, especially backpackers.
Do you worry about the environmental impact of traveling? Then you may want to consider slow travel, one of the most environmentally-friendly forms of travelling. While this blog by Slow Traveler Matthias Derhake is a universal travel site, one of the best parts about it is the section on conscious traveling, where this particular way of traveling is discussed in detail. (Most of the articles are in German language).
So that was our 26 best travel blogs that we are following.
How You Can Use Travel Blogs To Get Yourself Moving
Plenty of us just read travel blogs as a way to feel like we are traveling without stepping out of our homes. But we can use them for so much more. These twenty-six websites give us valuable information, insights, advises, and even inspiration.
When was the last time you did anything truly bold? If you go through the list you will be a number of people on those blogs that quit their jobs and left their lives behind to completely change the way they experienced the world. Of course, you don’t have to do anything so extreme (unless you want to). However, if they can give up everything to fulfill their dreams, what is stopping us from getting out of our comfort zones and taking a walk on the wild side?
Truly, these inspiring sites show you that you, too, can fulfill that dream. Yes, it will take some work, and some planning, and a lot of tips. But they can help you in every step of the way, and the results will be well worth the efforts.