My 29 favourite travel blogs I used to plan our trip

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There are literally thousands and thousands of travel blogs on the net. Some of them are great, some of them are rubbish. Some of them are designed to inspire others to travel, others are just to keep friends and family at home up to speed on what they’ve been up to. Some are a hobby, while others are making money to fund their travels.

I’m not going to lie, we want to make money from our blog too. But we know it’s going to take a lot of work, and take a lot of time before we’re up to the task.

Below is a list of blogs that we’ve been reading, some more than others, some just once or twice. We’ve gathered heaps of information to plan our trip, taken plenty of tips and advice on how to build a great blog site, and got lost in our daydreams reading what these guys have been up to. I’ve tried to gather a range of blogs from family travel, travelling alone, breaking the shackles and travelling non-stop, and taking a break from your career rather than leaving it behind altogether. Enjoy…

The Professional Hobo – One of my favourite travel blogs. Nora updates her blog with posts, roundups, and week-in-the-life guest spots. She offers up regular Financial Travel Tips given her background in financial planning and ability to travel full-time in a financially sustainable way.

Nomadic Matt – One the biggest, if not the biggest travel bog on the net. Matt’s purpose is to show you that it’s possible to travel without a lot of money. His website will provide you with tips and advice on how you can travel anywhere you want without it costing you a small fortune, which is great for us because that’s exactly what we don’t have!

The Aussie Nomad – Chris has been living abroad as an expat and exploring the world since the beginning of 2010. In that time he’s been learning about travel and sharing all of that knowledge with the rest of the world on his blog. He’s a fellow Aussie, so some of what he says relates to us perfectly.

Just One Way Ticket – Sabrina is half German, half Italian and has traveled to more than 50 countries around the globe. Her website is refreshingly honest, unique and will make you laugh out loud. She also advocates NOT using WordPress, whichis interesting as it goes against everything we’ve read elsewhere! One of the best for sure.

Where’s Sharon – This site follows the experiences of Sharon travelling alone, then with Josh, then with young kids (Soraya and Isaac) – the good, the bad and the (hopefully not too) ugly! As well as many family travel tips and practical information about how we travel with kids around the world. Great for family travel, and we’ve gathered plenty of advice to help with our travels with Jack.

yTravel Blog – Caz and Craig started yTravel Blog after living in five countries and visiting over 50 to share their own travel tips and stories to help you live your travel dreams. They believe life is about accumulating memories, not just possessions.

Traveling Canucks – Cam & Nicole are proof that it is possible to build a career and family AND travel the globe and follow your passions. Tune in for fun travel stories and helpful travel tips they learn while balancing travel, work and family.

Around the World in 80 Jobs – The intent of this blog is four-fold – (1) to find his muse (gainful employment), (2) to travel abroad & live overseas, (3) to fund these escapades by doing interesting travel jobs abroad and chronicling what happens when you give the road map the finger, and (4) to show other people travel job opportunities abroad so that they too can give the road map the finger. Absolute gold, highly entertaining and informative.

Have Baby Will Travel – Have Baby Will Travel’s mission is to inspire, motivate, and help families travel with their babies, toddlers, and young children. Founder Corinne has been able to combine family and exploring the world, and shares travel advice, trip reports, and helpful tips, tricks, and resources for travelling with small children. She is a passionate advocate of the value these experiences can have for everyone in the family.

eTramping – Two adventurous tramps and best friends, Agness and Cez, live without a permanent home and for under 25 bucks a day. While travelling the world, they find the time to write about it, share the tricks to do it cheaply and help other people do the same.

The Planet D – Dave and Deb want to show that ordinary people can live extraordinary lives. They say they’re not special, aren’t independently wealthy or superhuman. They’re just two regular people who believe that everyone has the potential to live their dreams. They’ve even gone on to have their own TV show!

Our Favorite Adventure – This site has been designed to be a useful source of information and inspiration to travelers, adventurers and dreamers who maybe feel like there is something missing from their lives.

Backpackology – This blog is a story about a Steve who packed a backpack and left everything he knew behind for two years. This is his ode to life, his manifesto to location independence, and his Motorcycle Diaries or Eat, Pray, Love, only with more explosive diarrhea, scamming, and animal attacks! Another very funny blog, well worth a read!

Getting Stamped – Adam and Hannah try to escape the Wisconsin winters every December & February!  Their love for travel & beaches is the focus of their site. They are currently on our 2 year round the world trip that will entail at least 45+ countries.

Latitude 34 – As professional photographers and documentary filmmakers, Jeff and Marina’s true passions are visual storytelling and sharing what they discover with the world around them.

This World Rocks – Dan and Alissa started this site to document their past travels, their current round-the-world trip, and beyond.  They try to focus on information they found hard to find that can help others find their way to an amazing trip.

Traveling 9 to 5 – Traveling 9 to 5 is for everyone looking for a break from the 9–5 drag. Josh and Caroline’s take is you don’t have to hate your job to take a career break or gap year, you only need to be driven to revive your creativity and jumpstart your energy to be a better employee, husband, wife or friend.

Expert Vagabond – Matthew wants to inspire you with entertaining stories & captivating photography from around the world. To share useful travel tips he’s learned after three years exploring the planet.

Nomadic Samuel – Sam is a little different in that he doesn’t really have an ‘escape from the cubicle tale’ in the sense that he’s never been in one before. He’s a post-university graduate with the majority of his 20’s spent overseas in Asia working as an expat English teacher, model, photographer, freelance writer and a wandering nomadic soul completely infatuated by all the splendour and woe long term travel has to offer.

