There was a time in my life where I obsessed over reading travel blogs. I read and read and read until my eyes couldn’t take it anymore; the more I read, the more confident I grew that I could take the leap and travel the world. I loved the idea of hitting the road, and to be honest, travel blogs (and the BootsnAll message boards) were the only way I could really get the affirmation I needed to follow through.
Back then, travel blogs were far fewer in numbers, but what I love is that many of them were out there to blog for the sake of blogging. The undertones of touching on content for the sake of SEO, or blogging because they needed to keep their stats up, weren’t really in the cards. You can go to these sites and get the actual story of their journeys — amazing, right?
These are the websites that inspired me when I needed it most:
Me-Go: Megan is a fearless solo female traveler that has traveled around the world twice now. Reading her blog gave me the inspiration to put Central Asia into my travel itinerary. I love her endurance and ability to keep crazy accurate records of just about everything: where she slept, her expenses, souvenirs, etc.
Full Passport: This couple took the ultimate trip around the world, lasting 3+ years, and they went to some crazy places in the process. Their site was made before the day of the blog, but the stories and adventures within are worth your time to check out. Amazing.
13 months: This is a cute website of a couple that took a 13 month honeymoon around the world. Although the site never got finished, it was one of the first (and well-documented) RTW travel blogs that I found.
Hedgehogs Without Borders: I was happy to see that this couple is still traveling and still writing. If you want QUALITY TRAVEL BLOGGING, this site is it! Jessica and Tim took an epic trip around the world years back and got engaged in the process.
Six in the World: Cutest family travel blog EVER. This family, which consisted of 4 children (one as young as 4), took the ultimate family vacation of 11 months. They even made it on Oprah.
1000 Wines: I loved the theme of this couple’s travels — taste 1000 wines around the world. The photos and stories were always intriguing, and after the trip ended, it became a blog devoted to Brianne’s wine studies and work. Good stuff.
Thanks for kicking it old-school with me on this post. What travel blogs initially inspired you to follow your travel dreams?