I used to read hundreds of travel blogs. Mostly for the compelling stories in fascinating locations but also to follow what’s going on in the industry. I read blogs for inspiration and a little armchair travelling.
I like to follow independent travellers who write about destinations I dream of visiting. Those who take the time to find a unique story or take a cool photo. But over the last couple of years many travel blogs I follow have morphed into destination marketing blogs or they simply parrot what is told to them on press trips.
So many travel blogs have become boring.
But a couple of old favourites manage to keep my interest and a few new blogs have popped up on my radar this year. These are the travel blogs I recommend adding to your reading list for 2015.
Kami has been pretty much everywhere I’m desperate to visit. She’s been to Armenia, Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine. Her photos essays have put these countries in the spotlight and I’m more intrigued than ever. I must admit to being a little envious that Kami lives in the coolest area of Warsaw, a city I love and miss.
A long time favourite and always a good read, especially if you love to visit Europe’s great cities. Hipster is not a dirty word on Adam’s blog and his hipster guides are what makes his blog unique. I repeatedly referred to his Berlin guide during my month in Berlin and his Ljubljana guide now that this city is my temporary home.
Expat life in Norway then Germany with side trips to a bunch of places I’ve never heard of. Megan’s blog is another with a healthy focus on Eastern Europe, Central Asia and everywhere else on my wish list. It’ll be interesting to see if Megan completes her 2015 wish list which includes obscure Kaliningrad and Ukraine.
Below freezing temperatures for months on end in a slightly dodgy part of the world may not appeal to everyone but it sure makes for a good story. Nate is currently making his way around Central Asia, sharing some fascinating photos as he goes along. I definitely experience a few pangs of travel envy when I read his posts and Facebook updates. If only he’d publish more often.
I once envisioned turning my blog into an experiential travel site focusing on learning or maybe volunteering. That didn’t work out but that’s ok as I can live vicariously through Cristina who moved to France to learn French, got into sustainable travel in Cuba and is now working with locals in Haiti.
There’s a huge gap in my European travels and that’s way up north in the Nordic countries. Shing’s posts on Iceland, Norway and the Northern Lights are tempting me to head in that direction next year. Especially at the thought of seeing polar bears and going husky sledding.
While not exactly a travel blog, I’m so in love the beautiful muted photography on the Cereal blog I have to include them on this list. Cereal is kind of a design/lifestyle/travel magazine but they also produce boutique travel guides.
I want to give a special shout out to Drive Europe who is a must follow for anyone serious about road tripping around Europe. Daily posts with the latest driving conditions and new regulations have been a huge help to me, especially as a non-European driver. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as winter tyres before or that I needed a special eco permit to drive in central Berlin. You’ll find many road trip ideas on the blog and follow @driveeurope on Twitter for the latest updates.
Do you know of any other cool travel blogs I should be reading?0