Travel blogs I’m following in 2012

by Kim on December 23, 2011 · 34 comments

Long before I started to remake my own life in order to travel, I spent years with the idea just marinating in my brain.  I’d scour the Internet looking for stories of others who’d had success traveling, proof that I, too, might be able to make this thing work.  Each time I discovered a new blog that resonated with me I would devote whole evenings reading through the archives.

There are a ton of great travel blogs out there but there are a select few that I read from beginning to end every single time a new post is published. Below you’ll find a list of my favorite travel bloggers.  Check them out, you might find a new favorite yourself.

The Experts

Almost Fearless 

Christine quit her corporate job in 2008 and moved overseas with her husband, Drew.  They’ve been traveling the world ever since, and have figured out how to make a living through creative endeavors.  Almost two years ago they added a baby to the mix, proving that it really is possible to live life exactly as you’ve dreamed.

Website: http://www.almostfearless.com  

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/almostfearless

Twitter: https://twitter.com/almostfearless 

Married With Luggage 

Betsy and Warren aren’t just travel bloggers, they’re more like life coaches, taking big chances and showing the world what’s possible.  In 2010 they sold their home and quit their jobs to travel around the world for three years.  Along the way they’ve had some great adventures but it’s been truly enjoyable to follow their evolution from stuff-piling, home-owning, overworked office dwellers to relaxed and happy travelers.  You can sense the joy and freedom in everything they write.

Website: http://www.marriedwithluggage.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MarriedwithLuggage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/warrentalbot

One Giant Step 

In 2009 Gillian and her partner Jason took a leave from their jobs and traveled the world for a year.  When they returned, they packed up their few belongings and moved across their home country of Canada, settling down in a brand new place.  Their next goal is to move overseas.  What I love about Gillian is that she constantly challenges herself, unwilling to take the easy road just because it is easy, always ensuring that it is also the right road for her.  The stories about her year-long travels are honest and raw but it is her new stories, about continuiously striving to live an authentic life, that I look forward to reading now.

Website: http://one-giant-step.com 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OneGiantStep

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OneGiantStep

The Newbies

Jack and Jill Travel the World 

I completely relate to Jack and Jill because their story reminds me of my own.  They left behind their good jobs last April to travel slowly around the world, beginning in South America.  They’re outdoor enthusiasts, much more comfortable in the mountains than a city.  I always love reading about their adventures.

Website: http://jackandjilltravel.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jacknjilltraveltheworld

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jacknjilltravel 

Hecktic Travels 

Dalene and Pete Heck aren’t really newbies, they’ve been traveling the world since 2009 but just recently spruced up their blog.  The Heck’s are true storytellers and the stories they tell are often hilarious.  These two have an open and optimistic way of looking at the world, I’d love to sit down and have a beer with them (hopefully some day I will!).

Website: http://www.hecktictravels.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hecktictravels

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hecktictravels

The Dreamers

Sarah Somewhere 

Sometimes you come across another blogger that makes you think she’s living my life on the other side of the world!  Okay, maybe it isn’t that common to come across someone like that, but it’s exactly how I feel about Sarah.  Sarah is currently working towards following her dreams of writing and traveling (sound familiar?).  She’s got her house on the market, she’s leaving her job and soon she’ll be setting off to travel the world with her love Tyrhone.  Sarah writes beautifully about her past travels (she’s done quite a bit) but also very honestly about the scary, exciting, messy process of letting go of a great life and stepping into the great unknown.  You won’t want to miss her journey.

Website: http://www.sarahsomewhere.com 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sarah_somewhere

Further Bound 

Hannah is a new blogger but I think that she is going to write amazing things.  In September 2012 she’ll be setting off to travel the world with her boyfriend.  Along the way they plan to get married, have a baby and start a charity, it’s quite a plan!  Above all else, Hannah’s blog is about discovering herself in the world.  When it gets right down to it, isn’t that what travel is all about?

Website: http://www.furtherbound.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/furtherbound

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FurtherBound

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Amanda @amandaelsewhere December 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Travel blog I am following in 2012… So Many Places :)

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Kim December 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Thanks Amanda… 2012 will definitely give me something to write about!

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Cam December 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Great list guys!
Like Amanda, we’ll be following along your adventures. Happy and safe travels in 2012!

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Kim December 24, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Thanks Cam. Happy holidays and congrats on the new addition :)

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Dalene December 24, 2011 at 12:24 am

What an awesome surprise to pop into my reader today! Thank you guys so much for the shout-out. We are eagerly awaiting for the day we can share a beer with you guys too…AND for when you hit the road yourselves! We love all the honesty you and Brian have displayed in your getting-ready posts, so we can’t wait to see the world through your eyes.

Cheers and the happiest of Christmas’ to you!! :)

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Kim December 24, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Thanks Dalene. Merry Christmas to you and Pete.

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Sarah December 24, 2011 at 8:02 am

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement Kim. I had the same feeling you describe when I first discovered So Many Places. Connecting with you through your blog has inspired me endlessly, and I am so grateful to witness your journey through your honest, insightful posts. 2012 is gonna rock! Merry Christmas to you and Brian and thank you for the huge compliment- a few months ago I wouldnt have dreamt I’d be on this amazing journey! xxx

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Kim December 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

2012 is the year for both of us! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Sarah.

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Kristen December 26, 2011 at 11:05 am

All of these are really great. I love discovering new great travel blogs. It gives me so much inspiration and motivation and idea to make my blog better. Thanks for this.