Aussie on the Road – Chris is a 30 year old Australian freelance writer, theatre graduate, and travel addict. It’s a tragic result of his upbringing that he has absolutely zero interest in ever holding down a 9-5 job, raising 2.5 rug rats, and having a mortgage. Instead he daydreams about a life of scuba diving, beaches, drinking, video gaming, bedding buxom wenches, and new adventures.

Lee Abbamonte – Lee Abbamonte is the youngest American to visit every country in the world. He’s been to all 193 sovereign nations according to the United Nations list of member states, and is attempting to become the youngest person to visit all 324 countries and unique destinations in the world per the Travellers Century Club list.

Go Travel Your Way – Josh is from Germany, a regular guy a who started to do irregular things. He hitchhiked to Iran, became part of the national choir in Georgia after a few pints of beer, walked through a mine field in Bosnia, joined the Arab Spring in Egypt and the only university he’s ever attended is the University of life. He’s never spent a dollar on accommodation and to date has travelled to 60 countries on five continents.

Man on the Lam – Raymond is a fellow cubicle-escapee who writes about quirky getaways, offbeat attractions, & unique adventures. He’s a travel blogger and freelance writer who wants to inspire others to shake the shackles and escape through travel.

Travel With Bender – A fellow Aussie family who share fun tips on the best places to take young kids on holiday. Join them as they travel worldwide with their 3 & 5 year old looking for family adventure!

Five Dollar Travellers – Can you travel for $5 per day? Occasionally, not everyday… but these guys aim to find out what you can get for $5 in every location they visit and the cheapest way of doing the more expensive experiences. Cheap food, cheap fun, cheap sleeps!

Bemused Backpacker – A charge nurse by vocation with an interest in emergency nursing and travel medicine, Michael gives  hints, tips and advice on how to follow your dreams of world travel as well as regaling you with a few tales from his own round the world adventures.

Calculated Traveller – Time + Budget + Destination = Calculated Travel. An online magazine offering friendly advice, informative reviews, and inspiration on all things travel. With multiple writers on staff, each article is written in their own unique voice and style. Focused throughout on travel budget, planning, preparation, and most importantly – enjoyment!

This Way to Paradise – Created for those in search of their own piece of paradise, Valen can show you where to go and how to get there. Her goal is to show you that paradise is only a plane ticket (or boat ride) away.

The HoliDaze – Derek is an advocate of slow travel, taking time to learn the culture of each country he visits. There is no reason to rush. In four years of travelling he has only been to 21 countries. He doesn’t consider himself a travel blogger, more a cultural enthusiast and perpetual wanderer.

Are there any great travel blog sites that we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments section below.

36 Comments on My 29 favourite travel blogs I used to plan our trip

  1. Hey you gotta tell people about this, what an honour! Thanks so much 🙂

  2. What a great list! I’m honored to be included amongst such great company 🙂

    • Thanks Sam, your site has been excellent for our planning. Really love your videos on Cambodia and Laos, given they’re countries we’re going to first. A very valuable resource, and inspiration for us.

  3. Thanks for including us!! It sounds like you have some very exciting times ahead!!

  4. Awesome list and I’m happy to be mentioned here. Never thought such a neckless, irresponsible young man like me could inspire such an amazing family! You guys take care and enjoy the road 🙂

    • Hi Josh, anyone who hitchhikes to Iran, then gets lost and has a blast doing it is alright by me! I also like your top 10 awesome facts about my home town Melbourne. Very funny, and I learnt a thing or two (or three, or four)! Cheers…

  5. Such an amazing list, I’m seriously honoured to be on it! Thanks for including me. You have some great travel plans coming up, I look forward to reading all about them!

    • You’re welcome Michael, you have a great blog. We’re very excited about the future, travelling the world and experiencing so many different cultures. And with our little boy coming along for the ride too…should be fun!

  6. Great list, many of my favorites!

  7. Great list! I can’t stop reading, one blog to the next.

  8. So honoured to have made this list. Lots of great finds here that I didn’t know about. Thank you!

  9. What an honor to be named with all these great blogs, happy adventures guys!

  10. Thanks for including me! I am honoured!! 🙂

  11. Wow! Very flattered to have made the cut 🙂 Thanks a bunch!

    • Our pleasure Chris, you’re blog is great, and of course as a fellow Australia I could relate to a lot of it! I look forward to reading many more of your posts.

  12. Hi Chris. Many thanks for mentioning us here. It’s a true honour for us and hope to meet you on the road one day! Greetings from China.

  13. Thanks for including us on a list of such great travelers and bloggers! Some are new to me so I’m excited to check them out!

  14. Hey Guys,
    Thanks so much for including us in this list. Wow what an honour being listed with some of these incredible travel bloggers.
    Good luck with the travels…not long to go now!

  15. What a great list – I have seen many of these blogs but some are new to me so thanks for the suggestions. Being relatively new to the blogging arena I am always on the lookout for new blogs to read and gain inspiration from. I found yours through a link of google+ – great blog! Will be tagging along to read more about your adventures! 🙂

    • Hi Tam, we’re really new to this blogging thing too. I guess the best thing to do is just jump right in and get started, and read what other people do that works for them. Best of luck and we’ll keep an eye out for your adventures too 🙂

  16. So many great blogs! Happy travels and I hope you make it t Croatia and come say hi!

  17. Thanks for including us, great selection of bloggers! Hope to cross paths with you on the road some day.

  18. Great list! Most of these are blogs I follow already, but some are not. Thanks for expanding my reading list. Its always great to read the thoughts and impressions that other like-minded people!
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