Travel bloggers are the best. They inspire wanderlust, show you the places the guidebooks do not and they tell you how not to get scammed.
I predominately used travel blogs to help me with my travels in south-east Asia and Australia (I also had the Lonely Planet guide) and it is something I will do before any future trip.
Some bloggers inspired my travels and continue to do so. Some of those I will be keeping a close eye on in 2016 are:
1. On The Luce
Lucy loves a little bit of luxury in her life. She has travelled extensively, staying in dorms and travelling in unpleasant public transport. Now, she wants a little more from her travels.
She partners with Celebrity Cruises, giving her readers a great insight to their destinations (and giving me mega doses of wanderlust).
I love that Lucy also spends a lot of time exploring the UK. I love reading posts about the UK; there is so much to explore in our home country!
Post to read: The ancient city of Akrotiri: Santorini’s Pompeii
2. Journalist on the run
Janet is a trained writer who recently gave up the rat race to accomplish her dream of being a full-time travel blogger. It is easy to see why; she tells her story brilliantly while providing detailed information on the destinations she visits.
She recently extended a trip to South Africa as she fell so hard for the country. Her posts about South Africa are informative and I keep looking forward to Janet’s next post!
Post to read: 9 things that only happen when you travel solo
I love Lucy. She’s an amazing all round person. When I went to Koh Tao, she was on hand to answer all my questions. When I got my diving qualifications, her fiance Oli accompanied me (and even got a little “narced” ).
Lucy’s blog was one that I took a lot of ideas for my travels and I continue to. More recently, she writes about how she shunned the nomadic lifestyle to go back to her homeland, London.
She also writes about beauty frequently enjoy reading them even though beauty blogs bore me. That’s how great she is.
Post to read: The art of long term travel and why I’m over it
4. Ashley Abroad
I think Ashley’s blog was the first one I read when I was researching my travels in south-east Asia. She spent a lot of time in the region and her posts (and photographs) inspired how I travelled. Her posts on the food and street art in Penang, Malaysia were particularly helpful.
More recently, Ashley has decided to stay in one location, Denver and have shorter trips when she gets time away from work. Last year, she visited Jordan and until I read her posts, I did not think the country had such beautiful sights.
Post to read: My Favorite Jordan Experience: Petra by Night and by Day
5. Heart my Backpack
Silvia’s blog is one of the latest additions to my list and it is rather annoying it took me so long to stumble upon her. Silvia is an American who chose Norway as her home after long consideration. Her pictures of the Norwegian winter are like those from fairytales.
Heart my Backpack focuses on ‘off the beaten track’ travel; she has travelled through the Middle East and Central Asia alone. Silvia is a superb storyteller. I always find myself laughing at her posts, or empathising when things don’t quite go to plan.
Post to read: Alone in Iran – What Was I Thinking?
I cannot wait to see what is in store for these five girls in 2016. What other travel bloggers will you be following?