Let’s face it. I’m married and my wife has a full time job (more than full time really!) I still work (far less now than before). We have a home and a dog. I do community volunteer work I’m committed to. I cook and entertain friends. I’m usually tearing something down or building something new. I try to keep up with the books which keep accumulating electronically on my iPad or in stacks by my bed. And, I travel.
In short, like you, when do I have time to read travel blogs? With thousands of them out there—including this one—picking a few is tough.
Here, in alphabetical order, are some I try to keep an eye on:
Andrew Evans, http://digitalnomad.nationalgeographic.com Of course, as a National Geographic photographer, you expect great photos and you get them. But Evans also inserts himself into the travel . . . how does it feel, how does it affect him, what does it mean? And he’s not afraid to write long.
John Conners has been working on http://johnsadventures.com for over 11 years. He’s clever, sometimes quite funny, covers a wide range of topics from tech issues to luggage (don’t get him started) to travel and life in general. And, from what I can tell, he has more followers than any other travel blog—and that’s something!
Evelyn Hannon, Journeywoman Editor, http://www.journeywoman.com. Here’s a site that has a lot, an absolute ton, of topics and information. It’s geared for women, obviously, but provides a great service and has probably inspired many women to begin traveling. In a way, it’s sort of an empowering Title IX for travel, recognizing—as Hannon says—traveling is different for women than it is for men.
Leave Your Daily Hell
Robert Shrader, creator and blogger at http://leaveyourdailyhell.com, says he is, “a (relatively) ordinary 28-year old, who grew up in a (relatively) ordinary family in the (extremely) ordinary midwestern United States.” In short, except for a 40 year difference, he’s just like me. Good writing, good insight, good photography.
Jodi Ettenberg has been traveling, mostly solo, eating, mostly everywhere, and blogging about both for the last 5 years. Her blog, http://www.legalnomads.com is upbeat, comprehensive, and a persuasive argument for getting up off the couch and out into the world. She’s insightful and examines in some depth some of the questions which arise with long-term travel. She’s also a self-described technology geek.
The Perrin Post
Wendy Perrin, The Perrin Post, http://www.cntraveler.com/perrin-post. Wendy Perrin is an experienced traveler, a straight shooter, and is Condé Nast Traveler’s Director of Consumer News and Digital Community. If you page through Condé Nast Traveler and scan the advertising you will understand her demographic target. I’m not that target, but I still read her And learn from her.
Derek Earl Baron posts on http://www.wanderingearl.com. Here is the opposite demographic of Wendy Perrin. Earl took off for Asia in December of 1999 with $1500. Now, after more than 5000 days of travel, he hasn’t slowed down. While one demographic may expect hot stone massages, I suspect Earl is often just happy to find hot water in the shower down the hall.
If you have other suggestions, let me know. If I have time to follow it, I’ll post it here.