The sheer number of travel blogs on the web has exploded over the last couple of years and it has gotten increasingly to keep up with all the newest ones, let alone stay up-to-date with all their posts.
For quite some time now I have wanted to start a monthly series highlighting my top picks for new and interesting blogs that are worthy of following, as well as provide a medium for others to suggest their own new favorites. After being reminded of this fact a couple weeks ago on Twitter, I’ve decided that now is the time to make this idea a reality.
Presenting the first edition of the monthly HoliDaze Best New Travel Blog Awards. Suggestions and recommendations of new blogs will be accepted all month, either by contacting me or using the form located here.
And now I present the first round of the best new travel blogs, in no particular order:
My Tan Feet
One Couple Adventuring Throughout Costa Rica And The World
Samantha and Yeison started My Tan Feet in the spring of 2013 and have already written a whopping 140+ posts, mostly documenting their current country of Costa Rica. They’ve also been doing travel gear reviews, blogger interviews, and even started sharing their firsthand tips on how to improve your travel blog. In fact they are churning out posts far faster than I can even read them!
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Luxury Travel Blog
After discovering this blog towards the end of 2013 I was amazed to realize it is only now about to turn one year old. For such a new blog it is remarkably well put together and a joy to read. Nicole and Michael put out a healthy dose of travel information and inspiration combined with useful tips and advice on how to put a little more luxury into your travels without breaking the bank.
Helen In Wanderlust
Life Is An Adventure. Live It!
Africa is often the overlooked country when it comes to travel and tourism. Unfortunately even when people do visit there it seems like countries such as South Africa and Morocco and Egypt (hey, that’s not really Africa) get all the attention. Not the case with Helen Davies, who is doing a great job documenting amazing things to do on the continent of contrasts. But that’s not the only corner of the world she writes about — you can also find posts of southeast Asia, Oceania, and of course Europe as well.
Writer, Blogger, Foodie and all around Travel Geek!!!
Mike Hinshaw is one of the most kindhearted travel bloggers I’ve ever met in the course of my travels and it shows in his writing — although if you do something stupid then he’ll be the first one to let you know 😉 Whether inspiring others to visit Texas (we’re both from Austin) or sharing the excitement from his most recent trek through southeast Asia, Mike’s posts are always a joy to read. This guy has more energy and life inside of him than other travelers half his age!
Travel The World Cheaply, Easily And Independently
I wish that I wrote as well as Michael Huxley. His 8-month old blog is captivating and one of my new favorites. And given his knack for writing it should be no surprise that he is also an author, having written several travel eBooks as well as a novel. The nice thing about Bemused Backpacker though is it is not one of those sites solely trying to get you to purchase the books but rather one that is chock full of entertaining and down-to-earth posts, helpful advice and information, even guides to free things to do in a variety of cities around the world. However if you are the type of “reader” that is more entertained by flashy Instagram photos than real substance, well I’m afraid that this is not the blog for you.
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Travel Beyond The Amish And The Steel
When my buddy Jim Cheney (of The Tripologist) mentioned that he would be sticking around the Pennsylvania for a bit and pausing his travels abroad, I was a little sad, I’ll admit it. However rather than settle into a mundane life he has been exploring and documenting all the interesting things to do in The Quaker State.
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Travel + Budget + Destination = Calculated Traveller
This is my newest find on the list and as such I have not had an opportunity to read many of the posts. However those that I have read have been enough to get me hooked. With a half dozen different authors the writings styles vary from post to post, something that I feel keeps things fresh and enjoyable. However together they have one goal: to keep their readers informed, prepared, and able to travel with minimal expenses and without wasting their time.
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This Way To Paradise
Your Tropical Destination Guide
After getting a taste for travel but then having to return home, Val Dawson did what myself and countless other travel addicts before us have done: sold all our possessions and traded a comfortable life back home for a nomadic one full of untold potential. Given that her favorite places involve beaches, islands, and yes of course water, This Way To Paradise primarily documents her best find around the world from southeast Asia to the Caribbean. But don’t worry, that’s not all Val writes about — you’ll also find a nice dash of colder locations, superb advice and heartfelt personal insight as well.
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