One of the best ways to learn more about traveling is to gain insight through the experiences of others. While just about anyone can put up a blog and talk about where they’ve been, it takes someone with a special talent to draw in people, provide useful information, inspire others to discover the world, and spark wanderlust in the hearts of their readers. Here, in no particular order, is a list of 15 of the internet’s best blogs.
1. Infinite Ireland
Stephanie and her husband Joe from the blog Infinite Ireland are not only an adorable couple, their website is enormously helpful for those planning a trip to Ireland. After falling in love with the country on their honeymoon in 2006, they’ve returned so many times that they’ve become experts on planning a trip there. Stephanie provides insider tips on everything from how to visit the most scenic sites in the country to choosing the right travel insurance before heading off on your journey. Infinite Ireland’s “Planning:101” page covers just about every question one could think of before traveling to Ireland, and the blog also details the couple’s own getaways to Ireland. If you’ve never been to Ireland before and are in the planning stages of your trip, this is one blog you won’t want to miss.
2. The Gap Year Guru
The famed “gap year” — a time when university students take a break to travel the world and discover themselves — is what this blog is all about. Jess Glynn not only details her own gap year adventures, she gives tips to young people on how to plan a excursion during college. She and her boyfriend, Arua Tupinambas, collaborate on the blog and are a great example to twenty-somethings looking to get the most out of their gap year experience.
Those who love exploring unique boutiques, delving into fashions from around the world, and admiring museums and art galleries abroad will adore the blog 12hrs. Not only does it provide the scoop on traveling from a fashion-forward standpoint, the blog’s co-founders Anna Peuckert and Soren Jepsen do so in a novel way: through providing 12 hour itineraries of things to do in various countries. The aim is to provide readers blueprints to have a week’s worth of touring packed into one 12-hour stretch. 12hrs is perfect for the tourist who is short on time and wants to pack a short trip with loads of fun.
4. Fluent in 3 Months
Irish blogger Benny Lewis is a language guru who is also very well traveled. He purposely moves to a new country every three months not only to gain new experiences but to prove to the world that it’s possible to quickly learn languages. The best selling author’s blog provides insight into how he’s manages to adjust to the languages and cultures of so many different places — there’s no telling where he’ll be from one quarter to the next, but it’s so much fun reading about his adventures. If you want to know how to master just about any language while living anywhere in the world, Benny’s blog is a must-see.
5. Adventure Journal
Outdoor enthusiasts and hardcore adventure seekers take notice: there’s a blog that you should be reading for inspiration before your next getaway. Adventure Journal is all about planning and enjoying the most intense experiences that the world has to offer. Want to know where you can find the toughest hikes or the most daring ski trails? Adventure Journal has you covered. This blog also provides very helpful guides about the type of equipment you should bring along, and the photo journals on the site are incredibly beautiful.
6. Next Stop Who Knows
Carlo and Florence definitely know a thing or two about traveling — they’ve been to 38 countries on 6 continents and are still hitting the road. This Irish couple’s blog, Next Stop Who Knows, documents their adventures and their quest to explore as much of the world as they can while making a living as trekkers. Along with the details of their trips you’ll find interviews with other bloggers, gear and tour reviews, and hotel profiles from all over the globe. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to become a micro-prenuer and live life on your own terms while becoming a citizen of the world, Next Stop Who Knows will provide plenty of inspiration.
7. Classe Touriste
It’s fairly easy to find information about trips to popular destinations and resorts, but what about the more remote places like Antarctica? Classe Tourist, run by Debbie Pappyn and David De Vleeschauwer, shows you how to reach the far corners of the earth through their magnificent photo blogs. Whether you want to go to a far away place or simply love photography, you’ll enjoy reading through Classe Touriste.
8. Squidgy Moments
Most know Kathleen O Rourke as the Irish blogger begind the popular lifestyle and beauty blog Squidgy Moments, but did you know she also writes extensively about travel? She’s been to many places around Ireland and in other parts of the world, and her writing is a true delight to read. Best of all, Kathleen’s photos are stunning and provide the perfect accompaniments to her written tales. Be warned that reading the Vlogs on Squidgy Moments will give you a serious pang of wanderlust.
9. The Daily Self
Travel, beauty, and food is what The Daily Self is all about. This blog, which is the brainchild of Nadia El Ferdaoussi, has garnered so much acclaim that she’s been published in numerous Irish newspapers and magazines. Not only is the writing top notch, Nadia’s photographs provide amazing, candid views of her trips to different destinations. In addition to reading about the fun that Nadia has trotting the globe, The Daily Self provides relevant information to those who love traveling including very thorough packing lists.
10. Vibrant Ireland
If you want to visit Ireland and other parts of Europe, head to Susan Fitzgerald’s blog Vibrant Ireland. Nowhere else will you find such great information about where to find the best food, accommodation, shopping, and sightseeing in Ireland — Susan’s blog truly is an online guide. She also provides insight about Ireland’s customs, culture, geography, and the area’s native plants. As if her wonderful writing wasn’t enough, Susan also knows how to take gorgeous photos that will have you wanting to explore Ireland straight away.
11. Eat This Poem
Bibliophiles and foodies have their own agendas while traveling, and the blog Eat This Poem caters to that crowd. If your favorite part of seeing the world is experiencing the literature, quaint bookstores, cafes, and cuisine that’s unique to a country, you’ll find this blog to be a real treat. Nicola Gulotta, the woman behind the blog, highlights writers, bookstores, and eateries across the globe, and all of the information is geared towards the book lover who has a thing for great literature and good eats.
12. Eat Sleep Chic
Eat Sleep Chic is a guide to traveling fabulously for those of us who want to live big on a reasonable budget. Stephanie Buckley, the blog’s founder, gives readers beauty, fashion, and posts that are full of useful information and tips for those looking to plan a getaway. While she highlights her various trips from around the world, Stephanie’s primary focus is giving her readers detailed information about Ireland. Even Irish natives can learn something new about exploring the country after reading her posts.
13. Eat Your World
Food is a huge part of enjoying your trip abroad and can not only tell you about the people and culture of a place, but it’s history as well. Scott Rosen and Laura Siciliano-Rosen show you how to enjoy every morsel of your travels through their blog Eat Your World. From the well known to the obscure, they seek out foodie finds from different destinations and provide delicious details about their traveling adventures. If food is one of your top travel priorities, you should definitely read Eat Your World.
14. Nowhere Magazine
In the days of old, travel writing was more like reading an epic adventure. The details didn’t read like tedious or straight-to-the-point reviews, you got a complete story of the author’s journey to a specific location. Such writing not only lit a fire in readers’ imaginations but gave valuable insight about different places around the world. If this is the kind of writing that interests you, Nowhere Magazine should be on your must read list. The blog’s founder, Porter Fox, and his staff are true masters of the art of literary travel writing. Each long form narrative is inspiring and perfectly captures their time spent exploring the world.
15. The Life Of Stuff
Edwina Elizabeth is the genius behind the blog The Life of Stuff and it’s awesome “Five Fabulous Reasons” section. This particular series of posts tells you why you should explore specific locations around the world. Edwina is from Ireland and has plenty of content about traveling within the country, but she has also gone to countries on other continents and posts great stories, tips, and photos on the blog.