5 Travel Blogs You Should Be Reading

by Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical on November 9, 2010

Tegalalang Rice TerraceI like to do a lot of reading online.  Maybe I spend too much time browsing and grazing information when I should be doing other things like planning a sabbatical. The Internet can be an incredible resource tool and offer a wealth of information but it can also be a serious distraction that kills productivity.

The following is a list of 5 travel blogs that absolutely kill my productivity (in a good way).  This is by no means a complete list of the travel blogs that I enjoy reading and following but these are definitely 5 of my favorites.

Johnny Vagabond – Wes Nations

Wes is taking a low budget journey around the world and documenting the entire experience on his blog through both incredible commentary and beautiful photography.  What I love about Wes is that he offers up straight-from-the-heart incredibly detailed and often humorous stories of his adventures and often misadventures from every place he visits.  When you are done reading you feel like you were there with him the whole time.

He offers up many great travel tips and advice from his own personal experiences.  Check out his humorous post on squat toilet best practices (or how not to crap on your pants).  If you really want to split your gut though check out his Crazy Stories section which is just hilarious.

While on his journey Wes has taken some incredible photographs that have really captured the beauty of the places he’s visited.  He has a photo of the week section.  One of my favorites is of his experience in Pushkar India.

So far on his journey Wes has been to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and as of this post, is currently in India.  I definitely recommend that you give Wes’s blog a look.  Give him a follow on Twitteras well (@JohnnyVagabond).

World Curious Traveler – Mary Richardson 

I discovered Mary’s blog after she left a comment on this blog.  Mary is a teacher and Peace Corp volunteer who has traveled to so many cool places.  She currently lives in Japan.  I love the title of her blog because I think it really describes how so many of us are – curious about the world.

Mary writes about her experiences in the many places she has traveled in such an intimate way that you really get a sense of what she was feeling at the time.  She really captures in her writings all the subtle details of the experience and I think it’s great that she is willing to share it all.  When I read this blog I really start to think about other cultures and how our differences are what actually bring us closer together through our curiosity of the unfamiliar.

Mary also offers up some really sound and helpful travel tips.  Her blog is a great forum to interact with other travelers and people just interested in exploring and learning more about the incredible world that we live in.  Some of my favorite posts are “Kyoto’s Blue Eyed Geisha”, Sushi Etiquette: Are You Breaking the Rules?” and “Delicious Tahitian Food”.

You can connect with Mary on World Curious Traveler and on Twitter@maryinjapan.

My Beautiful Adventures – Andi Perullo

When I first came upon Andi’s site and read that she was a Chinese medicine doctor I was definitely intrigued.  As a traveler she has visited 40 countries.  Recently she started posting a whole series on Cuba which has just been fascinating to read.  You can check the series out this series starting at Day 1 .

Here is what I really like about Andi.  She is not afraid to get out there and live life and experience it all to the fullest.  As a more introverted person I’ve found that when I travel I tend to hang back on the fringes and I think I miss out on a lot because of that, but Andi seems to be the opposite.  She gets out there and does her thing and it makes for some incredible stories and experiences.

If you want to read some incredible stuff about India and see some amazing photos go check out her archive on India.  I guarantee that you will enjoy it.

You can check Andi out on My Beautiful Adventures and on Twitter@AndiPerullo

Married With Luggage – Warren and Betsy Talbot

Warren and Betsy are a husband and wife team that just recently (39 days as of this post) began a 3 year around the world super adventure.  They are currently experiencing life in Ecuador.  In many ways I really connect with Warren and Betsy.  If you read their “About Us” page you find that they realized one day that there is more to life than working crazy hours, filling a house full of stuff and only dreaming about things you want to do.

So they decided to change their lives and went frugal, saved up a bunch of money and planned out an incredible 3 year adventure.  Their site has been so useful for me as we plan our own escape.  What I really like is that they offer up really useful tips for changing your lifestyle so you can prepare yourself financially for taking an around the world trip or even a 1 year sabbatical.  Check out this great post on purging your belongings.  It’s all great advice even if you are not planning an extended trip overseas.  Their most recent post details their monthly expenses for the month of October in Ecuador.

Head over and check them out and follow their adventure.  Click on the “new here?” link first as that page holds everything you want to know about Warren and Betsy.  So check out Married with Luggage and follow them on Twitter@betsytalbot

Where is Jenny? – Jenny Leonard

Jenny is doing some incredible things.  She’s about to embark on an around the world adventure (only 44 days until departure) and just went through the ordeal of selling everything.  I find her blog interesting for a number of reasons; first she will be traveling and second she is going through many of the same things that we will be going through as we prepare to dismantle our life here in the US and prepare for a life in Indonesia.  Plus I just like the fact that she skates.  I think that is so cool.

