Top 5 travel blogs for 2013
I’m not a typical digital nomad, but someone who travels really light, with a tiny backpack and nothing else. Until recently I had no idea what a blog was, let alone thinking about writing one!
I have to admit I’m not a blog junky and while I’m on the road I barely log in, except to update my own blog which is still a newborn and sneak into these 5 great projects that blew my mind. These 5 blogs are amazing, written by special people with a lot to share. They’re humble, honest and have a very dynamic relationship going on with their readers. I’m discovering a bran new world of like minded people, a friendly community of wanderlust souls who share the same passions, struggles and desires.
These are not the top 5 travel blogs in the world, as we all like and search for different things. These are my favorite blogs, the ones I believe exceed and stand out from the crowd. I couldn’t number them, from 1 to 5, so I decided to post them by ALPHABETICAL ORDER. Although there are literally thousands of blogs out there, these few stole my heart.
What makes a great blog in my opinion?
– The interaction with the readers/blogger
– Honesty – the good and the bad of a long term traveling lifestyle
– Interesting destinations and personal accounts, not just citation of numbers and addresses
– Easy to read and easy to navigate
If one thing sets Kate apart from most travel blogs, is the fact that Kate will actually share her experiences of life on the road with an honesty and sincerity no one else does. Most of the time I feel blogs are trimmed and manicured to make everything look pretty and fluffy…. Life on the road is great, but it has it’s bad days and dark sides and Kate is not scared to warn, advise and inform people about certain situations, dangers or annoyances.
Her blog posts always feel real to me and whenever I want the absolute truth about some a country or experience I know no one will deliver it the same way Kate does. Her posts are more than a guidebook filled with facts, tips and numbers, but her experiences are filled with emotions and soul.
When I wrote a very controversial post about my experience with sexual harassment in Penang (Malaysia) I got bombarded with horrible and negative anonymous sexist messages defending the men who did it and blaming me. I got seriously disturbed by that…. I took down the post and wondered if it was worth to be bullied in order to warn other females about sexual harassment, so I wrote Kate asking how she deals with aggressive messages and if it was actually worth the stress? Her answer was exactly what I knew deep inside, to be honest and loyal about what we share ALWAYS, the good and the bad, specially when we can warn other people for certain dangers.
I admire and respect her deeply not because she became big and “famous” but because she’s in my opinion unique in what she does.
I was doing some research on Couchsurfing 6 months ago, when a female couchsurfer got raped in Lisbon when I bumped into Agness article about “sex surfing”.
This duo of best friends is awesome! Their posts are always fun, easy to read and very original. I’ve noticed they keep an outstanding relationship with their readers, which doesn’t happen often with bloggers who have high numbers of followers.
They’re down to earth and an absolute inspiration. I also love their guest posts which bring a lot of dynamic and freshness to their blog, which never gets boring. I can’t wait to see where these two are heading next!
GIRL ABOUT THE GLOBE
This girl is doing something different than most travelers and bloggers. Down to earth, humble and honest when sharing her experiences. She’s a solo female traveler with a serious passion for the road, but always keeping in mind the need to travel lightly and with the lowest impact possible.
Her blog is extremely comprehensive, well done and easy to read. Full of tips and info, specially about countries that are less commercial, I truly admire her and sneak in her blog often!
GOATS ON THE ROAD
I absolutely love this couple’s blog. They’re funny, humble, honest and our interests are extremely similar. They explore the “last frontier”, places that are still not overwhelmingly commercial. That’s actually how I found their blog, while searching for info on the “stan” countries in Youtube and later their adventures in Iran.
I started following their adventures and got so hooked, I made my housemate watch all their videos with me (now, we’re 2 fans here!)
I’ve noticed how much they interact with their readers, answer questions and are always available to be in touch. I really value that interaction. They don’t only talk about their travels and adventures, but also inspire other to follow their bliss, to leave their fears behind and dare to follow their dreams. The fact they’re still a recent blog, makes it all more interesting, and it’s a pleasure to see them growing and succeed!
WILL TRAVEL FOR VEGAN FOOD
This was actually the very first blog I’ve ever read back in 2011. Kristin had an amazing goal, traveling the 4 corners of the US in search for vegan restaurants and what they had to offer. I’m glad I got to see the very beginning of her dreams come true and later on the success of her project.
She’s so humble and filled with life, offering amazing tips for vegans and vegetarians who love to travel without starving. There are not many vegan or vegetarian oriented travel blogs and hers is definitely my favorite one.