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The Travel Blogs That Inspired Me

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bloggingThere 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?

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15 Responses to The Travel Blogs That Inspired Me

  1. adet December 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

    whoa i can totally relate to this.. Mine is Steph of Twenty-something travel. 🙂

    • Brooke December 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

      Steph rocks! 🙂

  2. Ashley December 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    Me-Go and 13 Months were the first travel blogs I started to read too! I’m sooo happy you reminded me offs them 🙂 Megan was a total inspiration, and I’m still sad 13 Months is unfinished – both are such great reads.

    • Brooke December 30, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

      Yeah, I was halfway hoping they had decided to finish it when I was writing this post. Kind of sad to have put all that work in not to finish it off, eh?

  3. ayngelina December 29, 2010 at 1:42 am #

    I also read me Go when I was planning for my trip. Another blog which I fell in love with was The Global Trip, the guy wrote every single day!

    • Brooke December 30, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

      Oh yeah, I did read that, too. I think he did some good videos yeah?

  4. Alouise December 29, 2010 at 1:57 am #

    I read so many travel blogs, and I’m sure there are a lot more out there. While it’s not a blog one of the first travel sites I read was Matador, and things just expanded from there. Travel blogs inspire me. A few years back I thought travel was only for a lucky few. But I’ve been able to read about other people’s travels and realize it’s not as far fetched as I thought.

    • Brooke December 30, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

      BootsnAll was definitely my Matador (and still is!). That’s the magic of the internet — finding out you’re not alone in anything you want to do.

  5. Megan December 29, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    I’m glad I was such an inspiration to you guys! The travel blog world has changed tremendously since I started back in 2003. I can’t imagine wadding through it now without recommendations. I can’t believe how much yo’ve done, Brooke, since we first emailed about your travel plans.

    • Brooke December 30, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

      Dying to know if you’re thinking about any more RTWs???

      • Megan December 31, 2010 at 3:11 am #

        I’m always thinking about it! I’m not sure I’d be up for a really long one at the moment though because it would mean leaving my business and clients. I could always get a different job when I came back but for now I’m dreaming of a trip to Iran. Well, you know me, a trip to Iran would probably mean a side trip to Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Syria…

  6. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World December 30, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

    Thanks for the list. Just spent a whole day perusing Hedgehog Without Borders — my new fave travel blog, other than yours of course :p

    • Brooke December 30, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

      Aw shucks 😉 Glad I could introduce you to a new one!

  7. Jessica the hedgehog December 31, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    Awwwww! Thank you so much, Brooke! Tim and I were thrilled to see our website mentioned on your list. We’re always hopeful that we help inspire other folks to travel…and it’s really wonderful to see that we have! *happy dance*

    I can’t wait to check out the other sites you mentioned too. Yay! 🙂

  8. Jill January 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Hey there,

    Thanks for posting these links. I’m one month into my RTW trip, and I’m a huge fan of travel blogs. Reading your blog a few months ago was of the reasons I caught the bug and decided to take off on my own journey–it’s one of the best!

    I also like poweredbytofu.com (I used her super minimal packing list and was really grateful for it) and jasonswissrtw.com. I like Me-Go as well. jauntsetter.com is also fun for tips.

    If you’re interested, I’m blogging about my adventures through New Zealand, Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America at: journeyofoneinch.blogspot.com

    Onward!
    Jill

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