I also like that she is an entrepreneur and working hard to create a location independent lifestyle for herself.  It’s been fun and interesting to watch her prepare for this adventure

You can learn more about Jenny and her adventures at Where is Jenny? And follow her on Twitter @whereisjenny

What Are Your Favorite Travel Blogs?

So these are 5 of my favorite travel blogs that I think you should be reading.  I’ve gained so much knowledge, advice and entertainment from these people and I hope you will as well.  Of course these are not the only good travel blogs out there.  I’m encouraged by all the people that are escaping the confinement of their fear box and getting out there and experiencing this great world of ours.

Have your own list of travel blogs that you think people should be reading? Post them below!  I’d love to see what others are doing and reading.

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Wes Nations November 9, 2010 at 4:38 am

Wow, thanks so much for the mention, Matt! Very kind of you. Also glad to see a fellow Thesis user 🙂

Hope you and the family have many wonderful adventures. Be safe and have fun,

Wes
Wes Nations recently posted..Beers and a Bhang Lassi in India’s Holiest City

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matt November 9, 2010 at 11:02 am

Thanks Wes! Your site has given me many hours of entertainment. You are an incredible writer with this ability to draw readers into the story and become captivated by it. I love what you’ve done with Thesis. I may hit you up for some advice on how you got the large photo format as I am switching my photo blog over to Thesis soon.

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Nick Laborde November 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

A couple of my favorites and a couple I haven’t discovered yet…

http://philintheblank.net/ is a good one that I recently found. You gotta love a travel blog with a loose stool counter.

http://overyonderlust.com/ They are getting close to embarking on their adventure. I also love the photography.

Just to name a few
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matt November 9, 2010 at 11:09 am

Hey Nick! Thanks for these two sites. I got a kick out of the line in Phil’s bio…”Occasionally I suffer from explosive diarrhea.” Having suffered from some illnesses in Indonesia I can relate. And that loose stool counter is too funny. Definitely will be checking these two blogs out.

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Ryan November 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

Matt- Great list, man. I have checked out all of these blogs and they are quality. Some of them are up-and-comers who have just started or just re-invented their blog, so it’s good to see them on here. As you know, I am planning on doing a post soon similar to this… Way to get the party started! 🙂
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matt November 9, 2010 at 11:15 am

Ryan! I’ve really been enjoying your blog and really looking forward to reading about your experiences in Colombia. I think your adventures are going to be something people will be talking about. Looking forward to seeing your post (totally forgot that you were working on something similar). Hope you planning and preparing are going well. Departure time is getting closer. 🙂

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Andi November 9, 2010 at 10:19 am

Oh my gosh, I have tears in my eyes! What beautiful things you said about me and my blog. I’m seriously very, very touched!!! THANK YOU!
Andi recently posted..Cuba- Day 3 Part 1

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matt November 9, 2010 at 11:20 am

Your site has really been inspirational for me Andi. Your whole series on Cuba has been incredible! You definitely have some beautiful adventures and I love reading about them. Hope one day our paths will cross on the road.

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Joel November 9, 2010 at 10:47 am

There are so many good ones, it’s tough to narrow down to just a couple.

I’m a big fan of dozens, but two I found early in planning my own RTW are:

http://www.foxnomad.com
http://www.thelongestwayhome.com

Both are great, filled with both information and inspiration.

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matt November 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

Hi Joel! I’ve checked out foXnoMad and agree it’s a fantastic blog. Hadn’t discoverd The Longest Way Home yet so I’m glad you pointed it out. I’m going to have to check it out. So many excellent blogs out there. I can feel my productivity slipping today. I’m adding your own blog to my reading list now. 🙂 Take care Joel!

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Srinivas Rao November 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm

hey Matt,

Thanks for the great list. I’m in the process of doing a 50 travel blogs you should be reading post for Flightster so this is good to have people on my radar. I’m looking to find people that not a ton of people already know about but are awesome, so if you know any more send em my way 🙂

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matt November 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Hey Srini! Your post of 50 travel blogs sounds like it will be awesome. Looking forward to checking it out. I’ll email you a list of a few others that I really enjoy. Check out the comments here as there are some really cool blogs that people are listing. I’m just really encouraged by what people are doing and how they are living their dreams.

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inka November 9, 2010 at 1:07 pm

You already mentioned two of my favorites: Andi’s beautiful adventures and where is jenny?
I love http://www.ytravel.com and not only because they just published a guest post of mine.
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matt November 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Hi Inka! Thanks for the link but I think it should be http://www.ytravelblog.com/ Loved your post on Beirut! When I first went to Indonesia there was a state department travel advisory against going there. But I went anyway and I never at any time felt unsafe. In fact I was welcomed with open arms. Sounds like you experienced the same thing in Beirut.