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Kim December 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Thanks Kristen. I’ll head on over and check out your blog now…

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Tours of Italy December 26, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Really feels great by reading your post. And hoping to post more of this.

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Hannah December 27, 2011 at 6:57 am

Wow, I was just catching up on my reading after the festive period and was excited to check out the blogs you follow but I never expected to find mine included in your list! What a wonderful surprise! I am so very honoured and flattered to be named amongst such a great list of inspiring blogs. Thank you Kim, I can’t wait to see what we will all be writing about in 2012, it’s going to be amazing. I hope we can cross paths in the not too distant future as well :) I wish you endless adventures and happiness in the year ahead xxx

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Kim December 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Hi Hannah. I really enjoy your blog and will definitely be following along. Here’s wishing us both a safe and adventurous 2012!

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Gillian @OneGiantStep December 29, 2011 at 9:45 am

Thanks for including me Kim…and as an ‘expert’ no less! I’m excited for 2012 – it will be a year of planning and scheming for us as we hope to start cementing our plans for the coming years. Sometimes it seems like a whole lot of ‘sit and wait’ doesn’t it? I know you guys can totally relate to that right now! I am soooo pumped to see you and Brian off on your adventure and to hear about the world through your brilliant writing. Happy New Year to both of you!

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Kim December 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Oh how I can relate to the ‘sit and wait.’ Now that 2012 is just around the corner I really feel like our launch date is within sight. I can taste it, I swear.

Happy New Year to you and Jason.

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Rebecca December 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Love your travel blog as I too can relate. Another inspiring one is http://www.leavingcairo.blogspot.com – about a girl the wrong side of 35 who has flouted the conventional ‘norms’, not married or had kids and finds herself settled in Greece, teaching English.
Check it out.
Happy New Year to you both and may we all find the strength to go what our heart guides us to, irrespective of what society may feel.
xxx

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Kim December 31, 2011 at 8:50 am

Thanks for the link Rebecca, I will check it out. Happy New Year!

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AnnieGirl822 December 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Thanks for sharing your list. I was able to like all of them on my Facebook except Sarah’s. We are just over 2 weeks into our RTW adventure with our 11 year old twins. We are in Auckland, NZ to celebrate the New Years and our wonderful 2012 Adventure! We find all of the bloggers inspiring!

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Kim December 31, 2011 at 8:50 am

WOW, you are about to have an amazing 2012, huh? What a fantastic gift to give your twins!! We are sending you luck and happy travel wishes in 2012 :) Thanks for following along.

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Dana December 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm

This is great; thanks. I love reading these and daydreaming. A quick question: All of these blogs feature couples. As a single gal, I can’t say I relate, especially to the saving/plannng as I don’t share my expenses with anyone (I live alone) meaning it simply takes longer to save than someone who shares expenses (rent, utilities, food, etc.) with a partner. I can’t fathom saving $60,000 when I alone only make $40,000/year.

Are you aware of or do you follow any travel blogs of single women who have made long-term happen? I do follow a few single guys who have, but not women.

I still very much enjoy your blog and others and definitely find them very helpful, but it’s just something I’ve noticed that sets me apart. Thanks for any help. :)

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Dana December 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Sorry, that would be “…made long-term *travel* happen.”

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Kim December 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Hi Dana. I’m so glad you wrote this because it didn’t even occur to me that I featured only couple travel blogs until someone else pointed it out to me (via email). I suck! Seriously though, I wish I hadn’t done that because there are definitely other solo female travel blogs that I follow. Here are some of my favorites and I hope that they can help you a little more with planning and saving for your trip.

This is a friend of a friend of mine. I don’t think she “promotes” her blog, per se, but she is awesome and traveling solo and I’m sure she would be willing to answer questions you have: http://planetaurora.wordpress.com/

Here is a blog that I started reading years ago. I know Jasmine travels on very little: http://jasminewanders.com/

Kate travels solo and has managed to make a career out of her travel writing/ blogging (though she didn’t start out that way): http://jasminewanders.com/

Ayngelina has been traveling solo for over a year, though she had a very well paying job before she left (I think 80K+): http://www.baconismagic.ca/

Also: http://www.solofemaletraveler.com/

I hope this helps Dana. Happy New Year to you… may all your dreams come true!

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Dana April 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Sorry I am replying SO late this Kim but wanted to say a belated thank you for these links! Very helpful. And now I await your departure and new blog posts from around the world! :D

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Kim April 21, 2012 at 9:20 am

Yay, I’m glad you like them! I can’t wait to start posting from around the world :)

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Ayngelina January 12, 2012 at 10:47 am

Great list, I hadn’t heard about the dreamers but I’ll go check them out.

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Kim January 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

They are fantastic Ayngelina, I think you’ll love them!

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Amresh Kumar June 21, 2012 at 2:58 am

Very nice work and great list you are providing here appreciation your works

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alex July 8, 2012 at 10:56 am

i was looking for such an post where i can find some cool travel blogs, thanks a lot for sharing with us.

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Kim July 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Thanks Alex, I hope you like the blogs!

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hotelhotspring August 24, 2012 at 5:30 am

Nice article, keep posting more.

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aapoaapshimla August 24, 2012 at 5:31 am

Amazin post, cool article.
Keep it up!

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Holiday Traveller November 24, 2012 at 4:06 am

Hi, thank you for sharing. I do use Dofollow. It’s useful then. Thank’s again…..

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Rajasthan Tourism November 30, 2012 at 6:17 am

I think more information at one please so thanks a lot for sharing this post.
But i am looking for best travel and tourism blogs for India.
I am waiting for your next post.

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