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Betsy Talbot November 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Hey, Matt. Thanks for the mention. It is so funny to think that we would be a blog other people would read to plan their trip when we started our own as a way to just document what we were learning about planning because it was so overwhelming!

The preparation for the trip was a journey in itself, and I’m so glad we took 2 years to do it. We needed to go through some of those changes to make the most of the trip we’re now on.

And thanks for introducing me to a few new blogs…heading over to find out what Ryan’s doing in Colombia since that is our next destination. Happy travels!
Betsy Talbot recently posted..The Day of the Dead in Ecuador

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matt November 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Hi Betsy! Thanks for doing so much of the legwork for me in terms of planning. At times I am thinking we will need more time to plan and prepare and save. You took 2 years and we’re looking at 10 months. Of course we will be staying with family in one location so hopefully we can pull it all off. At any rate your site has been an incredible find and I’ve really enjoyed your travels so far. Let us know when you get to Indonesia. 🙂 Definiitely check out Ryan. He’ll be heading to Columbia in January I believe for 3 months.

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Jenny November 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Matt!!!! Thanks for the mention. So stoked right now! 🙂
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matt November 9, 2010 at 10:33 pm

You are awesome Jenny! So looking forward to following your adventures.

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Kristina November 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm

One of my favorites is http://www.theroadforks.com They are a couple who are currently traveling and focus on my two passions; travel and food.

I also like http://www.theworldeffect.com for their fantastic photography.

PS- My own travel blog has been around for more than 12 years and started with a year-long RTW trip (I am very jealous of your upcoming sabbatical). While I no longer travel full time, I try to keep it updated with at least 1 or 2 international trips a year.
Kristina recently posted..A One Day Visit to Temples of Angkor and Abacus Restaurant

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matt November 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Awesome! Travel and food. You can’t go wrong with that combination. Thank you for pointing out The World Effect. As a photographer I am always interested in seeing what others are doing and shooting out there. I see you spent some time in Cambodia. We’ve got friends there that we plan to visit on our way to Indonesia. Never been there but really looking forward to it. Thanks for being here. I’ve added your blog to my ever growing list.

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Sarah November 10, 2010 at 1:22 am

Hey Matt, these are great Read. I love reading Wes. Andi and Jenny from my Feed reader. Thanks for the other great one I didn’t know about 😉 Cheers.
Sarah recently posted..Photos – Tasty Salvadoran Cuisine In Queens

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matt November 10, 2010 at 1:29 am

Thanks Sarah. Wes is so funny isn’t he? I love reading his blog. All 5 of these are just fantastic and I love what they are doing.

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sarah wu November 11, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Yup Yup, he’s such amazing writer! All the other one are so interesting to read too.
sarah wu recently posted..Photos – Tasty Salvadoran Cuisine In Queens

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Josie November 10, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I love these blogs! I’m trying to get there too. I would love any feedback you had on my travel blog: josiesgoldenglobe.blogspot.com

Thanks so much!

Josie

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matt November 11, 2010 at 12:10 am

Hi Josie! Thanks for sharing your blog link. Looks like you’ve had some great adventures throughout Europe. Keep in touch. Cheers!

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Mary R November 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Hi Matt,
Thanks for mentioning me! I’m honored!

I’m also super excited to have been introduced to so many new interesting blogs for me!
Mary R recently posted..Technicolor Island Culture

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matt November 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Hi Mary! Happy to mention you. I love your travel stories and your personal view of the world. Keep up the fun adventures and stories!

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Sarah November 30, 2010 at 7:09 am

Thanks for this Matt, it’s such an opportunity to find new and exciting reading to fuel the travelling fire! I agree heartily about Andi’s blog but I also particularly enjoy reading Keith’s wonderful words over at http://www.travelingsavage.com Definitely worth a read, especially for his unconventional travel plans…
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matt December 1, 2010 at 1:06 am

Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for mentioning Keith’s blog but I think the link you want is http://www.traveling-savage.com/ I totally agree with you though and have enjoyed reading his blog. Looking forward to seeing your next adventures.

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Andi November 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I hope our paths cross too my friend!!!
Andi recently posted..Cuba- Day 6 Part 2

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Claire February 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Check out http://www.somemediabias.blogspot.com, it’s an account of my travels around the Indian subcontinent this year, and I have just finished redrafting it…not long before the photos go up, but it would be great to get some more followers! I am heading off on a two year epic come May, so this is a taste of things to come!

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matt February 9, 2011 at 1:35 am

Hi Claire! I’ll definitely be checking out your journey around India. Where will you be heading in May? Cheers!

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ash June 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Great list! I’m excited to browse some of those blogs!
ash recently posted..Wanderlust Wednesday: Ubud, Bali

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Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical July 6, 2012 at 12:28 am

Awesome! I hope you enjoy them. There are definitely a lot of great travel blogs out there.

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